Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Tait The Ball Buster 2007
Tait The Ball Buster 2007
(search item no. 97286)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep Black Purple. Intense aromas of blackcurrent, stewed plums, cherry, and chocolate. Full-bodied berry palate with a sweet long lasting finish.

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About Tait:

Tait Wines is a family owned winery located in the famous Barossa Valley, in South Australia. The Tait name has been involved in the wine industry for more than 100 years, practising the art of cooperage. Tait Wines is continuing this involvement by producing premium quality wines.

The inspiration behind Tait Wines was Giovanni Tait (1927-1997). Giovanni Tait migrated to Australia from Italy in 1957 to take up work as a cooper in the Barossa. His high skill and craftsmanship in his chosen trade led him to B Seppelts and Sons where he took an active role in the production and maturation of wine in oak casks. He learnt cooperage from his father and grandfather before migrating to Australia.

It was not until his sons grew older that his dream came to reality. With his sons, he founded a small winery called Tait Wines. His vision for Tait Wines was to be a traditional winery using all the old winemaking methods to produce hand crafted wines that were powerful in depth, flavour and taste. Each year, the family acknowledges their fathers vision by dedicating the estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon in his honor. This wine reflects all of Giovanni's qualities of age, depth of character and full of life.

Now Bruno with wife Michelle and brother Michael continue to produce premium boutique wines.



Red Wines    Dolcetto    Piedmont    Italy   
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Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2007
Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2007
(search item no. 97495)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2007 Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto reveals balsamic overtones wrapped around a core of dark red fruits, spices and minerals. Made in a totally elegant and finessed style, it represents the essence of first-rate Dolcetto from Barbaresco. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010.

I can't think of too many properties that have made such huge strides in quality as Sottimano has. Recent bottles of the 2001 and 2004 Barbaresco Pajore revealed an enormous leap in elegance and finesse. Fortunately, Sottimano's entry-level wines are every bit as delicious as their Barbarescos, so readers won't need to mortgage the house to drink great wines from this producer. I know I am starting to sound like a broken record, but these are truly exceptional wines at this level, or any level for that matter."
-Wine Advocate

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Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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La Posta Cocina 2007
La Posta Cocina 2007
(search item no. 96458)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Bonarda and 20% Syrah.

This blend impresses you right from the start. Aromas of red cherries and raspberries are infused with mocha and spice hints that give up the secret for what's about to come. Your first sip washes broadly across your palate like a flood of sweet, fresh fruit and the viscous mouthfeel keeps the flavors lingering for a while. The hints of baking spice and some oak keep the fruit flavors fresh and lively. This is a wine that you'll want to stack up in your wine rack (or closet) for any occasion.

Great all by itself or with all your favorite red wine foods like burgers, ribs, lamb chops, and even pizza.

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About La Posta:

We have tasted over a thousand wines since we began importing from Argentina. In that time, we have discovered a handful of grape growers whose results in the vineyards with specific varietals have been truly amazing--year in, year out. Our first encounter with many of these growers was at a posta del vinatero, or "tavern of the grape grower." Here they drank wine and spoke passionately for hours about their soils, their vines, and their quest for superior flavors in their grapes. We salute the hard work and skill of these growers by offering these vineyard-designated releases made solely with their special grapes.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Other California    California   
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Toasted Head Chardonnay 2005
Toasted Head Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 91003)

PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $12.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Toasted Head Chardonnay was introduced in 1995 and the brand is named for the age old practice of toasting the barrel heads and staves for the toasty oak notes it imparts to the wines. The fire-breathing bear on the label is the work of artist Robert Shetterly from a painting titled, "Speaking Fire at Stones." The mystery and wry humor of the icon, along with serious winemaking, captures the Toasted Head state of mind.

The Toasted Head 2005 Chardonnay has spiced, ripe pear and nectarine aromas, with a touch of mango, tropical fruit and vanilla. On the palate, fresh nectarine, citrus and tropical fruit flavors are complemented by toasty butterscotch oak. The wine has a rich and creamy texture, with ample acidity and a long, soft finish.

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About Toasted Head:

Named for the traditional practice of toasting barrel heads and staves to impart a mellow, toasted flavor to barrel-aged wines, Toasted Head began making hand-crafted wines at our vineyards in the Dunnigan Hills of Yolo County, California in 1995.

Where the heck is Yolo County?
Yolo County may not be a major destination for wine lovers, but that's okay by us. Our neighbor to the west, Napa County, gets all the tourists, while Sacramento County, to the east, gets all the politicians (and hot air!). We're in between, in one of California's original 27 counties, which has stayed a rural oasis that is now home to a large community of artists and craftspeople, as well as California's greatest concentration of organic farmers. The name Yolo is from the native Poewin Indian word "yo-loy," meaning "abounding in the rushes," but some locals insist it's an acronym for "You Only Live Once."

Our estate vineyards in Yolo's Dunnigan Hills, a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) on the eastern side of California's Coast Range Mountains, are perched on rolling hillsides with well-drained gravelly loam soils. It gets warm in the Dunnigan Hills in summer, but cooling breezes from the Sacramento Delta and San Francisco Bay reduce evening temperatures to between 55° and 65° F. This enables our grapes to cool down quickly at night, preserving their fresh flavors and crisp natural acidity.

For over 30 years, the farms around here have supplied northern California's finest restaurants and farmer's markets with a cornucopia of delicious, organically grown fruits, vegetables and nuts. At Toasted Head, we're proud to have added fine wine to the menu.



White Wines    Riesling    Alsace    France - Other regions   
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Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2005
Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2005
(search item no. 87801)
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Riesling Reserve is made from their best selection of this noble varietal. The wine is 100% Riesling and is distinguished by a piercing and beautiful aroma suggesting spring flowers. The wine is bone dry and delicious. The Riesling is considered the signature wine of the Albrecht family. Quick, floral and mineral smell, it reveals itself slightly spiced and elegant in the mouth.
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About Lucien Albrecht:

The history of the Albrecht family as winegrowers can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht, who was established in the town of Thann.

The fifteenth century was golden era for the Alsace wines and it was during this period that the winegrowers guild of Alsace was founded. Each year, the most deserving vinegrower was elected by the guild of the winegrowers as Bangard, a highly respected positions. It was held by 8 generations of Albrecht's, between 1520 and 1698.

Domaine Albrecht experienced a major development under the guidance of Lucien Albrecht, the father of Jean, to become one of the most important in Alsace with holdings in 9 villages surounding Orschwihr. Lucien Albrecht, extended the winery with new cellars and expanded the sales of his wines in bottles. In 1972, Lucien Albrecht was also a pioneer of Cremand d'Alsace. Today the Cremant is one of their specialities and a major part of the business.

150 years were needed to make up the Domaine Albrecht located in the very best Alsace terroirs. Jean Albrecht is now the ninth generation settled in Orschwihr, leading the Domaine.



White Wines    Other White Wine    Portugal    Portugal   
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Broadbent Vinho Verde
Broadbent Vinho Verde
(search item no. 84301)
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PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Vinho Verde, the most popular white wine from Portugal, is a deliciously refressing, light wine. "Verde", meaning "Green" refers to the hints of lime color. It is an ideal warm weather wine, excellent for lunch and picnics, or an evening apertif. It makes a brilliant pairing with any fish, shellfish and poultry.
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About Broadbent:

Michael Broadbent is considered the world's most experienced taster of Madeira. He went to the island to select the best wines for the Broadbent Madeiras. This resulted in a collaboration with Justino Henriques, the most important producer of classical Madeira. Produced only from the finest grapes grown on the island, Broadbent Madeira's are made in strict accordance with the traditional methods.


Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Other California    California   
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Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blanc 2007
Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blanc 2007
(search item no. 95590)

PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sofia Blanc de Blancs, a unique blend of Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat, is a delicate sparkling wine perfect for any celebration. It offers sophisticated flavors, seductive aromas, and light effervescence — all packaged with striking, feminine flair.

The fruit for Francis Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs is grown in the cool vineyards of the Arroyo Seco in northern Monterey County. Known for its Burgundian-like climate, Monterey offers ideal conditions for Pinot Blanc, which include a long growing season and soils that accentuate the alluring floral characteristics inherent in this varietal.

Sofia Blanc de Blancs exudes fresh aromas of peaches, apricots, and tropical fruit, as well as a light perfume of lemon cream. Like Italy's best Prosecco, this wine is vibrant and crisp, displaying bright flavors on the palate and seductive notes of honeysuckle on the finish.

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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life."



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2004
Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2004
(search item no. 93440)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Called the "king of all wines" in 1685 and given the title "noble" in the late 18th century, Vino Nobile is produced from a classic blend of Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile in Italy), Canaiolo Nero, Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia Toscano and Mammolo grapes.
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About Tenuta Trerose:

Tenuta Trerose is one of Tenimenti Angelini's family-owned triad of estates in Tuscany. Trerose is located in a 16th century villa at the top of a hill surrounded by vineyards. Situated in the heart of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano area, Trerose is 420 acres in size, of which 136 are planted to grapes for the production of Vino Nobile, the rest are planted to other varietals.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz/Grenache 2006
Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz/Grenache 2006
(search item no. 94000)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2006 Wallace, tasted from a barrel sample, is a 70% Shiraz, 30% Grenache blend with an identical oak treatment. The 2006 is more structured than the 2005 but they could otherwise pass as identical twins. Hats off to Ben Glaetzer for producing an extraordinary portfolio!"
-Wine Advocate 91-94

"Deep red. Smoky black raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by zesty white pepper and minerals; showing its grenache side today. Silky and sweet, with deep red berry preserve flavors, fully absorbed tannins and good bite. Leaves an exotic candied licorice note behind on the vibrant, juicy finish, which strongly repeats the red berry tone."
-International Wine Cellar

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About Glaetzer:

The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. From here, they settled in a country town called Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley where they started their new life in Australia. The family were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley and the current generation is firmly entrenched in the family wine business.

Winemaking patriarch Colin Glaetzer established his own label to create wines he's passionate about - limited quantities of benchmark Barossa Valley reds. The birth of Glaetzer Wines signalled a new era for Colin's family which boasts more than its fair share of winemakers. The clan includes Colin, his oenology-trained wife Judith, twin brother/winemaker John, and five winemakers among the couple's three sons and their wives.

With the 2004 vintage, Ben Glaetzer took over winemaking at Glaetzer and brought his own flagship wines, Amon Ra and Godolphin, into the fold. Young Glaetzer has implemented many changes at the winery, particularly with regard to harvesting upon physiological ripeness vs. analysis, longer skin contact and the use of the highest possible quality oak barrels.



White Wines    Riesling    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2006
Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2006
(search item no. 90102)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Clare Valley arguably produces Australia's best Riesling and Petaluma's Hanlin Hill Vineyard provides the fruit for Petaluma Riesling, recognized in Australia as the best of this traditional dry style. Clare lies in a valley in the northern extension of the Adelaide Hills, 90 miles (145km) from Adelaide.

The geology of the Hanlin Hill Vineyard is Mintaro shale, deposited as shallow marine sediments between 550 and 600 million years ago, and metamorphosed into high quality grey slate, which has weathered to form well draining, brown to red-brown clay rich soils.

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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.