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Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111899)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/19/2014: $119.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1981 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1991 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1995

Caymus Vineyards produces two Cabernets Sauvignons – a "Napa Valley" and the venerable "Special Selection." Both Cabernet bottlings have aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through "hang time" – a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to "hang" on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes. The wines are abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet. Crop thinning, allowing measured sunlight to reach the vine's fruit zone, and waiting for increased ripeness are all part of our viticultural practices. Caymus Cabernets offer a wide array of aromas and flavors including cocoa, cassis and vanilla.

Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. This wine is not produced in difficult years. Caymus Napa Valley is more representative of a standard Cabernet of Napa Valley, as it is a bit less precocious than the Special Selection, but still delivers big. Caymus prides itself on producing wines that are as approachable in youth as well at maturity. Both the "Napa Valley" and "Special Selection" Cabernets are produced under the winemaking hand of Chuck Wagner.
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About Caymus:

As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114338)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
James Suckling rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/19/2014: $89.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1992 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1996

The 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows the intrinsic black stone fruit nuances and the soft tannin structure that define our Oakville, Napa Valley-floor Cabernet.

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About Groth Vineyards & Winery:

Groth Vineyards & Winery is a family owned winery producing Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon since 1982. They sustainably farm 121 acres of vineyards creating a better wine for today, and for future generations.

Michael Weis, winemaker at Groth Vineyards & Winery since 1994, brings more than three decades of experience with Oakville grapes and wines to the job of nurturing the best possible expression of the vineyards.

Groth Vineyards & Winery Founded 1981 • In 1981, the Dennis and Judith purchased a 121 acre parcel in the heart of the Oakville appellation with the vision of making world class Cabernet Sauvignon.

• In 1982, they added a second vineyard of 44 acres located south of Yountville focused on Merlot and Chardonnay.

• Groth Vineyards & Winery’s first crush was in 1982.

• In 1985 the winery deserved, and needed full-time attention from Dennis and Judith. They moved their family to the Oakville property.

• The 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon received the first 100 point score from Robert Parker.

• In 1990 the winery building was completed.

• Since 1982 Groth Vineyards & Winery has established its reputation as an outstanding producer of Napa Valley Wines.



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Catena Zapata Nicolas 2006
Catena Zapata Nicolas 2006
(search item no. 106111)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/19/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Nicolas Catena Zapata is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot and spent 26 months in new French oak. It displays a superb perfume of pain grille, spice box, truffle, wild flowers, black cherry, and black currant. Rich, layered, dense, and complex, it, too, combines elegance and power. The wine is structured for the long haul and should easily see its 25th birthday, with 50 not out of the question.
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About Catena:

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.


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Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2008
Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2008
(search item no. 109472)
collectible wine
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/19/2014: $63.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Although this wine has much more Cabernet Sauvignon than the 2007, the wines seem to be more like sisters than cousins. The 2008 stands not in the shadows of 2007 as I had first thought it might but right next to it. It is a wine that although different in structure, nevertheless possesses all that it needs to satisfy now and in the future.

Blend: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

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About Andrew Will Winery:

Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched out of a love for wine that Chris developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after his son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor in putting Washington State on the map as a world-class wine-producing region.

Andrew Will wines are labeled by vineyard with each wine a different makeup of the Bordeaux varietals. These vineyards, all in the Columbia Valley, include Camarda's own estate Two Blondes. He is part owner of the Champoux Vineyard and sources from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard.