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Joseph Phelps Insignia 2007
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2007
(search item no. 104030)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $199.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The darkly pigmented 2007 Insignia is a perfect example of the amazing color this vintage produced. Rich aromatics of mineral, baking spices, dark chocolate, graphite, and opulent plum and blackberry lead to the concentrated and balanced mouthfeel. Silky, well structured tannins, core black fruit and sweet oak notes from our estate vineyards create length and weight that will allow this beautiful wine to age, as well as remain approachable in its youth.
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About Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 99079)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $89.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 99 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 Decanter rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1978 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1978 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1996 vintage of this wine was ranked #9 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1999

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve carries the full classic aromas of crème de cassis, licorice, and cedarwood with layers of spice, camphor and roasted herbs. On the palate, the wine reflects the very expressive terroir of the To Kalon Vineyard with ripe blue and black fruits—mineral-laced dark berries and powerful, integrated tannins for which this vineyard is known. The lush aromatics and well developed flavors are wrapped in firm, velvety tannins, giving the wine an exceedingly long, aristocratic finish.

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.


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Fontodi Flaccianello 2006
Fontodi Flaccianello 2006
(search item no. 100360)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $125.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#8 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The vineyard from which this wine takes its name continues to produce a Sangiovese of superior quality year on year.

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About Fontodi:

Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the "Conca d’Oro" (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc "Terroir," famous for centuries for its tradition of quality wine cultivation, thanks to a unique combination of high altitude, calcar clayschist soil, lots of light, and a fantastic micro-climate.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2006
Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 96972)
boutique wine
collectible wine
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Pinot Noir Spirithouse Knudsen Vineyard is medium/dark ruby with a splendid aromatic array of mineral, earth, cedar, spice box, and red and black fruits, Silky smooth, layered, bordering on opulent, and very sexy, this Pinot Noir will evolve for 2-3 years and be at its best from 2010 to 2018.
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About Argyle:

Twenty-five years ago, Argyle began making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Since 1987, winemaker Rollin Soles and viticulturist Allen Holstein have teamed up to produce world-class method champenoise sparkling wines, barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and silky-textured Pinor Noir from low-yielding vines that are winery farmed on some of the best hillside slopes and elevations. Argyle wines have received a total of 11 Wine Spectator Top 100 designations - more than any other winery in Oregon. The Argyle wines represented on this list include sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, truly making Argyle one of the finest practitioners of the craft of elegant, long-lived winegrowing.


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Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009
(search item no. 102092)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich and intensely flavored wine. Classic fruit aromas of talcum, crushed stone and limes, with a hint of overlaying dried herb. The palate shows great length and depth with lemons and limes. The wine finishes with a soft but fresh natural acidity which balances the flavor intensity and a minerality that will reward medium to long-term cellaring.
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About Pewsey Vale:

Pewsey Vale Vineyard was first planted to Riesling by Joseph Gilbert in 1847. The site was later purchased by well known grazier Geoff Angas-Parsons whom in 1961 invited his friend Wyndham Hill Smith to jointly develop the historic vineyard site. They believed the site could produce "delicate Rieslings in the Germanic style".

With an altitude varying between 485 metres and 500 metres, Pewsey Vale sits 250 metres above the Barossa Valley floor. The cooler temperatures found at this height encourage a longer ripening period which extends well into autumn. This longer ripening period is essential for producing superior quality grapes with exceptional flavour and character - hallmarks of Pewsey Vale wines. Block to block variation enables winemakers to select from separate parcels of fruit to tailor wines to the Pewsey Vale style, ensuring consistency from vintage to vintage.



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Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106958)

PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $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.



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Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2006
Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2006
(search item no. 106001)
older vintages

International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Merlot is a single-vineyard wine from the Duncan family's Soda Canyon Ranch in Napa Valley. It has a dark ruby color and a nose of black cherry and dark chocolate. On the palate, it is spicy and full-bodied, with a long finish of cedar and berry fruit.
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About Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak:

Twomey Cellars originated with a remarkable vineyard, the Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley, which the Duncan family – owners of Silver Oak Cellars – acquired in 1999. Planted with the finest French clones in well-drained volcanic soils, the Merlot that is grown there possesses such extraordinary complexity that it calls for a wine of its own. Silver Oak's winemaker, Daniel Baron, developed his passion for Merlot during the early 1980s while working in Pomerol and St. Emilion. He had always hoped to make a California Merlot with a French sensibility, but for many years lacked access to fruit with the characteristics he required. When the Duncan family acquired Soda Canyon Ranch and Daniel realized it was planted with top-flight French clones, Daniel’s long-held dream of producing a Napa Valley Merlot with depth and concentration became reality.

The Duncan Family’s spirit of innovation would lead them to discover new varietals when in 2000, they secured the nine-acre West Pin vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, legendary for its extraordinary Pinot Noirs. Several years later, they acquired a winery in Healdsburg where the Pinot Noirs are now produced. Twomey is dedicated to producing Pinot Noir that achieves the greatest balance & expression from four top California appellations, including Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley and Santa Maria Valley. Twomey’s newest offering is Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp, refreshing wine that originates at the family’s estate vineyard in Calistoga. Today, Twomey Cellars is run by Managing Partners and brothers David and Tim Duncan. Founding winemaker Daniel Baron and Winemaker Ben Cane carry out their vision of making wines that eloquently express their vineyard and vintage.



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Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2003
Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2003
(search item no. 89253)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $185.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1982 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Medoc region of France. The fruit is harvested by hand. The fermentation vessels include a fascinating mix of wooden, cement and stainless steel vats. When finished the wine is pumped to the barrel cellar. Here it is transferred into oak barrique, between 50% and 100% new for the grand vin, depending on the vintage.
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About Chateau Leoville Las Cases:

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Medoc region of France. Originally the other two Leovilles, Leoville Poyferre and Leoville Barton were part of the large estate. Today Leoville Las Cases comprises over 209 acres and has been run since 1950 by the Delon Family. Currently, the estate is run by the well-known Michel Delon.

The estate stretches from Chateau Beychevelle down to Chateau Latour, and the main estate is a picturesque, enclosed 100 acre vineyard depicted on the label. The winery is established as a Second Growth. vineyard.



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Chateau Lascombes  2005
Chateau Lascombes 2005
(search item no. 95352)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $159.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The dark, beautifully deep color displays brilliant purple hues. After swirling, a subtle nose of spices, black fruits and licorice comes through, enveloped by subtle toasty notes with roasted coffee beans. The palate, after a supple entry, is explosive whereas the discreet oak comes through subtly in the background, leaving the way for the fruit to come to the forefront. The 2005 vintage is structured around a perfect balance of freshness, power, roundness, smoothness and very elegant tannins, which together make up an ideal harmony.
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About Chateau Lascombes:

Château Lascombes, a Margaux ranked Second Growth in the 1855 classification, bears the name of its first owner, Chevalier de Lascombes, born in 1625. At the turn of the 18th century, Jean-Francois Lascombes, a councillor at the Bordeaux Parliament, dedicated his wealth to making a great wine at Lascombes. The existing chateau was built in 1867 by Chaix D'Est Ange.

Alexis Lichine took over the property in 1952. He completely restructured Chateau Lascombes and renovated the vineyard and cellars, giving this large vineyard new life. In 1971, he sold everything to the English brewer, Bass-Charrington. Since its purchase in April 2001 by Colony Capital, a new era has begun for this property.

The Chateau Lascombes vineyard stretches over eighty-four hectares within the Margaux appellation. The present varietal distribution is 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 102737)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Pale straw.

Bouquet:Lifted fruit aromas of passionfruit, and grapefruit with a background citrus character. Complex mineral and sweet pea notes add interest.

Palate: Generous and supple with abundant tropical fruits. Initial fruit sweetness is balanced by fine acidity to leave a mouth-watering finish.

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About Spy Valley:

The brand name Spy Valley is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station within a few kilometers of the winery. Situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka River are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Established in 1993 by the Johnson family, Johnson Estate was one of the pioneering vineyard companies in the Marlborough sub-region and remains family-owned. Eight varieties of grapes grow over 380 acres of free-draining, stony soils producing exceptional fruit for Spy Valley Wines. In ten years, production has risen to place Spy Valley as one of Marlborough's leading family-owned companies. Youthful and exuberant wines are crafted using modern winemaking techniques by winemaker Paul Bougeois and his team.