Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Yakima Valley    Washington   
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Cadence Red Mountain Bel Canto 2006
Cadence Red Mountain Bel Canto 2006
(search item no. 110486)
collectible wine
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Structurally, this wine feels as if it is built on bedrock. It is powerful, deep, intense and brooding. It only hints at the layers of complexity folded into its framework. There are fresh forest pine/menthol, blue fruit and baking spice aromas. Lively acidity gives the palate a harmonious balance, and the tannins go on and on.

Blend: 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot

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About Cadence:

Cadence is dedicated to showcasing the finest vineyard sites in Washington State. Their Bordeaux-styled blends are their interpretation of the best qualities reflected in Washington's greatest vineyard terroir. Cadence's winemaking philosophy is based on the belief that blending creates a balanced wine of greater character than the individual components. Their wines express the power, intensity or elegance of the vineyard reflected in the characteristics of the varietals on the vineyard site.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106432)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cabernet from this iconic 35-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense wine with great aging potential. Fruit is the star of the show for our Cold Creek Cabernet!

Varietal Blend: 87% Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Syrah

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2007
(search item no. 109694)
boutique wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Reserve uses fruit primarily from Ridgecrest Vineyards, our oldest estate vineyard, a 55-acre vineyard on a 176-acre property. Beginning in 1980, this site pioneered grapegrowing on Ribbon Ridge, a small ridge on the western end of the Chehalem Mountains. Soils are a Willakenzie soil called Wellsdale, a transition soil series exhibiting characteristics of both volcanic and ocean sedimentary underlying structures. The rich, supple black cherry and blackberry fruits are characteristic of Ridgecrest Vineyards and the Willakenzie soil type. Excellent acidity, silky texture, and a long finish are hallmarks of the vineyard site, being relatively high in elevation, mature in vine age, and deeply rooted.
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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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 109037)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 vintage was excellent for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Responding to a cold, dry winter with 40 to 50% less rainfall than average, the vines' vigor was diminished from the outset, producing minimal foliage. Spring temperatures were warm, starting the growing season quickly with early bloom and fruit set. With mild temperatures prevailing through August, the grapes ripened slowly and evenly in ideal conditions of sunny days and foggy evenings. A temperate fall allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit to hang longer, giving us concentrated and spectacular flavors.

Opulence defines this rich bouquet of black cherries, blackberries and spice. Lush aromatics of wild thyme and French lavender meet traces of mocha and roasted coffee, balanced with silky tannins that augment a long finish. This wine demonstrates why Cabernet Sauvignon from the legendary Oakville AVA is some of the most sought-after in the world.

Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 110337)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1994 vintage of this wine was ranked #9 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1997

Scarlet color and brackish edges. Nose is sweet fruit and smoked meats. This wine already has some bouquet- truffle mushrooms, vanilla style oak. The palate is creamy richness with nuances of leather and a cocoa-style fine grain tannin. The flavors and structure of this vintage are consistent with the Caymus style - spice, toast, cassis - fully rich, yet supple.

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About Caymus:

As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 111378)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Succulent raspberry, plum and black cherry fruit aromas and hints of brown spice and forest floor announce this delicious Pinot Noir, perhaps our best ever. Complex, round and mouthfilling, the wine glides onto the palate displaying pure black cherry and ripe berry flavors, and the long aftertaste is rich yet fresh and agile.

Delicious with seared Ahi tuna, duck breast with cherry compote, lamb chops, wild mushroom risotto, roast chicken or grilled salmon. Try Manchego or Fontina for the cheese course. Seasoning affinities include orange peel, shaved fennel and dried berries.

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About Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards:

Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 107707)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep garnet color with intense aromas of ripe cherry, cedar, and pipe tobacco. Concentrated flavors of ripe plums and dark bing cherries marry perfectly with the oak nuances, imparting notes of brown spice and vanilla. This is a well structured wine that is balanced with firm, velvety tannins which culminate in a long, elegant finish with hints of tobacco, dried herbs and fruit. This wine is ready to enjoy now or can be aged for 3-5 years.
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For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 108314)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $49.59

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

COLOR: Dense and Intense Ruby Purple.
NOSE: Deep, dominated by an elegant and spicy barrel aging. A background of fresh leather, truffles and meaty notes rises powerfully, blending with graphite and wet stones hints. Then comes the fruit made of black cherries, bright blackcurrant. Slight tones of black pepper, dried herbs and balsamic notes are above a menthol accent. Bread crust, aromatized tobacco and subtle sweet chocolate add to the complexity.
PALATE: Shows a still evolving, fine and impressive structure. A noble presence of oak joins the general balsamic entity. Fresh and fine tight tannins create a true armor, yet integrated to the substance, that will surely be polished by time. The very tactile texture never prevails over the wine balance. Long and vibrant, the finish underlines the herbal and balsamic notes as well has the brightness of the unctuous dazzling fruit.
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About Domus Aurea:

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, Clos Quebrada de Macul is recognized as one of the finest vineyards in the Maipo Valley. It is here, on the gravelly slopes of a 45-acre single-vineyard, that owners Ricardo and Isabel Pena produce their award-winning Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Peña family is committed to extremely low yields. The family's vineyards are divided into five blocks that follow the depth and stoniness of the soil, which are further divided into upper, middle and lower rows. The harvest is not determined by block or row but vine by vine. The winery also utilizes open-top fermentation and personalized oak aging cycles, selecting lots with the most character to be the first wines into French barrels.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Robert Stemmler Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2008
Robert Stemmler Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 111549)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Pinot Noir offers many layers of beautiful ripe strawberry, raspberry and intense black cherry and plum aromas mingled with hints of cola, forest floor and earth. The wine is fleshy, sleek and spicy, with copious wild berry, black cherry and strawberry flavors, good grip and a sustained, well-balanced finish.
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About Robert Stemmler:

Robert Stemmler's passion for winemaking spans over forty years. A native of Germany, Robert Stemmler completed his formal education in winemaking and viticulture at Bad Kreuznach wine college in Germany. In 1961 he then traveled to America to accept a winemaking position at Charles Krug Winery, one of Napa Valley's most prominent wineries. He quickly earned the reputation as one of the leading winemakers in California. This recognition lead him to other renowned wineries including Inglenook Vineyards in the Napa Valley and Simi Winery in Sonoma County.

In 1976, Robert Stemmler opened his own winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. With total control over the direction of his brand, Robert concentrated on his true passion, Pinot Noir. It was in 1982, after securing quality fruit from a hillside vineyard in Russian River, Robert Stemmler Pinot Noir was put on the map. In 1984, the Robert Stemmler Pinot Noir was awarded the "Best in America." Today, Robert Stemmler is recognized as one of California's top Pinot Noir producers and he continues to devote his energy to his passion of making California's best Pinot Noir.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Santa Cruz Mountains    California   
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Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 110195)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

After being hand harvested, the grapes follow the meticulous winemaking techniques perfected by Martin Ray over sixty years ago. The grapes are gently crushed and fermented in open-top tanks for two weeks, creating rich structure in the wine. Minimal sulfur dioxide usage preserves fruit intensity and enhances the rich, round tannins. Aged for thirty months in French oak barrels, 35 percent in new oak barrels and 65 percent in 1–4 year old barrels, intensifies the complexity and character of the wine. Although labor intensive, these techniques produce superbly enhanced flavors and textures in our wines. The Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon is a distinctive wine with beautiful balance and solid structure. Inviting, elegant aromas of vanilla and cherry lead to lush flavors of blackberry and plum, finishing with a lingering whisper of toasty oak. Due to its unique style, this wine will maintain interest and liveliness for years to come.
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About Martin Ray:

Courtney Benham acquired the historic Martini & Prati winery in July 2003, which is now Martin Ray Winery and the home of their new Tasting Room. The Tasting Room structure, dating back to the 1900's, used to serve as a stable and bunkhouse where Italian immigrants stayed during harvest and crush. The winery also houses a 1 million gallon production facility that is used not only for wine production, but also as a 'custom crush' facility where over 20 clients crush their grapes and produce their wine.

Established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery, the historic site is distinguished as the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County and one of the oldest wineries in California. The winery was able to stay in operation during prohibition by selling sacramental wines by train to Rabbis through a winery in New York. Originally known as Martini & Prati, which was established in 1902, the winery was run by five generations of the Martini family and associated with the local Italian-American community that still includes the Sebastiani's, the Foppiano's, the Pedroncelli's and the Seghesio's.