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 7/22/2014: $12.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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 7/22/2014: $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.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 110719)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

All Vavasour wines are 100% varietal and true, honest expressions of their Awatere Valley terroir. A serious, concentrated and expressive wine, Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc flaunts a powerful bouquet of fresh herbs and tropical fruits layered with ripe stone fruit and bright citrus. The wine is crisp, balanced and elegant with a distinctive mineral note that holds up well to rich, spicy foods.
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About Vavasour:

The Vavasour family have a strong historical background. They can trace their ancestry back to the time of the Norman invasion of England. One of their ancestors is thought to have been a 'taster' for William the Conqueror. The rooster on the label is from the family crest, the emblem on the rooster is an indication of the family's lineage.The Vavasours arrived in New Zealand and established themselves in the Awatere Valley in 1890.

Nearly a century later in the early 1980's Peter Vavasour took a keen interest in the viticultural developments of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. After some research it was found that the climate and soils of the Awatere region were quite similar to those of the Wairau.

We are dedicated to the Awatere region and our philosophy is to concentrate on fruit grown in the area. Selected grapes are handpicked; this ensures that only the best fruit makes it into the bottle. Our vineyards are trained on the 'vertical shoot positioning' trellis. This form of trellising suits our growing conditions: it also makes it easier if we have to manipulate the canopy due to seasonal growing conditions. Between Glenn (winemaker) and Allan (viticulturist) every effort has been made to ensure that the vineyard and viticultural techniques are adapted to suit the conditions of the Awatere region. After all great wine is made in the vineyard. In all its viticultural techniques Vavasour have focussed on quality over quantity.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 110364)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Recently, we've been moving towards a less extractive and more elegant style of Pinot that emphasizes perfume, balance and complexity. Consequently, our 2009 Sonoma Coast is more aromatic than previous vintages. It exudes Maraschino cherries, strawberries, vanilla, sandalwood and Oriental spice. While it drinks beautifully now, it will continue to improve over the next two years. I highly recommend serving all of our Pinots in large, wide stemware to amplify the beautiful, haunting aromas. Serve with grilled salmon and Asian food.
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About Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Cellars:

With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County, becoming one of California’s most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals.

With the spotlight on single vineyards and specific sub-appellations such as Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros and Russian River Valley, Sebastiani produces wine under the Sonoma County, Appellation Selection and Proprietary Selection designations. Founded in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani, the winery is best known for its Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Sonoma County's most coveted wines. The winery is located just blocks from Sonoma's historic downtown plaza and offers historical tours as well as extensive picnic grounds and hospitality venues.



White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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NxNW Horse Heaven Hills Riesling 2010
NxNW Horse Heaven Hills Riesling 2010
(search item no. 114474)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw with golden hues. Aroma: banana, pineapple, guava, lemon, floral, minerality Flavor: banana, pear, apple, lime, lemon zest, tangerine, minerality Mouthfeel: dry and crisp with some weight and well balanced lingering acidity
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About NxNW:

NxNW: North by Northwest, represents wines made from inland grape growing appellations of the Columbia River Basin of Oregon and Washington. The NxNW winemakers have developed strong, creative relationships with growers and fellow winemakers in the Columbia River Appellation and throughout the northwest viticultural region - leading to this innovative project. NxNW is as unique lens for capturing the essence of terroir, the character of the people, and the quality of the wines from this great new emerging winegrowing region.