Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2010
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 113474)
screw cap wine

PinotReport rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is bright garnet with ruby tint. On the nose, aromas of cherry, cranberry, raspberry and spice. Flavors of pomegranate, blueberry and tobacco leaf. The wine has a silky mouthfeel, lively on the mid palate, with a round finish.
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About King Estate:

King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Bethel Heights Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
Bethel Heights Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108132)
green wine
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry with underlying notes of stonefruit, cedar, and rose petals. The palate is pure raspberries and Royal Anne cherries with orange zest and just a flicker of oak spice in the background. This wine is balanced by a bright and balancing core of acidity and fine grain tannins that will help this wine age gracefully over the next decade.
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About Bethel Heights Vineyard:

Planted between 1977 and 1979, Bethel Heights was one of the first vineyards in the Eola Hills, a chain of hills in the center of Oregon's Willamette Valley. The estate winery was established in 1984 and currently produces 10,000 cases of wine annually, most of which still comes from the 50 acre estate vineyard. Bethel Heights specializes in Pinot Noir, but also produces Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Schug Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
Schug Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 109900)
PinotReport rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 PinotReport rating: 93 points
2009 PinotReport rating: 92 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Critics are touting 2007 as one of the finest vintages for Pinot Noir in recent years, so naturally we have eagerly awaited the release of our Heritage Reserve bottling. The maturity of our own vineyards as well as several new growers we have added over the years has given us an even broader spectrum of individual lots to choose from, for making our top blend.

We set aside the finest barrel lots of our Carneros Pinot Noir for extended aging to create our "Heritage Reserve" Pinot Noir. Each vineyard lot was chosen to express its own individuality in harmony with the final blend. The result is a limited bottling that is as rich and powerful as it is graceful and charming. A bouquet reminiscent of roses, warm cherries and Kirsch liqueur leads to rich flavors of black cherry, cranberry, and hints of lavender, all finishing with hints of tobacco and spicy new oak. This wine is perfect for the collector's cellar, and will continue to age gracefully for up to 10 years.

Vineyards: 36% Iund; 28% Sangiacomo; 18% Estate; 9% Ricci; 9% Brown

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About Schug Estate Winery:

Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California's most celebrated winemakers. Walter Schug's reputation blossomed during his tenure as Founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s, where he made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend (Insignia) and legendary vineyard designated Cabernets (Backus and Eisele Vineyards).

Drawing on his long experience in the production of fine wines in both Europe and California, Walter set up his own winery with his wife Gertrud in the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation. Here he could focus on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart.

Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available, and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2010
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 110615)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is chock-full of fresh blackberries, cherries and dark chocolate sprinkled with spices. The palate is fresh and juicy, ripe red fruits mix with plums, blackcurrant, flowers and a twist of black pepper. The tannins are fine with d'Arenberg's trademark earthiness helping keep this easy going wine in check.
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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.