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Buena Vista Pinot Noir Ramal Vineyard Estate 2007
Buena Vista Pinot Noir Ramal Vineyard Estate 2007
(search item no. 108603)

PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir shows a great combination of fruit intensity, structure and ageability. The color is deep purple with aromas of blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit, anise, allspice and mushroom. It has bright raspberry and deeper plum flavors with cinnamon, vanilla and toast notes on the long, silky finish. Pair this rich Pinot Noir with beef tenderloin and sautéed spinach.

Bold enough to pair with a roasted rosemary rack of lamb along with new spring red potatoes.

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About Buena Vista Winery:

Founded in 1857 as California's first premium winery, Buena Vista, under the direction of winemaker Jeff Stewart, is a leader in cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Straddling Sonoma County in the southern end of the Carneros appellation, the 523-acre Ramal Vineyard Estate is broken up into 167 small blocks, with 21 different clones of Chardonnay and 13 different clones of Pinot Noir, and is set along rolling south-facing hillsides overlooking the San Pablo Bay. The Ramal Vineyard is the crown jewel of all Carneros.

Most winemakers will agree that cool-climate wines like Pinot Noir are the most difficult to produce. And most will agree that Jeff Stewart does so with unparalleled success. Jeff comes to Buena Vista with over 15 years of achievement in cool-climate viticulture and his focus on gentle handling of the grapes and temperature moderation produces wines with complexity, character and depth.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Valdo Prosecco
Valdo Prosecco
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PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Straw yellow color, joined with a fine perlage and a fruity taste are the distinguishing features of Valdo's Brut Prosecco DOC. Well-balanced structure, matched with its flavorful and aromatic fruity fragrance make it the perfect pairing with starters and particulary with delicately flavored dishes and especially seafood.
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About Valdo:

Valdo was started in 1926 by the Societa Anonima Vini Superiori and purchased by The Bolla Family in the 1940's. Valdo has over 80 years of continuous innovation with an ongoing quest for quality and devotion to respecting the vineyards and winemaking traditions of the region. Valdo's Philosophy is this: "Prosecco" is the distinguishing factor on the regional level- refined aromas, balance and overall quality are the key features Valdo focuses on to produce unique and unrivalled products.

Valdo is located at the foothills of the "pre-alps" around Treviso in the heart of Prosecco DOCG production area, and Valdo Winery has been cultivating this unique grapevine for generations. Similar to etymology which gives an account of the entire history of a specific word, the Valdobbiadene area is undeniably intertwined with the history of the Valdo winery. The wine estate and its territory complement each other: every wine, every sparkling wine, every bottle contains a subtle aromatic note that evokes the flavor of vineyards growing on the hilly slopes of the Treviso province.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2008
Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2008
(search item no. 108060)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This cru is made mainly from a selection of the best Montepulciano and Aglianico grapes grown in the Ramitello vineyard of Campomarino.

Full, mellow and velvety wine; with a perfect blend of flavours such as plum, undergrowth and hints of leather and liquorice, deep ruby red in color with violet reflections

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About Di Majo Norante:

The Di Majo Norante winery is located to the north of the Gargano in Molise on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina. This estate has been dedicated to the cultivation of vines since the 1800's.

In the 1960's a modern cantina was constructed and vines were replanted. Optimal exposure, constant breezes during the summer, excellent soil composition and a slope toward the Sciabolone and Madonna Grande valleys, blend together to create a particularly favorable environment for the production of wine.

Alessio Di Majo has hired renowned enologist, Riccardo Cotarella, as a consultant in order to ensure consistent, high quality production for all their wines. The Di Majo family is dedicated to producing quality wine at an outstanding value and practicing environmentally sound agriculture.