Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 93805)
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Spends an average of eight months in small French and American oak barrels, resulting in an exceptionally round, mouth-filling wine. Ripe cherry and currant flavors, with a velvety finish. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

"Surprisingly powerful and rich in fruit for its price, this offers black currant and cassis over youthfully rustic tannins. Give it some pork."
-Wines & Spirits "Value Picks"

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About Vina Santa Rita:

Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile's premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile's Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile.

In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Ricardo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile's most successful and innovative estates. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series of wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real and Triple C. Wide-ranging enhancements embrace the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Today Santa Rita exports to more than 70 countries worldwide. The property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations - the Maipo Valley; Casablanca; Rapel; Apalta; Leyda and Curico - enabling access to diverse climates and terrain.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 94108)
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, dark ruby red. Concentrated blackberry and black cherry aromas with well-integrated oak. Juicy red and black fruit highlighted with earthy notes and elegant oak that lend a creamy mouth feel. Plush with soft, rich tannins, this wine is concentrated, round and luxurious with a long finish.

A great vintage! The Colchagua Valley experienced an optimum growing season with excellent ripening throughout March and April. The extended hang time resulted in ripe flavors and very soft tannins.

"Inky black hue. Powerful scents of black cherry, rum cake and allspice. Velvety tannins and creamy flavors of blueberry and blackberry with hints of cinnamon and mocha. Plush tannins with cherry, chocolate and vanilla in the close."
-Wine News
Tasters Choice Selection 92/100

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About Veramonte:

Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Veneto    Italy   
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Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2003
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2003
(search item no. 88266)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This blend of 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese is a smooth, full-bodied cru made in an innovative ripasso style. After the harvest, the grapes from the Palazzo della Torre vineyard follow two different paths: while 70% of the grapes are vinified immediately after the harvest, the remaining percentage is dried until the end of December. At this point, the wine ferments again with the dried grapes. This wine will age easily for 8-10 years. Deep ruby red in color, it has a delicious red berry perfume, with hints of raisins and plums.

"...intense herb-infused, black cherry fruit interwoven with notes of white chocolate, mocha, and almonds. Spicy, rich, medium to full-bodied, and dense with no hard edges."" The Wine Advocate
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"Fresh, almost sweet blackberry and vanilla on the nose, following through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a cut-wood character. Balanced finish...Tasted twice, with consistent notes."" The Wine Spectator
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About Allegrini:

The estate is based in Fumane di Valpolicella, just north of Verona in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, or "valley of many cellars" is an area crossed from north to south by a series of hills, which in succession form three parallel valleys. These valleys are crossed by steep-sided, narrow river beds which remain dry except during spring thaws or autumn rains.

The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations, playing a major role in the Valpolicella Classico area for many centuries. Giovanni Allegrini was the founder of the new generation. He was extremely proud to be part of the Valpolicella, and dedicated his many resources and energies to this land. He was among the first in questioning local viticultural techniques, revolutionizing accepted practices, and speaking clearly about quality. He was able to combine the science of enology with strict grape selection, and between 1960 and 1970, made some of the Valpolicella's best wines.

Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of "cru" production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. These crus have been a success worldwide: The Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja have set the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006
(search item no. 89813)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $16.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 60 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Crisp, authoritative, dry and racy... very fresh and refreshing, beautifully rendered."
-Wine Enthusiast

Bright, fruity, crisp style. Pretty aromas of fresh young pear, honey, starfruit, honeydew, and flower. Bold and crisp mouth feel with generous flavors of pear, mineral, melon, and spice, interwoven with well-balanced acidity. The Pinot Blanc, picked very ripe, adds emollient mouthfeel, and contributes to the Alsatian style. While the Muscat adds flowery sweetness, the barrel fermented portions of the Auxerrois add a kiss of toast and richness.

The quintessential match with salmon. Wonderful with cheese, shellfish, chicken, salads and white fish.

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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:

United in the dream of building a world class winery in Oregon, thousands of wine enthusiasts joined winegrower Jim Bernau to create Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is regarded as one of Oregon's top wineries. Since 1983, the winery has grown to produce some of the highest-rated Pinot Noirs in the U.S. Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Willamette Valley Vineyards one of "America's Great Pinot Noir Producers." Their wines have been served at the White House and are recommended by wine critic and author Andrea Immer, Food Network's Rachael Ray and Public Broadcasting's chefs Caprial and John Pence.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' goal is to make the highest quality Burgundian varietals possible from the Willamette Valley. Their approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Bernau's stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth and richness of mouth feel and balance.

The people of Willamette Valley Vineyards are deeply committed to being good stewards of the land using natural means to promote soil nutrition and vine health. Both the Estate and Tualatin vineyards are LIVE certified and designated "Salmon Safe" by the Pacific Rivers Council.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah 2004
Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah 2004
(search item no. 87741)
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $10.79

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 6 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

The 2004 Concannon Petite Sirah, Limited Release, Central Coast is a wine that has vibrant fruit aromas of black cherry and plum. This Petite Sirah is full bodied, yet it has a very mellow structure. With a hint of oak and vanilla on the palate, the finish on this wine is quite lasting and memorable.

Enjoy with teriyaki beef dishes and any wild game or organically raised red meat recipes.

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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.