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Dominus Estate 2005
Dominus Estate 2005
(search item no. 95083)
boutique wine
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1992 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1991 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1983 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dominus 2005 is dark red, almost deep crimson in color. The nose is dense and compact, filled with dark berries, blond tobacco, black cherries and cacao. The entry is both powerful and supple, spherical in quality. Perfectly ripe, the enveloped tannins are firm, round and elegant. Black fruit and licorice linger throughout the evolution in mouth, well-balanced and harmonious. A superb vintage.

The 2005 blend consists of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. No Merlot was used in the blend this year.

This wine clearly has tremendous aging potential. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

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About Dominus:

In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.

His love of Napa Valley lingered and in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or 'Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.



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Dominus Estate 2007
Dominus Estate 2007
(search item no. 104417)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $149.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1992 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1991 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1983 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dominus 2007 is a seamless "haute couture" estate wine with an intensely aromatic nose and perfectly elegant palate. Notes of ripe red cherries, fresh almonds, pomegranate and blond tobacco precede sweet tannins and a wonderful, bright finish with great length. It is youthful, noble and discreet.

The 2007 vintage is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.

We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving, to allow it to develop its full potential. This is especially important when serving young Dominus wines.

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About Dominus:

In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer from Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.

His love of Napa Valley lingered and in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or 'Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.



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Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2006
Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 96408)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The perfect condition of the grapes and the lovely ripe nature of the vintage meant that this wine saw a little more new oak than usual (25%). The wine from this spectacular vintage is ripe, floral and delicious. The beautiful peach and hazelnut aromas along with the rich silky texture are distinct characteristics of this wine even at this young stage. This is undoubtedly one of the best examples the winery has seen of this wine. It is sheer pleasure to taste and drink and will benefit even further from two to four years in bottle.
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About Kumeu River:

Founded in 1949 by Mick Brajkovich, wife Katé and son Maté, Kumeu River was one of the early pioneers in Auckland, New Zealand, that helped to establish its reputation as a world-class wine region. Still family owned and run, Kumeu River continues to pioneer new frontiers: winemaker Michael Brajkovich became New Zealand's first member of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine, London, and has been testing and championing screw cap closures for close to 20 years.


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Duckhorn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Duckhorn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 98527)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A complex blend of grapes from the greater Napa Valley and seven of its acclaimed appellations this wine also incorporates a significant amount of fruit from our Estate vineyards. The result is a wine that strikes an effortless balance between dark fruit oak and tannins. Classic Cabernet elements of black currant dark cherry plum and raspberry are accentuated by more subtle layers of mint and black olive. Though a big structured and age-worthy wine the tannins are beginning to soften framing both the fruit and the oak-inspired vanilla and cocoa notes.
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About Duckhorn Vineyards:

Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to showcase the characteristics of its vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled The Discussion, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that represents the pinnacle of Duckhorn's portfolio.


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Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2008
Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2008
(search item no. 104893)

PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $14.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rombauer Vineyards' Carneros Chardonnay has earned a reputation for being the benchmark California Chardonnay and the 2008 vintage continues that tradition. Delicious with intense pear, pineapple and tropical fruits, balanced with creamy, toasted vanilla. Refined acidity and hints of apple linger on the finish. Our favorite pairing for this wine includes grilled salmon or chicken with mango salsa, seafood pasta, crab cakes and arugula salad.
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About Rombauer Vineyards:

Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging our wines.

Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass. The joy of wine is something that's important to Rombauer. Whether you are a collector of fine wines or like to have wine with food, wine is something that truly should be enjoyed. Rombauer Vineyards puts a lot of hard work and tender care into making drinkable wines. And because wine is a simple product to enjoy, emphasis is given to taking the mystique out of enjoying fine wines.

Our emphasis on the joy of wine comes from the heritage of the Rombauer family. Koerner's ancestors made wine in the famous Rheingau region in Germany and his great aunt, Irma Rombauer, wrote the book The Joy of Cooking. Hence our focus on wine as complements to good food and good friends. Every family member is actively involved in the day to day operation of the winery from selecting grapes for the winemaking process and getting the wine to market.



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Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 95123)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $99.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1993 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1978 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With Cabernet of this quality, the winemaking team believes in taking a minimalist approach to winemaking. Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Ed and Laurie used tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak. They then aged the lots separately for just under two years before selecting the blend – one of exceptional depth, complexity and elegance. The final blend has aromas of Bing cherries, cocoa, cedar, allspice and mint. Generous cherry, blackberry and plum flavors are complemented by velvety tannins, resulting in a superbly long and elegant finish.
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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.



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Matanzas Creek Chardonnay 2007
Matanzas Creek Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 101375)
The Wine News rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Golden straw.

Nose: The first nose delivers notes of honey and lemon. After a swirl, honeysuckle flower and d'Anjou pear become more evident.

Flavor: A silky texture with flavors of lemon cream, white peach and pear progress into caramel and butterscotch with mineral accents.

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About Matanzas Creek:

Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a retired dairy farm in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. In 1985, the original winery, a converted dairy barn, gave way to a modern winemaking facility and since that time the Estate's Bennett Valley vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres of Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Vineyard acquisitions in Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Russian River Valley and Knights Valley provide the vineyard management and winemaking teams with an enviable selection of fruit. Sourced from Estate-owned vineyards, the Matanzas Creek wine portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot, as well as a limited amount of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

As important as the history of the winery itself is its location in Sonoma County's newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), Bennett Valley. Although only formally recognized as an AVA in December 2003, Bennett Valley has a rich history of grape growing dating back to the mid-1800s. Once defined as part of Sonoma County's Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVA's, Bennett Valley overlaps with these winegrowing regions but carves out 8,150 acres to call its own (of which 850 acres are planted with grapevines). Three mountains define Bennett Valley and also serve to capture a cool maritime air stream which promotes a cooler, longer growing season that results in more complex wines.



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Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2008
Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 108129)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine comes from a blend of twelve different vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, including fruit from our four estate vineyards. The Mt. Jefferson Cuvee is the first of our six Pinot Noirs to be released each year and has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named for Mt Jefferson (10,501 ft) in the Cascade Range that is due east of Cristom and dramatically visible from our tasting room.

Tasted after one year in bottle. Brooding dark-raspberry and dark-cherry dominate the nose of this youthful and zesty Mt Jefferson. The wine is still very primary on the bouquet and it reminded us of a freshly filled oak barrel as creamy vanilla scents came wafting out of our glasses. True to form, Mt Jeff is juicy and ripe on the palate with delicate mouth coating tannins. This is a seriously notable edition of Mt Jeff that shows tremendous promise over the medium term.

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About Cristom Vineyards:

Utilizing Old World winemaking techniques - whole clusters, native yeast fermentation, and gentle and minimal handling - Cristom handcrafts wines that are smooth, elegant and subtle.

These characteristics have earned Cristom distinction among wine enthusiasts and industry leaders alike, including being named 'Best New World Red' by Decanter magazine.

Our 65-acre estate in the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley offers a long growing season, mild climate, warm winds and ancient volcanic soils that make it ideally suited to grow Pinot Noir and other traditional French varietals.



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Kanonkop Pinotage 2007
Kanonkop Pinotage 2007
(search item no. 101119)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Crafted from the fruit of some of South Africa's oldest Pinotage vines, this benchmark bottling is a true Cape classic! Alluringly complex and distinctive, it boasts juicy layers of dark berries, cassis and plum intertwined with hints of bacon and mocha and a smoky, minerally undercurrent.
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About Kanonkop:

With a reputation for producing some of the Cape’s finest red wines, the heralded Kanonkop Estate is often referred to as a South African "First Growth." The fourth generation family farm, presently run by brothers Johann and Paul Krige, has been owned and operated by the Sauer-Krige family since the early 1930s. The name Kanonkop is derived from a "kopje" (small hill) on the property, from which a cannon was fired in the 17th century to announce the arrival of the Dutch East India Company’s trading ships at Table Bay.

Kanonkop boasts some of the Cape’s first commercially planted Pinotage vines, with an average age of over 50 years. Respecting tradition while embracing the future, Kanonkop fuses age-old wine-making techniques with state-of-the art technology. All of the estate’s grapes are handpicked and sorted. The wines are vinified in open concrete fermenters, using manual punchdowns, and are subsequently aged in French Nevers oak barrels.

Kanonkop continues its long history of excellence under Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at the estate since 2002. In addition to garnering regular 90+ ratings for his bottlings in such publications as Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, Beeslaar was crowned the 2008 International Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, where Kanonkop also received the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande trophy for the best blended red wine with its Paul Sauer 2003 and the Dave Hughes Trophy for Best South African Producer. In addition, Kanonkop was named "Winery of the Year" and its Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 earned "Wine of the Year" in the 2009 edition of John Platter’s South African Wine Guide – widely recognized as the most authoritative and comprehensive guide on the world of South African wine.