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Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes Tradition Rose 2010
Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes Tradition Rose 2010
(search item no. 108769)
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PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $10.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Syrah 70%, Grenache noir 30%. The wine's color is an intense peony pink. Its bouquet is very aromatic, with scents of small red fruits such as raspberries or blackcurrants. In the mouth there is a perfect balance between vivacity and mellowness. The final taste is very long, leaving a delicate impression of fruitiness.
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About Chateau de Campuget:

Château de Campuget in Costieres de Nimes is a beautiful wine property dating back to 1640. The soil is typical for the region, with many stones that force roots to find water deep in the lower layers of clay, contributing additional character to the wine. The property is managed by Jean-Lin Dalle, assisted by his son Franck-Lin, named after one of Jean-Lin's heroes, Benjamin Franklin. Château de Campuget which has belonged to the Dalle family since 1941, produces AOC Costieres de Nimes wines.

BELIEFS: The Dalle family makes every effort to produce wines that are true to the "terroir" of the Costieres de Nimes.

NOTES: Château de Campuget wines are produced by respecting tradition while utilizing the most modern oenological techniques. Although equipped with stainless-steel tanks and modern tools, wines are made and matured in a traditional way, and quality is strictly controlled from the vineyard to the bottle. Chateau De Campuget's main varieties are Syrah and Grenache Noir for the grapevines classified in AOC. For white wines, the company uses Roussanne and Grenache Blanc in Costieres de Nimes and Chardonnay in Vin de Pays.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Oliverhill Jimmy Section Shiraz 2007
Oliverhill Jimmy Section Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 116402)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Low yielding vines means very concentrated fruit. Basket pressing means the fruit is treated as gently as possibly and retains its tremendous complexity without the introduction of hard stemmy tannins. High quality French oak reigns in this beast and gives it structure and elegance. This wine displays characteristic blueberry, mocha, dark chocolate and the faintest background accent of white eastern spices (cardamom, nutmeg and saffron). An incredible mouthful, it dances on the palate for ages and while it is delicious to drink right now, cellaring will see it continue to improve for several more years.
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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.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Central Otago    New Zealand   
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Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 116783)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Elderflower, gooseberry and cassis dominate the aromas touched by a faint whiff of gunflint from barrel fermentation.The palate is full bodied and dry with great intensity of fruit balanced by refreshing acidity. This is a serious Sauvignon that is ideally suited to fresh seafood or with artisan cheeses such as chevre.
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About Amisfield:

Amisfield Vineyard is a producer of fine wine from the Lowburn area of New Zealand's Central Otago region. The region is renowned for producing world class Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines. Nestled between Amisfield and Parkburn streams planing commenced in 1999 and now consists of over 100 acres planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc with considerable expansion possibilities.

The winemaking approach at Amisfield is one of minimal impact on the extraordinary fruit produced from season to season, making the wines a natural expression of the land from which they are created. The overriding winemaking philosophy revolves around the fact that quality wine is grown not made.



White Wines    Chenin Blanc    South Africa    South Africa   
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Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011
Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011
(search item no. 111676)
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PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Chenin Blanc is South Africa's most widely planted varietal and the Cape's signature white. This fresh, vibrant version offers luscious flavors of tropical fruit, melon and honeyed pear, backed by bright citrus flavors. Lively peppery notes and an underlying mineral character shine through on the finish.
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About Indaba:

The Indaba brand was first launched in the US in 1996, shortly after South Africa transitioned to a democratic republic. "Indaba" is the Zulu word for "a meeting of the minds," or a traditional gathering of tribal leaders for sharing ideas. The brand was created as a celebration of the democratization process in South Africa, and from its inception the wines have conveyed the spirit of South Africa to American consumers.

The Indaba range is carefully selected from emerging regions of the Cape winelands such as Robertson, Wellington, and the Breede River Valley. Production is overseen by Bruwer Raats, celebrated winemaker of Raats Family Wines and long-term consultant for Indaba. All are bottled under user-friendly screwcap closures with environmentally friendly packaging. In addition to garnering regular "Best Buy" nods from Wine Enthusiast, Indaba has earned extensive praise in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, which described the wines as "truly mind-boggling values" for the past two consecutive vintages.

A commitment to social responsibility has always been a key part of the Indaba philosophy. A portion of the proceeds from the brand’s global sales funds a scholarship program that supports wine-related studies for students from formerly disenfranchised communities in South Africa. Through growth of the brand and via the affiliated scholarship, Indaba is proud to be a part of the positive changes that are altering the face of South Africa’s wine industry.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Tikal Natural Organic Malbec 2010
Tikal Natural Organic Malbec 2010
(search item no. 114013)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Malbec in its most natural expression of untouched grapes shining through and capturing the true essence of the Vista Flores vineyard where they were picked. It has a beautiful pomegranate color and aroma of fresh red cherries with light French oak undertones. The palate is fresh and lively with black raspberry and spiced mocha notes. A great companion to barbeque or burgers, and incredibly easy to drink on its own. A real crowd pleaser.
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About Tikal:

Tikal is owned by Ernesto Catena and is named after his son. Ernesto spent his childhood in the vineyards of Mendoza among wine-growers and local pundits. Since then, he has experienced a kaleidoscope of cultures, living in New York, Buenos Aires, Berkeley, Cambridge (MA), Milan and London. But his heart remains in his homeland of Argentina (where he now lives), with its natural beauty of mountains, streams and vineyards, its wines, and its people who hold a special passion for living.

There are few wine brands that reflect the sensibilities of their owner more than Tikal. A skilled horseman, fashion designer, software developer, and book editor, Ernesto pursues all that gives pleasure in life. This hedonism (in the best sense of the word) shows through in the wines. It is a style meant to provide enormous pleasure rather than provoke contemplation; an expression of emotion rather than intellect. He has named his wines with passion in mind: Patriota (Patriot), Corazon (Heart), Amorio (Love Affair), Jubilo (Rejoice).

Luis Reginato is the winemaker at Tikal as of the 2002 vintage. Luis is young, but is already a highly trained and respected vineyard consultant and winemaker with long experience at his family's winery in Mendoza. Truly an up and coming talent, Luis and his wines are already garnering high praise from U.S. wine critics. Definitely a winemaker to watch.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Valley of the Moon Chardonnay 2009
Valley of the Moon Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 105643)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of asian pear, meyer lemon, vanilla and allspice overlay a hint of minerality. The lush mid-palate is accented by layers of honeydew melon and kiwi, and balanced with a long finish of zesty citrus and baked pear.
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About Valley of the Moon Winery:

Valley of the Moon Winery encompasses both the rich history and the innovative spirit of California wine.

Situated in the Sonoma Valley on land first planted to grapes in 1863, Valley of the Moon Winery is housed in a beautifully restored stone and redwood winery built in 1887. Blessed with rich volcanic soils and a distinctive “banana belt” microclimate, the estate vineyard has been a revered source of grapes for well over a century. A block of “old vine” Zinfandel planted in the 1940s is complemented by more recent plantings of Barbera, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah; all farmed sustainably with natural soil amendments and natural pest controls.

Yet Valley of the Moon Winery is a thoroughly modern - even cutting-edge - producer. The state-of-the-art production facility features a full complement of temperature-controlled stainless steel fermenters, and small French and American oak barrels; ideal for Valley of the Moon’s artisan winemaking. In addition to making superb Sonoma County Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, Valley of the Moon Winery is a leader among California wineries in the production of several exciting up-and-coming wines: Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Blanc, Rosato di Sangiovese and Cuvée de la Luna, a proprietary Bordeaux-inspired blend. Sometimes hard to find, Valley of the Moon wines are definitely worth the search.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Souverain Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Souverain Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 112852)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Cabernet Sauvignon has a plush entry and opens with classic aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, bittersweet chocolate. Hints of floral, roasted coffee and baking spice carry over to the palate and meld with the wild blackberry and cassis flavors for which Alexander Valley is known. Extended aging in superbly coopered new barrels has integrated the fine grained tannins and created layers of cedar, espresso, and tobacco. This well-structured Cabernet has incredible fruit density and balance and will age well over the next 10 years, but has plenty of accessible ripeness to enjoy upon release.
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About Souverain:

Winemaker Ed Killian has been making wine in California's Alexander Valley for 25 years. he knows the vineyards in the valley inside and out and understands which blocks will give him the fruit he is looking for to create Souverain's signature style. Souverain's 120-year-old estate in the Alexander Valley is the primary source for grapes for the illustrious portfolio of Souverain wines. Killian consistently produces outstanding wines that represent the best of Alexander Valley, including an Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the flagship Winemaker's Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.


White Wines    Gewurztraminer    Other Washington    Washington   
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Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer 2010
Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer 2010
(search item no. 110468)
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PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2010 Gewürztraminer is crafted from Washington grapes. We often put the juice and the grape skins in contact to extract and unleash the exquisite Gewürztraminer aromas locked in the skin. The juice is then cold temperature fermented over 20 days. We do not use any oak and do not put the wine through malolactic fermentation.

The wine is crisp with a slight residual sugar of 1.7% with flavors of lychee, melon and tangerine. Our Gewurztraminer is an exceptional match with spicy Indian food, lemon chicken and blue cheeses.

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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.


White Wines    Viognier    South Africa    South Africa   
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Fairview Viognier 2010
Fairview Viognier 2010
(search item no. 117177)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fairview was the first in South Africa to plant and bottle Viognier and have now been producing this wine for over 10 years. With gentle oaking and careful site selection, our winemakers look to emphasize the complex fruit flavors and fragrance that characterise Viognier.
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About Fairview:

The home of Fairview wines is a 300 ha farm on the southwest-facing slopes of Paarl Mountain, a granite rock outcrop in the heart of the Paarl wine district, viticulturally among the most historic and influential areas of the Cape winelands. Winemaking on the farm can be traced back to 1699, not quite a half-century after the first European settlers arrived in southern Africa. But its wines entered the modern era with the first bottling under the Fairview label in 1974 by the Back family, owners since 1937.

Today, some three decades later, grandson Charles Back II has brought Fairview wines to world markets. One of South Africa's pre-eminent vintners, he has earned Fairview (and its ancillary brands Spice Route, Goats Do Roam and Agostinelli) a reputation for consistent quality across a range of innovative styles, using both classic and unusual varieties. And he has helped pioneer a modern culture of wine growing in South Africa that embraces typicity of terroir, unrestricted by "estate" appellation, by both developing his own vineyards to their full potential and seeking out new viticultural sites to grow fruit for wines to please popular tastes and discerning palates. Charles Back's philosophy is that wine is an integral and joyful part of everyday life.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Banfi Chianti Superiore 2010
Banfi Chianti Superiore 2010
(search item no. 113920)

PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $11.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Celebrating the best Tuscan tradition Banfi offers a family of Chianti wines varied and complementary, unique in its style. Banfi Chianti Superiore, crafted to the meticulous profile of our estate, is pleasingly smooth and satisfying with its clean and distinctive flavours.
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About Castello Banfi:

In 1978 John and Harry Mariani, owners of the U.S. wine importer Banfi Vintners, established the award winning vineyard estate and winery Castello Banfi in the Brunello region of Tuscany. A constellation of single vineyards located on ideal sites cover about one third of the 7,100 acre (2,830 hectares) estate. The remaining land consists of bucolic meadows, olive and plum groves, and woodland. Central to the property is a medieval castle that functions as a hospitality center, hosting visitors at a full service restaurant, enoteca and museum dedicated to the history of glass and its relation to wine.