Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Casa Marguery Malbec 2009
Casa Marguery Malbec 2009
(search item no. 105623)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $8.98

Winemaker's Notes:

Standout blackberry notes on the nose, which continue on the palate, with a beautiful rustic character that is more European than Argentine. Excellent structure, with great acidity and some of the most pleasant tannins we've ever tasted. An authentic wine at a terrific price, great with anything from steak to pizza.
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About Casa Marguery:

The philosophy of quality over quantity, respect for the land, and honoring the winemaking traditions we have inherited from our forefathers is recognizable anywhere, from Sicily to Burgundy, and even in this tiny corner of Mendoza in Cruz de Piedra, inside the converted barn where Familia Marguery wines are produced.

Proprietor Guillermo Donnerstag can be found in the vineyard virtually any day of the year, and inside the bodega he is assisted by the skilled hands of enologist Pedro Rosell. Guillermo is extremely lucky with his access to high quality vineyards in La Consulta (Uco Valley) and Vistalba. Loaded with personality and gusto, his wines are some of the most interesting examples of Malbec we import.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Dashwood Pinot Noir 2008
Dashwood Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 99831)
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PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This bright garnet wine shows lifted cherry fruit and mushroom notes on the nose. The palate exhibits ripe black cherry fruit flavors and has soft tannin finish. This wine is made to drink young , and will show its best now and over the next few years. Dashwood Pinot Noir is sealed with a screw top to ensure optimum quality.
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About Dashwood:

The Dashwood brand was developed by Vavasour Wines in 1989. Given the commitment to using the Vavasour brand for wines true to the Awatere Valley, it provided flexibility within the company's portfolio to have the Dashwood range as a blend of fruit from Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys.

Dashwood wines bring the luscious, clean fruit characters of the Wairau Valley into harmony with the flinty, or mineral, characters of the Awatere (resulting from the comparatively cooler but drier temperatures and slightly less fertile soils). Created by long-standing winemaker, Glenn Thomas, who joined Vavasour in 1988, Dashwood wines are made in an earlier drinking style than those carrying the Vavasour brand and are considered outstanding value for money by wine buyers across the globe.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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The Lackey Shiraz 2007
The Lackey Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 101672)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brick red in color with youthful crimson hues. Rich dark fruits, spicy plums, licorice and scented charry oak. The palate is layered and complex beyond expectations, the palate combines ripe, spicy plums, dark cherries and quality oak to provide a richly rewarding and lingering flavor experience.

Cellaring Potential of at least 6 - 8 years.

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About The Lackey:

'Lackey' is an affectionate Australian term referring to a hardworking laborer of agreeable character who is generally assigned to menial tasks, yet none-the-less gets the job done without the merest sign of a complaint. In a similar fashion, Australian Shiraz has long been considered the workhorse of the Australian wine industry – undeniably full of personality, and the ideal candidate to get the job done, regardless of the situation! This hard working 'lackey' of a wine punches well above its weight in personality and complexity.

Made by Kilikanoon winery. Founded in 1997 by Kevin Mitchell, Kilikanoon is a boutique Clare Valley winery with an international reputation for producing regionally expressive, terroir-driven wines. The Kilikanoon property, featuring a circa 1860s stone cottage housing Kilikanoon tasting room, was originally settled by early English migrants who named it after an historic old mansion in Cornwall. On purchasing the property in the 1990s, Kevin Mitchell inherited 30 year old Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Riesling vineyards, many of which were planted by his father, Mort, in the 1960s. Fifteen years on, with the addition of partners Nathan Waks, a principal cellist with the Sydney Symphony, and Bruce Baudinet, Managing Director of Oracle Estates, Kilikanoon is rated by US and Australian critics as one of the Clare Valley’s outstanding wineries, producing bracingly intense and long-lived Rieslings, along with powerful, yet balanced, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Layer Cake Shiraz 2009
Layer Cake Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 103958)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark, dense and creamy. Aromas of spice, anise, tobacco and mocha emerge from the inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark berry, black cherry, exotic spices and chocolate. Complete from attack through a long, lingering finish. What about the next slice…
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About Layer Cake:

Layer Cake is a wine that was inspired by my Grandfather and Grandmother. Every Sunday, my Grandmother would bake a huge layer cake for dessert. My Grandfather would pour me a little glass of wine and place it at the table for me. He explained wine in terms of that cake. 'The vines,' he would say, 'live in layers of soil just like the layers in Grandma’s cake; each layer bringing a different flavor.' My grandfather taught me that everything in life is about layers and complexity. I loved those words and when I was a cake-focused boy, it made perfect sense… in fact, it still does.

Since those early days I have been all over the wine world time and again. I have tasted thousands of different wines and there are only a few places that haunt me, always come back to mind, occupy my dreams and have drawn me back again to taste some more.

I started Layer Cake because I wanted to make a wine at a price that could be enjoyed everyday with abandon, yet made by hand (not in a giant factory) and made in some special places in the world that I have always loved. The mission was simply to shock people about how good wine could be at a very affordable price.

While the Layer Cake wines were not intended to be compared with Hundred Acre, they are rich and taste like they should simply cost a lot more. This is due to our rigorous fruit selection and small winemaking style. The same team of winemakers that work with me at Hundred Acre, work with me all over the world to craft a rich Shiraz in South Australia, fabulous Malbec in Argentina, spicy old vine Primitivo, aka Zinfandel, in Puglia, Italy, sleek Syrah in the Cote du Rhone, France and of course, some Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Each is very special in its own way and a phenomenal value.

With the making of each Layer Cake wine my Grandfather’s words and my Grandmother’s cakes come back to me. Layer Cake is a simple black and white label with, of course, my Grandmother’s giant layer cake on the front and my Grandfather’s words on the back…ENJOY!!



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Byron Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2010
Byron Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2010
(search item no. 112771)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 PinotReport rating: 89 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 89 points
2009 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a forward, lush, approachable wine. Dominated by dark berry, rose petal, plum and smoke, yet without losing the beautiful floral/mineral notes typical of Santa Barbara.
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About Byron:

Byron was founded in 1984 by winemaker Ken Brown. With years of experience as a winemaker in Santa Barbara County, Ken recognized the Santa Maria Valley's potential for great wines in the Burgundian style, and was the first winemaker to introduce Rhone-style grape varieties to the area. The first crush at Byron Vineyard & Winery produced 7,600 cases, and Byron soon gained national recognition for high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

In 1990, the Robert Mondavi family purchased Byron, and Ken Brown became Winemaker and General Manager. He and Tim Mondavi, Robert's son, set about designing the new Byron Winery as an expression of their shared belief in natural farming, experimental viticulture and gentle grape handling. They wanted to eliminate pumping, which shears grape stems, skin and seeds, allows tannins and other harsh elements into the juice and can make wine bitter.

With the aid of noted architect R. Scott Johnson, who designed the Opus One winery in Napa Valley and San Francisco's Transamerica building, Ken designed a multi-level winery that replaces pumping with gravity flow, resulting in more complex, dynamic wines. Byron's vineyards were also expanded and replanted as Ken Brown experimented with trellising systems, new rootstocks and clones, row orientation, and planting density in his quest for the perfect grape.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Chile    South America   
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William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 111619)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

All the Pinot Noir fruit comes from carefully tended vines owned by the William Cole family in the cool Casablanca Valley. Aged for six months in small oak casks, the wine retains all of its attractive fresh fruit character, combined with silky tannins and a long, complex finish. Perfect for lighter meals and tomato-based sauces.
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About William Cole:

William Cole Vineyards lay deep within Chile's prestigious Casablanca Valley—often called "Chile’s Burgundy." This cool climate vineyard near the coast, which is comprised of over 129 contiguous hectares, provides a long, warm growing season with cool nights to develop excellent acidity. Owned by Bill Cole and his Chilean family, the winery specializes in cool climate varieties, and the wines are crisp, clean and complex. The winery makes two lines: Albamar and Columbine Reserve.


Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Snoqualmie Naked Merlot 2007
Snoqualmie Naked Merlot 2007
(search item no. 112354)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $9.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Although all of Snoqualmie wines are made with minimal intervention, grapes used in the "Naked" wine series are farmed as "au naturel" as possible. "Naked" is made with certified organically grown grapes in a certified organic facility. Very true to the varietal, these wines fit in perfectly with the winemaker's philosophy that it is best to leave Mother Nature alone - let nature take her course and then try to capture the natural essence of the vineyard in the bottle

Black cherry fruit impression in the nose, with ample structure and natural berry fruit flavors on the palate - like eating fresh Merlot berries off the vine. 100% of the fruit is from Horse Heaven Hills vineyards in the Columbia Valley.

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About Snoqualmie:

Snoqualmie Vineyards embodies the spirit of the Northwest in personality and in its approach to winemaking. Snoqualmie's honest, yet eclectic style is largely a reflection of winemaker Joy Andersen, at the helm since 1990. Under Joy's leadership, Snoqualmie’s reputation for crafting approachable, food-friendly wines has been recognized across the country by critics and consumers alike.

Snoqualmie has been producing classic varietal wines from Columbia Valley vineyards for over two decades. Snoqualmie's vineyards lie within three distinct growing regions of the Columbia Valley: Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and Horse Haven Hills. Each area produces grapes with flavors unique to the area, and Joy considers the individuality of each growing region one of her strongest winemaking tools.

Styled for easy drinking and as a complement to food, the Columbia Valley tier wines are as welcome on a picnic table as they are on a linen tablecloth.

Rosebud Vineyard, on the Wahluke Slope, one of the warmest areas in the state, was planted in 1981 and is one of the original vineyards for Snoqualmie wines. As of 1991 Snoqualmie has an exclusive contract with Rosebud Vineyards. It is the source for their single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Snoqualmie's reserve wines are made a barrel at a time using artisan winemaking techniques. Quantities are extremely limited.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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J. Bookwalter Subplot 25
J. Bookwalter Subplot 25
(search item no. 112353)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $9.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromatics of currants, dark berries, black plums. mocha & marzipan linger as the wine enters the palate full of ripe fruit flavors, Black Forest cherries, Boysenberries, and dates layered with cola, resin, graphite and a dash of Thai spice. A lush and full mid palate prelude a velour like finish, balanced with a touch of acidity.

48% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Barbera.

The number on the bottle represents how many non-vintage table wines we have produced since 1983. Each lot of wine that we select for Subplot is carefully chosen each year after we have made our final blends for our top tier wines. We attempt to create a flavorful, full bodied yet approachable wine by layering vintages, vineyards and varietals in our Subplot wines.

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About J. Bookwalter:

Jerry Bookwalter has been in agriculture since graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Ag. Production in 1962. His past career as manager for Sagemoor Farms has given way to vineyard management and winemaking. Jerry began making wine in 1983. Wines include award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat Blanc and Merlot as well as Red Table Wine, Johannisberg Riesling and Chenin Blanc.


Red Wines    Dolcetto    Piedmont    Italy   
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Paolo Manzone Dolcetto d'Alba Magna 2010
Paolo Manzone Dolcetto d'Alba Magna 2010
(search item no. 113168)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Dolcetto d'Alba Magna has an intense ruby red color, with purple reflections. The nose has a rich floral scent that is reminiscent of berries, which carries through to the taste.

Enjoy with pizza, simple pastas and chicken. It goes well with gorgonzola or other pungent Italian cheeses. When served slightly chilled, it is a lovely dessert wine but it is not sweet.

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About Paolo Manzone:

Gianpaolo Manzone is the sixth generation of his family involved in the wine industry in the heart of the legendary Piedmont region. Before Gianpaoloís father Armando started making Barbara díAlba, Nebbiola díAlba and Dolcetto díAlba in 1970 in the village of Sinio, the family were well-known farmers and grape-growers.

In 1999, Gianpaolo bought vineyards in Serralunga díAlba and began production of a Barolo Meriame and Barolo Serralunga. The age of the vineyards in Sinio have an average age of 20 to 25 years, while vines from the Serralunga property range from 25 to 60 years old (the grapes from the oldest vines go into the wineryís flagship Barolo DOCG, which are situated in the best part of the famed Meriame area). Gianpolo is the winemaker and vineyard manage for the 10 hectares of vines the family owns in the two towns.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Prode Cavaliere Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2008
Prode Cavaliere Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2008
(search item no. 113169)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $9.97

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chianti shows bright red fruit flavors from the start with a hint of dried leaves. It's soft, smooth and a great everyday Chianti. Not too dry like some can be. Ruby red in color, balanced on the palate with good acidity and a smooth finish. Enjoy with your typical Italian fare of pizza, pasta and lighter entrees.
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About Prode Cavaliere :

Along with Campi Salti, Prode Cavaliere is part of the Fratelli Nistri winery. This is one of the oldest wineries in Tuscany, dating back to 1865, when Francesco Nistri set up a wine trading business in Mezzana, on the outskirts of Prato. Today, Fratelli Nistri is run by Mario and Piero Nistri (fourth generation) and Massimo and Fabrizio Nistri (fifth generation). The winery’s central office remained in Prato, near the original establishment founded by Francesco Nistri until 2006, when it was moved to new premises in Greve in Chianti, in the Chianti Classico production zone.

Radical changes have been made at the winery in recent years with investments in new technology and machines, as well as intensified focus on the production and bottling of fine quality wines. Today, the winery makes some of the leading Tuscan wines.