White Wines    Other White Blends    Hungary    Other Europe   
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Royal Tokaji Wine Company Dry Furmint 2006
Royal Tokaji Wine Company Dry Furmint 2006
(search item no. 94733)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Furmint is a white varietal grown in Hungary and is the main ingredient of Tokaji Aszú. This yellowish-green grape displays a bouquet reminiscent of ripe apples in youth. After aging in wood, Furmint develops aromas of honey and walnuts.

Rich in extract, it makes a heady, robust wine with pronounced acid. It is an early-budding, late-ripening variety and is particularly susceptible to botrytis. Often characterized by its high alcohol levels, Furmint's high acidity gives the wine longevity.

The 2006 Furmint is a pale green/straw color with a lovely clean, fresh, green apple, citrusy aroma with slight notes of bonfi re oak. On the palate, the wine is dry, yet smooth with medium acidity, good fruit flavors and long length with a tropical finish.

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About Royal Tokaji:

The first Tokaji Aszú (toh-KAY ah-SOO) wine was created in the 1600s, perhaps by accident - a harvest delayed by threat of enemy invasion. In 1700, Tokaj became the first European region to have its vineyards classified, its uniquely varied terroirs and climates rated Primae Classis, Secundae Classis, Tertius Classis ("1st Growth, 2nd Growth, 3rd Growth") by Prince Rakoczi of Transylvania. This classification system is still used in Hungary today. Louis XIV of France (1638 - 1715) declared Tokaji "the wine of Kings and the King of wines", while in the 18th century, Catherine the Great stationed soldiers in Tokaj to protect her vineyards.

Quality production ended with World Wars I and II and the Communist takeover of Hungarian winemaking. Aszú grapes were used for mass production in factories, with vineyard distinctions lost in giant tanks. Tokaji's renaissance began after the collapse of communism with the Royal Tokaji Wine Company (RTWC) in 1989, inspired by well-known wine author, Hugh Johnson, and others. RTWC's founders started the winery in an effort to preserve what they considered a dying art. "I couldn't resist bringing back to life a wine that had been so renowned centuries ago," says Johnson.



Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Ateca Atteca 2007
Bodegas Ateca Atteca 2007
(search item no. 97560)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Old Vines Garnacha.
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About Bodegas Ateca:

Bodegas Ateca is a joint project between the Gil winery family and the well-known importer, Jorge Ordonez. The bodegas is located in the Calatayud region of northeastern Spain. The majority of the vineyards are grown in highly permeable and healthy soils with a high amount of limestone. The soils are rocky, loose and low in nutrients. The climate in this region varies vastly from day to night, allowing for more balance between acidity and alcohol.

The main varietal here is Garnacha grown from old-vines up to 80-100 years old.



Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2006
Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2006
(search item no. 93942)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for this wine are grown on estate-owned vineyards located on hillsides in the Monferrato and Langhe region of Piemonte. Ruby-red in color with purple highlights. The nose is packed with black fruit, especially blackberries and plums, with slight spicy overtones hinting at black pepper and cinnamon. Sweet, soft tannins come together in a closely-woven texture that merges with the fruit, while a crisp freshness provides a long, tasty finish.

"Very plummy and grapey on the nose, with hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, soft and succulent, with lots of flavor and a long, long finish. Delicious."
Wine Spectator
90 Points

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About Fontanafredda:

Since 1878 Fontanafredda Estate & Winery, located in the heart of Piedmont's Langhe region, has been a benchmark for Barolo and Barbera wines that deftly balance deep aromas and concentration of fruit with elegance. Among the prized vineyard sites belonging to Fontanafredda are those in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba, a source of some of today's most distinctive and intriguing Barolo wines.

The history of Fontanafredda is a noble one. It began in 1858, when Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, purchased the Fontanafredda estate -a former hunting preserve- as a country home. Soon thereafter, he began to produce fine red wines from indigenous grape varieties dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. In 1878 King Vittorio II died and his firstborn son, Count Emanuele Alberto di Mirafiori, inherited Fontanafredda. Count Mirafiori created the commercial business of wine from the estate and released the estate's first nebbiolo labeled as Barolo with the vintage 1878. Beginning in 1932, the estate transferred to Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world's oldest bank, who retained ownership of Fontanafredda for 76 years.



White Wines    Riesling    Mosel-Saar-Ruwer    Germany   
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Schmitt Sohne Thomas Schmitt Riesling QbA 2007
Schmitt Sohne Thomas Schmitt Riesling QbA 2007
(search item no. 99560)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $15.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Medium-bodied Riesling has peach and apple aromas, a firm and fruity palate and crisp acidity that result in a well balanced easy to drink wine.
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About Schmitt Sohne :

For four generations the Thomas Schmitt Family has produced some of Germany’s most respected Rieslings. The head of the Schmitt family today is Thomas Schmitt. He is a leader in the Riesling renaissance, and the number one importer of Rieslings into the U.S.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Adelsheim Pinot Gris 2008
Adelsheim Pinot Gris 2008
(search item no. 105145)
screw cap wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Crisp, bright flavors have always been the hallmark of Adelsheim Pinot gris. In this 2008, you'll find hints of papaya, apples and pears. It pulls off the difficult feat of providing a gentle creaminess that lends a rich, mouthfilling texture and long finish, yet still impressing as a wine that's crisp and clean. Try it with mildly spicy foods (such as ceviche), not so mildly spicy Thai cuisine, rich fish entrees, and even classic oven-roasted fowl.
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About Adelsheim:

Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operatedc winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder, David Adelsheim, has done work throughout the years to benefit both the Oregon and American wine industries: grape and wine research, wine labeling, industry education, and promotion. He is recognized for is "outstanding service" to the industry and has played a vital role in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its reputation worldwide. Today, he leads a current generation of passionate staff devoted to leading the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Central Coast    California   
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Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2005
Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2005
(search item no. 100619)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is an outstanding bottling of our Central Coast Syrah, ranking alongside the 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2003. The cool climate Santa Barbara and Arroyo Grande fruit give the wine the whole range of spice characters, nicely offset by the forward, rich fruit character of warmer Paso Robles. The alcohol comes in just under 14%, which I'm very happy about. Sure, this wine will age beautifully, but what's the point? Drink it with pleasure over the next couple years and save your cellar space for more important wines.
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About Qupe:

Qupe was founded in 1982 by Bob Lindquist. Located at the Bien Nacido Vineyard in northern Santa Barbara County, Qupe's current production is about 25,000 cases. Varietals produced include Chardonnay, Syrah, Marsanne, Viognier, a Syrah/Mourvedre blend, a Viognier/Chardonnay blend and Roussanne.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Russian River    California   
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Kenwood Russian River Pinot Noir 2006
Kenwood Russian River Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 93840)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $11.69

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense aromas of cherries and black raspberries followed by subtle aromas of rose petals and spice. This full-bodied yet smooth Pinot Noir serves up an array of raspberry and plum flavors with a lingering finish.

This wine is wonderfully versatile on the table and can be served with a wide range of foods, including pork, chicken, lamb and salmon.

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About Kenwood Vineyards:

Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards.

Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking.

In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably, using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather than chemicals - in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. This “small lot” or “cuvee” style of winemaking also enables the winemaker to draw on an exceptionally broad “palette” to assemble wines that showcase classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2009
Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2009
(search item no. 103419)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $22.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Stainless steel tanks combined with clean and simple winemaking techniques make for a pristine and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. We employ special yeasts during our cool fermentation process to create the crisp and ripe fruit flavors of kiwi, pear, and green apple with distinctive mineral and gooseberry notes prominent. The stainless steel treatment assures that the wine delivers the crisp finish and fresh structure expected from a true Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
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About Silver Birch:

Our Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc is from the famous cool climate vineyards of the renowned Marlborough winegrowing region. Marlborough is located at the northern tip of the southern island of New Zealand. Being on the coast of such a narrow island, Marlborough is consistently exposed to cool maritime weather, which creates the extended ripening period and racy acidity of one of the most admired Sauvignon Blanc flavor profiles in the world. Native New Zealander and artisan winemaker, Drew Ellis has extensive relationships with some of the best vineyards throughout Marlborough, "Our goal is to grow the right grapes that allow us to craft the quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc year after year."


Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2006
Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2006
(search item no. 94438)
The Wine News rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby purple color with ripe red cherry aromas with hints of mineral and vanilla. A dry, medium bodied red wine with refreshing acidity (making it perfect to pair with food) and soft tannins, the Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne is well balanced with good integration of oak, good complexity and a finish of more red cherries.

Food pairings: Antipasti, rich salads, grilled seasoned vegetables, hearty soups, pastas or with breaded veal, pork, chicken with light sauces.

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About Vietti:

The history of the Vietti winery traces its roots back to the 19th Century. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, however, did the Vietti name become a winery offering its own wines in bottle. Patriarch Mario Vietti, starting from 1919 made the first Vietti wines, selling most of the production in Italy. His most significant achievement was to transform the family farm, engaged in many fields, into a grape-growing and wine-producing business.

Then, in 1952, Alfredo Currado (Luciana Vietti’s husband) continued to produce high quality wines from their own vineyards and purchased grapes. The Vietti winery grew to one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and was one of the first wineries to export its products to the USA market.

Alfredo was one of the first to select and vinify grapes from single vineyards (such as Brunate, Rocche and Villero). This was a radical concept at the time, but today virtually every vintner making Barolo and Barbaresco wines offers "single vineyard" or "cru-designated" wines.

Alfredo is also called the "father of Arneis" as in 1967 he invested a lot of time to rediscover and understand this nearly-lost variety. Today Arneis is the most famous white wine from Roero area, north of Barolo. Setting such a fine example with Arneis, even fellow vintners as far away those on the west coast of the United States now are cultivating and producing Arneis!

With 35 hectares of vineyards, Vietti expects to not only increase production, but having greater control over the vineyards, looks to continually improve from a qualitative perspective. It is poised to excel well into the 21st Century.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Club Claret Rouge 2008
Club Claret Rouge 2008
(search item no. 101176)
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PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $7.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Round velvety berry fruit on the nose. Fine and stylish structure on the palate. Great balance and elegance. Gloriously long and flavoursome with a finish that goes on and on. Great food wine.

View the video of Anthony Foster, Master of Wine, on assignment in Bordeaux for Wine.com:

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About Club Claret:

The Club Claret line of wines were specifically selected and blended for the American consumer. From a cooperative of 120 growers, farming 5,000 acres of top-quality vineyards, Club Claret represents the diversity and character of Bordeaux today. Blended by Master of Wine and Bordeaux expert, Anthony Foster, these wines are meant to be drunk now, no cellar time necessary. Balance and elegance; affordable and approachable. These are the hallmarks of the Club Claret line of wines.