White Wines    Chardonnay    Other Australia    Australia   
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Robert Oatley Mudgee Chardonnay 2009
Robert Oatley Mudgee Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 114546)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chardonnay, grown on Mudgee's high altitude climate and ancient red-brown earth, was produced in our modern winery with the best of traditional winemaking techniques – giving an aromatic and fruit-driven wine with structure and minerality at the core.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Nugan Estate Cookoothama Shiraz 2007
Nugan Estate Cookoothama Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 119725)
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PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep crimson with a youthful purple hue. Complex aromas of ripe berry and spice with a hint of toasty oak. A full-bodied wine displaying elegant tannins and powerful fruit concentration with a well-structured palate of dark cherry and blackberry melded with earthy overtones and well-integrated oak.
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About Nugan Estate:

Cookoothama is made from estate grown fruit from the Nugan family’s vineyards in King Valley and Darlington Point. Cookoothama (cooka-tharma) is the name of the family’s first vineyard at Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River in Riverina. The name is derived from the aboriginal language and means “fertile land.” The two hands on the label represent the people who have lived and cultivated the land spread along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River transforming it into the prosperous land it is today.

Daren Owers is the chief winemaker at the estate. In 2004 he was awarded the Wine Society’s Young Wine Maker of the Year by its members. The wines center around the strengths of each appellation. From the cooler King Valley climate elegant Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are produced. From the warmer climate of Riverina, rich Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet/Merlot are made to a high quality standard.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Napa Valley    California   
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Luna Pinot Grigio 2010
Luna Pinot Grigio 2010
(search item no. 115055)
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PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Pinot Grigio is a light golden color. The nose is scented with grapefruit and pear, and on the palate orange fruits come to the forefront. Mango and orange zest are accented by notes of guava and a pronounced minerality. The wonderful acidity and full-bodied texture carry through a delicious lemony finish with hints of apricot.
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About Luna Vineyards:

Luna Vineyards was founded in 1995 by George Vare and Mike Moone. Both Vare and Moone have been Presidents of major California wineries and important influences in the California wine industry since the mid-1960's.

The founders purchased the St. Andrews winery, located at the foot of the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, and set out to produce Italian varietal wines - Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Merlot.

In 1996, after 20 years experience with other wineries, the last 13 at Newton Vineyards where he established himself in the forefront of Napa Valley winemakers, Winemaster John Kongsgaard joined Luna as Vice President and partner. John is particularly noted for his outstanding Merlots and spent seven years in collaboration with Michel Rolland from Bordeaux perfecting winemaking techniques in the Napa region.

With a passion for Italian wines combined with a desire to live slightly on the edge, John happily joined Luna. He was excited by the opportunity to travel to the "Old World" and learn how to adapt their traditional and new techniques for growing grapes and making wine from Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Other California    California   
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Wines 4 Cures 4 Her Chardonnay 2009
Wines 4 Cures 4 Her Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 112208)
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PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The first release of 4 Her is a classic, cool-climate Clean and crisp, the wine shows high-toned flavors of lime and green apples, with a hint of vanilla. A great match for scallops with mango salsa.

4 Her is a brand built to raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). To learn more about how the foundation is helping fight Breast Cancer with early detection, visit www.nbcf.org

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About Wines 4 Cures:

Wines 4 Cures' mission is to Make and Market fine wines with an emphasis on The Cause. Wines 4 Cures has set-out to make a difference by selling wine with a focus on building awareness and raising funds for Charitable Foundations.

Wines 4 Cures began its' first project with the development of a wine for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, aptly named the 65 Roses. Quickly, other foundation projects that touched the lives of the Wines 4 Cures team were added including Make a Wish, Team Fox, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Hawkes Bay    New Zealand   
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Esk Valley Chardonnay 2010
Esk Valley Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 118676)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The proportion of new oak (15%) is carefully controlled to preserve the classic Hawkes Bay stonefruit and melon character. The result is a full-bodied yet elegant Chardonnay with hints of butter and oak and an underpinning of grapefruit-like acidity which gives it freshness and length. This is a food-friendly wine that is rich and complex with a long, satisfying finish.
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About Esk Valley:

Situated in the north of New Zealand’s picturesque Hawkes Bay, at Bay View is The Esk Valley Estate winery.

The winery sources fruit from Hawkes Bay, including the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels and Marlborough, as both regions consistently produce grapes of an extremely high quality.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Santa Cruz Mountains    California   
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Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2010
Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 119244)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chardonnay displays a wonderful array of tropical aromatic notes, including pineapple guava and passion fruit. True to Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay, the crisp minerality and bright acidity mingles with touches of citrus, honey and vanilla. Its secondary fermentation creates a hint of butter and creamy viscosity on the finish.
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About Vine Hill Winery:

There is something really satisfying about seeing a long-held dream unfolding before your eyes. Such is the circumstance in which Nick Guerrero, Managing Partner of Vine Hill Winery finds himself. Nick and his team have embarked on a journey that continues a long tradition of winemaking in the historic Vine Hill Wine District. Established in 1867 by George and John Jarvis the wine district housed the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Company of which John Jarvis was the president until his death in 1892. Jarvis also founded Union Vineyard in 1877. It is this historic site that is today's Vine Hill Winery.

Nick sees himself as the team's "coach." He lets each individual create their own template for success and is always there to lend a guiding hand as needed. "Putting other's first" was not always Nick's mantra, but as he has evolved, so has his opinion on managing people. He believes that the winery environment engenders an individual's reach for excellence and the ability to collaborate for the common good. Nick understands that this opportunity cannot always be seized in larger, corporate environments, or on the manufacturing room floor. That is why he feels extremely lucky to be surrounded by such outstanding individuals in an environment where their greatest success is celebrating great winemaking and all the efforts that support this goal.



White Wines    Chardonnay    North Coast    California   
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Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2010
Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 114953)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $12.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Ripe Citrus summer fruit, peach, pear, aligned with a touch of vanilla and smoke, partially barrel fermented. This classic North Coast Vineyards Chardonnay offers inviting stone fruit aromas, accented by notes of tropical fruit. The well-balanced acidity supports a core of pear and sweet melon and complements a creamy texture. The wine has a clean, refreshing finish.
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About Josh Cellars:

Joseph Carr was an award winning Sommelier and international wine industry executive who set out on his own in 2005 and founded Joseph Carr Winery in Carneros, California. It was, as Mr. Carr says, a chance to follow a dream. "We're a family owned company dedicated to making world class, handcrafted wines. We work with small growers, coopers and winemakers producing elegant, sophisticated, yet approachable wines from Napa Valley, Carneros, and the North Coast of California."

Joseph Carr has recently worked with Tom Larson to produce his second label, named "Josh Cellars."

"After we're done producing our portfolio of Joseph Carr wines, we like to sit around "the garage" we call a wine cellar, and tinker with a few things. Growers we call friends come by and lend a hand. We laugh, tell stories and produce a winemaker's wine that we make just for ourselves; handcrafted wines that we jokingly refer to as a "vin de garage." These wines are named after my father, as they are expressive, but unassuming and approachable – just like him."



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Robert Oatley Mudgee Shiraz 2007
Robert Oatley Mudgee Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 96159)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Harvested in the cool of the morning and fermented at cool to moderate temperatures in order to retain fruit spice and varietal impact. The fermenting must was gently and routinely pumped over with care. Careful selection of appropriate American and French oak barrels has allowed the fruit to remain to the front while providing structure, gentle tannin and spicy flavor from the wood.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 111996)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay has a rich mouthfeel with sweet aromatics. Restrained oak contact brings caramel and vanilla flavors, but the emphasis is on elegant ripe fruit with tropical and lemon cream notes.
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About MacMurray Ranch:

MacMurray Ranch was purchased from the Porter family by famed actor Fred MacMurray in 1941. Fred raised his family on the ranch and they enjoyed the natural wonders of Sonoma County. Today, the ranch looks much as it did a century ago, surrounded by rail fences and framed by oak and redwood groves. Only now it is home to some of Sonoma County's finest vineyards. Aside from being beautiful, the Russian River Valley is among the premier growing regions for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. MacMurray Ranch speaks to the legacy of the land by crafting wines from this appellation with elegance and finesse.

The wines of MacMurray Ranch are crafted with care by winemaker Susan Doyle, who has a patient, gentle approach that gets the best out of Pinot Noir and its cousin Pinot Gris. Susan is guiding the wines of MacMurray Ranch to achieve both depth and the finely nuanced range of flavors that expresses the nature of the place where they were born. With her university studies in both winegrowing and winemaking, Susan makes wines that reflect the old Burgundian sense of "terroir", the special qualities that weather, land, and the hand of man that give her wines their individual distinction.