White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2005
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 92922)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay is a fresh, youthful wine, with lively acidity and abundant fruit. Aromas of zesty citrus, green apple and tropical coconut are enhanced by the subtle use of oak. Ripe layers of fruit flavors unfold in the glass, with citrus and green apple leading to pear and pineapple. In the background, smoky oak deepens into crème brulée.

"What's so nice about this wine is that it has full-throttle Chard personality while keeping everything so balanced that it's also a versatile food wine. You can't say that about a lot of Chardonnays. Mainly it's the acidity, but also the complex, subtle interplay of fruit and oak. A very nice job."
-Wine Enthusiast

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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tuttobene Toscana Rosso IGT 2005
tuttobene Toscana Rosso IGT 2005
(search item no. 89141)
The Wine News rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $6.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

tuttobene is a very pleasant wine with great structure and balance. The nose and palate display ripe fruit, red berries and subtle herbal notes. It is medium to full-bodied with remarkable tannins, yet is also silky with a smooth acidity and a rich, fruity finish. Serve with light dishes, pasta and pizza. tuttobene can also be enjoyed as aperitif.

Blend: 50% Merlot, 30% Canaiolo, 20% Sangiovese

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About tuttobene:

Tenimenti Angelini produces excellent wines from the three main wine regions in Tuscany: Chianti (San Leonino), Montalcino (Val di Suga) and Montepulciano (Tenuta TreRose). Under the careful supervision of Director/Winemaker Mario Calzolari, Angelini has managed to do something that is not easy to accomplish: to capture in a bottle the essence of Tuscany, its sunny days, its warmth and the Mediterranean flavors that go so well with classic Italian dishes.

The wine is tuttobene, meaning "all is going well." tuttobene has the TOSCANA IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) denomination and is made from a judicious varietal blend that is characteristic of the Tuscan region.



White Wines    Bordeaux White Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2005
Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2005
(search item no. 89443)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With the two main varietals of Semillion and Sauvignon Blanc the acidity in the 2005 Alluvium Blanc keeps the lush fruit flavors of tropical fruit, floral, and lemon-verbana aromas.

"A wine that mimics a top white Graves is Beringer's 2005 Alluvium Blanc, a barrel-fermented blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that represents terrific value. This honeyed effort possesses crisp acidity as well as loads of melon, fig, and waxy lanolin characteristics."
-Wine Advocate

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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Ruffino Chianti 2006
Ruffino Chianti 2006
(search item no. 90905)

PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $9.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 90% Sangiovese, 10% other varieties admitted by Chianti code production

Color: Ruby red

Aroma: As always, this Chianti features a deliciously vinous bouquet, where the floral and fruity notes lead toward a finish of slightly spicy scents of white pepper and hazelnuts.

Tasting profile: Medium-bodied, Chianti Ruffino is pleasantly fruity, harmonious and persistent.

This is a young Sangiovese which is a perfect match for a wide variety of traditional Italian dishes.

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About Ruffino:

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.