Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Date Printed: 9/3/2014
Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve 2006
Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve 2006
(search item no. 97248)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $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.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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promisQous Red Blend
promisQous Red Blend
(search item no. 107064)
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has fluid 360


PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

May we present a casual dalliance with more than one partner – a provocative blend of: Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and mixed red varietals. Ripe red and dark berry fruit, slight black pepper/white pepper, creme de cassis. Ripe red and dark berry friut with hints of black pepper.

Meat -- grilled, roasted and pan-seared. Pizza. Any time you want a red that's not ridiculously serious.

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About promisQous:

[Refering to many partners.] The act of blending multiple, mutually attractive grape varieties in assortment of unorthodox combinations. Implies a wanton disregard for convention. May result in an intense sensory experience. Practice safe sipping.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2009
Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2009
(search item no. 108179)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $12.49

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

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and lightly pressed in order to avoid over extraction ofbitter tannins from the skins. The must was then fermented in upright stainless steel tanks at cooltemperatures for 30 days. The wine was filtered prior to bottling.

Crisp and refreshing, characterized by ripe tropical fruit accents and some herbal notes. The wine shows flavors of passion fruit, kiwi and guava over a citrus background.

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About Starborough:

New Zealand's South Island is home to the stellar Marlborough growing region, producer of some of the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. They have plenty of time to soak up the heady atmosphere of sunlit mountains, fleecy clouds and pure blue skies. The unhurried pace enables Starborough™ wine to develop rich layers of character, so it can be as flavorful as it is crisp and refreshing.

Perhaps that's why Starborough™ Sauvignon Blanc stands out—the way in which it evokes the subtle flavor of New Zealand's natural beauty. It's a sophisticated taste that's easy to like.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico 2007
Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico 2007
(search item no. 106564)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $17.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#47 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

The wine offers a brilliant ruby red color. As time passes, the hue is enriched with garnet tones that, as the years go by, lighten further toward orange with an ochre tint typical of Tuscan wines. The aroma is satisfyingly intense, fine and elegant, with light scents of ripe fruits and violets. As it evolves, the wine develops an appealing bouquet that is full and complex. It possesses a pleasant fullness and an outstanding balance of body and structure. Somewhat austere in its youth, the wine softens with age, becoming velvety and developing prolonged and appealing aromatic persistence.

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About Castello D'Albola:

The Castello d'Albola estate is situated above the town of Radda, nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in the province of Siena, Tuscany. Established in the 11th century, Castello d'Albola was initially owned by the Monterinaldi family. Over the centuries it was transferred to the Samminiati, Pazzi and Ginori-Conti families, and finally to the Zonin family.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Clif Family Winery The Climber Red Blend 2009
Clif Family Winery The Climber Red Blend 2009
(search item no. 107775)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $14.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 63% Zinfandel, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 2% Merlot, 2% Petite Sirah.

Our Climber Red brings together our favorite varietals to create a versatile, food-friendly wine that unveils new aromas and flavors with each sip. Fermented separately and then blended prior to bottling, each varietal component adds its own special characteristic to the wine – jammy fruit from the Zinfandel, smoky meat characters from the Syrah, juiciness and deep ruby color from the Petite Sirah and structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. the fruit comes from sustainably farmed vineyards located in Mendocino and Lodi.

Classic Zinfandel aromas of dark cherry and spice intermingle with notes of blackberry pie and a slight note of pepper on the nose. Flavorful layers of brambly blackberry fruit, red currant and juicy, ripe plum greet the palate and lead to a well structured mouthfeel featuring a long fruit Filled Finish with soft, subtle tannins.

The 2009 Climber Red is a pizza wine at heart but can hold its own with any red meat, spicy red sauce pasta or hearty fish dish.

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About Clif Family Winery:

You may know us as the people behind Clif Bar & Company. We are the makers of Clif Bar, LUNA and other nutritious, organic products. We have always had a passion for the outdoors and great food and wine. After a long day of hiking or cycling, we enjoy nothing better than relaxing over a meal with family and friends enjoyed over a great bottle of wine. After moving to the Napa Valley in 1997, this passion continued and we began making our own wine in 2004. Now with winemakers Bruce Regalia and Sarah Gott, we are committed to making high quality, affordable wines sourced from sustainable or organic vineyards whenever possible. Enjoy!


Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2007
Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2007
(search item no. 104414)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Merlot is a richly aromatic, elegant wine that comes with layer upon juicy layer of lush red and black jam fruits – cherry, plum, currant – and dark chocolate, black tea, smoke and spice. The tannins are ripe and smooth with a finish that takes its time letting you go.
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About Shafer Vineyards:

John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select, is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Darioush Signature Chardonnay 2008
Darioush Signature Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 84174)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $44.99

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About Darioush:

Darioush, a winery noted for its Bordeaux style estate wines, implements old world labor-intensive, micro-vineyard management and new world state of the art technology to craft fine wines from its estates located in the appellations of Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder and Oak Knoll. Under the direction of Darioush Khaledi and winemaker Steve Devitt, precision and quality are of the utmost importance at the winery.