Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2005
Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2005
(search item no. 88700)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $10.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 62 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

At 3,500 feet above sea level our vineyards in Mendoza are in the ideal location for growing the grapes that create Terrazas de los Andes Malbec. The regions particular microclimate allows us to obtain this intense and gentle Malbec.

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About Terrazas de los Andes:

At the end of the 1950s, the famous French Champagne house, Moët & Chandon, realized there was an enormous potential for growth in South America. They sent their wine analyst, Renaud Poirier, to study the possibility of expansion. Monsieur Poirier finally proved that Luján de Cuyo, a region within the province of Mendoza, was the best place for the birth of fine wines. In 1960, Chandon Argentina was established, the first subsidiary of Moët & Chandon outside France.

To make the Terrazas de los Andes wines, Chandon Argentina took the initiative to restore this building, located in the heart of Perdriel and at the foot of the imposing Cordón del Plata (a section of the Andes Mountain Range).

In the past, Chandon Argentina made only sparkling and generic still wines, however at the beginning of the '90s fueled by a political system more orientated towards an international market, a varietal wines project was born, to which Terrazas has now become the reality. Situated in Perdriel there is an old Spanish style winery that was used by Pedro Domecq to create his brandy. Renaud Poirier asked Domecq if he could use his equipment to make the first experimental vintages, between 1957 and 1959. Thirty years later Terrazas de los Andes was born, a tributary of Chandon Argentina dedicated exclusively to the production of varietal wines.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Castano Solanera 2004
Bodegas Castano Solanera 2004
(search item no. 86657)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 33 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"The 2004 Solanera is a blend of 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Tintorera raised in French oak. More complex than its siblings, this purple-colored wine offers fragrant aromas of spice box, smoke, blueberry pie and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied, the wine is plush and full-flavored with enough structure to support several years of additional bottle age. It should drink well for 8-10 years."
-Wine Advocate

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About Bodegas Castano:

There are only a handful of wineries remaining in Yecla since the phyloxera plague, and they are led by the forward-thinking Bodegas Castano, which has helped to reinvigorate the winemaking in the region.

Created by Ramon Castano Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castano is not nearly as old as the vines it owns. Starting quite small, the family has nurtured these old plantings and re-planted other parcels and now owns 350 hectares of some of the prime vineyard land in Yecla. Today, Daniel Castano, one of Ramon's sons, runs the winery with the help of other members of the family.

The extremely talented Mariano Lopez has taken over the winemaker reins at the Bodega, and has turned the focus toward more balanced bottlings of older vine Monastrell. Both traditional and carbonic maceration techniques are used and all wines pass through malolactic fermentation. Daniel believes that the fruit and tannin structure of the Monastrell varietal stands up well to the use of oak, and as such, many of the wines pass (in varying degrees) through a barrel regime.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes

Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2005
Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2005
(search item no. 88423)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $8.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 17 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"...a stunning example of Sangiovese that should drink well for 2-3 years. This wine represents incredible value for the money."
-Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Sangiovese grown in the Sciabolone and Martarosa vineyards and harvested in late October. The wine is aged in large oak barrels for 6 months. This Sangiovese exhibits a fresh bouquet of violets and woodland berries. It is smooth and refreshing on the palate with loads of ripe fruit and represents an excellent value.

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About Di Majo Norante:

The Di Majo Norante winery is located to the north of the Gargano in Molise on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina. This estate has been dedicated to the cultivation of vines since the 1800's.

In the 1960's a modern cantina was constructed and vines were replanted. Optimal exposure, constant breezes during the summer, excellent soil composition and a slope toward the Sciabolone and Madonna Grande valleys, blend together to create a particularly favorable environment for the production of wine.

Alessio Di Majo has hired renowned enologist, Riccardo Cotarella, as a consultant in order to ensure consistent, high quality production for all their wines. The Di Majo family is dedicated to producing quality wine at an outstanding value and practicing environmentally sound agriculture.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Penley Estate Hyland Shiraz 2004
Penley Estate Hyland Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 88066)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $17.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 10 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

An impressive value, the 2004 Hyland Shiraz has received 90+ ratings from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, respected Australian wine critic James Halliday and Wines & Spirits. With endorsements like that, its hard to go wrong!

Heritage has always been important to Penley Estate; the name of this wine recognizes the historical connections to family – one of Australia's forefathers of winemaking – Penfold Hyland.

The color is crimson, but will develop some amber tints from its oak maturation and later bottle age. The aroma is varietal with a complex of berry ripeness with huge intensity reflecting the vintage conditions. Strong lifted aromas of variety and oak. The flavor is rich and fruity. A soft and rich middle palate along with oak tannin on the finish balance the fruit flavors.

"Exhibiting sensational richness and purity, the full-bodied 2004 Shiraz Hyland possesses toasty new oak, blackberry, black currant, raspberry, and cherry characteristics. Layered, deep, medium to full-bodied, and elegant, this 2004 should drink beautifully for a decade or more."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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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.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 88292)

PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The rich flavors in this wine come not only from the Cabernet Sauvignon itself, but also from the addition of other red varietals: 9% Cabernet Franc for mouthfeel, 7% Merlot for added structure and complexity, 2% Syrah for richness and 1% Lemberger for fruit and spice. The resulting wine has cherry, cranberry and vanilla aromas and flavors integrated with toasty oak. A slight bell pepper note in the background adds complexity. The texture is soft and velvety, with nice oak, vanilla and clove notes in the balanced and fine tannin finish.
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About The Hogue Cellars:

The Hogue Cellars, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premier grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of foods.


Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah 2004
Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah 2004
(search item no. 87741)
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 6 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

The 2004 Concannon Petite Sirah, Limited Release, Central Coast is a wine that has vibrant fruit aromas of black cherry and plum. This Petite Sirah is full bodied, yet it has a very mellow structure. With a hint of oak and vanilla on the palate, the finish on this wine is quite lasting and memorable.

Enjoy with teriyaki beef dishes and any wild game or organically raised red meat recipes.

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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



White Wines    Riesling    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2005
Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2005
(search item no. 86126)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $10.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 87 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2005 is pale straw in colour with green hues. The wine shows classic varietal character with aromas of lime juice and lemon peel, with delicate blossom overtones. The palate is lively and refreshing with generous lemon and grapefruit flavours, and a hint of ripe tropical fruits on the finish.
 
"The Kabinett-styled 2005 Riesling reveals lemon, lime, and under-ripe apricot characteristics along with steely, refreshing acidity." - The Wine Advocate 
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 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.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 88286)
The Wine News rating: 94 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $13.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 1 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Lush, seamlessly integrated flavors of ripe, sweet blackberry, blueberry and minerals; totally in control in the face of so much rich fruit..."
-Wine News

"Ripe, rich, a bit spicy for its sins and full of black cherry and cassis fruitiness... there is an awful lot of flavor and honest drinkability to be found here, and when its oh-so-inviting price tag is put into the calculus, this one adds up to a big winner for current consumption."
-Connoisseurs' Guide

The 2003 Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon is what fine wines are all about. This is a spicy wine at its core with anise, clove and coffee bean accenting its bright fresh cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. It is a rich, full-bodied, expressive wine that still shows some finesse with fine, almost powdery tannins and well-integrated oak. Tobacco and black pepper linger on the finish. Pair this wine with grilled tri-tip steak, aged cheeses or dark chocolate.

Hogue Genesis wines represent the culmination of a winemaking process that selects classic varietal wine grapes from some of the most distinctive vineyard sites in Eastern Washington state. In twenty years of winemaking in Washington the Hogue Cellars winemaking team has identified which vineyards and microclimates have the best potential to produce classic varietal wines.

*Note: Due to the rich, extracted nature of this wine, it may contain some naturally occuring wine sediment. Consisting of wine solids, it is harmless and does not affect the quality of the wine. A day before the wine is to be served, stand the bottle upright, allowing the sediment to settle to the bottom. If desired, gently pour the wine into a clean decanter, leaving the sediment in the bottle.

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About The Hogue Cellars:

The Hogue Cellars, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premier grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of foods.


Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Trevor Jones Jonesy Port
Trevor Jones Jonesy Port
(search item no. 81892)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 70 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"What a sensational value! Made by Trevor Jones in partnership with importer Dan Philips, this is a blend averaging 46 years in age. Its light to medium ruby hue is accompanied by an extraordinary bouquet of sweet candied fruit intermixed with notions of maple syrup, earth, and hazelnuts. This gorgeous tawny delivers plenty of pleasure." --Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2004.
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About Trevor Jones:

Trevor Jones began his winemaking career in 1977 at Bernkastel Wines, with Rob O'Callaghan of Rockford Winery Basket Press Shiraz fame, and worked through two vintages, before accepting a position as assistant winemaker at Karrawirra Wines in 1979. In 1982, Trevor was appointed winemaker and remained in that position until 1986. During Trevor's time at Karrawirra, he also made wines for Kellermeister Wines and eventually became full time winemaker there. Additionally, Trevor has worked as a consultant winemaker for Anglesey Wines, St. Hallett Wines and Glenara Wines.

Trevor Jones received the distinction of being awarded two perfect 100 point scores (never before awarded) for the Old Barossa Tokay and the Barossa Liqueur Shiraz Tawny from Robert Parker Jr. of The Wine Advocate in February 2000.