White Wines    Viognier    Central Coast    California   
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Fess Parker Santa Barbara Viognier 2010
Fess Parker Santa Barbara Viognier 2010
(search item no. 119933)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Viognier exhibits aromas of white flowers, jasmine, ripe peach, honeysuckle, vanilla, nutmeg and a hint of toast. Enjoy flavors of citrus, honeydew melon and apricot combined with lemon zest, vanilla and a touch of oak. Mineral driven with bright acidity, this Viognier will pair well with any spicy dish.

Blend: 87% Viognier, 8% Grenache Blanc, 5% Marsanne

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About Fess Parker:

When Fess Parker was cast in the roll of Davy Crockett in the mid-1950's, it caused an international sensation and changed his life forever. So, too, did the purchase of 714 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley change the course of the Parker family's history.

Realizing the potential of Santa Barbara County as a premium grape-growing region, Fess and his son, Eli, originally set out in 1989 to plant a small vineyard and sell fruit to local producers. But, as Fess' daughter, Ashley explains, "Fess is from Texas, so he can't do anything small." The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard now farms almost 700 acres on four vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County.



Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Pedestal Merlot 2007
Pedestal Merlot 2007
(search item no. 108445)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

75% Merlot , 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.

Wonderful intensity of fruit, with a vivid array of black currant, cocoa, violet and smoky aromas that lead to a full-bodied mid-palate marked by ripe blackberry flavors. Rich and complex, yet pure and focused, with supple tannins that provide a silky and prolonged finish.

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About Pedestal:

Michel Rolland crafts wines for many of the world’s most famous wineries, but his roots come from Pomerol, home to Bordeaux’s finest Merlots. In partnership with Washington wine visionary Allen Shoup, Michel has created a Columbia Valley Merlot that exemplifies the complexity and concentration of flavors for which his wines are internationally known. Pedestal is one of six distinct red wines from the Long Shadows Vintners collection.

An intense, fruit-forward wine, bursting with fresh blueberries, ripe plum, cedar and spice. Good concentration in the wine adds to its pleasing mouth feel; balanced acidity enhances its appeal. Supple tannins are well-integrated on the entry, across the mid-palate and throughout a long, layered finish.



White Wines    Other White Blends    Other California    California   
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Conundrum White Blend 2010
Conundrum White Blend 2010
(search item no. 111472)
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Conundrum is a true California wine, with grapes sourced from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. We often hear the phrase "exotic" when described. It's a fitting portrayal; there is no other wine quite like it.

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today's generation of chefs. Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine. The "conundrum," or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend.

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About Conundrum:

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today’s generation of chefs. Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert, and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine.

The "conundrum", or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend; a combination that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Semillon and Viognier. Conundrum is a true California wine, with grapes sourced from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. Winemaker Jon Bolta began to craft the style for Conundrum in 1988.

The twist cap closure protects the fine aromas and flavors of this distinctive blend, allowing the bottle to be easily re-closed and refrigerated. The airtight cap also eliminates the possibility of cork taint.

Conundrum is owned by the Wagner family of Caymus Vineyards, but stands on its own as a separate brand. The Conundrum winery in Monterey County is close to the sources for most of the grape varietals that make up the wine.



White Wines    Viognier    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2010
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2010
(search item no. 111295)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 93 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2010 is perfumed and luscious – displaying all the essence of the Viognier variety. It has pure aromas of apricot nectar, lifted honeysuckle and orange oil perfume. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense stone fruit – particularly apricots – and finishing with an aromatic citrus freshness. Perfect with Moroccan food, spiced duck and anything lamb.

This wine will continue to grow and develop in the bottle, firstly showing enhanced apricot and spice flavors, before developing honey flavors and toast after approximately two years.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


White Wines    Viognier    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2009
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2009
(search item no. 104649)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 93 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage of Eden Valley Viognier is perfumed and luscious - displaying all the essence of the Viognier variety. It has pure aromas of apricot nectar, lifted honeysuckle and orange oil perfume. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense stone fruit - particularly apricots - finishing with an aromatic citrus freshness. Perfect with Moroccan food, spiced duck and anything lamb.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.