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 11/23/2014: $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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 110830)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1997 vintage of this wine was ranked #3 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1995

Complex and alluring flavors of wild mountain blackberry, black cherry, currant and sweet molasses, accented by underlying flavors of graphite and cedar box. Hints of vanilla and toast are imparted by the new French oak barrels. The addition of Mount Veeder Malbec - with its distinguishing characteristics of dark chocolate and boysenberry - adds a heightened intensity to the fruit and lends texture to this wine, while softening and balancing the tannins for a long elegant finish.

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About The Hess Collection:

The Hess Collection was founded by Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess, who first purchased vineyards on Mount Veeder in 1978 and began making wine under The Hess Collection label in 1983. In 1986, he began renovation of the historic winery, originally constructed in 1903 by Colonel Theodore Gier. The winery opened to the public in 1989. The Hess Collection has vineyards on Mount Veeder, along with their Napa Valley estate vineyards - Su'skol and Allomi in Napa Valley, and Shirtail Creek Vineyard in Monterey. Each of these vineyards is sustainably farmed in accordance with Donald's philosophy: "Nurture the land, return what you take."


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 107650)

PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our vineyards in Stags Leap, Atlas Peak, Saint Helena, and Calistoga. This allows us to control every aspect from the vineyard to the bottle, ensuring optimum quality and fruit expression. Our meticulous attention to detail shows in this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.

Balancing freshness and intensity, this full-bodied wine offers a complexity of flavors. Bold aromas of black currant, blackberry and clove are supported by a core of black cherry, mocha, vanilla and black olive flavors. Polished and focused, the wine finishes with a hint of spice and well-integrated tannins. Drinking beautifully upon release, this wine will continue to develop over the next ten years. Our favorite pairings for this wine include rack of lamb, beef stew, ratatouille and dark chocolate.

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About Rombauer Vineyards:

Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging our wines.

Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass. The joy of wine is something that's important to Rombauer. Whether you are a collector of fine wines or like to have wine with food, wine is something that truly should be enjoyed. Rombauer Vineyards puts a lot of hard work and tender care into making drinkable wines. And because wine is a simple product to enjoy, emphasis is given to taking the mystique out of enjoying fine wines.

Our emphasis on the joy of wine comes from the heritage of the Rombauer family. Koerner's ancestors made wine in the famous Rheingau region in Germany and his great aunt, Irma Rombauer, wrote the book The Joy of Cooking. Hence our focus on wine as complements to good food and good friends. Every family member is actively involved in the day to day operation of the winery from selecting grapes for the winemaking process and getting the wine to market.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Veneto    Italy   
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Maculan Brentino 2008
Maculan Brentino 2008
(search item no. 105977)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $16.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby-red with garnet hues, Brentino offers seductive aromas of blackberries and dark cherries, along with hints of cedar and forest due to the year spent aging in French barriques. On the palate, the wine is dry, full-bodied and harmoniously balanced with a firm tannic backbone and distinct bold flavors. Recommended with roasted and grilled meats, as well as hearty winter stews or pastas.
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About Maculan:

For three generations the Maculan family has been selecting and vinifying the best grapes in Breganze, an enchanting village set like a small jewel at the foot of the Alps in Italy’s Veneto region. The surrounding mountains protect the area from cold winds, creating a perfect microclimate for the cultivation of vineyards. But it is Fausto Maculan’s drive and commitment, rather than any accident of nature, which set these wines apart and distinguish Maculan as an innovative and dynamic winery. Designed by Fausto himself, the winery is one of the most stunning small wineries in Italy, an amazing mixture of ingenuity and style. The new winery provides the theatre for a marvelous combination of antique traditions and modern techniques using the latest winemaking technology. Long-held family traditions are respected: from using specially selected vineyards and the careful selection of the bunches of grapes, to aging in new, small oak barrels and conserving the grapes on racks for the production of Torcolato. The fusion of tradition and innovation results in a selection of fresh and fruity whites, well-structured reds and delicious dessert wines. Designed by Fausto himself, the winery is one of the most stunning small wineries in Italy, an amazing mixture of ingenuity and style. The new winery provides the theater for a marvelous combination of antique traditions and modern techniques using the latest winemaking technology. Long-held family traditions are respected, from using highly selected vineyards and the careful selection of the bunches of grapes, to aging in new, small oak barrels and conserving the grapes on racks for the production of Torcolato. The fusion of tradition and innovation results in a selection of fresh and fruity whites, well-structured reds and delicious dessert wines.