Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos Roble 2009
Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos Roble 2009
(search item no. 106910)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Tempranillo

An elegant wine from Ribera del Duero. Made by gravity, it exhibits purity and balance. This is a low production wine: only 3,000 cases are made for the world. Juan Carlos Vizcarra is one of the pioneers of "garage winemaking" in Ribera. All grapes are organically grown.

Pork and lamb, especially grilled or roasted, are ideal pairings for this wine, but beef, from steaks and roasts to more casual burgers, also works very well. If you like spices, this wine has the "stuffing" to stand up to Cajun or Midwestern BBQ and pulled pork, and it will go well with Greek gyros, Cuban ropa vieja and dishes with Mediterranean spices.

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About Bodegas Vizcarra:

Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos was founded by Juan Carlos Vizcarra in 1991. They own 64 acres (26 hectares) of vineyards in the town of Mambrilla and Roa in Burgos.

What makes Vizcarra wines unique? For one, Juan Carlos Vizcarra's passion, determination and commitment are evident in these very elegant and complex wines.He is also one of a handful of genuine pioneer "garagistes" (small production winemaking) in the Ribera del Duero. Juan Carlos' Commitment to small production wines and gravity feed vinification results in genuine wines of purity and balance.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Piping Shrike Shiraz 2008
Piping Shrike Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 107930)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Shiraz is produced at Charles Cimicky. Charles Cimicky produces rich, voluptuous, generous wines with superb balance. Apart from minor drip irrigation in January and February, the vines are dry grown, cover-cropped and organically fertilized. Now in his late forties Charles Cimicky is one of the most quality-driven, meticulous winemakers in South Australia. Piping Shrike Shiraz is named after for the Australian Magpie whose territorial diligence ensures the protection of the Barossa Shiraz grapes from thieving Blackbirds.
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About Piping Shrike:

This Shiraz is produced at Charles Cimicky. Charles Cimicky produces rich, voluptuous, generous wines with superb balance. Apart from minor drip irrigation in January and February, the vines are dry grown, cover-cropped and organically fertilized. Now in his late forties, Charles Cimicky is one of the most quality-driven, meticulous winemakers in South Australia. Piping Shrike Shiraz is named for the Australian magpie whose territorial diligence ensures the protection of the Barossa Shiraz grapes from thieving blackbirds.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2007
Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2007
(search item no. 108592)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Emilio Moro was aged in French and American oak for 12 months. It has a superb bouquet of smoke, roasted herbs, scorched earth, and blackberry. Layered on the palate, it has tons of fruit, plenty of spice box notes, a firm structure, and 2-3 years of aging potential. .
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About Emilio Moro:

The winery is family-run and has links with the wine world going back three generations. It is located in Ribera del Duero, a land of dry summers and long, hard winters.

Emilio Moro, the founder of Bodegas Emilio Moro, was born in Pesquera de Duero, a wine area of time-honored traditions, where some of the flagship wines of the Ribera del Duero appellation are now produced. It was in this year that the winery's first vineyard, Finca Resalso, was planted.

One advantage that the Bodegas Emilio Moro winery has in its vineyards is that some of them have belonged to the family for many years and ahve the purest clone of the indigenous Tempranillo varietal, known in Spain as "Tinto Fino." This clone has been used to graft all the vine plants of the winery's vineyards, which have gradually grown in surface over time.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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Spellbound Petite Sirah 2008
Spellbound Petite Sirah 2008
(search item no. 103174)

PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensity of color, rich black and brambly fruits, vanilla bean and roasting coffee aromatics are complimented by remarkable approachability in the 2008 Spellbound Petite Sirah. The wine is crafted to unleash dark and luscious characteristics, while managing tannins to deliver an opulent and juicy Petite Sirah. This lush yet easy drinking wine provides intense berry character, with superb texture you will find in no other Petite Sirah but Spellbound.
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About Spellbound:

Spellbound was born when Rob Mondavi and Paul Hoffman decided to craft wines that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day yet special enough to celebrate milestone events. In honor of California's rich winegrowing heritage, this winemaking team sources fruit from established and emerging wine regions throughout the state, including Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara and Lodi.

Currently Spellbound makes Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. All three wines are approachable and food-friendly, perfect for causal dinners and black tie functions alike. Because Spellbound wines pair so well with food, they've become a favorite choice of fine restaurants.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba The Scribbler 2008
Yalumba The Scribbler 2008
(search item no. 104993)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Scribbler 2008 is dense crimson purple in color with a very appealing nose, displaying excellent concentration of dark fruits, spices, liquorice and dark olives. Fresh aromas of violets and lavender are present. The palate is silky and elegant, tasting of sweet blackcurrants and blueberries. The Shiraz is nicely layered within a tightly integrated and beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon palate. Ideal to drink now, but will certainly cellar well over the next 5-10 years. Perfect with a game pie on a truffled parmesan and parsnip mash.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2008
Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2008
(search item no. 109433)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Structured with precision and intensity. Lots of flavor and pristine fruit with classic Shiraz Viognier characters. Very long and focused.
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About Yering Station:

The first vineyard in Victoria, Yering Station was originally planted in 1838. Its acquisition in 1996 by the Rathbone family marked the beginning of a new era, with the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and award winning tourism complex (Winner: 2003-04 Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Wineries).

The winemaking team lead by Tom Carson (nominated for the Qantas Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year 2004) take a non-interventionist approach to allow full expression of the characteristics of this cool-climate region with particular emphasis on varietal flavours, structure and balance. The sub-regional variation between each of our sites throughout the valley allows the winery to successfully produce a diverse range of wines. When a grape variety performs exceptionally well throughout a season, a selection of the most outstanding parcels are released under our reserve label.

Through consistently producing a vast range of different wines, all with hallmark elegance, quality and distinction, Yering Station has built a reputation as one of the finest producers in the Yarra Valley and Australia.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107549)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including our Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards.

Our goal with the Columbia Valley Cabernet is to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is our inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food-try it with beef, pork or pasta.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz 2008
Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 110652)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $9.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep crimson red with vibrant purple hues, the 2008 Bin 555 Shiraz shows a bouquet of lifted aromas of plum and blackberry supported by subtle spicy oak. On the palate, it is a rich, full-bodied wine showing intense berry fruit flavours; plums, dark cherries with lifted spice characters. The wine is soft and generous on the mid palate, with fine tannins and balanced with subtle oak nuances, all of which contribute to a finish of good persistence.

BIN 555 will reward medium term cellaring and complement most red meats, game and cheeses.

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Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Jumilla    Spain   
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Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2006
Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2006
(search item no. 94331)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $12.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Garnet-purple, violet rim

Aroma: Mature fruits, blackberry, plum, hints of vanilla, roasted coffee, balsamic

Palate : Ample, mineral notes, mature tannins, sweetness, round and polished, long finish

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About Finca Luzon:

The estate was founded by the Gil family in 1916. For almost a century now they have strived to create wines that not only reflect the terroir of Jumilla but have an intense expression of the fruit and represent a good value in the market. They have achieved this goal through meticulous vineyard management and by adopting the latest technologies of winemaking available. The winery is located west of the town of Jumilla.

The grapes are sourced from the family-owned estate of 216 acres. The estate is surrounded by small mountains, 60 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyards are at the altitude of 1,500-2,100 ft. The soils are a combination of sand and chalk covered with chalky gravel and stones. Jumilla has a continental climate due to the high altitude of the region, despite the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea; there are large fluctuations in temperature from day to night during the growing season and cold winters. Rainfall is scant.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Sierra Cantabria Rioja Tinto 2009
Sierra Cantabria Rioja Tinto 2009
(search item no. 110558)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby-red color. Aromas of red fruit and spices. A balanced wine. Barrel-aged 6 months. An ideal wine for daily consumption.
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About Sierra Cantabria:

Founded by Guillermo Eguren, who is a self-made "bodeguero", coming from a family tradition of vine growers. Today, the fourth generation of the Eguren family, Marcos Eguren, is the winemaker and director of the winery. Sierra Cantabria has come to the forefront of Spanish wineries in the last 15 years. This is from the extreme care that they give to their vineyards, located in the best terrain of Rioja, the savoir-faire of Marcos Eguren, and his price-conscious policies. Vineyards are located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, one of the most famous towns in Rioja, known for the quality of its grapes. The grapes are sourced on 267 acres (108 ha), from 1,440-1,740 ft. above sea level (480-580 m), spread among the towns of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Labastida, and Laguardia. The proportions of grapes are 91% Tempranillo, 3% Malvasia, and 6% Viura. 75% of the production comes from their own vineyards, the rest they buy from local growers. They have been doing ecologically conscious agriculture in their own vineyards for the last 12 years. Average production 0.5 t/acre (hectare is 5,000 kg). The soil is composed of Clay-lime, the best soil of Rioja. The climate is Continental, with the influence of winds from the Atlantic, but protected from more severe weather by the Sierra Cantabria Mountains