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Fontodi Chianti Classico 2008
Fontodi Chianti Classico 2008
(search item no. 111881)
green wine

James Suckling rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the "Conca d'Oro" (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc "Terroir", famous for centuries for its tradition of quality wine cultivation, thanks to a unique combination of high altitude, calcar clayschist soil, lots of light, and a fantastic micro-climate – warm and dry with a marked difference in day and night-time temperatures.
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About Fontodi:

Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the "Conca d’Oro" (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc "Terroir," famous for centuries for its tradition of quality wine cultivation, thanks to a unique combination of high altitude, calcar clayschist soil, lots of light, and a fantastic micro-climate.


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Saint Cosme St. Joseph 2009
Saint Cosme St. Joseph 2009
(search item no. 111145)
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Flavors and aromas of jasmin, almond paste, tobacco, roasted bread, wild raspberry. The quality is everywhere in the serines of St Joseph: the beauty of the slopes, the quality of the granitic soils, the elegance of the wines, their ability to age. The outstanding character of the serine grape makes us go back to the ancient flavors, so interesting compared to the standardized syrah from our century.
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About Domaine de Saint Cosme:

Louis Barruol is the 14th generation Barruol to make wine at Saint Cosme. The Chateau was built in the late 16th Century on the site of a former Roman villa, and the remains of a Roman wine cellar, carved into the stone of the hillside, still exist in the chateau's caves. There are 37 acres of vineyards and the vines average 60 years of age. The old plots (pictured on the Gigondas label) and stitch across the escarpment of the ragged Dentelles de Montmirail, an oft-painted mountain range.


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Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2007
Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2007
(search item no. 109819)

PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2007 Merlot captures Napa Valley's diverse terroir with complex layers of crushed summer berries, ripe plum, chocolate and spice. Bright acidity lifts the flavors, while supple tannins—enhanced by Cabernet Sauvignon—add structure and a plush mouthfeel. From the aromas through the smooth, lingering finish, vanilla-oak nuances mingle with the rich, dark-fruit expression. Grilled or roasted pork, duck, turkey, lamb and beef, especially if rubbed with sweet spices or juniper berries, make perfect pairings with our Merlot.
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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine.


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Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti 2009
Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti 2009
(search item no. 110845)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#47 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Ruby red with violet hues. Elegant, with good intensity - you can feel the fruits of berries, mint leaves. Well structured, fruity and dry.

Pair with dishes of pasta with red sauces, white meats and red meats.

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About Michele Chiarlo:

The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the sole and present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Mr. Chiarlo is today one of the most respected producers of the fine wines of Piedmont and a leading figure in its viticultural industry.

At the production and vineyard level, where quality begins, Michele Chiarlo has for thirty years pursued an endless search for control over the finest vineyard sites in each of the zones from which he produces his wines. Perhaps the crown jewel among these is the vineyard of Fornace di Tassarolo in the Rovereto area of Gavi, a small parcel planted in 1910 which yields a brilliant and intense Gavi of exquisite refinement. He also has long-term agreements with the owners of two spectacular vineyards in the Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga crus of Barolo, from which he produces Barolo Riserva Rocche di Castiglione and Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda di Serralunga. In addition to these contracts, he has also purchased the Antico Podere Averame in the Cerequio cru of Barolo, considered one of the zone's finest Nebbiolo vineyards; and an estate, also in Barolo in the cru of Cannubi, which due to its extremely sharp gradient had never been cultivated. With considerable capital investment, this vineyard has been terraced and brought into production, the first time such a project has ever been undertaken in Piedmont.

In 1995, Michele Chiarlo acquired the estate of Azienda Agricola Aluffi in Castelnuovo Calcea, considered to the most beautiful and prestigious property in the heart of the classic Barbera d'Asti zone. The estate is comprised of two separate vineyard holdings, La Court and Il Castello, with a total area of 62 acres of which 50 are planted in Barbera vines, quite extensive for this area. The principally southwest and easterly-exposed slopes support superb, calcium and mineral rich soils which are of ideal composition for the production of great Barbera d'Asti.

Michele Chiarlo directly manages or personally oversees every aspect in the production of his wines. Eminently qualified through the expertise acquired through his involvement with the company under his father, he also holds a degree from the prestigious School of Enology at Alba. His ceaseless innovation, both in production and in marketing, has gained him the respesct of his industry.



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Yalumba The Scribbler 2009
Yalumba The Scribbler 2009
(search item no. 110594)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep crimson red, The Scribbler 2009 shows excellent concentration and lift on the nose, with redcurrant fruits, spices and licorice complementing fresh floral aromatics of herbs and mints. This is a densely weighted wine with blackcurrant fruit and dark berries. The Shiraz is again nicely layered within a tightly integrated and beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon palate. Perfect to drink now, but will certainly cellar well over the next five to 10 years.

Pair with Beef Wellington. Also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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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.


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Ricasoli Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico 2007
Ricasoli Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico 2007
(search item no. 108982)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine that has confirmed its elegance and harmony over the years. Always clean and fruity on the nose, full and substantial on the palate, with remarkable persistence and excellent end. Intense and deep ruby red hue with garnet highlights, indicative of a perfectly ripe fruit.
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About Ricasoli:

The House of Ricasoli has had an indelible impact on the history and quality of Chianti. According to Burton Anderson, "it is the world's oldest winery," having produced wines since 1141. Not only did an early Baron help create the appellation system, but in 1874, Baron Bettino Ricasoli (The "Iron Baron") developed the Sangiovese-based formula that came to be known as the official blend for Chianti.

After a few years of foreign ownership in the 60s and 70s, the Ricasoli winery is back in Italian hands -in fact, Francesco Ricasoli, the 32nd Baron of the original family, gained control in 1993. He has replanted several vineyards with improved clones, has improved the vinification technology, and has invested in new cooperage.

Barone Ricasoli is a commercial group that owns several estates throughout Tuscany. At its winery, it vinifies its own and other estates' wines, including those of Castello di Brolio. The Ricasoli family continues to show its commitment to quality and innovation. It was a leader of the Super Tuscan movement, with the production of its award-winning Casalferro. It produces a full range of Tuscan wines, ranging from Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG to the newest addition to the line, Formulae, a 100% Sangiovese aged in American oak casks.



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Domaines Baron Rothschild Reserve Speciale Pauillac 2008
Domaines Baron Rothschild Reserve Speciale Pauillac 2008
(search item no. 109132)

PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $45.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2008 is the smallest crop since the frost of 1991: 20% less in volume compared to 2007 vintage which already showed a deficit. After an early bud, grapevines suffered from late frost that ruined part of the crop in many vineyards. As in 2007, 2008 vintage was saved thanks to the particularly favorable, dry and sunny months of September & October.

The color is a deep ruby.
The nose is discreet, elegant and flattering with wooded, vanilla and spicy notes. The wine is full in mouth, powerful and well-balanced with a peppery aromatic persistence and an interesting freshness on the finish. A very typical and classic Pauillac with a good aging potential.

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About Domaines Baron Rothschild:

Owner of Château Lafite Rothschild for five generations, the Rothschild family has been based in this Bordeaux vineyard since 1868. High values and the respect of traditional methods make them passionate about harmony and excellence. Their wines bear witness to that passion year after year. Their skills have patiently enriched through the generations, with world-renowned success.

This wine is from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)-Each wine is made with high standards delivering wines of elegance and finesse in the tradition of our great Bordeaux house, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.



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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2008
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2008
(search item no. 108113)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is dark ruby, while the aroma has a rich tone of mocha, cedar, blackberries, black pepper and plums as nose opens up. On the palate, mocha, chocolate, espresso and ripe raspberries. Lots of layers with sweet integrated tannins, great texture, again black fruit with crushed rocks and silky finish. The finish is long and lingering aftertaste that lasts several minutes. Will improve for 12-15 years and hold there for 10 more.

Blend: 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc

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About Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards:

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards are located just east of St. Helena in the Napa Valley where Conn Creek flows out of Howell Mountain. Twenty-six acres of vineyards, divided into nine blocks, along with a fifteen acre-foot reservoir are the heart of this 40-acre grape-growing paradise.

Separated from the Napa Valley floor by a north/south running ridge, the world-renowned wineries of Joseph Heitz and Joseph Phelps are located on the west side of this ridge and the Anderson's Estate Vineyards are on the east side at a perfect elevation of 400 feet.

The vineyards not only enjoy Napa Valley's superb microclimate, but share the same Bale Loam Series as are found on the famous Rutherford Bench. This combination of clay-loam soil and microclimate produces up to 106 tons of exceptional fruit each year. One from which a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blend, called Éloge, can be artfully handcrafted.



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Chateau Tour St. Bonnet  2009
Chateau Tour St. Bonnet 2009
(search item no. 113661)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is composed with a majority of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, to which are added notes of Petit Verdot and Côt. These vines are old 20 to 40 years old. They are worked manually and traditionally, and produce an excellent wine with an aromatic bouquet and a long finish.
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About Chateau Tour St. Bonnet:

It is in 1519, that we see for the first time appearing in the texts the mention of the Seigniory of Saint-Bonnet. The size of land greatly increased in 1624 with purchase of many plots. Then, Saint-Bonnet belonged to the Desaigues families of Maignol, Guitard, Caravanne, and Leboeuf. In 1903 Etienne André Lafon repurchased the land. It is Etienne André Lafon's small daughter and her husband, Madam & Mr Merlet-Lafon that have helped direct the Castle Saint-Bonnet into what it is today. They always profit from this admirable soil, on the best gravelly croups of the commune. Composed with majority of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, to which are added a note of Small Verdots and Côt, they are old 20 to 40 years. Worked manually and traditionally, they produce an excellent wine, end and bouqueté, considered rightly, like one of the best "Middle-class men of the Medoc".


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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113196)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Decanter rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 FAY offers sweet floral aromas along with the signature bright cherry note of the vineyard. Red plum and black cherry flavors combine with hints of vanilla, forest floor, and spice on the palate. The wine has great fruit concentration and fine grained tannins that lead to a long, plum-spiced finish.

Enjoy with couscous with dried cherries, mushrooms and scallions or pair with roasted duck with a cherry demi-glace.

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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."