White Wines    Chenin Blanc    South Africa    South Africa   
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MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2006
MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2006
(search item no. 88447)
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Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $8.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tropical fruit, guava and melon aromas, crisp and bold sweet citrus
backed by refreshing acidity and minerality characteristic of our
coastal vineyards. An excellent wine to go with most poultry, fish
and salad dishes. A fabulous aperitif for a hot summer afternoon.
Serve chilled.
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About MAN Vintners:

"This MAN thing all began with three friends and an idea: to make a wine that we ourselves would love to buy. Good quality, good value, good packaging. Not exactly an epiphany, but enough to motivate us into action. What do we name it? Keeping peace in the family, we took the first initials of our wives. (We each have one wife, that is.) So this is how we explained to Marie, Anette, and Nicky that we were going to be "busy" most weekends. It's for you! we told them. And it's mostly true. But MAN is not only about woMAN, it is about MANkind and huMANity as well. Remember, Africa is the cradle of MAN!

For those of you that have experienced South Africa, it won't be a surprise if we state (objectively) that this is the most heavenly spot on earth. The winelands are stunning, with dramatic mountains, lush rolling vineyards, and that African blue sky. Taste a bit of Africa!"
- MAN Vintners



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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Bogle Petite Sirah 2005
Bogle Petite Sirah 2005
(search item no. 90304)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

First produced in 1978 by the Bogle family, this 2005 Petite Sirah is considered Bogle's "heritage" varietal. On the nose, luscious boysenberry teases you along with touches of black pepper and herbs. Trademark inky and jammy tones fill the mouth with ripe fruit and berries. The voluptuous finish lingers with toasty oak and lush fruit. The firm tannins make this a wine that can develop for years to come.

Try this unique wine with rich meat dishes of lamb, pork or game and hearty sauces.

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About Bogle Vineyards:

Although the Bogle family has been farming since the 1800's, it wasn't until 1968 that the father and son team of Warren and Chris Bogle planted their first 20 acres of wine grapes in Clarksburg, California. Clarksburg is a small farming community nestled in the Sacramento Delta. Today Bogle Vineyards farms over 1,000 acres of wine grapes in the Delta region. While the winery was established ten years after the first grapes were planted, it has grown tremendously along with the vineyards. Bogle Winery is currently producing 100,000 cases of wine. Winemaker Christopher Smith joined the winery in 1992. He sources fruit from some of the best vineyards throughout the State of California and blends that fruit with the best grapes from our Estate Vineyards in Clarksburg.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Alamos Malbec 2006
Alamos Malbec 2006
(search item no. 90697)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Alamos Malbec presents a deep, opaque violet color with purple hues. The nose is intense and complex, with ripe black fruits, sweet spice and a touch of violets. The mouthfeel is sweet and supple, with black cherry and cassis flavors mingled with spicy black pepper and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
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About Alamos:

From the vineyard to the winery, the Alamos wines are made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang time, preserving the fruit's full spectrum of aromas and flavors.

At the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled and two to four year old barrels are used to age the wines.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Other Rhône    France - Rhone   
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La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 2005
La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 2005
(search item no. 86193)
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault has produced a tyrpical Rhone style; full of fruit and spice aromas, it has soft tannins and good body. Produced by the Perrin Family of Chateau de Beaucastel fame.
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About La Vieille Ferme:

Jean Pierre Perrin established La Vieille Ferme over 35 years ago, when he chose to produce an inexpensive, straightforward Rhône wine to sell by direct mail to French wine lovers. He used the same grape varieties in similar proportions to those planted at the family's Château de Beaucastel, in a similar vinification process. The result was an immediate success in France, a wine of character and style in keeping with its Beaucastel heritage.

Initially, Jean Pierre made only Côtes du Rhône, but steeply rising grape prices in 1976 caused him to switch to Côtes du Ventoux and eventually to produce a white wine from the mountainous Côtes du Luberon. La Vieille Ferme was introduced to the United States in 1970. The response was an immediate, overwhelming acceptance and an outpouring of critical acclaim from eminently knowledgeable critics who recognized La Vieille Ferme for its consistently fine quality and value.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Beaujolais    France - Other regions   
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Duboeuf Reserve Pinot Noir 2005
Duboeuf Reserve Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 88935)

PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $10.49

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful ruby color. On the nose the wine shows intense aromas of black fruits, cherry and blackberry. On the palate it is round, well structured with soft tannins and a long finish. A wine to enjoy with lamb, roast beef or grilled salmon.

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.



Red Wines    Merlot    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Selected Vineyards Merlot 2004
Concannon Selected Vineyards Merlot 2004
(search item no. 88867)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $8.79

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Concannon Merlot, Selected Vineyards, Central Coast is bright red/magenta in color. Dark cherry, cassis, and raspberry fruit flavors combine with spicy, smoky, toasty oak on the nose and follow through on the palate. Dark chocolate integrates well with these Merlot flavors, giving this wine good length and lively tannins on the finish. Enjoy with beef pot roast, filet mignon, braised leg of lamb, prosciutto wrapped shrimp, or other favorite red meat or veal dishes.
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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Mark West California Pinot Noir 2006
Mark West California Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 93231)

PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $14.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Enticing aromas of juicy cherry, fleshy plum, strawberry tart and orange marmalade, with barrel notes of vanilla, cedar, brown sugar and spice. Oak aging rounds out the palate and gives the wine its body. Lush weighty fruit on the palate, tasting of raspberry preserves. The finish is fresh, bright and lingers of ripe red berry flavors.
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About Mark West:

At Mark West Winery our goal is to craft wines that consistently deliver enticing aromatics, a rich supple mouth feel, and classical varietal characteristics. The wines pair easily with food or for drinking alone. Our goal is to combine outstanding value and style in every wine we produce.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other California    California   
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Smoking Loon Syrah 2005
Smoking Loon Syrah 2005
(search item no. 91215)
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $9.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 14 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Ruby hue. Warm aromas of ripe blackberry, cedar and coconut. Tangy flavors of black cherry, tobacco and black pepper sport very good balance. Intense, mouth-filling close."
-Wine News

With inky purple color, this wine reveals scents of wild strawberry, mocha, and caramel with touches of sage and rosemary. The flavors burst through with intense blueberry and strawberry jam notes wrapped around rich French oak and finishing with touches of milk chocolate, sweetened cranberries, and savory herbs.

This wine would be great with a number of intensely spiced dishes such as Korean BBQ, Teriyaki Beef, or your favorite spicy BBQ sauce on grilled chicken. Moussaka, or grilled elk loin would also work well for those a bit more daring. Our Syrah can even stand up to a dessert of wild berries over a dark chocolate mousse.

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About Smoking Loon:

Don Sebastiani & Sons is a family-owned wine negociant firm specializing in the marketing of upscale, but moderately priced varietal wines. Principals Don Sebastiani and sons, Donny and August are third and fourth generation California vintners and wine merchants. The company is headquartered in Sonoma Valley and has a winery in the Napa Valley.

Smoking Loon has been recognized as a Value Brand of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine (2005).



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2004
Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2004
(search item no. 92080)

PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha Tinta & Graciano

Bright, ruby red color. Lively bouquet with notes of red fruit (wild strawberries and morello cherries) seasoned by slightly spiced sweet vanilla derived from aging in choice oak barrels. Fresh and fleshy in the mouth with a delicious balance between full fruit and smooth tannins that delight the palate whilst revealing great complexity and length.

A perfect accompaniment to Mediterranean cuisine, fried food, grilled vegetables, paella and other rice dishes, pasta, fish in tomato sauce, ham, chorizo, pâté, beef (roast, stewed or grilled) and cheese (mild or medium matured).

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About Marques de Caceres:

Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqués de Cáceres the Rioja bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.

The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother Elysée bought and restored two abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon. These châteaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux. When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta.

Emile Peynaud, former professor and chief wine researcher at the University of Bordeaux, was initial consultant to the winery. Today, Michel Rolland is wine consultant at Marqués de Cáceres and Henri and his daughter, Christine, are at the helm. The vinification methods at Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres are similar to those used in Bordeaux. Thus, French winemaking techniques and expertise have been applied to native Spanish grapes to produce one of the finest modern Riojas.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 89501)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $6.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A beautiful ruby color of average intensity. Its nose exudes ripe aromas of strawberry and black cherry accompanied by a pleasant touch of jam and chocolate. In the mouth, it is fresh, gentle, consistent and very fruity with a slightly spicy finish. It is a wine of medium structure, well balanced and with ripe discreet tannins which make it easily accessible.
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About Los Vascos:

Los Vascos traces its roots to approximately 1750 and to the original vineyard of Miguel Echenique. The vineyard passed down through the family throughout the succeeding centuries.

The acquisition of 50% of Los Vascos by Rothschild (Lafite) in 1988 was the result of a careful search among more than one hundred Chilean wines for one that could meet their criteria for excellence. A team of winemakers from Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) control the viticulture, harvest, maceration, fermentation and aging of the wines at Los Vascos. Strict control of yields from the estate and adherence to the winemaking techniques of Chateau Lafite result in wines of high quality, whose characteristics do not escape connoisseurs. All production is estate bottled.