White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Sonoma County    California   
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Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2006
(search item no. 91784)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaker François Cordesse's passion for Sauvignon Blanc is evident in the sophisticated, yet spirited, nature of this 2006 vintage wine. Comprised of primarily Sauvignon Blanc, this blend also includes 13% Sauvignon Musque, a clonal cousin to Sauvignon Blanc that balances the wine's acidity, strengthens the mid-palate and provides a longer finish. Estate-owned vineyards in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley and Knights Valley are the primary source of this wine's Sauvignon Blanc fruit, while Sonoma County's Knights Valley is the source of the Sauvignon Musque fruit.

The translucent, pale straw color of this wine is followed by a fresh bouquet of pink grapefruit and melon. Emulating the nose, the palate of crisp citrus and melon flavor carries a hint of dry white herb, and is accompanied by a soft, round mouthfeel. This supple quality distinguishes François' wine from many of the popular "green, grassy-style" Sauvignon Blancs, and is achieved by fermenting 21% of the final blend in French oak barrels.

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About Matanzas Creek:

Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a retired dairy farm in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. In 1985, the original winery, a converted dairy barn, gave way to a modern winemaking facility and since that time the Estate's Bennett Valley vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres of Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Vineyard acquisitions in Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Russian River Valley and Knights Valley provide the vineyard management and winemaking teams with an enviable selection of fruit. Sourced from Estate-owned vineyards, the Matanzas Creek wine portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot, as well as a limited amount of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

As important as the history of the winery itself is its location in Sonoma County's newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), Bennett Valley. Although only formally recognized as an AVA in December 2003, Bennett Valley has a rich history of grape growing dating back to the mid-1800s. Once defined as part of Sonoma County's Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVA's, Bennett Valley overlaps with these winegrowing regions but carves out 8,150 acres to call its own (of which 850 acres are planted with grapevines). Three mountains define Bennett Valley and also serve to capture a cool maritime air stream which promotes a cooler, longer growing season that results in more complex wines.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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CARO Amancaya 2008
CARO Amancaya 2008
(search item no. 102309)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $13.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep purple-red color. Fruit driven wine, with appealing red and black cherry flavors, blackcurrant and plums with a hint of vanilla and cedar. On the palate it has a nice tannic texture, round and well-balanced.

Notes of vanilla and chocolate coming from the French oak.

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Additional wines from Bodegas Caro:

About Bodegas Caro:

CARO was born of an alliance between two wine cultures (French and Argentine), two noble grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec), and two renowned wine families (Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena.)

Immediately after CARO's 2002 release, the first vintage of CARO, 2000, was acclaimed by professionals. The achievement of CARO has naturally led the partners to elaborate another wine based on the traditional Argentinean Malbec, conserving the fine balance between the characteristics of Argentina and the style of Bordeaux wines. As a commemoration to the Andean roots, the Indian name of a pretty little flower, which grows on the high altitude of the Andes has been chosen: Amancaya.

Vignerons since the 19th century, these two powerful organizations have combined their deep knowledge of Mendoza's high altitude terroir and the art of winemaking to create truly unique wine.



White Wines    Albarino    Rias Baixas    Spain   
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Vina Nora Albarino 2006
Vina Nora Albarino 2006
(search item no. 91929)

PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bodegas Nora's philosophy is to allow the Albariño grape to achieve maximum expression of its maturity which helps develop Nora's signature crisp style full of melon and tropical fruit flavors. It is a great gamble to keep the grapes on the vine as long as possible to maximize maturity because of the constant threat of autumn rains. The particular location for these vineyards is unique because this area of Rias Baixas receives more sun light and the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic provides a moderating influence despite the fact that the vineyards are on the same latitude as Massachusetts in the United States and the Miño River provides early morning fog to cool the warm summer days.

Although Albariño is an Atlantic varietal, it loves the sun. The grape only reaches its maximum potential when it is harvested fully ripe producing a medium to full bodied, refreshing white wine.

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About Bodega Vina Nora:

Bodegas Nora is owned by Javier Alen, a well-respected Galician producer of Viña Mein and Victor Rodriguez, the former director of Vino y Gastronomia (one of the most respected wine and food magazines in Spain). It's located about 12 miles from the historic village of Tui (in Galician), Tuy (in Castilian). This village marks the borders of the sub regions O Rosal and Condado de Tea, as well as the site of one of the oldest Jewish settlements in Spain.

Alistair Gardner, an enologist from New Zealand creates Nora from the native Albariño grape using the most modern wine making technology to coax the greatest expression of the varietal and terroir upon which it is grown into the wines.