Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Rolling Shiraz 2005
Rolling Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 91355)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Medium red with a deep hue

Aroma: Shows strong vanillin and chocolate characters with a touch of spice

Palate: The mid palate has good weight and softness and the soft berry characters carry through to the finish. Deliberately light on tannins or oak, the wine shows lovely balance and bright fruit flavors.

Food pairings: Tomato-based pasta sauces, roast lamb, venison

"Attractive palate; clear, cool-grown but supple fruit with spice, licorice, pepper and blackberry flavours all intermingling."
-James Halliday

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About Rolling:

The passion behind Rolling is driven by winemaker Philip Shaw. With over 40 years experience in Australian wine, including 15 in Orange, Philip understands that great wines can only come from nurturing vineyards which have natural raw talent. We created Rolling wines to reflect the personality of the region and celebrate the people who love the land and work in union with its seasons.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 97407)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"One of the finest bargains in California Cabernet Sauvignon must be Louis M. Martini's outstanding 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma. Fabulously sweet aromas of black currants, licorice, and cedar soar from the glass of this medium to full-bodied wine. With silky tannins as well as surprising concentration, depth, and texture, this 2006 should drink well for 8-10 years."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

The 2006 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from several of Sonoma County's most prestigious appellations and blended seamlessly to bring together the unique characteristics of each, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers many layers, featuring aromas and flavors of red cherry, blackberry and fresh sage with an underlying dry creek dustiness. Subtle herbal notes are complemented by additional layers of chocolate and vanilla, resulting in a complex, yet easy drinking, wine.

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About Louis Martini:

For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Wynns Shiraz 2005
Wynns Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 94083)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Deep crimson red with subtle purple hues.

Nose: The nose shows intense dark fruit aromas, dominated by plums, raspberries and stewed rhubarb. Well integrated oak components add vanillan depth and eloquence.

Palate: This is a rich, fruit driven, medium bodied wine, dominated by a juicy mid-palate. Classic cool-climate Shiraz characters of leather, cloves and spice are finished with delightful charred oak flavours and velvety tannins.

Ideally suited to beef, duck and game, lamb.

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About Wynns Coonawarra Estate:

Wynns Coonawarra Estate was founded in 1951 by Samuel Wynn and Sons. It is situated on part of the original Riddoch vineyards and the historic winery, built by John Riddoch in 1891, is immortalized on the Wynns Coonawarra Estate label. The region's unique "terra rossa" soil makes Coonawarra one of the outstanding wine regions in the world. Today, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the region's pre-eminent wine producer and largest single vineyard holder with the best vineyard sites in Coonawarra.

Winemaker Sue Hodder grew up in the "red center" – Australia's outback. The red soil of Coonawarra is now her home. After graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1984, Sue started in the viticultural side of the wine industry as a Grower Liaison Officer. Making detailed assessments of vines through the year, tasting and analyzing maturing fruit and following up on the resulting wines gave Sue an appreciation of the importance of the vineyard in quality wine production. Sue then made what she considers to be a logical step into winemaking. She started at Wynns Coonawarra Estate in 1993, fell in love with the winemaking region and has remained. In 1998, she became Chief Winemaker.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Climbing Shiraz 2005
Climbing Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 90604)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Defined by altitude, Orange is one of Australia's highest and coolest wine regions starting at 600 meters above sea level. The name Climbing is an active reference to the high altitude of Climbing's vineyard and their continual quest for greater achievement. The vines are low yield, providing intense flavors and even berry ripening.

Winemaker Philip Shaw describes this wine as "having good intense color, rich vibrant fruit and a touch of oak with intense plum fruit dominating. What I like about this wine is that under the plum, some white pepper flavors are emerging, very typical of the Orange region. The Climbing 2005 Shiraz will evolve well with up to 10 years cellaring."

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About Climbing:

The wines of Climbing are sourced from Orange, the Australian wine region in New South Wales, located approximately 125 miles west of Sydney on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Defined by altitude, as well as by soil type and other more common traits of terroir, Orange begins at 1,965 feet (600 meters) above sea level, and is one of Australia’s highest and coolest wine regions. Orange is noted for intense sunlight, which, coupled with the cool growing season, results in wines of great finesse and longevity.

The name Climbing is an active reference to our high vineyard and our continual quest for adventure. The passion of winemaker Philip Shaw has unleashed the potential of the vineyard and the region.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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R Wines Strong Arms Shiraz 2006
R Wines Strong Arms Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 94622)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $9.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2006 Shiraz is composed of 46% McLaren Vale, 44% Riverland, and 10% Barossa Valley fruit. It was aged in seasoned French and American oak for 12 months. Opaque purple-colored, it has a nose of cedar, spice box, and blueberry. Fruit-driven, supple-textured, rich, and easygoing, the wine has remarkable class for its giveaway price. It actually has 2-3 years of aging potential but no one that I know is going to defer their gratification. Strong Arms has been bottled with 6 different but similarly themed labels."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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About R Wines:

Based in Australia, R Wines produces wine from vineyards all over Australia including Riesling from Western Australia, Pinot Noir from Victoria, Shiraz from McLaren Vale and the Barossa just to name a few. R Wines was founded in 2005 by partners Dan Philips, and Chris Ringland. Chris is one of world's leading and most gifted winemakers. He leads teams of winemakers and viticulturalists managing vineyards Australia wide. R Wines that make it to the shelf are not merely sound and well-made, but are stylish, compelling, hand-crafted and peerlessly delicious. We believe that what goes on the bottle is as important as what goes in the bottle and work with world-class designers to create innovative, loud, brilliant labels that speak to consumers in ways unique to the wine world. The best Grenache in the world is in Australia. The Chateau Chateau project is a study of the effects of soil and place. Five icon vineyards and one blend with distinct expressions, soils and locations in the Barossa and McLaren Vale. There is no illusion, this project includes the world's best Grenache.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Victoria    Australia   
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Green Point Shiraz 2005
Green Point Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 95903)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The dense, rich color indicates the power and intensity of fruit, with complexity and elegance the truly distinguishing characters of this wine. Bright blackberry, maraschino cherry and satsuma plum aromas are enriched with anise, liquorice and subtle roasted spice from ageing in French oak. Succulent texture and supple tannins extend throughout the palate, and red liquorice flavors provide a long, distinctive finish.

Fruit for the Victorian Shiraz is sourced from several cool climate regions including the Yarra Valley, Heathcote and Bendigo with each region providing complexity to the blend. Yarra Valley Shiraz grown on sedimentary soils around our own Green Point vineyard is typically fragrant and spicy. Heathcote Shiraz grown on the deep red soils of the Mt Camel Range is bright and deeply colored with fresh blackberry flavors. Bendigo Shiraz grown on alluvial soils contributes savory tannins with hints of eucalypt and the inland climate of the northern foothills of the Great Dividing Range provides Shiraz with rich structure and weight.

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About Green Point:

In the 1840s, when the Yarra Valley in Victoria was first settled by Europeans, they observed that one particular spur of land leading down to the Yarra river always remained green longer as summer advanced. They called it "Green Point." It stayed green because the deep weathered siltstone soils on this spur retain moisture longer than other areas in the valley. These soils, in combination with the Yarra Valley's cool climate, proved to be an ideal "terroir" for grape growing and grapes have been grown on these slopes since the 1850s.

Moët & Chandon acquired the site in 1986 and today it is where they grow high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for Green Point still wines. They have selected other sites in Victoria and the Yarra Valley that provide the ideal marriage of "terroir" with variety for the other Green Point varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz).



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Annie's Lane Shiraz 2006
Annie's Lane Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 94581)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Annie's Lane Shiraz displays aromas of blackberry, violets and spice. The palate is rich with excellent depth of berry fruit, balanced with subtle smoky oak. This elegant, medium bodied Shiraz finishes with long, silky tannins.

Food pairing: Beef Wellington with glazed winter vegetables

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About Annie's Lane:

Annie Wayman was a legend in the Clare Valley. She could always be relied upon to bring along sandwiches and a warm drink to harvesters and pruners in the vineyard at the turn of the 20th century. One evening, Annie's horse and cart got bogged in a lane adjacent to one of the valley's best vineyards. Thus, Annie's Lane was born.

Annie' s Lane is now one of the finest wineries in Australia's renowned Clare Valley and represents the finest vineyards in one of South Australia's great regions. The Annie's Lane wines rely on regional and varietal expression and have been awarded with over 350 trophies and medals at wine shows in Australia and across the globe since the first release in 1996. The most successful of all the wines has been the super-premium Copper Trail Shiraz.

The home of Annie's Lane is the heritage listed Quelltaler winery at the heart of Watervale, in the Clare Valley's south. Quelltaler is the region's oldest and most important winery, dating back to 1863. Fruit for Annie's Lane is sourced from magnificent old Watervale vines as well as from vineyards to the north in the Polish Hill River sub-district where the cooler ripening period and extraordinary slate riddled soils combine to create an unmistakable stamp of the Clare Valley.