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Vintages Release November 24, 2007

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Red Wine

Punt Road Pinot Noir 2005, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Attractive light-to-medium-ruby color with a classic Pinot nose of cherry, cola, raspberry and a hint of beetroot. There is a fine structure between the pretty fruit and the acids and tannins. My note: A lovely medium-bodied wine with sweet cherry fruit. Punt Road Pinot Noir food pairings: duck, veal, braised lamb. 47654 13% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuta Sette Ponti Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2004, Igt Toscana, Italy: Lovely, vibrant and full-bodied wine with notes of cassis, smoke and dark chocolate. 727636 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosenblum Annette's Reserve Zinfandel 2004, Redwood Valley, United States: Fantastic berry concentration in this full-bodied wine. Rosenblum Annette's Reserve Zinfandel food pairings: bbq. 686204 15% XD 750 mL $55.00 Score: 91/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserva 2004, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: I love this wine. It has a concentration and flavor depth beyond belief with notes of mocha and currant. 501247 14% XD 750 mL $79.95 Score: 91/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henschke Keyneton Estate The Euphonium 2003, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: An elegant and balanced blend with a long finish. Notes of blackcurrant and cassis. 720433 14.5% XD 750 mL $51.95 Score: 92/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

D'arenberg Wines D’Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache/Shiraz/ Mourvedre 2005, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied wine with notes of red currant and raspberries. 974816 14.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château L'arrosée 2003, Ac St-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, France: A supple, full-bodied wine with generous notes of plums and dark berries. Château L'arrosée food pairings: roast, steak, lamb. Drink: 2007 - 2015 46730 13% XD 750 mL $61.95 Score: 92/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Pez 2003, Ac Saint-Estèphe, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, France: A full-bodied wine with notes of black fruit and toasty oak. Château De Pez food pairings: steak, stew. Drink: 2007 - 2012 102798 13% XD 750 mL $51.95 Score: 92/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Joseph Janoueix Château Haut-Sarpe 2003, Ac St-Émilion Grand Cru, France: A full-bodied wine that would benefit from 2 hours of decanting. Plentiful aromas of black fruit. Drink: 2010 - 2020 959882 13.2% XD 750 mL $52.95 Score: 90/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Chante Cigale Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2004, Ac, France: A very full-bodied wine with a long finish. Aromas of blackcurrant, cedar and dark spices. Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: steak, stew. 43026 13% XD 750 mL $35.95 Score: 91/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argiano Solengo 2004, Igt Toscana, Italy: Wonderfully rich, aromatic wine with meaty aromas of black fruit, spice and oak. 43398 14% XD 750 mL $85.95 Score: 94/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas y Vinedos Montecastro Montecastro Y Llanahermosa 2004, Do Ribera Del Duero, Spain: A dark, deeply concentrated and rich wine with mouth-watering aromas of black fruit. Montecastro Y Llanahermosa food pairings: steak, stew. 15016 14% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rolf Binder Hales Shiraz 2005, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Robust and delicious with notes of black raspberries and currants. 54239 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Step Rd Shiraz 2005, Langhorne Creek, South Australia: Fantastic value for this full-bodied, lip-smacking red. Aromas of black plums and berries. 52993 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Champ De Cour Moulin-À-Vent 2005, Ac, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Single vineyard Moulin-à-Vent Gamay, such as this, are generally more intensely flavored than other beaujolais gamays. Yields are kept to a minimum which results in maximum flavors in the finished wines.This vintage of Champ de Cour exhibits aromas of spring flowers, red berry, black cherry and spice.The wine is exuberant and richly structured. My note: A simple, light wine that's perfect for unanalytical drinking (read: vegging on the sofa in front of the TV). A touch tannic so decant for an hour. Domaine De Champ De Cour Moulin-À-Vent food pairings: red meats, grilled salmon, grilled swordfish. 430876 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

M. Archimbaud/M. Bouteiller Château De Montmirail gigondas Cuvée De Beauchamp 2004, Ac, France: A rich, dark and powerful wine that remains balanced despite the alcohol. Aromas of cherry liqueur and black plums. Château De Montmirail Gigondas Cuvée De Beauchamp food pairings: rich meat dishes, game. Drink: 2008 - 2020 685198 15% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seghesio Barolo La Villa 2003, Docg, Italy: A hot, alcoholic and full-bodied wine for the steam room. Displays notes of black fruit and spice. 50799 14% XD 750 mL $53.95 Score: 90/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sella & Mosca Marchese Di Villamarina Alghero 2000, Doc, Italy: A gorgeous, well-structured red with notes of black fruit, coffee and spice. 954081 13.5% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 94/100. November 2007. Favorite Red (tied) Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antica Napa Valley La Braccesca Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2003, Docg, Italy: Dark and brooding like an Italian Heathcliffe. Decant for 2 hours to smooth out the tannins. Drink: 2010 - 2015 566216 13% XD 750 mL $32.95 Score: 91/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lamborghini Campoleone 2003, Igt Umbria, Italy: A full-bodied, mouth-watering and puckering wine with aromas of cherries and cedar. 716043 13% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aldegheri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Sant'Ambrogio 2004, Doc, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: Their Ripasso is a classic example of that style, exhibiting aromas of red berry fruit, truffle, cocoa and a hint of raisin. My note: A lovely, medium-bodied red. Aldegheri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Sant'ambrogio food pairings: pasta and tomato sauce, roasted game bird. 59022 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

W. Gisselbrecht Gewurztraminer Réserve Spéciale 2005, Ac Alsace, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Exceptional varietal character with aromas of lychee, dried roses, pear, sweet apple and fine perfume. Off-dry with very good aroma replays. My note: A classic gewürztraminer with everything you expect. W. Gisselbrecht Gewurztraminer Réserve Spéciale food pairings: Asian dishes, sweet curries, stuffed pork tenderloin. 678003 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. November 2007. Best Value White Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Studert-Prüm Riesling Spätlese 2005, Qmp, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Estate Btld., Germany: A wonderfully aromatic wine that's packed with flavor but gloriously free of heavy alcohol. Nose of lime and citrus. Studert-Prüm Riesling Spätlese food pairings: vegetarian dishes, seafood, chicken, pork, pasta. 912659 8% M 750 mL $23.95 Score: 93/100. November 2007. Favorite White Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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