Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 108281)

PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opaque deep red with an alluring crimson edge, our 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon doesn't hesitate to offer big fruit-forward aromas of blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, and plum accented with clove, vanilla, roasted coffee, and a lifted note of cedar. This wine stays rich and big on the palate. The round, full midpalate leads to a finish that offers ripe, youthful tannins evoking dark chocolate.

This wine, which promises to age well for decades to come, is wonderfully expressive with food. We recommend Greek lamb moussaka, wild game, barbecued prime rib, and beef short ribs.

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About Simi:

In 1876, brothers Giuseppe and Pietro Simi began making wine in San Francisco from Sonoma County grapes and eventually planted vineyards near Healdsburg. Simi's historic stone cellars were built in 1890 and are still used to age the wines. Today, Simi is recognized as a leader in innovation and experimentation with a history of over 125 years of cutting-edge winemaking.

Their Alexander Valley vineyards possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region. Years of geologic activity – from an ancient mudflow to the meandering Russian River and Mayacama Creek – has created numerous distinct soil types and a range of microclimates. Here they grow the red Bordeaux varietals for their Reserve Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for their Sendal.

Their Russian River Goldfields vineyard is planted to field selections chosen from the oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards in California. The combination of diverse clones and the cool, Russian River Valley climate produce Simi’s distinct Reserve Chardonnay.

Simi's winemakers focus on site-specific winemaking and use the most modern advances in vineyard management, fermentation and blending to best express the personality and flavors of each vineyard site.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Walla Walla Valley    Washington   
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L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2007
L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2007
(search item no. 111335)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Boldly aromatic, this mature wine has aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, earthy hints of sweet tobacco and leather, and smoky dark fruit packed with chocolate, mint and cherry fruit on a richly balanced and integrated finish.

L'Ecole has been producing Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee since 1993. Apogee represents our best effort to capture this vineyard's distinctive and characteristic spicy bold aromas, dark fruit flavors and rich structure.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc

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About L'Ecole 41:

L'Ecole No 41, a family owned vineyard, has been producing premium handcrafted varietal wines since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Having been founded by Jean and Baker Ferguson, the winery is now owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. Martin has been the general manager and winemaker since 1989.

In 1984, shortly after the first 1983 vintage was resting in barrel, Jean and Baker Ferguson, the founders, held a contest with all the relatives' children under grade six. The objective: draw a colorful drawing to be used as a wine label. Some of the children drew pictures of the school building, others drew bottles of wine with glasses, and at least one drew a picture of the cat. The prize at the time was $100 cash, plus royalties on posters sold (fortunately the state liquor board would not allow royalties on the wine).

The winner: 8 year old third grade cousin Ryan Campbell. Ryan's watercolor of the schoolhouse was drawn just about the time of Walla Walla's Hot Air Balloon Stampede, and he came up with the grape cluster balloon. All of the entries, including Ryan's original, hang in the tasting room for visitors to admire. Today, Ryan has just completed his Architecture Degree at the University of Idaho.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2008
Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 102440)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red color. Very lifted and intense nose of blackberry fruit, sweet spice and dark chocolate. The palate is very rich and flavorsome with blackberry and plum fruit. In addition to the primary fruit characters there is plenty of complexity in this wine with spice, earthy notes and graphite also evident. There is heaps of mouthfilling flavor complemented by chalky tannins. There is great length of fruit as well.
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About Thorn-Clarke:

The Thorn-Clarke family already has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry. The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship between two long time Barossa families. The winery owners are David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) and their son Sam is manager of the winery. Cheryl's brother, David Thorn manages the Mount Crawford and Kabininge vineyards for Thorn-Clarke Wines. Her father Ron Thorn has one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in Australia and possibly the world on the Thorn family property 'Clifton' outside of Angaston. Earliest records show this old vineyard was in existence in 1854.

Husband and wife, David and Cheryl Clarke both have deep family roots in the Barossa. Cheryl Clarke's family, the Thorn's, have been grape growers in the Barossa since the 1870's.

David Clarke's family were pioneers in the Barossa as well but most famously in the mining of gold from the Barossa Goldfields. One of his ancestors was James Goddard who was the responsible for opening the Lady Alice gold mine in the Barossa goldfields and which was the largest gold mine in South Australia at the time. It has been David's love of the wine industry that saw the planting of the Kabininge vineyard outside of Tanunda in 1987. The planting of the Kabininge vineyard represented the start of a deeper involvement by the family in the Barossa wine industry.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino 2006
La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino 2006
(search item no. 109113)
collectible wine

James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $53.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright, dark red. Spicy red berries, cherry and a flinty nuance on the nose. Then silky, supple and sweet with chewy black and red cherry flavors. Not especially fleshy but offers an attractive restrained sweetness and finishes with rather soft tannins and good length. Perfect for sirloin steak, grilled, roasted or stewed red meats.
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About La Poderina:

La Poderina is located in Montalcino, acquired by Saiagricola in 1988 and has been the "dependance" in Montalcino of the group. With 20 hectares of vineyard, situated in the southwest part of Montalcino, it is found in a perhaps little known position but certainly one of the most valid of the entire zone. Production is centered on the renewal of the enological style of Brunello, a famous red wine, but sometimes a bit too much repressed by traditional methods, which are in certain ways obsolete.

The wines of La Poderina, on the other hand, undergo an ageing process in little barrels for years, barriques of French rovere next to large casks, but overall in the vineyard systems of highly qualitative cultivation are adapted, that nothing gives into the quantity of the production for vine stock, with surrender that amply maintain under 8 ton (200 pounds) per acre according to the regulations. Difficult decisions, without a doubt, but also the only possibility if you want to follow with coherence the objective of the maximum possible quality. A tough commitment given the international prestige that a wine like Brunello di Montalcino possesses and in particular that of the sub zone of Castelnouvo dell'Albate, that stands out for its elegance and equilibrium.

It is in this light that the wine making research that the technical staff of La Poderina have been carrying out for 10 years, has to be considered. Emphasizing as much as possible the typical characteristics, not only of Brunello or Rosso but also of the specific area in question. The achievements are greatly encouraging and open an opportunity for new interpretation of a great wine with Tuscan and Italian traditions like Brunello di Montalcino.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114785)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of all the mountain appellations, Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates power and structure and shows firm tannins and explosive fruit flavors.
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About Atlas Peak Winery:

Atlas Peak was established in 1987. Over time it became clear that Atlas Peak's most valuable hidden resource was literally underfoot: the elevation of its vineyards. The grapes growing at high elevation, and above the natural fog line, experience much lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing the grapes to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. As a result, growers up on the mountain can afford to harvest later and pick for flavor with less worry about over ripening and excessive alcohol. No grape develops as well in mountain conditions as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Atlas Peak crafts Napa Valley mountain appellation Cabernet Sauvignon from such prestigious areas as Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain District and Mount Veeder, in addition to Atlas Peak. Atlas Peak’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are driven by an appreciation of mountain-grown fruit and winemaking techniques that capture the distinct flavors derived from the mountain appellations in which they are grown.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Yakima Valley    Washington   
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Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2007
Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2007
(search item no. 103482)
boutique wine
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The balance between fruit and structure is well played out in this vintage. The classic and austere qualities that this vineyard has each year are well drawn out. As with most American wines, this wine projects more fruit in its youth than its European reflections. Over time we will see this difference shrink as the wines move (hopefully) into more complex incarnations of themselves. We would like to see this wine well stored for three or four years. As is almost always true with Andrew Will wines you can enjoy them now, but they will provide greater complexity over time.

15% Cabernet Sauvignon; 45% Cab Franc; 40% Merlot

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About Andrew Will Winery:

Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched out of a love for wine that Chris developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after his son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor in putting Washington State on the map as a world-class wine-producing region.

Andrew Will wines are labeled by vineyard with each wine a different makeup of the Bordeaux varietals. These vineyards, all in the Columbia Valley, include Camarda's own estate Two Blondes. He is part owner of the Champoux Vineyard and sources from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Hawkes Bay    New Zealand   
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Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2008
Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2008
(search item no. 114078)
screw cap wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

CELLAR NOTES
Sourced from our steepest hillside vineyards, the Syrah for the Dreadnought was hand harvested, destemmed without crushing and fermented in small open top fermenters, plunged twice per day. Following an average of 3 weeks on skins the wines were gently pressed to oak barrels for Malolactic fermentation. Each parcel of fruit was kept separate in the winery until the final blending sessions after 15 months in oak.

TASTING NOTES
The 2008 Dreadnought opens up to aromas of white pepper, star anise and blueberries with hints of wild game and a subtle floral fragrance. The palate has a mineral vibrancy which holds the firm ripe tannins in check. Overall the Dreadnought 2008 has layers of complex characters that unfold as the wine opens up in the glass revealing subtle hints of spice and game, a rich supple palate with the graphite-like tannins typical of 2008 Syrah from Waiheke Island.

DREADNOUGHT
The first in a line of early 20th century battleships bestowed with the motto "fear god and dreadnought" and embodying a supreme combination of speed and power, Dreadnought denotes our steepest and most breathtaking hillside Syrah vineyards.

This wine is bottled and protected under screw cap as we believe it is the best closure for quality wine.

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About Man O' War:

Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf, Man O' War boasts a pristine and beautiful spread of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and stunning beaches. This rugged and beautiful coastline was "discovered" in 1769 by Captain James Cook, and today we take responsibility for maintaining its beauty and integrity for future generations.

Under our family's stewardship for almost 30 years, we first introduced grapes to Man O' War in 1993, firm in the belief that world class wines could be produced here. Since then we have carefully selected and developed almost 90 individual pockets of Man O' War's hillsides for wine growing, each chosen for the unique and exceptional qualities they bring to our wines.

Today 150 acres of vines are strategically placed around Man O' War's 4500 acres, enhancing its intrinsic beauty. Meticulous design ensures that the distinct soil profile and microclimate of each block is used to best advantage with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities selected to match the specific terroir on offer.

At Man O' War an exceptional and passionate team of people come together to bring you unique world class wines that reflect the distinctive treasure of land from which they come. Our winemaking team possesses broad and extensive experience and we pride ourselves on fusing classic Old World techniques with innovative New World ideas.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111417)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Phoenix name recognizes the first winemaking company purchased by Douglas Tolley in South Australia in 1888, the 'The Phoenix Winemaking and Distilling Company.' The nose consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape. Mulberry and blackberry are the dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a tight palate with silky grape tannins and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hints of licorice and chocolate lingers on the finish.
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About Penley Estate:

Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families – the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.

Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra rossa" soils – bright red top-soils overlaying soft free-draining limestone.

Critically acclaimed as one of Coonawarra's leading estates, and voted as one of the International Wineries of the Year 2001 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, while the Reserve Cabernet voted best wine of Coonawarra 2001, as judged by winemaking peers and critics.

The Penley Estate signature style comprises distinct, precise, terrior driven wines – not overly oaked or excessively alcoholic. They display ripe clean fruit with true regional character – the senior wines will age for many years.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 108131)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made with full extraction and long skin contact, this wine is made to maximize body and weight while having long silky tannins. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe dark cherry and blackberry notes with mocha, clove and a hint of vanilla. This wine offers lush, juicy cherry and blueberry flavors. On the palate, sweet vanilla, clove, and a hint of cinnamon are brought forth by the nuances of French oak aging. Seamless with a nice long finish, this wine is very elegant with a fine structure.
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About Atlas Peak Winery:

Atlas Peak was established in 1987. Over time it became clear that Atlas Peak's most valuable hidden resource was literally underfoot: the elevation of its vineyards. The grapes growing at high elevation, and above the natural fog line, experience much lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing the grapes to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. As a result, growers up on the mountain can afford to harvest later and pick for flavor with less worry about over ripening and excessive alcohol. No grape develops as well in mountain conditions as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Atlas Peak crafts Napa Valley mountain appellation Cabernet Sauvignon from such prestigious areas as Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain District and Mount Veeder, in addition to Atlas Peak. Atlas Peak’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are driven by an appreciation of mountain-grown fruit and winemaking techniques that capture the distinct flavors derived from the mountain appellations in which they are grown.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Warre's Otima 10 Year Tawny (500ML)
Warre's Otima 10 Year Tawny (500ML)
(search item no. 10296)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The latest addition to the range of fine ports from Warres, Otima is an aged 10 year old tawny especially suitable for those with a preference for the lighter style of Port. Its delicate palate challenges the traditional perception of Port as a dark and full-bodied after-dinner drink.

Otima is a Premium Quality Port from a renowned Port house, and brings a lighter, more contemporary style to reflect today's lifestyle - a contemporary, quality drink, versatile enough to be enjoyed anytime.

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About Warre's:

Founded in 1670, Warre & Co. is the oldest British company in Portugal and one of the most highly esteemed port shipping firms in the world. It was the first Port company to build a lodge in Gaia for the proper ageing of its Ports. For the last 65 years, Warre's has made the wine at Quinta do Bom Retiro Pequeno. All the wine is made in the traditional stone lagares by treading and has been a fundamental part of all great Warre's Port.