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Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2010
Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2010
(search item no. 118453)
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James Suckling rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $105.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Spicy aromas of black fruit and touches of chocolate dominate the nose and palate. The wine is full-bodied, with supple tannins.

A delicious companion to full-flavored meats, game and roasts.

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About Tenuta Setti Ponti:

The estate of Sette Ponti lies in the heart of the Chianti zone, fifteen miles northwest of the city of Arezzo just past the village of San Giustino Valdarno. The Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti, leads into a beautiful hidden valley and to the estate. The name Sette Ponti, or "seven bridges," refers to the seven bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence. Erected in the mid 13th century, it took nearly forty years to build, and is perceptible in the right far background of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa.

Tenuta Sette Ponti, is, like many Tuscan estates, multi-faceted. The 750-acre property supports livestock and mixed agriculture, and although viticulture is not new to the estate, winemaking is; the yield of the property's vineyards was until 1997 sold to various respected Tuscan wine producers, among them Piero Antinori. Dr. Moretti's enjoyment of wine led him to ask Antinori if the estate vineyards could produce great wines, and Antinori thought they could. The estate has since been transformed through the consultation of respected oenologist Carlo Ferrini and his assistant, Gioia Cresti; Gilbert Bouvet, one of France's most skilled viticulturalists; and agronomist Benedetto d'Anna.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Heritance Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Heritance Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 123168)
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Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Heritance Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is an assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A medium-deep to dark ruby hue with some violet overtones is gorgeous in the glass. A gentle swirl releases fragrant black fruit aromas and a beautiful touch of oak that adds pleasant spice and complexity, without hiding the elegant and pleasing structure. This wine is full, round and well-anchored with a classic finish. Although it can age, it is ready to be enjoyed right now.

Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot

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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.



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Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2007
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2007
(search item no. 115276)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $57.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brunello di Montalcino Casanova di Neri is characterised simply by its white label, to the point where it has now been renamed "White Label." This "Etichetta bianca" is born in vineyards that look to Montalcino from the east, at an altitude which varies from 350 to 480 metres above sea level, very close to our cellar. The main characteristics of this wine are elegance, finesse and longevity.
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About Casanova di Nieri:

Casanova di Neri was established in 1971 when Giovanni Neri acquired a large estate within Montalcino. Over the years their continuing goal has been the search for land believed to be optimal for growing high quality grapes. There are now 120 acres of vineyards divided amongst four distinct sites. Improved quality in the vineyards has led to more attention in the winery, from vinification to the careful selection of casks for aging but always with the maximum respect for tradition. Today the property is operated and wines made by Giacomo Neri, who states, "Our greatest pride is our vineyards: their high quality and their history."


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Chateau La Dominique  2010
Chateau La Dominique 2010
(search item no. 121319)
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Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
James Suckling rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

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About Chateau La Dominique:

Driven by enthusiasm and the spirit of enterprise, in 1969 Clément Fayat acquired Château La Dominique, an estate offering a high class terroir, located on the western side of the Saint-Emilion appellation.

Respect for the soil in order to bring out its potential at its best, disciplined and careful work in the vines throughout their life-cycle, greatest care for the grapes from their ripening until the crucial period of fermentation, and finally the closest attention that is paid during the ageing process and the bottling. The winery has 23 hectares and the soils are 25% deep gravel, 75% old sand mixes with gravel over a clay sub-layer. The vines average 30 years of age.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Clos du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Clos du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 110292)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Clos Du Val's flagship estate wine, the 2006 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet in color with vibrant aromas of ripe black fruit and a hint of dried herbs, mocha coffee and toast. The wine has a rich, powerful entry, and concentrated mid-palate, filling the mouth with intense black fruit and spice. With its velvety-smooth tannins and elegant structure, this Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic expression of Stags Leap District terroir. The finish is long and lingering. Enjoy now or cellar for at least 20+ years.
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About Clos du Val Wine Co.:

Clos Du Val, French for "small vineyard estate of a small valley," was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val's iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.

Today, for Clos Du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton, it is the bounty from these renowned vineyards that acts as the foundation for the distinctive, terroir-driven wines of balance and elegance for which Clos Du Val is known.



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Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial
Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial
(search item no. 18222)
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PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $59.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Nectar Impérial is the boldest and most unexpected Moët & Chandon champagne. It reflects the diversity and complementarities of the three champagne grapes and the richness of the region's best vineyards to reveal the magic of the world's most loved champagne.

Lively and generous Nectar Impérial distinguishes itself by its tropical fruitiness, its richness on the palate and its crisp finish, that instantly surprise and delight.

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About Moët & Chandon:

The largest Champagne house in France, Moët et Chandon was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët. They produce large volumes of non-vintage wine under the White Star and Brut Imperial designations, however, are best known for their premium brand Dom Pérignon.


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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 118572)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape. Mulberry and blackberry are the dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a tight palate with silky grape tannins and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hints of licorice and chocolate lingers on the finish.
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About Penley Estate:

Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families – the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.

Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra rossa" soils – bright red top-soils overlaying soft free-draining limestone.

Critically acclaimed as one of Coonawarra's leading estates, and voted as one of the International Wineries of the Year 2001 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, while the Reserve Cabernet voted best wine of Coonawarra 2001, as judged by winemaking peers and critics.

The Penley Estate signature style comprises distinct, precise, terrior driven wines – not overly oaked or excessively alcoholic. They display ripe clean fruit with true regional character – the senior wines will age for many years.



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Roots Run Deep Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Roots Run Deep Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 122504)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A wine with incredible structure, depth of fruit, and complete oak integration, without being overdone. This Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and complex, but still has incredible finesse. This Cabernet can go up against some of the big boys in the game, but don't take their word for it and decide for yourself! Drink. Think. Hypothesis!
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About Roots Run Deep:

Roots Run Deep Winery was founded in 2005 with the promise of producing unparalleled wine from the Napa Valley at prices everyone can afford. Grapes grown by the best producers in Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and Carneros wine districts go into making these wines superb in quality and unmatched in value. Proprietor Mark Albrecht is a 15-year veteran in the wine industry and has been involved in all aspects of the industry from restaurant to retail, and wholesaler to supplier. Mark was instrumental in the creation, strategic planning and marketing of many successful wine brands and brings that passion to Roots Run Deep. His philosophy is that great wines can be affordable and Roots Run Deep Winery is dedicated to producing wines that can compete with $50+ wines for a fraction of the price.


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d'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
d'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107631)
screw cap wine
green wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is full of blackcurrant and blueberry characters with a lovely mint leaf lift and a spicy undertone. The characters are ripe, yet remain balanced with touches of florals adding elegance.

Dark plum and red fruits are added to the mix before a savoury mid palate emerges with soil characters, hints of coffee, black olive and more spice framed well by fine gravelly tannins and just a hint of oak. Considering the vintage conditions the generous fruit flavor is surprisingly well balanced by soil characters, flowers and leafy lift along with good tannin structure.

Like all d'Arenberg wines decanting will help this wine show its true colours and it will age gracefully in the cellar for up to seven years.

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


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Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2007
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2007
(search item no. 115278)
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James Suckling rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brunello Tenuta Nuova began as both a passionate and scientific project, for a wine which only Casanova di Neri can offer. It comes from a mass clone of Sangiovese Cerretalto on a piece of land south of Montalcino, where it acquires "Mediterranean" scents, great finesse and tannic structure.
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About Casanova di Nieri:

Casanova di Neri was established in 1971 when Giovanni Neri acquired a large estate within Montalcino. Over the years their continuing goal has been the search for land believed to be optimal for growing high quality grapes. There are now 120 acres of vineyards divided amongst four distinct sites. Improved quality in the vineyards has led to more attention in the winery, from vinification to the careful selection of casks for aging but always with the maximum respect for tradition. Today the property is operated and wines made by Giacomo Neri, who states, "Our greatest pride is our vineyards: their high quality and their history."