Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 92981)

PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $8.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Clear skies and the cool dry influence of La Nina resulted in a long growing season and a late harvest for this vintage. Perfectly ripe grapes yielded a beautifully colored, complex Cabernet.

Rich ruby in color with dark cherry, black current, toffee and mocha notes. Silky tannins and good structure lead to a long and complex finish accented with vanilla notes.

Pair with brie, gruyere, Italian dishes, steak, ribs or chocolate.

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About Root 1:

The grapes for Root:1 are hand picked from two of Chile's most well known viticultural regions, Maipo and Colchagua. The wine is grown, harvested, blended, and bottled to create a balanced, fruit forward, expressive Cabernet true to the terroir of Chile's best viticultural regions.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Portugal    Portugal   
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Quinta de Roriz Reserva Douro 2002
Quinta de Roriz Reserva Douro 2002
(search item no. 89840)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 76 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Quinta de Roriz Reserva is made with a blend of native Douro grape varieties including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, which acquired its name from the estate when it was first brought to the Quinta in the 19th century. (Tinta Roriz originated in Spain, where it is known as "Tempranillo".)

This dry red table wine is tasting particularly well right now after a few years of bottle age. It features ripe, dark fruit flavors with sweet, spicy notes that are balanced by earthy notes and exotic flavors typical of the Douro.

Douro reds pair particularly well with game meats, stews and full-flavored cheeses. Decanting is suggested for enhanced aromatics.

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About Quinta de Roriz:

Quinta de Roriz is one of the oldest and finest estates in the Douro and has been owned by the van Zeller family since 1815. Historical records show that Roriz was the very first Quinta Port to be exported and the first Quinta to establish an international reputation for the quality of its wines. During much of the 19th Century, Roriz was considered one of the greatest of Vintage Ports, and it is intended to re-establish this standing in the 21st Century.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 94623)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Geyser Peak Block Collection wines are an expression of the unique growing conditions that exist within a handful of vineyards that consistently produce outstanding wines. Each Block Wine reflects the terroir-driven qualities of a unique site, or "block," within the vineyard.

The small, beautifully situated Walking Tree Vineyard is a newly developed site on a steep slope directly above the winery estate, planted as part of Winemaker Mick Schroeter's ongoing effort to seek out more hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Alexander Valley. During the clearing of the site in 2001, our vineyard crew was struck by a remarkable tree which, over a period of months, "walked" from the vineyard's summit down the steep grade, while remaining completely upright. Thus, the vineyard seemed to name itself. Every aspect of this site's development are in keeping with the development of a world-class hillside Cabernet site. The very lean soil and substantial rock in its upper horizon lessen fertility and keep fruit and berry clusters small, while sun exposure and microclimate provide ideal ripening conditions.

The deep ruby color of this sumptuous Cabernet gives way to expressive aromas of white pepper, dark berry fruit and cassis. Aging in French oak barrels softens the otherwise firm tannins and introduces hints of toasted vanilla and leather on the palate. Luscious blueberry and blackberry flavors are refined and perfectly balanced by a spiciness that lingers on a long and elegant finish. Only 217 cases produced.

"A lovely, balanced, elegant young Cab. We're not in Napa Valley anymore, for the wine has a dried cherry herbaceousness and different tannin structure, but it defines the style that made Alexander Valley famous for Cabernet Sauvignon. For all those who complain that Cab isn't food-friendly, this one is. Ageability is almost guaranteed. Best now through 2014, with proper cellaring." -Wine Enthusiast

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About Geyser Peak Winery:

One of California's oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.

The winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturalists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley.