Red Wines    Merlot    Other California    California   
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Tin Roof Merlot 2005
Tin Roof Merlot 2005
(search item no. 92839)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A classic plush texture and delicious black cherry and plum flavors make our sumptuous Merlot both delicious on its own and a versatile food wine. Enjoy it with beef, lamb, roast duck with cherry sauce, red-sauce pastas, black olive and mushroom pizzas, and soft-ripening cheeses.
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About Tin Roof:

Tin Roof Cellars is both a collection of fine wines and a state of mind, a special place to which wine lovers can escape to enjoy relaxing times, old-fashioned quality, and modern good taste and style. Our delicious, handcrafted wines are produced from California's finest North and Central Coast grapes. Boldly flavored, smoothly textured, and unusually complex, our wines are styled to delight consumers seeking distinctive varietal character with subtle oak flavors. They're rich, but refined, fruit-forward, but complex – wines to share with your friends under the roof. Enjoy!


White Wines    Riesling    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Jacob's Creek Reserve Riesling 2005
Jacob's Creek Reserve Riesling 2005
(search item no. 88637)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Colour: Vibrant pale Green

Bouquet: Fresh floral lime, complemented by an appealing citrus blossom signature.

Palate: Attractive lime's and floral fruit flavours with hint of spice fill the mouth. A clean and taut mineral acidity provides a superb structural balance to the classic Riesling flavours on the finish of the wine.

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About Jacob's Creek:

With over 150 years of making wine in the Barossa Valley, Jacob's Creek's winemaking philosophy is to make high quality wines in a contemporary Australian style, which are fresh, elegant, great tasting and show true varietal character. From its beginnings in 1847, a young Bavarian immigrant named Johann Gramp planted the Barossa Valley's first commercial vineyard on the banks of Jacob's Creek. His first vineyard was in a small ironstone winery and visitors can still walk the historic vineyard, inspect the original cellar and feel a true sense of place for Jacob's Creek. Today, Jacob's Creek is one of the leading forces of Australian wine, creating wines with true character with a variety of different offerings from its portfolio.


White Wines    Gewurztraminer    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Winery Gewurztraminer 2006
Columbia Winery Gewurztraminer 2006
(search item no. 90077)

PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $11.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw yellow color. Hints of allspice and pink grapefruit accent the sweet fruit palate. Crisp finish with a good balance of acidity. Versatile with food, especially with spicy
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About Columbia Winery:

Columbia Winery was the first premium winery in Washington and the first in the state to produce vineyard-designate wines. Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 by ten friends, six of whom were University of Washington professors. Originally known as Associated Vintners, the group was united in the belief that vines could survive the harsh Washington winters and that fine wine could be made in Washington state.

Having worked alongside founding winemaker and Master of Wine, David Lake, Kerry Norton now oversees the Columbia Winery winemaking, handcrafting Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah sourced from the Columbia and Yakima Valleys.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007
(search item no. 94071)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sauvignon Blanc is grown in Spy Valley's Marlborough vineyard on stony riverbed terraces, gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to give intense passionfruit and gooseberry fruit characters. The wine is fruit-driven in style, with complexity from lees aging for several months in stainless steel tanks before bottling. This wine is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with intense flavors and crisp acid in a dry style.

Color: Pale straw

Bouquet: Passion fruit and ripe melon. Some underlying herbal notes and hints of mineral/flint.

Palate: The brightness of pure fruit flavors shines through on the palate. Lees aging of the vineyard parcels provides weight and interest, as well as balance to this wine.

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About Spy Valley:

The brand name Spy Valley is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station within a few kilometers of the winery. Situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka River are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Established in 1993 by the Johnson family, Johnson Estate was one of the pioneering vineyard companies in the Marlborough sub-region and remains family-owned. Eight varieties of grapes grow over 380 acres of free-draining, stony soils producing exceptional fruit for Spy Valley Wines. In ten years, production has risen to place Spy Valley as one of Marlborough's leading family-owned companies. Youthful and exuberant wines are crafted using modern winemaking techniques by winemaker Paul Bougeois and his team.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    South Australia    Australia   
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Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet 2006
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet 2006
(search item no. 95424)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $9.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1976 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The Cabernet and Shiraz blends begin with the 2006 Shiraz (70%) – Cabernet Sauvignon (22%) "Koonunga Hill". Purple-colored, the wine offers meaty black currant, blackberry, and blueberry aromas. On the palate the wine exhibits remarkable focus and structure for its humble price. The fruit is grapy and primary as well as intensely flavored. It should evolve for several years and drink well through 2022 if not longer. It is a fantastic value. As an aside, Peter Gago presented a 1976 Koonunga Hill to demonstrate the aging potential of this cuvee. The wine was showing a bit of age aromatically but none on the palate. At age 31, this wine (which probably cost several dollars on release) is right at its peak (my score 94 points)." - Wine Advocate
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About Penfolds Wines:

Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz/Grenache 2006
Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz/Grenache 2006
(search item no. 94000)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2006 Wallace, tasted from a barrel sample, is a 70% Shiraz, 30% Grenache blend with an identical oak treatment. The 2006 is more structured than the 2005 but they could otherwise pass as identical twins. Hats off to Ben Glaetzer for producing an extraordinary portfolio!"
-Wine Advocate 91-94

"Deep red. Smoky black raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by zesty white pepper and minerals; showing its grenache side today. Silky and sweet, with deep red berry preserve flavors, fully absorbed tannins and good bite. Leaves an exotic candied licorice note behind on the vibrant, juicy finish, which strongly repeats the red berry tone."
-International Wine Cellar

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About Glaetzer:

The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. From here, they settled in a country town called Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley where they started their new life in Australia. The family were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley and the current generation is firmly entrenched in the family wine business.

Winemaking patriarch Colin Glaetzer established his own label to create wines he's passionate about - limited quantities of benchmark Barossa Valley reds. The birth of Glaetzer Wines signalled a new era for Colin's family which boasts more than its fair share of winemakers. The clan includes Colin, his oenology-trained wife Judith, twin brother/winemaker John, and five winemakers among the couple's three sons and their wives.

With the 2004 vintage, Ben Glaetzer took over winemaking at Glaetzer and brought his own flagship wines, Amon Ra and Godolphin, into the fold. Young Glaetzer has implemented many changes at the winery, particularly with regard to harvesting upon physiological ripeness vs. analysis, longer skin contact and the use of the highest possible quality oak barrels.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Martinborough    New Zealand   
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Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 93230)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir is highly colored with bright ruby red in color. Savory spice notes are accented by perfumed aromas of violets, red cherry, blackberry and ruby grapefruit on the nose. Complex flavors of cherry, root spice, smoke and florals predominate the textural and creamy palate. The finish is long with redfruit and spice drawn out by the fine, silky tannin structure. Delicious with poultry, game and lamb dishes. Drink now through 2011.
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About Craggy Range Winery:

From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people.


Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    North Coast    California   
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Roederer Estate Brut Rose
Roederer Estate Brut Rose
(search item no. 8499)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $27.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Roederer Estate Rosé is full and round with smooth flavors and a fine, persistent mousse. The extra measure of Chardonnay contributes elegance and austerity that balance nicely with the delicate fruitiness of the Pinot Noir.
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About Roederer Estate:

The crisp, fresh and rich flavors of Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley that is home to their family-owned estate's 600 acres of vineyards. This protected valley in Northern California provides the ideal ripening conditions for their 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines.