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Yalumba The Reserve Cabernet/Shiraz 2002
Yalumba The Reserve Cabernet/Shiraz 2002
(search item no. 107980)
collectible wine
collectible wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

To categorize the 2002 Reserve, the finest parcels of wine were selected from the best blocks as they were fermenting. Indigenous or 'wild' yeasts, naturally present on the grape skins were allowed to initiate the fermentation. These 'wild' ferments have helped contribute to the individual complexities of the wine, creating richness and fine textures. The Cabernet component was sourced mainly from Eden Valley, with the Shiraz sourced from Barossa Valley. Concentrated deep red in colour, the nose is full of deep red fruits with suggestions of mint and spicy cedary oak. Powerfully constructed and concentrated, the palate is thick and ripe with juicy dark fruits combined with creamy oak, underpinned by velvety smooth tannins. The Reserve is a wine that should be drinking at its optimum in 8-12 years from vintage.
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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.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2008
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108527)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of mineral, apple, pear and spice lead to complex, layered flavors of spiced golden apple, Meyer lemon and candied ginger, with just a hint of hazelnut and caramel. "Medium" on the richness scale, KARIA charms with its balance of ripe fruit, understated barrel spice, mouth-filling texture and refreshing acidity. The wine will pair perfectly with a wide range of dishes; start with crab and corn chowder, garlic-studded roast chicken or salmon pot pie.
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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 95123)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $99.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1993 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1978 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With Cabernet of this quality, the winemaking team believes in taking a minimalist approach to winemaking. Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Ed and Laurie used tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak. They then aged the lots separately for just under two years before selecting the blend – one of exceptional depth, complexity and elegance. The final blend has aromas of Bing cherries, cocoa, cedar, allspice and mint. Generous cherry, blackberry and plum flavors are complemented by velvety tannins, resulting in a superbly long and elegant finish.
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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.