White Wines    Viognier    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Fetish V Spot Viognier 2008
Fetish V Spot Viognier 2008
(search item no. 105424)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $16.79

Winemaker's Notes:

You definitely know it when you find it, and once you find it you never forget it. Fetish "The V Spot" Viognier is the sort of wine that you'll want to find over and over again.

Viognier is a wine known for its floral aromas and is a versatile companion to food that is not traditionally wine-friendly. The highly aromatic and fruit forward nature of the grape allows Viognier to pair well with spicy foods such as Thai or Vietnamese cuisine. The subtle floral notes make it a perfect match for sushi and sashimi. Viognier also pairs well with many cheeses.

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About Fetish:

Fetish Wine was introduced with the release of the 2004 vintage "The Watcher," a Barossa Valley Shiraz made by Rolf Binder at his acclaimed Veritas Winery. The brand combined high-quality wine, a prestigious appellation and a celebrity winemaker all wrapped up in cutting edge packaging.

Shortly after this initial release a new project came together, this time partnering with Wayne Dutschke to produce the "Field of Dreams" Barossa Moscato. This wine brought a new, and very different, facet of Australian winemaking into the Fetish portfolio. The distinctive blue bottle and colorful label contributed to the Fetish Wines theme of being consistently different.

2007 saw the second release of "The Watcher" Shiraz, which received an even greater reception in the USA marketplace than its initial release, and the introduction of "Playmates." An additional wine made for Fetish by Rolf Binder, "Playmates" is a Barossa Valley blend of Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro with eye-catching black-and-white artwork. The second release of "Field of Dreams" Moscato will be available before the end of the year.



White Wines    Viognier    South Australia    Australia   
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Oxford Landing Viognier 2009
Oxford Landing Viognier 2009
(search item no. 107779)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw with green hues, the Oxford Landing Viognier has aromas of lifted musk and honeysuckle followed on with hints of white flowers and stone fruit.The palate is richly textural with classic Viognier minerality complemented perfectly with ripe flavours of the late season's peach and apricot. A great wine for drinking now. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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About Oxford Landing:

Oxford Landing isn't some invented name on a wine label. It's a real place, a real vineyard, that lies alongside the River Murray near the South Australian river town of Waikerie. Wyndham Hill Smith found this place in 1958 and Yalumba purchased the block naming it Oxford Landing after a nearby site where drovers once grazed and watered sheep on the long journey to Adelaide from northern pastoral properties.

Today, Oxford Landing has matured into one of Australia's most innovative viticultural enterprises delivering varietal flavor through a collection of value priced varietal wines.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2007
Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2007
(search item no. 101763)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Varieties: 85% Garnacha & 15% Syrah.
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About Capcanes:

High up in the hill, roughly 30 miles inland from Tarragona and 100 miles to the south of Barcelona, lies the village of Capcanes, in the sub-zone of the Tarragona DO called Falset. Essentially, this sub-zone is continuous with the Priorat DO, and the wines from this area have more in common with the wines of Priorato than they do with those from the plains around Tarrragano itself.

Viticulture
At Capcanes, the altitude ranges from 300 meters to 700 meters, and natural rainfalls is low at around 450 mm. The average temperature in this Mediterranean region is around 15 C and rises to 35 C in the summer. Soil in the lower vineyards is deep, rich and fertile; the higher vineyards and all the terraces are on poor, mineral , stony soils with a granite or slate base. Under the guidance of the two winemakers, Angel Teixado and Antoni Alcover, owner/winemaker of Fra Fulco. Capcanes has progressed to a level of serious quality among Spanish reds, and offers tremendous value.

Vinification
New cellars were built to accommodate new temperature controlled stainless fermentation tanks and 600 new oak barrels, of which about 30% are French. Along with the introduction of a new bottling line, the packaging has been updated, reflecting the new breed of wine produced at Capcanes.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Chile    South America   
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Maquis Lien 2006
Maquis Lien 2006
(search item no. 100560)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The elegant, silky 2006 Maquis Lien is made from a finely tuned blend of 42% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 12% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, and 7% Malbec. It is a complex red wine that reflects the character of the Hurtado family's special plot of land.

To make this fruity and intense wine, winemakers Alejandro Jofré and Ricardo Rivadeneira Hurtado cultivated vines that bear no more than 12 bunches of grapes per vine. Only the ripest grapes are picked, then sorted by hand at the winery.

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About Maquis:

The Hurtado family has owned the Vina Maquis vineyard for more than a century, but it wasn't until ten years ago that the family decided to make their own wine out of the terrific grapes in their own backyard. They built a gorgeous, state-of-the-art gravity flow winery and set out to make a "Super Chilean" blend using the vineyard's best red grapes.

Located in Valle de Colchagua, Vina Maquis's terroir is deeply influenced by its geographic position, as it is surrounded by the Tinguiririca River and the Chimbarongo Creek—two large waterways that once brought alluvial sediments from the Andes. Today, they act as pathways for cool coastal breezes that help moderate the warm Colchagua summers, contributing to the intensity and fruitiness of the wines.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 102688)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $12.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Known for luscious Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine is a classic example of Geyser Peak Winery's intense, lively style. Forward fruit characters of black cherry and blackberry dominate the aromas, with underlying grace notes of dark chocolate and black pepper. In typical Geyser Peak style, the bright fruit is nicely supported by a restrained oak character. The palate is rich, round and lush, seamlessly pairing the cherry and berry fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla. The fine-grained tannins meld into a persistent, lingering finish.
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About Geyser Peak:

One of California's oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.

The winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturalists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2006
d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2006
(search item no. 96312)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 d'Arrys Original Shiraz-Grenache is dark ruby-colored with an alluring bouquet of cherry, blueberry, earth notes, and smoked meat. This is followed by a structured wine with ample savory, spicy black cherry and blueberry flavors, good balance, excellent concentration, and a lengthy finish.
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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.