Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos Roble 2011
Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos Roble 2011
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An elegant wine from Ribera del Duero. Made by gravity, it exhibits purity and balance. This is a low production wine: only 3,000 cases are made for the world. Juan Carlos Vizcarra is one of the pioneers of "garage winemaking" in Ribera. All grapes are organically grown.
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About Bodegas Vizcarra:

Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos was founded by Juan Carlos Vizcarra in 1991. They own 64 acres (26 hectares) of vineyards in the town of Mambrilla and Roa in Burgos.

What makes Vizcarra wines unique? For one, Juan Carlos Vizcarra's passion, determination and commitment are evident in these very elegant and complex wines.He is also one of a handful of genuine pioneer "garagistes" (small production winemaking) in the Ribera del Duero. Juan Carlos' Commitment to small production wines and gravity feed vinification results in genuine wines of purity and balance.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
James Suckling rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Decanter rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 vintage of this wine was ranked #31 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2011

This Chianti Classico Riserva is ruby red tending towards garnet. The bouquet is rich, intense and complex with notes of black cherry and spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors complimenting a backbone of tannin.

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About Castello di Monsanto:

In 1961 Fabrizio Bianchi, a successful textile manufacturer from Milan, purchased Castello di Monsanto and, in so doing, realized a long-held dream. Captivated by the beauty of Tuscany and convinced of the property's winemaking potential, Bianchi undertook the complete restoration of the vineyards and winery, while his wife, Giuliana, oversaw the restoration of the villa. Bianchi has relentlessly pursued the highest standards of quality, with particular emphasis on grape selection, natural vinification and a judicious use of technology.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Vina Herminia Rioja Reserva 2005
Vina Herminia Rioja Reserva 2005
(search item no. 117973)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An intense ruby color with red brick tones. Aromas of jam, spices, vanilla, leather and chocolate. In the mouth it is round and warming, with great length and soft tannins.
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About Vina Herminia:

Located in the Rioja Baja, at the southeastern end of the Rioja, Viña Herminia belongs to the owners of Emilio Lustau. They offer a full range of Rioja wines, from vineyards on the slopes of Monte Yerga and Monte Argudo, up to an altitude of 700m. Together with the warmer climate, this ensures rich, generous, fruity wines of enormous appeal.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Louis M. Martini 2010 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from several of the county's most prestigious appellations in the Alexander Valley and the Dry Creek Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were blended seamlessly to bring together the unique characteristics of each vineyard, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has fresh red plum and blackberry jam aromas and flavors that are supported by caramelized and toasted oak notes. The round, full mouthfeel has just enough structure to lead into a fruit-focused finish.
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About Louis Martini:

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    Sonoma County    California   
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Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 120224)
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Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 Laurel Glen Counterpoint displays aromas of cherry, red currant, caramel, mineral and earth. The wine is supple and finely textured, with layers of mocha, ripe cherry, tobacco and truffle. Smooth, elegant, fresh and vibrant, this wine over-delivers.
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About Laurel Glen Vineyards:

Laurel Glen Vineyard, a thousand feet up the slopes of Sonoma Mountain, has long been considered one of the iconic Cabernet vineyards of California. Originally planted in the 1880’s, the present-day vineyard was developed in the 1970’s by Sonoma wine pioneer Patrick Campbell. The 1st vintage of Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was made in 1981. The vineyard’s combination of high altitude, eastern exposure, rocky soils, and small diurnal temperature swings combine to produce very distinctive wines. Despite its small production, the wine has received international acclaim for its exceptional balance, elegance and ability to age gracefully.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Reynon  2010
Chateau Reynon 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau Reynon has a deep color and subdued aromas with licorice black-currant and smoky nuances; the flavors are velvety, elegant and powerful. They have an exceptional style that privileges the freshness of the fruit concentrated by the "noble rot", strength, balance and subtlety of the flavors.
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Red Wines    Merlot    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Carignan Prima 2009
Chateau Carignan Prima 2009
(search item no. 117457)
James Suckling rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 James Suckling rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A vermillion hue and an intense fragrance of blueberry and blackberry. Elegant in mouth, the wine has a fruity structure and mellow tannins. A complex wine that is nicely structured, and well balanced.

A perfect accompaniment for all meats and game and ripened cheese.

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About Chateau Carignan:

The estate lies over 150 hectares, 65 of which are planted with vines. The vines lie on south facing clayey-limestone hillsides covered with stony gravel. 30% of the vineyard is over 40 years old and 70% between 8 and 25 years old. The grape varieties planted are 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Chateau Carignan is located at Carignan de Bordeaux, 10km to the east of Bordeaux. The dominant grape variety, as for the other right bank Appellations (Saint Emilion and Pomerol), is Merlot. This variety is in its element on the clayey limestone hillsides and offers supple, well-rounded and highly fruity wines. The Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controlee) was defined by the French government in 1937 as an area of 3,400 hectares spread over 37 communes on the right bank of the river Garonne, forming a narrow strip of vineyards some 60km long and 5km wide from the north of Bordeaux to Langon. A great deal of technical progress has been made throughout the Côtes de Bordeaux and the wines' excellent value and quality have made them much sought after.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Russian River    California   
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Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2010
Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2010
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vanilla and spice, ripe red apple and a touch of lees on the finish. Savory, complex and satisfying, a touch of minerality, tarragon and vanilla. Definitely a food wine. Pair this wine with roast chicken, crab cakes, salmon, halibut, lobster, grilled mushrooms, fava beans and buttered corn.
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About Iron Horse:

A pioneer in the Green Valley appellation within the Russian River area of Sonoma County, the Iron Horse family is building a legacy of prestige sparkling wines and elegant estate-bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir within a "holistic" environment of natural balance, cultivation and love of the land.

Iron Horse is best known for its Sparkling Wines, which have been served at the White House since 1985, beginning with the historic U.S.-Russian Summit Meetings ending the Cold War, at the White House Millennium celebrations ushering in the new century, and at the White House dinner honoring the Pope.

Their Chardonnay is considered a signature wine for the cool, foggy Green Valley region. Pinot Noir is the winery's rising star wine.

Iron Horse has been named an American icon in a reference book published by Random House called "Icons of the American Market Place". Listed in alphabetical order, Iron Horse takes its place between iPod and Jack Daniel’s, validating Iron Horse’s reputation as a brand backed by pride, passion and quality.

The Iron Horse name came from a train that cut across the property in the 1890s. The logo, the rampant horse on a weather vane, came from a 19th century weathervane found while clearing away the rubble to build the winery.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Margaret River    Australia   
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Robert Oatley Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Robert Oatley Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A full-flavored yet finely structured Cabernet of great appeal: black berries, dried leaves and fine gravelly tannin, reflect an outstanding year.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Mitolo The Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Mitolo The Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Jester Cabernet Sauvignon is dense purple in color. On the nose, you'll get masses of blueberries, cassis and leather with intense aromas of coffee and mocha. On the palate, it is spicy, lifted and pure, with juicy and savory tannins, richness and elongated length.
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About Mitolo:

In a short period of time Mitolo has become recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale. Mitolo is a family owned business, started by and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitolo's vision to create a range of wines of individuality, integrity and utmost quality. Whether it is in the vineyard, or in the winery, or the work of the different coopers who source and shape the diverse barrels which are used at Mitolo, each wine is nurtured and developed with a zealous passion that spares no effort to ensure that the best of everything is brought together to make wines of purity, elegance and power.

Italian family roots inspired Frank's early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine. With three earlier generations of his family working as agriculturists and entrepreneurs, it is not surprising that (while heading an international horticultural business), Frank found the energy and passion to pursue his dream of creating world-class wines. The business was established in 1999 and a year later the first Mitolo wine was launched. It was called G.A.M.; named after Frank’s three children and the next generation of Mitolo’s, Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

Acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer is a partner in the business and the combination of his winemaking skills and Frank’s vision have led Mitolo to international recognition and acclaim. What started out as a dream is becoming an exciting reality, and Mitolo Wines has only just begun on its journey.