White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2008
(search item no. 99704)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2008 Miller Ranch Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc has tremendous vibrancy and exotic aromatics. Our road map to creating Miller Ranch is simple: cold, stainless steel fermentation to preserve the citrusy freshness, multiple yeast strains to enhance the aromas and enough barrel fermented Semillon to make the texture silky.

Brilliant pale straw color with a green tinge. Intensely fresh aromatics – orange blossom, lime, honeydew melon, mineral and juniper. Fresh flavors echo the aromas. Juicy citrus flavors and a lively acidity entice you to have another glass.

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About Silverado Vineyards:

In the heart of Napa Valley's Stags Leap District sits a rocky peak with a spectacular Mediterranean-style stone winery perched on top. That winery is the iconic Silverado Vineyards, established in 1981 by Ron and Diane Disney Miller. Thirty years later, three generations of Miller Family continue to source grapes entirely from their family-owned estate Napa vineyards. From berry to bottle, each vine growing and wine making step is dedicated to expressing the character of grapes grown on each of the wineries six historic vineyards. Expressing richness and age-worthiness, Silverado wines are unique, one-of-a-kind blends of superlative vineyard location and elegant winemaking style.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Red 2006
Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Red 2006
(search item no. 97652)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $26.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Located 17 miles northwest of the winery, this vineyard has volcanic, well-drained soils that are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Knights Valley designation was first used on a Beringer label in 1974. By 1983, this area had won official recognition as a premier wine growing region in the form of its own American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation. Today, Winemaker Laurie Hook uses these wonderful grapes to craft our renowned Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Alluvium Blanc and Alluvium Red.

As has become tradition, Laurie kept all of the lots separate during vinification and aging so that the subtle differences of each individual lot of the vineyard are exhibited. She tasted the lots frequently, closely monitoring fermentations and ensuring a rich, garnet color and silky tannins. The wines were then aged in small French oak barrels (53% new) for 14 months to soften the tannins and add layers of toasty oak, cedar, vanilla and sweet spice. Laurie's careful monitoring and then blending of each of these lots and varietals results in a seamless and utterly unique wine. The final blend is 79% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and small portions of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot.

"Blending the Alluvium is as rewarding as it is challenging, with a commitment to create an expression of the best red Bordeaux varietals with each vintage. The proprietary Alluvium name pays homage to the alluvial soils of Knights Valley, a vineyard that Beringer has a rich history with, and one that consistently rewards me with wonderful fruit to work with. The 2006 Alluvium is ripe with cassis and cedar aromas, along with hints of cardamom and cocoa. Flavors of sun-ripened cherries, vanilla bean and a lip-smacking blackberry finish make this an instantly enthralling wine." - Laurie Hook, Beringer Vineyards Winemaker

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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 97308)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#33 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

Rich and expressive with ripe blackberry, currant and spicy black cherry aromas and flavors. Well-balanced, with plenty of dark fruit flavors lingering across a lengthy, expressive finish.

The Columbia Valley is a diverse growing region that provides a wide range of fruit expression by variety allowing the winemaker to craft rich, multi-layered wines by blending grapes from unique vineyards throughout the region. Vineyard sources that give this wine its richness and complexity include our estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek, and such well-known Columbia Valley vineyards as Seven Hills and Red Mountain, among others. The Cabernet Sauvignon is aged 20-months in predominantly French oak barrels; both new, and one-year-old.

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About Novelty Hill:

Novelty Hill is a small, independent winery crafting limited quantities of elegant wines from Washington State's finest vineyards. Committed to delivering consistent, high quality wines through careful nurturing from vine to bottle, they are dedicated to using innovative clonal selection, sound viticultural practices and gentle, artisan winemaking to produce wines of uncompromising character.