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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2008
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2008
(search item no. 102364)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#63 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

The 2008 Stump Jump Red has a nose of ripe and juicy red fruits and fresh plums mixed with dark cherry, rhubarb and cardamon. The palate is soft and generous, with juicy fresh red berries, mulberry and a hint of pomegranate. Underlying is a more subtle layer of plum stone, star anise and cinnamon which adds complexity and interest, with soft powdery tannins to finish.

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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.


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Freemark Abbey Viognier 2009
Freemark Abbey Viognier 2009
(search item no. 105913)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Viognier is a fresh greenish straw color. The aromas are lively with lemon-lime, white peach, grapefruit, honeysuckle, and a hint of clover honey. With a soft and voluptuous body and texture, our Viognier is seductively pleasant with white peach flavors and a hint of Christmas spice. The distinctive fruit and lingering long finish amplifies the versatility of this variety; while it has broad base appeal as a stand-alone glass of wine, it can be paired with many dishes, even standing up to spicy Thai, Indian, Mexican or Asian cuisine.
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About Freemark Abbey:

The history of Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California. The historic site where Josephine's winery, Tychson Cellars, once stood is now known as Freemark Abbey.

Josephine, a native of San Lorenzo, California and her husband, John Tychson, a Danish immigrant, moved to St. Helena in 1881. For $8,500, they purchased 147 acres north of St. Helena, which later became known as "Tychson Hill".

Shortly after her husband's untimely death, Josephine began construction of a fifty square foot redwood winery which would grow to hold a capacity of about 30,000 gallons. In addition, she hired Nils Larsen, an experienced vintner, as her foreman. Josephine successfully produced wine for the next eight years and then sold the winery to Larsen in 1894. In turn, Larsen leased the winery to Antonio Forni, a good friend of Josephine's. Forni later purchased the property in 1898. Forni is responsible for building a new winery on the old site of the Tychson structure.

In the years that followed, Freemark Abbey went through a period of several different owners until 1966, when a group of partners purchased the winery. In 1993, Winemaker Ted Edwards became a partner. Edwards assumed the role of managing partner in addition to maintaining the responsibilities he has held as winemaker since 1985.



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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 10/31/2014: $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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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.


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Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2007
Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2007
(search item no. 99567)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
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
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 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.

Pair with antipasti, rich salads, grilled seasoned vegetables, hearty soups, pastas or with breaded veal, pork and 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.



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d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2005
d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2005
(search item no. 92624)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $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
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 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:

This wine is named in honur of d'Arenberg's principal, Francis d'Arenberg Osborn, universally known as d'Arry.

d'Arry's Original is very much a traditional style of wine, being rich, lucious and opulently soft and very much an expression of terroir and variety which ages spectacularly. The final blend varies from year to year in an effort to maintain the well-established hallmarks of d'Arry's Original.

In its youth d'Arry's Original display a bright magenta like brick red colour. The nose invariably attacks with lifted spicy cinnamon plum, mulberry & prune aromas. Typically cherry, wild strawberry & lolly-like musk smells also, as well as tighter liquorice, spice, rosemary & fennel smells.

Hints of coffee & caramel on the nose are usually quite evident on the palate; a backdrop for cherry-raspberry & richer mulberry-blackberry primary fruit. The palate is typically d'Arenberg & McLaren Vale, soft & rich in the middle, rolling on to a soft but slightly piquant acid/tannin finish.

Coffee, mocha, chocolate & leather emerge as dominant older fruit aromas flavours alongside gamey, earthy, cedar like & minty smells. The classic hallmark of peppery-spicy character develops & the velvety texture remains. Occasionally, dried sour cherry aromas & ever so slightly bitter blackberry tannin on the palate develop, increasing the wine's food applicability.

Well cellared, d'Arry's Original becomes, soft, generous, full flavoured, velvety long & seamless in bottle, with no particular component standing out, as more than four decades of previous vintages have shown.

Serve at room temperature 16 – 24 ºC. now or over the next 3 – 20 years with grilled or barbecued meats, potato based dishes, dishes with noodles, rice pasta, cous cous, served with beef, veal or lamb. Roast meats and mature cheese.

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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.


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Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2008
Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2008
(search item no. 103389)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Medium bodied, with nice spice notes of white pepper, anise and violet. Perfect with sausages, ham and salami, pizzas and pasta with simple sauces, spicy food.
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About Produttori del Barbaresco:

Before 1894, Nebbiolo grapes were sold to make Barolo wine or simply labeled Nebbiolo di Barbaresco. But in 1894, Domizio Cavazza, headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba and a Barbaresco resident, created the first cooperative, the Cantine Sociali, by gathering together nine Barbaresco vineyard owners to make wine in the local castle that he owned. He understood well the differences between the same grape, the Nebbiolo, grown in the different areas of Barolo and Barbaresco and, for the first time, recognized it on the wine label. The Cantine Sociali was closed in the 1930s because of fascist economic rules. In 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way the small properties could survive was by joining their efforts, gathered together nineteen small growers and founded the Produttori del Barbaresco. The first three vintages were made in the church basement, then in the winery built across the square where the Produttori is still located. United once again, the small growers continued the work started by Domizio Cavazza, producing only Barbaresco wine and enhancing both the reputation of the wine and the village.


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Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2008
Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2008
(search item no. 102398)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $11.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a blockbuster young red wine with explosive, luscious aromas. Vitiano Rosso is deep ruby-red in color, and offers a wide range of fruit and spice aromas, including black cherry jam, licorice, and tobacco leaf. This versatile wine pairs well with a wide array of food, including meat, pasta, and pizza. It is best enjoyed in its youth when its fresh fruit character is most evident. Vitiano Rosso is a perennial value.
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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 99737)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#82 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The name 'Stump Jump' relates to the significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough. This plough became a popular piece of machinery for ploughing fields because of its ability to ride over stumps and gnarled "mallee" Eucalypt roots and snags, saving valuable time and resources by not stopping the draught horse.

Inviting fresh plum aromas leap out of the glass with raspberry and pretty pot-pourri notes providing more complexity. The palate is juicy and spicy with an abundance of red fruits that are fresh and vibrant. Licorice and rose petals come through on the mid palate and an under-lying earthy complexity is evident all the way through. The tannins are powdery and subtle on this juicy ready to drink red.

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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.


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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier 2009
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier 2009
(search item no. 106358)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $10.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 bottling of this distinctive blend presents a fragrant bouquet of fresh fruit notes including Asian pear, pomelo and lychee, touched with a delicate floral layer of jasmine blossom and kaffir lime leaf. On the palate, enjoy a slightly off-dry harmony of fruit flavors including honeydew melon, ruby red grapefruit, juicy white peach and crisp golden apple. Bright acidity and a clean, refreshing finish round out this wonderfully radiant and delightful wine.

FOOD PAIRINGS: With its balanced acidity, this versatile wine pairs well with a number of dishes, from light salads to seafood to, most notably, foods with a hint of spiciness - its subtle sweetness provides balance alongside a touch of heat. Try Chenin Blanc-Viognier with a flavorful Thai curry or a sushi dish, such as a spicy tuna roll, or seared halibut.

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About Pine Ridge:

In 1978 , a remarkable vineyard took shape alongside a deep pine forest that climbs the western hillside of Napa Valley’s storied Stags Leap District. Today, nestled in a small valley along the Silverado Trail, the carefully maintained and terraced slopes of Pine Ridge Vineyards blend gracefully with the natural rise and fall of the land. Year after year, the wines of Pine Ridge carry a sense of this place and its history. Continuity, balance and meticulous craftsmanship are inherent in the wines and deeply embedded in the winery's heritage. Each vintage reflects the distinct characteristics of the appellation and a focused commitment to refinement that reaches across the years, from the founding of the winery to today.


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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier 2010
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier 2010
(search item no. 109470)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vintage, our unique blend exhibits a bright, aromatic nose filled with crisp nuances of pink grapefruit, mango and sweet melon, interwoven with hints of soft white tea and honeysuckle. Bursting with juicy ripe fruits, the palate echoes the nose and boasts luscious flavors of Anjou pear, fresh pineapple, apricot and white nectarine. A light and slightly off-dry flavor profile lasts through the delightfully refreshing, clean finish.

With its balanced acidity, this versatile wine pairs well with a number of dishes, from light salads to seafood to, most notably, foods with a hint of spiciness - its subtle sweetness provides balance alongside a touch of heat. Try Chenin Blanc-Viognier with a flavorful Thai curry or a sushi dish, such as a spicy tuna roll, or seared halibut.

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About Pine Ridge:

In 1978 , a remarkable vineyard took shape alongside a deep pine forest that climbs the western hillside of Napa Valley’s storied Stags Leap District. Today, nestled in a small valley along the Silverado Trail, the carefully maintained and terraced slopes of Pine Ridge Vineyards blend gracefully with the natural rise and fall of the land. Year after year, the wines of Pine Ridge carry a sense of this place and its history. Continuity, balance and meticulous craftsmanship are inherent in the wines and deeply embedded in the winery's heritage. Each vintage reflects the distinct characteristics of the appellation and a focused commitment to refinement that reaches across the years, from the founding of the winery to today.