Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Roth Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Roth Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 113549)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage has beautiful aromas of nutmeg, sweet oak and red cherries that carry to the palate. This bright Cabernet Sauvignon has soft, balanced tannins that are complemented by notes of black current and red berries, with an elegant finish of sweet vanilla.
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About Roth:

Roth Estate is a family-owned winery dedicated to crafting full-flavored wines grown in exemplary Sonoma County vineyards. Beginning in 2001, Roth committed to producing classic Bordeaux varietals in Alexander Valley. A decade later the winery expanded its winemaking to include cool-climate varietals from the Sonoma Coast.

From the same 60 hillside acres in the southeast corner of the Alexander Valley that nurtures Lancaster Estate, comes their newest release, Roth Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tom Prentice, Lancaster Estate’s vineyard manager has totally replanted this site since he arrived here from Screaming Eagle in early 1995. With the low-yielding older vines going exclusively to Lancaster Estate’s flagship wine, their signature blend, Roth becomes a tremendous value from such a pedigreed stock.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
(search item no. 100637)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1993 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red color. Flavors of red fruit, spices, leather and tobacco.

The taste is persistent and balanced with a long and seductive finish. A firm and well supported tannic structure that is balanced now but still suggests long aging potential.

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About Il Poggione:

The Il Poggione estate has been in existence since 1890, and has been owned by the Franceschi family since 1900. The company’s winemaking operations are supervised by Dottore Piero Talenti, who imposes a meticulous three-part selection process – first in the vineyards, second after pressing, and again after fermentation. Piero’s attention to detail in the winemaking process has resulted in the acclaimed Brunellos for which Il Piggione is renowned.


Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2006
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2006
(search item no. 97739)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $16.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe black fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full-bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, soft finish. We added Wahluke Slope Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and jammy fruit character.

Pairs well with foods like arroz con pollo, hearty pastas, flank steak salad and herbs such as basil and oregano.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Sauternes and Barsac    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005
(search item no. 96769)
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Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#4 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008

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About Chateau Guiraud:

Château Guirard, located in the heart of the commune of Sauternes, has a 100-hectare vineyard in a single block. The vines are planted around the cellars and the château. The Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes ripen very early at Guiraud and undergo tremendous natural concentration due to the effects of "noble rot" (botrytis).

The harvest takes place in several waves and the grapes are literally picked one by one. This process is not only risky, but accounts for very low yields. It nevertheless results in rich, complex wines.

The quality of Château Guiraud's terroir earned its classification as a First Growth in 1855. The Société Civile Agricole du Château Guiraud is managed by Xavier Planty.