White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Heritance Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Heritance Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 113263)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley is an assemblage of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This is a classic wine with a beautiful, spun-gold hue, highlighted with tinges of lime green. The nose features a refreshing fruity combination of fresh berry with a touch of tropical and fig fragrances. This is a well-centered wine, that is round across the palate, fleshy and attractive, yet elegant with a long finish.
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About Heritance:

Born in Cognac, France and mentored by his father, a régisseur (technical director) at Château Lafite, it would have been have been easy for Bernard Portet to continue his family’s wine tradition in France. Instead, the ninth generation French vintner studied viticulture and enology in Toulouse and Montpellier and then, upon graduation, set out to explore wine regions around the world.

Today, Bernard Portet brings us the wines of Heritance where he continues to make wine using his signature assemblage style. His goal is simple: blend wines from different varieties and terroirs to create finished wines greater than the sum of their parts. It is a style that creates uniquely distinctive wines, which showcase Bernard’s extensive Napa Valley experience.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Ponzi Pinot Gris 2010
Ponzi Pinot Gris 2010
(search item no. 111409)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vanilla, mango and papaya notes are offset by strong green pear and floral aromatics. The mouth is full and broad with a refreshing hit of lemon custard.
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About Ponzi:

Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi in Beaverton, Oregon. Ponzi is truly a family winery; daughter Louisa is the winemaker, daughter Anna-Maria is marketing director and son Michel is winery controller. The small winery and vineyards are situated 15 miles south of Portland. Ponzi produces limited quantity Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Reserve, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Arneis and Vino Gelato, Ponzi's Italian version of a Riesling ice wine.


Red Wines    Gamay    Beaujolais    France - Other regions   
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Henry Fessy Fleurie 2009
Henry Fessy Fleurie 2009
(search item no. 112209)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Fleurie 2009 reveals a very pleasant aroma of red fruit and floral hints of peony. An elegant wine where the acidity and tannins create impressive harmony.
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About Henry Fessy:

Maison Henry Fessy today counts 75 acres under vine scattered throughout the Beau-jolais Cru and Villages appellations, 98% of which is planted with Gamay. The winery entirely redesigned in 2003 and was subsequently purchased by Maison Louis Latour in the winter of 2008. Henry Fessy's wines are exported to 35 countries and are among the best-selling Beaujolas Crus in Paris, the City of Lights! We hope you enjoy the tasting.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2008
Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 109190)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 Decanter rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In 2008, cool and dry conditions during berry ripening encouraged the development of excellent avours and crisp acidity. The unexpected heat wave in March caused the most condensed harvest in McLaren Vale's history. Our cooler weather in the northern foothills of Blewitt Springs offset much of the heat – resulting in tiny, intensely-flavored berries and concentrated wines with rm structure and vibrant aromatics.

This wine has feisty yet adult aromas of white pepper, and smells of red Australian earth in the summer. The blackberry and mulberry fruits taste as if they've been gently stewed to a conserve, with whole berries remaining in the pulp. The finish is teasing and appetizing with savory dark green tannins and an elegant, refined attitude.

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About Yangarra Estate:

Yangarra Estate is as true to its Australian roots as the soil from which its unparalleled flavors are born. Yangarra Estate only selects fruit from the top appellations of Australia, then uses both Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Australian innovative winemaking approach to produce varietal wines of inimitable quality.

Australian winemaker, Peter Fraser, teamed up with KJWE's Winemaster Randy Ullon to blend and bottle Yangarra Park wines in the famous Barossa Valley of South Australia. Peter brings his widely regarded depth and breadth of knowledge of each of Australia's finest winemaking regions. Peter's deft and cosmopolitan wine style results from more than eight years experience in the Australian wine industry.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Goose Ridge Chardonnay 2008
Goose Ridge Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108270)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2008 Chardonnay is rich and smooth with aromas of pear, apple and citrus. Aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels, notes of butterscotch and caramel blend with toasty vanilla and baking spice.
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About Goose Ridge:

Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery is a family-owned and operated winery dedicated to limited production, handcrafted wines from select, estate-grown grapes. The Monson family's vineyard is planted on a south-facing slope in Washington's Columbia Valley adjacent to Red mountain that consistently yields rich, ripe grapes.

Acclaimed winemaker Charlie Hoppes has his pick of the vineyard. Fermenting and aging wines in small lots from a handful of blocks carefully selected for their exceptional character and complexity is exactly what the Monsons had in mind for Goose Ridge when they founded the winery in 1999. The family has farmed in the Columbia Valley for four decades and is known for their commitment to quality. Goose Ridge Vineyard is built on that tradition.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Heritance Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Heritance Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 113263)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley is an assemblage of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This is a classic wine with a beautiful, spun-gold hue, highlighted with tinges of lime green. The nose features a refreshing fruity combination of fresh berry with a touch of tropical and fig fragrances. This is a well-centered wine, that is round across the palate, fleshy and attractive, yet elegant with a long finish.
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About Heritance:

Born in Cognac, France and mentored by his father, a régisseur (technical director) at Château Lafite, it would have been have been easy for Bernard Portet to continue his family’s wine tradition in France. Instead, the ninth generation French vintner studied viticulture and enology in Toulouse and Montpellier and then, upon graduation, set out to explore wine regions around the world.

Today, Bernard Portet brings us the wines of Heritance where he continues to make wine using his signature assemblage style. His goal is simple: blend wines from different varieties and terroirs to create finished wines greater than the sum of their parts. It is a style that creates uniquely distinctive wines, which showcase Bernard’s extensive Napa Valley experience.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Oliverhill Red Silk Shiraz 2009
Oliverhill Red Silk Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 110861)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit is hand picked determined by flavour, then is destemmed and crushed into 3t open fermenters.The Shiraz is inoculated with Lalvin Syrah yeast. Hand plunging takes place four times per day. The wine is fermented to dryness on skins, average twelve to fourteen days. It is then basket pressed, transferred to tank and left overnight to settle before being put into barrel. Barrels are a combination of Vicard, Cadus and Saury. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel; the wine is then racked three times over the seventeen months. The wine is then course filtered, sulphured and bottled. All process takes place on premise.

Grilled red meats, mushroom dishes, lamb chops.

100% Shiraz

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About Oliverhill:

Oliverhill is a small boutique winery (McLaren Vale has been refined to as the spiritual home of the small winery in Australia) that specializes in premium quality limited production reds. Specifically, a single vineyard Shiraz, “Jimmy Section”, coming from a small 5-acre plot planted nearly 30 years ago an old vine Grenache, “Bradey Block”, made from vines up to 80 years old and a Cabernet Sauvignon produced from the “Jimmy Section” vineyard. The Grenache and the Shiraz represent the classic South Australian style, big and juicy with sweet black fruits, brood shouldered with substantial palate presence, yet maintaining balance and exceptional fruit intensity. The Cabernet Sauvignon although not as big and mouth filling texturally maintains noted fruit intensity with a long and persistent finish. All 3 reds are produced in an extremely limited format with total production hovering around 1000 cases total. The Millers, producing handcrafted wines that are truly artisan in style, will never produce a lot of wine but what they do produce will always be of the highest quality.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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A to Z Pinot Noir 2010
A to Z Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 114568)
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PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant and complex aromas of bing cherries, cranberries, red currants, raspberries and strawberries, a combination of wild flowers and fresh forest berries that epitomize Oregon Pinot Noir. The juicy red fruit flavors open the attack then evolve in the mouth to darker fruit flavors with spice and mineral overtones. The wine shows ripe tannins and a succulent texture that give definition and lift to the surprisingly long finish. Although the 2010 A to Z Pinot Noir is drinking well now, it has the focus, balance and intensity to age and will become more complex over the next 5-10 years.
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About A to Z:

Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.

A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style.