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Catena Alta Malbec 2007
Catena Alta Malbec 2007
(search item no. 105809)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $43.99

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
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 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 2007 Catena Alta Malbec is a dark, opaque violet color and presents ripe berry fruit and wild flower aromas on the nose as well as cinnamon spice and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and rich offering a coating sensation, with exceptional weight and concentration but with a soft, supple texture. Mid-palate flavors of cassis and black currant along with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper dance nicely into the lingering finish full of finely grained tannins, minerality 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.


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Felsina Fontalloro 2007
Felsina Fontalloro 2007
(search item no. 106652)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A rich, brilliant ruby red. Good spice on the nose, with generous notes of tobacco and wet earth (and of dry earth as well). The palate is supported by a hefty charge of medium-smooth tannins to ensure the required lengthy ageing. Superb weight and structure, with a classic finish. Significant cellar potential.
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About Fattoria di Felsina:

In the 17 published editions of Gambero Rosso, Italy’s acclaimed wine rating guide, this Tuscan estate has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award 17 times. They are a favorite of IWM, Robert Parker, and any Tuscan wine enthusiast. And they did it by revealing the true essence of the Sangiovese grape and the Chianti Classico terroir. What this tells us is that this is a winery of consistency, producing Chianti Classicos with the ability to age up to two decades for the right vintage. Much like the great Brunello estates, it is the marriage of an ideal microclimate and the uncompromising commitment of a dedicated staff that educes the full character of Tuscany's noble grape, even in off vintages. Even more importantly, this is a producer who creates compelling wines and releases them at contained prices, making Felsina accessible to all wine enthusiasts and one of Italy's greatest values!


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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
(search item no. 100637)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1993 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red color. Flavors of red fruit, spices, leather and tobacco.

The taste is persistent and balanced with a long and seductive finish. A firm and well supported tannic structure that is balanced now but still suggests long aging potential.

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About Il Poggione:

The Il Poggione estate has been in existence since 1890, and has been owned by the Franceschi family since 1900. The company’s winemaking operations are supervised by Dottore Piero Talenti, who imposes a meticulous three-part selection process – first in the vineyards, second after pressing, and again after fermentation. Piero’s attention to detail in the winemaking process has resulted in the acclaimed Brunellos for which Il Piggione is renowned.


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Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2007
Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2007
(search item no. 108383)
collectible wine
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Planted in 1992 and named for Nicolas Catena's youngest daughter, the Adrianna Vineyard has Malbec vines on original rootstock that were part of a massal population from the Catena family's historic, 80 year old Angélica vineyard. Leaf thinning on March 20 for the eastern side of the rows allowed the Malbec fruit to bask in the softer, early morning sunlight. With harvest on April 28th, the vines enjoyed an extremely long, 90 day window from veraison to harvest, resulting in very high polyphenolic accumulation. A plant by plant selection process means only the highest quality fruit becomes part of this exceptional Malbec.
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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.