White Wines    Chardonnay    Carneros    California   
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Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2010
Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 111194)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Crisp and mouthwatering offering pear, apricot, lime and apple streaked with notes of oregano, tarragon, and hints of vanilla and honey. The vivid citrus and tropical fruit flavors are delicately wrapped in a rich and generously-textured mouthfeel. Mature acids hold the wine's structure and create length, while a touch of scrumptious cinnamon toast note lingers in the elegant finish.

Blend: 98% Chardonnay, 2% Sauvignon Blanc

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About Artesa Vineyards and Winery:

Artesa's architecturally-acclaimed facility opened as Codorniu Napa in 1991, dedicated solely to méthode champenoise sparkling wine production. But in 1997, with the arrival of a world-class winemaker and a $10 million conversion, the winery shifted focus dramatically. Artesa was born with the inaugural release of ultra-premium still wines in September 1999.

Artesa (ahr TESS uh) means "craftsman" and connotes "handcrafted" in Catalan, language of Barcelona and their owner, Codorníu, one of the world's largest and oldest wineries. The Codorníu Group actually consists of six spectacular wineries whose wines are enjoyed daily in over 100 countries around the globe. So, while Artesa is a relative newcomer to Napa, their heritage is rich. They share five centuries of history with 15 generations of a remarkable winemaking family.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 110215)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vibrant wine offers a pleasing tropical nose of orange blossom, grapefruit, lychee and peach. On the palate the wine has a juicy, fruit-driven entry with lively acidity and flavors of guava, honeyed tangerine, juicy Comice pear, Kaffir lime and a mineral edge. The citrus notes mingle with sandalwood spice and linger on the energetic finish.

Pair this wine with mild Thai curries or shellfish pasta with shallot and white-wine broth.

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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    Bordeaux Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Ravenswood Pickberry Vineyards 2007
Ravenswood Pickberry Vineyards 2007
(search item no. 112443)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Pickberry is dark and dense in appearance. Perfumed ripe Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot scents of red currant, cassis, cured leaf tobacco and musk herald the chewy cassis flavors that highlight the impressively dense, spicy, mineral- driven firm, floral finish. This wine will age to graceful elegance in 10 to 15 years.

Blend: 58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Ravenswood:

Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful – gothic – character with which the winery has come to be associated.

A key to Ravenswood’s success is our long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, we are devoted to working with growers who share our philosophy about high quality.

Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what winemaker Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes.