Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 95245)
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Ripe juicy plum fruit aromas. Medium to full body with a broad palate. Lively acidity leads to a fruity and persistent finish.

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About Silverado Vineyards:

In the heart of Napa Valley's Stags Leap District sits a rocky peak with a spectacular Mediterranean-style stone winery perched on top. That winery is the iconic Silverado Vineyards, established in 1981 by Ron and Diane Disney Miller. Thirty years later, three generations of Miller Family continue to source grapes entirely from their family-owned estate Napa vineyards. From berry to bottle, each vine growing and wine making step is dedicated to expressing the character of grapes grown on each of the wineries six historic vineyards. Expressing richness and age-worthiness, Silverado wines are unique, one-of-a-kind blends of superlative vineyard location and elegant winemaking style.


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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese 2007
Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese 2007
(search item no. 99842)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We are solely focused on producing Riesling wines on our vineyard surface, which totals 148 acres.

It is our goal to produce Rieslings of highest quality which exhibit the individuality and complexity of the Riesling grape as well as the authentic characteristics of our soil.

Vino-Lok Glass Closure.

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About Schloss Vollrads:

Schloss Vollrads can look back on centuries of wine-making tradition. According to an ancient deed, the Knights of Greiffenclau sold their wines to the convent of St. Victor in Mainz as long ago as 1211. Today, Schloss Vollrads combines 800 years of its tradition with the latest in wine-making engineering, environmental awareness in cultivation, and meticulous care of the wines. Some 126 acres of vineyards are solely devoted to the Riesling grape.

The distinctive quality of Schloss Vollrads wines is derived from the combination of well-thought out measures, not least the absolute consistency in continuing to grow Riesling grapes. Moreover, the stringency in limiting the harvest by pruning the vines, the careful tending of the vineyards working on the latest ecological know-how, the late selective hand-picking of the grapes, their pressing, the individual storage of the juices and the careful supervision of the maturing process of the wines are just some of the distinctive features involved.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2007
Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2007
(search item no. 106086)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry weaves together five classic varietals into an opulent, complex wine. The deep, expressive aromas and flavors offer generous layers of black cherry, briary blackberry and cassis character. Enticing floral, licorice, forest loam and graphite nuances are revealed as the aromas open and the flavors expand across the velvety palate. Tapestry elegantly demonstrates the art of blending varietals to create a wine that combines lush, multilayered flavors with supple, graceful tannin structure.

Varietal Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 114699)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from vineyards up and down the Napa Valley. This wine exhibits a deep burgundy color with intense aromas of cassis, sweet herbs and hints of pipe tobacco. Intriguing flavors of ripe black cherries, deep, briary red fruits, and old world complexities linger throughout the finish. This is a well structured and balanced wine that is medium-to-full-bodied and is ready to enjoy now or can be aged up to 5 years.
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About Louis Martini:

For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Banfi Col di Sasso 2010
Banfi Col di Sasso 2010
(search item no. 116125)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red, with purple hues. Black cherry and spice aromas. Rich taste with soft tannins, delivering persistent black-fruit flavors and subtle hints of smoke, with a lingering finish.

Col di Sasso, which translates to "Stony Hill," is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes cultivated in hillside vineyards in the southern part of Tuscany. The Cabernet imparts bold flavor and body, while the Sangiovese adds zesty fruit and structure.

Col di Sasso is a youthful red to be enjoyed with pizza, pasta, grilled meat and poultry.

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About Castello Banfi:

In 1978 John and Harry Mariani, owners of the U.S. wine importer Banfi Vintners, established the award winning vineyard estate and winery Castello Banfi in the Brunello region of Tuscany. A constellation of single vineyards located on ideal sites cover about one third of the 7,100 acre (2,830 hectares) estate. The remaining land consists of bucolic meadows, olive and plum groves, and woodland. Central to the property is a medieval castle that functions as a hospitality center, hosting visitors at a full service restaurant, enoteca and museum dedicated to the history of glass and its relation to wine.


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Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese 2010
Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese 2010
(search item no. 121154)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#37 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Classic natural sweet Spatlese with nice acidity and elegant, natural residual sugar. This wine pairs perfectly with Asian cuisine due to the harmony of sweetness and acidity. Also interesting taste combinations can be achieved through the pairing of blue-veined cheese or a fruit desert.

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About Schloss Vollrads:

Schloss Vollrads can look back on centuries of wine-making tradition. According to an ancient deed, the Knights of Greiffenclau sold their wines to the convent of St. Victor in Mainz as long ago as 1211. Today, Schloss Vollrads combines 800 years of its tradition with the latest in wine-making engineering, environmental awareness in cultivation, and meticulous care of the wines. Some 126 acres of vineyards are solely devoted to the Riesling grape.

The distinctive quality of Schloss Vollrads wines is derived from the combination of well-thought out measures, not least the absolute consistency in continuing to grow Riesling grapes. Moreover, the stringency in limiting the harvest by pruning the vines, the careful tending of the vineyards working on the latest ecological know-how, the late selective hand-picking of the grapes, their pressing, the individual storage of the juices and the careful supervision of the maturing process of the wines are just some of the distinctive features involved.



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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
(search item no. 104418)
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Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Decanter rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

There is "plenty" to love about this stylish wine, starting with generous aromas of violets, blackberry, nutmeg, and black licorice reminiscent of "Good 'n Plenty" candy. The aromas are followed by an alluring mix of dark fruit flavors that envelop the palate with accent notes of chocolate and vanilla. The 2005 FAY Cabernet Sauvignon is smooth and silky, with a richness and persistence all the way through the slightly smoky oak finish.

Enjoy this expressive wine with Moroccan spiced lamb or duck with Port-cherry sauce.

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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 97407)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"One of the finest bargains in California Cabernet Sauvignon must be Louis M. Martini's outstanding 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma. Fabulously sweet aromas of black currants, licorice, and cedar soar from the glass of this medium to full-bodied wine. With silky tannins as well as surprising concentration, depth, and texture, this 2006 should drink well for 8-10 years."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

The 2006 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from several of Sonoma County's most prestigious appellations and blended seamlessly to bring together the unique characteristics of each, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers many layers, featuring aromas and flavors of red cherry, blackberry and fresh sage with an underlying dry creek dustiness. Subtle herbal notes are complemented by additional layers of chocolate and vanilla, resulting in a complex, yet easy drinking, wine.

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About Louis Martini:

For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.


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Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 93326)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $18.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby-black color. Lovely herbal, black cherry, plum, cassis and dark chocolate aromas. Medium full-bodied, with lush berry, anise and jam flavors, balanced by sweet lush fruit and supple tannins.

Very fine Cabernet fruit flavors and firm but plush texture make this wine drinkable now, yet capable of aging for 5-8 years. Enjoy with grilled meat dishes, a rich lamb stew or firm cheeses like Manchego.

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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine.


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Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 97335)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Syrah.

Dark and densely concentrated, expressive aromas of blackberry, currants and subtle notes of thyme and cinnamon lead to flavors of blackberry, black plum and a bit of black olive. Knit together with big, mouth-coating tannins, this is an engagingly well-structured, bold-statement wine.

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.