Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2009
Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2009
(search item no. 121580)
collectible wine
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the wine conceived and desired by Vittorio Fiore after long years of study, thought, and working experience and it is the result of an exceptional pairing and synergy: Sangiovese and the Ruffoli vineyards in Greve in Chianti. The results of this synergy - the grapes harvested in the Carbonaione vineyard – are worked with passion and dedication by Vittorio Fiore and his son Jurij in order to obtain a wine of great power and elegance, one capable of expressing in all of its richness the terroir in which it is born.
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About Poggio Scalette:

The vineyards of Podere Poggio Scalette take their name from the landscape, which is characterized by drystone walls that support the terraces on which the vineyards and olive groves are planted. From a distance the impression is of a series of stairs climbing the slopes of Greve. After the death of the previous owner, Podere Poggio Scalette remained abandoned for years until Vittorio Fiore (one of Italy's most famed winemakers) and his wife Adriana discovered the property in 1991.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Other California    California   
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786 Wines Chardonnay 2010
786 Wines Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 120404)

PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $6.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chardonnay was tank fermented with a small portion of this blend fermented in oak, this fraction aged for 5 months in French and American oak. With aromas of baked apple tarts, pears and slight honey and lemongrass note. The flavor profile is pear with a slight pineapple into the palate with citrus notes that carry to the finish.
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About 786 Wines:

786 is rich in history and folklore. A grand Queen Anne Victorian style home located just a short walking distance from the historic Sonoma Plaza in Sonoma, CA. The Bancroft family began construction of the site in 1896 and by 1906 called it their home. One of the many prestigious visitors to this estate was General Vallejo, he gave the gift of a Pepper tree to the Bancroft family (a symbol of good luck); this tree still stands as a stately figure on the grounds today.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Chateauneuf-du-Pape    France - Rhone   
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Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes  2010
Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes 2010
(search item no. 121796)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ripeness and power: a clean, intense front presents beautiful red fruit and spice, with a touch of minerality. The silky tannin structure provides a long finish of exotic fruit flavors.
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About Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes:

Since acquisition by Ogier in 2000, the reputation of Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes has grown across five continents, yet is still crafted in respect to a great heritage. The distinctive label, created in 1928, has remained unchanged to this day. A continuous quest for perfection has been honoured by the international press, making Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes a reference wine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and a presence in top restaurants and exclusive retailers.


Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    North Coast    California   
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Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2003
Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2003
(search item no. 113707)
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older vintages

Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#55 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L'Ermitage cuvée. This cuvée is showing great notes of "tarte tatin": baked apples and buttery crust, with notes of apricot and delicate vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is creamy, expresses flavors of quince and bread crust, with a clean and crisp yet long finish.

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About Roederer Estate:

The crisp, fresh and rich flavors of Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley that is home to their family-owned estate's 600 acres of vineyards. This protected valley in Northern California provides the ideal ripening conditions for their 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay (Ceramic Bottle) 2009
Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay (Ceramic Bottle) 2009
(search item no. 109434)

PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

SILVER captures the pure, clean expression of Chardonnay from the Pacific coastline in California. Using Chardonnay grapes grown in our Mer Soleil Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, we harvest the grapes when just fully ripe, their gold color hued with green. Thee wine is fermented and aged in natural cement tanks imported from France, allowing for this varietal's clean aromas to shine bright. We're celebrating this process with a new ceramic bottle and cork finish.

Mineral driven nose with citrus shining through. Cement tank fermentation and aging bring out aromas remindful of the first rain of the season or a wet rock. Soft and round entry with an acid backbone informs you these grapes are grown in a cooler climate. Mid palate reveals ripe fruit such as lemons, gooseberry and grapefruit. Finishes dry while the acid comes and goes in a balanced fashion. Laser sharp minerality carries through from start to finish on both palate and aroma.

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About Mer Soleil:

The Mer Soleil Vineyard is named for two natural forces that create its growing conditions: sea (mer) and sun (soleil). With plantings at two separate locations in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County, Mer Soleil’s Chardonnay vines are nestled on east-facing lower slopes of the Sierra de Salinas range in what is one of the coolest, driest grape growing areas in California. During the growing season, warmer inland temperatures at the southern end of the Salinas Valley pull cooling morning and evening fogs into the vineyards. The afternoons, in contrast, are evenly warm and sunny. The absence of rain throughout the long growing season—harvest typically continues into November—and a pattern of brisk afternoon breezes keeps the grapes dry and pristine.

Charlie Wagner II is the winemaker and directs vineyard operations at Mer Soleil