White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Russian River    California   
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Hanna Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Hanna Sauvignon Blanc 2006
(search item no. 90787)
screw cap wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $18.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 9 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

This Sauvignon Blanc is made entirely from Hanna Winery's 50-acre Slusser Road Vineyard. The wine emphasizes fruit in the aromas and mid palate with a finish broadened by malolactic fermentation. It's fresh and quaffable with distinctive lime, grass and a murmur of basil.

Recently, Wine & Spirits tasted over 166 American Sauvignon Blancs - this was their number one pick out of all of them, rated a whopping 93 points! Hanna is something of a Sauvignon Blanc specialist, and it really shows in this wine.

"This wine has the Pacific cool of the Russian River Valley and a lovely pearlike flavor set in a generous texture..."
-Wines & Spirits

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About Hanna Winery:

Hanna Winery was founded in 1985 by Dr. Elias Hanna, a world-renowned cardiac surgeon, who was eager to find a place in the country to continue the farming heritage of his upbringing in Syria. In the 1970s he realized his dream with the purchase of 12 acres in the Russian River Valley. Dr. Hanna’s oldest daughter, Christine, now runs the operations of the winery. Hanna owns 600 acres of land in the Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains, 250 of which are planted.

Under Christine Hanna’s guidance, the winery has evolved into an estate philosophy that blends the viticultural diversity of fruit cultivated in its four vineyard estates in three unique appellations. With the help of winemaker Jeff Hinchliffe, they craft award-winning wines, such as its Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 90463)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $19.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The deeply colored 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Antiguas Reserva offers toast, spice box, cedar, and black currant scents. This is followed by a spicy, ripe, firm wine with layers of flavor. With very good depth and a long finish, this superb value should evolve for several more years but is hard to resist now. Kudos to Cousino-Macul for this significant upgrade to their portfolio."
-Wine Advocate
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About Cousino Macul:

In 2006, Cousiño-Macul celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Cousiño family's wine estate in Santiago was established in 1856. Five years ago, the Cousiños moved many of their vines to a new estate at Buin, and built a new winery there. Few wine producers have the opportunity to make a completely new start, incorporating the best of their age-old experience, their unique vines from their personal greenhouse and the most contemporary technology available.

As the technology continues to advance in the vineyards and in the wineries around the world, Cousiño Macul has seized this opportunity and taken a grand leap into the future. Although moving quickly into the future, they take with them the most important part of their long history - their genetic plant material that was originally brought into Chile in 1863. The Cousiño's vineyard and winery in Macul became the proudest achievement of the family. The new vineyard and winery in Buin are now in the hands of the sixth generation.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 89844)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 21 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Silver Oak has consistently produced some of the most sought-after, highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignons in the world. Since the early 1970's, their goal has been to craft full-flavored Cabernets with velvety soft textures. The zealous devotion of their customers is a testament to their success. True to the Silver Oak style, the 2002 is an opulent wine with dark chocolate, berry liqueur and black plum flavors and aromas. A great vintage, a great wine – for the wine enthusiast, collector or as the perfect gift.

Silver Oak Cellars 2002 Napa Valley is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. It was blended in early 2003 and transferred from tank to 100% new American oak barrels for aging. Silver Oak blends prior to barreling to achieve a balance of the wine's natural elements, such as fruit and tannin, before they are influenced by oak. The wine is aged in barrel for approximately 25 months to harmonize its components, and another 20 months in bottle before its release.

Silver Oak 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an opulent wine of great depth and concentration. It displays a dark, garnet color and aromas of black plum, cassis liqueur, rose petals, nutmeg and sandalwood. The palate offers a mouth-coating texture and a wonderful progression of flavors from berry fruit to tobacco to dark chocolate, culminating in an extraordinarily long finish reminiscent of a dark chocolate truffle filled with berry liqueur. Properly cellared, it should provide drinking pleasure until 2028.

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About Silver Oak Napa Valley:

Silver Oak Cellars was started in 1972 with a simple driving philosphy - to focus production on only one varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon. What's more, they resolved to create a wine with a style all its own: not another hard, tannic red wine requiring years of aging to enjoy, but a wine of fully developed flavors and a velvety soft texture on the day it is released for sale.

Silver Oak Cellars produces Cabernet Sauvignon from two appellations. Their Napa Valley derives its fruit from both owned and contracted vineyards, and is produced entirely at their Oakville winery. Beginning in 1994, small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot have been included in their Napa blend to add complexity and softness.

Silver Oak also produces stellar Cabernet from their Alexander Valley vineyards. A critical reason for the success of this wine, and every wine they make, has always been that they create the final blend before aging it in American oak barrels and then bottles. Over the course of four-and-a-half years, the wine’s flavors, aromas, and textures have an opportunity to meld with one another and the wood’s delicate qualities to create the kind of graceful cohesion found only in the world's most elegant wines.