Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes

Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 105810)

PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of raspberry, dark plum, and fresh oregano frame this Cabernet's soft fruit with a light herbaceousness. Showing great varietal character on the palate, flavors of blackberry and red currant are closely followed by toasty French oak and a nuance of molasses on the mid-palate, adding weight and depth. Finishing with lingering crushed red berry and savory notes, the light tannins on the back end open up a variety of food pairing options. All together, the rich mouthfeel and fine structure creates balance in this wine that connoisseurs and novices alike will enjoy.

Serve a pot roast with stewed winter vegetables with this wine, or try a wild mushroom pizza with thyme and goat cheese to pair with the full and varied flavors in our Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon.

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About Smoking Loon:

Don Sebastiani & Sons is a family-owned wine negociant firm specializing in the marketing of upscale, but moderately priced varietal wines. Principals Don Sebastiani and sons, Donny and August are third and fourth generation California vintners and wine merchants. The company is headquartered in Sonoma Valley and has a winery in the Napa Valley.

Smoking Loon has been recognized as a Value Brand of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine (2005).



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Africa    South Africa   
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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2010
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2010
(search item no. 111654)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red color with crushed black pepper and ripe dark fruit flavors. Full bodied with silky smooth tannins and a lingering palate. Subtle use of oak ensures a good balance between fruit and wood flavors.
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About Porcupine Ridge:

In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch surgeon, eager to find a way to relieve the symptoms of scurvy, suggested to the Dutch East India Company that the Cape Province of South Africa would be suitable for growing grapes. Nine years later, the first wine was pressed from grapes grown on cuttings brought from France. The prime grape growing areas of South Africa spread out from Cape Town, and include the Paarl ("pearl" in Afrikaans), which to the east encompasses Franschhoek ("French corner"), home of the first French Huguenot settlers. Boekenhoutskloof, its homestead dating from 1784, is located in the Franschhoek Valley.

Marc Kent is the winemaker for the Boekenhoutskloof wines as well as the range of wines called Porcupine Ridge. There are approximately 20 hectares of vines at Boekenhoutskloof - 25% of which are planted to white varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier; and 75% of which consist of reds: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Porcupine Ridge is a handcrafted range of wines, celebrated for its uncompromising commitment to quality. The wines carry a distinctive label featuring an original pen and ink of the crested porcupine drawn by leading South Africa wildlife artist, Zakkie Eloff. These crested porcupines inhabit the vineyards of the Boekenhoutskloof homestead.