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Chateau Senilhac Haut-Medoc 2003
Chateau Senilhac Haut-Medoc 2003
(search item no. 90662)

PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Keeping with the tradition of Bordeaux's left bank, this wine is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has an intense ruby red color and resembles a more traditional Bordeaux style with strong tannin structure that will enable good aging. The nose displays black currants and mint. Good fruit balance on the palate along with herb and spice character. This is a powerful yet seductive Bordeaux. It's a young wine so it will benefit from decanting first. A great steak wine! Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
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About Château Senilhac:

Located a few miles from St. Estephe, Château Sénilhac was already a large estate at the end of the 19th century. In 1938, The Grassin family purchased Château Sénilhac with only 10 acres planted. The present owner, Michel Grassin, inherited the estate in 1972 and planted 50 acres in one unbroken lot and constructed a new cellar in the old building.


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Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse  2004
Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse 2004
(search item no. 90679)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A sleeper of the vintage, this noteworthy effort offers a deep ruby/purple color along with a sweet, expressive bouquet of spring flowers, blackberries, and cassis. Abundant fruit, supple tannin, medium body, and a silky mouthfeel result in an irresistible claret. Enjoy it over the next 10-14 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
90 points

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About Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse:

Arnaud Ducasse purchased a small house along the Gironde estuary from Jacques de Ségur, Lord of Lafite, in the mid-17th century. He could not have known that this would become the heart of a large estate that would stay in his family for nearly three centuries.

The estate's true "inventor" was Pierre Ducasse, a lawyer who was passionately interested in wine. He bought land in the city of Pauillac and a part of the "bordieu de Grand-Puy", which spread out over three parishes (Pauillac, Saint Lambert and Beycheville). Pierre Ducasse's son built the current château on the site of his ancestors' house in the early 19th century.

This château is highly unusual in that it is located in the heart of Pauillac. Included in the famous 1855 classification, and benefiting from the rich diversity of some of the finest vineyard land in Pauillac, Grand-Puy Ducasse is one of the leaders of this appellation. This great wine is made with the utmost care and the most up-to-date technological methods.



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Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 85282)

PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon displays a deep garnet color; the aromatics reveal a fusion of rich, exotic spices, ripe plum and roses. The luscious palate is well balanced with enticing flavors of plum, cherry and spice. The full flavors move beautifully onto a ripe, long-lasting finish. According to Winemaker Dennis Hill, this is the "perfect Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon, well balanced and a great everyday wine." The signature style of Blackstone is an integrated wine with supple fruit; surrounded by elegant creaminess, well-structured oak and firm tannins. At Blackstone we believe our wines should be friendly, flavorful and balanced, encouraging one's interest in the marriage between food and wine.

Alcohol: 13.0% by volume

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About Blackstone Winery:

Sonoma County has always been Blackstone's home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality

From the start, our goal has been to produce smooth, flavorful, harmonious wines with rich fruit, supple texture, and balanced oak. Early on, this approach found its ideal expression in our Merlot, which soon became — and still remains — America's favorite Merlot.



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Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse  2004
Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse 2004
(search item no. 90679)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A sleeper of the vintage, this noteworthy effort offers a deep ruby/purple color along with a sweet, expressive bouquet of spring flowers, blackberries, and cassis. Abundant fruit, supple tannin, medium body, and a silky mouthfeel result in an irresistible claret. Enjoy it over the next 10-14 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
90 points

My Notes:

About Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse:

Arnaud Ducasse purchased a small house along the Gironde estuary from Jacques de Ségur, Lord of Lafite, in the mid-17th century. He could not have known that this would become the heart of a large estate that would stay in his family for nearly three centuries.

The estate's true "inventor" was Pierre Ducasse, a lawyer who was passionately interested in wine. He bought land in the city of Pauillac and a part of the "bordieu de Grand-Puy", which spread out over three parishes (Pauillac, Saint Lambert and Beycheville). Pierre Ducasse's son built the current château on the site of his ancestors' house in the early 19th century.

This château is highly unusual in that it is located in the heart of Pauillac. Included in the famous 1855 classification, and benefiting from the rich diversity of some of the finest vineyard land in Pauillac, Grand-Puy Ducasse is one of the leaders of this appellation. This great wine is made with the utmost care and the most up-to-date technological methods.



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Chateau Gruaud Larose  2003
Chateau Gruaud Larose 2003
(search item no. 86415)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1989 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1986 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1985 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1983 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1982 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Pure cassis and raspberry sauce with vanilla. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a finish that lasts a very long time. Awesome wine. This is very close in quality to the 2000.br>-Wine Specator
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About Chateau Gruaud Larose:

Chevalier de Gruard and Chevalier de La Rose owned this 70 hectare estate in Saint-Julien in the mid 18th century. Their two names were first associated on a label in 1781. Due to inheritance problems, the estate was divided in two until 1935, when Désiré Cordier, who had already bought a part in the early 1900s, restored the domain to its original size.

Since the 1980s, Gruard Larose has been held by groups of institutional investors before coming into the hands of the Merlant family in 1997. The vines are in a single block on a rise consisting of deep red gravel. Georges Pauli and his team have been responsible for winegrowing since 1970. Due to their expert care, Gruard Larose's soil is able to express its full potential. The wine is more than ever worthy of its Second Growth status in the 1855 classification.



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Chateau Lassegue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2003
Chateau Lassegue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2003
(search item no. 88687)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 85 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

A rich, opulent blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot with just a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. The ornate sundials which adorn the facade of Lassègue, a beautiful 17th century Château, are symbols of the perfect sun exposure of their vineyard. Classic Bordeaux aromas and flavors of cassis, black chocolate, and cigar box create a very elegant and complex wine. From a warm, ripe vintage, it will age beautifully for 10+ years, although it's absolutely delicious right now.

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About Chateau Lassegue:

Chateau Lassegue is located in Saint Emilion, on the right bank of Bordeaux, France. Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke have teamed up with Vigneron Winemaster Pierre Seillan to bring new life to this beautiful estate. With plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, a long sun exposure, limestone soils and Pierre's philosophy of "Micro-cru", exceptional wines are made from this estate. Two Saint Emilion Grand Crus are produced at Château Lassègue: Lassègue and Château Vignot.


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Chateau Grand-Pontet  2005
Chateau Grand-Pontet 2005
(search item no. 94829)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Sophie Porquet, the same woman who makes the fabulous Joanin-Becot in the Cotes de Castillon, has run this property since 1999. A 35-acre vineyard situated on limestone and sandy/clay soils, it is generally a blend of 70% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The blockbuster 2005, which tastes even better than it did last year, boasts an opaque purple color as well as aromas and flavors of chocolate, espresso roast, melted licorice, and blackberry liqueur. Huge muscle, richness, power, and fruit, a terrific, multilayered texture, and a long, tannic finish are accompanied by a natural alcohol of 14% plus. The dry extract figures are almost off the charts. Give it 5-6 years of bottle age, and consume it over the following 25-30 years. It is a sleeper of the vintage."
-Wine Advocate 91-93

"Intense aromas of crushed berry, toasty oak, coconut and milk chocolate lead to a full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Stylish and voluptuous. Best after 2013."
-Wine Spectator

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About Chateau Grand-Pontet:

Château Grand-Pontet is a Grand Cru Classé and has been under the same ownership as Château Beau-Séjour Bécot since 1980. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is matured in wood for 12-18 months with 50 percent new oak.


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d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2006
d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2006
(search item no. 91390)
screw cap wine
green wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyards and bushland that surround the d'Arenberg winery are home to a unique native Australian bird, the Kookaburra, famous for its distinctive laughing call. Winemaker Chester Osborn's daughters named their two wild pet Kookaburras the "Laughing Magpies." The Magpie plumage is black with a stripe of white feathers and bears no resemblance to its famous cousin, but the name has stuck as it is the perfect choice for McLaren Vale's first ever Shiraz (black)/ Viognier (white) blend.

The wine has a dark, saturated appearance with a violet-crimson hue. Maraschino cherries, spiced fruit peel, ginger and apricot stones are apparent on the nose, with black tea, olive and tarry notes appearing as the wine opens up. The palate is soft and generous, showing juicy flavors of blueberries, ribena, cherries and dark chocolate. Tea-like tannins are abundant and combine with defined acidity to provide structure and length. The long, refined finish reveals this wine's aging potential.

"Rich, velvety, luscious fruit flavours saying more about McLaren Vale than viognier; chocolate rather than apricot; however, no niggles about the wine."
-James Halliday

"The 2006 The Laughing Magpie is composed of 94% Shiraz and 6% Viognier. Deep crimson/violet in color, it offers up notes of cherry, ginger, black tea, tar, and blueberry. Medium to full-bodied, layered flavors of cherry, blueberry, and dark chocolate make an appearance accompanied by ripe tannin and excellent concentration leading to a long, refined finish. It will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring and drink well through 2020."
-Wine Advocate

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


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Inglenook Rubicon 2004
Inglenook Rubicon 2004
(search item no. 94690)
collectible wine
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $99.99

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
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 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
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:

All Rubicon Estate vineyards are harvested by hand in the early morning. The grapes arrive at the winery in small bins and the fruit is hand-sorted before crushing. A second sorting of the must removes any remaining leaves or pieces of broken stems. The must is allowed to ‘cold soak' for three to five days prior to the onset of natural fermentation. Depending on the age of the vineyard and quality of the tannins, macerations may vary from one to three weeks. Rubicon is fermented in wooden Taransaud open-top tanks which hold the natural warmth of the fermentation longer into the maceration. This allows the new wine to stabilize color and increase the mouthfeel of the new wine. Both traditional punch-downs (early stages of fermentation) and pump-overs are used, resulting in ultra-dense, coating and supple tannins.

Rubicon is characterized by aromas of black sour cherries and violets. These flavors are confirmed on the palate with the addition of black currant, wild berries and sweet vanilla from aging in 100% new French oak barrels. There is an immediate sense of concentration on the mid palate with a luxurious and dense texture. While this wine is approachable now, it will develop further complexity with cellaring, easily fifteen to twenty-five years or more. This is one for the cellar.

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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.



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Bodega Norton Privada 2006
Bodega Norton Privada 2006
(search item no. 97428)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Significantly rich ruby red in color. Excellently complex aroma with hints of ripe fruit, spice and coffee aromas. Very good attack on the palate, unctuous and of excellent concentration
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About Bodega Norton:

Astonished at the features of the place, and pushed by his visionary spirit, in 1895, an English Engineer, Mr. Edmund J. P. Norton planted the first vines importing them from France, thereby giving origin to what was the first winery in the area.

Almost 100 years later, Austrian businessman, Mr. Gernot Langes–Swarovski, travelled to Mendoza and experienced the same fascination for the region beauty, the warmth of its people, and the excellent conditions for vine growing. Supporting his decision in his intuition and in the fact that he was convinced of the high potential the vitiniculture represented in Argentina, in 1989, he acquired the Winery with the following firm aim: to make wines recognized worldwide for their quality. While executing this project, he appointed his son Michael as the person responsible for the management of the company, who, jointly with a team of local professionals started a new phase of investment, revamping and growth.

In that way, the incorporation of top-notch technology together with the knowledge and passion of people, have caused Norton to be the leading brand in exports and one of the country´s most important Wineries.

Our 5 farms have over 1200 ha fit for growing vine, 680 ha out of which are currently cultivated. Over 150 families of vineyard workers live and work there, sharing secrets and experiences from generation to generation. This knowledge and passion for the work, combined with the professionalism of our team of agricultural engineers result in products with excellence.