Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Other Australia    Australia   
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Taltarni Brut Tache 2010
Taltarni Brut Tache 2010
(search item no. 118487)

PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This exquisite sparkling wine was fermented in its bottle and matured on yeast lees according to traditional methods, creating a final complex and sophisticated sparkling wine style.

Pair with lightly battered fish & chips.

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About Taltarni:

Established in 1969, Taltarni was one of the founding wineries in the iron-rich Pyrenees wine region in Victoria. John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered the Taltarni Vineyard through a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux. From the outset, Taltarni has a strong French influence with the initial plantings of Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soon after, Taltarni extended its plantings with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. The Goelet family also sources Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Taltarni has built its reputation on elegant sparkling wines that are crafted using methode traditionale techniques, as wells as producing exceptional red and white wines. The distinctive labels, featuring a 17th century cartouche, represent the attention to detail and the French elegance and finesses that are hallmarks of all Taltarni wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Adami Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut Bosco di Gica
Adami Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut Bosco di Gica
(search item no. 110627)
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Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A straw yellow color. Creamy mousse and delicate, long-lasting bead. On the nose, it is rich, with excellent fruit, releasing scents of yellow apple and peach, with notes of wisteria and acacia blossom. Wonderful balance and elegance complement a pleasurably crisp spiciness. The palate holds delicious vein of acidity, displaying a crisp, savoury mouthfeel. Generous, lingering flavours nicely mirror the nose and achieve perfect balance.
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About Adami:

Solid roots of effort and tradition have given the life-blood to wines exuberant, and full of fruit. Following grandfather Abele and father Adriano, the youngest generation, Armando and Franco have brought to the house of Adami a refined technological approach to the art of producing some of the best spumante wines of the Valdobbiadene. The direct involvement in the success of their Prosecco production is demonstrated in Franco’s current leadership of the Valdobbiadene Consorzio. This is how the family expresses the values of their land: sound work, respect for human relationships, a sense of hospitality and continuity between past and present. An estate, and above all, a family.

In 1920 Grandfather Abele purchased the "Giardino" vineyard (whose name “Zardini” dates to 1717) from Count Balbi-Valier. A southern facing amphitheatre with shallow calcareous soil, the Prosecco vines cling to chestnut stakes and it is here that the Adami’s nurture the production of its greatest spumante that is recognized as Prosecco’s first "Cru". A wine of legendary status for over eighty years and still the benchmark for Prosecco today.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2008
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2008
(search item no. 107209)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ripe nose of raspberry, plum, pepper and chapparel. Blackberry, mineral and vanilla notes dominate the palate. Well integrated tannins typical of this classic vineyard add to the long finish.
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About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.



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Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009
Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009
(search item no. 109084)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The intense violet ruby colour invites you to discover the aromas of this Montepulciano d'bruzzo that does not engage in any contact with oak. The obvious varietal aromas remember red fruit, sour black cherry with hints of wild berry. It has a great structure and concentration, wonderfully sustained from an obvious acidity. The tannins are striking and perfectly mature giving this wine a surprisingly round taste.
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About Valle Reale:

Valle Reale is a territory that seems predestined for wine. The geological characteristics and ambient beauty are unique in these vineyards that are set in one of Italy's most beautiful national parks.

Valle Reale possesses all of the natural elements conducive to the production of great wine. There is an abundance of water, proximity to the sea and the benefits of a maritime climate, ample sunshine and mineral rich soils.

The Pizzolo family together with Leonardo Valenti have striven to produce a model of central Italian wine: strength, exuberance, vitality, Mediterranean color, elegance, balance and depth. They are working exclusively with the Montepulciano varietal and seek to highlight the grape's intrinsic qualities in both the young, vibrant base wine as well as the cru San Calisto which they hope will offer critics and consumers alike a new benchmark for Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.