White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 103307)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A beautifully intense and lively wine, overflowing with aromas of ripe gooseberry, melon and passionfruit with hints of grapefruit, lime and nettles. The wine is mouth-filling and juicy with vibrant fruit and fantastic mid palate richness and weight, finishing rich and racy with excellent length and crispness. Enjoy now and until 2012.
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About Villa Maria:

In 1960, George Fistonich, the son of a Croatian immigrant, founded Villa Maria in Mangere, Auckland. Voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year in 1993, George is today the managing director of the Villa Maria Group, which also includes Vidal and Esk Valley Wineries, together forming the third largest wine company in New Zealand.

Winemaker Michelle Richardson has been with Villa Maria since 1992. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Australia and in 1991 assisted flying winemaker Hugh Ryman with the French vintage. In 1997, Michelle, like George Fistonich, was voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year. Her 1996 wines have taken Villa Maria to new peaks in quality. Michelle is a graduate of the highly regarded Roseworthy College in Australia. She heads the Villa Maria winemaking team.

This team of dedicated vintners has placed its emphasis on high quality and good value. Grapes are either estate-grown or carefully sourced, and the winery was the first in New Zealand to initiate payment for grapes by quality. Villa Maria has won awards for its wines in competitions across New Zealand and Australia and has been honored for its high standards of customer service and environmental responsibility.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106551)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cedar and forest floor get a boost of complexity from hints of rosemary, gentle fresh herbs, baking spice and vanilla caramel. The wine is deep, dark and intense, yet also signature Stag's Leap Wine Cellars: medium-full-bodied, firmly structured, powerful yet elegant, and with a long, succulent finish. Enjoy it with steak au poivre or grilled duck breast with braised escarole.
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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 105047)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Luxurious, rich and concentrated with aromas of cherry, currant and blueberry. These are just the start of this 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. The harmonious flavors of black cherry, anise and plush cassis explode upon tasting. This is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet which is wonderful young but has everything it needs to age beautifully.
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About St. Supery Estate Vineyard & Winery:

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery is a family-owned, sustainably-farmed, estate winery in Napa Valley, California, with more than 515 acres of certified Napa Green and California Sustainable Winemaking vineyards. All of the grapes for St. Supery Esates' wine portfolio, including the highly-regarded Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Dollarhide and Rutherford vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignon, are grown in two estate vineyards. The Skalli family, owners of St. Supery Estate, has a long history of winemaking. They planted their first vineyard in 1920 and carry this tradition on through the generations with their ownership of St. Supery Estate today.