Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 113796)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This goal with the Columbia Valley Cabernet is to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is our inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food--try it with beef, pork or pasta.
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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2008
Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2008
(search item no. 105334)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $29.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep ruby color with a bouquet reminiscent of ripe cherries and wild fruits, well-integrated spice and complexity. Harmonious to the palate, and vibrant shows depth and perfect tannic texture.
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About Tenuta Setti Ponti:

The estate of Sette Ponti lies in the heart of the Chianti zone, fifteen miles northwest of the city of Arezzo just past the village of San Giustino Valdarno. The Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti, leads into a beautiful hidden valley and to the estate. The name Sette Ponti, or "seven bridges," refers to the seven bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence. Erected in the mid 13th century, it took nearly forty years to build, and is perceptible in the right far background of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa.

Tenuta Sette Ponti, is, like many Tuscan estates, multi-faceted. The 750-acre property supports livestock and mixed agriculture, and although viticulture is not new to the estate, winemaking is; the yield of the property's vineyards was until 1997 sold to various respected Tuscan wine producers, among them Piero Antinori. Dr. Moretti's enjoyment of wine led him to ask Antinori if the estate vineyards could produce great wines, and Antinori thought they could. The estate has since been transformed through the consultation of respected oenologist Carlo Ferrini and his assistant, Gioia Cresti; Gilbert Bouvet, one of France's most skilled viticulturalists; and agronomist Benedetto d'Anna.