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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
(search item no. 113954)
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Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $89.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a deep red. The nose has a complex range of aromas, including red berry fruit, leather, truffles and musk. Flavors revolve around pepper, licorice and other spices.
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About Chateau de Beaucastel:

In 1549, "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet". More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Château de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law, began to restore the domaine following the ravages of phylloxera. His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine in 1953 and introduced many innovations such as improved grape varietals, integrated pest control, and a flash-heat exchanger.

Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre's sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated as a garden: no chemical fertilizer, no chemical week killers or sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used in the vineyards.

The vineyards are planted in all the traditional grapes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardin, Bourboulenc, Roussanne.



White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2010
Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2010
(search item no. 108123)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

THIS GIRL ROCKS IT!

Aromatic, smooth, vibrant and tasty. Think tangerine, pineapple wet stone, key lime, clove, and nectarine. Now stop thinking and start drinking.....'CAUSE KUNG FU GIRL KICKS ASS!

We love Riesling from Evergreen Vineyard in The Ancient Lakes area of Columbia Valley AVA.

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About Charles Smith:

First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically either simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. 'Modernist Project' wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 113044)
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PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It's the long cool seasons in the South Island that allows our sauvignon blanc grapes to mature slowly, giving the wine levels of complexity and a vibrant zing. This Sauvignon Blanc is reminiscent of a lemon chiffon cupcake. It's made up of integrated flavors of Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite There are hints of grapefruit, gooseberry and citrus, and comes together with a long, creamy finish.

Serve chilled with oysters on a half shell or with a rich and succulent lobster risotto.

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About Cupcake Vineyards:

At Cupcake Vineyards, our goal is to craft the richest, smoothest and most elegantly textured wines. To ensure this, we select our grapes from vineyards that are truly expressive of the varietals that we grow. Our Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come from California’s sun-drenched Central Coast, where the distinctive topography and climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean yields some of California's best world-class wines. Our Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Marlborough valley of New Zealand, where the long days and cool climate allow the grapes to mature slowly over a longer period of time.