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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 110113)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful deep red color with perfumed aromas of ripe black cherries, strawberries and roasted cocoa beans. This wine is full-bodied and incredibly lush for a young Cabernet. It explodes on the palate with red and black fruits, then shows baking spices on its way to a mouthwatering finish. Pairs with a wide range of foods including beef, sausages, spiced or grilled pork, veal, rabbit, medium-strong cheeses, and meat-based pasta sauces.
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About BenMarco:

In 1999 Susana Balbo crafted a line of wines to showcase the ripe fruit expression of her sustainably-farmed Mendoza vineyards. The philosophy is a simple one: grow great grapes and make wines that are true to their place. Minimal intervention during the growing season and through harvest allows the true fruit character to develop. Combine this with Susana's winemaking skills and the result is wines that express the powerful fruit flavors, the ripe tannins and the incredible length and balance that can only come from this one place: Mendoza.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Stonestreet Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Stonestreet Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 111161)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opaque in color, the Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon conveys aromas and flavors of black cherry, damson plum, blueberry, cardamom, dried herbs and orange peel. The palate is striking for its concentration, all held in check by firm, gravelly tannins and a distinct sagebrush note so common to the wines from this ridge.

Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a handful of blocks situated on the spine of the primary mountain crest that runs through the estate. These blocks, ranging in elevation from 800 to 2,400 feet are blended to personify the ridgeline, which is comprised of a wide variety of soils, solid exposure to the sun and breeze and - as the fogline stops at 1,800 feet - two very different mesoclimates found on either end of this dividing line.

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About Stonestreet:

In the autumn of 1989, Jess Jackson acquired the Zellerbach winery and renamed it in honor of his late father, Jess Stonestreet Jackson. Stonestreet quickly garnered international acclaim for their powerful reds and luscious whites.

Today, Stonestreet wines are undergoing a transformation, using fruit from Alexander Mountain Estate and new winemaking techniques. Alexander Mountain Estate, with lean, well-draining soils and cooler temperature, produces fruit with smaller berries and more intense color and flavor. Stonestreet is dedicated to fulfilling the promise of Alexander Valley's exceptional and distinctive vineyards. Traditional, Old World methods of hand harvesting, small barrel lot production, native yeast fermentation and bottling each wine unfiltered brings out the best in specific grape varieties and provides the quality framework for each Stonestreet wine.