White Wines    Chardonnay    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Roger Lassarat Macon-Vergisson La Roche 2007
Roger Lassarat Macon-Vergisson La Roche 2007
(search item no. 97965)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

ALWAYS impressive value in white Burgundy. Rich, mouthfilling honeyed flavors, this will stand up to any $30 bottle of Chardonnay, from anywhere.

Fresh slices of Chanterais melon and a bouquet of honeysuckle and jasmine greet the nose of this vibrant mineral cuvée. Sweet on the tongue, with liquid flavors of grapefruit, pear and sparkling glacial water running over crushed stones. Chiseled, lemon-fresh and strikingly pure, this is always a stunning value and a perfect example of the outstanding quality from the noble "rock" of Vergisson.

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White Wines    Chardonnay    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Heggies Chardonnay 2007
Heggies Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 98669)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay displays subtle oak influences with cashew and hazelnut, toasty undertones. The palate is fine and rich, opening with creamy curds and nougat framed by citrus zest and the typical Heggies minerality giving purity and definition. The palate has wonderful length with fruit and gentle oak notes throughout.

This is a fine Heggies Chardonnay and can be enjoyed now or be cellared to gain further complexity.

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About Heggies:

The Heggies Vineyard was purchased in 1971 by Wyndham Hill Smith from his great friend, Colin Heggie. The label portrays Colin astride his horse Jack at sunset, surveying the first plantings in the fledgling vineyard. Heggies Vineyard in the high country of the Eden Valley, is a place of great beauty and personality. The carefully tended vineyard with its manicured rows of vines stands in stark contrast to the towering gums, rocky granite outcrops and rugged surrounding hills.

Heggies is a single vineyard in the Eden Valley where the "terroir" is encouraged to produce the distinctive Heggies wine styles. The soil is a thin layer of grey sandy loam over clay and decomposed rock - and vines compete vigorously for moisture and nutrient. An altitude of 550 m above sea level, 787 mm of annual rain, plus innovative viticultural practices produce wines of full flavor and balance.



Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut Rose
Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut Rose
(search item no. 110659)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

With its delicate, pinkish hue, Canard-Duchene Brut Rose stands apart for its intense, fresh fruit aromas of strawberries, with a subtle hint of grenadine, against a backdrop of mineral notes for enhanced freshness.
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About Canard-Duchene:

1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of "vignerons" met and fell in love. They got married, and started to make their own champagne.

Success came quickly, so they then decided to set up their own Champagne house. They joined their names together, in the true Champagne tradition, and Canard-Duchêne was born. The year was 1868.

In 1890, their son, Edmond Canard took over. He was young, bold, loved champagne, and really understood the new world which was coming up. Under his guidance, Canard-Duchêne became international champagne, especially as one of the Champagnes supplied to the court of Tsar Nicholas II.

The relationship has left its mark: from then on, the Canard Duchêne coat of arms has borne the two-headed eagle, emblem of the Russian Imperial Family. Another symbol was added later. The sabre, in memory of a tradition which is intimately linked with champagne, celebration and reward. For the last hundred years, the eagle and the sabre have been our coat of arms.

The Third generation continues on the same tracks. Since 1930, Victor Canard, the founder's grandson, gives a new life of the son. After the recent integration of Canard-Duchêne in the privately-owned group Alain Thiénot, it now occupies a strong position on the French market. At the same time, the House is developing its international markets. Long a Symbol of enjoyment and elegance, Champagne is a gift from nature. From the 300 "crus" in the Champagne region, Canard-Duchêne has chosen 60 of them, blending Pinots and Chardonnay, in order to create year after year fruity, balanced and rounded wines.



White Wines    Riesling    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2010
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2010
(search item no. 108522)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Pewsey Vale Riesling is a rich and intensely flavored wine. Classic fruit aromas on the nose with talcum, crushed stone and limes and a hint of dried herbs. The palate shows great length and depth with lemon and limes. The wine finishes with a soft but fresh natural acidity which balances the flavour intensity and a minerality that will reward medium to long-term cellaring.
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About Pewsey Vale:

Pewsey Vale Vineyard was first planted to Riesling by Joseph Gilbert in 1847. The site was later purchased by well known grazier Geoff Angas-Parsons whom in 1961 invited his friend Wyndham Hill Smith to jointly develop the historic vineyard site. They believed the site could produce "delicate Rieslings in the Germanic style".

With an altitude varying between 485 metres and 500 metres, Pewsey Vale sits 250 metres above the Barossa Valley floor. The cooler temperatures found at this height encourage a longer ripening period which extends well into autumn. This longer ripening period is essential for producing superior quality grapes with exceptional flavour and character - hallmarks of Pewsey Vale wines. Block to block variation enables winemakers to select from separate parcels of fruit to tailor wines to the Pewsey Vale style, ensuring consistency from vintage to vintage.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Chile    South America   
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Montes Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Montes Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 107044)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is clear, crispy and fruity with light yellow-green, bright and transparent color.

100% Sauvignon Blanc from Leyda valley. There is no oak ageing in this wine in order to maintain the freshness and crispiness of the Sauvignon Blanc from this area.

Peaches, pineapples and other tropical fruits with citric hints blend together with a nice minerality, making this wine fresh and appealing.

The aroma shows its power and super Sauvignon Blanc character, also showing the full potential of its cold zone origin, with morning fogs, low temperatures and long hanging period. At the palate is quite persistent, very fresh and crispy with a nice structure at mid palate.

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About Montes:

With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. Their premise, a clear belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, made them a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Its original four partners' total involvement and the continuous help of the angels that decorate their labels was key to their success. Two decades later, Montes is the fifth most important winery of Chile where Aurelio Montes continues leading the winemaking area with the same passion as the first day. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and breaking new grounds in wine.


White Wines    Viognier    South Australia    Australia   
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Yalumba Organic Viognier 2010
Yalumba Organic Viognier 2010
(search item no. 106413)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Straw in color with green hues, the aroma of the Yalumba Organic Viognier 2010 is varietal and alluring showing lifted honeysuckle, lemon rind, apricot and peach aromas mixed with hints of orange blossom, cashew and ginger. The palate is rich, textured, and harmonious resulting in a luscious wine with layers of spice, citrus and apricot. Enjoy with spicy Asian cuisine.

Located on the Murray River at Loxton in South Australia this beautiful organic vineyard, owned by the Barich family and organically certified for more than 10 years, produces Viognier and Shiraz.

Made with certified organic winemaking techniques and fermented with indigenous yeast naturally present in the vineyard. Also suitable for vegetarians & vegans.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    South Africa    South Africa   
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Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 106674)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Explosion of fresh figs and gooseberries on the nose, with hints of green pepper. Palate is richly flavoured, with fruit following through and balanced by zesty acidity and flinty minerality. It has a long and full finish.
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About Spice Route:

Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspired Charles Back to found the Spice Route Winery in 1997. Charles had bought the farm Klein Amoskuil, and this Malmesbury based farm is now home to Spice Route's Swartland terroir styled wines. The Spice Route Winery has found its signature wine style in the warm rolling hills along the Cape West Coast. Matching traditional practices in the vineyards with modern, minimalist approaches in the cellar, they produce exceptionally ripe and deep-flavoured wines. The deep red soils sustain unirrigated bush vine through the long warm summers. These harsh conditions are tempered by cool Atlantic breezes rolling in overnight. In its few years since inception had a stratospheric climb into the top echelons of the South African wine industry.


White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Eroica Riesling 2010
Eroica Riesling 2010
(search item no. 111978)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Eroica Riesling exudes mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. After a more than a decade we have truly found our "Eroica style," striving for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty
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About Eroica:

Launched in 1999, Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers. One from the Old World, Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and the other from the New World, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state. An intermingling of Old and New World philosophies and technique enables the crafting of an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration.

The first five vintages of Eroica Riesling (1999-2003) were named to Wine Spectator's "Top 100" list.

"I have long believed that a Riesling revival would have to start with a prominent New World winery like Chateau Ste. Michelle."
- Ernst Loosen, Dr. Loosen estate



White Wines    Chardonnay    Margaret River    Australia   
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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2007
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 105921)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fresh nose has lifted aromas of ripe yellow pear skins, the petals of citrus blossom, nectarine and ripe peach accompanied by hints of fig, cashews and roasted pine nuts from barrel maturation on yeast lees with integrated and stylish French oak. The rich, full bodied palate displays the mouth filling and intense flavors of fresh ripe pears intermingling with delicious stone fruit flavors, nectarine and pineapple tart. The middle palate shows richness before turning to an elegance only found in the rarest of years that focus the flavors to a long land persistent finish which is both crisp and appealing.
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About Leeuwin Estate:

After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the production of premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Esate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as a consultant and mentor. The initial vineyards were planted by hand over a five year period from 1975, with the state-of-the-art winery opened in 1978. In 1979, Leeuwin Estate had their first commercial vintage. Today, Leeuwin Estate maintains a team of highly-skilled and dedicated winemakers, under the direction of two generations of the founding family, exporting to over 30 countries.


White Wines    Chenin Blanc    South Africa    South Africa   
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Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010
Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010
(search item no. 112605)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This full-bodied Chenin harmoniously balances ripe fruit with delicate oak nuances. It flaunts a rich, luscious mouthfeel, with flavors of melon and tropical fruit enhanced by complex mineral notes and hints of spice. Extended lees contact imparts an alluring honeycomb character.
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About Ken Forrester:

In 1993, hospitality industry veteran Ken Forrester and his wife Teresa purchased the historic Scholtzenhof estate, nestled at the base of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch. Originally established in 1689 as Zandberg, the property is one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape. Ken enlisted the help of his winemaker friend Martin Meinert in replanting and revitalizing the vineyards, with an aim to craft a white wine that could rival any in the world! And so it was that Ken Forrester Vineyards was established, with a focus on Chenin Blanc production.