Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Cotes de Castillon    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Hyot Cotes de Castillon 2010
Chateau Hyot Cotes de Castillon 2010
(search item no. 115766)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau Hyot is a deep ruby color, with a clear shine, revealing a structured nose of ripe fruit with hints of pepper. Remarkable balance and soft silky tannins sustain a long and memorable finish.
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About Chateau Hyot:

Chateau Hyot showcases the masterful skill of winemaker Amelie Aubert and consultant Michel Rolland. The wine is a Merlot-based blend, from 40 year-old vines, with Cabernet Franc bringing sophisticated aromas and silky tannins, and a dose of Cabernet Sauvignon for a structural backbone.

A deep respect for the vine is the driving force behind Amelie Aubert's philosophy and approach to making wine. "Quality is not possible with quantity," she explains, "and I want my wine to capture the essence of this fantastic terroir."



White Wines    Chardonnay    North Coast    California   
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Toad Hollow Francine's Selection Unoaked Chardonnay 2010
Toad Hollow Francine's Selection Unoaked Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 113808)
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PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Toad Hollow Chardonnay is our 18th vintage and continues the tradition of the unoaked style we started in 1993. From vintage to vintage, our winemaking remains consistent. Our 2010 Chardonnay is clean, crisp and full flavored, with green apple and bright lemon zest nishing with a hint of grapefruit. This is a well balanced wine with good acidity - our unoaked Chardonnay is always a treat for your senses.
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About Toad Hollow:

Toad Hollow Vineyards began operation in 1994, with 3000 cases of 1993 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Our Chardonnay is 100% Stainless Steel fermented, using no oak at all. Since then we have added additional wines, a Russian River Merlot (Richard McDowell Vineyard), a Russian River Pinot Noir (Goldies Vines) a Zinfandel from Paso Robles and a Rose of Pinot Noir from Carneros. In 1995 we started to import wines made by our French friends at Sieur D'Arques and now have two sparklings and three still wines in our portfolio. Our mission is to produce quality wines that are interesting at a reasonable price. Our labels are whimsical, supporting another element of our philosophy - we believe drinking wine should be FUN!

Toad Hollow is a collaboration of two old friends who, more or less, retired to an existence of peace and quiet in the Hollow, after a life of whirlwind world travel. Neither of these two gentlemen believed in self-denial, and over the years had probably wined and dined at every major eatery and watering hole in the universe. They began to discuss the fun times they had experienced over many years, remembering all the wonderful people they had met. During their conversation they decided they wanted to find a way to repay the warmth and friendship shown them along the way.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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La Maialina Chianti Classico 2008
La Maialina Chianti Classico 2008
(search item no. 108139)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vibrant aromas of ripe cherries with notes of sweet spices, violets, and licorice with a smooth velvety finish.
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About La Maialina:

La Maialina celebrates the history, culture and cuisine of Chianti, prized since antiquity for its rich soil and favorable climate. Rolling hillsides lend themselves to the optimal cultivation of the Sangiovese grape, ripening to perfection during the dry, warm summers. The La Maialina wines express the essence of Tuscany and the tradition of quality that defines this historic region. The name La Maialina (little pig) references the Cinta Senese heirloom breed that originated in the Siena area during the 1300’s and is the only Tuscan native pig to survive extinction. Produced by the revered Attilio Pagli, La Maialina Chianti, Chianti Classico, and Chianti Classico Riserva are crafted to express the essence of the territory and tradition of quality of this historic region. Settled first by Etruscan then the Romans, the earliest documentation of a “Chianti wine” dates back to the 13th century when viticulture was known to flourish in the “Chianti Mountains” around Florence. The Chianti denomination was first delimited in 1932 by ministerial decree and its boundaries have remained unchanged.


White Wines    Riesling    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Leasingham Bin 7 Riesling 2008
Leasingham Bin 7 Riesling 2008
(search item no. 108656)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $11.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw with green hues and brilliant clarity, this Bin 7 Riesling exhibits lifted spicy aromas of kaffir lime and spice. The palate is very fine, tight and concentrated with fleshy citrus fruit, mouthwatering acidity and a long crisp finish. Exhibiting balanced texture and layers of fruit flavor.

A perfect match with freshly shucked oysters or whole baked fish.

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About Leasingham:

Originally there were four pioneers : J.H. (Joseph) Knappstein, a merchant, Dr O. Wein-Smith, a medical practitioner of Clare, Magnus Badger, a solicitor, and John Cristion, who was a brewer of note. Alfred Basedow was employed as a General Manager and Winemaker, having learned the craft of winemaking in Europe. The name Stanley was chosen to identify the company with the local electoral district of Stanley. By 1912, Joseph Knappstein, one of the most enterprising men of his time in South Australia, had bought out the interests of the other three founders and gained control of the company.

The Leasingham winery was acquired by The Hardy Wine Company in January 1988, when a major upgrade of vineyards, winery, tourism and promotional facilities was begun. Subsequently that year the Clarevale Co-operative was integrated giving access to further premium fruit. Today the name Leasingham is reserved for premium wines only. The Stanley name continues on a range of wine casks produced at the Buronga winery



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 98804)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Antiguas Reservas' vintage shows an intense red color with hints of violet and burgundy. It has an expressive nose, with aromas of red berries and black cherries. In mouth, it is nice and fruity, with notes of ripe plum. Its rich acidity and soft tannins makes it a well structured and elegant wine.
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About Cousino Macul:

In 2006, Cousiño-Macul celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Cousiño family's wine estate in Santiago was established in 1856. Five years ago, the Cousiños moved many of their vines to a new estate at Buin, and built a new winery there. Few wine producers have the opportunity to make a completely new start, incorporating the best of their age-old experience, their unique vines from their personal greenhouse and the most contemporary technology available.

As the technology continues to advance in the vineyards and in the wineries around the world, Cousiño Macul has seized this opportunity and taken a grand leap into the future. Although moving quickly into the future, they take with them the most important part of their long history - their genetic plant material that was originally brought into Chile in 1863. The Cousiño's vineyard and winery in Macul became the proudest achievement of the family. The new vineyard and winery in Buin are now in the hands of the sixth generation.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Michel Torino Don David Malbec Reserve 2008
Michel Torino Don David Malbec Reserve 2008
(search item no. 107292)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $15.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The flagship red varietal of Argentina. This wine shows plum, red fruits, spicy black cherries and cassis with toasted oak notes on the nose and palate. Ripe fruit and linear acidity balance strong but soft, ripe tannins.

Displaying expressive plum jam, raisin and pipe tobacco aromas, with toasty vanilla notes, the wine has balanced, spicy dark fruits and cassis, almond and nutty notes on the long finish.

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About Michel Torino:

With over 1500 acres of vineyards standing at 5500-6600 feet above sea level, Michel Torino is the most important winery in the Cafayate Valley of Argentina. All of the Michel Torino wines are hand-harvested in the estate's own vineyards. Additionally, Andrés Höy, Torino's production manager, practices sustainable, environmentally- friendly farming by minimizing the use of fertilizers and chemicals in the vineyard. The unique Cafayete climate manifests itself in the elegant, focused profile of Michel Torino's wines. These are wines with an indelible sense of place, wines which complement food rather than overpower, wines which are true to their origin.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz 2006
Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 108622)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $13.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Annie's Lane Copper Trail Shiraz sourced from the Clare Valley, South Australia is deep purple-red in colour. Intensely fragrant, it displays aromas of blackberry, violets and dark chocolate. The full-bodied, well-balanced palate offers freshly ground coffee, mineral and berry characters, supported by long, velvety tannins and texture on the seamless finish.
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About Annie's Lane:

Annie Wayman was a legend in the Clare Valley. She could always be relied upon to bring along sandwiches and a warm drink to harvesters and pruners in the vineyard at the turn of the 20th century. One evening, Annie's horse and cart got bogged in a lane adjacent to one of the valley's best vineyards. Thus, Annie's Lane was born.

Annie' s Lane is now one of the finest wineries in Australia's renowned Clare Valley and represents the finest vineyards in one of South Australia's great regions. The Annie's Lane wines rely on regional and varietal expression and have been awarded with over 350 trophies and medals at wine shows in Australia and across the globe since the first release in 1996. The most successful of all the wines has been the super-premium Copper Trail Shiraz.

The home of Annie's Lane is the heritage listed Quelltaler winery at the heart of Watervale, in the Clare Valley's south. Quelltaler is the region's oldest and most important winery, dating back to 1863. Fruit for Annie's Lane is sourced from magnificent old Watervale vines as well as from vineyards to the north in the Polish Hill River sub-district where the cooler ripening period and extraordinary slate riddled soils combine to create an unmistakable stamp of the Clare Valley.



White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2010
(search item no. 113579)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is a dry, crisp, refreshing style of Riesling with beautiful fruit flavors, crisp acidity and an elegant finish. It exudes beautiful white peach and floral aromas with a clean finish.

This is an incredibly versatile food wine and a favorite with oysters.

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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.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes

Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.