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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2010
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2010
(search item no. 110435)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale and vibrant in color. The 2010 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre is fresh, clean and screaming with racy acidity. On the palate it is fresh and tightly wound; acidity is tempered by very subtle residual sugar; very clean; alive, racy, youthful. Overall, a dry and elegant wine.
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About Pascal Jolivet:

The house of Pascal Jolivet is one of the youngest and most dynamic in the Loire Valley. Founded in 1985, this specialist in the wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume has very quickly gained a leading position with the Michelin-starred restaurants of France. Pascal owns an estate of more than 40 acres evenly divided between two appellations.

He believes strongly in letting nature make the wine as much as possible, and seeks to tame the more aggressive qualities of the Sauvignon Blanc variety. His wines show the benefits of stainless steel vatting with naturally occurring yeasts. They are fermented cool rather than cold and are left of their lees for four to six months, gaining subtle but complex aromas as a result.

The Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume both originate from the Jolivet estate. The Sancerre is a composite of the three soil types in the district: calcareous clay, limestone, and flint. It is more flowery and subtle than many of its type. Pouilly-Fume, from the opposite bank of the Loire, comes from a large diversity of glacial soils and is normally more austere and minerally.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 97646)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $13.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit profile opens with fresh blackberries and black cherry, followed by ripe raspberry jam. More subtle aromas of currants, licorice, black pepper and spice. Entry on the palate is a burst of berries, followed by spices and ripe fruit sweetness. The mid-palate is smooth and round with elegant tannins and a lush finish. This Dry Creek offering shows that Zinfandel can be sophisticated and elegant and gains complexity with pairing. As such, excellent food pairings include roasted duck, veal, and grilled salmon as well as pastas and subtle-flavored cheeses.

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About Artezin:

We handcraft Artezin Zinfandel from grapes grown in some of California's best Zinfandel regions: Napa Valley, Amador County, Sonoma County and Mendocino County. Artezin expresses terroir and rich varietal fruit with lively and complex elegance.