Zagat Wine - A New Way to Buy Fine Wine



For over 30 years Zagat has been the name to help you find the finest restaurants.  Now, with the introduction of Zagat Wine, that same systematic approach that has made so many restaurant discoveries possible is throwing open the doors of the wine world!

This is not just another wine club. Not only will your wine be specially selected by Tony Laithwaite, who brings his 40 years of experience and knowledge to bear with every bottle chosen for this program, but you’ll be able to fine-tune your future selections as well. By using the same system that has made the Zagat restaurant guide so popular and effective, Zagat Wine is looking to transform the way your wines are chosen.

By sharing your reviews of the wines that make up your first 12-bottle case you’ll be letting Tony know what works for you! You and your fellow club members will influence future selections, making sure that each case offers a better assortment than the last. Not that this introductory offer isn’t already packed with great wines.

For only $89.99 (plus applicable tax) you’ll get to experience 12 wines selected exclusively for this offer, but if you order through Snooth you’ll not only have your order shipped free, but you’ll also receive a special gift from Zagat Wine. That’s right, order the 12-bottle sample featured in this article, and you’ll also receive three bonus bottles of one of the wine club's most successful and requested wines, the Viña Labarta Rioja!

That's 15 bottles of hand-selected wines, delivered to your door with an $80 savings, a truly great deal! To make an already compelling offer downright irresistable, your order will also include free tasting notes for each wine plus a binder so that you can store your notes! So get started tasting and reviewing your Zagat Wines. This really is a complete package – great wines made easy, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and no obligations, so don’t hesitate and order yours today.
I had a chance to taste through the wines included in this offer. These are really well chosen, offering a great selection of grape varieties and styles - full of wines that might not always be on your radar, as well as great examples of your favorites. The selection on offer includes wines from some of the most important, and sought after, wine growing regions. They all proved to be fine examples, perfect for sharing with friends and family, though keeping some to yourself is a fine course of action as well!

I was most impressed with the remarkably delicious 2008 The Hundred Shiraz which exhibits wonderful balance and a great core of rich yet fresh fruit and the Visionario Bianco delle Venezia, which had a wonderful floral nose and fine tension in the mouth. These are wines I would have never bought on my own but I'm certainly glad that I got the chance to try them. that part of the fun and excitement you can expect with every shipment from Zagat Wine! So place your order today and you'll recieve these great wines, three bonus bottles of fine Rioja, tasting notes and a convenient binder in which to hold them all deliverd to your door for only $89.99 plus applicable taxes. For wines like this that's a steal.

2009 Palacio de Menade Rueda Spain

Lemon zest, herb, heather, and mineral oil on the gently scented nose. Nice richness, with a nice lashing of fruit to buffer the backbone of vibrant acidity. Nicely mineral on the midpalate with a ripe, core of juicy peach fruit, really fresh finish, good length, a bit simple but exhibits nice mineral/zesty fruit tension with the minerality winning out on the finale. Great match for simply prepared shellfish. 87 pts

2009 Visionario Bianco delle Venezia Italy

A bit muscat-y and fragrant on the nose, with white floral and lime candy and pear undertones. Nice balance in the mouth, round and full of juicy orchard fruit with a hint of bitter almond on the mid-palate. Fresh but well integrated acidity drives the apple seed and hard pear flavors on the moderate finish. Just barely off-dry but not noticeably sweet. Very well balanced and just a fun glass of wine that would be great with shrimp and asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. 87 pts

2009 Baileyana Cuvee de Clos Edna Valley Chardonnay California  

Intensely fruity on the nose with sweet pineapple fruit and gentle suggestions of vanilla and banana – moderately rich, round entry with vibrant acidity supporting pineapple, vanilla and green apple flavors in the mouth. Finishes with a soft fruity tone and nice sweet/sour balance. Intense but easy going, making this a great match for grilled Mahi-Mahi and tropical fruit salsa. 88pts

2008 Masseria Cavallo Negroamaro Puglia Italy

Big baked black fruits on the nose, plum, and berries framed by spicy briar wood tones. Nicely focused on entry, well balanced with soft tannins, and not as thick as the aromas might suggest with a nice core of slightly leathery dark berry fruit and a light vanilla edge. The finish shows a more complex, spicy aspect of the wine with notes of baking spices and cocoa joining the dried fruit tones. This would pair well with a nice mole. 87pts

2008 The Hundred Limestone Coast Shiraz Australia

Dark and mysterious with a peppery edge to the violet, coffee, soil, muskmelon and marzipan nose. This is pretty big on entry, lots of fresh, deep, fairly dark fruit with very soft supporting tannins. This exhibits excellent balance and while it fills the mouth it’s really not weighty at all. Just lovely bright, juicy plum and boysenberry fruits across the palate lead to a crisp, slightly austere backend and layered, aromatic finish with clear plum skin and cherry fruit gently framed with bitter cocoa. A really nice wine suitable for assertive grilled meats.  90pts

2008 Alma Andina Reserve Malbec Mendoza Argentina

Grilled meat, vanilla black licorice and a hint of mint all come together on the nose. This starts off as fairly soft in the mouth with polished tannins up front giving this an easy appeal. The mid-palate shows off fresh blackberry fruit with a nice spice tone that leads to the refreshing backend. The finish is all fresh berry fruit with a touch of wood spice on the finale. This would make a fine pairing for grilled sausages. 86pts

2009 Chateau Luciere Bordeaux France

Very aromatic with leafy, green tomato, smoke, caramel, red currant, real sweetness of fruit right on entry with excellent integration of acidity and sweet, supple tannins. This really shows the power of the vintage with a robust core of ripe currant fruit topped with subtle notes of vanilla and herbs. The tannins become a bit more assertive on the backend and help tighten up the moderate finish. This will definitely benefit from a few months in the bottle or hours in the decanter but is a lovely bottle of classic Bordeaux and deserving of simply prepared beef.  89pts

2008 Charles Smith Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Washington

Black currant, thyme, bay leaf, a touch of black peppery spice, layered and very attractive – smooth as silk on entry, fairly rich but not clumsy with fresh yet very sweet black currant/ black cherry fruit. The tannins begin to creep up on you mid-palate but are kept in check by the waves of fruit that echo on the backend adding a bit of wildberry/boysenberry flavor to the moderately long, succulent herb tinged finish. This is very friendly stuff that is fun to drink while remaining complex and interesting. It’s an intense wine so I would pair this with an intense braised beef dish. 90pts

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