White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Martinborough    New Zealand   
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Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116797)
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw color streaked with vibrant green hues. Aromatic, lime and nectarine fruit combine with flint, jasmine and dried herbs for an intense and complex bouquet. The palate's sweet fruited core is framed by citrus like acidity and gains textural interest via a chalky finish.

This wine pairs well with seafood.

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About Craggy Range Winery:

From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113620)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cabernet from this iconic 35-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense wine with great aging potential. This vintage is nearly pure Cabernet (99%) with intense dark fruit and long finish. I call this my steakhouse red!
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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.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Rocca di Frassinello  2005
Rocca di Frassinello 2005
(search item no. 108651)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $37.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red, soft, silky with lots of floral flavors (typical of Sangiovese), nice hints of red berries and cherries and elegant notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a round, medium finish. It pairs well with all red meat dishes and mature cheeses.
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About Rocca di Frassinello:

After Castellare di Castellina, located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, Rocca of Frassinello was born in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, between Bolgheri to the north and Scansano (the Morellino area) to the south. A great international project conceived with the partnership of Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild-Lafite: 500 hectares, 80 already cultivated with vines, 50% Sangioveto and 50% Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, to produce three wines in what can be considered as a meeting of the best of Italy and France: the third label, the wine of entrance, without the name of the company, Poggio alla Guardia; the second label, with a part of the name of the company, Le Sughere di Frassinello; and the first label, Le Grand Vin, Rocca di Frassinello. The first year of marketing was the 2004 vintage, with the delivery of the third label on June 2006, the second on September-October, the first one within the end of 2006. Three wines that the wine maker of Castellare and manager of Rocca di Frassinello, Alexander Cellai, and Christian Le Sommer, renowned wine maker of the various companies of Domaine Baron de Rothschild in the world, have judged simply extraordinary, to the point of convincing the ownership to immediately sell Le Grand Vin as well, the first label Rocca of Frassinello.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Montes Alpha Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Montes Alpha Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 99310)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $17.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aged for 12 months in French oak. Intense ruby in color with red fruits evocations of blackcurrant, chocolate and cigar box, in balance with well integrated oak. Of great complexity in the mouth, in mid palate is full bodied and balanced with a lasting persistence and a remarkable finish. Although a superb wine as it is, it may also be considered as a great wine for cellaring.

Decant at least 30 minutes, preferably one hour.

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About Montes:

With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. Their premise, a clear belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, made them a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Its original four partners' total involvement and the continuous help of the angels that decorate their labels was key to their success. Two decades later, Montes is the fifth most important winery of Chile where Aurelio Montes continues leading the winemaking area with the same passion as the first day. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and breaking new grounds in wine.