Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Truchard Carneros Pinot Noir 2009
Truchard Carneros Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 122251)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich aromas of black cherry, cranberry, and strawberry; with subtle notes of citrus blossom, tea, and earth. The mouth is silky and round; with flavors of plum, rhubarb, and sweet vanilla. Firm acidity and delicate tannins focus the palate and provide a lingering finish of spice and red fruit.
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About Truchard Vineyards:

Truchard Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. Varietals produced are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah. In 1974, the Truchards began planting their own vineyards, which now number 270 acres.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Chile    South America   
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Santa Rita Triple C 2007
Santa Rita Triple C 2007
(search item no. 120802)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, intense ruby red. There is a well-developed bouquet with a rich combination of blackcurrant and the floral nuances associated with delicate undertones of graphite, tar, chocolate and vanilla. Elegant and well structured, this wine has an excellent balance and wonderful persistence.

Delicious with wild game and fowl, ripe cheeses, and spicy red meats. The wine is unfiltered in order to completely maintain its character, therefore we recommend decanting it before serving.

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About Vina Santa Rita:

Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile's premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile's Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile.

In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Ricardo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile's most successful and innovative estates. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series of wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real and Triple C. Wide-ranging enhancements embrace the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Today Santa Rita exports to more than 70 countries worldwide. The property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations - the Maipo Valley; Casablanca; Rapel; Apalta; Leyda and Curico - enabling access to diverse climates and terrain.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Chile    South America   
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Primus The Blend 2009
Primus The Blend 2009
(search item no. 114935)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#95 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

The 2009 growing season experienced a cool spring followed by a warm summer. Favorable temperatures provided for good ripening and resulted in intensely concentrated flavors, healthy grapes, and excellent red, ripe fruit flavors with elegant yet powerful tannins.

Blend: 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 25% Carmenere, 18% Merlot

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About Primus:

Primus wines are produced by the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 120588)
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Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe black currant, dark cherry, and lilac interlace with black pepper, bay leaves, coffee, and toasted oak to create a rich, dense nose. Powerful, rich, and textured notes of dark cherry, ripe plum, caramel, and vanilla flavors weave an intense, voluminous mouthfeel accented by hints of anise and mocha. The back palate is rounded out by a lengthy yet smooth finish of vibrant sweet oak, tobacco leaves, and black olives.

Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec

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About Mount Veeder Winery:

Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.

Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.

Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
(search item no. 116240)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.

Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Canonica A Cerreto Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
Canonica A Cerreto Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
(search item no. 120584)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red with purple hues and garnet rim; ample, complex, persistent and elegant bouquet with dark berry aromas complemented by fresh, sweet spices, underbrush, leather and tobacco; full-bodied with tightly knit, sweet tannins, soft texture, fresh balsamic acidity.
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About Canonica A Cerreto:

The first cellar was built one thousand years ago by monks from the Cathedral of Siena. It remained intact through the centuries, a testimony to the continued importance of wine at the Canonica a Cerreto. Very few changes were made by the Bishops who owned and resided at the Canonica (Rectory) for three centuries.

In 2003 we decided to build an entirely new cellar in order to provide us with the best conditions for winemaking and aging. Though it is true that the quality of the wine is born in the vineyard, it is also true that nowadays the benefits of a modern cellar, maximizing hygienic and working conditions, are essential if the wine is to express the soil and vines from which it comes.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Gerard Bertrand Syrah-Carignan Minervois 2008
Gerard Bertrand Syrah-Carignan Minervois 2008
(search item no. 120396)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $15.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Its complex aromas of black fruit (black olives, blackberry) are developed due to the controlled extraction process during vinification. Its great fresh elegance and its rich, and full aromatic range (prune, roasted coffee, blackcurrant) gives this wine a unique well structured style.

Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Carignan

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About Gerard Bertrand:

Gerard Bertrand was born and raised in the South of France. Making wine with his father, Georges, since the age of 10, Gerard Bertrand offers the full range and diversity of wines from the region – red, white, rose, varietal, appellation, estate, still, sparkling, and dessert.

Every wine evokes the image and emotions from the South of France; "Art de Vivre" – the "art of life." Committed to producing quality wines of great value, Gerard is hands on in every facet which bears his name… and has been fortunate to receive great accolades from World Wide press reinforcing his dedication.

"I welcome all to experience the South of France; here at Chateau L'Hospitalet or at your own home or favorite restaurant."



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2009
Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 116733)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Terra d'Oro Amador County Zinfandel is a compelling wine that exhibits the classic style of Sierra Foothills Zin. The wine displays vibrant aromas fresh briar patch, blackberry, spicy clove, allspice, and hints of mocha. The ripe, fresh fruit nose follows through on the palate with flavors of juicy wild berries, plum and black cherries. The wine;s full, rich mouthfeel is balanced with well integrated tannins. Notes of white pepper spice linger on the finish. This Zinfandel shows the unique characters that are found in Amador County and cries out to be served alongside a juicy, grilled rib-eye steak!
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About Terra d'Oro:

For more than 150 years, fortune seekers have been lured to California's rugged Sierra Foothills. Though they once came for the gold, these days they come for the wine—Terra d'Oro, to be more specific. Handcrafted from some of Amador County's most historic vineyards, Terra d'Oro wines are rich indeed, full of the character and intensity that perfectly captures the essence of this "Land of Gold."


Red Wines    Nebbiolo    Piedmont    Italy   
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Pelissero Barbaresco Nubiola 2008
Pelissero Barbaresco Nubiola 2008
(search item no. 118567)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $28.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This has an intense ruby red color, with both fruity and floral notes, from the ripe red fruit to herbs. Soft, tasty, velvety at the same time, leaving a note of sweetness and roundness typical of ripe grape with a slightly dry and astringent closure that distinguishes the Nebbiolo.
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About Pelissero:

Azienda Agricola Pelissero is a family-run vine-growing estate located in the district of Treiso, in the heart of the Barbaresco zone. Many gradual changes have been performed by the successive generations of the Pelissero family, who transformed their business from grape growing and selling begun by Giovanni Pelissero, into winemaking of all their estate-grown grapes.

The first bottles of our own wine date back to 1960 and were produced by Luigi Pelissero, whose work was followed by his son, Oenologist Giorgio who after finishing his studies, decided to work full time at the winery. The Pelissero family takes care of all the winery work; from pruning the vines to marketing the wine.

The estate consists of twenty hectares of vineyards which yield a total of 80,000 to 100,000 (depending on the year) bottles of wine, namely Dolcetto d'Alba from two vineyards (Munfrina and Augenta), Barbera d'Alba Piani, Barbaresco, Barbaresco Vanotu, Grignolino, Favorita,Freisa and Nebbiolo.

It takes passion, commitment to the land and hard work in the vineyards and cellar, to always endeavour to make high quality wines, the only way we know to get real satisfaction. Research in the vineyards and, successively, in the cellar never stops here, and we hope that this will bring about further improvements on our wines.



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Poggio San Polo Rosso di Montalcino 2010
Poggio San Polo Rosso di Montalcino 2010
(search item no. 115442)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brillant ruby red in hue. The nose unfolds to reveal aromas of small fresh berries and a trace of maraschino cherry, melded with hints of blackberries and black cherries and followed by a hint of vanilla. It is a very fragrant wine of good intensity, warm and supple, with a medium-structure and balanced tannins. On the palate, the wine is suitably dry and sinewy, yet fresh with a persistent aromatic finish.

It naturally accompanies typical Tuscan cuisine with its bold, authentic flavors, such as pasta and risottos made with mushrooms or truffles, pork, grilled meats and medium-flavored cheeses.

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About Poggio San Polo:

The vineyards at San Polo were planted between 1990 and 2000 with the goal of making the highest quality Brunello di Montalcino. With an altitude of 1350 feet above sea level, their southern facing vineyard receives optimal sun exposure and is the highest in Montalcino. The vineyard also has natural terraces facing the stunning Sant’ Antimo Valley and is entirely dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino.

In 2007, Marilisa Allegrini and Leonardo Locascio purchased the property, and with together with winemaker Nicola Biasi adhere to meticulous vineyard management, including environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture, and extremely low-yield crop management (approximately 2 tons per acre). The vines are traditionally trained according to the spurred cordon method, with south/south-east exposure. After being harvested, the grapes receive a long maceration in stainless steel at controlled temperatures (82-86° F) and are then immediately transferred to French barriques (10 months for the Rosso, 18 months for the Mezzopane, and 24 months for the Brunello).