Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve 2006
Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve 2006
(search item no. 97248)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/19/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

"Reserva" is made from carefully selected grapes from vineyards more than 30 years old. The wine is aged in French oak barrels and then additionally in bottles before release.

Hand selection of berries.

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About Bodega Norton:

Astonished at the features of the place, and pushed by his visionary spirit, in 1895, an English Engineer, Mr. Edmund J. P. Norton planted the first vines importing them from France, thereby giving origin to what was the first winery in the area.

Almost 100 years later, Austrian businessman, Mr. Gernot Langes–Swarovski, travelled to Mendoza and experienced the same fascination for the region beauty, the warmth of its people, and the excellent conditions for vine growing. Supporting his decision in his intuition and in the fact that he was convinced of the high potential the vitiniculture represented in Argentina, in 1989, he acquired the Winery with the following firm aim: to make wines recognized worldwide for their quality. While executing this project, he appointed his son Michael as the person responsible for the management of the company, who, jointly with a team of local professionals started a new phase of investment, revamping and growth.

In that way, the incorporation of top-notch technology together with the knowledge and passion of people, have caused Norton to be the leading brand in exports and one of the country´s most important Wineries.

Our 5 farms have over 1200 ha fit for growing vine, 680 ha out of which are currently cultivated. Over 150 families of vineyard workers live and work there, sharing secrets and experiences from generation to generation. This knowledge and passion for the work, combined with the professionalism of our team of agricultural engineers result in products with excellence.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Carneros    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
(search item no. 277)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/19/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A distinctive blend of 92% Pinot and 8% Chardonnay, this light-bodied sparkling wine displays a slight pink color, resulting from a special pressing technique. Bright strawberry and black cherry aromas with subtle vanilla highlights. Creamy cherry, lemon and cola flavors combine with a lush palate, small, lively bubbles and a persistent finish.

Our Blanc de Noirs is predominantly made from hand-harvested Pinot Noir grapes, the hallmarks of which are a vibrant red fruit character. The creamy palate and rosy hue are a result of a small addition of Vin Gris, which was blended into the base cuvée. Over forty different clones and selections of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are planted on our 340-acre estate in the Sonoma Carneros district. This allows us to consistently produce cuvées with complexity and clear fruit expression.

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About Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards:

Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.


Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2002
Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2002
(search item no. 81489)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/19/2014: $44.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"This is a solid, even gutsy Merlot, with a dense, chewy core of spicy currant, plum, black cherry and fresh earth and mineral notes, finishing with a dash of cocoa. Excellent structure, depth and persistence. Best from 2007 through 2012."
-Wine Spectator
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About Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 94553)

PRICE ON 10/19/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vintage displays notes of toffee, vanilla bean and hickory on the nose, which lead into black cherry, pomegranate and black licorice on the palate. Seamless tannins flow through the mid palate and then dovetail into a dark chocolate finish.

A complex and approachable wine that pairs with moist fish, grilled meats, caramelized onions and wild mushrooms. This wine will best be enjoyed from 2008-2012.

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About The Hess Collection:

The Hess Collection was founded by Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess, who first purchased vineyards on Mount Veeder in 1978 and began making wine under The Hess Collection label in 1983. In 1986, he began renovation of the historic winery, originally constructed in 1903 by Colonel Theodore Gier. The winery opened to the public in 1989. The Hess Collection has vineyards on Mount Veeder, along with their Napa Valley estate vineyards - Su'skol and Allomi in Napa Valley, and Shirtail Creek Vineyard in Monterey. Each of these vineyards is sustainably farmed in accordance with Donald's philosophy: "Nurture the land, return what you take."


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Justin Justification 2006
Justin Justification 2006
(search item no. 96721)

PRICE ON 10/19/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 63% Cabernet Franc and 37% Merlot.

Aromas of raspberry, currant, black tar and light mineral characters make up the nose our 2006 right bank Bordeaux blend. The entry is bright with red fruit, soft, elegant and extremely approachable. The mid palate has good weight, and exhibits flavors of mushroom, wet stone, cedar and caramel. Slightly dusty tannins from the Cabernet Franc blend perfectly with vibrant fruit from the Merlot, to make this wine elegant and seamless from start to finish. The finish is a bit tight, showing the age worthiness of the wine. Drink now to 2020.

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About Justin:

Justin and Deborah Baldwin acquired their land in 1981 and planted 72 acres in vineyards that same year. Initially they were wine growers, selling to other wineries. Then, in 1987, they harvested their first grapes bottled under the Justin label. Justin Winery concentrates on two Bordeaux styled red wines: Isoscleles, which is a 100% estate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and Justification, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Varietals are planted to specific soil types on their hillside vineyards 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, on the Central Coast.