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Marco Felluga Collio Molamatta 2007
Marco Felluga Collio Molamatta 2007
(search item no. 97674)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Golden yellow in color. It is characterised by an elegant bouquet of exotic fruits when young, which evolves over time assuming their very own hints of sweetness reminiscent of vanilla. It coats the palate, it's warm and prolonged and the finish is well-balanced.

Best served with all vegetables, fish and egg dishes.

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About Marco Felluga:

The Marco Felluga family have been immersed in the world of wine for four generations, combining the best technical innovations while preserving and respecting tradition. Within Italy's northeastern most region of Friuli, the appellation is Collio. A hilly region north of Venice, on the Yugoslavian border, the soil is composed of sandstone and loam rock. Long recognized for its unique microclimate, Collio's weather is influenced to the north-east by the Julian Alps and by the Adriatic Sea, just 10 miles to the south.


White Wines    Riesling    Alsace    France - Other regions   
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Trimbach Riesling 2007
Trimbach Riesling 2007
(search item no. 100123)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#55 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

This Riesling is a great classic of Alsace. At once delicate and vital, its intense fruit is given great length by a backcome of crisp acidity producing some of the world's greatest and longest tasting wines.

Alsatian Riesling are usually dry, in order to match with food. Riesling is particularly conveniant with sushis, fish, grilled or with sauce, traditional alsatian meals such as the onion pie or sauerkraut.

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About Trimbach:

Maison Trimbach began in 1626 when Jean Trimbach settled in Riquewihr and established the family wine trade.

Jean-Frédéric Trimbach, born in 1811, was appointed Gourmet of Hunawihr, a position designed to protect the quality of wine exports. He transferred the Maison Trimbach business to Hunawihr, where he served as mayor for many years.

Jean-Frédéric and his son, Frédéric-Emile continued the family tradition, and Frédéric-Emile traveled extensively to promote the wines. In 1898 he received the Certificate of Highest Quality at the Brussels International Show. With Frédéric-Emile at the helm, Maison Trimbach began bottling its wines in Alsace rather than selling in bulk, providing a new guarantee of quality and authenticity. The contribution of Frédéric-Emile Trimbach was recognized when the family adopted his initials in the firm's official name: Maison F.E. Trimbach.

Today, the tradition of quality continues with the 11th and 12th generations of the Trimbach family. Hubert and his older brother Bernard, along with Bernard's sons, Pierre and Jean, have continued operations and currently produce approximately 80,000 cases of wines annually. Over one-third of their production is exported to the United States. While one of the smallest of the many producers in Alsace, they are nonetheless the largest, most widely recognized Alsace brand in the United States.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    South Africa    South Africa   
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Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2008
(search item no. 97294)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine shows an abundance of tropical fruit, pear, grapefruit and green fig flavours on the nose that carry through to the palette. The mouth feel is crisp, yet rich and fruity, and coats the pallet evenly. The well-balanced acid and lingering aftertaste will make you come back for more.

Pair with fresh oysters, goat cheese salad or grilled/steamed fresh-water fish.

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About Warwick Estate:

Warwick Estate lies in a valley enclosed by the Simonsberg, Kanonkop and Klapmutskop. Originally part of a vast piece of land known as "Good Success", this eighteenth century farm belonged to Colonel Alexander Gordon who renamed his portion in honour of the Warwickshire regiment which he commanded during the Boer War.

Years later in 1964, Stan Ratcliffe bought Warwick, where, with considerable foresight he began planting the precious Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which are still a major part of the production today. These vines produced high quality grapes and became highly sought after by wholesalers and other wineries. However, it took the arrival of Norma Ratcliffe, Stan's beautiful and energetic wife, in 1971 for the family to begin making a few experimental wines from Cabernet Sauvignon. The early results were very encouraging and served to extol the virtues of what is surely some of the best terroir in South Africa.

Michael Ratcliffe, Norma's son, has now taken over as proprietor in Stan's retirement and has wasted no time in stamping his personality on the Estate. A host of new innovative techniques, learnt during his postgraduate wine studies in Australia, are being implemented aimed at maximizing the potential of the Warwick terroir. Under Michael's leadership, the Warwick team is striving to take the next step in quality.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Sonoma County    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Brut
Gloria Ferrer Brut
(search item no. 1898)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Gold Medal Winner: 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

#78 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

Produced exclusively with hand-picked grapes, this Cuvée was put on the American market for the first time in 1985. It is prepared according to the traditional method. Its bouquet with pear aroma distinguishes it from other sparkling wines and the fruity aroma lends it an initial effervescence which culminates in a lingering, creamy effect.

85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay.

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Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Alsace    France - Other regions   
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Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel 2005
Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel 2005
(search item no. 101746)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

An ideal aperitif, the wine pairs well with a wide range of dishes such as plain foie gras, fresh or fried foie gras, rich salads, fish in sauce, calf sweetbread, white meat, poultry in sauce, game birds, and blue cheese.
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About Domaines Schlumberger:

Domaines Schlumberger only harvests grapes from their own vineyards and are entirely dedicated to quality, which is achieved through deliberately producing very restricted yields per hectare.

The planting and judicious choice of grape varieties, pruning the vines, constantly surveying the grapes as they ripen, and the precious care that they are given enable a strict selection to be made during harvesting. Each plot, or even each bunch of grapes, will only be picked if it is completely ripe.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2007
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 98997)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a deep, intense purple. On the nose it is aromatic and complex, with a combination of fruit and spice, cinnamon, white pepper, cajun spices, mocha, liquorice and blackberry. On the palate it is immensely approachable with hints of menthol, spearmint, violets and boysenberry, with soft suple tannins.
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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.


White Wines    Riesling    Other Australia    Australia   
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Mesh Eden Valley Riesling 2008
Mesh Eden Valley Riesling 2008
(search item no. 101592)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 mesh Eden Valley Riesling is green and vibrant in appearance. The aroma is zesty lemon and grapefruit with a hint of spice. The palate is powerful, lively and generous, with intense citrus fruit flavors. The wine finishes clean and dry with refreshing slatey acidity.

As is the case with all great Eden Valley Rieslings, mesh will age gracefully and reliably into a mature wine under the Stelvin closure.

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About Mesh:

When Robert Hill Smith from Australia's oldest family owned winery, Yalumba, joined forces with Clare winemaker extraordinaire, Jeffrey Grosset to create a new Eden Valley Riesling, it was clear that this would be no ordinary wine.

Born of occasional musings the essence of the adventure is two of Australia's best known Riesling makers working together to elevate the status of both Riesling and South Australia’s Eden Valley. The first release was the highly acclaimed 2002 vintage.

The project also offers a forum in which both winemakers can share ideas, debate and discuss. Jeffrey Grosset says the partnership offers an irresistible opportunity to create a truly unique wine. "I'm convinced that we have been able to achieve more in quality terms by working together and sharing our knowledge. The chance to contribute to the reputation of the region and the variety is very exciting and the fact that Robert and I share a passion for Riesling is, for me, what makes this project so special", he said.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2008
King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2008
(search item no. 101941)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $17.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#77 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

Appearance: Golden straw with brilliant luminosity.

Aroma: Fresh pear, peach blossom, lime, grapefruit, and floral notes.

Flavor: Lively citrus, peach, tropical fruit, mineral, and honey.

Mouthfeel: Crisp entry, nice texture, long finish.

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About King Estate:

King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world.


White Wines    Viognier    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2008
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2008
(search item no. 98644)
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green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 93 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#39 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The 2008 vintage has created delicate and aromatic Viognier wines. The color is pale gold with green highlights, with a nose of pure aromas displaying apricot nectar, lifted honeysuckle and orange oil perfume. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense stone fruit - particularly white peach and apricot flavours, finishing with an aromatic citrus freshness. This wine will continue to grow and develop in the bottle, firstly showing enhanced apricots and spice, then after a couple of years, honey flavors and toast.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 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    Viognier    South Australia    Australia   
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Yalumba Organic Viognier 2008
Yalumba Organic Viognier 2008
(search item no. 99817)
green wine
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is made using organic winemaking techniques, fermented with indigenous yeast and with very little intervention from the winemaker.

The aroma is intense white flowers—particularly honeysuckle and apricot nectar, with hints of freshly turned earth. This wine exhibits the typical Viognier texture—silky, rich and luscious with a lovely fresh finish. The palate is rich and long, with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Great drinking now, with careful cellaring, this wine will continue to show the generous Viognier flavors and textures for at least 2—3 years.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 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.