Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Carneros    California   
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Domaine Carneros Brut 2007
Domaine Carneros Brut 2007
(search item no. 110575)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1994 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vintage dated each year, the Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée represents the best of Carneros pinot noir and chardonnay made into a classic sparkling wine. The appellation is 100% Carneros. The Brut was aged in the bottle for three years before release. It will continue to develop further depth and complexity as it ages.

This cuvée has aromas of meadow flowers, pears and citrus peel enhanced with notes of toast, vanilla and spice. The wine is elegantly structured, rich, round and flavorful with the long creamy finish that is the hallmark of Domaine Carneros wines.

Lovely served with double or triple cream cheeses, it also matches especially well with oysters, shellfish, fish, poultry, Asian and California cuisine.

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About Domaine Carneros:

A joint venture between Champagne Taittinger and Kobrand Corporation, partners who are perfectionists in their fields, Domaine Carneros has established itself since its inception in 1987 as one of California's finest producers of premium quality, methode traditionelle sparkling wines. The inspiration for Domaine Carneros belongs to Champagne Taittinger; the first glimmerings of the concept were shaped in the mind of Claude Taittinger in 1947. The 138 acre estate is situated in the Carneros appellation of Northern California, a 36,900 acre viticultural area which straddles the border between the Napa and Sonoma counties at their southern extremity. The estate's vineyards extend up a slope rising to a crest overlooking San Francisco and San Pablo Bay, with an elevation of 120 to 260 feet above sea level.


Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Carneros    California   
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Domaine Carneros Brut Rose Cuvee de la Pompadour
Domaine Carneros Brut Rose Cuvee de la Pompadour
(search item no. 96844)
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Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $35.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour, celebrates the life and times of Madame de Pompadour (the great courtesan and mistress of Louis XV) who is credited with introducing Champagne to the court and was an influential tastemaker in the matters of art, architecture and philosophy–famous for her comment, "Champagne is the only wine a woman can drink and remain beautiful."

Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé is a wine of great balance, emphasizing fruity and floral characteristics to a greater extent than evident in the Brut or Le Rêve. It is made strictly with artisan attention to quality, with sourcing exclusively from Carneros and the use of time-honored Champenoise methods of production. A blend of 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay, the Brut Rosé is meant to be enjoyed at a fairly young age, when the fruity character is still predominant yet there is enough age to make the wine round and balanced.

The wine's aroma has hints of wild strawberries and roses with notes of peach Although a pale pink in color, Brut Rosé is not sweeter than our other wines. It is a true Brut.

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About Domaine Carneros:

A joint venture between Champagne Taittinger and Kobrand Corporation, partners who are perfectionists in their fields, Domaine Carneros has established itself since its inception in 1987 as one of California's finest producers of premium quality, methode traditionelle sparkling wines. The inspiration for Domaine Carneros belongs to Champagne Taittinger; the first glimmerings of the concept were shaped in the mind of Claude Taittinger in 1947. The 138 acre estate is situated in the Carneros appellation of Northern California, a 36,900 acre viticultural area which straddles the border between the Napa and Sonoma counties at their southern extremity. The estate's vineyards extend up a slope rising to a crest overlooking San Francisco and San Pablo Bay, with an elevation of 120 to 260 feet above sea level.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Etude Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
Etude Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 108521)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 PinotReport rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Estate hails from our vineyard tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. Unlike customary Carneros acreage, which is largely uplifted bay bottoms with soils composed of clay, the soils on the Etude Estate site are variations of volcanic origin. They are well-drained, rocky upland soils. Combining these soils with the extreme western location closer to the Pacific Ocean makes this site a decidedly distinct destination.

True ruby in color, the 2008 Pinot Noir bottling offers aromas of strawberries and sous bois mingled with aromatic woods. Hints of sandalwood and cedar on the nose are followed by elegant fruit flavor on the palate. Berry, plum and a cherry core introduce the wine. The saturated cherry and confiture notes are rounded out by brown spice, clove and oak toast on the finish. A lushness arises from the warmer growing season, creating a lively and defined Pinot Noir with freshness and length.

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About Etude Wines:

The underlying philosophy at Etude Wines is that winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested. Winemaker, Jon Priest, believes that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker and results in a wine that is grown, not made. Etude specializes in two classic red varieties: Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though modeled on the best from Burgundy to Bordeaux, these wines speak clearly of their contemporary California origins, combining rich, ripe fruit with an elegant and opulent mouth feel.


Dessert, Sherry & Port    Madeira    Portugal    Portugal   
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Blandy's 15 Year Old Malmsey Madiera
Blandy's 15 Year Old Malmsey Madiera
(search item no. 9761)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $38.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Clear, dark golden brown with very strong legs. Characteristic bouquet with complex dried fruits and wood, toffee and vanilla. Sweet, smooth, full bodied, complex, and a long finish of nuts and dark chocolate.
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About Blandy's:

John Blandy first set foot on Madeira in 1807. In 1989, the Symington family became partners with the Blandy family and is helping to reinvigorate the Madeira trade. Grapes are grown in volcanic soil and hand harvested due to steeply terraced cliffs. The resulting wines are highly acidic and were found by historical accident to benefit from being heated - a process that would destroy any other wine. Originally, Madeiras were heated by the sun, stored in casks on the decks of boats exploring the world during the 18th century. Today, Madeiras are heated in a process called “estufagem,” which gives them great concentration and an incredible capacity to age while retaining some of the vibrant acidity unique to these wines.


Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Dow's Fine Ruby
Dow's Fine Ruby
(search item no. 1806)
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PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Dow's Ruby offers a great entry level Port for the shopper looking for value. It's bright raspberry and cherry flavors marry well with cocoa power and mineral notes with the drier finish characteristic of Dow's Ports.

Serving and pairing suggestions
Dow's Ruby is bottled ready to drink after an average three years of cask aging. It has a t-cap closure, which means that you don't need a corkscrew to open it and that it will stay fresh for four to six months if stored in a cool, dark place or refrigerator. Serve it in a glass with at least a six ounce capacity so that you may appreciate the wine's aromas. Dow's Ruby is delicious with creamy blue cheeses or dark chocolate.

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About Dow's:

Dow's has been producing top Ports for over two centuries. One of the first companies to establish its own vineyards, Dow's acquired Senhora da Ribeira, located in the remote Upper Douro, in 1890 and Bomfim, which lies in the heart of Alto Douro, in 1896. Their respective wines, Ribeira with its soft fruit and violet aromas, and Bomfim with its concentrated intensity, provide the backbone to the recognized drier style of Dow's Ports. In 1912, Andrew James Symington became a partner in Dow's and today, five members of the fourth generation Symington family own and manage this historic house.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Melville Estate Chardonnay 2004
Melville Estate Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 85539)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine exhibits very intense, clearly defined aromas of lemons and limes, almost lemom-meringue like, coupled with minerally components reminiscent of wet river stones, and a flintiness backed by hints of pumpkin spice and unbaked pie crust. These same flavors carry through in the mouth along with a strong grapefruit character. On the palate, the wine possesses great volume and amplitute which is reigned in and directed by the racy acidity allowing the wine to be generous, weighty and driven.
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About Melville:

In 1989, Melville Vineyards, a family owned and operated enterprise was founded in Sonoma County's Knights Valley, where Ron Melville grew high quality, much sought after Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996, Ron's desire to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brought Melville Vineyards to Lompoc's Sta. Rita Hills, located in the western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California.

The Sta. Rita Hills appellation is where Ron Melville and his sons Brent and Chad Melville decided to develop their estate vineyards and winery. Since then, they have also developed an interest in Rhone varietals, particularly Northern Rhone Syrah and Viognier. The Melville estate achieves quality through the integrity of its farming practice and its respect to the microclimate. The Melvilles believe that a fine wine begins in the terroir (teh-RWAHR) or microclimate of a vineyard. Terroir is the French term for soil. In the vineyard, it encompasses soil type and geographic factors which may influence the quality of wine. This is indicative of the Melvilles' decision to grow wine in the Sta. Rita Hills (AVA) appellation.



Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Dom Perignon  2002
Dom Perignon 2002
(search item no. 106088)
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Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $159.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1993 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The first hints of fresh almond and harvest aromas immediately open up into preserved lemon and dried fruits, the whole rounded off by darker smoky and toasted qualities.

The presence of the wine on the palate is immediately captivating. Paradoxically concentrated yet creamy, it is energetic and warm in the mouth, focusing on the fruit, then gradually taking on more profound bass notes. The whole holds its note perfectly, intensively, with just a subtle, elegant hint of underlying bitterness.

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About Dom Perignon:

Dom Pérignon, a seventeeth-century cellarmaster of the Abbey of Hautvillers, is revered as the spiritual father of winemaking in the Champagne region. Keen observation, respect for nature, pragmatic creativity, technical innovation, the courage of his convictions, and patience were the instruments serving his vision. He constantly mastered and incorporated all its components and the stages of its production, from the vineyards themselves to the pressing and clarification of the wines and their preservation.

Dom Pérignon was the originator of new techniques for cultivating vines and making wine. These innovations spread rapidly throughout the region.

Today, Dom Pérignon is produced by France's largest Champagne house, Moët et Chandon. Dom Pérignon’s principle contribution in the 20th century has been its commitment to vintage years. In addition to the exclusive use of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from only the finest growths and vineyards, Dom Pérignon strictly limits itself to wines of the very best years, which have undergone long ageing.

The Dom Pérignon style is constructed by the Chef de Cave to create a range of sensations on the palate that reflect all the complexity of the structure, and the aromas and characteristics of the vintage.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Madeira    Portugal    Portugal   
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Blandy's 10 Year Madiera Rich Malmsey
Blandy's 10 Year Madiera Rich Malmsey
(search item no. 9760)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $36.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Blandy's 10 Year Old Malmsey Madeira has intensely concentrated nutty, caramel and honeyed flavors. Although it is a rich, fortified wine, it finishes bright due to Madeira's higher acidity.

Serving and pairing suggestions
Blandy's 10 Year Old Malmsey Madeira is bottled ready to drink after an average of at least ten years of cask aging. It has a t-cap closure, which means that you don't need a corkscrew to open it and that it will stay fresh for many months if stored in a cool, dark place or refrigerator. Serve it in a glass with at least a six ounce capacity so that you may appreciate the wine's aromas. It is delicious with nutty desserts like almond cake or pecan pie and anything made with rich chocolate! In warmer months, try it chilled for a refreshing dessert in a glass.

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About Blandy's:

John Blandy first set foot on Madeira in 1807. In 1989, the Symington family became partners with the Blandy family and is helping to reinvigorate the Madeira trade. Grapes are grown in volcanic soil and hand harvested due to steeply terraced cliffs. The resulting wines are highly acidic and were found by historical accident to benefit from being heated - a process that would destroy any other wine. Originally, Madeiras were heated by the sun, stored in casks on the decks of boats exploring the world during the 18th century. Today, Madeiras are heated in a process called “estufagem,” which gives them great concentration and an incredible capacity to age while retaining some of the vibrant acidity unique to these wines.