White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Loire    France - Other regions   
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Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2006
Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2006
(search item no. 105231)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale golden-green color. Considerable intensity on the nose. It has an exceptional full range of floral, exotic and citrus fruit aromas such as white blossoms, hawthorn, broom and white nettles and grapefruit. These notes are enhanced and strengthened by the mineral note of gunflint (flint stone heated by the sun). The flavor is pleasant and lively, tempered by a fruity roundness with notes of pear, green apples and citrus fruits, which boost the mineral and stony hardness of gunflint. The finish brings to mind a pleasant lemony freshness.
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About Ladoucette:

The largest and most famous Pouilly-Fumé vineyards have been in the hands of the Comte Lafond and Ladoucette families since 1787 when the Comte Lafond purchased the estate from the illegitimate daughter of the French king, Louis XV.

The estate is now owned by Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, a descendant of the Comte Lafond, and Pouilly Fumé has earned a reputation as one of the world’s great white wines.

After taking over Ladoucette in 1972, the Baron extended his activities to Sancerre, Chablis, Vouvray and Chinon.

Today, the Baron produces outstanding Loire Valley wines under the de Ladoucette, Marc Bredif, La Poussie, Regnard and Baron Patrick labels. Many of the wines, including the Pouilly Fumé de Ladoucette, Baron de L and Comte Lafond, are considered to be the finest examples of their type.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2010
Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 119820)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Golden straw in color. Aromas of Asian pear, butter crust apple tart tatin, juicy golden pineapple, guava, Meyer Lemon, orange blossom, honeysuckle, hints of toasted hazelnut. The palate has a sweet, focused entry that open into a fleshy, round and bright mid-palate, notes of citrus, cream filled profiteroles with spun sugar, and a clean mineral-driven finish.
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About Merryvale Vineyards:

Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale is world renowned for rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the iconic Bordeaux-style red blend, Profile, and our everyday drinking, fruit driven brand, Starmont. Merryvale's historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a must see attraction for visitors to the valley.

Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through conservation, renewable energy and sustainable farming practices at our three estate vineyards. Merryvale has received Napa Green Vineyard, Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business certifications.



White Wines    Riesling    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Kilikanoon Mort's Block Riesling 2009
Kilikanoon Mort's Block Riesling 2009
(search item no. 105926)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

After an unexpected burst of hot weather in late January, the 2009 vintage settled down to provide one of the best ripening seasons of the last decade. The 2009 Mort's Block Riesling is an intense, racy wine that showcases the strength of Clare Valley with this varietal. Green apple, lemon blossom and bath salts dominate the nose. The taut palate shows grapefruit and lemon pith with a stony mineral edge and crisp, natural acidity. While irresistable now, this wine will age beautifully for 10+ years, developing toasty, honeyed characters.
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About Kilikanoon:

Founded in 1997 by Kevin Mitchell, Kilikanoon is a boutique Clare Valley winery with an international reputation for producing regionally expressive, terroir-driven wines. The Kilikanoon property, featuring a circa 1860s stone cottage housing Kilikanoon tasting room, was originally settled by early English migrants who named it after an historic old mansion in Cornwall. On purchasing the property in the 1990s, Kevin Mitchell inherited 30 year old Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Riesling vineyards, many of which were planted by his father, Mort, in the 1960s. Fifteen years on, with the addition of partners Nathan Waks, a principal cellist with the Sydney Symphony, and Bruce Baudinet, Managing Director of Oracle Estates, Kilikanoon is rated by US and Australian critics as one of the Clare Valley's outstanding wineries, producing bracingly intense and long-lived Rieslings, along with powerful, yet balanced, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Carneros    California   
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Rombauer Chardonnay 2010
Rombauer Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 111492)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Golden yellow color with a pale hue. Seductive aromas of peach, melon, and citrus are balanced with honeysuckle and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of pears, peaches and melons are backed with lively acidity. A nice touch of vanilla-scented oak provides an added flavor dimension. The creamy palate has a lingering finish of melon and citrus fruit with a satisfying buttery complexity.

Our favorite pairing for this wine includes scallops in a cream sauce, pasta carbonara, chicken risotto and Cornish game hen.

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About Rombauer Vineyards:

Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging our wines.

Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass. The joy of wine is something that's important to Rombauer. Whether you are a collector of fine wines or like to have wine with food, wine is something that truly should be enjoyed. Rombauer Vineyards puts a lot of hard work and tender care into making drinkable wines. And because wine is a simple product to enjoy, emphasis is given to taking the mystique out of enjoying fine wines.

Our emphasis on the joy of wine comes from the heritage of the Rombauer family. Koerner's ancestors made wine in the famous Rheingau region in Germany and his great aunt, Irma Rombauer, wrote the book The Joy of Cooking. Hence our focus on wine as complements to good food and good friends. Every family member is actively involved in the day to day operation of the winery from selecting grapes for the winemaking process and getting the wine to market.



White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2011
Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2011
(search item no. 119479)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Riesling brims with aromas of summer fruits, such as nectarine and white peach. Balanced and refreshing, the peach and spicy jasmine flavors, combined with subtle sweetness, play out smoothly through the off-dry palate to a crisp, lingering finish.
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About Milbrandt:

Butch and Jerry Milbrandt planted their first vineyard in 1997. In the ensuing decade, Milbrandt Vineyards earned a reputation for growing some of Washington State's finest grapes. These grapes have found their way into many of Washington's most sought-after wines and the Milbrandt name and vineyards are featured on many prestigious labels.

In 2006, under the talented direction of winemaker Gordon Hill, they began crafting signature wines using selected grapes from their reputable vineyards. Milbrandt's first wines were released in June 2007. The tradition for excellence established in their vineyards is inherent in every bottle of Milbrandt Vineyards wine.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2005
Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2005
(search item no. 103145)
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Oozing elegance from the outset, with rich toasted aromas telling of elegant wood, accompanied by black- and red-berried fruit, abounding in ripeness and finesse. A warm attack and a dense, supple mouth-feel which overflows with plenitude.
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About Bodegas Muga:

The Muga wine cellars were founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez who originated from a family with strong ties to the winemaking industry. On the death of the founder in 1969, his children Manuel, Isabel and Isaac Muga Caño took over the reins.

Two years later in 1971, they moved their headquarters to their present location in the traditional Station District on the outskirts of Haro. Bodegas Muga has continued to grow as the years have passed but it has never lost the spirit or aptitude of a family-run company.

The winery controls every step of the viticultural and vinification process from the vineyards to making their own barrels and fermenting and aging the wine entirely in oak. Muga is one of only six estates in the world that owns its own cooperage and they import the oak directly from the United States and France. Bodegas Muga is one of the oldest, most elegant and traditional Rioja producers.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Russian River    California   
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Buehler Russian River Chardonnay 2010
Buehler Russian River Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 113950)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Russian River Chardonnay displays abundant floral/ stone fruit aromas lightly accented by toasty, graham cracker sur-lie qualities. The mouthfeel is creamy and full but the natural acidity of the Russian River fruit carries this velvet textured package to a long, clean finish.
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About Buehler Vineyards:

John Buehler, Sr. and his son, John, began the renovation of the property that would become Buehler Vineyards in 1971. Located six miles east of St. Helena and nestled in the mountains above Conn Valley, Buehler Vineyards encompasses some 300 acres of Napa Valley hillside terrain. After a quarter of a century of growing grapes and over 20 years of winemaking from those vines, their focus remains on varietals that are best suited to this site: Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.


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Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2008
Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 106764)
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Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Frequent stirring of the lees during barrel aging added a creamy texture to an already full-bodied wine, making for a rich, plush mouth feel, balanced with vibrant acidity. Powerful aromas of spiced apple, pear, and pie crust join minerally lemon-cream and toasty oak on the palate, adding up to a compelling and thoroughly satisfying experience for true chardonnay lovers.
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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.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 117483)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Decanter rating: 91 points
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#53 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Imagine a refreshing sorbet-like medley of fresh lychee, grapefruit and honeydew melon laced with flinty minerality and finished with an infusion of mandarin and lime zest. A lively, invigorating wine with persistent grapefruit flavours and a steely blackcurrant tang – crisp but succulent with a long enduring finish.

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About Greywacke:

The Greywacke portfolio is based on the Marlborough region's signature varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon Blanc is crafted in two distinctive styles: classically pure Marlborough Sauvignon, and an alternative wild yeast-fermented, oak-aged Sauvignon. In addition, Kevin indulges his creative drive with small parcels of Chardonnay, along with aromatic varieties Pinot Gris and Riesling. When the season graces this idyllic region with ideal conditions, limited releases of late harvest wines from the aromatic varieties are produced.


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Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116797)
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw color streaked with vibrant green hues. Aromatic, lime and nectarine fruit combine with flint, jasmine and dried herbs for an intense and complex bouquet. The palate's sweet fruited core is framed by citrus like acidity and gains textural interest via a chalky finish.

This wine pairs well with seafood.

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About Craggy Range Winery:

From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people.