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Chateau Les Graves de Barrau  2008
Chateau Les Graves de Barrau 2008
(search item no. 104541)

PRICE ON 4/1/2015: $10.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby color with aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and just a hint of vanilla. Château Les Graves de Barrau 2008 is a well-rounded wine, fleshy in the mouth, with a long, silky finish.

60% Merlot 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc.

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About Chateau Les Graves de Barrau:

The Château Les Graves de Barrau is part of an estate, 11 miles north of Bordeaux, that has been famous for centuries. Set high up on a south-facing plateau, the vineyard benefits from an exceptional position giving the grapes excellent ripeness.

The Musset family has been on this estate for several generations. Serge Musset took over in 1966. With all the savoir-faire of his ancestors, he grows the vines in the traditional way and makes his wine slowly and patiently.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Napa Valley    California   
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Luna Pinot Grigio 2009
Luna Pinot Grigio 2009
(search item no. 109699)
green wine
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 4/1/2015: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Pinot Grigio is a light golden color. The nose is scented with grapefruit and pear, and on the palate orange fruits come to the forefront. Mango and orange zest are accented by notes of guava and a pronounced minerality. The wonderful acidity and full-bodied texture carry through a delicious lemony finish with hints of apricot.
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About Luna Vineyards:

Luna Vineyards was founded in 1995 by George Vare and Mike Moone. Both Vare and Moone have been Presidents of major California wineries and important influences in the California wine industry since the mid-1960's.

The founders purchased the St. Andrews winery, located at the foot of the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, and set out to produce Italian varietal wines - Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Merlot.

In 1996, after 20 years experience with other wineries, the last 13 at Newton Vineyards where he established himself in the forefront of Napa Valley winemakers, Winemaster John Kongsgaard joined Luna as Vice President and partner. John is particularly noted for his outstanding Merlots and spent seven years in collaboration with Michel Rolland from Bordeaux perfecting winemaking techniques in the Napa region.

With a passion for Italian wines combined with a desire to live slightly on the edge, John happily joined Luna. He was excited by the opportunity to travel to the "Old World" and learn how to adapt their traditional and new techniques for growing grapes and making wine from Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Chile    South America   
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Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Chardonnay 2010
Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 110674)
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/1/2015: $8.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Light, lemon yellow color. Aromas are fresh and fruity with notes of pineapple, citrus and peaches, with soft notes of vanilla. Taste is complex, with good balance and fresh acidity, a mid-bodied wine with a long, sweet finish.

Ripe fruit bouquet, soft sharpness and freshness are the features of this variety that can be kept in casks. In Casillero del Diablo we have created an exclusive Chardonnay. Its grapes from the Casablanca Valley receive the fresh breezes from the South Pacific Ocean, while develop a mineral style obtained from the unique composition of its soils.

Great with fish, seafood and creamy pasta dishes.

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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


White Wines    Other White Blends    Other California    California   
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Conundrum White Blend 2010
Conundrum White Blend 2010
(search item no. 111472)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/1/2015: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Conundrum is a true California wine, with grapes sourced from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. We often hear the phrase "exotic" when described. It's a fitting portrayal; there is no other wine quite like it.

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today's generation of chefs. Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine. The "conundrum," or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend.

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About Conundrum:

It was the summer of 1989, a year ripe with possibilities and promise. All around the globe, old ways of thinking were giving way to new ideas. In the culinary world, traditional dishes were being reinvented by a generation of chefs who were open to the possibility of exploring adventurous new cuisine. At Caymus, we were similarly inspired to break free of the norm and began to redefine white wine. And in 1989, Conundrum was born.

From our very first vintage we were determined to make a dramatically different white-wine blend that would surpass the scope of single-varietal wines. Just as chefs were exploring the fusion of flavors from classic to contemporary, from east to west, often combining savory, spicy, herbal and fruity flavors in one dish, we explored how non-traditional combinations of grape varietals would work together. We wanted each varietal to be distinctive but still complementary to blend as a whole. After experimenting with eleven different white wines, we chose a select few that we consider the 'key ingredients'. For over twenty years we have continued to perfect the fine art of blending a 'conundrum' of varietals together, to create a remarkably complex, yet harmonious symphony of flavors. More recently we adapted the same approach for the Conundrum Red blend creation when we released the first vintage in 2011.

To make each wine even more complex, we take great care in keeping each parcel of fruit separate throughout the entire winemaking process. As a result, when the time comes to blend the wine, we have a lot of diversity in aromas, flavors and textures to work with. That's when the creative juices begin to flow. The proportions of each varietal vary slightly each vintage, as Mother Nature hands us new "ingredients." But our goal is always the same: a highly styled, complex and delicious wine that is excellent as an apéritif and pairs beautifully with the wide-ranging, global dishes we are eating as chefs and home cooks experiment with new, cutting-edge cuisine.



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Conundrum White Blend 2011
Conundrum White Blend 2011
(search item no. 118612)
screw cap wine
has fluid
has fluid 360


PRICE ON 4/1/2015: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today's generation of chefs.

Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine. The "conundrum," or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend.

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About Conundrum:

It was the summer of 1989, a year ripe with possibilities and promise. All around the globe, old ways of thinking were giving way to new ideas. In the culinary world, traditional dishes were being reinvented by a generation of chefs who were open to the possibility of exploring adventurous new cuisine. At Caymus, we were similarly inspired to break free of the norm and began to redefine white wine. And in 1989, Conundrum was born.

From our very first vintage we were determined to make a dramatically different white-wine blend that would surpass the scope of single-varietal wines. Just as chefs were exploring the fusion of flavors from classic to contemporary, from east to west, often combining savory, spicy, herbal and fruity flavors in one dish, we explored how non-traditional combinations of grape varietals would work together. We wanted each varietal to be distinctive but still complementary to blend as a whole. After experimenting with eleven different white wines, we chose a select few that we consider the 'key ingredients'. For over twenty years we have continued to perfect the fine art of blending a 'conundrum' of varietals together, to create a remarkably complex, yet harmonious symphony of flavors. More recently we adapted the same approach for the Conundrum Red blend creation when we released the first vintage in 2011.

To make each wine even more complex, we take great care in keeping each parcel of fruit separate throughout the entire winemaking process. As a result, when the time comes to blend the wine, we have a lot of diversity in aromas, flavors and textures to work with. That's when the creative juices begin to flow. The proportions of each varietal vary slightly each vintage, as Mother Nature hands us new "ingredients." But our goal is always the same: a highly styled, complex and delicious wine that is excellent as an apéritif and pairs beautifully with the wide-ranging, global dishes we are eating as chefs and home cooks experiment with new, cutting-edge cuisine.