Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 105035)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy "New World" style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine really typifies the Wahluke Slope region with up front, dark fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity.
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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    Margaret River    Australia   
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Wildberry Estate Shiraz 2005
Wildberry Estate Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 106412)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Distinctively deep red in color, this wine provides aromas of cooked berry fruits, plums, and the white pepper that Margaret River is renowned for. The palate is rich, smooth and complimented by the underlying tones of spice and toasty oak. This is an elegant but full flavoured shiraz that is drinking well today and will continue to develop for the next 2–5 years.
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About Wildberry Estate:

The Wildberry Estate winery was established by growers passionate about producing great wine using traditional practices, the best technology, and of course superb fruit.

Being only a few miles inland from the Indian Ocean, and with Geographe Bay just to our North East we are surrounded by water. This has a maritime affect on our climatic conditions which in turn has a stabilizing effect on our grapes as they grow and ripen.

Winemaking is all about the quality of the fruit. Margaret River has been scientifically identified as the most perfect place on earth, to grow premium grapes. Margaret River is blessed with generous winter rains and gravely soils with the benefit of cool ocean breezes guarded by tall karri, jarrah and peppermint forests.

We have created an outstanding range of wines showing intensity and freshness, embracing the best of Margaret River.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Sonoma County    California   
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Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2008
(search item no. 100095)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $12.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is uniquely Dry Creek Valley. Distinctive for its wide spectrum of tropical fruit flavors, the wine also carries an excellent sense of acidity and balance. Flavors of peach, honeydew, and pear give this wine wonderful complexity and dimension. On the palate, floral elements burst forward creating a mouthwatering sensation. The finish is long and lingering providing a fresh, clean, and memorable drinking experience.
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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Chile    South America   
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Antiyal Kuyen 2008
Antiyal Kuyen 2008
(search item no. 109665)
green wine
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Kuyen, which means "moon" in the Chilean native language Mapuche, is made by Espinoza and his wife Marina on their small estate in the Maipo Valley. It is a wine made to honor "the ancient traditions and cosmic vision of the people of the earth." This is a 49% Syrah, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Carmenere blend made with grapes from the Maipo Valley. Kuyen's grapes are biodynamically grown, which Espinoza believes gives his fruit a superior expression of terroir.

The Kuyen blend is aged in French oak barrels, then bottled and aged an additional six months in the cellar prior to release. This vintage shows deep color with intense aromas of dark fruit, spice and minerals. The palate has good texture with volume, body and a long finish.

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About Antiyal:

Álvaro Espinoza is one of the finest winemakers in South America today, as well as one of the foremost biodynamic winemakers in the world. His celebrated wine Antiyal is often referred to as Chile's first "garage wine." Antiyal produces fewer than 400 cases of wine a year in the sleepy Maipo Valley town of Alta Jahuel.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 110995)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is brimming with fruit aromas and flavors biased to the black fruit end of the Cabernet spectrum: plums, blackberry, black currant. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, this Cabernet drinks well on release but will soften and develop with additional age. For those who seek youthful fresh Cabernet fruit aromas and a more structured wine, drink it from 2010 through 2014. If you prefer the less fruity, more developed bottle bouquet aromas and a softer, more velvety wine on the palate, drink it from 2015-2025.
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About Buehler Vineyards:

John Buehler, Sr. and his son, John, began the renovation of the property that would become Buehler Vineyards in 1971. Located six miles east of St. Helena and nestled in the mountains above Conn Valley, Buehler Vineyards encompasses some 300 acres of Napa Valley hillside terrain. After a quarter of a century of growing grapes and over 20 years of winemaking from those vines, their focus remains on varietals that are best suited to this site: Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2007
(search item no. 109694)
boutique wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Reserve uses fruit primarily from Ridgecrest Vineyards, our oldest estate vineyard, a 55-acre vineyard on a 176-acre property. Beginning in 1980, this site pioneered grapegrowing on Ribbon Ridge, a small ridge on the western end of the Chehalem Mountains. Soils are a Willakenzie soil called Wellsdale, a transition soil series exhibiting characteristics of both volcanic and ocean sedimentary underlying structures. The rich, supple black cherry and blackberry fruits are characteristic of Ridgecrest Vineyards and the Willakenzie soil type. Excellent acidity, silky texture, and a long finish are hallmarks of the vineyard site, being relatively high in elevation, mature in vine age, and deeply rooted.
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About Chehalem:

With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Santa Cristina by Antinori Sangiovese 2009
Santa Cristina by Antinori Sangiovese 2009
(search item no. 109404)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red color with an intense bouquet of cherry and raspberry fruits, along with hints of violet and tobacco. Smooth and well-structured on the palate with delicious tannins and a persistent finish.

Blend: 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Combining Italian soul with new world flavor and vitality, the Santa Cristina line combines maximum quality with value. These extremely versatile wines are made for everyday enjoyment, whether served by themselves or with virtually any food.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2006
Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 106150)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of black pepper, spice and mocha perfectly complement the bold fruit essences of black cherry and raspberry. Lush, concentrated flavors of sun-ripened raspberries and chocolate-covered cherries are softened by a touch of creamy oak on the mid-palate. The mouth-filling texture and velvety tannins lead to a long, smooth finish.
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About Haywood Winery:

Haywood Estates Los Chamizal Vineyard overlooks the historic town of Sonoma in the southern reaches of the Mayacamas Mountains. Guided by founder Peter Haywood, Los Chamizal Vineyard produced its first crush in 1980, and so began the legacy of robust, elegant Zinfandels.

The soils are shallow - six inches to two feet – giving way to fractured red rock or volcanic tuft soil. The low nutrient levels contribute to the intense character of the wines by limiting growth and restricting leaf production. Cooling wind and fog off the mountain and from nearby San Francisco Bay keep the days temperate and the nights cool. The vineyard is comprised of eight blocks, two of which have been separated out due to their unique and distinctive characters: Rocky Terrace and Morning Sun.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Tormaresca Neprica 2009
Tormaresca Neprica 2009
(search item no. 110210)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color with violet hues. Aromas of red fruits and black cherry dominate the nose, complimented by light floral notes. Soft and flavorful on the palate with balanced acidity and subtle tannins.
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About Tormaresca:

Tormaresca is the fruit of the Antinori family's investment in the Puglian region since July 1998.

The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties: one in Minervino Murge (Bari) a 100 hectare (247 acre) estate located in the Castel del Monte D.O.C. region, 40 miles from the Adriatic Sea; the other property is a 500 hectare (1,235 acre) estate near San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi), closer to the sea in the Salento DOC region.

The new cellar is located at Minervino Murge while the commercial and administrative offices are in the city of Bari, halfway between the two properties.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Chile    South America   
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Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Syrah 2007
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Syrah 2007
(search item no. 109183)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is an intense and dark inky red color with purple shades Nose: Intense and complex nose with a punch of solid black fruit, white pepper, honey and rosemary aromas. Palate: Concentrated body with rich tannins, very round mid palate and more fruit at the finish. Very long persistence in the palate.

Food Pairing: 60°F to 64°F. Ideal companion for game and lamb well seasoned dishes. Sourced from our own vineyards, Cuvée Alexandre wines express our dedication to quality and the expression of the Terroir of Lapostolle.

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About Lapostolle:

Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that make Grand Marnier a global success. Its objected is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and superb terroirs of Chile. Today, Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produces a total of 200,000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.