Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 95875)
collectible wine
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $62.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2008 Decanter rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1998 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of plum, red cherries and blueberries mingle with white and green pepper against a backdrop of fine oak. The ripe palate leads with dark berries, blood plums and black olives, tight and controlled with edges of dried garden herbs and gritty, mineral tannins.
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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Etude Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
Etude Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 102355)
PinotReport rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet in color, the 2007 Pinot Noir bottling offers inviting aromas of black cherry and frambois strawberry with hints of cardamom and clove. The palate bursts with rich fruit, cherry liquor notes, toasted oak and a distinct minerality. The concentrated fruit combined with the fine-grained tannins and lifted acidity creates a defined Pinot Noir with elegance and length.
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About Etude Wines:

The underlying philosophy at Etude Wines is that winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested. Winemaker, Jon Priest, believes that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker and results in a wine that is grown, not made. Etude specializes in two classic red varieties: Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though modeled on the best from Burgundy to Bordeaux, these wines speak clearly of their contemporary California origins, combining rich, ripe fruit with an elegant and opulent mouth feel.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Catena Alta Malbec 2006
Catena Alta Malbec 2006
(search item no. 100235)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Catena Alta Malbec presents a dark, opaque violet color, almost blackish in hue. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers, cinnamon spice, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and coating, with exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, supple texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. The lengthy finish shows wonderful minerality, with finely grained tannins and lively acidity.
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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.