White Wines    Viognier    Central Coast    California   
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Robert Hall Viognier 2010
Robert Hall Viognier 2010
(search item no. 114378)

PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $17.59

Winemaker's Notes:

Featuring honeysuckle, orange blossom and sweet spice aromas, our 2010 Viognier shows flavors of apricot and white peach with a burst of tropical mango with a hint of tangerine. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied and refreshingly dry with balancing crisp acidity. Enjoy chilled by itself, or with fresh fruits, cheeses, and spicy dishes.
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About Robert Hall:

Tucked into the hillside east of Paso Robles, along California’s enchanting Central Coast, lies a dream 40 years in the making. This is Robert Hall Winery, where years of hard work and infinite attention to detail are invested into every bottle of wine made. As farmers first, the goal is to nurture the land and coax from it the finest fruit possible from the vineyards on the Hall Ranch -- each with its own personality and each expressing unique nuances that strive to capture the essence of Paso Robles.

An entrepreneur with tremendous business acumen, Robert L. Hall’s past success include ventures in construction, bowling centers, travel agencies, restaurants and champion horse breeding. A native of Minnesota, Robert resided in Arizona prior to finding a home in the Paso Robles AVA.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2009
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2009
(search item no. 109847)
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PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 91 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 was an excellent vintage that featured only light spring rain, warm summer weather and no abrupt climate changes at season's end. This allowed us to be highly selective during harvest, choosing the very best fruit only when completely ripe. The result of these amazing conditions is a perfectly balanced and elegantly textured wine with supple tannins, rich fruit concentration and alluring notes of spice and wood. It is a lovely accompaniment to filet mignon topped with bleu cheese, grilled lamb chops or truffle buttered potatoes.
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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life."



Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Limited Edition Box 2004
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Limited Edition Box 2004
(search item no. 112855)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $199.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant yellow color displaying light amber nuances, combined with an ultra-fine, persistent, soft effervescence. There's an intense, highly expressive bouquet on the first nose! The aromatic elegance and precision of Chardonnay is apparent: white fruit, sweet pollen, fine citrus fruit and very pure minerality. After a few minutes, the aromas move on to more confit, lightly grilled hints. The bouquet is rich and sweet, almost generous, remaining precise and impeccably refined. The bite in the mouth is full and creamy, revealing an incredible concentration of juicy fruits: yellow peach, apricot, mango and others. This silky, meaty concentration, which is both dense and soft – and typical of great pinot noirs – is immediately combined with a sophisticated touch of acidity, bringing the wine alive with minerality. The overriding impression is one of a true harmony of flavors, senses and silky textures... Absolute sensuality.
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Uncompromising Quality
Champagne Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 in Reims, France and is one of the rare family owned companies, which is still managed by the Roederer family. In 1833, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle and renamed the company under his namesake. Under his leadership, the company rapidly grew while remaining true to their philosophy of uncompromising quality. Today, the company is under the helm of Jean-Claude Rouzaud and his son Frédéric who continue to place quality before quantity.

First-Rate Vineyards
Champagne Louis Roederer is one of the only French champagne producers to own nearly 75 percent of the grapes in the most desirable vineyards in the Champagne. The property is located on 450 acres in the finest villages of Montagne de Reims, Côtes des Blancs, and Valleé de la Marne. Each region is selected to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the elegance needed for perfectly balanced champagne. The Louis Roederer vineyards rate an average 98 percent based on France’s statutory 100-point classification scale.

The reserve wine is then tasted and graded by a team of Roederer specialists. They choose as many as 40 different wines from several lots for the blend. For the final touch, the wine is then added in order to enhance the cuvee and guarantee consistency while retaining the champagne's characteristics.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2007
Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2007
(search item no. 100030)
collectible wine
boutique wine
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $67.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With Finca Mirador our goal is to allow the vineyard to express its "terroir". Malbec is the flagship red variety from Argentina. It has found in Mendoza its true home. We work as hard as necessary during eleven months in the vineyard, to produce grapes that will need very little intervention during the winemaking process. The climate, the viticulturural program, the irrigation management: Everything is thought as a step towards the goal of true expression of the vineyard. Finca Mirador's personality shines through the wine, vintage after vintage, with a recognizable and repeated signature. Fermentation took place in a small tank. At dryness, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barrels, 100% new, where it was then aged for 15 months.
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Founded in 1998, Achaval-Ferrer is a team of friends who dream about great wines. Achaval-Ferrer is also a collection of old vineyards in beautiful places. They are committed to the production of wines that are expressive of their terroir. They are a small winery because this is the key to top quality. Low yields allow the vineyards to express their personality in the grapes. Low intervention winemaking allows the grapes to fully express their vineyard in the bottle. Each of their wines is a different expresson of Malbec: The Mendoza Malbec is about varietal tipicity. Their Quimera blend is about Malbec as the key to complexity and balance. And their Fincas (Single Vineyards) are about how Malbec expresses different soils and microclimates.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Other California    California   
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Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 112030)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Crisp, fruity flavors of lime, kiwi, mango and citrus make this wine the perfect wingman for spicy shrimp or grilled seafood. One sip conjures memories of fresh-squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. Vibrant citrus flavors and a touch of that traditional Sauvignon Blanc grassiness give this wine a crisp, inviting acidity. Stick to pork, chicken or fish with this wine, but throw in some basil or cilantro to match its unique flavors and texture.
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We make wines that are bold and full of flavor. Wines that belong next to good food and great friends. Share your contact info with us, and be the first to discover why it's better with the bull. We'll let you know when we've fired up our new website with awesome wine and grilling tips.


Rosé Wine    Rosé    Other California    California   
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Beringer Blush White Merlot 2010
Beringer Blush White Merlot 2010
(search item no. 115652)

PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The resulting wine is a vibrant blend of fresh berry and zesty orange peel flavors, with a hint of nutmeg spice.

Our California Collection wines are carefully hand-crafted to deliver the outstanding quality and rich flavors that are hallmarks of the Beringer winemaking team. This collection offers a wonderful array of smooth and refreshing wines with a youthful exuberance that is appealing to anyone looking for an easy-drinking wine to pair well with a variety of foods.

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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108442)

PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This ruby-colored gem delivers bright cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit infused with graceful traces of earth, cola and mild spice accents. Oak aging adds hints of vanilla and a soft, smoky finish.

60% Monterey County, 16% Santa Barbara County, 10% Napa County, 8% Mendocino County, 6% Sonoma County

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About Kendall-Jackson:

Back in 1974, Jess Jackson saw in the fine vineyards of California's cool coastal regions fruit with a variety of outstanding flavors. What if there was a way to produce from this abundance, a single outstanding "cuvée" that offered both quality and value? The result, first released in 1983, was Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, a rich, round and flavorful wine, made with hand-crafted methods. That same year, Grand Reserve was introduced, a line of ultra-premium wines that represented the full potential of California's finest vineyards and winemaking. Today, over 5,000 acres of vineyard in California's coastal regions are farmed by Kendall-Jackson. Four separate wineries house what is possibly the single largest barrel-fermentation project in the world. But perhaps most important, is that Kendall-Jackson remains a family-owned winery.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Central Coast    California   
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Kinton Santa Barbara Syrah 2006
Kinton Santa Barbara Syrah 2006
(search item no. 102399)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At Kinton, we are dedicated to producing Syrah from some of the finest vineyard sites in Santa Barbara County. Our wines are dense and concentrated, elegant and sleek. It's not by accident that Kinton is located in Santa Barbara County--one of California's most celebrated appellations for Syrah. The unique conditions of our region let us create Syrahs displaying both intensity and balance.

The 2006 is deep and concentrated with plum and dark berry, lifted with high notes of cherry, spiced with black pepper, and scented with hints of smoky dark chocolate.

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About Kinton:

Peter Fraser oversees all of the viticulture and winemaking at Kinton Vineyards. At the ripe young age of 30, he has worked extensive hours making wine in Australia, Spain and France. Since 2003 he has traveled to the United States during harvest to work as consulting winemaker in Santa Barbara, California. This experience helped him to identify the vineyards and techniques that would form the foundation of Kinton.

When it comes to winemaking philosophy, Peter believes it is less about technique and more about preserving the essential taste of the vineyard. While he employs traditional winemaking methods such as open-top fermentation, hand punch-down, and wild yeast fermentations, Peter knows that intelligent viticulture is the key.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah 2010
Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah 2010
(search item no. 114700)
boutique wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark and persistent with layers of red and black fruit, baking spice and earth. THIS WINE IS THE BOMB!
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About Charles Smith:

First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically either simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. 'Modernist Project' wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 105760)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 vintage of our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has weight, structure and well integrated tannins. Dark berry flavors introduce the wine followed by hints of tea, cocoa and coffee. A well supported mid palate gives way to a long, soft finish.
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About Benziger Family Winery:

The Benziger Family Winery was founded in 1980 on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. Their Reserve wines showcase those rare lots discovered in the vineyard or developed in the cellar that receive the highest level of care and emerge as the best of the vintage. Benziger also produces Benziger Family wine and the limited production Vineyard Designate wines. At the core of Benziger Winery are eight, same generation family members committed to managing every aspect of grape growing and winemaking.