Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Schild Estate Shiraz 2010
Schild Estate Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 120978)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#30 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Ruby red with purple hues. A nose of rich ripe blackcurrants, dark morello cherries and clove spice. Plush, soft berry fruits and flavors of dark chocolate and mocha are supported by a fine tannin framework and hints of dry roasted nuts derived from some well balanced and integrated oak presence.

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About Schild Estate:

The Schild name has a long history in the Barossa dating back to 1952 when Ben Schild purchased the Three Springs Farm property in Rowland Flat and settled with his family. Ben transformed the land into a mixed farm with a focus on sustainable viticulture. Schild Estate's vineyards include some of the oldest in Australia including the famous Moorooroo vineyard near Jacob's Creek, which was planted in 1847 by William and John Jacob. Ed’s vineyard site selection has favoured the cooler, southern end of the Barossa near Lyndoch, which enjoys a slower and longer ripening period – perfect for optimum grape flavour development.

These generous wines are spearheaded by the iconic Moorooroo Shiraz, demonstrating regional integrity and illustrating Schild Estate’s reputation as Pure Barossa.Schild Estate wines are an expression of the southern Barossa, which enjoys a slower and longer ripening period – perfect for optimum grape flavour development. Meticulous viticultural and winemaking practices ensure all wines reflect their sub region - Pure Barossa. Approachable. Warm and Passionate. Over deliver on quality. Generous



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011
(search item no. 116153)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tilia Malbec has a dark, blackish purple color. The nose offers ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Australia    Australia   
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Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 108671)
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby purple with hints of crimson, this wine displays lifted aromas of blackberries and plums with suggestions of cedar and violets. The palate is elegantly structured with layers of red berry fruits, anise and fruit pastille. A silky texture and sweetness is supported with typical Cabernet structure which provides a soft tannin finish. Synergy and elegance.

Vegan / Vegetarian friendly.

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About Oxford Landing:

Oxford Landing isn't some invented name on a wine label. It's a real place, a real vineyard, that lies alongside the River Murray near the South Australian river town of Waikerie. Wyndham Hill Smith found this place in 1958 and Yalumba purchased the block naming it Oxford Landing after a nearby site where drovers once grazed and watered sheep on the long journey to Adelaide from northern pastoral properties.

Today, Oxford Landing has matured into one of Australia's most innovative viticultural enterprises delivering varietal flavor through a collection of value priced varietal wines.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet 2010
Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet 2010
(search item no. 113237)

PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our first blended red wine for Cupcake has over the top aromas of chocolate, deep rich blackberries, red fruits that follow through the palate to a creamy mocha finish that is unmistakable in its intensity and length. It's reminiscent of a blackberry chocolate cupcake with a mocha coulis.

Enjoy with sweet and spicy Hoisin steak, a barbecue bacon cheese burger or even dark chocolate fondue.

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About Cupcake Vineyards:

At Cupcake Vineyards, our goal is to craft the richest, smoothest and most elegantly textured wines. To ensure this, we select our grapes from vineyards that are truly expressive of the varietals that we grow. Our Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come from California’s sun-drenched Central Coast, where the distinctive topography and climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean yields some of California's best world-class wines. Our Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Marlborough valley of New Zealand, where the long days and cool climate allow the grapes to mature slowly over a longer period of time.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007
(search item no. 107767)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep and dark red, notes of fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Full, round and racy with rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine. Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.
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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2009
Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2009
(search item no. 118869)
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Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A serious yet easy-drinking red blend, loaded with deep black cherry and brambly blackberry fruit flavors, surrounded by cocoa powder, fresh tobacco and black spice accents. Juicy, lush and round mouthfeel with soft tannins supporting generous fruit. The long finish is full of dense berry and cocoa. A rich, fruit-forward wine intended to be enjoyed within five years of vintage.

Blend: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Zinfandel, 3% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec


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About Gundlach Bundschu:

Gundlach Bundschu Winery is a family-owned, sixth-generation producer of distinctive wines of site-specific character. The winery's 320-acre Estate Vineyard, christened Rhinefarm in 1858, is located at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley AVAs, at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range.

Gundlach Bundschu approaches its vineyards, wines, business and the world with spirit, creativity and dedication to excellence. When you open a bottle of Gundlach Bundschu, you uncork not only the Estate's unique ability to produce profound wines, but also a rich, personal relationship between the Gundlach Bundschu family and the land on which the family lives.



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Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2009
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2009
(search item no. 113784)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep and dark red. Shiny. Fresh fruits with red berries and spices on the nose. The palate is full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensly aromatic wine. Overall, full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.

This classic wine offers top quality year in year out.

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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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The Show Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
The Show Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

What you have here is a pure, unapologetic expression of California Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from the hit list of premiere California wine regions - it's a Show stopper. Aromas of cassis, toasty oak, sweet fruit and chocolate continue into a chewy palate and long finish.
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About The Show:

In their stirring departure from the main stream, the Three Thieves and Nashville's Hatch Show Print have joined forces to express their creative flair to bring us the big, bold, Cabernet Sauvignon and its perfect complement: The Show Malbec. These show-stopping varietals are sure to grab your attention as they were inspired by the Hatch Show Print's dynamic and distinctive posters.


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Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2009
Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2009
(search item no. 111304)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $29.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very deep color - deep purple. Lots of silky fruit on the palate, very pungent with lots of red licorice and lively multi-layered fruit. Very rich, probably the richest Coudoulet for the price.
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About Chateau de Beaucastel:

In 1549, "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet". More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Château de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law, began to restore the domaine following the ravages of phylloxera. His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine in 1953 and introduced many innovations such as improved grape varietals, integrated pest control, and a flash-heat exchanger.

Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre's sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated as a garden: no chemical fertilizer, no chemical week killers or sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used in the vineyards.

The vineyards are planted in all the traditional grapes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardin, Bourboulenc, Roussanne.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107321)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A classic, full-bodied Cabernet with dark fruit aromas and a hint of spice. Generous layers of fresh currant, black cherry and ripe blackberry gain concentration across the palate before leaving a balanced, richly-textured impression that lasts.
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About Novelty Hill:

Novelty Hill is a small, independent winery crafting limited quantities of elegant wines from Washington State's finest vineyards. Committed to delivering consistent, high quality wines through careful nurturing from vine to bottle, they are dedicated to using innovative clonal selection, sound viticultural practices and gentle, artisan winemaking to produce wines of uncompromising character.