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Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2010
Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 115206)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities, and during 9 months of barrel ageing, we regularly stirred the "lees" in barrel, which adds a creamy texture and increases richness on the palate. Encouraging secondary fermentation adds additional complexity, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with ripe apple, Meyer lemon, wet stone, and spiced vanilla flavors. Enjoy over the next 1-3 years.
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About Rodney Strong Vineyards:

Founded by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong, in 1959, Rodney Strong Vineyards is now owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein began the endeavor that today brings together excellent vineyards, the industry's finest winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, focusing on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vinyeard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and coming carbon neutral in 2009.


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Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2009
Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 111648)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $19.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a stellar bottling of Acero, with bright fruit in the nose reminiscent of key lime and tangerine harmonizing with mineral and floral notes. On the palate it is fresh and vibrant, with great balance, full flavors and a dry, long finish. It is easy to drink and perfect with foods like tapas and light dishes.
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About Marimar Estate:

Built in 1992 with a capacity of 15,000 cases, the winery sits on a hill surrounded by vines. The production wing is outfitted with carefully selected equipment, to allow the careful control essential to producing a wine based on minimal handling. Its three barrel rooms with independent temperature and humidity controls provide flexibility to experiment with various vinification techniques, in order to best express the fruit's character. The Marimar Torres Estate wines appeal to the small segment of consumers who enjoy having the finest.We pride ourselves in producing food-friendly wines.


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Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 111141)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A pale yellow color with greenish tints, this wine offers elegant fresh tropical fruit notes with touches of quince and honey that evolve into white floral notes accompanied by a hint of truffle. The fruit reemerges on the palate, accompanied by a subtle minerality that adds complexity, elegance, and a lively acidity that adds a refreshing and juicy mouthfeel. Moderate in volume and body, this wine offers great elegance. Its intense fruit and acidity ensure its great cellaring potential.
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About Errazuriz:

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded ViƱa Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines, dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality.


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MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 111996)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $19.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay has a rich mouthfeel with sweet aromatics. Restrained oak contact brings caramel and vanilla flavors, but the emphasis is on elegant ripe fruit with tropical and lemon cream notes.
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About MacMurray Ranch:

MacMurray Ranch was purchased from the Porter family by famed actor Fred MacMurray in 1941. Fred raised his family on the ranch and they enjoyed the natural wonders of Sonoma County. Today, the ranch looks much as it did a century ago, surrounded by rail fences and framed by oak and redwood groves. Only now it is home to some of Sonoma County's finest vineyards. Aside from being beautiful, the Russian River Valley is among the premier growing regions for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. MacMurray Ranch speaks to the legacy of the land by crafting wines from this appellation with elegance and finesse.

The wines of MacMurray Ranch are crafted with care by winemaker Susan Doyle, who has a patient, gentle approach that gets the best out of Pinot Noir and its cousin Pinot Gris. Susan is guiding the wines of MacMurray Ranch to achieve both depth and the finely nuanced range of flavors that expresses the nature of the place where they were born. With her university studies in both winegrowing and winemaking, Susan makes wines that reflect the old Burgundian sense of "terroir", the special qualities that weather, land, and the hand of man that give her wines their individual distinction.



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Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008
Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108434)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $15.95

Winemaker's Notes:

At first swirl, Foggy Oaks Chardonnay presents a crisp exotic spice character. After several minutes in the glass, more subtle notes of melon, honeysuckle, and apricot appear. On the palate, the wine is balanced and luscious, held together with bright acidity and good structure. Flavors of vanilla, pear, and nutmeg round out the mouth feel, leading to a seamless finish that lingers on and on.
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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.