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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Apothic Red Blend 2010
Apothic Red Blend 2010
(search item no. 113577)

PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry that are complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend.
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About Apothic:

More than 800 years ago, vintners blended and stored their most coveted concoctions in a mysterious place called Apotheca. In late 2005, a Master Winemaker envisioned an epic red wine combining Old World traditions of blending while realizing a markedly New World style. Thus began the path that led his protégé, winemaker Boyd Morrison, to select grapes from California's bountiful vineyards for this new blended red. Morrison was inspired to blend spicy Zinfandel, with smooth Merlot and lush, dark Syrah to create Apothic Red.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
(search item no. 100637)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1993 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red color. Flavors of red fruit, spices, leather and tobacco.

The taste is persistent and balanced with a long and seductive finish. A firm and well supported tannic structure that is balanced now but still suggests long aging potential.

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About Il Poggione:

The Il Poggione estate has been in existence since 1890, and has been owned by the Franceschi family since 1900. The company’s winemaking operations are supervised by Dottore Piero Talenti, who imposes a meticulous three-part selection process – first in the vineyards, second after pressing, and again after fermentation. Piero’s attention to detail in the winemaking process has resulted in the acclaimed Brunellos for which Il Piggione is renowned.


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Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2010
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2010
(search item no. 108053)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Moscato d'Asti is a unique wine where the beautiful aromas of the grapes are enhanced by a crisp, nice acidity, a light frizziness and the sweetness of the natural residual sugar. The low alcohol content makes it a very easy, pleasant wine perfect to finish a meal with dessert or alone, as a nice mid-day break.
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About Saracco:

The Saracco winery is located in the picturesque village of Castiglione Tinella. Located in the heart of the Piedmont Region called the Langhe, which is famous for great wine and incredible cuisine. For four generations the Saracco family has been dedicated to growing the best Moscato d' Asti in the region.

Grapes were first cultivated in the hills surrounding Castiglione Tinella in the 1600s. Throughout history many different grape varieties were planted but Moscato d' Asti proved to be the perfect grape for this appellation. Luigi Saracco, the great grandfather of Paolo, began growing Moscato grapes in the early 1900s. With each generation the legacy and commitment to quality continues.

Paolo Saracco grew up in the vineyards and, even at an early age, had a desire to make a wine with the family name. Upon completion of his enological studies, Paolo began experimenting not only with new winemaking techniques, but also a more modern vineyard management style. The result has been consistent acclaim from the press, and more importantly, his loyal customers.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008
John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 105920)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 96 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A true reflection of Barossa's soil and climate, Entity displays youthful dark fruits of blackberry and plum that combine with a hint of mocha and savory French oak. The long, rich palate is driven by concentrated dark fruit characters that are balanced by firm tannins, bright acidity and well integrated French oak that adds structure and polish to the wine.
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About John Duval:

John Duval began his self-titled label in 2003. Duval graduated from Adelaide University in 1973 with a degree in agriculture and winemaking before becoming a winemaker for Penfolds for the next 29 years. Duval was appointed Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986 and was lucky enough to oversee one of the most dynamic periods of change in the Australian wine industry. He received Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 1989; Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London in 1991 and again in 2000; and saw the 1990 Penfolds Grange named the Wine of the Year by the prestigious US magazine Wine Spectator in 1995.

Duval focuses on fruit that comes from older vines in Barossa, including Rhone varietals, leading to one of his stellar ones, "Plexus."