Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Pinot Noir Reserve 2009
Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Pinot Noir Reserve 2009
(search item no. 103254)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $9.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Ruby red.

Bouquet: Black cherry and raspberry aromas.

Taste: Rounded fruit flavors lifted by an attractive acidity and a generous finish.

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About Laboure Roi :

Armand Cottin acquired Laboure-Roi in 1974. From its start in 1832, the small yet prestigious Burgundy negociant house--established in Nuits-Saint-Georges by Messrs. Laboure and Roi--had been firmly rooted in the local winemaking community, enjoying an excellent reputation for its high quality wines.

Under the leadership of Armand and his brother Louis who later joined him, Laboure-Roi has become what is today the third largest source of Burgundy wines.

A key element in the transformation and continued success of Laboure-Roi is the Cottin brothers' readiness to embrace progress, supported by their extensive investment in state-of-the-art technology. The Laboure-Roi winemaking facility in Nuits-Saint-Georges is indisputably one of the finest in Burgundy. The winery, which boasts a cellaring capacity of 2,000 barrels, supplements the house's historic cellars. Dating back to the 16th century, the ancient cellars are still used today for the storing and aging select bottles.

Laboure-Roi pioneered the concept of presenting single estate wines under each respective domaine's label. Laboure-Roi's staff of five winemakers provides these growers with ongoing guidance to ensure that each individual wine meets the house standards of quality and reflects the unique characteristics of its respective terroir.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106958)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $10.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Selected Vineyards wines are well-loved varieties from select Central Coast vineyards and represent remarkable value. California's Central Coast offers unmatched blending diversity from its multitude of microclimates. Cool region grapes contribute distinctive fresh fruit nuances and warm region grapes add depth of flavor and complexity. highly acclaimed wines take no shortcuts and are easily worth twice their modest price.

2009 Pinot Noir, Selected Vineyards is rich in both color and fragrance. With aromas of rasberry and ripe strawberry, this medium-bodied wine is very food-friendly. Balanced by warm spice accents of cloves and cinnamon, the bright red fruit flavors finish round and smooth.

Suggested Pairings: Lobster Bisque, beet and endive salad, or smoked duck breast.

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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2008
(search item no. 98742)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $10.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc is a pale straw color. This classically styled wine shows lifted melon, citrus and fresh tropical notes on the nose. These flavors follow through to the richly structured palate which has a long crisp finish. Blending fruit from both the Awatere and Wairau Valley regions of Marlborough benefits the wine with aromatics being enhanced by the Wairau Valley component and a mineral note being imparted from the Awatere Valley component.
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About Dashwood:

The Dashwood brand was developed by Vavasour Wines in 1989. Given the commitment to using the Vavasour brand for wines true to the Awatere Valley, it provided flexibility within the company's portfolio to have the Dashwood range as a blend of fruit from Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys.

Dashwood wines bring the luscious, clean fruit characters of the Wairau Valley into harmony with the flinty, or mineral, characters of the Awatere (resulting from the comparatively cooler but drier temperatures and slightly less fertile soils). Created by long-standing winemaker, Glenn Thomas, who joined Vavasour in 1988, Dashwood wines are made in an earlier drinking style than those carrying the Vavasour brand and are considered outstanding value for money by wine buyers across the globe.