Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny
Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny
(search item no. 1561)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $51.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Another magnificent and finely-balanced old tawny blend of outstanding richness and complexity. This rare Port is traditionally enjoyed as a dessert wine or at the end of the meal. Ideal for summer drinking, Taylor's 20 Year Old Tawny may be served cool.
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About Taylor Fladgate:

Taylor's is now into its fourth century: one of the very oldest of the Port companies. It is the last totally independent company of the original British Port houses-and is still family owned and managed. It is run today from Oporto by descendants of the Yeatman and Fladgate families, both of which have been partners in the firm since the 1830s. For more than 300 years Taylor's name has been synonymous with consistent excellence in Port.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 99737)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $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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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.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Ponzi Pinot Gris 2010
Ponzi Pinot Gris 2010
(search item no. 111409)
screw cap wine
screw cap wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vanilla, mango and papaya notes are offset by strong green pear and floral aromatics. The mouth is full and broad with a refreshing hit of lemon custard.
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About Ponzi:

Thriving under the second generation for more than two decades, this family owned and operated winery is internationally acclaimed for crafting some of the world's finest cool climate wines. For more than forty years, Ponzi Vineyards has set the standard for New World Pinot noir production with innovation in gravity flow and gentle handling techniques. All 130 acres of Ponzi vineyards are certified sustainable, recognizing the winery’s commitment to environmental responsibility. Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the bar for Oregon wines and remains at the forefront of the nation's top wine producers.


Red Wines    Gamay    Beaujolais    France - Other regions   
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Duboeuf Morgon Domaine de la Chaponne 2009
Duboeuf Morgon Domaine de la Chaponne 2009
(search item no. 106342)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $15.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a beautiful deep red color. The nose is complex and fruity, dominated by cherry. In the mouth, a bright future is predicted in the beautiful structure. This is a very harmonious wine.

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.