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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2006
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2006
(search item no. 117767)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $189.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blackened purple/crimson. Low altitude of aroma. Soft and elegant exhibition of black raspberry and grilled meat, blue berry muffin, dark milk chocolate, liquorice, coffee, choc cake, incense, cinnamon, freshly baked Christmas cake, iodine, graphite and crushed rock. Relatively closed nose in contrast to mouth filling flavours, although continually evolving in the glass. Overall, a vividly intense concentration of characters although it remains trapped in the tannin. An atypical Astralis that is slightly more savory profiled than recent '03 and '05. Cascades of flavor roll along the most refined and sublime expression of Syrah in the cellar. Varietal characters driven by ripe, precisely focused tannin structure that fills your mouth with thousands of finely grained particles- from the moment after consuming: the flavors glide from one to another and the texture remains.
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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


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L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2008
L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2008
(search item no. 105390)
collectible wine
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $65.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

50% Syrah, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot

Purple/ black, with like aromas of cedar box, wild blackberries, black cherry, and fresh, raw, beef. Anise and cola flavors ride the big attack, resolving themselves in tight flavors of blueberries and acacia in the enormous middle palate, finishing long with orange rind, spice and everything.

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About L'Aventure:

L'Aventure was founded in 1998 by a French winemaker, Stephan Asseo. After Stephan graduated enology school in Burgundy, the Asseo family bought their first estate, Domaine de Courteillac, in the Bordeaux area in 1982. Later, the family purchased additional properties: Château Robin and Château Fleur-Cardinale in Saint-Emilion. Stephan raised these properties to a level of great quality, while managing some other well-established domaines such as Château Guillot-Clauzel in Pomerol and Château Corbin in St Emilion.

Stephan saw in the New World a unique opportunity to expand his experience, while gaining more freedom in viticulture and vinification. He began by looking all over California for land, including Napa/Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties, but it was the terroir and climate of Paso Robles that impressed him the most.



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Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2006
Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2006
(search item no. 105080)
boutique wine
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $229.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 vintage produced wines with more forward fruit than 2005, but with good tannic structure and at least 20 years of aging potential in a good cellar.

Blend: 89% Syrah; 11% Viognier; partial destemming.

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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.