Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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J. Bookwalter Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
J. Bookwalter Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 119711)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon showcases best J Bookwalter Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Red Mountain and Yakima Valley appellations. Both aromatically and on the palate the wine displays a medley of dark fruits led by plums, blackberries, blueberries and figs. Secondary and tertiary notes are more subtle and offer hints of truffles, violets, baking spices and sandalwood followed by a warm cola bath. The wine enters the palate sweet and round and finishes with polished, fine grained tannins. The lush, long finish is complimented by the natural sweetness and acidity of the wine. Recommended cellaring 6 – 12 years.

Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah

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About J. Bookwalter:

Jerry Bookwalter has been in agriculture since graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Ag. Production in 1962. His past career as manager for Sagemoor Farms has given way to vineyard management and winemaking. Jerry began making wine in 1983. Wines include award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat Blanc and Merlot as well as Red Table Wine, Johannisberg Riesling and Chenin Blanc.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A lovely, precocious wine with a brilliant, deep garnet color and seductive, lush aromatics, in this wine spice and fruits dominate. Rich pie cherry and dried cherry impressions, with plummy blue and black fruit for depth and richness anchor the palate and lead to a sweet fruit entry. Tea leaves and spices are assertive, whether showing gingerbread, molasses, nutmeg, cardamon or delicate black pepper. The balance is almost perfect, with great acid, excellent weight without being ponderous, no alcohol apparent, nice breadth and length on the palate, and a bright, clean and elegant finish. Elegance, richness and balance—what we all aspire to. And what a standard-bearing pinot noir should reflect.
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About Chehalem:

With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Col Solare  2007
Col Solare 2007
(search item no. 118575)
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Decanter rating: 95 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $65.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Col Solare exhibits aromas of black cherry, currant, and ripe black berries, together with subtle notes of espresso and vanilla in the nose. On the palate, this full bodied wine is rich with flavors of dark chocolate, black fruits, and a coconut spice which leads to a lingering, silky finish.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

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About Col Solare:

Col Solare is the partnership between two influential wine producers who are recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori and Washington state's Chateau Ste. Michelle. Col Solare unites these who unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce and ultra-luxurty Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine from their winery and estate vineyard on Washington's Red Mountain.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Ruffino Modus 2009
Ruffino Modus 2009
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James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red with violet hues. The impact of the aromas is intense and fascinating. The bouquet is complex, initially characterized by intense notes of mature fruit, such as cherries, plums and small black berries, which then fade into hints of spices, mint, sweet tobacco and refined balsamic notes on the finish. On the palate it is full-bodied and harmonious and characterized by the finesse of its silky tannins. The taste is elevated by a remarkable pleasantness and freshness and a texture in which each varietal adds its own distinctive trait. The finish is incredibly persistent, with an aftertaste of black berry fruit and cocoa.

Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

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About Ruffino:

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Chile    South America   
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Cono Sur Vision Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Cono Sur Vision Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 109121)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $11.79

Winemaker's Notes:

The strong Pacific Ocean influence and red clayish soils concur to foster this refreshing, crisp, pale yellow-green wine. In nose, very fine grapefruit, white flowers and citric hints combine with a perfect mineral character. It's an expressive Sauvignon Blanc, with a mineral and slightly salty mouth, with great acidity and a lovely long finish.
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About Cono Sur:

Cono Sur Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1993, with the vision of producing premium, expressive and innovative wines conveying the spirit of the new world. Their name refers to the company's geographic position; it represents wines proudly made in South America's Southern Cone, on whose western edge lays Chile and its gifted wine valleys. Their logo is a freehand drawing of the silhouette of South America. Right from the start, Cono Sur applied new ideas and technology to winemaking traditional methods. Nowadays, Cono Sur's original claim, "No family trees, no dusty bottles, just quality wine," continues to inspire them towards quality, innovation, style and creativity.


Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Los Dos Grenache Syrah 2011
Los Dos Grenache Syrah 2011
(search item no. 118806)
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PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Almira Los Dos is bright cherry red with violet hues and has a pleasantly intense and complex aroma of subtle fruit and balsam, with a full, well-structured and lingering taste.

This wine pairs well with aged hams, manchego cheese, and paella morisco or valenciana.

Blend: 85% Garnacha, 15% Syrah

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About Los Dos:

Red wines predominate in the DO of Campo de Borja, with Garnacha playing a leading role. Syrah, however, is not often seen in this part of Spain. Though common in the Rhone Valley, blending Syrah with Garnacha was an unusual winemaking decision which has set Almira apart from other wines of this area.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    North Coast    California   
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Heron Mendocino Pinot Noir 2010
Heron Mendocino Pinot Noir 2010
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant medium garnet color. This wine shows bright, assertive aromas of plum and black cherry with solid Pinot Noir character. Notes of violets, anise, and allspice are as harmonious in the wine's flavor profile as its light overlay of fine French oak.
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About Heron:

We at Heron Wines believe that delicious wines should be an unalienable right. Yes, an overstatement, but we really think that high-quality, approachable wine should not come at a huge price. For years, we have heard from wine lovers from around the globe that we consistently exceed their expectations for quality, style, and balance.

Our wines come from some of the greatest growing regions in the world. Our original wine was a groundbreaking Merlot from St. Chinian in southwest France. Today we make wine in California, France and Spain; and our focus is on the purity of fruit. We go where the best grapes are grown in order to maximize the natural characteristics of the wines we make.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2011
Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 116954)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine exhibits classic varietal characteristics with aromas of ripe pineapple, fresh Gala apples, pear and candied lemon. The palate has a weight that belies its unoaked status with a rich entry of fresh citrus fruit that leads into secondary aromas of fig and mineral. Finishing clean and crisp with lingering acidity, the wine is fresh and vivacious, with a dense mid-palate. This vintage proves that with the right grapes and winemaking, Chardonnay does not need oak or malolactic fermentation to shine.
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About Chamisal Vineyards:

The first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley appellation in 1973, Chamisal nestles five miles inland against the Santa Lucia Mountains, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, on the rugged California Coast. Part of an original Spanish land grant, this historic 80-acre property- formerly operating under the name of Domaine Alfred- is planted mostly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a few acres of Syrah, Grenache, and Pinot Gris. The vines thrive in the dry rocky terrain, as does the fragrant Chamise, a native white-flowered shrub that inspired the name of the property. The Edna Valley appellation, with its unique geography, possesses a near perfect combination of soil type and climate for wine grapes. With the cooling Pacific Ocean nearby, the long temperate growing season extends the amount of time a grape stays on the vine to develop its flavors. This hang time paired with the calcerous, clay-rich soil on the property produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors, often showing a distinctive character that some fondly call "Chamisal Spice."