Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Cornas    France - Rhone   
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Jean-Luc Colombo Les Terres Brulees Cornas 2007
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Terres Brulees Cornas 2007
(search item no. 106081)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $51.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color is deep red, almost inky. The bouquet boasts red fruit, blackberries, black currants and hints of tobacco. Rich, concentrated and spicy; persistent aromas of red fruit and licorice add elegance to the structure. This wine will benefit from two to three years' cellaring.
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About Jean-Luc Colombo:

A native of Marseilles, Colombo first developed a strong admiration for the wines of the Rhône Valley in the late 1970s as a pharmacy student. A devotee of the Syrah grape, Colombo was convinced that the northern Rhône appellation of Cornas offered enormous and, at the time, unrecognized potential for producing super-quality Syrah wines. After earning degrees in pharmacy and enology, Colombo and his wife Anne, also a pharmacist and enologist, moved to Cornas, fully intending to support themselves as pharmacists while developing a wine consultancy on the side.

It was not long before Colombo began purchasing and cultivating his own vineyards - first in Cornas then throughout the Rhône Valley and Languedoc - leading to the establishment in 1994 of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo. The wines of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo are all sourced from Colombo's own vineyards and from carefully selected domains under his direct consultation.

Colombo has not limited his magical sphere of influence to Cornas. The company now embraces 27 wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Most recently, Colombo has returned to his roots for his latest winemaking venture in the Côte Bleue district near Marseilles.



Rosé Wine    Rose    Other California    California   
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Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2009
Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2009
(search item no. 102781)

PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Sofia Rosé displays a luminous magenta hue and beautiful perfume of wild strawberries, tea leaves and violets. Luscious flavors of raspberries, cherries, candied orange and cloves enliven the palate, making this year's vintage richly fruited yet graceful and lightly textured.
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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."



White Wines    Chardonnay    Hawkes Bay    New Zealand   
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Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 103047)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Kidnappers Vineyard is strategically located right on the Hawkes Bay coastline at Te Awanga where the spring and autumns are warm and sunny and the summer is tempered by the cooling sea breeze. The shallow warm clay loam soils and careful selection of clones in this environment allows the development of very pure cool Chardonnay flavors in the grapes. These are best expressed in the single vineyard Chardonnay we produce from this vineyard which is inspired by the great wines of Chablis. Having said that, our Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay is its own modern New World expression of pure, unadulterated, pristine Chardonnay grapes from Te Awanga.

A pale straw color with vivid green hues. Gunflint, almond and lemon zest characterize the aroma. The wine has a steely edged structure and the mid-palate is filled with white peach and oyster-shell flavors. It draws into a long, spicy finish

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About Craggy Range Winery:

From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people.