Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Terra d'Oro SHR Zinfandel 2007
Terra d'Oro SHR Zinfandel 2007
(search item no. 111333)
Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Terra d'Oro SHR Field Blend Zinfandel presents a beautiful deep, dark color in the glass. With classic Amador spice notes, the nose is rich with ripe dark fruit with hints of clove, warm vanilla, and violet perfume. Bold and rich flavors fill the mouth with ripe wild berries and mocha; another great example of the complexity and unique flavors and aromas that can only come from field blending.

The long and warm finish makes this wine a perfect companion to braised lamb shank with mushrooms or roasted quail with polenta.

Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 7% Barbera

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About Terra d'Oro:

For more than 150 years, fortune seekers have been lured to California's rugged Sierra Foothills. Though they once came for the gold, these days they come for the wine—Terra d'Oro, to be more specific. Handcrafted from some of Amador County's most historic vineyards, Terra d'Oro wines are rich indeed, full of the character and intensity that perfectly captures the essence of this "Land of Gold."


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Martinborough    New Zealand   
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Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2008
(search item no. 97380)
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PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Lovely aromas of lime, fresh herbs, freshly cut peaches and passion fruit. The palate is rich, smooth and full of citrus and stone fruit flavors. It is a vibrant wine with great weight, concentration and balance.
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About Palliser Estate:

The first Palliser Estate vines were planted more than 20 years ago, in 1984. Today, Palliser wines are served in some of the world's finest restaurants and enjoyed by thousands of people every day.

Winemaker Allan Johnson produces consistently superb wines, which reflect Palliser's prime vineyard sites in Martinborough. Their two brands – Palliser Estate and Pencarrow – offer a comprehensive portfolio of wines, including Chardonnay, Methode Traditionelle, Noble Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2007
Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2007
(search item no. 106402)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $12.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Terra d'Oro Amador County Zinfandel showcases the joy of Zin, with a kick! The nose is welcoming with aromas of cloves, allspice, and a dash of cinnamon, all sprinkled over a bowl of ripe blackberries. The dark, juicy fruit continues in the mouth, as plums and black cherries enter the melange. The wine finishes with a true taste of Amador County as the "Shenandoah Spice" lingers along the warm toasty notes of vanilla and molasses. This Zin showcases the unique characters found in Amador County, bringing them together with balance and respect. Enjoy!
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About Terra d'Oro:

For more than 150 years, fortune seekers have been lured to California's rugged Sierra Foothills. Though they once came for the gold, these days they come for the wine—Terra d'Oro, to be more specific. Handcrafted from some of Amador County's most historic vineyards, Terra d'Oro wines are rich indeed, full of the character and intensity that perfectly captures the essence of this "Land of Gold."


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 108525)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 growing season was in a word - perfect. The weather was dry, warm with lots of sunshine. We started the season a week late in blooming, but caught up as the perfect ripening weather lasted through September. The "tale of two vintages" has to do with the freeze that many vineyards experienced on the night of October 10th. The good news about this event is that most of our grapes were either already picked or had already reached a good level of maturity. It was at that point where we had to get in the rest of the fruit in short order, which we did.

The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate, ripe, jammy "New World" style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity. This lush wine reveals fruit-forward blackberry and cherry flavors and dark fruit aromas.

Pair with stuffed peppers, blue cheese, duck, beef, veal, lamb, dark chocolate.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.