White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Other Australia    Australia   
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Tahbilk Marsanne 2010
Tahbilk Marsanne 2010
(search item no. 112887)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The bouquet and palate of this unique, unwooded style, exhibit intense aromas of lemon, honey and peach whilst the finish is long and flavorsome balanced with crisp acidity. These complex characters will develop with bottle age into the familiar honeysuckle fragrance traditionally associated with Marsanne.
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About Tahbilk:

Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful & historic wineries, located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne) one of the nation's premium viticultural areas.

The property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks.

The vineyard comprises 168 hectares of vines which include the rare Rhone whites of Marsanne, Viognier & Roussanne, along with classical varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc & Verdelho.



White Wines    Viognier    North Coast    California   
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Cline North Coast Viognier 2010
Cline North Coast Viognier 2010
(search item no. 108644)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Viognier comes to us from the Condrieu and Chateau-Grillet appellations of the northern Rhone. It was presumed to have arrived from Dalmatia and transported to the Rhone by Emperor Probus in AD 281. Currently there are approximately 2,000 acres planted of this varietal in California. Cline's Viognier offers rich and distinctive aromas of pears, apricots, orange blossoms and honeysuckle.

Cline's Viognier is loaded with pineapple, peach and apricot flavors accented by fl oral and citrus notes. Perfect as an apéritif with Gruyère or Camembert, this wine also pairs exceptionally well with curried shrimp or Asian fusion cuisine. Serve lightly chilled.

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About Cline:

Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old plantings of Carignane, Mourvedre and Zinfandel grapes they farm in Oakley, California. The Mourvedre represent approximately 85% of the state's total supply of this fascinating and versatile varietal. This treasure is the inspiration for Cline Cellars many "Rhone style" bottlings.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Winery Otis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Columbia Winery Otis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 112355)

PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $19.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant garnet in color. Polished and elegant with exotic cassis, sage, blackberry and currant flavors with bramble fruit and a hint of oregano. Traces of vanilla and leather qualities add to the interest of the long, persistent finish. Pairs beautifully with a rich cassoulet. 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% Merlot.
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About Columbia Winery:

Columbia Winery was the first premium winery in Washington and the first in the state to produce vineyard-designate wines. Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 by ten friends, six of whom were University of Washington professors. Originally known as Associated Vintners, the group was united in the belief that vines could survive the harsh Washington winters and that fine wine could be made in Washington state.

Having worked alongside founding winemaker and Master of Wine, David Lake, Kerry Norton now oversees the Columbia Winery winemaking, handcrafting Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah sourced from the Columbia and Yakima Valleys.



Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Concha y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2007
Concha y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2007
(search item no. 105353)
Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $45.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright, but dark with deep red and violet nuances. Very elegant, complex, strong characters of Carmenere, with aromas of red ripe fruit, spicy, with hints of tobacco. Great structure, mouth-filling, sour chocolate, sweet tannins, powerful and concentrated. Dense, oily with lots of fruit giving a long finish.
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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    St-Emilion    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Monbousquet  2004
Chateau Monbousquet 2004
(search item no. 101779)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $51.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Delicate aromas and natural elegance of Cabernet Franc, admirably brought out by aging in 100% new oak barrels. In this way Monbousquet achieves a superb balance between finesse and power.
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About Chateau Monbousquet:

Chateau Monbousquet's origin goes back to 1540. The chateau has changed hands many times throughout the year, but there were two very significant periods in its history. From 1682 to 1826, Monbousquet was owned by the De Carles family. The chateau itself was built in 1779, and its fame grew in the 19th Century, under the short ownership of Count de Vassal-Monviel. The Count owned the estate from 1858 until 1877, enlarging the vineyard to its current size and significantly increasing production.

In 1993, Gerard Perse took ownership of Monbousquet, leading to many great accomplishments and a complete renovation, including a new drainage system, a barrel ageing cellar and state-of-the-art equipment introduced. Located 500 meters south of Saint-Emilion, the wines had ranked, for many years before Perse's time, somewhere in the middle ranges for Saint-Emilion wines. After over a decade of ownership, Monbousquet has become one of the region's leading wines.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Sonoma County    California   
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Arrowood Kuljian Dry Creek Syrah 2007
Arrowood Kuljian Dry Creek Syrah 2007
(search item no. 107848)
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Kuljian Vineyard is located off Westside Road in Dry Creek. It sits atop a sandy/loam bench thick with pebbles, rocks and stones. The climate is warm enough to fully ripen Syrah, yet cool enough to produce a wine with structure, elegance and equilibrium. At only 1.5 acres, Kuljian is one of the tiniest vineyards we harvest.

Each year, Kuljian produces concentrated, opulent Syrah. This 2007 is dark, dense and sumptuous. The nose ripe and plum-like, with earth, spice, smoke and leather. Very hedonistic. The palate is full, lush and backed by smooth, well-integrated tannins.

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About Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:

Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.


White Wines    Other White Wine    Rueda    Spain   
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Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2009
Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2009
(search item no. 107387)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $14.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Naia is crafted from the oldest ungrafted vines of Verdejo (90+ years) on earth, and aged for 8 months in French oak after its stainless steal fermentation.
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About Bodegas Naia:

Bodegas Naia is located about an hour north of Madrid in the province of Castilla y Lyon and within the Rueda D.O. region. The estate has three owners: Javier Alen, who owns Vina Mein winery in the Ribeiro D.O. region; Victor Rodriguez, formerly director of the highly acclaimed food and wine magazine Vino y Gastronomia, and Eulogio Calleja, a highly regarded winemaker in Rueda.

Bodegas Naia’s winery, Viña Sila, is situated along the southern bank of the Duero River in Rueda. The winery covers 40 hectares (about 96 acres) in the village of La Seca, which is referred to as Rueda’s "Grand Cru" village by local growers. The climate here is described as “extreme continental”, very dry with a low average annual rainfall. There are long, cold winters with frequent frost and short, hot summers.

Bodegas Naia makes tank-fermented, bright, zesty, crisp whites like Verdejo that possess ripe stone fruit notes, honeysuckle aromas and balanced acidity.



White Wines    Riesling    Alsace    France - Other regions   
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Hugel Riesling 2008
Hugel Riesling 2008
(search item no. 105396)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a fresh, lively bouquet, with all the characteristic vivacity of a fruit-driven Riesling. It is very fruity and floral, frank and expressive, and agreeably elegant on the palate, this is an ideal example of a pure, dry Riesling; clean, focused and true to the fresh and lively temperament of this grape. It finishes dry, fruity, fragrant yet refreshing, and easy to enjoy.

Food Match: sushi, soft cheeses, salmon, pork, fish, duck, crab, asian cuisine.

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About Hugel:

In the cellars, the oldest of which dates back to 1551, can be seen rows of oak wine casks, over one hundred years old, crafted by the forefathers of the present generation of Hugels now running the company. Near them is the oldest cask in the world still in use: the Sainte Caterine, which has a capacity of 8,800 litres. It was built in 1715, the year in which Louis XIV died.

The company has always maintained its family character and is determined to keep it that way. The vineyards are owned and farmed by individual members of the family whereas the company owns the buildings and machinery.



Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2007
Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2007
(search item no. 104414)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Merlot is a richly aromatic, elegant wine that comes with layer upon juicy layer of lush red and black jam fruits – cherry, plum, currant – and dark chocolate, black tea, smoke and spice. The tannins are ripe and smooth with a finish that takes its time letting you go.
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About Shafer Vineyards:

John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select, is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.


Red Wines    Cabernet Franc    Loire    France - Other regions   
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Jean-Maurice Raffault Les Galuches Chinon 2009
Jean-Maurice Raffault Les Galuches Chinon 2009
(search item no. 108039)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Les Galuches vineyard lies near the river on sandy-gravel soil made up of old alluvial deposits. This terroir warms very early, so the wine attains a sweet and lush texture.
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About Jean-Maurice Raffault:

Jean-Maurice Raffault's famed Chinon estate is now run by his son Rodolphe. Chinon is located in the central Loire valley, near Tours, and is the northernmost French red wine appellation. The family has been vignerons in Chinon since 1693 and the estate now comprises 40 hectares spread over 6 communes. Raffault harvests his Cabernet Francs as late as possible and vinifies each parcel separately. Fermentation can last up to one month with daily pumping over for maximum extraction of color and flavors. The wines are then aged in Bordeaux barrels in his remarkable 54 degree cellar (caves cut into the limestone slopes) and are bottled without filtration. Raffault is one of the few Chinon producers still using oak barrels to produce stable, tannic wines with impressive structure and intensity of fruit. It's fascinating to taste the ultimate expression of the Cabernet Franc varietal in the range of styles made by this very talented winemaker.

Rodolphe Raffault obtained a post graduate degree in Chemistry in Tours and then studied for the National Diploma in Oenology from the University of Dijon. After taking his degree, Rodolphe spent 2 years in Burgundy as a stagiere, followed by another stage at a Loire Co-op. In 1997, he joined his father Jean-Maurice, at the family domaine in Chinon which had by then grown to 40 hectares. He has been in charge of the vineyards and winemaking since the 2000 vintage. Rodolphe is proud to perpetuate his family's heritage as wine-growers, which began in 1693. He is particularly motivated to continue his late father's innovation of single-site bottling in Chinon, for example with his revival of the historic Clos des Capucins vineyard. Going forward, Rodolphe Raffault is evolving his vineyards in the direction of sustainable and organic viticulture.

Raffault’s Chinons are wonderfully expressive wines which go together with a wide variety of classic French dishes but their natural fruity acidities make them fine matches for Asiatic cuisine, grilled fish, and spicy American foods. For wines with such depth and complexity, they also represent remarkable value.