White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2010
Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 109933)

PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $14.19

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from a careful selection of top Sonoma County Chardonnay, with an emphasis on grapes from the cooler Sonoma Coast, this fresh and attractive wine displays aromas of white flowers, green apple with hints of exotic grapefruit, guava, flint, and wet stone. There is great flavor impact on the palate with fresh and lively acidity, it is ideal for youthful enjoyment.
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About Decoy:

Since the inaugural vintage of Decoy Napa Valley Red Wine more than 20 years ago, Decoy has taken an important place in the Duckhorn Wine Company family of wines. With a reputation for delivering great quality at a remarkable price, Decoy has established a loyal following for its distinctive style, which emphasizes ready-upon-release wines that are capable of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth. Building on this foundation, Decoy has evolved from being a single wine that supported the Duckhorn Vineyards brand to being a supporting brand for the entire Duckhorn Wine Company portfolio.

Today, in addition to the Decoy Red, the Decoy lineup includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc—all of which are appellation-designated, and highlight Decoy’s commitment to producing attractively priced wines made from exceptional vineyard sources.

Because of Duckhorn Wine Company’s unique structure, Decoy benefits from the talent, experience and expertise of all four Duckhorn Wine Company winemakers, each of whom has a unique area of specialization. Like all the grapes used to make wines in the Duckhorn Wine Company portfolio, fruit for the Decoy program comes from a mix of Estate vineyards and top growers. Decisions about which lots are used in Decoy are not made until well into the winemaking process. As a result, Decoy’s grapes receive the same meticulous care in the vineyard, and the same small-lot attention to detail in the winery.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep ruby in the glass, the 2009 Atalon offers pleasing aromas of rich black cherry and plum, wrapped in intriguing oak, spice and cedar notes. A round, voluptuous structure supports a gorgeous depth of flavor centering on sweet black cherry, currant, chocolate and coffee. Juicy and jammy, the spicy oak and chocolate notes interlace beautifully with sweet blackberry and black cherry tones leading to a soft, velvety finish.
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About Atalon:

The soul of the Atalon story is a ghost winery dating back to 1888. Built by General W.S. Keyes, the white-stone building atop Howell Mountain claims a stake in Napa Valley viticultural lore. At the turn of the twentieth century, General Keyes was producing wines considered to be among the best in Napa County from this old landmark.

The famed Howell Mountain property was acquired by the Jackson family in 1996 and renamed the Keyes Vineyard in honor of the early farmer's pioneering viticultural contributions. Today, the historic ghost winery stands as a strong reminder of a 150-year old tradition of growing wine grapes within the thirty-mile stretch of the Napa Valley frontier.

In 1997, Atalon was created to revive the vineyard's past accomplishments and to build on the area's reputation for producing remarkable red wines. Although inspired by ghosts long gone, Atalon wines reflect a modern understanding of farming Napa's rugged mountains and valleys for the most balanced and expressive wines.

Drawing fruit from selected vineyards, the wines are a composite of vineyards stretching from the rolling hills of Napa-Carneros in the south to the peaks of Howell Mountain in the north. Atalon is dedicated to the true essence and flavor of the Napa Valley, a distinction defined by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Sonoma County    California   
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Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 117407)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Translucent, pale straw color. An intensely perfumed fresh bouquet of lime, bright pink grapefruit and lemon thyme combined with notes of green melon, pear and papaya. Flavor: Emulating the nose, the palate of bright grapefruit and lime avor carries a hint of lemon verbena, basil and white peach accompanied by a vibrant mouth feel resulting in a medium bodied, fresh food-friendly wine.

Blend: 84% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Sauvignon Musque, and 8% Semillon

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About Matanzas Creek:

Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a retired dairy farm in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. In 1985, the original winery, a converted dairy barn, gave way to a modern winemaking facility and since that time the Estate's Bennett Valley vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres of Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Vineyard acquisitions in Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Russian River Valley and Knights Valley provide the vineyard management and winemaking teams with an enviable selection of fruit. Sourced from Estate-owned vineyards, the Matanzas Creek wine portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot, as well as a limited amount of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

As important as the history of the winery itself is its location in Sonoma County's newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), Bennett Valley. Although only formally recognized as an AVA in December 2003, Bennett Valley has a rich history of grape growing dating back to the mid-1800s. Once defined as part of Sonoma County's Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVA's, Bennett Valley overlaps with these winegrowing regions but carves out 8,150 acres to call its own (of which 850 acres are planted with grapevines). Three mountains define Bennett Valley and also serve to capture a cool maritime air stream which promotes a cooler, longer growing season that results in more complex wines.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Borsao Berola 2009
Borsao Berola 2009
(search item no. 120244)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep cherry color. A remarkably complex bouquet with hints of dark fruit and roasted balsamic notes. Warm and inviting on the palate, with soft but persistent tannins in perfect balance with the alcohol.

Blend: 70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Borsao:

Founded in 1958 in the town of Borja, called Borsao in the 4th century B.C., this winery represents what can be done with Garnacha, a grape that is not well appreciated by the Spanish press. Through meticulous selection, work in the fields and at reception time in the winery, modern winemaking produces this highly fruity wine. One of the best examples of the region known as "The Garnacha land of Spain", the lower part of the Ebro River.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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Erath Pinot Noir 2011
Erath Pinot Noir 2011
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PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wafts of red plum and raspberry intertwine with spice, soft sage and an intriguing hint of cracked pepper. The palate features flavors of juicy Bing cherry, cranberry cocktail and a late kiss of vanilla spice. A gentle coaxing of light tannins offers a pleasing pull toward another sip.

Try this with Thai or Chinese pepper sauce, grilled scallops, thin crust pizza margherita, pasta with red sauce, and zesty BBQ.

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About Erath Vineyards:

As one of Oregon's wine pioneers, Erath winery's founder, Dick Erath, was driven by the belief that the future of Pinot Noir was in Oregon. Today, Erath's wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hill of Oregon. Winemaker, Gary Horner, who shares Dick Erath's background in science and a reverence for Oregon's unique terroir, strives to reveal classic Oregon Pinot: light, delicate and fruit-forward. Horner takes pride in making a range of Pinot Noir styles, from the hugely-popular Oregon blend to the highly-acclaimed, limited-edition, single-vineyard selections. His goal is to make the best Pinot Noir the region has to offer - it is time-honored, authentic and uniquely Oregon.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Other California    California   
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Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(search item no. 122990)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fresh style of Sauvignon Blanc for which Geyser Peak is famous. The fruit flavors are abundant and the acidity bright and crisp. In this bottling, Geyser Peak aimed to capture the best of Sauvignon Blanc's identity by blending grassier elements (reminiscent of the Southern Hemisphere style) with citrus and mineral notes (most typical in the French style) and passion fruit and melon flavors (typical of the California New World style). As such, this Sauvignon Blanc offers authentic varietal character that can be appreciated by both the novice and the connoisseur.
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About Geyser Peak Winery:

One of California's oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.

The winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturalists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley.



Red Wines    Merlot    Sonoma County    California   
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Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2010
Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2010
(search item no. 120840)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Merlot captures the rich, ripe flavors of the Dry Creek Valley terroir. Aromas and flavors of red licorice, Satsuma plums, red fruit jam and blackberry meld with hints of toasted oak, milk chocolate and medium-roasted coffee. This medium-bodied wine delivers excellent structure and an elegant finish.

Blend: 88% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Sirah

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About Frei Brothers:

In the late 1880s, an enterprising Swiss immigrant by the name of Andrew Frei gazed upon the rolling hills, gentle streams, and fertile soil of Sonoma County and saw a wine glass of opportunity. By 1890, he was the proud owner of a 344 acre vineyard in northern Sonoma, giving birth to a winemaking tradition that is very much alive today.

Frei didn't waste any precious time once he acquired the land. By 1895, he was producing 20,000 cases of high quality wine that was stored in huge redwood casks.

In spite of a devastating blight of phylloxera, by 1904 the winery had actually increased in size and production. Now in his seventies, Frei turned the business over to his two sons, Walter and Louis. In 1903, the winery was officially named Frei Bros.

The Frei Bros. Winery continued to grow over the years, in spite of disasters such as the one that occurred in 1919, when a curious piece of legislation that came to be known as Prohibition put many an American winery out of business.

Again, the Frei family persevered, and now you can taste the legacy of a great winemaking tradition in Frei Brothers Reserve, a new release that combines the spirit of old world winemaking techniques with grapes that are hand selected from some of Sonoma's finest vineyards.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Chile    South America   
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Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2010
Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 114093)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#87 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Clean and bright, light yellow in color with rich and concentrated aromas of tasty pear, fig and toasty hazelnut. Marques de Casa Concha is a full-bodied with with distinct minerality and a core of ripe, opulent fig and pear flavor. This wine is big in the mouth, creamy with crisp acidity and a long, memorable finish.

A delightful accompaniment to white meat, shellfish and fresh cheeses.

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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


White Wines    Viognier    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2011
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2011
(search item no. 119432)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2011 is perfumed and luscious – displaying all the essence of the Viognier variety. It has pure aromas of apricot nectar, lifted honeysuckle and orange oil perfume. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense stone fruit – particularly apricots – and finishing with an aromatic citrus freshness. This wine will continue to grow and develop in the bottle firstly showing enhanced apricots and spice, then after a couple of years developing honey flavors and toast. A wonderful food wine - try it with Moroccan Tagine.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 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.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Other New Zealand    New Zealand   
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Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(search item no. 122453)
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James Suckling rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Decanter rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2012 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc has tempting aromas of tropical fruits, ripe citrus, lemongrass and guava combined with its fine texture, juicy acidity and a lingering crisp finish make this wine a perfect match with seafood, poultry, vegetable dishes and aromatic white cheeses.
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About Dog Point Vineyard:

The name Dog Point dates from the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. "These were days of few fences, of boundary riders and boundary keeping dogs".

Shepherds' dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off and eventually bred into a marauding pack which attacked local flocks.

Their home was a tussock and scrub covered hill, overlooking the Wairau Plains, designated by the early settlers as Dog Point.

Marlborough's Wairau Valley is the major grape growing region of New Zealand, a confined geographical area at the northern tip of the South Island. Abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights characterise our long growing season, enabling the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavors.

Fruit for our wines is sourced from selected vineyard plantings dating back to the late 1970's. These older well-established vines situated on free draining silty clay loams are supplemented with fruit from closely planted hillside vines with a clay loam influence.