Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Date Printed: 2/27/2017
Dow's 20 Year Old Tawny Port
Dow's 20 Year Old Tawny Port
(search item no. 1812)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 2/27/2017: $53.99

Winemaker's Notes:

"20 Years" indicates and average age – this Aged Tawny Port is a blend of older wines, which offer complexity and younger wines, which bring fresh fruit flavors and vibrancy. During their long maturing period in oak casks, Aged Tawnies undergo subtle color changes: the deep red hue which characterizes Port's youth gradually gives way to a paler golden amber color. Dow's is known for its characteristically drier house style. This 20 Year has a full, nutty bouquet, concentrated, citrus, almond and caramel notes on the palate and a lingering finish. Many consider the 20 Year to be the perfect blend of complexity and vibrant fruit when it comes to Aged Tawny.

Serving and pairing suggestions
Dow's 20 Year is bottled ready to drink after an average of at least 20 years of cask aging. It has a t-cap closure, which means that you don't need a corkscrew to open it and that it will stay fresh for four to six months if stored in a cool, dark place or refrigerator. Serve it in a glass with at least a six ounce capacity so that you may appreciate the wine's aromas. Dow's 20 Year is delicious when paired with soft ripened cheeses, flan or fruit tarts. In warmer months, try it chilled for a refreshing dessert in a glass.

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About Dow's:

Dow's has been producing top Ports for over two centuries. One of the first companies to establish its own vineyards, Dow's acquired Senhora da Ribeira, located in the remote Upper Douro, in 1890 and Bomfim, which lies in the heart of Alto Douro, in 1896. Their respective wines, Ribeira with its soft fruit and violet aromas, and Bomfim with its concentrated intensity, provide the backbone to the recognized drier style of Dow's Ports. In 1912, Andrew James Symington became a partner in Dow's and today, five members of the fourth generation Symington family own and manage this historic house.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2008
Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 108129)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 2/27/2017: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2014 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2014 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2013 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine comes from a blend of twelve different vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, including fruit from our four estate vineyards. The Mt. Jefferson Cuvee is the first of our six Pinot Noirs to be released each year and has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named for Mt Jefferson (10,501 ft) in the Cascade Range that is due east of Cristom and dramatically visible from our tasting room.

Tasted after one year in bottle. Brooding dark-raspberry and dark-cherry dominate the nose of this youthful and zesty Mt Jefferson. The wine is still very primary on the bouquet and it reminded us of a freshly filled oak barrel as creamy vanilla scents came wafting out of our glasses. True to form, Mt Jeff is juicy and ripe on the palate with delicate mouth coating tannins. This is a seriously notable edition of Mt Jeff that shows tremendous promise over the medium term.

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About Cristom:

Utilizing Old World winemaking techniques - whole clusters, native yeast fermentation, and gentle and minimal handling - Cristom handcrafts wines that are smooth, elegant and subtle.

These characteristics have earned Cristom distinction among wine enthusiasts and industry leaders alike, including being named 'Best New World Red' by Decanter magazine.

Our 65-acre estate in the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley offers a long growing season, mild climate, warm winds and ancient volcanic soils that make it ideally suited to grow Pinot Noir and other traditional French varietals.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Martinborough    New Zealand   
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Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 107264)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 2/27/2017: $11.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale Yellow color. Medium intensity aromas, youthful, gooseberry, fresh cut grass, citrus fruits. In the mouth, it is a light-Medium Bodied, dry, medium-high acidity, moderate intensity, mineral, grapefruit, herbaceous, medium finish.
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About Tablelands:

The Tablelands Wine Company was born in the heart of the Big Apple back in January of 2009. Once New Yorkers had a taste there was no stopping the demand that followed. They are now in over 400 accounts in the New York area being poured at top establishments such as Megu Japanese, Blue Ribbon,Lure, Soho House, Saxon and Parole to name a few. Their philosophy however is 'Wine to the People' and this is evident with Tablelands being enjoyed in a wide variety of all accounts in the New York Area. Cheers!

What makes Tablelands different? Both Simon and Magnus have family wine in their DNA with a combined 20 years of in depth experience in the US market. Tablelands is named after the Riddiford ancestral home in Martinborough. That combination of New Zealand roots and US expertise gives the Tablelands wine company an edge when communicating to customers in the market. Sophisticated with charming kiwi authenticity.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2008
Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 108129)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 2/27/2017: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2014 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2014 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2013 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine comes from a blend of twelve different vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, including fruit from our four estate vineyards. The Mt. Jefferson Cuvee is the first of our six Pinot Noirs to be released each year and has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named for Mt Jefferson (10,501 ft) in the Cascade Range that is due east of Cristom and dramatically visible from our tasting room.

Tasted after one year in bottle. Brooding dark-raspberry and dark-cherry dominate the nose of this youthful and zesty Mt Jefferson. The wine is still very primary on the bouquet and it reminded us of a freshly filled oak barrel as creamy vanilla scents came wafting out of our glasses. True to form, Mt Jeff is juicy and ripe on the palate with delicate mouth coating tannins. This is a seriously notable edition of Mt Jeff that shows tremendous promise over the medium term.

My Notes:

About Cristom:

Utilizing Old World winemaking techniques - whole clusters, native yeast fermentation, and gentle and minimal handling - Cristom handcrafts wines that are smooth, elegant and subtle.

These characteristics have earned Cristom distinction among wine enthusiasts and industry leaders alike, including being named 'Best New World Red' by Decanter magazine.

Our 65-acre estate in the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley offers a long growing season, mild climate, warm winds and ancient volcanic soils that make it ideally suited to grow Pinot Noir and other traditional French varietals.