Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Other California    California   
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Laetitia Brut Rose
Laetitia Brut Rose
(search item no. 57436)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $25.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Gold Medal Winner: 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

This refreshing, traditional salmon colored sparkling wine with its floral and strawberry aromas is pleasing to both the eyes and nose. Earthy richness of Pinot Noir marries with hints of soft melon. Undertones of citrus come through on the palate and leave with a clean crisp finish. This wine is perfect as an aperitif to start a holiday feast yet it is rich enough to stand up to grilled fish or white meats.
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About Laetitia Vineyard & Winery:

Laetitia Vineyard and Winery lies on a hillside within sight of the Pacific Ocean. The sweeping 1,850 acre estate enjoys a host of microclimates enhancing the vineyard's ability to produce a range of Burgundian varietals that express Laetitia's unique terrior. French viticulturists first discovered the property in 1982, investing heavily to develop the estate's potential. Under the new leadership of Selim Zilkha, the winemaking approach combines the celebrated French style and the experience of American Eric Hickey to make a wine that expresses the potential of the winery's coastal vineyards.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava
(search item no. 4103)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Like a rich Chardonnay with bubbles, this limited production Cava rests on an authentic pewter base and comes in a handsome hand-blown bottle emblazoned with a metal crest of the Segura Viudas family.
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About Segura Viudas:

Segura Viudas was established in 1954 in the heart of Spain's Penedes region, one of the world's best sites for growing and producing grapes for production of sparkling wine. Segura Viudas has become one of the top Spanish sparkling wine producers and is noted for its high production standards of traditional Methode Champenoise.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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The Prisoner Wine Company Prisoner 2009
The Prisoner Wine Company Prisoner 2009
(search item no. 107512)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 marks the first vintage bottled by The Prisoner's new owner, Huneeus Vintners. We are very pleased to be working with the Huneeus family and look forward to many successful harvests together.

This vintage has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.

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About The Prisoner Wine Company:

The Prisoner Founder and Winemaker Dave Phinney’s deep respect for the vineyards is rooted in an early attempt to make a sophisticated wine from a difficult site. Although he was frustrated by a situation that had him using every tool at his disposal and still coming up short, he learned lessons that inform his vineyard selection process now.

"I came away from that experience with the unshakable belief that if you put your emphasis on the vineyard, what follows is much easier," he says. "The vineyard is everything."

Most of Phinney’s time is spent exploring vineyard sites, meeting with growers and selecting the fruit that will be vinified and blended into The Prisoner. His method for vineyard selection includes assessing the site, soil, varietal, grower and provenance, or the history, of the vineyard.

"Sometimes one of these aspects is enough, other times it's a combination of a few of these elements," he says. "With provenance, looks can be deceiving, so you have to trust in the track record of a vineyard as opposed to what you see. Occasionally you step into a vineyard and can't get to your phone fast enough to call the grower and lock up the grapes. Those experiences are one of a kind."



White Wines    Viognier    Other California    California   
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Cline North Coast Viognier 2008
Cline North Coast Viognier 2008
(search item no. 100324)
green wine


PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $11.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Viognier comes to us from the Condrieu and Chateau-Grillet appellations of the northern Rhone. It was presumed to have arrived from Dalmatia and transported to the Rhone by Emperor Probus in AD 281. Currently there are approximately 2,000 acres planted of this varietal in California. Cline's Viognier offers rich and distinctive aromas of pears, apricots, orange blossoms and honeysuckle.
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About Cline:

Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old plantings of Carignane, Mourvedre and Zinfandel grapes they farm in Oakley, California. The Mourvedre represent approximately 85% of the state's total supply of this fascinating and versatile varietal. This treasure is the inspiration for Cline Cellars many "Rhone style" bottlings.


White Wines    Pinot Blanc    Alsace    France - Other regions   
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Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2006
Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2006
(search item no. 96112)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Trimbach 2006 Pinot Blanc is a blend of 60% Pinot Auxerrois and 40% Pinot Blanc.

The clarity and purity of the fruit is already reflected in the wine. 2006 Pinot Blanc has a beautiful fruitiness, it is an all purpose drinking wine.

Ideal when poured by the glass, it is fresh and clean, smooth in the aftertaste, medium-bodied with good fruit acidity.

Enjoy Pinot Blanc with light meals, salads, poultry, chicken, veal, roasted pork, seafood, pasta. Ageing potential is up to 5 years.

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About Trimbach:

Maison Trimbach began in 1626 when Jean Trimbach settled in Riquewihr and established the family wine trade.

Jean-Frédéric Trimbach, born in 1811, was appointed Gourmet of Hunawihr, a position designed to protect the quality of wine exports. He transferred the Maison Trimbach business to Hunawihr, where he served as mayor for many years.

Jean-Frédéric and his son, Frédéric-Emile continued the family tradition, and Frédéric-Emile traveled extensively to promote the wines. In 1898 he received the Certificate of Highest Quality at the Brussels International Show. With Frédéric-Emile at the helm, Maison Trimbach began bottling its wines in Alsace rather than selling in bulk, providing a new guarantee of quality and authenticity. The contribution of Frédéric-Emile Trimbach was recognized when the family adopted his initials in the firm's official name: Maison F.E. Trimbach.

Today, the tradition of quality continues with the 11th and 12th generations of the Trimbach family. Hubert and his older brother Bernard, along with Bernard's sons, Pierre and Jean, have continued operations and currently produce approximately 80,000 cases of wines annually. Over one-third of their production is exported to the United States. While one of the smallest of the many producers in Alsace, they are nonetheless the largest, most widely recognized Alsace brand in the United States.