White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Sanford La Rinconada Chardonnay 2007
Sanford La Rinconada Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 120528)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 La Rinconada Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from our estate vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills. The vintage was characterized by low yields and intense flavors. This special bottling comes from our two best blocks (Wente and Clone 15), whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented. With the traditional Burgundian technique of lees stirring and barrel aging, this wine has developed richness and elegance sought after in fine Chardonnay. Intense but balanced, our flagship Chardonnay has tropical and citrus notes with hints of nutmeg. On the palate this wine shows the classic Santa Rita qualities of minerality and crisp acid.
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About Sanford Winery:

In Santa Barbara wine country, it all started with Sanford Winery. Recognizing a magical combination of climate and soil conditions, the Sanford & Benedict vineyard was plated in 1971, and the resulting wines are now the benchmark of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Pinot Noir has thrived in the Sta. Rita Hills ever since, and ranks among the best and most distinctive in the world. Sanford's estate vineyards - Rancho La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict - lie within the 100 square mile AVA, and they rely exclusively on these vineyards for their luscious, signature Pinot Noir. The area owes its magic to an unusual east-west mountain valley that runs from the vineyards to the Pacific Ocean; ideal for cool-climate varietals.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro Salento 2005
Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro Salento 2005
(search item no. 121245)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red in color with aromas of red fruit with well-combined wood notes. Soft and flavorful with a sweet and long lasting tannic finish.
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About Tormaresca:

Tormaresca is the fruit of the Antinori family's investment in the Puglian region since July 1998.

The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties: one in Minervino Murge (Bari) a 100 hectare (247 acre) estate located in the Castel del Monte D.O.C. region, 40 miles from the Adriatic Sea; the other property is a 500 hectare (1,235 acre) estate near San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi), closer to the sea in the Salento DOC region.

The new cellar is located at Minervino Murge while the commercial and administrative offices are in the city of Bari, halfway between the two properties.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Central Coast    California   
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Margerum Alisos Vineyard Pinot Gris 2010
Margerum Alisos Vineyard Pinot Gris 2010
(search item no. 113261)
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James Suckling rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Very pretty Pinot Gris – physiologically ripe with very low sugar. The wine is more Germanic in style and structure – there is a slight sweetness backed with intense acidity – making it a perfect by the glass wine and a great accompaniment with seafood and spicy Asian cuisine.
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About Margerum:

Margerum Wine Company is committed to working with the top vineyards in Santa Barbara County to produce small lots of premium wines. The winery is located in Los Olivos in the heart of California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. We are part of a growing group of vintners looking to return wine making to its previous form of production – hand-crafted and personal. Owner Doug Margerum and winemaker Doug "Scotty" Scott, craft world-class wine in a temperature controlled building that houses tanks, barrels, and a cold room that is perfect for our production size.

Our commitment is to create handmade wines with place and personality to them that are made to our own standards. We work within the connotations of nature, stressing individuality, and making a production on a human scale. We strive to make wines that we personally enjoy and our hope is others will enjoy them as well. The approach to this is the antithesis of mass production.



White Wines    Riesling    Central Coast    California   
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Firestone Riesling 2010
Firestone Riesling 2010
(search item no. 118329)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Riesling is a testament to the variety and the cool climate of California's Central Coast Region. The wine exudes nectarine, mandarins, jasmine, lemon and lime zest, and honey. The residual sugar is nicely counterbalanced by the crisp acidity and low pH. After a soft entry on the palate, the finish is detailed and full.

The exuberant fruit flavors and smart balance of this wine make it the ideal aperitif or accompaniment to Asian dishes, spicy Mexican foods or creamy cheeses.

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About Firestone:

Firestone Vineyard specializes in expressive high-quality wines from estate and select vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles. Long considered a destination for visitors to Santa Barbara County's wine country, Firestone produces an array of Bordeaux-influenced wines in competitively-priced categories.

Founded in 1972 by Leonard and Brooks Firestone, Firestone Vineyard was Santa Barbara County’s first estate winery. In September 2007, Bill Foley acquired the Firestone winery and 380 vineyard acres in Los Olivos, as well as the Firestone tasting room in Paso Robles. Bill has continued the Firestone tradition in striving for the very best in vineyard management and cutting edge winemaking discipline. The vineyard focuses on optimal physiological balance in the vines yielding wines that are brightly flavored, crisp and delicious. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah vineyards are located on a series of mesas that have gravelly sub-soils, ideally oriented for perfect exposure.



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Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco Ciliegie 2011
Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco Ciliegie 2011
(search item no. 120787)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $19.99

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