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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 110499)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beginning with the 2008 vintage we took farming of all our properties in house so that now we are truly an Estate vineyard and winery operation, we have a staff of ten vineyard workers, a foreman and a vineyard manager working in conjunction with our winemaker, Sean Capiaux. Although yields were extremely low for 2008, due to one of the worst frosts in 31 years, we feel that the overall quality was extremely high.
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About O'Shaughnessy:

Our winemaking philosophy at O'Shaughnessy Estate winery is to produce wines that express the unique character of our estate vineyards and their appellation. The winemaking style is contemporary, utilizing cutting edge fermentation equipment paired with natural, hands-on winemaking. Our emphasis is on balance; the concentrated nature of the grapes from our estate vineyards needs to be in balance with the flavors and aromas in order to produce the most harmonious wine.


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Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 100258)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense, dark ruby color with enticing aromas of ripe, black plums and black currants. The richly textured plum and currant flavors are joined by accents of dark chocolate and some vanilla-scented oak. The ripe, vibrant tannins give the wine beautiful structure and an amazingly long finish. This is a big wine for just a little money. Drink it now or over the next few years to enjoy the fruit flavors at their best. It will pair well with traditional Cabernet-friendly foods like grilled or roasted meats.
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About Crios de Susana Balbo:

After 22 years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios."

Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. These wines are produced under Dominio del Plata's code of sustainable agriculture.

Like Susana's own crios (a boy and a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The artifact illustrates the interconnectedness of every generation, and the irony that we will be both the parent and the offspring at different times in our lives.



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Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 108240)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1997 vintage of this wine was ranked #3 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2000

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot. The 2007 vintage is a big, ripe cabernet sauvignon. It balances the deep flavors of cassis, blackberry and raspberry with the chewy, ripe tannins and sweet toasty oak. The Malbec and Petit Verdot were added to the blend for complexity and flavor nuances. This is a wine to enjoy through 2022.

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About Whitehall Lane Winery:

We are a small, family owned winery in Napa Valley's historic Rutherford appellation. We own approximately 110 acres of prime Valley-floor vineyards including the Leonardini Vineyard in St. Helena and are committed to making the finest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Reserve wine.

The winery continues to receive accolades and awards for producing some of the greatest wines in the world. In Wine Spectator's year-end ranking of wines, Whitehall Lane has been honored an unprecedented three times in five years for producing wines rated among the top five in the world. The winery has also been voted Winery of the Year from the Quarterly Review of Wines and Wine and Spirits Magazine.

In our short history, Whitehall Lane has developed into a world-class winery. The efforts of the Leonardini Family are evident in the recent run of accolades from wine publications but are even more apparent in the beautifully made, elegant wines we continue to make.