White Wines    Riesling    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2006
Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2006
(search item no. 90102)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Clare Valley arguably produces Australia's best Riesling and Petaluma's Hanlin Hill Vineyard provides the fruit for Petaluma Riesling, recognized in Australia as the best of this traditional dry style. Clare lies in a valley in the northern extension of the Adelaide Hills, 90 miles (145km) from Adelaide.

The geology of the Hanlin Hill Vineyard is Mintaro shale, deposited as shallow marine sediments between 550 and 600 million years ago, and metamorphosed into high quality grey slate, which has weathered to form well draining, brown to red-brown clay rich soils.

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About Petaluma:

Petaluma, founded by world-famous winemaker Brian Croser, is widely regarded as Australia's pre-eminent small winery. Petaluma wines are made in various vineyard sites, each selected for specific characteristics.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    South Africa    South Africa   
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Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2006
(search item no. 91179)

PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $14.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This coastal region Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and clean. Displays fresh tropical fruit and crisp but ripe apple-like characters with some grassy undertones. Firm structure and good acidity, with a zingy lingering finish.
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About Beyond:

Beyond wines are the second label fo the well-established Buitenverwachting winery in South Africa. When you manage to get your tongue around it, Buitenverwachting (pronounced bay-ten-fur-vachk-ting) is Dutch for "beyond expectation." Nestled at the base of the imposing Constantia Mountain, it’s just a few miles from the azure blue of False Bay. The farm’s history dates back to 1773, but in 1982, the property was extensively renovated and replanted, and now produces some of the Cape’s most classical wines. Beyond expectation, indeed.


White Wines    Other White Blends    Other California    California   
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Conundrum White Blend 2007
Conundrum White Blend 2007
(search item no. 97255)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our wine's core profile remains thoroughly Californian, with Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Napa Valley, Muscat Canelli from Tulare county on the Central Coast, and Chardonnay and Viognier from our vineyards in Monterey County. The "puzzle" of Conundrum lies partly in guessing the range of grape varieties we use, because we never reveal its exact composition.

Powerful aromas of green apple, tangerine zest and honeysuckle. Core flavors of apricot, melon, pear and light vanilla are beautifully balanced by the sparkling acidity of citrus fruits. The lush, creamy, mouth-filling texture is heightened by powerful floral and bright tropical fruit notes and leads to a full, powerful finish.

Conundrum is an excellent food wine that can be enjoyed with wide variety of international cuisines and a whole range of courses. from appetizers through dessert. To fully enjoy its aromas and flavors, the wine is best served slightly chilled.

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About Conundrum:

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today’s generation of chefs. Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert, and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine.

The "conundrum", or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend; a combination that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Semillon and Viognier. Conundrum is a true California wine, with grapes sourced from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. Winemaker Jon Bolta began to craft the style for Conundrum in 1988.

The twist cap closure protects the fine aromas and flavors of this distinctive blend, allowing the bottle to be easily re-closed and refrigerated. The airtight cap also eliminates the possibility of cork taint.

Conundrum is owned by the Wagner family of Caymus Vineyards, but stands on its own as a separate brand. The Conundrum winery in Monterey County is close to the sources for most of the grape varietals that make up the wine.