White Wines    Chardonnay    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Three Saints Chardonnay 2009
Three Saints Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 116679)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Three Saints Chardonnay opens with an inviting bouquet of Anjou pear, fuji apple, lemon zest, honeysuckle, fresh fig and a hint of wet stones. In the mouth, it is broad and giving without sacrificing verve. The fruit-driven characteristics found in the nose are joined by notes of orange blossom, honey and allspice. It finishes long with an emphasis on citrus, leaving one longing for just one more sip.
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About Three Saints:

Three Saints wines are a vivid expression of carefully selected grapes from the Dierberg Family's vineyards which are located in three of Santa Barbara County's premium wine growing regions: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Protocolo Tinto 2009
Protocolo Tinto 2009
(search item no. 109509)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red color with violet hues, clean and very brilliant. On the nose, the wine is fruity, raspberry, red fruits; very characteristic of the variety. Light notes of toast and spice.
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About Protolcolo:

Ownership under the Eguren family. Vineyards are located on the northeast edge of the D.O. La Mancha. The grapes come from vineyards that are 2,700 ft. in elevation. They are oriented to the southwest and are planted in traditional vaso and cabeza systems. The soil is calcareous clay soils. The climate is continental climate with high daytime temperatures during the growing season moderated by cool nights. Winters are cold, summers are hot and dry.


White Wines    Other White Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Protocolo Blanco 2010
Protocolo Blanco 2010
(search item no. 109083)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Very brilliant yellow color with greenish hues, clear.

Aromas of fresh fruit, banana, apple and peach.

The palate shows fresh fruity, silky notes with bright acidity, followed by a fruity, strong finish.

Recommended pairings: Light salads, white fish and shellfish.

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About Protolcolo:

Ownership under the Eguren family. Vineyards are located on the northeast edge of the D.O. La Mancha. The grapes come from vineyards that are 2,700 ft. in elevation. They are oriented to the southwest and are planted in traditional vaso and cabeza systems. The soil is calcareous clay soils. The climate is continental climate with high daytime temperatures during the growing season moderated by cool nights. Winters are cold, summers are hot and dry.


White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Eroica Riesling 2010
Eroica Riesling 2010
(search item no. 111978)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Eroica Riesling exudes mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. After a more than a decade we have truly found our "Eroica style," striving for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty
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About Eroica:

Launched in 1999, Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers. One from the Old World, Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and the other from the New World, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state. An intermingling of Old and New World philosophies and technique enables the crafting of an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration.

The first five vintages of Eroica Riesling (1999-2003) were named to Wine Spectator's "Top 100" list.

"I have long believed that a Riesling revival would have to start with a prominent New World winery like Chateau Ste. Michelle."
- Ernst Loosen, Dr. Loosen estate