Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Sticks Pinot Noir 2004
Sticks Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 83248)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 63 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Maturations was initially on light lees in new and seasoned French oak, then racked and returned to oak for extended oak maturation.

The color is garnet red with purple tinges. The bouquet displays cherry, plum and spice, enhanced by subtle oak. The palate possess rich and savory berry fruits, enhanced by velvet-like tannins and a lingering mid-palate texture. Medium term cellaring for 2-4 years will add complexity and enhance mouth feel.

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About Sticks:

Winemaker Rob "Sticks" Dolan crafts these wines from fruit grown on premium vineyards in Victoria's Yarra Valley. Rob Dolan's career began in South Australia, where he learned the art of making wine from the ground up. He developed and refined his skills under the instruction of two of Australia's most distinguished teachers. It was during this time that the budding winemaker and towering sportsman, known as "Sticks", was also a dual premiership player for the Port Adelaide Football Club.

In 1991, Rob Dolan became the winemaker at Yarra Ridge. The small family winery provided Rob with the opportunity to experiment, which enabled him to hone his winemaking skills. His efforts were immediately recognized on the international show circuit. Rob proceeded to plant his first "Sticks" grapes in the mid 1980's. The goal at Sticks is to provide today's drinker with immensely satisfying wines at affordable prices.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Sticks Chardonnay 2004
Sticks Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 82776)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 2 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

The color is a brilliant light straw with vibrant green hues. The bouquet possesses nectarine, peach and savory oak characters. The palate is clean and dry with tropical fruit flavors and a crisp zesty finish.

"Former Aussie rules footballer-turned-winemaker Rob (Sticks) Dolan, brought the wheel full circle when he (and others) bought, and renamed Sticks, the Yarra Ridge winery where he was once the winemaker. This is a great example of unpretentious Yarra Valley chardonnay style, fruit-driven with nectarine, honeydew and citrus, line and length its foundation."
-James Halliday

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About Sticks:

Winemaker Rob "Sticks" Dolan crafts these wines from fruit grown on premium vineyards in Victoria's Yarra Valley. Rob Dolan's career began in South Australia, where he learned the art of making wine from the ground up. He developed and refined his skills under the instruction of two of Australia's most distinguished teachers. It was during this time that the budding winemaker and towering sportsman, known as "Sticks", was also a dual premiership player for the Port Adelaide Football Club.

In 1991, Rob Dolan became the winemaker at Yarra Ridge. The small family winery provided Rob with the opportunity to experiment, which enabled him to hone his winemaking skills. His efforts were immediately recognized on the international show circuit. Rob proceeded to plant his first "Sticks" grapes in the mid 1980's. The goal at Sticks is to provide today's drinker with immensely satisfying wines at affordable prices.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2005
(search item no. 90363)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Composition: 99% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Semillon

Bright, brilliant green-yellow; with aromas of mineral, flint, grapefruit, tangerine and fresh green apple; crisp on the palate with flavors of citrus and white fig; very fruity with a firm lingering finish through the finish.

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About Silverado Vineyards:

In the heart of Napa Valley's Stags Leap District sits a rocky peak with a spectacular Mediterranean-style stone winery perched on top. That winery is the iconic Silverado Vineyards, established in 1981 by Ron and Diane Disney Miller. Thirty years later, three generations of Miller Family continue to source grapes entirely from their family-owned estate Napa vineyards. From berry to bottle, each vine growing and wine making step is dedicated to expressing the character of grapes grown on each of the wineries six historic vineyards. Expressing richness and age-worthiness, Silverado wines are unique, one-of-a-kind blends of superlative vineyard location and elegant winemaking style.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2006
Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 89868)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vibrant and explosive aromas of bananas, cherries, and straw berries dominate with aromas of sweet juice and warm spices. Flavors mirror aromas with banana, strawberries, and cherries dominating with juicy and spicy characters. The mouth feel is soft, round, juicy and well-balanced with fresh acidity which highlights the fruitiness.
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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:

United in the dream of building a world class winery in Oregon, thousands of wine enthusiasts joined winegrower Jim Bernau to create Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is regarded as one of Oregon's top wineries. Since 1983, the winery has grown to produce some of the highest-rated Pinot Noirs in the U.S. Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Willamette Valley Vineyards one of "America's Great Pinot Noir Producers." Their wines have been served at the White House and are recommended by wine critic and author Andrea Immer, Food Network's Rachael Ray and Public Broadcasting's chefs Caprial and John Pence.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' goal is to make the highest quality Burgundian varietals possible from the Willamette Valley. Their approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Bernau's stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth and richness of mouth feel and balance.

The people of Willamette Valley Vineyards are deeply committed to being good stewards of the land using natural means to promote soil nutrition and vine health. Both the Estate and Tualatin vineyards are LIVE certified and designated "Salmon Safe" by the Pacific Rivers Council.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Hewitson Ned and Henrys Shiraz 2005
Hewitson Ned and Henrys Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 88744)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The colour of 2005 Ned & Henry's is deep red with a purple hue. The aroma is distinctively Barossa Valley: black and red, ripe fruits with a solid, concentrated core. Matured in only French oak, the fruit is interwoven with pepper, nutmeg and clove. The seamless class of perfectly ripe fruit and French oak is a stand-out here.

The fruit flavors are full and concentrated yet soft and supple. The tannins are gentle yet persistent and completely mold into the wine. Ned & Henry's is most definitely full-bodied: chocolate, blackberry and dark-earth characters. Yet the wine has great balance and poise and carries that signature called 'drinkability'.

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About Hewitson:

Dean Hewitson is driven by passion. His creation of individual, exquisite wines from the ancient vineyards of South Australia is for your indulgence.

Dean Hewitson has been indeed very fortunate to be tutored by some of the best wine makers and wine scientists in the world. Having completed his degree at Roseworthy, he worked at one of Australia's best wineries, visited some of the world's best wineries experiencing fifteen vintages worldwide, and spent two years at UC Davis, California, where he completed his Masters. Through all of this, to be guided through wine evaluations and wine making techniques of the great wines by the masters themselves has certainly been a privilege and a wonderful opportunity for him. He therefore is able to draw on a very wide spectrum of ideas, practices, philosophies and experiments. These are encapsulated in his wines.

Hunting down the right varieties in the right vineyard in the right region was the next step. Each variety has been selected on the basis of being able to produce a wine of world class that, in particular, the old vineyards of South Australia are able to produce. Geographical isolation and in part a fluke of human non-intervention have preserved pre-phylloxera vineyards that are more closely linked to the original clones from Europe than anywhere on earth.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Limited Release Pinot Noir 2005
Concannon Limited Release Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 88887)
The Wine News rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 90 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Varietals: Pinot Noir (85%), Petite Sirah (8%), Grenache (7%)

The Limited Release Pinot Noir is rich in both color and fragrance. This medium-bodied wine displays vibrant aromas of black cherry, ripe raspberry and strawberry as well as bright red fruit flavors that are balanced with hints of tar, leather and vanilla. This cool climate Pinot Noir has an interminable finish.

Enjoy with smoked duck breast, beet and endive salad, or roast pork shoulder with prune, apple and pistachio stuffing.

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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2004
Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 87167)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Crimson with red hues, ripe, dark berry fruits with plum and hints of dark cherry integrated with nuances of oak and spice. Full, long flavored with red and dark complex fruits finishing with soft tannins.
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About Kangarilla Road Vineyard & Winery:

Before creating the Kangarilla Road vineyard and winery, Kevin O'Brien was a winemaker educated at the highly regarded Roseworthy College in Adelaide. He spent 12 years in the wine industry managing wine companies, as well as two years as the international manager of the Australian Wine Export Council. Today, Kangarilla Road's reds display rich varietal character with finesse, structure and balance not always exhibitied by wines from McLaren Vale. Aside from the winery's Shiraz and cabernet, it can boast of one of the few successful zinfandel plantings in Australia.

Kangarilla Road is a fairly new brand on the Australian wine scene, but the grapes come from vines planted in the 1970's. For several years prior to 1997, Kevin and Helen O'Brien had been seeking a high quality McLaren Vale vineyard to purchase. When they were lucky enough to find the old-vine Cambrai vineyard, they jumped at the chance to purchase it. The winery's first complete vintage as Kangarilla Road was in 1998.