Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 103159)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant and refined, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of rich black fruit laced with hints of dried herbs. The wine's deep connection to the soil is reflected in flavors of cassis, plum and black berries which are complemented by the essence of truffle, cedar and tobacco. Soft tannins and well integrated oak are balanced with a fine acidity to create a finish that will linger well after the last course has been cleared.

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About Frog's Leap:

Frog's Leap is an iconic California winery dedicated to organic farming, sustainable living and quality wines. Situated in the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley, Frog’s Leap produces wine under the leadership of John Williams, a former dairy farmer from New York who created the winery in 1981.

John Williams grew up in Western New York and originally attended Cornell University to extend his studies as a dairyman. A fortuitous work-study program at Taylor Wine Company and a few bottles of wine later, John entered the Enology and Viticulture Masters Program at UC Davis. Following Davis, he returned to the Finger Lakes as the start-up winemaker at Glenora Wine Cellars. Taking inspiration from his first Napa Valley winemaking post in the cellars of Stag's Leap, John began making wine commercially in 1981 and named the new operation "Frog's Leap."

Frog's Leap presents a relaxed approach to enjoying wine. An easy hospitality and warm sense of humor is juxtaposed with a more serious sensibility when making wine. Frog's Leap produces some of Napa Valley's finest wines and, undoubtedly, has one of the wine world's best mottos: "Time's Fun When You're Having Flies."

The wines produced range from Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. We have quite the line up to offer so we hope you’ll try one of these delicious wines that harmoniously combine quality, sustainability and value.

First certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in 1988 Frog's Leap has been a leader in the industry for over two decades. The winery relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and control pests on a farm. Organic farming excludes the use of manufactured fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators and genetically modified organisms. Organic farming involves mechanical weed control (via cultivating or hoeing) rather than herbicidal weed control.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2008
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 104352)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is just easy to drink. Whether with fresh grilled salmon or left-over roast chicken or just in a glass by itself, the pretty plum and spring strawberry flavors of ABC SB Pinot are simply delicious. There is nothing pretentious here, just well balanced, nicely textured, brightly fruity wine that seems to go with everything.
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About Au Bon Climat:

Au Bon Climat was created to produce high quality handcrafted wine from the traditional Burgundian varietals. They are one of the few California wineries to explore the gamut of these varieties: Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery is located within the Bien Nacido Vineyard, the source of the majority of their fruit.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Mayro-Murdick Carneros Pinot Noir 2006
Mayro-Murdick Carneros Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 107233)
PinotReport rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $25.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Flavors of cinnamon, rhubarb, cherry and vanilla drive the nose, ultimately opening up to a nice floral scent. In the mouth, the sweet, rich flavor offers round cherry, with a great length and a long finish. The wine's ruby color reflects the old vine characteristics of the storied Iund vineyard. Elevation in small French oak barrels has allowed the wine's terroir-specific fruit flavors to mature and develop into a refined, elegant pinot noir. This is vintage Carneros, showing strong aging potential and flavors that will blossom with time.

As an appellation, cool summers, moderate winters and afternoon breezes create the distinct characteristics of the Carneros region. The 2006 growing season created the basis for an exceptionally strong offering. A long and suburb growing year with temperate weather during the growing season and mild harvest weather allowed the grapes to hang longer than usual and ripen to full maturity, creating a rich, compelling offering.

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About Mayro-Murdick:

Mayro-Murdick is a Pinot venture from Michael and Tina Cox of Sonoma, created as a platform to explore and share great Pinots from great Pinot Noir growing regions. Mike Cox is the winemaker at Schug Carneros Estate in Sonoma and brings nearly two decades of experience making Pinot to the venture; Tina’s expertise is in wine marketing. The Mayro-Murdick name is taken from the first names of their paternal grandfathers; the Pinots under the Mayro-Murdick label focus on Carneros fruit and are a great expression of that region.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Steve Hoff Barossa Shiraz 2005
Steve Hoff Barossa Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 107727)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Like previous vintages, this wine is a full-flavored intense wine with drink-now softness. Showing rich, ripe berried flavor with hints of spice and soft tannins, this Shiraz has the characteristics which makes this region famous.
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About Steve Hoff:

A sixth generation descendent of early Barossa settlers, Steve is described by James Halliday as one of the "quiet achievers of the Barossa Valley, who is apt to produce some startlingly good wines." With his family, he operates both vineyard and winemaking practices at Heritage and has created a reputation for excellence in both red and white wines.

A true advocate of the Barossa, Steve is committed to producing exceptional quality varietal wines with emphasis on regional fruit characteristics and the unique big-hearted Barossa style.