White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Riesling 2007
Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Riesling 2007
(search item no. 97837)
green wine
screw cap wine
not core in nc/ma

Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

With the Riesling grapes from Wallula Vineyard, we've crafted a beautifully structured and crisp wine with bright acidity and perfect balance. The resulting wine shows some apricot and pineapple. It is very fresh and lively, tasting dry. The wine has great acidity with some apple fruit and nutmeg notes (probably from the lees contact fraction). The wine was fermented with its native yeasts.
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About Pacific Rim:

Riesling, simply, is the most versatile, complex and food-friendly of all the noble grapes. if you enjoy inspiring your palate, then Riesling is your ideal wine. No other varietal so purely expresses terroir. Washington's Columbia Valley - home of Pacific Rim - provies the ideal soils and climate for growing Riesling. Purity is at the core of Pacific Rim's winemaking philosophy. They exclusively use stainless steel tanks, allowing the true character of Riesling to speak for itself, they do not use malolactic fermentation and their wines are fermented only with native yeasts. Pacific Rim produces 10 different Rieslings from bone dry to sticky sweet, and Riesling represents 95% of all the wines they produce. Pacific Rim is an Organic and Biodynamic certified winery.


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Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2008
Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2008
(search item no. 108659)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyard La Rocca is situated on the Monte Rocchetta hill, just below the mediaeval castle built by the Scaligeri family in the town of Soave. The microclimate in this vineyard produces wines with a unique perfume and distinctive taste.

The grapes are picked when very ripe, often as late as the end of October, giving tremendous complexity and aromatic qualities to the wine, making it a wine of great breeding. The wine was first made under this label in 1978.

Makes an excellent partner to complex dishes, even with strong flavours particularly risottos such as porcini, or celery, squash and almond, salt cod and other fish including salmon, scallops and crab.

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About Pieropan:

Enclosed by the original town walls and dominated by its medieval fortress, Soave has a peaceful, timeless quality about it. In the heart of the old town is the winery of Leonildo and Teresita Pieropan, which goes back to 1860. The present Leonildo ("Nino")'s grandfather, Leonildo Senior, founded the estate and 'invented' Recioto di Soave, a concentrated dessert wine applying a system similar to Tuscany's governo to the indigenous, white Garganega grape.

Today, the estate's 74 acres under vine include three single vineyards, all within the historical backbone of the Soave appellation (Soave Classico): Calvarino, La Rocca and Le Colombare. Terrain is respectively clayey/basaltic, calcareous/clayey, and clayey/marly/tuffaceous, yielding small crops of highly concentrated Garganega and Trebbiano grapes. The range is crafted by Leonildo himself, whose wine-making genius, constant research and innovative methods have carved a unique niche for these exceptional, extract-full and long-living whites that go far, far beyond their own appellation.



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Aveleda Vinho Verde Fonte 2009
Aveleda Vinho Verde Fonte 2009
(search item no. 105113)

PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aveleda Fonte is a fresh, fruity light wine that offers freshness to the palate and romanticism to the spirit. Its simple label and the deep green bottle reveal what you are about to experience: a vivacious and smooth white Vinho Verde that can be the perfect match for light meals, seafood or served as an appetizer.
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About Aveleda:

Aveleda is a name which spans several generations. The first records of the sale of bottled wine date back to 1870, with Manuel Pedro Guedes (1837-1899), known for his strong enterprising spirit and believed to be the founder of the business as we know it today. His work bore fruit and the quality of the Aveleda wines started to be recognised, as the gold medals won in the international competitions in Berlin (1888) and Paris (1889) attest.

Today the Guedes family still owns 100% of the company, always committed to maintaining this family legacy which spans several generations. The son of Manuel Pedro Guedes, Fernando Guedes da Silva da Fonseca (1871-1946) continued his father’s work, significantly increasing the production capacity at the Estate. He had 7 children and it was Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes (1899-1966) who led the family business, dedicating his whole life to working at Aveleda. The 4th generation includes the six children of Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes: Fernando, Luís, António, Maria Isabel, Maria Helena and Roberto – who today manage the company’s future, together with the following generation: 14 cousins who make up the 5th generation.



White Wines    Gruner Veltliner    Central Coast    California   
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Zocker Paragon Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2009
Zocker Paragon Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2009
(search item no. 107975)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $14.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for the Zocker Grüner Veltliner was grown in the Niven family's estate Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley on California's Central Coast. Soils are generally made up of Diablo series, clay loam, rocky marine sediment, and volcanic remnants. In a few portions of the vineyard however, clay loam is more prominent, which allows for more water retention. This, along with the influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean and the extended growing season, makes the terroir here similar to areas in Austria where Grüner Veltliner reigns as the number one white varietal in the country.

Rich and round but with great acid structure, this wine is steely and has good minerality. It has a bit of an earthy characteristic, a note of white pepper, and flavors of ripe melon and fruit cocktail.

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About Zocker:

Zocker is an American winery that produces wines made exclusively from the white varietals of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The grapes are grown on the Niven family’ famed Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley on the Central Coast of California, and the wines are made by veteran French winemaker Christian Roguenant. The latest project of Niven Family Wine Estates, Zocker (Austrian word for Gambler) is likely their riskiest venture yet, as these varietals are far from conventional.


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Chateau Angelus  2005
Chateau Angelus 2005
(search item no. 96144)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $459.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vintage also belongs on the list of great, legendary Bordeaux vintages. At Chateau Angelus, the vintage was crowned with outstanding scores by the great wine critics and acclaimed by all the professionals. Harmony, balance between power and freshness, and aromatic precision are the features of this unique vintage.
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About Chateau Angelus:

Saint Emilion Premier Cru Classe. 60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot. Average age of vines is 25 years. 150 acres producing 12,000 cases. Among the largest of the Grand Crus of Saint Emilion, Angelus was for many years rather underrated. However, since Hubert de Bouard took control in the early 1980s, everything about the estate has improved - most importantly, the wine. Today Angelus has a justifiably fine reputation.


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Chateau Pavie  2005
Chateau Pavie 2005
(search item no. 92340)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $299.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the eighth vintage of Pavie produced under the ownership of Mme. and Mr. Perse, and it was a classic year which demonstrated that the chateau has a truly exceptional terroir. The color is a deep and dense purple, with violet highlights which underscore the wine's youth. Its clean aromas highlight good intensity and well-defined fruitiness. Black currants, blueberries and assorted black fruit are present, together with flattering chocolate and spicy notes derived from careful aging in barrel. The first impression on the palate is faultless, and the quality of the vintage becomes evident as its taste evolves. The wine shows a full body, both tight and supple at once. Everything comes together to create an exemplary balance. The tannins are fine-grained, with a structure which ensures a long and brilliant future. The wine's class and nobility express the care taken during vinification to respect the vintage's potential. The finish is mouth-watering and long, worthy of a great Saint-Emilion.

This is a beautiful, polished 2005 whose powerful and fine structure produces a full and round impression. Forget it in the cellar for at least five years, but its great potential will allow the wine to age successfully for 20 years or more.

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  • 2000 (search item no. 42790)
  • 2008 (search item no. 103566)

About Chateau Pavie:

In the fourth century, Château Pavie's slope was planted. Parcel after parcel – Pigasse, les domaines de la Sable, Pimpinelle, Larcis – the bulk was built and consolidated under the Pavie name. This lies all in one piece on the slope of the hill southeast of the town of Saint-Emilion. The buildings and the vineyard at Pavie are at three levels on the side of the slope.

Since 1998, Chantal and Gérard Perse have owned this estate, which boasts the largest vineyard of all Premier Grand Cru Classés in Saint-Emilion. The old fermentation cellar has given way to twenty temperature-controlled wooden vats, and the quarries have been replaced by a modern aging cellar.



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R. López de Heredia Rioja White Vina Tondonia Reserva 1990
R. López de Heredia Rioja White Vina Tondonia Reserva 1990
(search item no. 102022)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $48.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#90 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

Old gold color, balsamic rich nose, elegant and complex. The results of bottle aging are to be felt on the palate, this white Reserva exhibits all the qualities of a well-rounded, densely sophisticated wine.

Gastronomy: Fish and shellfish.

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About R. López de Heredia:

It all started in the middle of the nineteenth century when French negociants visited the Rioja region to find alternative sources of quality grapes to transform into wine, since the phylloxera epidemic had decimated their vineyards. Our founder, Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic student in the art of wine making, followed closely in their footsteps.

Don Rafael fell in love with the region and especially the area around Haro, the mythical capital of the Rioja Alta region. He observed that there was a magical combination of soil and climate that would offer the perfect environment for producing wine that would eventually become world famous. Around 1877 he began the design and construction of the complex that is today known as the López de Heredia bodega (winery), the oldest in Haro and one of the first three houses in the Rioja region.

For over a century our emotions have been rooted in our love and passion for this land and its harvest. We cherish our heritage, and this combination of love and the rigorous quality standards we apply, have become our trademark and remains our maxim for today and the future.

Bodegas López de Heredia stands out as one of the few family-run bodegas regulated by the Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja - DOC (Appellation region).



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 98902)
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of our wines. Our winemaker describes these wines as "full bodied, loaded with intense ripe berry fruit, cassis, violets and a smoky richness, finishing with good length and firm tannins.
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About Diamond Creek:

Diamond Creek, California's first "Cabernet only" estate vineyard, was established in 1968. Visionary pioneer, Al Brounstein, defied modern convetion and planted Bordeaux varietals on secluded Diamond Mountain. The three distinct soil types on theis 20-acre property produce different single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Light ash soild of Volcanic Hill is in sharp contrast to the iron-rich Red Rock Terrace and the pebbly Gravelly Meadow. Each year, the estate produces a small amount of long-lived wines that are revered by connoisseurs the world over.


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Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 102687)
boutique wine
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $174.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1984 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our second coolest micro-climate is our five-acre Gravelly Meadow vineyard. Originally a pre-historic river bed, this stony, gravelly soil drains rapidly and the vines struggle for moisture.

Gravelly Meadow is our lowest yielding vineyard. The wines are described as "earthy, cedary, jammy and ripe blackberry with a spicy expansive finish."

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About Diamond Creek:

Diamond Creek, California's first "Cabernet only" estate vineyard, was established in 1968. Visionary pioneer, Al Brounstein, defied modern convetion and planted Bordeaux varietals on secluded Diamond Mountain. The three distinct soil types on theis 20-acre property produce different single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Light ash soild of Volcanic Hill is in sharp contrast to the iron-rich Red Rock Terrace and the pebbly Gravelly Meadow. Each year, the estate produces a small amount of long-lived wines that are revered by connoisseurs the world over.


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Chateau d'Yquem "Y" 2005
Chateau d'Yquem "Y" 2005
(search item no. 102692)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $329.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is pale, golden yellow with lovely, brilliant highlights.

On agitation, the intense bouquet, featuring white peaches, lindin blossom, and boxwood, reveals toasty and mineral overtones. The aromas develop on aeration in the glass, while retaining all their initial intensity, making this an unusually complex wine.

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About Chateau d'Yquem:

In 1993, Château d'Yquem celebrated 400 years of ownership by the same family. In 1593, the Sauvage family bought this estate which came into the Lur Saluces patrimony when Francoise Joséphine de Sauvage married Count Louis Amédée de Lur Saluces in 1785. Marquis Bertrand de Lur Saluces was one of the 20th century's most important personalities in the world of wine.

Count Alexandre de Lur Saluces has followed in his Uncle Betrand's footsteps since 1968. Highly motivated to perfect this prestigious product while respecting tradition, he is determined to offer maximum quality. All those who love this inimitable wine, from Jefferson to Pamela Harriman, former U.S. Ambassador, by way of great Duke Constantine, have approved this philosophy from vintage to vintage.

Yquem is the result of painstaking efforts by everyone who works on the estate. However, nature is the major factor in making the most of the rare soil of Yquem.