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Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2006
Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 95769)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Light straw yellow in color, Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay is particularly complex on the nose and palate. With good intensity, it delivers notes that range from toast to nuts to aromas that recall tropical fruits such as pineapple and cherimoya.

There's a light touch of smoke and ash lingering in the background that lead to an outstanding palate that nicely blends crisp acidity with a sweetish sensation. Medium-bodied and creamy on the palate, with flavors that are consistent with the nose. Fresh and elegant, with a delightfully long finish.

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About Errazuriz:

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines, dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Lanson Black Label Brut (375ML half-bottle)
Lanson Black Label Brut (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 38480)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $18.00

Winemaker's Notes:

Champagne Lanson was founded in 1760 and is one of the oldest Grande Marque Champagne Houses. Lanson is the fourth largest Champagne House in the world and is best known for its Brut Non Vintage, the Lanson Black Label. Lanson is one of the very few Champagne Houses which avoids the malolactic fermentation. This practice retains the freshness and fruitiness of each cuvee and enables the wines to age longer.

Aged a minimum of three years, the Lanson Black Label is a blend of 35 % chardonnay, 50% pinot noir, and 15% pinot meunier. An impressive range of 40 to 50 crus are blended together to form this Brut Champagne. They are vinified separately to provide the cellar master with an exceptional choice of aromas, thus guaranteeing the consistent Lanson style. The nose provides an impression of vitality and scents of spring mixed with a touch of "toast" and honey. The palate reveals a bouquet of ripe fruits and citrus fruits.

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About Lanson:

The Lanson Style is comprised of character traits that can be found in Lanson Champagnes year after year, making them uniquely expressive.

The result of a longstanding tradition, Lanson Champagnes owe their superior quality to a past filled with rituals and a spirit that have been preserved over the years. They embody the ideas, ambitions and character of a great House, and their style is truly unique in the Champagne region.

Today, thanks to specific, fine-tuned know-how, elegant, fresh and powerful wines embody the quintessential Lanson Style.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2007
King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2007
(search item no. 94994)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $15.99

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
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Appearance: Golden straw with brilliant highlights.

Aroma: Ripe peach, sweet grapefruit, blood orange and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: Lively flavors of Rio Star grapefruit, orange zest, kiwi and pear.

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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    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2007
Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2007
(search item no. 94350)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris starts out with sweet aromatic fruits of the tropics; pineapple, guava and a touch of honeysuckle, hinting of springtime freshness, while also giving crispness on the palate with citrus and grapefruit. Yet true to the Elk Cove Vineyards' style, there is a rich mouthfeel to give a full and satisfying balanced finish.

Drink this lovely white wine as an aperitif or with a variety of food pairings from salmon and main-course salads to Asian and Thai influenced dishes.

The Willamette Valley has a suitable climate for this delicate grape variety—enough sunlight and warmth for ripening and cooler night temperatures to retain varietal character. To preserve the freshness, it is whole-cluster pressed, and then fermented at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks, which accentuates aromatics and enhances the richness and viscosity. The fruit is hand-harvested from select hillside vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley. Our estate Pinot Gris is planted in a high-density format, which undergoes shoot and crop thinning for low yields.

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About Elk Cove Vineyard:

Elk Cove Vineyards is one of Oregon's oldest and most respected wine producers. Founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell, their focus has always been to produce handcrafted, estate-grown wines that can rival the best in the world. Estate vineyards now cover over 250 acres on five separate sites in the Northern Willamette Valley. Steep south-facing slopes of Willakenzie, Laurelwood and now Jory soil types provide excellent drainage, which are the perfect environment to grow world-class wine grapes. Winemaker Adam Godlee Campbell joined forces with his parents in 1995 and now directs the production of outstanding Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Blanc.

The name "Elk Cove" was derived from the Roosevelt Elk, which roamed nearby, and migrated into the valley each spring.



Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Other Australia    Australia   
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Jansz Premium Rose
Jansz Premium Rose
(search item no. 90757)
has fluid
has fluid 360
not core in nc/ma

Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $23.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Jansz Premium NV Rosé is based upon Jansz wines of several vintages. Specially selected and crafted individual batches from cool climate locations in Tasmania, form this wine. Every site used to source grapes is specifically designated to growing fruit for sparkling wine. All batches are kept separate during winemaking to maximise blending options and the complexity of the final wines. The wine then goes through secondary fermentation in bottles and is aged on yeast lees for as long as possible with the average age of the final blend being 18 months to two years.
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About Jansz:

Jansz vineyards lie in the Tamar Valley along the Northern Tasmanian route at the heart of Tasmania's Pipers River region, an area known worldwide as "Sparkling Tasmania." With a mantle of red basalt soils and a cool climate moderated by its close proximity to the ocean, it is ideal for the slow ripening of fruit and lingering acidity so essential to the production of premium sparkling wine. In fact, the area's climate so resembled Champagne and Burgundy that several leading French Champagne houses considered basing new operations there.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Victoria    Australia   
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Balgownie Shiraz 2006
Balgownie Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 100543)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blackberry and mulberry fruits with licorice and cracked pepper sing of Central Victorian Shiraz; a touch of Viognier thrown in for aromatic lift. Immediately approachable in its youth, this regional benchmark has the structure and concentration to age gracefully.
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About Balgownie Estate:

Bendigo Vineyards Balgownie Estate's Bendigo vineyard was originally planted by local pharmacist Stuart Anderson in 1969. The initial plantings consisted of five acres each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and these varieties are still the mainstay of the vineyard today. At Balgownie Estate we subscribe to the philosophy that wine quality is made in the vineyard. Our vineyard management aims to achieve a balance between vegetative growth and moderate yields. We believe healthy vines produce healthy vibrant fruit. The vineyard is planted on alluvial clay soils that are low in fertility but provide good moisture retention. These soils naturally limit yields and produce grapes with depth and intensity. The Bendigo Climate is characterised by its continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The warm days and cool nights during the ripening period are ideal for producing intense and age-worthy red wines.

Yarra Valley: Balgownie Estate's Yarra Valley vineyards were planted in 2003 to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the two varieties we believe are best suited to the region. The Yarra Valley's cool climate is ideal for these Burgundian varieties, producing grapes with intensity and balance



White Wines    Other White Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Godeval Vina Godeval Blanco 2006
Bodegas Godeval Vina Godeval Blanco 2006
(search item no. 93462)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!

"Pear, pine and anise flavors are focused and clean in this firm white. Mineral-tinged acidity provides real backbone, with citrus and floral notes lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2011."
Wine Spectator
90 Points

"Greenish gold. Spicy quince and pear aromas are deepened by smoky lees and sharpened by white pepper and ginger. Very dry, with sharply focused citrus and green apple flavors and slow-mounting spice character. Picks up an earthy tarragon quality on the long, sappy finish. This is drinking wonderfully."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
90 Points

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About Bodegas Godeval:

In 1974 a group of viticulturists, in conjunction with the Agriculture Research Department of the Ministry of Agriculture in Spain, created the program Revival (Valdeorras Vineyards Restoration). Since the very first moment, Godello has been thought to be the best grape of the appellation. In 1985, two of the researchers, Horacio Fernandez and Jose Luis Bartolome, and other partners created Bodegas Godeval, releasing the first 100% Godello wine in Galicia . Bodegas Godeval is one of the first estate-bottled wineries in Galicia . This truly pioneering winery deserves respect for recovering this grape for Spanish winemaking, in an area in which wine has been made since the times of Roman occupation. The winery is located in the surroundings of the 13th-century monastery of San Miguel of Xagoaza, in the mountains next to El Barco de Valdeorras, in the province of Orense (Galicia), in the northwest of Spain . They own 38.4 acres (16 ha) of Godello grapes, in different parcels on the hills surrounding the winery, with good exposure to midday sun. The vines are trellistrained. Average production is 6000 kg/ha, or 44 hectoliters per hectare, half of the local maximum allowed. The vineyards are located on the mountain slopes, and are therefore in terraces. The composition of the soil is of metamorphic slate, although you could find granite in other vineyards of the appellation. Planted at 1,350-1,650 feet (450-550 m) above sea level. Bodegas Godeval was the first producer to plant on the mountain slopes in modern history. The climate is continental with a great Atlantic influence; approximately 40 inches of rain a year. The appellation is located on the banks of the Sil River, and in general, most of the vineyards have a north-to-south orientation.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Eyrie Pinot Noir Estate 2006
Eyrie Pinot Noir Estate 2006
(search item no. 95422)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

New Release. Very limited, don't miss it!

"The 2006 Pinot Noir Estate was aged entirely in seasoned oak. It is light ruby-colored with a lovely bouquet of cherry and wild strawberry. This leads to a velvety textured, elegant wine with savory red fruits, spice, excellent concentration and a fruit-filled finish. The wine's impeccable balance may allow for further development in the bottle but it can be enjoyed now. Achieving this level of elegance in a vintage like 2006 is a singular accomplishment."
-Wine Advocate

"... Eyrie wines are a model of delicacy and restraint, of perfumed finesse rather than overextraction and power, honest instead of confected, and in no need of any assistance from the make-up artist." -Mark Savage MW, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 11, 2006

"The Eyrie Vineyards was the first to bring Pinot noir vines to the Willamette Valley in the 1960s; its Estate version bears the classic suggestions of blackberry, spice and leather that brought Oregon Pinot noir to the world's attention." -Martha Stewart Living

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About Eyrie:

The Eyrie Vineyards (eye-ree) was established by David and Diana Lett in 1966. Yamhill County's pioneer vineyard produced the Willamette Valley's first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and the first Pinot Gris in America. The vineyards are located in the Dundee Hills, the winery in nearby McMinnville.


White Wines    Other White Blends    Hungary    Other Europe   
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Royal Tokaji Wine Company Dry Furmint 2006
Royal Tokaji Wine Company Dry Furmint 2006
(search item no. 94733)

PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Furmint is a white varietal grown in Hungary and is the main ingredient of Tokaji Aszú. This yellowish-green grape displays a bouquet reminiscent of ripe apples in youth. After aging in wood, Furmint develops aromas of honey and walnuts.

Rich in extract, it makes a heady, robust wine with pronounced acid. It is an early-budding, late-ripening variety and is particularly susceptible to botrytis. Often characterized by its high alcohol levels, Furmint's high acidity gives the wine longevity.

The 2006 Furmint is a pale green/straw color with a lovely clean, fresh, green apple, citrusy aroma with slight notes of bonfi re oak. On the palate, the wine is dry, yet smooth with medium acidity, good fruit flavors and long length with a tropical finish.

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About Royal Tokaji:

The first Tokaji Aszú (toh-KAY ah-SOO) wine was created in the 1600s, perhaps by accident - a harvest delayed by threat of enemy invasion. In 1700, Tokaj became the first European region to have its vineyards classified, its uniquely varied terroirs and climates rated Primae Classis, Secundae Classis, Tertius Classis ("1st Growth, 2nd Growth, 3rd Growth") by Prince Rakoczi of Transylvania. This classification system is still used in Hungary today. Louis XIV of France (1638 - 1715) declared Tokaji "the wine of Kings and the King of wines", while in the 18th century, Catherine the Great stationed soldiers in Tokaj to protect her vineyards.

Quality production ended with World Wars I and II and the Communist takeover of Hungarian winemaking. Aszú grapes were used for mass production in factories, with vineyard distinctions lost in giant tanks. Tokaji's renaissance began after the collapse of communism with the Royal Tokaji Wine Company (RTWC) in 1989, inspired by well-known wine author, Hugh Johnson, and others. RTWC's founders started the winery in an effort to preserve what they considered a dying art. "I couldn't resist bringing back to life a wine that had been so renowned centuries ago," says Johnson.



Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Ateca Atteca 2007
Bodegas Ateca Atteca 2007
(search item no. 97560)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Old Vines Garnacha.
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About Bodegas Ateca:

Bodegas Ateca is a joint project between the Gil winery family and the well-known importer, Jorge Ordonez. The bodegas is located in the Calatayud region of northeastern Spain. The majority of the vineyards are grown in highly permeable and healthy soils with a high amount of limestone. The soils are rocky, loose and low in nutrients. The climate in this region varies vastly from day to night, allowing for more balance between acidity and alcohol.

The main varietal here is Garnacha grown from old-vines up to 80-100 years old.