Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 99828)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2% Syrah and 1% Petite Verdot.

The Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep garnet color with intense aromas of ripe cherry, cassis, and pipe tobacco. Concentrated flavors of ripe plums, and dark bing cherries marry perfectly with the oak nuances. This is a well structured wine that is balanced with firm, velvety tannins which culminate in a long, elegant finish with hints of tobacco, dried herbs and fruit. This wine is ready to enjoy now or can be aged for 3-5 years.

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About Louis Martini:

For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Victoria    Australia   
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Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc 2005
(search item no. 88280)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $19.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc 2005 is an outstanding combination of vibrant tropical fruit, citrus and gooseberries characters with a refreshingly crisp finish. Sealed under screwcap to ensure it retains absolute freshness to the very last drop. A personality packed wine – full of pizazz!

The 2005 vintage is bursting with a mix of fresh fruit salad aromas of passionfruit, lychee and grapefruit and hints of green pea and lime. Scrumptious powerful palate, with zesty lime sorbet, passionfruit and honeydew melon flavours. Well-balanced, terrific intensity with a lingering tantalizing finish.

Best in its youth, the Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect spring and summer sipper. Serve chilled and enjoy as an aperitif or with fresh oysters, prawns or asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon and marinated goat's cheese.

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About Taltarni:

Established in 1969, Taltarni was one of the founding wineries in the iron-rich Pyrenees wine region in Victoria. John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered the Taltarni Vineyard through a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux. From the outset, Taltarni has a strong French influence with the initial plantings of Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soon after, Taltarni extended its plantings with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. The Goelet family also sources Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Taltarni has built its reputation on elegant sparkling wines that are crafted using methode traditionale techniques, as wells as producing exceptional red and white wines. The distinctive labels, featuring a 17th century cartouche, represent the attention to detail and the French elegance and finesses that are hallmarks of all Taltarni wines.


White Wines    Riesling    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Pikes Dry Riesling 2005
Pikes Dry Riesling 2005
(search item no. 91264)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a classic "bone dry" Clare Valley Riesling, courtesy of ideal growing conditions and the unique slate driven minerality of the soil at the Pikes family vineyard in the Polish Hill River region of the Clare Valley. Beautiful aromas of citrus blossom, pineapple and ripe pears waft from the glass. The palate is fresh, crisp and clean with wonderful citrus notes in abundance. Great balance and lingering finish. Delicious to consume now, but will age beautifully over the next 10 years. Drink with any fresh seafood.
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About Pikes:

The brothers Pike seemingly can do no wrong. They get in right with immense consistency, even in the more challenging vintages. The vines are tended to by Andrew, the grapes are transformed into great wine by Neil. Neil makes wines that are simply difficult not to enjoy. For the serious wine drinker, they offer plenty of depth of character, structure and complexity. For the wine drinker who just wants a great bottle of wine at a reasonable price, they deliver every time. The easy going nature of the Pike brothers is clearly reflected in their wines.


White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Treana Mer Soleil Vineyard Viognier-Marsanne 2004
Treana Mer Soleil Vineyard Viognier-Marsanne 2004
(search item no. 89795)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Treana White is a Rhône-style blend of Marsanne and Viognier, two varieties that thrive in California's Central Coast growing region. Fruit for the blend is sourced from the renowned Mer Soleil Vineyard in Monterey County. Cool maritime winds off the bay keep the vineyards temperate all summer long. This cooler climate imposes a long, gentle growing season, resulting in wines of excellent balance and complexity.

This wine displays the elegant varietal characteristics of Viognier and Marsanne. This alluring blend offers floral aromas of citrus, honeysuckle and jasmine followed by ripe flavors of stone fruit with rich honey overtones. High-toned citrus notes and a solid minerality lend excellent balance. The mouthfeel is lush and full with a broad mid-palate while bright acidity cleans the palate and lends ease and versatility to food-pairing.

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About Treana Winery:

Treana symbolizes a trinity of natural elements - the sun, the soil, and the ocean - the elements that make Paso Robles and the rest of the Central Coast a prime area for premium wine grapes.

The Hope family began planting vineyards in the area in 1978. Two decades of experience has taught them not only how to grow the finest quality wine grapes, but has also shown them the tremendous potential of the region.

Formerly, the Hopes sold wine under the Hope Family label directly from the winery's tasting room. Beginning with the 1990 vintage, the Hope ranches became the sole source of fruit for Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996, they founded Treana Winery after years of hands-on experience in viticulture and winemaking. Today, the Hopes cultivate mature vineyards of the varietals best suited to their area; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre and Merlot.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    South Australia    Australia   
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Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc 2005
(search item no. 87672)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deliciously ripe, tropical Sauvignon Blanc, with interestingly intense citrus and floral notes. These are balanced by the herbal notes that are typical of Sauvignon, but which can dominate 'greener' styles. Its best feature is probably the palate, which exhibits true balance between the fruit described above, and the 'structure' of the wine: principally acid and alcohol. An even, balanced and well-structured Sauvignon Blanc, with persistent fruit, we are delighted with the results of this vintage.
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About Nepenthe Vineyards:

Nepenthe: described by Homer in The Odyssey as an Egyptian herbal drink so powerful that it eases grief and banishes sorrow from the mind.

Up here in the cool heights of the Adelaide Hills, Nepenthe produces some soul reposing potions of their own: uncompromising wines of outstanding quality and internationally recognised distinction. Wines that, strangely enough, have been impressing both critics and consumers with their varietal faithfulness and subtle Adelaide Hills nuances. But wines this good undertake a journey as arduous and epic as Homer's famous hero - a journey that Nepenthe, like the gods, determine with immutable fascination.

Nepenthe's commitment to consistently high quality wine starts with the land. In fact, they're so dedicated to quality that they formed two specialized companies to deal with the demands of their high altitude vines - Nepenthe Viticulture and Nepenthe Irrigation.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    South Australia    Australia   
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Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2005
Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2005
(search item no. 89382)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 27 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

53% Shiraz, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

Pillar Box red is an opaque red/black color with a scarlet rim. It displays aromas of sweet, ripe red berries underpinned cinnamon spice and dark chocolate. The palate is rich and fleshy with vibrant raspberry & blackcurrant fruit intertwined with a citrus like cedary oak complexity. The tannins are full yet soft and supple, combined with the gentle acidity to produce a lingering harmonious finish.

"An unbelievable value, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as an uplifted, projected nose of sweet red and black fruits, earth, and spice box. Supple-textured with a voluptuous mouthfeel and unbelievable richness, this wine clearly over-delivers. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years."
-The Wine Advocate

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About Pillar Box:

Named after the proprietor of the 19th century mail coach service which once ran through their property, the Longbottom family has created a new family tradition of winemaking with wines such as: Henry's Drive, Parson's Flat and Pillar Box.

During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of Southeastern Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach drivers reigned supreme on top of their coaches, and won the respect and admiration of their passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state, was a certain Mr. Henry John Hill. His operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway. Routes were known as Drives, thus the family's wine business is today known as Henry's Drive.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 88286)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $13.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 1 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Lush, seamlessly integrated flavors of ripe, sweet blackberry, blueberry and minerals; totally in control in the face of so much rich fruit..."
-Wine News

"Ripe, rich, a bit spicy for its sins and full of black cherry and cassis fruitiness... there is an awful lot of flavor and honest drinkability to be found here, and when its oh-so-inviting price tag is put into the calculus, this one adds up to a big winner for current consumption."
-Connoisseurs' Guide

The 2003 Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon is what fine wines are all about. This is a spicy wine at its core with anise, clove and coffee bean accenting its bright fresh cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. It is a rich, full-bodied, expressive wine that still shows some finesse with fine, almost powdery tannins and well-integrated oak. Tobacco and black pepper linger on the finish. Pair this wine with grilled tri-tip steak, aged cheeses or dark chocolate.

Hogue Genesis wines represent the culmination of a winemaking process that selects classic varietal wine grapes from some of the most distinctive vineyard sites in Eastern Washington state. In twenty years of winemaking in Washington the Hogue Cellars winemaking team has identified which vineyards and microclimates have the best potential to produce classic varietal wines.

*Note: Due to the rich, extracted nature of this wine, it may contain some naturally occuring wine sediment. Consisting of wine solids, it is harmless and does not affect the quality of the wine. A day before the wine is to be served, stand the bottle upright, allowing the sediment to settle to the bottom. If desired, gently pour the wine into a clean decanter, leaving the sediment in the bottle.

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About The Hogue Cellars:

The Hogue Cellars, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premier grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of foods.


White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Treana Mer Soleil Vineyard Viognier-Marsanne 2003
Treana Mer Soleil Vineyard Viognier-Marsanne 2003
(search item no. 89575)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Treana White is a Rhône-style blend of Marsanne and Viognier, two varieties that thrive in California's Central Coast growing region. Fruit for the blend is sourced from the renowned Mer Soleil Vineyard in Monterey County. Cool maritime winds off the bay keep the vineyards temperate all summer long. This cooler climate imposes a long, gentle growing season, resulting in wines of excellent balance and complexity.

This wine displays the elegant varietal characteristics of Viognier and Marsanne. This alluring blend offers floral aromas of citrus, honeysuckle and jasmine followed by ripe flavors of stone fruit with rich honey overtones. High-toned citrus notes and a solid minerality lend excellent balance. The mouthfeel is lush and full with a broad mid-palate while bright acidity cleans the palate and lends ease and versatility to food-pairing. The 2003 Treana White will age beautifully over the next decade.

"Treana has established this as one of the top Rhône whites in California. The '03 is an amazing wine. It displays the fresh, keen acidity of the vineyard, which grows no reds, and detonates on the palate with tremendous apricot, papaya, mango, pineapple, tangerine, peach and mineral flavors. It's basically dry, although there's a touch of botrytis honey."
-Wine Enthusiast

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About Treana Winery:

Treana symbolizes a trinity of natural elements - the sun, the soil, and the ocean - the elements that make Paso Robles and the rest of the Central Coast a prime area for premium wine grapes.

The Hope family began planting vineyards in the area in 1978. Two decades of experience has taught them not only how to grow the finest quality wine grapes, but has also shown them the tremendous potential of the region.

Formerly, the Hopes sold wine under the Hope Family label directly from the winery's tasting room. Beginning with the 1990 vintage, the Hope ranches became the sole source of fruit for Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996, they founded Treana Winery after years of hands-on experience in viticulture and winemaking. Today, the Hopes cultivate mature vineyards of the varietals best suited to their area; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre and Merlot.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes

Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Martinborough    New Zealand   
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Te Kairanga Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Te Kairanga Sauvignon Blanc 2005
(search item no. 87051)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $15.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

As a region, Martinborough's name is becoming known worldwide, with outstanding international wine awards, particularly for classic varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Though small by world standards, Te Kairanga is one of Martinborough's largest wine producers, and a leader in striving for quality.
This Sauvignon Blanc displays a light straw color with a subtle green tinge. It has lively ripe fruit aromas of capsicum and citrus with an underlying hint of riper pineapple characters. The palate is fresh and crisp with firm acidity giving good balance, structure and length. This wine is ready to drink now. Enjoy as an aperitif or with chicken, fish, shellfish, oysters, salmon, salads and pasta.

"Fragrant, floral and brimming with passion fruit, guava and lime flavors that remain zingy and elevated through the long, bracing finish. Has everything you could want in a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now. 2,500 cases made." (HS) Wine Spectator April 30, 2006

 

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About Te Kairanga:

Though small by world standards, Te Kairanga is one of Martinborough’s largest wine producers, and a leader in striving for quality.

Every year, sunshine and the seasons vary in the vineyard. Each year, nature works a different magic in the grapes. As a small winery Te Kairanga is free to express these differences in the subtle variations of the wines from vintage to vintage.

Pronounced “tee kigh-runger”, Te Kairanga is a traditional Maori place name (Maori are Polynesian people), meaning “where the soil is good and the food is plentiful”. However you pronounce it, it means - great wine!