White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Victoria    Australia   
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Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc 2005
(search item no. 88280)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc 2005 is an outstanding combination of vibrant tropical fruit, citrus and gooseberries characters with a refreshingly crisp finish. Sealed under screwcap to ensure it retains absolute freshness to the very last drop. A personality packed wine – full of pizazz!

The 2005 vintage is bursting with a mix of fresh fruit salad aromas of passionfruit, lychee and grapefruit and hints of green pea and lime. Scrumptious powerful palate, with zesty lime sorbet, passionfruit and honeydew melon flavours. Well-balanced, terrific intensity with a lingering tantalizing finish.

Best in its youth, the Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect spring and summer sipper. Serve chilled and enjoy as an aperitif or with fresh oysters, prawns or asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon and marinated goat's cheese.

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About Taltarni:

Established in 1969, Taltarni was one of the founding wineries in the iron-rich Pyrenees wine region in Victoria. John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered the Taltarni Vineyard through a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux. From the outset, Taltarni has a strong French influence with the initial plantings of Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soon after, Taltarni extended its plantings with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. The Goelet family also sources Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Taltarni has built its reputation on elegant sparkling wines that are crafted using methode traditionale techniques, as wells as producing exceptional red and white wines. The distinctive labels, featuring a 17th century cartouche, represent the attention to detail and the French elegance and finesses that are hallmarks of all Taltarni wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava
(search item no. 4104)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava, created from a blend of reserve and non-vintage wines, is clean and delicate, yet rich in flavor.

Brut is a cuvée of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes grown in the renowned Penedès region of Spain. The wine is vinified according to méthode champenoise technique and is aged in the bottle for up to 2 years.

This fine cuvée is fairly crisp with an interesting floral note and mouth-pleasing sensation of creaminess.

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About Segura Viudas:

Segura Viudas was established in 1954 in the heart of Spain's Penedes region, one of the world's best sites for growing and producing grapes for production of sparkling wine. Segura Viudas has become one of the top Spanish sparkling wine producers and is noted for its high production standards of traditional Methode Champenoise.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Chile    South America   
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Primus The Blend 2004
Primus The Blend 2004
(search item no. 87133)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 5 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Primus is a racy blend of Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon made from the highest quality grapes at the Veramonte Estate. It showcases the rare Carmenère variety, a distinctive grape that has found its home in Chile.

Well structured with mature, ripe fruit that exhibits an evolved complexity with a seamless blending of the three varietals. Velvety, with a medium body and smooth, yet powerful tannins.

Chile claims the lost Bordeaux grape
Once a widely planted variety in Bordeaux, Carmenère was all but forgotten after the phylloxera outbreak in the 1880s virtually wiped it off the European wine map. The happy news is that someone carried the vine (also known as Grande Vidure and Grande Carmenet) to Chile in the 1850s. At that time, Chile was welcoming a wine renaissance. The aristocracy was moving to the countryside with the vision of creating a wine industry to rival Europe's.

They planted the noble vines from France and for over a century, thought that the high-vigor vine with pinkish leaves was a special clone of Merlot or Cabernet Franc.

After masquerading as Merlot for over a century in Chile, it wasn't until the 1990s that Chilean winegrowers determined the mystery vines are not Merlot but the lost Bordeaux grape Carmenère. Since then, Chile has become synonymous with the lush and exotic wines made from Carmenère and is the only country producing Carmenère based wines. Salud!

"Unusually ripe for a Casablanca red, this blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and carmenère has the texture of melted chocolate and ripe flavors of fig and blueberry. A powerful acidity keeps a refreshing tension."
-Wines & Spirits

"The proprietary red wine, the 2004 Primus, is a blend of 47% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 23% Carmenere. It delivers an attractive perfume of pain grille, black cherry and blueberry. This is followed by a supple, ripe wine with no hard edges in a racy style. Drink this tasty, lively red over the next five years."
-Wine Advocate

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About Primus:

Primus wines are produced by the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



White Wines    Rhone White Blends    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2006
d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2006
(search item no. 92113)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Decanter rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!

Many of McLaren Vale's vineyards are on free-draining soils underlain with limestone, formed by the calcareous remains of the local marine fauna. One such creature is the Hermit Crab, a reclusive little creature that inhabits the cast-off shells of others. The Osborn family thought the name appropriate for this blend, as it is best enjoyed with shellfish and seafood dishes.

Though winter 2005 was dry, heavy rains in spring saw adequate levels of moisture in most vineyards to support growth in the 2006 vintage without irrigation. The cool temperatures experienced were ideal for white grapes, producing fragrant wines with racy natural acidity. Traditional basket pressing was employed for gentle extraction of flavor from these grapes. The Marsanne was fermented in tank to retain its fresh, herbaceous characters, while a portion of the Viognier was fermented in barrel for additional complexity.

The cooler year is reflected in a mineral nose with notes of fresh runner beans, green tropical fruits and nectarine stone. The tight palate displays an array of tropical fruits with quince, ginger and almond husks, and lees characters contributing complexity. Viognier is evident on the mid-palate with silky viscosity, while the Marsanne comes through on the back palate with nutty, olive stone and dried herb notes.

"Soft and charming. A beguiling mouthful of spicy pear and grapefruit flavors that linger with focus on the open-textured finish. Not as rich as pure Viognier, but better balanced. Drink now through 2010."
Wine Spectator
90 Points

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Yalumba Y Series Shiraz and Viognier 2005
Yalumba Y Series Shiraz and Viognier 2005
(search item no. 88647)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of blackberry and flowers. Juicy berry flavors with hints of tobacco and violets. Soft and approachable. The perfect red to entertain a group with a wide range of tastes.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes

Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.



White Wines    Riesling    Mosel-Saar-Ruwer    Germany   
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S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2005
S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2005
(search item no. 87718)
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PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fresh fruit flavors perfectly balanced by a racy acidity and mineral character
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About S.A. Prum:

Founded in 1911 by Sebastian Alois Prüm, family-owned S.A. Prüm has been in the hands of Raimund Prüm, head winemaker and Sebastian's grandson, since 1971 when he assumed full management of the estate. The property has earned a reputation as one of Germany's most successful wineries, internationally acclaimed for its production of superb quality Riesling. The Prüm family has a rich and ancient history in the mid-Mosel, where they have owned vineyards in the towns of Bernkastel, Graach, Wehlen and Zeltingen.

Today, the estate comprises 40 acres of vineyards planted principally with Riesling. Over 15 acres of S.A. Prüm's holdings are located within the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr ("sundial of Wehlen") domain. Named for the historic and well-recognized sundial painted on an outcrop of slate by a Prüm ancestor back in 1842, the incredibly steep Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is a globally renowned source of what is arguably Germany's finest Riesling. As the name suggests, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, where vines average 80 years and older, benefits from plentiful sunshine – a critical factor in the world's northernmost wine producing country. The soil is comprised of layers of finely decomposed, mineral-rich blue slate that date back approximately 400 million years. Underneath, deep-lying aquifers provide the vines with adequate water during dry periods.