Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 107057)
PinotReport rating: 91 points
Burghound.com rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright aromas of raspberry and cherry are complimented by sweet tones of brown sugar and nutmeg, as well as muskier notes of sandalwood, clove and tobacco. Opens with rich red fruit flavors of black cherry backed by a hint of sandalwood. The round mouthfeel features refined and velvety tannins and nicely balanced acidity, leading to light black pepper spice and tart strawberry on the finish.
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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:

United in the dream of building a world class winery in Oregon, thousands of wine enthusiasts joined winegrower Jim Bernau to create Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is regarded as one of Oregon's top wineries. Since 1983, the winery has grown to produce some of the highest-rated Pinot Noirs in the U.S. Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Willamette Valley Vineyards one of "America's Great Pinot Noir Producers." Their wines have been served at the White House and are recommended by wine critic and author Andrea Immer, Food Network's Rachael Ray and Public Broadcasting's chefs Caprial and John Pence.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' goal is to make the highest quality Burgundian varietals possible from the Willamette Valley. Their approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Bernau's stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth and richness of mouth feel and balance.

The people of Willamette Valley Vineyards are deeply committed to being good stewards of the land using natural means to promote soil nutrition and vine health. Both the Estate and Tualatin vineyards are LIVE certified and designated "Salmon Safe" by the Pacific Rivers Council.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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Spellbound Petite Sirah 2009
Spellbound Petite Sirah 2009
(search item no. 110094)

PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensity of color, rich black and brambly fruits, vanilla bean and roasting coffee aromatics are complimented by remarkable approachability in the 2008 Spellbound Petite Sirah.

The wine is crafted to unleash dark and luscious characteristics, while managing tannins to deliver an opulent and juicy Petite Sirah. This lush yet easy drinking wine provides intense berry character, with superb texture you will find in no other Petite Sirah but Spellbound.

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About Spellbound:

Spellbound was born when Rob Mondavi and Paul Hoffman decided to craft wines that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day yet special enough to celebrate milestone events. In honor of California's rich winegrowing heritage, this winemaking team sources fruit from established and emerging wine regions throughout the state, including Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara and Lodi.

Currently Spellbound makes Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. All three wines are approachable and food-friendly, perfect for causal dinners and black tie functions alike. Because Spellbound wines pair so well with food, they've become a favorite choice of fine restaurants.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Flora Springs Trilogy 2007
Flora Springs Trilogy 2007
(search item no. 107702)
collectible wine
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Flora Springs has built its legacy on beautiful and complex wines that can be enjoyed either as young and vibrant or as cellared and graceful. The 2007 exhibits all of the classic Trilogy attributes with a lovely cassis and cherry bouquet as well as huge black fruit flavors that envelope the palate. Each varietal is vital to the outcome – the Cabernet exhibits black cherry and dark cocoa character, while the Merlot carries these flavors to the back of the palate for an everlasting finish. Unrelenting with power and grace, the 2007 Trilogy, our 23rd release, beautifully marries the complexity and elegance of our earlier vintages with the sheer bravado of our favorite vintages during the late 90's.
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About Flora Springs Wine Company:

Flora Springs is a family endeavor that epitomizes hard work, dedication and teamwork . The vitality of this family is obvious as they set about the task of growing great grapes and making absolutely delicious wine.

It all began over 20 years ago, when Jerry and Flora Komes bought the first vineyard - a vineyard with lots of history, great soils and two ghost wineries. Their retirement project became a lifetime passion for son John Komes and daughter Julie Garvey and their families. John quickly talked the family (including another brother Mike Komes) into making wine. Julie worked side by side with John as the first two years they made the wines. Julie’s husband Pat Garvey took over the vineyard side of things. In 1980, Ken Deis was hired as winemaker and he has been part of the family ever since.

Winemaker Ken Deis makes use of every tool at his disposal. First of all, he trusts his senses: The feel of the berry in his fingers, the taste of the fruit and then the wine, the smells during fermentation. A winemaker needs to understand the source of his fruit and Ken has worked closely with vineyard manager Pat Garvey for more than 20 years so that they can anticipate the challenges that each vintage brings. Ken has also adopted the same curiosity that the entire Komes-Garvey family has and it has paid off royally in the quality of his wines.



Red Wines    Grenache    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2008
Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2008
(search item no. 104690)
green wine
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine's color shows full to medium depth reds with purple hues. The aroma is bright and jubey with spicy dark berried fruits and a savory, meaty plum fragrance. The palate packs a juicy core of impressive density showing savory and earthy textures and a fine grained tannin finish. Smoothly balanced and eminently drinkable. Certainly consumable now, but a wine that will age well over the next five years.

Suitable for vegans

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Falesco Sangiovese 2008
Falesco Sangiovese 2008
(search item no. 104535)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The soft and silky tannins pleasantly frame the plush texture of fruit and spice. Whether paired with your favorite Italian dishes or enjoyed alone by the glass, this Sangiovese is a pure pleasure to drink.
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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2007
(search item no. 108637)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $20.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 vintage of Faust delivers classic Napa Valley Cabernet aromas plush with blackberry, cassis, red plums and dark chocolate undertones. It makes a dramatic entry on the palate with abundant concentrated fruit and notes of coffee and cocoa. Balanced and complex, the rich and luxurious finish leaves you longing for another sip.
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About Faust:

Faust, the wine, celebrates a legend which has inspired many great minds, among them the German poet Goethe, from whose masterpiece we draw our inspiration. In Goethe's most famous work, the aging scholar Dr. Faust barters his soul in the afterlife in exchange for another chance at youth. He gets his chance, yet ultimately his soul is saved by love.

Faust is the epitome of the style that has made Napa Cabernet Sauvignon world renowned: bold and powerful, yet elegant and concentrated. Top Cabernet Sauvignon lots are selected from vineyards Agustin Huneeus owns in Rutherford, a Napa Valley appellation synonymous with the best of Napa Valley Cabernet, as well as the up and coming, soon to be named Tulocay viticultural area south of Atlas Peak.

Both vineyards are carefully tended to produce low yields and great concentration. The grapes are double sorted and crushed at Quintessa, one of the Napa Valley's most technologically sophisticated wineries, featuring gravity-flow design, oak fermentation and naturally cooled caves.



Red Wines    Grenache    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2005
Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2005
(search item no. 89130)

PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $14.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft and full-flavoured, it shows intense varietal character on the nose - ripe plums, cloves and spices interwoven with fragrant chocolate and truffle notes. The generous palate shows sweet berry, cherry and spice characters.
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"The 2005 Grenache Bush Vine (100% Grenache) exhibits classic strawberry, framboise, licorice, and pepper aromas, medium body, dusty tannin, and enough spice and fruit to last for another 2-3 years." - The Wine Advocate"
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Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106890)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage was particularly smooth from start to finish. Budbreak arrived on schedule in the spring, and we saw lower than average rainfall. Healthy flowering led to a very even set, with few heat spikes during the season. Timely veraison and cooler weather later in the season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and spend additional time on the vine. The Pinot Noir in Monterey lasted a full 8 weeks, beginning in September and lasting all the way into October. By all accounts, 2009 appears to be an outstanding vintage.

In the glass, brooding, earthy aromas meld with juicy ripe plum, punctuated by lovely notes of black tea. The palate echoes the plum-filled nose, joined by black licorice and cocoa powder. A subtle earthiness leads to a generous, fleshy mid-palate and a smooth, mineral-laced finish.

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Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema's location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery. At the winery, Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse uses artisan winemaking techniques to handcraft wines of distinctive flavor, elegance and balance.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2008
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2008
(search item no. 113541)
has fluid
has fluid 360

James Suckling rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Nipozzano Riserva 2008 greets the eye with a deep purplish red color. The nose is remarkably rich and multi-faceted, showing cleanly-delineated aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, and dried plum, lifted in turn by spicier impressions of black pepper, vanilla, cocoa powder, and espresso beans. A warm alcohol complements its smooth overall texture in the mouth, and a clean, vibrant acidity and silky, well-integrated tannins contribute to an impressive elegance. An almost-endless finish, with abundant aromatic fruit, completes a harmonious, well-balanced wine.
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About Frescobaldi:

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 113414)
screw cap wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw with green hues. A lifted nose showing aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant, grapefruit and nettles with refreshing underlying mineral notes. Light bodied and refreshing with typical Marlborough flavors of gooseberry, blackcurrant and grapefruit. A pleasing mineral note leads to a long lingering finish.

Perfect for drinking immediately, this Sauvignon Blanc will be at its best over the next two years.

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The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. Pioneer James Sinclair built one of the first homes in Blenheim and was closely associated with the early development of the town. Over time the name of the property reverted to the original Saint Clair.

Saint Clair Estate Wines is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, pioneers of viticulture in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however, a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Estate Wines.

Saint Clair Estate Wine's success is founded on the 27 years of extensive pioneering viticulture, ongoing as a critical part of the highest quality winemaking practices. Neal and Judy's passion for their Marlborough vineyards and award-winning range of wines is continuing to build their growing reputation in New Zealand and in the 35 markets around the world to which they export.

The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers' every expectation. To achieve this, Neal Ibbotson's viticultural expertise and Marlborough's unique climate and soils are combined with the proven experience of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams, led by Saint Clair's chief winemaker, Matt Thomson.