Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    St-Emilion    France - Bordeaux   
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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Clos Fourtet  2009
Clos Fourtet 2009
(search item no. 114570)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $349.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep, dark, purple colour suave on the nose with ripe fruit aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry coming through. Full and complex on the palate with tight-knit tannins.

Blend: 88% Merlot 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Cabernet Franc

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Additional wines from Clos Fourtet:

  • 2005 (search item no. 103897)
  • 2008 (search item no. 103900)

About Clos Fourtet:

Saint-Emilion's limestone plateau produces some of the appellations's most illustrious wines, and Clos Fourtet has an enviable location there. The 20 hectares of vines are situauted around a stately manor house built just before the French Revolution. This is on the very outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion. The château's underground cellars are perfect for aging wine.

Clos Fourtet owes its fame to the Rulleau and Carles families. The latter were lords of Figeac. They were the first to grow vines on this barely arable land, which nevertheless has outstanding natural drainage. Clos Fourtet's old vines, perfectly balanced grape varieties, traditional winemaking methods backed up by the most modern techniques, and aging in new oak barrels in underground cellars complement all the gifts that nature has bestowed on this château.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Napa Valley    California   
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Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2009
Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2009
(search item no. 119472)
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PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With a triumvirate of fruit, floral and spicy characteristics, this warm, juicy wine opens with black cherry, blueberry and strawberry flavors supported by distinct notes of vanilla, violets and spice. The powerful red and black fruit flavors persist on the palate, backed by refined tannins and balancing acidity. Bold yet restrained, this wine displays the plush elegance for which Stags Leap Winery signature Petite Sirah is known.

Blend: 80% Petite Sirah, 20% Other (Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre)

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About Stags' Leap Winery:

A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags' Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s.

Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children's activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition).

An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 118704)
James Suckling rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The complexity and balance of this vintage was achieved through diverse sourcing, with a majority of grapes sourced from Oakville and Rutherford. With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine's great complexity.
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About Waterstone:

In this time of multimillion-dollar vineyard estates and celebrity winemaking consultants, when it seems that financial backing has replaced skill as the key to success in enology, it is rare that a simple idea can give birth to wines that stand out for flavor and balance, rather than pedigree alone. A collaboration between veteran winemaker Philip Zorn and longtime wine executive Brent Shortridge, Waterstone Winery was formed in 2000 when the two men were introduced and discovered a shared interest in creating luxury wines at affordable prices. Bringing together their previously established relationships with Napa Valley growers and vintners, the pair set out to develop balanced wines of varietal character through intelligent sourcing. Preferring to focus on the wine itself rather than the accumulation of land and facilities, Zorn and Shortridge own no vineyards themselves, nor do they own the facility where their wines are made. Dedicated winemaking, strong relationships with top growers and long-term grape contracts are the keys to Waterstone’s quality and success.