Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port (375ML half-bottle)
Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 5967)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Six Grapes has a seductive, rich aroma of ripe plums, cherries and dark chocolate notes. On the palate it's complex, with an excellent structure and a long, lingering finish. Six Grapes is one of Graham's original Port blends--it is a very full-bodied, luscious wine drawn from the same vineyards as Graham's Vintage Ports. Blended from two or three years' harvests, the wine is an average of five to six years old when it is lightly filtered and bottled.

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Six Grapes is bottled ready to drink after about five years of cask aging. It has a t-cap closure, which means that you don't need a corkscrew to open it and that it should stay fresh for up to two months if stored in a cool, dark place or the refrigerator. Serve it in a glass with at least a six ounce capacity so that you may appreciate the wine's aromas. Six Grapes pairs particularly well with dark chocolate, but is also fantastic on its own as a luscious dessert in a glass.

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About Graham's:

The firm of W & J Graham & Co has its roots in a Glasgow-based textile concern. In 1820 the brothers William and John Graham, who were then managing the company office in Oporto, accepted 27 pipes of Port wine in settlement of a bad debt.This Port was shipped to the parent company in Glasgow which initially reprimanded the brothers for not sending cash. Fortunately however, after it was sold the Port turned out to be very popular and soon William and John were being urged by their parent company to acquire and ship more of this finest of fortified wines. Within the next few years Graham's reputation grew as a shipper of fine Port, first to Scotland and gradually all over the Port-drinking world. In 1882 Andrew James Symington, a young Scot whose family was well known to the Grahams, took up a position with Graham's in Oporto. The firm of W & J Graham was acquired by the Symington family, his descendants, in 1970. Today James Symington, grandson of Andrew James, and other members of the family draw on their century of experience in the Port trade to ensure that the quality and reputation of Graham's is maintained.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 90800)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

After a wet winter, spring was cool to mild followed by a warm, dry summer. The 2005 Harvest saw plenty of sunshine and very little rain. These conditions produced intense flavors, aromatics, and colors.

The 2005 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon expresses distinctive Coonawarra regionality and structure unique to the Penley Estate property. This elegant, full-bodied wine leads with ripe blackberry and cassis on the nose followed by aromas of spice, dark berries and subtle oak. The tantalizing dark berry flavors are heightened by the velvety finish. Drink now or cellar up to five years for additional complexity.

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About Penley Estate:

Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families – the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.

Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra rossa" soils – bright red top-soils overlaying soft free-draining limestone.

Critically acclaimed as one of Coonawarra's leading estates, and voted as one of the International Wineries of the Year 2001 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, while the Reserve Cabernet voted best wine of Coonawarra 2001, as judged by winemaking peers and critics.

The Penley Estate signature style comprises distinct, precise, terrior driven wines – not overly oaked or excessively alcoholic. They display ripe clean fruit with true regional character – the senior wines will age for many years.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Tintara Shiraz 2005
Tintara Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 93343)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Break this out on Valentines Day and it will scotch any chocolate craving. Leave it in a decanter for a few hours, and the wine gains dimensions beyond those rich tannins, adding layers of fruity mushroom and pipe tobacoo scents... A great buy."
-Wines & Spirits

"Complete with retro label, archetypal McLaren Vale style except possibly for moderate alcohol; good entry and mid-palate, but picks up pace and thrust on a deliciously spiced finish and aftertaste."
-James Halliday

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About Tintara:

Founded in 1862, Tintara remains a testament to quality winemaking, combining age-old methods with new-age technology. The first vines were planted by Dr Alexander Kelly, and in 1863 the first Tintara winery was established at "Upper Tintara". Built against the rolling hills that foot the Mount Lofty Ranges, its ingenious sloping design allowed the labor intensive work to be achieved with the assistance of gravity, which also meant gentler handling of the juice.

In 1878, the Tintara winery and its gravity flow techniques moved to the Old Mortlock Flour Mill in the heart of McLaren Vale, where it remains today. In fact, to this day they use the very same rare basket presses and original slate open fermenting tanks as used in the 19th century. Tintara is a rarity in every sense.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Greg Norman Estates California Estates Pinot Noir 2005
Greg Norman Estates California Estates Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 88495)

PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $19.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

A ruby red in color. Aromas of sweet strawberry, rose petal, and tomato vine are subtle and highlighted by mushroom nuances. The fruit forward flavors of ripe cherry and strawberry are delivered with a smooth mouthfeel and lingering silky tannins.
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About Greg Norman Estates:

Greg Norman's passion for fine wine was the genesis of Greg Norman Estates - a collection of wines produced from some of the finest growing regions in Australia, California and Argentina. While his well-documented wins on the golf course have assured his place in golf history, off the course, Greg's passion and enthusiasm for wine and his zest and dedication for living well have combined to create a stunning collection of high-quality wines from some of his favorite parts of the world.


White Wines    Riesling    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2006
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2006
(search item no. 91936)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 94 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is pale straw in color, with lovely lemon and grapefruit citrus aromas. The palate is dry, revealing flinty lemon citrus, with floral orange blossom notes — quite austere and steely — with a zesty finish. A wine to be enjoyed now or after it has aged gracefully. Ideal to consume with chicken and seafood dishes.
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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2005
Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 91502)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet rim with a black center. Lashings of dark chocolate on the nose. Showing the classic richness of Barossa Shiraz with a superb depth of fruit on the middle palate reined in by fine chalky tannins on the finish.

A great partner for beef, full flavored meat and poultry dishes, Indian curries and fine chocolates.

"Round and generous. A lively mouthful of cherry, tobacco and earthy spice flavors, lingering impressively on the focused finish..."
-Wine Spectator

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Razor's Edge Shiraz 2005
Razor's Edge Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 91086)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Razor's Edge McLaren Vale Shiraz is dark purple in color, yet bright and appealing in its clarity of fruit flavors, persisting on the finish against firm tannins.
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About Razor's Edge:

Razor's Edge was launched with a 2004 vintage Shiraz from the McLaren Vale in South Australia. Priced to retail between $10 and $15, it brought an unparalleled pedigree and value to the American marketplace. This wine went on to receive numerous trade and press recognitions, most notably being labeled a "Best Value Wine" by Wine Spectator and as one of the "Best Buys from Australia" by Robert Parker.

In 2007, the 2005 vintage of the McLaren Vale Shiraz was released and a new wine, a 2006 Unwooded Chardonnay, was introduced. Both were very well received and demand soared after rave reviews from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines. Before the end of 2007, two new wines were introduced by Razor’s Edge: a McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon and a McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache.

The South Australian wine industry is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. The state of South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the state to be able to successfully produce a wide range of grape varieties, from cool climate Rieslings in the Clare Valley, to big and full-bodied Shiraz in the Barossa. Like with most agriculture in Australia, irrigation is a vital component to the success of the South Australian wine industry. Some of Australia's most well known wines are produced here.

Vines are grown at all types of altitudes in South Australia from the low valley regions of the Barossa up to the 1,970ft vineyards in the Eden Valley. The soil type is also varied across the region from the well known terra rosa of Coonawarra, the limestone-marl based soils of the Adelaide, to the sandy, clay loam based soils of the Barossa.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2006
(search item no. 89813)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $16.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 60 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Crisp, authoritative, dry and racy... very fresh and refreshing, beautifully rendered."
-Wine Enthusiast

Bright, fruity, crisp style. Pretty aromas of fresh young pear, honey, starfruit, honeydew, and flower. Bold and crisp mouth feel with generous flavors of pear, mineral, melon, and spice, interwoven with well-balanced acidity. The Pinot Blanc, picked very ripe, adds emollient mouthfeel, and contributes to the Alsatian style. While the Muscat adds flowery sweetness, the barrel fermented portions of the Auxerrois add a kiss of toast and richness.

The quintessential match with salmon. Wonderful with cheese, shellfish, chicken, salads and white fish.

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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:

United in the dream of building a world class winery in Oregon, thousands of wine enthusiasts joined winegrower Jim Bernau to create Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is regarded as one of Oregon's top wineries. Since 1983, the winery has grown to produce some of the highest-rated Pinot Noirs in the U.S. Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Willamette Valley Vineyards one of "America's Great Pinot Noir Producers." Their wines have been served at the White House and are recommended by wine critic and author Andrea Immer, Food Network's Rachael Ray and Public Broadcasting's chefs Caprial and John Pence.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' goal is to make the highest quality Burgundian varietals possible from the Willamette Valley. Their approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Bernau's stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth and richness of mouth feel and balance.

The people of Willamette Valley Vineyards are deeply committed to being good stewards of the land using natural means to promote soil nutrition and vine health. Both the Estate and Tualatin vineyards are LIVE certified and designated "Salmon Safe" by the Pacific Rivers Council.



Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Santa Rita Carmenere Reserva 2006
Santa Rita Carmenere Reserva 2006
(search item no. 92677)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Brick red

Bouquet: Fragrant red fruit mingles with subtle spice notes

Taste: Soft, savory tannins are balanced by lush fruit and spice characteristics. A well-rounded and lingering wine, delivering a rich, smooth finish

Serving Suggestions: Delicious with steak, barbecue, venison, game birds, and ripe blue cheeses

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About Vina Santa Rita:

Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile's premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile's Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile.

In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Ricardo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile's most successful and innovative estates. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series of wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real and Triple C. Wide-ranging enhancements embrace the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Today Santa Rita exports to more than 70 countries worldwide. The property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations - the Maipo Valley; Casablanca; Rapel; Apalta; Leyda and Curico - enabling access to diverse climates and terrain.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Punto Final Malbec Classico 2006
Punto Final Malbec Classico 2006
(search item no. 89776)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 91 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Color, power, flavor and commendable balancd; that's pretty much the format for Punto Final, one of Argentina's go-to brands for Malbec..."

The Malbec grapes are sourced from two mountain vineyards, both planted more than 50 years ago. The grapes are hand-harvested into small lugs, hand-sorted, crushed and cold-macerated at the winery for 4 days. The wine is then fermented at controlled temperatures with native yeasts in stainless steel for 15 days and inoculated with the winery's own malolactic organisms. After this it is aged for 8 months, partly in French barriques, partly in stainless steel. The result is a wine of rich bouquet, lively mouth-feel, lingering flavors of red and black berries with undertones of black pepper and vanilla, and a velvet texture throughout.

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About Punto Final:

From Bodegas Renacer. Mendoza, Argentina is a privileged place in the world because of its winegrowing and winemaking conditions. These excellent conditions are bottled into the great wines that have been reaching the world's markets in recent years. Robert Parker has proclaimed that Malbec, the region's emblematic variety, has a very auspicious future.

The winery, located at Perdriel, at the foot of Los Andes Mountains, combines a medieval tower built of rocks with state of the art technical equipment. In the limey soils surrounding the winery grow the best Malbec grapes of the world. Punto Final Clásico and Reserva are modern, fruity, elegant wines with a distinctive personality. Their labels show a unique style focused in the typical aromas of Argentina's emblematic variety.

The philosophy is to attain the highest quality within the highest international standards. This goal is achieved through scrupulous care of the vineyards and devotion to wine and the winemaking process.