Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2009
Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2009
(search item no. 106009)
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PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cherry red color with concentrated berries and cherries on the nose. Ample and fruity with a gentle hint of oak.

Food Pairing: pasta, white meats, fish and barbecue

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About Louis Bernard:

Since 1976, Louis Bernard has united winemakers of the Rhone Valley in a common project: to devote the best of their wine and savoir-faire to producing great wines. With production throughout the Cotes du Rhone region, Louis Bernard remains dedicated to showcasing the unique characteristics of each terroir while producing exquisite, world-class wines.

La Chartreuse de Bonpas is a medieval fortified convent located near Avignon in the Provence region of France, on the Durance River. According to legend, the area was originally called "Maupas" (bad passage) because it was dominated by dangerous bandits. In the 12th century, a holy man named Sibertius arrived with soldiers, built a convent, and chased away the evil bandits. Thus, the name was changed from "Maupas" to "Bonpas" (good passage) and became known as a safe haven allowing travelers a secure crossing of the Durance River .

Today, this historic monument is surrounded by 45 acres of A.O.C. Cotes du Rhone vineyards and is home to Louis Bernard. Visitors can tour the chapel, stroll in the beautiful French-style gardens, and enjoy wine tasting in the ancient cellar.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Sonoma County    California   
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Kenwood Yulupa Sparkling
Kenwood Yulupa Sparkling
(search item no. 28570)
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PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A light refreshing balanced sparkling wine with fruit flavors and aromas of citrus, pear, peaches, followed by a nuance of spice.

Enjoy this sparkling wine as an aperitif, or with salads and spicy dishes, especially those using citrus fruit. For dessert this wine pairs well with fresh berries or a fruit tart.

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About Kenwood Vineyards:

Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards.

Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking.

In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably, using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather than chemicals - in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. This “small lot” or “cuvee” style of winemaking also enables the winemaker to draw on an exceptionally broad “palette” to assemble wines that showcase classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2007
Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 98045)

PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant cherry red. Red fruit aromas, cherry, kirsch with notes of lime and mint. A plump wine with a lot of fruit and a delicate note of wood. Good persistence. Harmonious and well balanced.

Pair with grilled or roasted red meats, light game, poultry and mild cheeses.

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About Bouchard Aine & Fils:

When Michel Bouchard founded his wine merchant business in Beaune in 1750 with his elder son, he wanted to settle in the heart of Burgundy and its vines. Being close to the vine-growers, he created a unique expertise in selection, wine making and aging with one mission:

Always search for perfection in quality, authenticity in style and prestige in the name.

For over two centuries, this has been the vision of the House of Bouchard Ainé & Fils.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco
(search item no. 75299)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Nino Franco's non-vintage sparkling Rustico Prosecco is unquestionably the world's finest value in a high quality, Champagne look-alike. The non-vintage, light-bodied Prosecco di Valdobiaddene Rustico offers gorgeously elegant, fresh, lively fruit, notes of bread dough and citrus, and persistent effervescence.
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Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Poema Brut Cava
Poema Brut Cava
(search item no. 104054)
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PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Vibrant aromas of ripe peaches, pears and toasted bread with a hint of spice fill the nose. The palate is dry with a rich, creamy texture. Layers of flavor include orange rind and spice that persists through an elegant finish.
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About Poema:

Poema brings you the most popular of the Cava selections, Brut and Extra-Dry, each made from a traditional blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada grapes grown in the Penedès valley. Poema Cava is sourced from 152 hectares of vineyards located between the high, central and low regions of the Penedès valley in the Catalan province of Barcelona with each region best suited for specific varieties.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Les Graves de Barrau  2008
Chateau Les Graves de Barrau 2008
(search item no. 104541)

PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby color with aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and just a hint of vanilla. Château Les Graves de Barrau 2008 is a well-rounded wine, fleshy in the mouth, with a long, silky finish.

60% Merlot 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc.

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About Château Les Graves de Barrau:

The Château Les Graves de Barrau is part of an estate, 11 miles north of Bordeaux, that has been famous for centuries. Set high up on a south-facing plateau, the vineyard benefits from an exceptional position giving the grapes excellent ripeness.

The Musset family has been on this estate for several generations. Serge Musset took over in 1966. With all the savoir-faire of his ancestors, he grows the vines in the traditional way and makes his wine slowly and patiently.