White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Trentino-Alto Adige    Italy   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2008
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2008
(search item no. 99758)

PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A pale straw yellow. Clean, crisp fragrance with intense yet elegant hints of quince. Fresh, harmonious fruit set off by slight sweetness with a long finish full of delicate, tangy flavor.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Santa Margherita:

About Santa Margherita:

Santa Margherita introduced Pinot Grigio in 1980, and has become one of America's favorite premium wines. Recently voted the most popular imported wine, red or white, in top restaurants for the 11th consecutive year (Wine & Spirits 4/06), Santa Margherita remains a favorite among wine enthusiasts for its crisp, ripe character and consistent quality.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 92634)
The Wine News rating: 93 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot from estate-owned vineyards (75%) and independent growers (25%).

The dark ruby-colored 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon resembles a classic Bordeaux both in aromatics and flavor. A rich bouquet of cinnamon, spice, licorice, graphite and caramel are followed by integrated layers of cherry, currant, fresh cream and balanced, sweet tannin, all of which contribute to a youthful, bright, multi-layered wine.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

About Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Terra d'Oro SHR Zinfandel 2004
Terra d'Oro SHR Zinfandel 2004
(search item no. 90370)

PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blackberry flavors are spiked by black pepper. Petite Sirah adds a little tannin, plenty of rich blue-black color and black fig spice. Barbera lightens up the mix with red plum and red cherry juicy fruit. There is also a fourth dimension of exotic sandalwood, vanilla, cola and smoky meatiness.

The structure, depth, and complexity of this wine leads itself perfectly to an herb crusted leg of lamb, spiced couscous, and roasted root vegetables.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Terra d'Oro:

About Terra d'Oro:

For more than 150 years, fortune seekers have been lured to California's rugged Sierra Foothills. Though they once came for the gold, these days they come for the wine—Terra d'Oro, to be more specific. Handcrafted from some of Amador County's most historic vineyards, Terra d'Oro wines are rich indeed, full of the character and intensity that perfectly captures the essence of this "Land of Gold."


White Wines    Other White Blends    Other California    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Conundrum White Blend 2008
Conundrum White Blend 2008
(search item no. 101318)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

What is that wonderfully robust, floral and bright tropical taste? Is it green apple, tangerine or honeysuckle? Could it possibly be apricot, melon, pear or light vanilla? That's the Conundrum. Our proprietarily secretive blend of California white grapes create a lush, creamy texture that leads to the mouth-watering question, "Mmmm, what's in there?" We're not telling. Can you guess?

Conundrum's success as a unique, complex blend of white grapes from California continues with the 2008 vintage in this fresh, lively, deeply-flavored wine.

This is the first vintage to be produced at the new production-only Conundrum winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. Our wine's core profile remains thoroughly Californian, with Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Napa Valley, Muscat Canelli from Tulare County on the Central Coast, and Chardonnay and Viognier from our vineyards in Monterey County. The "puzzle" of Conundrum lies partly in guessing the range of grape varieties we use, because we never reveal its exact composition.

We continue to have success in the twist-top closure. As a winemaker and someone who insists on wines without faults, I believe this closure is the right tool to protect the aromas and flavors that developed in the vineyards and were preserved in the bottle.

Gorgeous aromas of apricot, honeysuckle, and vanilla and lime zest enhance a deeply-flavored palate of tropical fruit, peach, pear and honeydew melon flavors. The complexity of this wine is brought into balance with a rich, round, soft texture; fresh, supportive acidity; and a stunning, satisfying finish.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Conundrum:

About Conundrum:

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today’s generation of chefs. Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert, and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine.

The "conundrum", or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend; a combination that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Semillon and Viognier. Conundrum is a true California wine, with grapes sourced from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. Winemaker Jon Bolta began to craft the style for Conundrum in 1988.

The twist cap closure protects the fine aromas and flavors of this distinctive blend, allowing the bottle to be easily re-closed and refrigerated. The airtight cap also eliminates the possibility of cork taint.

Conundrum is owned by the Wagner family of Caymus Vineyards, but stands on its own as a separate brand. The Conundrum winery in Monterey County is close to the sources for most of the grape varietals that make up the wine.