Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Chile    South America   
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Terra Andina Reserva Pinot Noir 2009
Terra Andina Reserva Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 123897)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This Reserva Pinot Noir shows a seductive and complex combination of black cherry and Raspberry aromas, Rose petals and Violets, mingled with a soft touch of vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied and rich, with a soft and velvety texture. Smooth tannins and an elegant aftertaste.
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About Terra Andina:

Literally from the "Land of the Andes", Terra Andian embodies the adventurous spirit and bold profile of Chile's majestic mountain range, and it represents the new face of Chilean wine. Under the dynamic young winemaker Stefano Gandolini, Terra Andina has emerged as a rising star winery in Chile. Voluptuous fruit has become Terra Andina's signature.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Other Spain    Spain   
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Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2010
Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 116067)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Yellow-gold. Leesy lemon, quince and pear aromas are brightened by dusty minerality and white flowers. Broad and smoky on the palate, offering sweet orchard fruit and fresh butter qualities along with anise and baking spices. Becomes nervier on the long, sappy finish.
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About Vega Sindoa:

Although the Valley of Valdizarbe has always been considered one of the best areas of production in Navarra and viticulture there is centuries-old, it almost disappeared due to the depressed prices of grapes and extreme weather conditions. This winery is one of the first to bring the vineyards back to the valley by the hands of an energetic winemaker, Concha Vecino, and an innovative vineyard manager, Jose Manuel Urricelqui.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 108748)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This dense, dark Cabernet opens with the fresh aromas of blueberries with overtones of roasted meats, cigars, and the forest floor.

On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and powerful as minerality and earthiness intermingle with the sweetness of elderberry and currants.

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About Raymond Vineyard:

For generations, Raymond Vineyards has been an integral part of the Napa Valley, with now five generations of viticultural and winemaking expertise. Our new winemaking team captures the essence of the past while infusing the energy of the future and the vibrancy of the next generation into each and every wine. “It is important to retain the core foundation that made this brand legendary in Napa Valley, while keeping the style fresh and relevant to today’s wine drinkers” says Stephanie Putnam.

In addition to our top-notch winemakers and viticulturalists, Raymond has also tapped into a world-renowned winemaker, Phillipe Melka, to assist on our high-end Cabernets and complement the inherent strengths of the team.

As for a specific style, the team aims for the three B’s – Big, Bold, Balanced – yet with refinement and elegance. This philosophy lends itself well to the underlying principal of terroir that dates back thousands of years where the interrelationship between soil, climate, and plant are enhanced by the passion of people to convey an authentic sense of place. Our winemaking team allows the purest expression of the fruit to reign, with aromas and flavors that fill your glass and your palate with wines that are unmistakably powerful, intriguingly complex, and beautifully integrated.