Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs (375ML half-bottle) 2009
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs (375ML half-bottle) 2009
(search item no. 112986)
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 93 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ripe black cherry/raspberry nose, with notes of pepper, licorice, chaparral, and tobacco. Rich black fruit on the palate. Full and viscous. Well-coated tannins and a long, layered finish.
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About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Tormaresca Neprica 2009
Tormaresca Neprica 2009
(search item no. 110210)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color with violet hues. Aromas of red fruits and black cherry dominate the nose, complimented by light floral notes. Soft and flavorful on the palate with balanced acidity and subtle tannins.
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About Tormaresca:

Tormaresca is the fruit of the Antinori family's investment in the Puglian region since July 1998.

The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties: one in Minervino Murge (Bari) a 100 hectare (247 acre) estate located in the Castel del Monte D.O.C. region, 40 miles from the Adriatic Sea; the other property is a 500 hectare (1,235 acre) estate near San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi), closer to the sea in the Salento DOC region.

The new cellar is located at Minervino Murge while the commercial and administrative offices are in the city of Bari, halfway between the two properties.



White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Pacific Rim Riesling 2010
Pacific Rim Riesling 2010
(search item no. 110470)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Portrays bright crispness, subtle sweetness and aromas of jasmine, pear and apple, this wine exemplifies the harmony of Riesling.

The sweetness plays wonderfully with fiery fare (from Thai to Mexican), while the natural acidity stands up to richer foods (from French to German).

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About Pacific Rim:

Riesling, simply, is the most versatile, complex and food-friendly of all the noble grapes. if you enjoy inspiring your palate, then Riesling is your ideal wine. No other varietal so purely expresses terroir. Washington's Columbia Valley - home of Pacific Rim - provies the ideal soils and climate for growing Riesling. Purity is at the core of Pacific Rim's winemaking philosophy. They exclusively use stainless steel tanks, allowing the true character of Riesling to speak for itself, they do not use malolactic fermentation and their wines are fermented only with native yeasts. Pacific Rim produces 10 different Rieslings from bone dry to sticky sweet, and Riesling represents 95% of all the wines they produce. Pacific Rim is an Organic and Biodynamic certified winery.