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Protocolo Tinto 2009
Protocolo Tinto 2009
(search item no. 109509)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red color with violet hues, clean and very brilliant. On the nose, the wine is fruity, raspberry, red fruits; very characteristic of the variety. Light notes of toast and spice.
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About Protolcolo:

Ownership under the Eguren family. Vineyards are located on the northeast edge of the D.O. La Mancha. The grapes come from vineyards that are 2,700 ft. in elevation. They are oriented to the southwest and are planted in traditional vaso and cabeza systems. The soil is calcareous clay soils. The climate is continental climate with high daytime temperatures during the growing season moderated by cool nights. Winters are cold, summers are hot and dry.


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Chateau Duhart-Milon-Rothschild  2005
Chateau Duhart-Milon-Rothschild 2005
(search item no. 94343)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $159.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2005 was the fourth consecutive year to have a deficit in rainfall, but the drought began very early, at the end of May, which allowed the vine to adapt itself by reducing its leaves. The very hot weather in June and July gave way to progressively cooler weather in August and the cool nights allowed good acidity levels to be maintained, resulting in slow steady ripening. A year of atypical weather but in the end ideal for the production of healthy, very ripe grapes with wonderful freshness.

Attractive dense, deep color. Fruity, tannic, ample, precise and long on the palate. A very seductive wine, both dense and smooth.

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About Chateau Duhart-Milon-Rothschild:

In the early 18th century, Pauillac began widespread grape cultivation at the urging of the Lafite lords. The Milon wines served as additional income for Lafite's master, and became Château Lafite's second wine. The 1855 classification recognized the quality of Duhart-Milon's soil by ranking it as the only 4th growth wine in Pauillac.

Between 1830 and 1840, the Castéja family was left an inheritance by both Mandavy and the Duhart widow (14 hectares). The family thus possessed a 40-hectare vineyard that was named Duhart-Milon. The property changed ownership many times over the years and suffered a decline in the quality of its wines.

In 1962, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired the property from the Castéja family. Since the acquisition by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), the vineyards have been totally overhauled and the chais renovated. A finishing touch to a remarkable 40 year effort to reclaim the Médoc 4th growth wine ranking for Château Duhart-Milon.

This wine is from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)-Each wine is made with high standards delivering wines of elegance and finesse in the tradition of our great Bordeaux house, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.



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Woop Woop Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Woop Woop Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 105830)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaker, Ben Riggs and his team have produced a full and flavorsome wine, deep-hued with lifted aromatics and a structured but supple palate. Smooth, rich and generously loaded with mulberries, black cherries and spice on the palate, the finish is long lasting, delicious, dense and fruit-packed. With tannins enhancing the tastes and richness of food, this is a perfect red meat or pasta accompaniment.
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About Woop Woop:

Slang for "in the middle of nowhere", Woop Woop isn't a bad name for a ripper Aussie wine. Woop Woop is a collaboration between Ben Riggs, winemaker and Tony Parkinson, vineyard owner. They sourced grapes from the backblocks - outside their normal area of operation – they almost went to Woop Woop and back to find the right fruit. Nearly to the Outback, way past the black stump. Woop Woop wines capture the essence of ripe grapes sourced from Currency Creek, McLaren Vale and the Riverina, together with a good dose of Aussie humor.


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Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111056)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Strawberry, cherry and cola aromas and flavors harmoniously flow into the silky and soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 2% Merlot

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About Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.


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Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2006
Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 108089)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A delicate wine originating from our cool climate vineyards. The 2006 Cliff Edge Shiraz is now showing terrific fruit intensity, red fruit flavors, complex spice characters and balanced tannins. Excellent balance of finesse and depth, this wine points the way for Cliff Edge Shiraz in terms of finely structured palate and fruit intensity.
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About Mount Langi Ghiran:

Originally established in the 1870's Mount Langi Ghirans reputation is built on vision, quality and passion.

The vineyards are located in a spectacular setting, at an elevation of 350 metres, situated at the base of the 540 metre cliff face of Mount Langi Ghiran. Directly opposite is the Mount Cole state forest positioning the vineyards within a 30km valley. In 1996 the winery purchased another property on the well protected northern slope of Mount Langi Ghiran which is known as the "Hollows Vineyard". Together with the original vineyards the total area under vine is 225 acres.

The original vineyards were planted in the 1870's when European immigrants traveled to Western Victoria to discover gold. Bringing vines with them from the old country they went about working the rich fertile land of the Western district, creating some of Australia oldest vineyards. The vines were replaced by sheep at the turn of the century, however the site was re established in 1963 by Italian immigrants the Fratin brothers. Their first plantings were the Swiss Clone Shiraz, taken from the 140 year old nursery block in Great Western. They soon discovered that with the unique mix of Mount Langi Ghirans environment they were producing a spicy, pepper complex wine we now know as "Langi Shiraz".

The vineyards of Mount Langi Ghiran are nestled between two dramaticlly beautiful mountain ranges on the southern end of the Great Dividing Range in the Grampians region of Western Victoria. The cool climate of Mount Langi Ghiran is unique for growing wine in Australia, and the Shiraz vines like to take their time to ripen and develop their spicy, peppery flavors making Langi one of the last vineyards to be harvested in Victoria. The vines are elevated but also sit between lofty mountains, this creates a cooling effect particularly in Autumn during ripening, as cold air tumbles down the mountains and flows through the valley at night. Another effect of the mountains is the shadowing of the vineyards before days end thus shortening the effective sunshine hours. These climatic effects are unique to Langi and explain why particularly the Shiraz harvest is late, but more importantly they are significant in producing the benchmark characteristics of Langi Shiraz.



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Catena Zapata Nicolas 2007
Catena Zapata Nicolas 2007
(search item no. 108379)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Nicolás Catena Zapata is made from a selection of the best lots in the Catena Zapata vineyards. The first Nicolás Catena Zapata was made in 1997, a phenomenal Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in Mendoza. The first vintage was released in 2000 through a series of blind tastings held in the USA and Europe where it was compared to Chateau Latour, Haut Brion, Solaia, Caymus and Opus One. The Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997 came in either first of second in every tasting. This wine is only produced in outstanding vintage years and has received high acclaim from top wine publications and experts.

Saturated dark violet color; thick aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice, enlivened by minerals, violet, pepper and herbs. Then penetrating, sharply delineated and impressively concentrated, with a serious backbone, supporting its very fresh currant and mineral flavors. The vibrant finish suggests that this wine will have even more to say in five or six years.

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About Catena:

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.


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Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2005
Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 91502)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet rim with a black center. Lashings of dark chocolate on the nose. Showing the classic richness of Barossa Shiraz with a superb depth of fruit on the middle palate reined in by fine chalky tannins on the finish.

A great partner for beef, full flavored meat and poultry dishes, Indian curries and fine chocolates.

"Round and generous. A lively mouthful of cherry, tobacco and earthy spice flavors, lingering impressively on the focused finish..."
-Wine Spectator

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


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Corrina Rayment Expatriate Shiraz 2005
Corrina Rayment Expatriate Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 94618)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $51.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2005 Shiraz "Expatriate" was tasted from a barrel sample. It is dense crimson/purple in color with a brooding nose of mineral, leather, spice box, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied, voluptuous wine with layered, thick, intense flavors, well-concealed tannins, and a very long finish. Give it 5-7 years to blossom and drink it through 2025." - Robert Parker
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About Corrina Rayment:

This collaboration is born of Benjamin Hammerschlag's relationship with the Oliver family and in particular, with winemaker Corrina Rayment, who naturally fits into the group of young and progressive winemakers. Rayment is a progressive thinker and she's willing to take risks. Her wines are deigned to offer the best aspects of McLaren Vale - texture, suppleness and intensity.