Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004
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Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#22 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

Clean, bright dark-cherry red of medium depth with a pink rim. Notably expressive nose with spicy notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and cloves and fine wood aromas against a background of ripe dark fruit. It is a well-structured, balanced wine with a lively, enticing freshness that combines with polished tannins to fill the mouth with pleasurable sensations. Long aftertaste, marked by the subtlety of a brand whose traditional elegance, complexity and aromatic power are particularly enriched in this vintage.

An excellent wine to accompany charcoal-grilled meat, roasts, small game, medium-aged cheeses, Iberian cured sausages, etc.

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About La Rioja Alta:

On the 10th of July 1890, five families shared their passion for wine and founded La Rioja Alta, S.A. That day was the start of an ongoing searching for excellence that their descendants still pursue nowadays. Since then we have managed to get the best from the marriage of our tradition in wine ageing and the state-of-the-art technology in grape fermentation. Nowadays we are an international reference of great Rioja wines. Our wines are the result of an exhaustive selection of our most exclusive grapes and a slow ageing process that provides them with elegance, complexity and sophistication. They are patiently settle in more than 30,000 American oak casks fashioned by our own coopers. We take great responsibility in making our wines using our own grapes. Wines with personality and wines with soul.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2009
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 108827)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Delectable tropical fruit intertwines with grapefruit, lemon and candied lime peel. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a creamy, lush texture with vanilla accents and a hint of cinnamon spice to round out the long, lingering finish. The grapes are from 51% Santa Barbara County and 49% Monterey County.
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About Kendall-Jackson:

Back in 1974, Jess Jackson saw in the fine vineyards of California's cool coastal regions fruit with a variety of outstanding flavors. What if there was a way to produce from this abundance, a single outstanding "cuvée" that offered both quality and value? The result, first released in 1983, was Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, a rich, round and flavorful wine, made with hand-crafted methods. That same year, Grand Reserve was introduced, a line of ultra-premium wines that represented the full potential of California's finest vineyards and winemaking. Today, over 5,000 acres of vineyard in California's coastal regions are farmed by Kendall-Jackson. Four separate wineries house what is possibly the single largest barrel-fermentation project in the world. But perhaps most important, is that Kendall-Jackson remains a family-owned winery.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
(search item no. 102894)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The mostly old vines that make up our Teldeschi are Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah, a mélange typical of older vineyard plantings in California. The three varieties are fermented separately and blended to taste. Native yeast fermentation, small open-top fermenters, manual punching down of the cap, minimal processing, and aging in small French oak cooperage all contribute to a style that brings out the best of the vineyard—power and big flavors. Teldeschi Vineyard is always the highest quality of the Zinfandel vineyards that Ravenswood crushes from the Dry Creek Valley.

The 2007 Teldeschi Zinfandel is richly perfumed with scents of black raspberry, apricot, and aromatic spices. Subtle tobacco flavors mingle with flavors of plum and cherry. Red and dark berries dominate the flavor, where they are joined by the typical Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel characters of vanilla, cherry, and sweet plum-like fruit.

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About Ravenswood:

Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful – gothic – character with which the winery has come to be associated.

A key to Ravenswood’s success is our long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, we are devoted to working with growers who share our philosophy about high quality.

Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what winemaker Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Cote Rotie    France - Rhone   
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Domaine de Bonserine Cote Rotie Sarrasine 2004
Domaine de Bonserine Cote Rotie Sarrasine 2004
(search item no. 99611)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier, this is an elegant, concentrated and delicious Cote Rotie - and the price is certainly right! For under $20 per bottle, you'd be hard pressed to find a better expression of old world Syrah, with dark pepper, plum and blackberry flavors. Phenomenal value!
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About Domaine de Bonserine:

It was in 1961 that Domaine de Bonserine saw the initiative of Charles Mandelstam and a group friends who loved the region and its wines. Charles Mandelstam’s ambition proved the means of achieving the greatest quality. It was only this group of passionate professionals who could have revived Bonserine.

Our terroir is located primarily in the Côte-Rotie, where the soil is rich in iron-oxide, making powerful and colorful wines. Our first plots were planted in the 1950’s on the beautiful hillsides of Ampuis. The average age of the vines is 25 years and each year they provide "the best" of old vine Syrah.

In the second half of the 1990s, major modernization was undertaken using stainless steel tanks and other modern equipment. This period also marked the beginning of a decade of major changes in the vineyard with new plantings on the prestigious Viallière and Planèze parcels and better capitalization of the potential of each terroir.

Since 2006, Domaine de Bonserine has been owned by E.Guigal who has preserved our qualitative philosophy. Today, our wines are found on the finest tables around the world.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2010
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 116564)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage has a deep black red color and excellent clarity. It displays lifted notes of pepper spice, nutmeg and caraway seed with lashings of boysenberry mixed with spearmint. The palate is medium bodied and seamless with an abundance of choc-mint, raspberries and black cherries, all wrapped up in integrated, well seasoned oak. This wine is ideally suited to good food, good friends and good conversation.
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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2010
Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2010
(search item no. 126095)
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Decanter rating: 95 points
James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This brooding beauty shows an ample bouquet of berries and violets that speak of the variety, and encompasses well integrated earthiness and spicy notes. It is a perfect example of the elegance, aromas and character of its unique soil: full, round, with silky tannins, good structure and a lingering finish.

Pairs well with Tuscan salami, ham, pasta with medium-bodied sauces, and chicken.

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About Il Molino di Grace:

The winery is named after a 19th century historic windmill located on the property near the cantina. However, the viticultural history of the property is much older–the vineyards at Il Molino di Grace have been fruitful for over 350 years. When Frank Grace first purchased the property in 1995, there was no winery: all the grapes were sold to local producers. Using the site of a ruined barn, Grace, together with winery manager Gerhard Hirmer, designed and built a state of the art winery. The winery opened its doors in 1999 and today, all of our wines are estate produced and bottled using organic materials and sustainable practices in both the vineyard and cantina.

At Il Molino di Grace, we strive to produce elegant wines that are an expression of terroir through the Sangiovese grape coupled with a careful use of oak for aging the wine.
The philosophy of utilizing a sustainable approach to wine making is a critical component of our approach at Il Molino di Grace. Vineyards have existed on the property for over 350 years. There is an ancient Etruscan path that winds its way through the vineyards – and the winery itself is named after a local historic landmark, "the windmill" located on the property near the cantina. The history of the property is an essential component of the present and future of Il Molino di Grace.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 121205)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft, fleshy-textured Shiraz displaying blueberries and spice, supple tannins and stylish French oak influence.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Margaret River    Australia   
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Robert Oatley Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Robert Oatley Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 121207)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A full-flavored yet finely structured Cabernet of great appeal: black berries, dried leaves and fine gravelly tannin, reflect an outstanding year.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2008
Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2008
(search item no. 109433)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Structured with precision and intensity. Lots of flavor and pristine fruit with classic Shiraz Viognier characters. Very long and focused.
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About Yering Station:

The first vineyard in Victoria, Yering Station was originally planted in 1838. Its acquisition in 1996 by the Rathbone family marked the beginning of a new era, with the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and award winning tourism complex (Winner: 2003-04 Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Wineries).

The winemaking team lead by Tom Carson (nominated for the Qantas Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year 2004) take a non-interventionist approach to allow full expression of the characteristics of this cool-climate region with particular emphasis on varietal flavours, structure and balance. The sub-regional variation between each of our sites throughout the valley allows the winery to successfully produce a diverse range of wines. When a grape variety performs exceptionally well throughout a season, a selection of the most outstanding parcels are released under our reserve label.

Through consistently producing a vast range of different wines, all with hallmark elegance, quality and distinction, Yering Station has built a reputation as one of the finest producers in the Yarra Valley and Australia.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 99112)
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green wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color of this wine is pale gold with green tints. The nose displays lifted citrus zest and fresh quince with subtle notes of white nougat and toasted almonds. Finely structured and seamless, the palate is all about texture. Creamy nougat, citrus and hints of white nectarine combine elegantly with the subtle nuances of French oak and a restrained citrus acidity for a lingering finish.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.