Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Bibi Graetz Casamatta Rosso 2011
Bibi Graetz Casamatta Rosso 2011
(search item no. 119405)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
0 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Casamatta," or "crazy house," is Bibi Graetz's creation of a Tuscan-style house wine that is, contrary to its whimsical name, consistently refreshing and seriously delicious. Characterized by balanced acidity and bright, forward fruit, these are uncomplicated, natural wines that are meant to complement foods, require no further aging and are totally accessible and enjoyable upon release.

Shows the earthy side of Sangiovese, with loam, iron, cherry and plum flavors. A juicy wine, with upfront fruit and light tannins.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Bibi Graetz:

About Bibi Graetz:

Bibi Graetz, the iconic Italian winemaker, took an unconventional route to his winemaking career. Growing up in Fiesole, near Florence, in an artistic family, surrounded by the impressive metal sculptures created by his father, Gidon Graetz, and his own canvases and paint brushes, Bibi graduated from Accademia delle Belle Arte in Florence as a promising young artist. His increasing passion for wine had become evident while he was still an art student, however, and he began studying all he could find on enology. It was in the late 1990s, when Bibi was in the process of renewing his family’s contract to grow grapes for other producers that he impulsively decided to use the grapes to make his own wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Alsace    France - Other regions   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Pierre Sparr Marquis de Perlade Brut
Pierre Sparr Marquis de Perlade Brut
(search item no. 112284)

PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale gold color; this sparkling wine is delicate, delicious and delightful; the taste is extremely fresh, wrapped by an elegant bubble substance, clean, with a crisp, dry, and pleasant finish. Ideal as an aperitif or as a cocktail wine; to be served with hors d'oeuvres, cold dishes as well as seafood; perfect for any celebrations!
My Notes:

Additional wines from Pierre Sparr:

About Pierre Sparr:

The Pierre Sparr estate was created by one of the oldest and most prestigious wine producing families in France's Alsace region, established since 1680. It produces an award-winning and diverse range of 32 different red, white, still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines and owns 80 acres of vineyards spread across five different Grand Crus – Brand, Mambourg, Schlossberg, Schoenenbourg and Sporen. Any additional grapes are purchased under strict quality control with other growers, for which Sparr pays a premium. In July 2007, passionate Alsatian winemaker Vincent Laillier was brought in to revolutionize winemaking at Sparr from vineyard practices through to bottling processes. Typical of the region, Sparr wines are rich in fruit and firmly structured. With a belief that mature wines are more exciting, the winery will regularly hold back top wines from the market until they are at their optimal drinking window.


White Wines    Riesling    Alsace    France - Other regions   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Pierre Sparr Riesling 2011
Pierre Sparr Riesling 2011
(search item no. 119739)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In the glass, gleaming pale yellow with green reflections, the 2011 Riesling opens with aromas of lemon peel and green apple, followed by a touch of light yellow banana and delicate green granadilla (passion fruit). Upon aeration, notes of sweet cherry blossoms are framed by minerally firestone scents. On the palate, it is smooth, with soft acid, a well-balanced light body and softly spicy finish. Made with 100% Riesling.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Pierre Sparr:

About Pierre Sparr:

The Pierre Sparr estate was created by one of the oldest and most prestigious wine producing families in France's Alsace region, established since 1680. It produces an award-winning and diverse range of 32 different red, white, still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines and owns 80 acres of vineyards spread across five different Grand Crus – Brand, Mambourg, Schlossberg, Schoenenbourg and Sporen. Any additional grapes are purchased under strict quality control with other growers, for which Sparr pays a premium. In July 2007, passionate Alsatian winemaker Vincent Laillier was brought in to revolutionize winemaking at Sparr from vineyard practices through to bottling processes. Typical of the region, Sparr wines are rich in fruit and firmly structured. With a belief that mature wines are more exciting, the winery will regularly hold back top wines from the market until they are at their optimal drinking window.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 118494)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

All Vavasour wines are 100% varietal and true, honest expressions of their Awatere Valley terroir. A serious, concentrated and expressive wine, Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc flaunts a powerful bouquet of fresh herbs and tropical fruits layered with ripe stone fruit and bright citrus. The wine is crisp, balanced and elegant with a distinctive mineral note that holds up well to rich, spicy foods.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Vavasour:

About Vavasour:

The Vavasour family have a strong historical background. They can trace their ancestry back to the time of the Norman invasion of England. One of their ancestors is thought to have been a 'taster' for William the Conqueror. The rooster on the label is from the family crest, the emblem on the rooster is an indication of the family's lineage.The Vavasours arrived in New Zealand and established themselves in the Awatere Valley in 1890.

Nearly a century later in the early 1980's Peter Vavasour took a keen interest in the viticultural developments of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. After some research it was found that the climate and soils of the Awatere region were quite similar to those of the Wairau.

We are dedicated to the Awatere region and our philosophy is to concentrate on fruit grown in the area. Selected grapes are handpicked; this ensures that only the best fruit makes it into the bottle. Our vineyards are trained on the 'vertical shoot positioning' trellis. This form of trellising suits our growing conditions: it also makes it easier if we have to manipulate the canopy due to seasonal growing conditions. Between Glenn (winemaker) and Allan (viticulturist) every effort has been made to ensure that the vineyard and viticultural techniques are adapted to suit the conditions of the Awatere region. After all great wine is made in the vineyard. In all its viticultural techniques Vavasour have focussed on quality over quantity.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
(search item no. 116240)
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.

Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

My Notes:

Additional wines from Glen Carlou:

About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Other Spain    Spain   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Juve Y Camps Rose Brut Cava
Juve Y Camps Rose Brut Cava
(search item no. 92465)
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brut Rosé Juvé y Camps is produced from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Feixa 1 vineyard at the Espiells estate. The free run juice is allowed a brief maceration on the skins.

The wine is of a pretty, deep pink color. On the nose there are both floral and berry fruit notes in perfect harmony. Long bottle aging – 3 years -has brought balance, length and weight while retaining freshness and vivacity.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Juve Y Camps:

About Juve Y Camps:

Juvé y Camps has been a family run company for three generations and has garnered an international reputation. Over two hundred years ago, Joan Juvé Mir, a bold and enterprising vine grower with ideas way ahead of his time, laid the foundations of what would become the family firm.

He began the task which was carried on by his son, Antoni Juvé Escaiola, who, amongst other challenges, had to confront the effects of the terrible phylloxera plague. Advocating replanting, with other leading figures of the Penedes, he led a drive to restore the vineyards and to rebuild the wine production of the region.

A man respected and loved by his contemporaries, his example encouraged his son, Joan Juvé Baqués, to build the family's first winery. He married Teresa Camps Farré, an exceptional woman and an enthusiastic supporter who inspired her husband to launch, in 1921, the first sparkling wine under the "Juvé" brand. It was made in the underground cellars beneath the family home in San Sadurní d'Anoia.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Russian River    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2010
Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 118347)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The attractiveness of the wine is apparent immediately in the glass with its subtle golden straw color, and nose of lemon curd, sweet cream and tangerine. It is a wine that leads with delicacy, but at the same time promises concentration. In the mouth, the concentration comes through with juicy Meyer lemon fruit and overtones of mango and ginger. The wine shows richness and perceived viscosity that comes from great fruit and careful lees contact, then finishes with refreshing citrus/sourball fruit that leaves you wanting more.

This is a perfect wine for sipping on the deck, or pairing with cheeses, seafood or poultry with creamy sauces.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Dutton Goldfield:

About Dutton Goldfield:

Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the mainstays of the Dutton-Goldfield production. Using fruit from carefully chosen vineyards, Dan Goldfield produces wine that reflects the natural tendencies of the area: crisp, well-structured wines that display the complexity, balance and intensity that the partners believe are key to world-class wines.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery's first releases were a Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 1998 vintage. Today Dan and Steve continue to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch plantings, numerous vineyard-designated wines, as well as small lots of old vine Zinfandel and hillside Syrah. The Dutton-Goldfield wines are crafted using traditional techniques such as barrel and malolactic fermentation for the Chardonnay, and open top fermentation for the Pinot Noir.

The winery is a partnership of friends, colleagues, neighbors and families. The wines reflect this spectacular part of Northern California where the grapes are grown, the superb quality of fruit from perfectly placed and planted vineyards, and the work of an appreciative winemaker.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Russian River    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2010
Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 118348)
has fluid
has fluid 360

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 PinotReport rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Juicy berry fruit in the nose and the mouth, substantial but perfectly resolved tannins, and alluring focus convey the personality of the neighborhood. A bit of extra concentration, darker than usual blackberry fruit, and an exceptional sourball brightness convey the personality of the vintage. We love the sweet, dense blackberry fruit of this wine, and how that fruit is enhanced by tones of coriander, tar and ginger.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Dutton Goldfield:

About Dutton Goldfield:

Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the mainstays of the Dutton-Goldfield production. Using fruit from carefully chosen vineyards, Dan Goldfield produces wine that reflects the natural tendencies of the area: crisp, well-structured wines that display the complexity, balance and intensity that the partners believe are key to world-class wines.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery's first releases were a Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 1998 vintage. Today Dan and Steve continue to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch plantings, numerous vineyard-designated wines, as well as small lots of old vine Zinfandel and hillside Syrah. The Dutton-Goldfield wines are crafted using traditional techniques such as barrel and malolactic fermentation for the Chardonnay, and open top fermentation for the Pinot Noir.

The winery is a partnership of friends, colleagues, neighbors and families. The wines reflect this spectacular part of Northern California where the grapes are grown, the superb quality of fruit from perfectly placed and planted vineyards, and the work of an appreciative winemaker.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Chile    South America   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Errazuriz Single Vineyard Syrah 2006
Errazuriz Single Vineyard Syrah 2006
(search item no. 105156)

PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Syrah Single Vineyard is also from Errazuriz' Don Maximiano Estate in the Aconcagua Valley. The Syrah vineyard was planted in 1992 on a northwest- facing 5° slope with gravelly, sandy clay soils which drain very well, the first planting of Syrah in Chile. The grapes are hand-picked in Errazuriz' prestigious Don Maximiano Estate, a semi-desert region where the hot summer days are cooled by afternoon breezes. The high day-night temperature differences of the Don Maximiano Estate slows ripening and helps create intensity of flavors and concentration. Syrah has clearly found a home in the Aconcagua Valley, and its development will be one of the most interesting stories in coming years.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Errazuriz:

About Errazuriz:

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines, dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 114575)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose displays gooseberry, herbal and tropical notes. It has a delicious palate with a full fruited entry, again gooseberry layered with rock melon and a zesty long mineral / herbal finish. This is the classic Babich style that complements a variety of foods, or drinks equally well on its own.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Babich:

About Babich:

In 1916, pioneer wine maker Josip Babich fashioned his first New Zealand wine - this was the beginning of what was to become Babich Wines. In 1910, as a boy of fourteen, Josip Babich left Dalmatia (part of modern-day Croatia) to join his brothers toiling in the gumfields of the far north of New Zealand. The shift to Henderson Valley came in 1919. On a 24-hectare wilderness property, Joe and his wife Mara established a small orchard and planted classical Meunier wines.

During the Second World War, winemaking slowly became the family's major business activity. By the 1950s, son Peter had joined the company and the 1960s saw the emergence of Joe Babich Junior as winemaker. With Peter and Joe Babich at the helm, Babich has been transformed from a small, predominantly fortified wine producer into a modern winery renown for producing world-class wines.

Today the Babich Winery, lying in the rolling country at Henderson in West Auckland, is one of New Zealand's largest family-owned wine companies.