Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Cote Rotie    France - Rhone   
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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2003
Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2003
(search item no. 94852)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby red. Spices, red berries and delicate oak aromas. Round soft tannins. Aromas of rasberry, blackberry and vanilla. Balance between scarcely perceptible acidity and tannins which add ageing potential and softened by long ageing in oak.
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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.



Red Wines    Merlot    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2004
Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2004
(search item no. 90124)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Brookman Merlot highlights the quality of the fruit that is produced from forty-six year old vines, planted on deep clay soils. This intense Merlot is dark ruby in color and offers aromas of herbs, rich blueberries, blackberries and hints of coffee bean. On the palate the wine reveals intense dark chocolate, plums, mocha and earth spices. It is a powerful Merlot with wonderful layered precision and elegance.
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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114785)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of all the mountain appellations, Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates power and structure and shows firm tannins and explosive fruit flavors.
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About Atlas Peak Winery:

Atlas Peak was established in 1987. Over time it became clear that Atlas Peak's most valuable hidden resource was literally underfoot: the elevation of its vineyards. The grapes growing at high elevation, and above the natural fog line, experience much lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing the grapes to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. As a result, growers up on the mountain can afford to harvest later and pick for flavor with less worry about over ripening and excessive alcohol. No grape develops as well in mountain conditions as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Atlas Peak crafts Napa Valley mountain appellation Cabernet Sauvignon from such prestigious areas as Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain District and Mount Veeder, in addition to Atlas Peak. Atlas Peak’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are driven by an appreciation of mountain-grown fruit and winemaking techniques that capture the distinct flavors derived from the mountain appellations in which they are grown.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau de Reignac Bordeaux Superieur 2005
Chateau de Reignac Bordeaux Superieur 2005
(search item no. 94455)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Reignac's gentle slopes and gravely soils facilitate natural drainage. The gravel reflects and stores the sun's heat which promotes early ripening of the estate's grapes. Great terroir is the key to the wines of Reignac. It is this splendid terroir, recommended by Michel Rolland that gives Reignac its edge.
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About Château de Reignac:

Château de Reignac sits atop the highest point in the parish of Saint Loubes, overlooking a 135-hectare clay and gravel rise that includes a single 80-hectare block of vines.

The original château was built by Seigneur Baude de Peyron in the 16th century. It was remodeled in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the late 1800s, a central courtyard was added that features his signature wrought iron railings and in 1868, a remarkable greenhouse was designed by Gustave Eiffel.

The present owners, Yves and Stephanie Vatelot, purchased Reignac in 1990 and have worked continuously ever since to restore the estate to its former glory while introducing numerous innovations. The world-renowned Michel Rolland is their consulting oenologist.

"Reignac is the standard bearer for what can be achieved by a passionate proprietor who cuts yields to a minimum, and does everything right in the cellar. Reignac is the leading candidate for the finest generic Bordeaux produced year in and year out. It can compete favorably with classified growths..."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate