Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113089)
collectible wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

For the 2008 vintage, very ripe fruit was picked in selective areas throughout the Estate to express a brighter ripe Cabernet style for CASK. Dark, ripe cherry is the predominant characteristic, along with vanilla and hints of floral and spice notes. The mouthfeel is very rich and round with some sweet creaminess on the palate and a fresh fruit finish.

Try one of these wonderful pairings of grilled lamb chops, beef tenderloin, braised lamb shanks, a hearty stew, or a beef burger with all the fixings.

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About Inglenook:

In 1879, Finnish explorer and adventurer Gustave Niebaum searched the Napa Valley with the goal of establishing a wine estate to rival the finest chateau of France. For decades his wines won acclaim and remain some of the most admired in American wine history's classic period. By the mid-1960's, his property was divided, and estate-wine production ceased.

A decade later, Francis Ford Coppola purchased 1,500 acres of this historic property and revived Captain Niebaum's fine winemaking tradition. In 1995, Niebaum-Coppola acquired the remainder of the property and restored the Inglenook Estate to its original dimensions.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sardinia    Italy   
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Argiolas Korem 2006
Argiolas Korem 2006
(search item no. 98835)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color with a powerful, lingering and well-balanced nose. On the palate, this wine is velvety, full, harmonious, warm and well-rounded.
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About Argiolas:

Located amid Sardinia's natural beauty, just north of Cagliari, is the Argiolas estate, widely known for its crisp and refreshing white wines and complex and precocious reds. Antonio Argiolas and his twin sons, Franco and Giuseppe, have worked diligently to fulfill their commitment to become the leaders in Sardinian enology.

Over the years, the Argiolas family has strongly insisted on its native Sardinian vines, focusing on the indigenous white varietals Nuragus and Vermentino and the red varietals Cannonau, Monica, Carignano and Bovale Sardo. Giacomo Tachis, father of prestigious Italian wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia, has been instrumental in placing Argiolas on the quality map. Like the Argiolas family, Tachis has a true passion for the island's native varietals.

In 2004, The Wine Advocate said Argiolas produces, "essential wines for those looking to discover what the wines and viticulture of Sardinia are all about."



Red Wines    Nebbiolo    Piedmont    Italy   
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Produttori del Barbaresco Moccagatta Riserva Barbaresco 2005
Produttori del Barbaresco Moccagatta Riserva Barbaresco 2005
(search item no. 108425)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $43.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The dialect spelling Mùncagòta is sometimes used to define this vineyard of 20 acres of which 10 are managed by Produttori . It is the only single vineyard with a full south - east exposure which means full sunshine in the morning rather than in the afternoon and therefore a slightly cooler micro - climate. Higher calcium in the soil defines a very elegant, intense wine with a distinct floral, sometimes minty bouquet. Tannins are firm and the finish is long lasting. Produced for the first time in the 1967 vintage.

Great complexity and full body, intense fruit, firm tannins and a very long finish. Extremely elegant, intense fruit in a refined bouquet. Perfect with egg-fresh pasta dishes, risotto,white and red meat, game, venison, cheese. Longevity for 18-22 years.

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About Produttori del Barbaresco:

Before 1894, Nebbiolo grapes were sold to make Barolo wine or simply labeled Nebbiolo di Barbaresco. But in 1894, Domizio Cavazza, headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba and a Barbaresco resident, created the first cooperative, the Cantine Sociali, by gathering together nine Barbaresco vineyard owners to make wine in the local castle that he owned. He understood well the differences between the same grape, the Nebbiolo, grown in the different areas of Barolo and Barbaresco and, for the first time, recognized it on the wine label. The Cantine Sociali was closed in the 1930s because of fascist economic rules. In 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way the small properties could survive was by joining their efforts, gathered together nineteen small growers and founded the Produttori del Barbaresco. The first three vintages were made in the church basement, then in the winery built across the square where the Produttori is still located. United once again, the small growers continued the work started by Domizio Cavazza, producing only Barbaresco wine and enhancing both the reputation of the wine and the village.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Russian River    California   
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Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2009
Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106285)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Supple in texture, with rose petal, earth and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged in 100% French oak, which adds a subtle, toasty vanilla character.
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About Rodney Strong Vineyards:

Founded by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong, in 1959, Rodney Strong Vineyards is now owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein began the endeavor that today brings together excellent vineyards, the industry's finest winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, focusing on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vinyeard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and coming carbon neutral in 2009.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Victoria    Australia   
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Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz 2005
Taltarni Pyrenees Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 105828)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A vibrant magenta red colour showing youthfulness whilst sophisticated on the nose with concentrated aromas of blueberries and mocha. Very appealing to drink now but built to cellar with confidence for at least ten years.
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About Taltarni:

Established in 1969, Taltarni was one of the founding wineries in the iron-rich Pyrenees wine region in Victoria. John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered the Taltarni Vineyard through a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux. From the outset, Taltarni has a strong French influence with the initial plantings of Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soon after, Taltarni extended its plantings with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. The Goelet family also sources Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Taltarni has built its reputation on elegant sparkling wines that are crafted using methode traditionale techniques, as wells as producing exceptional red and white wines. The distinctive labels, featuring a 17th century cartouche, represent the attention to detail and the French elegance and finesses that are hallmarks of all Taltarni wines.


Sake    Junmai-Daiginjo    Hokkaido    Japan   
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Takasago Ginga Shizuku Divine Droplets Sake (300ML)
Takasago Ginga Shizuku Divine Droplets Sake (300ML)
(search item no. 92025)
screw cap wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A prominent fragrance, a clean and fresh taste, with flavor deep into the recesses. Truly one of the "Rolls-Royces" of saké.

Each year, after the temperature drops below 14 Fahrenheit, Takasago builds an Ice Dome outside the main kura building. It is an igloo inside of which the temperature stays about 28 F, with 90% humidity and no wind The low temperature means "nasty bacteria" cannot survive, allowing them to make clean, pure, ultra-premium saké. Additionally, they separate the clear saké from the fermenting rice lees not by pressing, but rather by putting it into canvas bags and allowing the saké to drip out slowly overnight.

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About Takasago Shuzo:

Takasago Shuzo was originally established in 1899 in Asahikawa City in Hokkaido, under the name Kohiyama Shuzo (our family name). We struggled, but continued to produce sake during the war. In 1965, we merged with another sake brewer in Asahikawa, and changed our company name, as well as the name of our sake, to Takasago. Our white-walled kura, built in 1909, is one of the more attractive buildings in Asahikawa.

Asahikawa has been called "the Nada of the North," because there was at one time a lot of sake being brewed there, and we are the oldest sakagura in the area. It is cold here, with the temperature regularly falling to -20C.