Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 117971)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $62.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 PinotReport rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 wines are reminiscent of the wonderful 2000 vintage; great purity of fruit and structure. Critics and fans alike agree that these wines may someday be counted as some of the best made in Oregon.
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About Domaine Serene:

Ken and Grace Evenstad founded Domaine Serene Vineyards and Winery in 1989 when they purchased 42 acres of just-logged land in the Dundee Hills of Oregon to plant, grow and produce ultra-premium Pinot Noir. They have been involved in every aspect of growing, producing and marketing Domaine Serene wines. Ken and Grace own 462 acres of land in Yamhill County in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, 150 acres of land is planted to vine. In addition to Pinot Noir, which is about 95% of the wine produced, they also make a little Chardonnay and Syrah. Their wines have won many accolades and awards, including over 80 wines scoring 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114659)
green wine
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James Suckling rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $57.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grgich has fermented the grapes using only yeasts that naturally occur on the grapes and allowed the wine to gain flavors and color from extended skin contact. Each lot is aged separately for several months, and then blended to create a wine that is more complex than its individual parts. After blending, the wine spent another year and half in barrel to completely harmonize before bottling. Elegant and full bodied, the wine's complex aromas of black berries, black licorice and a hint of cocoa powder are the perfect partner with grilled steak, roasted rack of lamb or venison stew.
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About Grgich Hills Cellar:

Mike Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated "Paris Tasting" of 1976 in which a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When the results where in, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen Mike’s 1973 Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike Grgich a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.

Today, in Grgich Hills' 30th year, they remain committed to creating richly flavored, distinctive wines from certified organic Napa Valley vineyards that are farmed biodynamically. By all accounts they have succeeded. The new release of Cabernet Sauvignon just received a whopping 94 rating from Wine & Spirits and the Wine News awarded "Chardonnay of the Year" honors to their 2004 vintage. These world renowned Estate grown wines from prime Napa Valley vineyards are unique, delicious, and allocated.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2010
Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2010
(search item no. 112599)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2010 Pinot Gris opens with extremely generous aromas of white peach, lime, wet stone and apply blossoms. In the mouth, juicy flavors of Granny Smith apples and grapefruit are rounded out with the distinct flavor citrus marmalade. A very concentrated finish leaves lingering flavors of minerality and raw honey.
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About Benton Lane:

Steve and Carol Girard have been owners of Benton-Lane since 1988. Carol and Steve shared a passionate desire to produce great Pinot Noir but decided their native California was probably not the best place in which to make it. Instead, they headed to Oregon where the cooler climate offered the possibility of producing Pinot Noir with better balance and structure.

After countless months of looking at possible properties, Carol and Steve discovered an old sheep ranch called "Sunnymount" in the southern Willamette Valley. It was immediately apparent Sunnymount held great potential as a vineyard site. The property is in the foothills of the costal mountain range on the west side of the valley with hillsides sloping east by southeast, a perfect orientation for planting Pinot Noir.

Sunnymount straddled the border between Benton and Lane counties with some of the land being in each, and so the name Benton-Lane was born. Carol and Steve purchased the property in 1988 and planting of Pinot Noir commenced in 1989. Benton-Lane’s first vintage was 1992 which was custom produced at another local winery. This process continued until 1997 when the Benton-Lane winery was constructed.

Benton-Lane produced Pinot Noir exclusively until 2003. In 2004, the winery began full-scale commercial production of Pinot Gris from grapes purchased from carefully selected Willamette Valley growers.