White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2009
Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 109894)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Chardonnay possesses a wonderful elegance due to the coolness of the vintage. While the wine still has the abundant orchard fruit flavors typical of Sonoma County Chardonnay, it also displays more citrus, acidity and minerality than we have seen in the past. The oak profile is also subdued to better match the wine's intensity, but there is still plenty of inherent texture and ripeness thanks to the Indian summer and frequent stirring of the lees. Overall, this is one of the most balanced, complex and delicious Sonoma County Chardonnays we've produced in years.
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About Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Cellars:

With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County, becoming one of California’s most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals.

With the spotlight on single vineyards and specific sub-appellations such as Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros and Russian River Valley, Sebastiani produces wine under the Sonoma County, Appellation Selection and Proprietary Selection designations. Founded in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani, the winery is best known for its Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Sonoma County's most coveted wines. The winery is located just blocks from Sonoma's historic downtown plaza and offers historical tours as well as extensive picnic grounds and hospitality venues.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Santa Ema Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Santa Ema Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 110902)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, intense red in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon has complex and intense aromas of dark fruit - such as blueberries, cassis, and blackberries - that lend tremendous typicity and are complemented by a touch of dark chocolate. On the palate, this Cabernet is mouth-filling and highly concentrated with firm, ripe tannins and persistent fruit on the finish.

Drink with beef and lamb stews. Also excellent with ripe cheeses.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Santa Ema Winery:

Over the years, Santa Ema has been recognized by the most important national and international organizations and has earned numerous medals in competitions such as the Concours Mundial de Bruxelles and distinctions in the prestigious international trade magazines. It was recently added to Wine Spectator's list of Top 20 World's Finest Value Brands, Wine Advocate rated four Santa Ema wines above 90 points, and Wine & Spirits named it Value Winery of the Year. But for Santa Ema, the most important distinction of all is the preference of its consumers around the world to appreciate the work of three generations dedicated to the production of consistently high quality wines.


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Maycas del Limari Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2007
Maycas del Limari Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 99283)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant light yellow in color, Maycas Chardonnay offers great citrus aromas mixed with notes of toasted almond and hazelnut leading to a distinct minerality. Full-bodied, this wine offers great freshness and density. Citrus flavors echo on the palate and end with a crisp and persistent finish.

Enjoy with seafood and poultry dishes. Marries well with salmon, oysters, shrimp, and is excellent with rich sauces.

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About Maycas del Limari:

Located 250 miles north of Santiago, in the rapidly developing Limari Valley, Concha y Toro has developed an exciting new project, Maycas del Limarí. Maycas, means "croplands" in Quechua. This land was the foundation of the Inca Empire, the most powerful civilization in South America. Limarí takes its name from the Franciscan monk who first planted grapes here in 1548. The Limarí valley benefits from a strong coastal influence - more so than Chile's other coastal areas such as Casablanca, Marchigüe and San Antonio, as the coastal range of mountains which hugs the shoreline starts in Limarí, and features lower elevations than the rest of the range as it heads southward. That means more of the ocean breezes make their way up into the valley. The wines produced here reflect the luminosity of the zone, the minerality of the rich marine soils and the extraordinary coastal breezes. The Limarí area represents one of the longest growing seasons in the world for wine grapes. Maycas del Limarí Reserva Especial wines draw their inspiration from the Inca solar calendar, prominently displayed on each label.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 108314)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $49.59

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

COLOR: Dense and Intense Ruby Purple.
NOSE: Deep, dominated by an elegant and spicy barrel aging. A background of fresh leather, truffles and meaty notes rises powerfully, blending with graphite and wet stones hints. Then comes the fruit made of black cherries, bright blackcurrant. Slight tones of black pepper, dried herbs and balsamic notes are above a menthol accent. Bread crust, aromatized tobacco and subtle sweet chocolate add to the complexity.
PALATE: Shows a still evolving, fine and impressive structure. A noble presence of oak joins the general balsamic entity. Fresh and fine tight tannins create a true armor, yet integrated to the substance, that will surely be polished by time. The very tactile texture never prevails over the wine balance. Long and vibrant, the finish underlines the herbal and balsamic notes as well has the brightness of the unctuous dazzling fruit.
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About Domus Aurea:

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, Clos Quebrada de Macul is recognized as one of the finest vineyards in the Maipo Valley. It is here, on the gravelly slopes of a 45-acre single-vineyard, that owners Ricardo and Isabel Pena produce their award-winning Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Peña family is committed to extremely low yields. The family's vineyards are divided into five blocks that follow the depth and stoniness of the soil, which are further divided into upper, middle and lower rows. The harvest is not determined by block or row but vine by vine. The winery also utilizes open-top fermentation and personalized oak aging cycles, selecting lots with the most character to be the first wines into French barrels.



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Lapostolle Chardonnay 2005
Lapostolle Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 87701)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $10.89

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Attractive, luminous, intense yellow color. Very aromatic and complex nose, with lots of fresh and fruity tropical aromas, pineapple, peach and asparagus notes predominate with very well-integrated oaky nuances. Fresh, rich and complex wine on the palate; well balanced and rounded; harmonious with long and agreeable persistence. A very seductive wine, in a style specific to the Casablanca terroir.
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About Lapostolle:

Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that make Grand Marnier a global success. Its objected is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and superb terroirs of Chile. Today, Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produces a total of 200,000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.


White Wines    Albarino    Rias Baixas    Spain   
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Adegas D'Altamira Brandal Albarino 2005
Adegas D'Altamira Brandal Albarino 2005
(search item no. 92087)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $12.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Brandal has a yellow-straw color, with green reflections. It gives off a varied and intense aroma of ripe fruit (apple, pear and peaches), and a hint of fine sediments. A broad palate shows rich fruits–elegant, wellconstructed and spicy, with a touch of mineral on the pleasing, medium-long, finish
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About Adegas D'Altamira:

Altamira means "high sight" in Spanish, and it was to this picturesque location - over 200 meters above the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of the Rias Baixas region - that the grandparents of the current owners of Adegas D'Altamira first planted vines more than 70 years ago.

Like all Galicia farmers around 1900, Juan and Leocadia Garrido grew the grapes on small plots of land, made and bottled wines without labels, and sold them in the local markets. Many of the grapes were hybrids of red Catalan grapes and white Alicante that offered maximum productivity. In the late 1930s, it was discovered that the climate and terroir of the Rias Baixas region was ideal for growing the pure Albarino grape. While the Garrido had already planted quite a few Albarino vines (some of the vines on the Estate today are over 100 years old), they turned their entire hillside vineyard over to this one varietal.

The 100% Albarino wines made by the family became extremely well-known, so much so that when Albarino wines from the Rias Baixas started to make a name for themselves in the rest of the country, they were uniquely poised to take advantage of this mew market and the burgeoning Spanish wine industry.

In 2004 , Jose Tourino, Sr., along with his son, Jose Jr., built a state-of-the-art winery, a tasting room, cave and catering facilities, soon to be joined by luxury lodging on the family property. They also finally put a label on their wines - 2004 Albarino Adegas D'Altamira was their first vintage. This wine has received great praise and over 23 awards, including Spain's Golden Bacchus and is considered among the very best of aged Albarino from Rias Biaxas.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Annie's Lane Shiraz 2004
Annie's Lane Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 93990)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Annie's Lane Shiraz is dark, plummy red in color. Aromas of spice, pepper and dark berry fruit characterise the lifted nose. The palate has subtle integrated oak and silky tannins, creating a luscious mouthfeel to support the spicy cherry and blackberry fruit flavors.

Food pairings: Beef Wellington with glazed winter vegetables

Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar for 5 to 7 years.

"This is an outstanding value."
-International Wine Cellar

"...this bargain-priced beauty is more about displaying the Clare Valley terroir than simple fruit or oak, unusual in this price range..."
-Wine Enthusiast

"For smoky, grilled meats, pizzas and veggies, I love the spicy richness of the Annie's Lane McLaren Vale Shiraz from Australia—it's perfect for a barbecue crowd."
-Decanter

"What I like best about it is that it's not overripe, so it maintains enough acidity to make it a good food wine in a category where many similar wines are not."
-San Francisco Chronicle

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About Annie's Lane:

Annie Wayman was a legend in the Clare Valley. She could always be relied upon to bring along sandwiches and a warm drink to harvesters and pruners in the vineyard at the turn of the 20th century. One evening, Annie's horse and cart got bogged in a lane adjacent to one of the valley's best vineyards. Thus, Annie's Lane was born.

Annie' s Lane is now one of the finest wineries in Australia's renowned Clare Valley and represents the finest vineyards in one of South Australia's great regions. The Annie's Lane wines rely on regional and varietal expression and have been awarded with over 350 trophies and medals at wine shows in Australia and across the globe since the first release in 1996. The most successful of all the wines has been the super-premium Copper Trail Shiraz.

The home of Annie's Lane is the heritage listed Quelltaler winery at the heart of Watervale, in the Clare Valley's south. Quelltaler is the region's oldest and most important winery, dating back to 1863. Fruit for Annie's Lane is sourced from magnificent old Watervale vines as well as from vineyards to the north in the Polish Hill River sub-district where the cooler ripening period and extraordinary slate riddled soils combine to create an unmistakable stamp of the Clare Valley.



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Cono Sur Sustainable Agriculture Chardonnay 2006
Cono Sur Sustainable Agriculture Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 93432)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $8.29

Winemaker's Notes:

The farming of this wine was devised specifically to make efficient use of renewable resources, protect the environment and cause minimum impact to the surrounding ecological system, in line with best Sustainable Agriculture practices. Beginning with the 2009 vintage this wine will be certified organic, having passed the required three year transition period.

Bright yellow in color with some golden tints. Aromas of citrus and light mineral. Complex, with good balanced acidity on the palate. Citric and fresh. Enjoy with seafood, white meats, dried fruits, butter and cream sauces, and cheeses.

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About Cono Sur:

Cono Sur Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1993, with the vision of producing premium, expressive and innovative wines conveying the spirit of the new world. Their name refers to the company's geographic position; it represents wines proudly made in South America's Southern Cone, on whose western edge lays Chile and its gifted wine valleys. Their logo is a freehand drawing of the silhouette of South America. Right from the start, Cono Sur applied new ideas and technology to winemaking traditional methods. Nowadays, Cono Sur's original claim, "No family trees, no dusty bottles, just quality wine," continues to inspire them towards quality, innovation, style and creativity.


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Sticks Chardonnay 2004
Sticks Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 82776)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 2 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

The color is a brilliant light straw with vibrant green hues. The bouquet possesses nectarine, peach and savory oak characters. The palate is clean and dry with tropical fruit flavors and a crisp zesty finish.

"Former Aussie rules footballer-turned-winemaker Rob (Sticks) Dolan, brought the wheel full circle when he (and others) bought, and renamed Sticks, the Yarra Ridge winery where he was once the winemaker. This is a great example of unpretentious Yarra Valley chardonnay style, fruit-driven with nectarine, honeydew and citrus, line and length its foundation."
-James Halliday

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About Sticks:

Winemaker Rob "Sticks" Dolan crafts these wines from fruit grown on premium vineyards in Victoria's Yarra Valley. Rob Dolan's career began in South Australia, where he learned the art of making wine from the ground up. He developed and refined his skills under the instruction of two of Australia's most distinguished teachers. It was during this time that the budding winemaker and towering sportsman, known as "Sticks", was also a dual premiership player for the Port Adelaide Football Club.

In 1991, Rob Dolan became the winemaker at Yarra Ridge. The small family winery provided Rob with the opportunity to experiment, which enabled him to hone his winemaking skills. His efforts were immediately recognized on the international show circuit. Rob proceeded to plant his first "Sticks" grapes in the mid 1980's. The goal at Sticks is to provide today's drinker with immensely satisfying wines at affordable prices.