Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2005
Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2005
(search item no. 102835)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $31.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very deep crimson in color. Sweet lifted aromas of blackberries, plums, cassis and mulberries with hints of anise, cedar and vanilla. Ripe sweet blackberry fruits on the lush, layered palate; complex, with velvety tannins, great concentration long and silky.
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About Henschke:

The Henschke family have been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard at Keyneton in Eden Valley in 1862. Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines, including the world-famous Shiraz wines, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s. Fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue are one of the most lauded winemaking teams in the world, and international awards recognize the complementary nature of their roles, Stephen as winemaker and Prue as viticulturist. To protect their vineyards for future generations they have implemented an inspiring nursery program to preserve the genetic heritage of their oldest pre-phylloxera vines as well as continuing to lead the way with organic and biodynamic principals to enrich their land.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Victoria    Australia   
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Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz 2007
Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 107798)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A vibrant plum red colour, this wine has an elegant nose of spice, pepper and blackberries typical of Shiraz from this region. These flavours continue on the long, full palate where they are complimented by firm, fine tannins and spicy French oak characters. Very appealing to drink now but built to cellar with confidence for at least ten years.
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About Taltarni:

Established in 1969, Taltarni was one of the founding wineries in the iron-rich Pyrenees wine region in Victoria. John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered the Taltarni Vineyard through a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux. From the outset, Taltarni has a strong French influence with the initial plantings of Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soon after, Taltarni extended its plantings with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. The Goelet family also sources Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Taltarni has built its reputation on elegant sparkling wines that are crafted using methode traditionale techniques, as wells as producing exceptional red and white wines. The distinctive labels, featuring a 17th century cartouche, represent the attention to detail and the French elegance and finesses that are hallmarks of all Taltarni wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    North Coast    California   
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Roederer Estate Brut
Roederer Estate Brut
(search item no. 8498)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Roederer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer champagne among the most sought-after in the world.

Roederer's winemaking style is based on two elements: ownership of its own vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvee. All the grapes for the Anderson Valley wines are grown on the Estate.

Each year, the winemaker selects a portion of the best wines for aging in Center of France oak casks. Aged from one to three years, wines from this reserve cellar are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvee in the traditional Roederer style, known for its body, finesse and depth of flavor.

The Roederer Estate Brut debuted in October 1988, and has since established its reputation as one of California's premier sparklers, remaining true to the heritage of excellence and style of its French forebears.

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About Roederer Estate:

The crisp, fresh and rich flavors of Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley that is home to their family-owned estate's 600 acres of vineyards. This protected valley in Northern California provides the ideal ripening conditions for their 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines.


White Wines    Riesling    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2008
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2008
(search item no. 96350)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Pewsey Vale Riesling is a rich and intensely flavored wine. Classic fruit aromas of talcum, lemons and limes, with a hint of overlaying dried herb are present, along with a palate showing great length and depth with limes, and a hint of tropical fruit. The wine finishes with a soft but fresh natural acidity which balances the flavour intensity, and will reward with medium to long-term cellaring.
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About Pewsey Vale:

Pewsey Vale Vineyard was first planted to Riesling by Joseph Gilbert in 1847. The site was later purchased by well known grazier Geoff Angas-Parsons whom in 1961 invited his friend Wyndham Hill Smith to jointly develop the historic vineyard site. They believed the site could produce "delicate Rieslings in the Germanic style".

With an altitude varying between 485 metres and 500 metres, Pewsey Vale sits 250 metres above the Barossa Valley floor. The cooler temperatures found at this height encourage a longer ripening period which extends well into autumn. This longer ripening period is essential for producing superior quality grapes with exceptional flavour and character - hallmarks of Pewsey Vale wines. Block to block variation enables winemakers to select from separate parcels of fruit to tailor wines to the Pewsey Vale style, ensuring consistency from vintage to vintage.



White Wines    Chardonnay    South Australia    Australia   
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Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2005
Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 107344)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Petaluma Chardonnay is selected from seven distinguished vineyard sites in the Adelaid Hills sub-region of the Piccadilly Valley, that are twenty-five years old. A refined and minerally Chardonnay with nectarine flavors and texture typical of the very best vintages from Piccadilly.

The 2005 Petaluma Chardonnay is refined and has great minerality. Ripe nectarine and white peach aromas and flavours are complemented by gentle char from the barrel fermentation and lingering acid typical of cool vintages from the Piccadilly Valley. The extended yeast lees contact and Vosges oak combine to helphighlight this texture without imparting oiliness.

With a few years of age, this wine is tasting delicious! Chill down and drink up.

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About Petaluma:

Petaluma, founded by world-famous winemaker Brian Croser, is widely regarded as Australia's pre-eminent small winery. Petaluma wines are made in various vineyard sites, each selected for specific characteristics.