Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Antinori Villa Toscana 2008
Antinori Villa Toscana 2008
(search item no. 114818)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $19.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color. The wine opens with intense aromas of ripe cherries, spice, chocolate and hints of mint. The wine is full-bodied with a palate of rich fruit and spice. The tannins are round and velvety and lead to a lingering finish.

Blend: 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah

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About Antinori:

The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Stonegate Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
Stonegate Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 116157)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Chardonnay from Rutherford in Napa Valley. Barrel fermented in French oak. Ripe apple and melon with butterscotch and light toast aromas compliment rich mouth filling pear and caramel flavors.
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About Stonegate Winery:

The mid-1970s saw a boom of determined winemaking families staking new ground in the Napa Valley and making wines of great distinction. From that era, Stonegate became synonymous with universally heralded Napa Valley Cabernet and Chardonnay.

A partnership of wine pros with a rich history of viticulture, a deep knowledge of microclimates, optimal winemaking, and an effective sales team strengthen the Stonegate legacy as a brand indistinguishable from the fine reputation of Napa Valley wines.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay 2008
Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 116253)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The explosive and intriguing nose suggests guava, white peach, tangerine zest and cardamon. The mouth is bright with a touch of pineapple and green apple, great minerality in the mid-palate. The finish is long with a slight zing of Meyer lemon.
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About Ponzi:

Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi in Beaverton, Oregon. Ponzi is truly a family winery; daughter Louisa is the winemaker, daughter Anna-Maria is marketing director and son Michel is winery controller. The small winery and vineyards are situated 15 miles south of Portland. Ponzi produces limited quantity Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Reserve, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Arneis and Vino Gelato, Ponzi's Italian version of a Riesling ice wine.


Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Dom Perignon  1998
Dom Perignon 1998
(search item no. 83129)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $189.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1993 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1992 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale yellow with golden highlights. On the nose, the initial notes of fresh almond and grapefruit gradually lead into cashew nut and spices complemented by lightly toasted brioche. On the palate, texture unfurls on the palate, embracing and caressing it. Momentary weightlessness with a vibrating finish arouses the taste buds with controlled ardor. The persistence is remarkable, with the slightest undertone of tartness (citrus zest and buds.)

The Dom Pérignon Vintage 1998 has a special way of holding its final note on and on. It's as if it doesn't want to let go. It's surprising, unique and magnicent.

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About Dom Perignon:

Dom Pérignon, a seventeeth-century cellarmaster of the Abbey of Hautvillers, is revered as the spiritual father of winemaking in the Champagne region. Keen observation, respect for nature, pragmatic creativity, technical innovation, the courage of his convictions, and patience were the instruments serving his vision. He constantly mastered and incorporated all its components and the stages of its production, from the vineyards themselves to the pressing and clarification of the wines and their preservation.

Dom Pérignon was the originator of new techniques for cultivating vines and making wine. These innovations spread rapidly throughout the region.

Today, Dom Pérignon is produced by France's largest Champagne house, Moët et Chandon. Dom Pérignon’s principle contribution in the 20th century has been its commitment to vintage years. In addition to the exclusive use of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from only the finest growths and vineyards, Dom Pérignon strictly limits itself to wines of the very best years, which have undergone long ageing.

The Dom Pérignon style is constructed by the Chef de Cave to create a range of sensations on the palate that reflect all the complexity of the structure, and the aromas and characteristics of the vintage.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114785)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of all the mountain appellations, Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates power and structure and shows firm tannins and explosive fruit flavors.
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About Atlas Peak Winery:

Atlas Peak was established in 1987. Over time it became clear that Atlas Peak's most valuable hidden resource was literally underfoot: the elevation of its vineyards. The grapes growing at high elevation, and above the natural fog line, experience much lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing the grapes to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. As a result, growers up on the mountain can afford to harvest later and pick for flavor with less worry about over ripening and excessive alcohol. No grape develops as well in mountain conditions as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Atlas Peak crafts Napa Valley mountain appellation Cabernet Sauvignon from such prestigious areas as Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain District and Mount Veeder, in addition to Atlas Peak. Atlas Peak’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are driven by an appreciation of mountain-grown fruit and winemaking techniques that capture the distinct flavors derived from the mountain appellations in which they are grown.



Red Wines    Nebbiolo    Piedmont    Italy   
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Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2006
Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2006
(search item no. 115390)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Just 15 miles away from Barolo, in the Roero region, Nebbiolo produces a lighter structure and ripe, smooth tannins that are not unlike those of Pinot Noir. The wine drinks well from about age 6 to 12 but will easily last longer in the best vintages. The wine shows delicious floral elements and red fruits, wrapped around a medium-weight structure with a long, delicious finish and modulated, ripe tannins.

The alternation of hot and cold periods characterized the vegetative cycle of 2006. Heat in May and June was very strong, but from August onwards the situation changed. August 2006 was the coldest in 5 years, with marked differences between day and night temperatures and, thankfully, some rainfall. By mid-September there were perfect harvest conditions. Harvest took place from the September 28 to October 6.

After delicate maceration in steel, the wine was transferred into 500L French oak barrels, which had already been used once, to avoid the risk of overpowering the wine's aromatic quality. Ageing took place 12 months in the same wood and 9 months in the bottle.

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About Luciano Sandrone:

The story of Luciano Sandrone can be told in just a few words. Years of hard work as a cellarman, the purchase of his first vineyard on Cannubi hill, the first acknowledgements and then excellence.

The first harvest took place in 1978: since then the attention of Luciano and his brother Luca has been devoted entirely to the vineyards, fully aware that only perfectly selected grapes can be used to create a wine which lives up to the well-deserved fame that Sandrone enjoys all over the world. The new premises, built in 1998 at the feet of Cannubi hill, in the heart of the Barolo district, are characterised by attention to detail and rationality. The vinification process, while respecting tradition, reflects the desire for innovation that has always distinguished Luciano's work.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Henry's Drive Shiraz 2007
Henry's Drive Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 115230)
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older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With aromas of plums, rhubarb and ripe blackcurrant on the nose along with chocolate, cinnamon spice, hints of anise and earthy notes this is a complex and intriguing wine. Dark berry fruit is the dominant character on the front palate, and it is dense and brooding through the mid palate. With time in the glass the wine develops more complexity with mocha notes, toasted sweet spices along with hints of white pepper. It is a full, round and powerful wine and finishes with fine silky tannins.
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About Henry's Drive:

During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach drivers reigned supreme on top of their coaches, and won the respect and admiration of their passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a certain Mr. Henry John Hill. His operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway. Routes were known as Drives, thus the family’s wine business is today known as Henry’s Drive.

Third generation pastoralists Mark and Kim Longbottom are forging a new family tradition of fine winemaking with brands such as Henry's Drive, Parson's Flat, Dead Letter Office and Pillar Box.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Roda Rioja Reserva 2004
Roda Rioja Reserva 2004
(search item no. 106709)
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Roda Reserva is blended from at least 90 percent Tempranillo and the balance from Garnacha and Graciano grapes selected from vineyards producing grapes marked by supple, expressive fruit and elegant structure. Representing roughly fifty percent of production, Roda is blended in a style to appeal to the Burgundy drinker's palate. Deep purple in color, the wine shows subtle, sweetly ripe black raspberry and strawberry aromas with musky, woodsy notes. The ripe tannins are silky yet powerful, ending in a lengthy, elegant and balanced finish.
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About Bodegas Roda:

Bodegas RODA was conceived and initiated in the late 1980's by the Rollant-Daurella (Ro-Da) family of Barcelona, minutely involved in Spain's fine wine distribution sector. Their goal was to produce a red wine second to none in the world, a wine with breeding and intensity naturally expressing the characteristics of a great terrior. Detailed studies led them to Rioja, and specifically to Haro in the Rioja Atla, as the ideal viticultural base to achieve this result.

A self-financed, objective and detailed vineyard analysis the top 100 sites within Rioja Alta's lowest-yielding, climatically-challenged sub-regions. Vineyard acquisition and grape contract followed strictly upon this model. The bodega facility was then established at the epicenter of the chosen vineyard areas, in Haro's Barrio de la Estacion in plain view of the Conchas rock formation - where the Ebro River dramatically forces its way through the sierra and into this vinous paradise.