White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Upfront herbaceous aromas, backed by ripe fruit flavors of melon, passionfruit and crisp acidity.

Good to drink with anyone at anytime. Ideally suited to fresh oysters, asparagus dishes or summer salads.

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About Kim Crawford:

Kim Crawford Wines started out in a small Auckland cottage in New Zealand. Since its launch in 1996, the label has gained critical acclaim around the globe. Kim Crawford wines capture the true aromas and flavors of New Zealand in each bottle. The established leader of luxury-priced Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Kim Crawford combines a passion for excellence in winemaking with a vision of exploring new boundaries.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Cotes de Castillon    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Hyot Cotes de Castillon 2010
Chateau Hyot Cotes de Castillon 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau Hyot is a deep ruby color, with a clear shine, revealing a structured nose of ripe fruit with hints of pepper. Remarkable balance and soft silky tannins sustain a long and memorable finish.
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About Chateau Hyot:

Chateau Hyot showcases the masterful skill of winemaker Amelie Aubert and consultant Michel Rolland. The wine is a Merlot-based blend, from 40 year-old vines, with Cabernet Franc bringing sophisticated aromas and silky tannins, and a dose of Cabernet Sauvignon for a structural backbone.

A deep respect for the vine is the driving force behind Amelie Aubert's philosophy and approach to making wine. "Quality is not possible with quantity," she explains, "and I want my wine to capture the essence of this fantastic terroir."



Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Casa Silva Reserva Carmenere 2009
Casa Silva Reserva Carmenere 2009
(search item no. 108362)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Authentic Chilean style. Dark almost purple core with deep sooty red at the fringes. A blend of concentrated blackberry and plum softened by some red fruit character. Distinctive dried herbal and white pepper spice character. A superb balance of full fruit, good acidity, sweet French oak, and full tannins on the long lingering finish. Cutting edge grape coming into its own a premiere producer.
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About Casa Silva:

Founded in 1892 by French wine pioneer and ancestor Emilio Bouchon, Casa Silva is now owned by Mario Silva and family - the fifth generation of winemakers. Many of the vines planted are over 90 years old, carried over from Bordeaux, pre-phylloxera, by the first generation. Previously selling their juice to larger, bulk wineries, Casa Silva began a bold, estate bottling program in 1997. Now, the Silva Family are viewed as leaders of the new generation of premium wine producers, and their wines have received international acclaim.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2007
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2007
(search item no. 115276)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brunello di Montalcino Casanova di Neri is characterised simply by its white label, to the point where it has now been renamed "White Label." This "Etichetta bianca" is born in vineyards that look to Montalcino from the east, at an altitude which varies from 350 to 480 metres above sea level, very close to our cellar. The main characteristics of this wine are elegance, finesse and longevity.
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About Casanova di Nieri:

Casanova di Neri was established in 1971 when Giovanni Neri acquired a large estate within Montalcino. Over the years their continuing goal has been the search for land believed to be optimal for growing high quality grapes. There are now 120 acres of vineyards divided amongst four distinct sites. Improved quality in the vineyards has led to more attention in the winery, from vinification to the careful selection of casks for aging but always with the maximum respect for tradition. Today the property is operated and wines made by Giacomo Neri, who states, "Our greatest pride is our vineyards: their high quality and their history."


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Razor's Edge Shiraz 2008
Razor's Edge Shiraz 2008
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Razor's Edge Shiraz is dark purple in color, yet bright and appealing in its clarity of fruit flavors, persisting on the finish against firm tannins.
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About Razor's Edge:

Razor's Edge was launched with a 2004 vintage Shiraz from the McLaren Vale in South Australia. Priced to retail between $10 and $15, it brought an unparalleled pedigree and value to the American marketplace. This wine went on to receive numerous trade and press recognitions, most notably being labeled a "Best Value Wine" by Wine Spectator and as one of the "Best Buys from Australia" by Robert Parker.

In 2007, the 2005 vintage of the McLaren Vale Shiraz was released and a new wine, a 2006 Unwooded Chardonnay, was introduced. Both were very well received and demand soared after rave reviews from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines. Before the end of 2007, two new wines were introduced by Razor’s Edge: a McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon and a McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache.

The South Australian wine industry is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. The state of South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the state to be able to successfully produce a wide range of grape varieties, from cool climate Rieslings in the Clare Valley, to big and full-bodied Shiraz in the Barossa. Like with most agriculture in Australia, irrigation is a vital component to the success of the South Australian wine industry. Some of Australia's most well known wines are produced here.

Vines are grown at all types of altitudes in South Australia from the low valley regions of the Barossa up to the 1,970ft vineyards in the Eden Valley. The soil type is also varied across the region from the well known terra rosa of Coonawarra, the limestone-marl based soils of the Adelaide, to the sandy, clay loam based soils of the Barossa.