Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2003
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2003
(search item no. 80217)
collectible wine
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $175.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Clarendon Hills' flagship wine. It is a member of Clarendon Hills' 'Grand Cru' classification.

Every year, the Astralis vineyard produces the most beautiful wine in our cellar. Despite its non-differentiated treatment in the cellar, it always reveals the most rounded, sublime and seamless expression of syrah which ages like a rock.

The vast wealth of this wine's varietal depth extends beyond the parameters of syrah - beckoning superlatives. Amazingly svelte in its balance of varietal depth with restrained power and super finely integrated extract, it is light on its feet and majestic once in focus. Overriding harmony meets an anarchical expression of Australian classic syrah. Lifted florals dance with rich meats, coffee, cola, chocolate, pan forte, turkish delight, graphite, bitumen, cigar tobacco, black cardamom, good quality soy sauce and crushed rocks. It is dense, yet creamy smooth.

This is a wine that is always the most beautiful in our cellar. We recommend it is always decanted. Only the patient will recoup the full dividend of cellaring this masterpiece.

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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Australia    Australia   
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Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 96252)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a classic Aussie Cabernet with an intense varietal nose and delicious ripe fruit. This wine is named after Sparky who put himself through winemaking college as a left-handed Maitre D'.

Sourced from our cooler climate vineyards, it is rich, intensely flavoured, yet elegant in style. Sparky thinks this is the best vintage ever.

Pairs well with savory, full-flavored meats such as roasted lamb, beef short ribs or even spice-rubbed or barbequed chicken. Especially delicious with hard cheeses and dark chocolate. Can be consumed with or without friends.

Drink now through 2017.

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About Mollydooker:

Mollydooker (Aussie for left-hander) Wines was established in 2005 by Sarah and Sparky Marquis. Five of their wines have been chosen in the Wine Spectator's "Top 100," and their Carnival of Love Shiraz has made the "Top 100" twice. The winery is on the prime Seaview Ridge in McLaren Vale, South Australia, and the vines are grown according to the Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme to give the grapes the rich flavors that distinguish Mollydooker's wines. Mollydooker makes Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Verdelho. The Velvet Glove Shiraz, with 95%+ Marquis Fruit Weight is superbly complete and complex, with stunny beauty and power.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2004
Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2004
(search item no. 94820)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine has red cherry fruit, chocolate, herbs, smoke and vanilla presented in a medium-bodied format. This has benefited as we have gotten stricter with our selections that go into our Cabernet Sauvignons. It is one of the best versions to date.
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About Quilceda Creek Vintners:

Quilceda Creek is dedicated exclusively to the production of world-class Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 1979, Quilceda Creek has had an unbroken string of highly-rated vintages that has led Robert Parker, Jr. to name it Washington State's premeir Cabernet Sauvignon producer.

"Quilceda Creek...makes Cabernet of unrivaled finesse. This small winery...has the best track record of any Washington winery...No other Washington Cabernet is as graceful yet profound."
Matt Kramer
The L.A. Times

"Make no mistake about the Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignons - they are world-class Cabernets that compete with the finest wines from Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Sonoma and Santa Cruz Mountains."
Robert M. Parker Jr.'s
The Wine Advocate