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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2008
L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2008
(search item no. 105390)
collectible wine
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $65.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

50% Syrah, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot

Purple/ black, with like aromas of cedar box, wild blackberries, black cherry, and fresh, raw, beef. Anise and cola flavors ride the big attack, resolving themselves in tight flavors of blueberries and acacia in the enormous middle palate, finishing long with orange rind, spice and everything.

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About L'Aventure:

L'Aventure was founded in 1998 by a French winemaker, Stephan Asseo. After Stephan graduated enology school in Burgundy, the Asseo family bought their first estate, Domaine de Courteillac, in the Bordeaux area in 1982. Later, the family purchased additional properties: Château Robin and Château Fleur-Cardinale in Saint-Emilion. Stephan raised these properties to a level of great quality, while managing some other well-established domaines such as Château Guillot-Clauzel in Pomerol and Château Corbin in St Emilion.

Stephan saw in the New World a unique opportunity to expand his experience, while gaining more freedom in viticulture and vinification. He began by looking all over California for land, including Napa/Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties, but it was the terroir and climate of Paso Robles that impressed him the most.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Antinori Tignanello 2007
Antinori Tignanello 2007
(search item no. 107447)
collectible wine
has video
older vintages

Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 vintage of this wine was ranked #4 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2007

The original Super Tuscan, Tignanello is produced exclusively from a 116-acre vineyard site at Antinori's Tignanello Estate.

Blend: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.

The 2007 Tignanello is intense ruby red in color with primary aromas of concentrated, ripe fruit and spice, which give way to milder notes of vanilla and toast. Generous, richly textured and intense on the palate, this wine possesses a complex structure and long persistent flavors with hints of chocolate, huckleberries and black plums on the finish. The well-managed tannin blends perfectly with the oak, for a complex and elegant wine.

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About Antinori:

The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 110001)
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With its deep purple hue, the 2008 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon drives complex aromas of jammy blackberry puree, rich cassis, Asian Five-Spice and dark chocolate from the glass. The fleshy texture is both dense and opulent, the perfect platform for brawny black and briar fruit flavors that persist through the velvety, enduring finish. This wine will continue to gain complexity and grace for 5-10 years.
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About Hall:

Hall Wines is located in Napa Valley and employs organic small-vine viticulture, precision winemaking, wild-yeast fermentation and micro-block blending to fully extract the purity and quintessence of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Their estate vineyards encompass more than 300 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The Halls have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to cutting edge technology to yield the highest quality grapes. Through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, Hall wines are able to express the unique and diverse character of Napa Valley's soils and climate.