Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2005
Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 99635)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#24 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The color is a dark garnet with a deep core. The nose is floral, perfumed, fresh. Boiled-fruitcake mix -nutmeg / cinnamon and mixed spices are lacedwith glaceed (Cointreau-like) citrus fruits. Subtle praline & liquorice trail on the finish. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied with an acid/tannin conveyance propelling flavor to the back-palate. Balanced yet taut, with a continuum of flavours -sarsaparilla, beetroot, lemon, blackcurrant. Nutmeg, red liquorice & pomegranate jump to the fore while juniper, bay leaf & menthol linger on the finish. Lot's happening! The finish? Lacy tannins. No oak.

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About Penfolds Wines:

Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Raymond St Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Raymond St Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 107371)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $49.99

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of cassis, raspberry, red cherry, black pepper and violets followed by lush, fruit forward flavors of cherry, raspberry and plum throughout along with spicy pepper, vanilla and earth in the long, smooth finish. A full-bodied, complex wine with a rich, round mouth feel and nicely integrated tannins.
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About Raymond Vineyard:

For generations, Raymond Vineyards has been an integral part of the Napa Valley, with now five generations of viticultural and winemaking expertise. Our new winemaking team captures the essence of the past while infusing the energy of the future and the vibrancy of the next generation into each and every wine. “It is important to retain the core foundation that made this brand legendary in Napa Valley, while keeping the style fresh and relevant to today’s wine drinkers” says Stephanie Putnam.

In addition to our top-notch winemakers and viticulturalists, Raymond has also tapped into a world-renowned winemaker, Phillipe Melka, to assist on our high-end Cabernets and complement the inherent strengths of the team.

As for a specific style, the team aims for the three B’s – Big, Bold, Balanced – yet with refinement and elegance. This philosophy lends itself well to the underlying principal of terroir that dates back thousands of years where the interrelationship between soil, climate, and plant are enhanced by the passion of people to convey an authentic sense of place. Our winemaking team allows the purest expression of the fruit to reign, with aromas and flavors that fill your glass and your palate with wines that are unmistakably powerful, intriguingly complex, and beautifully integrated.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 103473)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon come from our family's original Rutherford estate property purchased in 1970. The vineyard has a Lyre trellis system pruned to quadrilateral cordons with vines spaced eight feet apart and ten feet between each row. The maturity of the vines contribute to the concentrated Cabernet flavors and the rich Rutherford soils, with their good drainage, are an essential component in high quality grape growing.

Nose: Ripe fruit aromas of blueberry, blackberry and currant followed by earth, spice and mocha notes.

Palate: Full-bodied with a rich mouth feel and silky smooth flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, blueberry, black pepper, spicy earth, cassis and cocoa. Well structured with nicely integrated tannins and a long, lingering finish.

Food Pairing: A classic Cabernet to pair with grilled filet mignon or rib eye with wild mushrooms, roast duck, braised beef short ribs, herb roasted rack of lamb, wild game, Portobello mushrooms with a blue cheese cream sauce, hearty winter stews like Cassoulet and smoke roasted sage crusted pork loin.

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About Raymond Vineyard:

For generations, Raymond Vineyards has been an integral part of the Napa Valley, with now five generations of viticultural and winemaking expertise. Our new winemaking team captures the essence of the past while infusing the energy of the future and the vibrancy of the next generation into each and every wine. “It is important to retain the core foundation that made this brand legendary in Napa Valley, while keeping the style fresh and relevant to today’s wine drinkers” says Stephanie Putnam.

In addition to our top-notch winemakers and viticulturalists, Raymond has also tapped into a world-renowned winemaker, Phillipe Melka, to assist on our high-end Cabernets and complement the inherent strengths of the team.

As for a specific style, the team aims for the three B’s – Big, Bold, Balanced – yet with refinement and elegance. This philosophy lends itself well to the underlying principal of terroir that dates back thousands of years where the interrelationship between soil, climate, and plant are enhanced by the passion of people to convey an authentic sense of place. Our winemaking team allows the purest expression of the fruit to reign, with aromas and flavors that fill your glass and your palate with wines that are unmistakably powerful, intriguingly complex, and beautifully integrated.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 106445)
collectible wine

The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet in color with rich upfront aromas of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry with hints of black pepper, earth and espresso followed by concentrate blackberry, red cherry, red currant, blueberry, black plum, black pepper and dark chocolate flavors. Well structured with integrated tannins and a silky smooth finish touched with luscious vanilla.

The grapes for the Generations Cabernet Sauvignon come from our estate vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena as well as select nearby growers in St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville. All vineyard locations are on the valley floor with gravelly alluvial fan soils, ideal for growing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. By blending grapes from all three appellations, we are able to make a wine that represents the best of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 growing season was marked by mild spring and summer weather extending ripening periods by several weeks. The grapes for Generations were hand picked and sorted the first two weeks of October.

Food Pairing: This wine pairs amazingly with a juicy filet mignon or rib eye with sautéed mushrooms, grey sea salt crusted prime rib, roast duck breast with figs, braised beef short ribs, rack of lamb, wild game or Coq Au Vin.

Cellaring Potential: Generations Cabernet is delicious at release with the potential to age 15-20 years past the vintage date.

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About Raymond Vineyard:

For generations, Raymond Vineyards has been an integral part of the Napa Valley, with now five generations of viticultural and winemaking expertise. Our new winemaking team captures the essence of the past while infusing the energy of the future and the vibrancy of the next generation into each and every wine. “It is important to retain the core foundation that made this brand legendary in Napa Valley, while keeping the style fresh and relevant to today’s wine drinkers” says Stephanie Putnam.

In addition to our top-notch winemakers and viticulturalists, Raymond has also tapped into a world-renowned winemaker, Phillipe Melka, to assist on our high-end Cabernets and complement the inherent strengths of the team.

As for a specific style, the team aims for the three B’s – Big, Bold, Balanced – yet with refinement and elegance. This philosophy lends itself well to the underlying principal of terroir that dates back thousands of years where the interrelationship between soil, climate, and plant are enhanced by the passion of people to convey an authentic sense of place. Our winemaking team allows the purest expression of the fruit to reign, with aromas and flavors that fill your glass and your palate with wines that are unmistakably powerful, intriguingly complex, and beautifully integrated.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Inglenook Rubicon 2006
Inglenook Rubicon 2006
(search item no. 104022)
green wine
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $108.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2006 has proven to be an excellent vintage for Cabernet at Rubicon Estate. Despite heavy rain that occurred in the spring, budbreak occurred just slightly later than normal with no vine damage at all. Fruit set occurred under optimum conditions. Fortunately, summer temperatures peaked early, in mid-July, helping to reduce the vigor and setting the stage for a measured, gradual development of the fruit. In fact, even as September drew to an end, temperatures remained mild well into October, which allowed us to delay picking even longer. Because nature never forced our hand, the grapes had several extra weeks to mature. The resulting fruit displayed uniform ripeness without the high sugar levels that happen in really hot years.

Winemaking Notes

We took a gentle approach to the winemaking, allowing the must to cold soak for a period of four days prior to the onset of fermentation. Once the cap had risen, both punch-downs and pump-overs were made to optimize extraction. The majority of the musts were left on the skins for as long as 24 days to complete dryness. A portion of these macerations were gently warmed to 88 degrees Fahrenheit after fermentation to fully extract and complex the abundant tannin and anthocyanin (color). The result was impressively round and complex wines right out of the fermentor. The new wines were moved to 80% new French Oak barrels for 22 months.

Tasting Notes

Our 2006 Rubicon reflects the extended growing conditions of the vintage, displaying an elegant lusciousness of flavor as well as a long, round finish. The harmonious character of the vintage is augmented by the more classic impression of weight and fresh precision of the fruit. It is a vintage that offers much complexity and will repay aging, but is already balanced and integrated.

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About Inglenook:

In 1879, Finnish explorer and adventurer Gustave Niebaum searched the Napa Valley with the goal of establishing a wine estate to rival the finest chateau of France. For decades his wines won acclaim and remain some of the most admired in American wine history's classic period. By the mid-1960's, his property was divided, and estate-wine production ceased.

A decade later, Francis Ford Coppola purchased 1,500 acres of this historic property and revived Captain Niebaum's fine winemaking tradition. In 1995, Niebaum-Coppola acquired the remainder of the property and restored the Inglenook Estate to its original dimensions.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Walla Walla Valley    Washington   
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L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2007
L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2007
(search item no. 111335)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Boldly aromatic, this mature wine has aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, earthy hints of sweet tobacco and leather, and smoky dark fruit packed with chocolate, mint and cherry fruit on a richly balanced and integrated finish.

L'Ecole has been producing Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee since 1993. Apogee represents our best effort to capture this vineyard's distinctive and characteristic spicy bold aromas, dark fruit flavors and rich structure.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc

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About L'Ecole 41:

L'Ecole No 41, a family owned vineyard, has been producing premium handcrafted varietal wines since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Having been founded by Jean and Baker Ferguson, the winery is now owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. Martin has been the general manager and winemaker since 1989.

In 1984, shortly after the first 1983 vintage was resting in barrel, Jean and Baker Ferguson, the founders, held a contest with all the relatives' children under grade six. The objective: draw a colorful drawing to be used as a wine label. Some of the children drew pictures of the school building, others drew bottles of wine with glasses, and at least one drew a picture of the cat. The prize at the time was $100 cash, plus royalties on posters sold (fortunately the state liquor board would not allow royalties on the wine).

The winner: 8 year old third grade cousin Ryan Campbell. Ryan's watercolor of the schoolhouse was drawn just about the time of Walla Walla's Hot Air Balloon Stampede, and he came up with the grape cluster balloon. All of the entries, including Ryan's original, hang in the tasting room for visitors to admire. Today, Ryan has just completed his Architecture Degree at the University of Idaho.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106551)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cedar and forest floor get a boost of complexity from hints of rosemary, gentle fresh herbs, baking spice and vanilla caramel. The wine is deep, dark and intense, yet also signature Stag's Leap Wine Cellars: medium-full-bodied, firmly structured, powerful yet elegant, and with a long, succulent finish. Enjoy it with steak au poivre or grilled duck breast with braised escarole.
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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2007
Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 99277)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 Decanter rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Shiraz is an intensely concentrated wine with lifted aromatics. The vineyard's elevation gives rise to the cooler climate characteristics of eucalypt and anise on the nose. Rich blackberry and dark chocolate flavours underlie a hint of spice and raspberry on the palate. The wine is wonderfully concentrated with soft, grainy tannins. An excellent representation of complexity and finesse in Shiraz.
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About Yangarra Estate:

Yangarra Estate is as true to its Australian roots as the soil from which its unparalleled flavors are born. Yangarra Estate only selects fruit from the top appellations of Australia, then uses both Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Australian innovative winemaking approach to produce varietal wines of inimitable quality.

Australian winemaker, Peter Fraser, teamed up with KJWE's Winemaster Randy Ullon to blend and bottle Yangarra Park wines in the famous Barossa Valley of South Australia. Peter brings his widely regarded depth and breadth of knowledge of each of Australia's finest winemaking regions. Peter's deft and cosmopolitan wine style results from more than eight years experience in the Australian wine industry.



Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2007
Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2007
(search item no. 108677)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot is an elegant Merlot with bright red cherry fruit character with savory spice notes and a soft finish. This is an easy-to-drink wine with plenty of complexity. Its dusty tannins make it a perfect match with Italian food, lamb, fowl, beef.
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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.



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Chalk Hill Estate Red 2007
Chalk Hill Estate Red 2007
(search item no. 105328)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Estate Red marks the culmination of thirty years of site-specific research with the goal of creating a single red wine that evokes the unique character of the Chalk Hill Estate. Aromas are varied and complex, featuring warm black raspberries, crème de cassis, violets, roasted herbs, and pipe tobacco. The palate delivers concentrated red fruits, dried cranberries and black plum leading to a more savory element of sage and black pepper. Textured yet silky, the wine finishes long and is enjoyable upon release, but will also age beautifully for the next 15+ years.

Blend: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec, 13% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère

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About Chalk Hill Winery:

Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery was purchased recently by Bill Foley, proprietor of Foley Family Wines, who will continue the time-honored traditions that Fred Furth began. Founded in 1972 by Fred Furth, the Chalk Hill Estate encompasses 280 acres of carefully positioned vineyards, including the valley floor, hillsides, and ridge tops of a 1300 acre estate. Perpetuating the time-honored traditions of the first land grant pioneers, the Chalk Hill Estate operates as a family farm with the daily tasks of sustainable viticulture flowing seamlessly through the growing season and ultimately to estate bottled wines. Chalk Hill is the only 100% estate winery in the Chalk Hill AVA nestled within the Russian River Valley. The passion for meticulous viticulture has resulted in elegant, world-class wines.