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Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2009
Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2009
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca is a brilliant straw yellow color with greenish hints. The delicate nose is reminiscent of almond blossoms and marzipan. The wine has good depth of fruit on the palate, nicely balanced by a zingy acidity that enhances its long length.

It makes an excellent partner for soups, starters, especially vegetable based such as asparagus, peas, courgette, egg-based dishes or seafood and fresh water fish dishes. It is also an excellent aperitif, especially when served with simple canapés.

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About Pieropan:

Enclosed by the original town walls and dominated by its medieval fortress, Soave has a peaceful, timeless quality about it. In the heart of the old town is the winery of Leonildo and Teresita Pieropan, which goes back to 1860. The present Leonildo ("Nino")'s grandfather, Leonildo Senior, founded the estate and 'invented' Recioto di Soave, a concentrated dessert wine applying a system similar to Tuscany's governo to the indigenous, white Garganega grape.

Today, the estate's 74 acres under vine include three single vineyards, all within the historical backbone of the Soave appellation (Soave Classico): Calvarino, La Rocca and Le Colombare. Terrain is respectively clayey/basaltic, calcareous/clayey, and clayey/marly/tuffaceous, yielding small crops of highly concentrated Garganega and Trebbiano grapes. The range is crafted by Leonildo himself, whose wine-making genius, constant research and innovative methods have carved a unique niche for these exceptional, extract-full and long-living whites that go far, far beyond their own appellation.



White Wines    Other White Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Peter Lehmann Layers White 2010
Peter Lehmann Layers White 2010
(search item no. 109283)
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PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Barossa grown Semillon 36%, South Australian Muscat 20%, Barossa & Adelaide Hills Gewürztraminer 20%, Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 20% and Barossa Chardonnay 4%.

Layers is crafted to illustrate our belief that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A blend of 5 white grape varieties picked from different vineyards throughout the Adelaide GI. These grapes combine together to create a white wine that is perfectly suited to a broad range of modern cuisines throughout the world.

Semillon, Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, each add character to the final blend. An attractive pale yellow with green tints, it has aromas of citrus, hints of peach and aromatic lifted spiciness. It has excellent structure and a soft creamy mouth-feel, delightful depth on the middle palate and finishes wonderfully fresh with a mouthful of crunchy fruit.

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Carneros    California   
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Rombauer Chardonnay 2010
Rombauer Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 111492)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Golden yellow color with a pale hue. Seductive aromas of peach, melon, and citrus are balanced with honeysuckle and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of pears, peaches and melons are backed with lively acidity. A nice touch of vanilla-scented oak provides an added flavor dimension. The creamy palate has a lingering finish of melon and citrus fruit with a satisfying buttery complexity.

Our favorite pairing for this wine includes scallops in a cream sauce, pasta carbonara, chicken risotto and Cornish game hen.

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About Rombauer Vineyards:

Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging our wines.

Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass. The joy of wine is something that's important to Rombauer. Whether you are a collector of fine wines or like to have wine with food, wine is something that truly should be enjoyed. Rombauer Vineyards puts a lot of hard work and tender care into making drinkable wines. And because wine is a simple product to enjoy, emphasis is given to taking the mystique out of enjoying fine wines.

Our emphasis on the joy of wine comes from the heritage of the Rombauer family. Koerner's ancestors made wine in the famous Rheingau region in Germany and his great aunt, Irma Rombauer, wrote the book The Joy of Cooking. Hence our focus on wine as complements to good food and good friends. Every family member is actively involved in the day to day operation of the winery from selecting grapes for the winemaking process and getting the wine to market.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Trentino-Alto Adige    Italy   
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Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2011
Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2011
(search item no. 116206)
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PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is pale yellow in color with green reflections. It has the pleasant aroma that characterizes the variety, with exotic fruit notes and a trace of meadow flowers. Slightly spicy, well-structured and full in the mouth, it has a lingering finish on the palate.
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About Tiefenbrunner:

Founded in 1848, the Tiefenbrunner Castel Turmhof Winery owes its name to the ancient castle that hosts the Tiefenbrunner family. The winery is located in Entiklar, a hamlet belonging to the town of Kurtatsch in the South Tyrolean province of Bozen, embedded in the Italian Alps.

Herbert Tiefenbrunner and his son, Christof, are expert winemakers: maintaining complete control over all operations, from the harvest through the winemaking process. The estate produces about 700,000 bottles per year, 70% of them contain zesty whites, the remaining 30% are elegant reds. Tiefenbrunner's vineyards are located along the Südtyroler Weinstrasse, the Wine Route of South Tyrol, in one of the most beautiful wine growing areas in Alto Adige.

The vines are grown mostly on the mountain slopes around the Turmhof Castle, but some are also located in the flatter areas of the valley. The southward-facing slopes and their loamy, chalk rich soils represent the best environment for producing high quality wines. The Mediterranean climate, characterized by a moderate rainfall, and the cooling evening winds, allow for a substantial difference between day and night temperatures, providing the ideal conditions for perfect grape ripening.

The philosophy of the Tiefenbrunner family is to relentlessly improve the grape quality and to highlight the varietal character of each wine.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2010
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 116016)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. Citrus, stone fruit, smooth and integrated flavors, creamy and tense, with apricot, apple, and lemon nuances. An irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it
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About Au Bon Climat:

Au Bon Climat was created to produce high quality handcrafted wine from the traditional Burgundian varietals. They are one of the few California wineries to explore the gamut of these varieties: Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery is located within the Bien Nacido Vineyard, the source of the majority of their fruit.


White Wines    Semillon    Hunter Valley    Australia   
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Brokenwood Semillon 2010
Brokenwood Semillon 2010
(search item no. 107903)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2013 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

As always, a beautiful color with luminous greens. Distinctive Hunter lemongrass/straw aromas as a young wine. Sweet fruit flavors initially on the palate indicating perfect ripeness at harvest and in fact a bit riper than usual. Excellent acid structure, long flavors of lime and apple blossom. Perfect in its youth and a wine that will bottle age gracefully.
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About Brokenwood:

Although based in Hunter Valley, Brokenwood’s practice of multi-district blending has been a major part of the company's philosophy since fruit from other regions was first sought in 1978. This unique approach and the resulting quality wines have cemented Brokenwood's place as one of Australia's most revered and consistent labels.

Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia's most reputable wine labels. Brokenwood was established by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors who then paid a record price of $970 per acre for a 10-acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block, initially planned as a cricket round for the local community, was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and later Shiraz. The first vintage picked in 1973 yielded plenty of praise and a loyal following that eventually led to increased production and the creation of a new winery just two years later.

Growth was steady until 1978 when six new partners joined allowing for the purchase of the Graveyard Vineyard the vineyard that produces the winery's flagship wine. When in 1982 Brokenwood decided to diversify into white wines, they appointed Iain Riggs as winemaker and managing director. Just a year after diversifying into white wine production, Brokenwood's output was 70 percent white.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Martinborough    New Zealand   
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Astrolabe Province Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Astrolabe Province Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 121150)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#59 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Pale straw with green highlights. Aromas of lemon grass, lime peel and elderflower, with background notes of white currant and red pepper. Medium-bodied with currant, gooseberry and citrus flavors, and a dry mineral finish.

Great when paired with summer salads, poultry and all seafood, especially green-lipped mussels. Serve chilled.

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About Astrolabe:

When winemaker Simon Waghorn created his own brand, he chose the name Astrolabe because of historic ties with Marlborough and connotations of exploration and discovery. An astrolabe is an ancient instrument of navigation that measures the altitude of the stars, and also the name of an early sailing ship exploring the Marlborough coast.

All Simon’s skill and experience combine to capture the essence of Marlborough in wines of purity, focus and elegance. Simon is fascinated by the unique qualities of the Awatere Valley and Kekerengu Coast sub-regions, whether bottled alone, or blended as part of the Marlborough classic.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(search item no. 120262)
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PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft in color with green hues, this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows tropical and citrus fruits along with attractive herbaceous/varietal characters on the nose. The palate is generous and fruit driven with classical Marlborough acidity giving a fresh, clean palate and passionfruit finish.
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About Matua Valley:

While Bill and Ross Spence were the sons of a winemaking father, but decided not to follow his winemaking path. They began in a ragged tin shed in West Auckland, in 1974. The wines they released from that first vintage immediately placed them amongst the leading group of innovative winemakers. Chardonnay and Gamay Teinturier were not common varieties in New Zealand at that time, and it was the first time Sauvignon Blanc had ever been produced, but they were committed to a new way.

Within a year the success of these wines was being noted. In 1975, the "Burgundy" won the first competition trophy for Matua Valley at the Royal Easter Show. A less publicized triumph was the impression the Sauvignon Blanc had made amongst the other winemakers, leading to the decision to include large quantities of this variety in the first vineyards to be planted in the now famous Marlborough region. In 1976 a new company, Matua Valley Wines Ltd was formed in partnership with another Auckland family, the Margans.

The new foundation allowed Matua Valley to put down more substantial roots, and in 1977, 25 hectares of land was purchased in the beautiful green Waikoukou Valley, 35 kilometers west of Auckland. A new winery was built on the crest of a low ridge overlooking the valley, and the first steps made towards landscaping gardens and establishing a visitors’ center were made.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(search item no. 121897)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Decanter rating: 91 points
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A vibrant combination of fresh basil and spicy tomato leaves, tossed with tangy nashi pear and mandarin, sprinkled with a little lemon zest. A highly perfumed wine with blossom-like floral aromas and a subtle flintiness that alludes to an underlying core of minerality. A mouth-watering, refreshing style with a deliciously crisp, yet luscious finish.
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About Greywacke:

The Greywacke portfolio is based on the Marlborough region's signature varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon Blanc is crafted in two distinctive styles: classically pure Marlborough Sauvignon, and an alternative wild yeast-fermented, oak-aged Sauvignon. In addition, Kevin indulges his creative drive with small parcels of Chardonnay, along with aromatic varieties Pinot Gris and Riesling. When the season graces this idyllic region with ideal conditions, limited releases of late harvest wines from the aromatic varieties are produced.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
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Decanter rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay is refined and elegant and Chateau Ste. Michelle likes to enhance that style in the cellar. This Chardonnay delivers crisp apple and white grapefruit aromas and flavors with a clean, refreshing finish. The wine is aged in restrained, lighter French oak barrels to maintain the fresh style of this Chardonnay. This is a crisp, fresh food wine.
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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.