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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 113729)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and currant lead to a rich, layered mouthfeel, replete with black cherry, cedar, and cassis, and structured with lush, mature tannins. Enjoy this seductive Cabernet Sauvignon now and over the next several years.
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About Rodney Strong Vineyards:

Founded by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong, in 1959, Rodney Strong Vineyards is now owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein began the endeavor that today brings together excellent vineyards, the industry's finest winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, focusing on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vinyeard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and coming carbon neutral in 2009.


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Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2009
Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2009
(search item no. 111789)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $299.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 62.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Cabernet Franc
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About Chateau Leoville Poyferre:

Due to a division of the large Léoville estate, Château Léoville Poyferré was created in 1840 and included as a Second Growth in the famous 1855 Classification. In 1920, the Cuvelier family purchased the estate and Didier Cuvelier has been in charge since 1979.

Major investments were made to bring out the best in the vineyards, and the cellars were also renovated. In 1994, noted consulting oenologist Michel Rolland began to offer his precious winemaking advice. The final blend is made after many careful tastings. Château Léoville Poyferré is aged in oak barrels, 75% of which are new every year. It is an extremely well-balanced wine with a great deal of finesse and excellent aging potential.



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Opus One  1999
Opus One 1999
(search item no. 53501)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $249.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2002 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1994 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opus One is known for it's exquisite texture, and the 1999 vintage is no exception. The wine shows aromas of cassis, cloves and roasted almonds against a creamy texture of soft tannins and round, rich fruit. Offering flavors of plum, cherry and black pepper, the 1999 will be charming in it's youth and expressive at maturity.

Blend: 84% Cabernet sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

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About Opus One Winery:

Opus One is a partnership founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, France, and renowned Napa Valley vintner, Robert Mondavi. Producing luxury wines from its Napa Valley vineyards, the partnership made its first vintage in 1979 and has made wine at Opus one since 1991. The 2009 vintage is distributed in all 50 states and is sold in 65 countries worldwide.


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Opus One  2003
Opus One 2003
(search item no. 88725)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $259.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1994 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The harvest of 2003 began on September 17th and concluded on November 2nd, the day before the start of heavy autumn rains. Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 91%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 3%, Merlot 2%, Malbec 1%

My Notes:

About Opus One Winery:

Opus One is a partnership founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, France, and renowned Napa Valley vintner, Robert Mondavi. Producing luxury wines from its Napa Valley vineyards, the partnership made its first vintage in 1979 and has made wine at Opus one since 1991. The 2009 vintage is distributed in all 50 states and is sold in 65 countries worldwide.