Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 112288)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With beautifully married flavors and tannins, our Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 18 months oak aging, further concentrated the wine's vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, licorice and spice flavors, adding a hint of cocoa powder and a lingering toffee note on the finish.
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About Oberon:

As a third-generation winemaker and Napa Valley native, Rob Mondavi, Jr. has always understood that the region is uniquely suited for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. With the Oberon label - originally named for the eponymous king in Shakespeare's winsome comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream — he has created high-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to be enjoyed every day.

Rob and fellow winemaker, Tony Coltrin, select Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from some of Napa Valley's finest vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap and other emerging sub-appellations. The climate of these regions — warm days and cool evenings — yields grapes with the perfect balance of ripe fruit flavors and natural acidity.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Da Vinci Chianti 2010
Da Vinci Chianti 2010
(search item no. 113601)
James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

DaVinci Chianti is a well-balanced wine of medium weight with jammy flavors of ripe plums, cherries and red fruit. It has a deep crimson color and is a lively wine with a soft mineral finish and round tannins that linger in long, peppery finish. This wine pairs perfectly with all starters, pastas and meat dishes and is best when served slightly below room temperature.
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About Cantine Leonardo da Vinci:

Established in 1961, Cantine Leonardo da Vinci sources only the finest grapes from premium Chianti and Chianti Classico vineyards. The result is premium, concentrated fruit which is then skillfully crafted into distinctive, fruit-forward, new world style Chianti.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2008
Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2008
(search item no. 102899)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $16.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has deservedly earned a reputation as one of the great marriages of quality and value in California winemaking, consistently earning rave reviews with nods to its exceptional pricing. With its nose of blueberry, grenadine, licorice, lavender and smoke, and its sweet tannins and opulent Grenache-infused fruit flavors, we think the 2008 vintage is our best Cuvée Le Bec to date.
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About Beckmen Vineyards:

The goal of Beckmen Vineyards is to become the most prominent family owned vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County. Rhone style wines cultivated from Purisima Mountain Vineyard will be their contribution to the next chapter of winegrowing in the Santa Ynez Valley. To appreciate this goal is to be able to understand the history of the Santa Barbara Wine country and the pioneering spirit of Tom Beckmen and his family.

In 1996 Beckmen Estate Vineyards purchased Purisima Mountain Vineyard a 365-acre Estate overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley, where there are ideal soils and climate for Rhone varieties. They began planting in 1997 and have completed a total of 130 acres at this time. The high density plantings are designed to optimize different hillside exposures and elevations.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Castellare Chianti Classico 2009
Castellare Chianti Classico 2009
(search item no. 113008)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We use only native vines, without Cabernet and Merlot, to maintain the typical formula of the famous italian wines. Without following the fashion, using even South wines, our grapes make the beautiful ruby red of Sangioveto red and black. A wine that wants to reach, with its uniqueness, the maximum elegance.
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About Castellare:

The vineyards of this 46 acre estate are found in a natural amphitheater in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico region. The story of Castellare is the story of Paolo Panerai, who entered the world of winemaking at age 37 after a career in Italian journalism. Panerai feels it is important to understand and respect the experience of the world's best wineries and to apply this understanding to viticulture in Italy. He has great respect for technology from other winemaking regions and chooses to utilize this technology to move forward while rediscovering and reshaping some of the great traditions of Tuscany.

The birds on Castellare's labels symbolize Panerai's commitment to environmentally sound cultivation. Herbicides are not used, nor are any systemic pesticides. Chemical treatment of any kind is shunned. Hunting is also prohibited on the property. As a result of these practices, the property has become a virtual refuge for wildlife, including many of the birds pictured on the labels.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2010
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 113761)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#99 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Warm, rich, and mouthfilling, with excellent palate weight. Generous flavors of ripe blackberries, cherries, and plums overlay a firm but silky smooth tannin structure, with earthy, cigar box and subtle toasty oak characters providing complex secondary flavors. The finish, long and persistent, is enhanced by appealing hints of spice.

Pair with New Zealand lamb rump with herb and lemon zest crust, sweet potato, and wilted spinach.

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About Nobilo:

So rich in history, Nobilo wines are proudly hailed as some of New Zealand's most respected pioneering wine brands. A Croat immigrant, Nikola Nobilo, whose family history and winemaking background stretches back over 300 years to the Adriatic island of Korcula off the Dalmatian coast, led the way. The history of the company in New Zealand goes back to the early 1940's when this Croatian family, landed in New Zealand. They settled in Huapai, West Auckland situated in the North Island of New Zealand, and started planting vines in 1943. With over 300 years of European wine history, this family effectively persuaded and guided the NZ wine industry away from hybrid grape varieties and fortified wines, to a higher level of quality wine, now recognised and appraised by all markets.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    North Coast    California   
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Heron Mendocino Pinot Noir 2010
Heron Mendocino Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 114773)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant medium garnet color. This wine shows bright, assertive aromas of plum and black cherry with solid Pinot Noir character. Notes of violets, anise, and allspice are as harmonious in the wine's flavor profile as its light overlay of fine French oak.
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About Heron:

We at Heron Wines believe that delicious wines should be an unalienable right. Yes, an overstatement, but we really think that high-quality, approachable wine should not come at a huge price. For years, we have heard from wine lovers from around the globe that we consistently exceed their expectations for quality, style, and balance.

Our wines come from some of the greatest growing regions in the world. Our original wine was a groundbreaking Merlot from St. Chinian in southwest France. Today we make wine in California, France and Spain; and our focus is on the purity of fruit. We go where the best grapes are grown in order to maximize the natural characteristics of the wines we make.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Lyeth Red Meritage 2009
Lyeth Red Meritage 2009
(search item no. 112323)
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PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine's blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot contributes to its unique flavor. Deep in color, this wine is rich with aromas of dense purple fruits, brambly, blueberry and boysenberry, with notes of leather, tobacco, dark chocolate and cedar. Flavors of fresh strawberries and boysenberries are lush and pronounced on the palate, followed by hints of roasted coffee and maple. This is a big wine that is well-structured and has a long finish. Excellent when served with rich and robust foods, such as bold cheeses and game.
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Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 112288)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With beautifully married flavors and tannins, our Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 18 months oak aging, further concentrated the wine's vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, licorice and spice flavors, adding a hint of cocoa powder and a lingering toffee note on the finish.
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About Oberon:

As a third-generation winemaker and Napa Valley native, Rob Mondavi, Jr. has always understood that the region is uniquely suited for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. With the Oberon label - originally named for the eponymous king in Shakespeare's winsome comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream — he has created high-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to be enjoyed every day.

Rob and fellow winemaker, Tony Coltrin, select Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from some of Napa Valley's finest vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap and other emerging sub-appellations. The climate of these regions — warm days and cool evenings — yields grapes with the perfect balance of ripe fruit flavors and natural acidity.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 112288)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With beautifully married flavors and tannins, our Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 18 months oak aging, further concentrated the wine's vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, licorice and spice flavors, adding a hint of cocoa powder and a lingering toffee note on the finish.
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About Oberon:

As a third-generation winemaker and Napa Valley native, Rob Mondavi, Jr. has always understood that the region is uniquely suited for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. With the Oberon label - originally named for the eponymous king in Shakespeare's winsome comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream — he has created high-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to be enjoyed every day.

Rob and fellow winemaker, Tony Coltrin, select Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from some of Napa Valley's finest vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap and other emerging sub-appellations. The climate of these regions — warm days and cool evenings — yields grapes with the perfect balance of ripe fruit flavors and natural acidity.