Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
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PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our medium-bodied Pinot Noir is bursting with aromas of violet, cherry, earth and spice with an elegant and supple finish.

Enjoy with macadamia-crusted halibut or a decadent chocolate souffle.

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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Mirassou Pinot Noir 2010
Mirassou Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 113177)

PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 PinotReport rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Mirassou California Pinot Noir displays fresh fruit flavors of pomegranates, cherries and currants with complementing aromas of strawberries, pomegranates and cherries. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within a year of release, but can age in the bottle for up to three years if carefully cellared.
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About Mirassou Vineyards:

Since 1854 the Mirassou family has dedicated itself to mastering the art of winemaking. 150 years later, their passion and optimism are stronger than ever. In 2004 the 6th generation of this winemaking family celebrated the launch of a new line of crisp, fruit-focused wines honoring their 150th anniversary as a California winery.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other French    France - Other regions   
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Chateau Peyros Madiran Tannat-Cabernet 2006
Chateau Peyros Madiran Tannat-Cabernet 2006
(search item no. 115396)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby color. Very rich nose of fresh fruit with hints of plum, coffee and cocoa. Soft on the palate, with fruity and roasted flavors. The finish is fresh, ripe, and round.
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Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
(search item no. 111394)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Evodia is an exciting new project in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud, hailed as one of Spain's most progressive and promising wine growing regions. It is here, in the vineyards of Atea, that Altovinum sources their Garnacha grapes for Evodia. In addition to the remarkable climate due to elevation, the property is comprised of pure schiste soils, known as pisara in the local area. Aficionados familiar with the wines of the Priorat and the Roussillon are well acquainted to this soil type and its extraordinary influence on the wines.

Blend: 100% Garnacha

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About Evodia:

Altovinum is a new project - a joint partnership between Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Sourcing fruit from high elevation vineyards in the village of Atea, the debut wine is EVODIA, from the Greek word for aroma.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
(search item no. 109773)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 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.
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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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 112279)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a dense purple ruby color with a mulberry hue. The aromas are both opulent and intense with blackcurrant, violets, rosemary and cedar playing a central role. The palate is awash with flavors of boysenberry, cassis, star anise and menthol. The structural tannins are supple and fine grained. Overall, the wine displays excellent line and length of flavor. An outstanding, youthful, fresh and vibrant Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from a tenanious vintage.
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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111624)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Inviting aromas of cassis, licorice and dark berries mingle with slight earth notes. The voluminous texture is accented by flavors of fruit preserves and leads to a long and silky finish.

Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 2% Malbec

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About Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    South Australia    Australia   
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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Oxford Landing GSM - Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2008
Oxford Landing GSM - Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2008
(search item no. 105602)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright plum with magenta hues, the 2008 Oxford Landing GSM has lifted forest berry fruits with hints of liquorice and spice. Plum and dark fruit from the Shiraz are complemented by the raspberries, red cherries and spice from the Grenache, creating a rich compote of flavors on the palate. These flavors are balanced on the palate by the chalky Mourvedre tannins that provide a slightly savory finish that lingers long after the wine is consumed.
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About Oxford Landing:

Oxford Landing isn't some invented name on a wine label. It's a real place, a real vineyard, that lies alongside the River Murray near the South Australian river town of Waikerie. Wyndham Hill Smith found this place in 1958 and Yalumba purchased the block naming it Oxford Landing after a nearby site where drovers once grazed and watered sheep on the long journey to Adelaide from northern pastoral properties.

Today, Oxford Landing has matured into one of Australia's most innovative viticultural enterprises delivering varietal flavor through a collection of value priced varietal wines.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Vignavecchia Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Odoardo Beccari 2007
Vignavecchia Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Odoardo Beccari 2007
(search item no. 111963)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red color. Aromas are typical, extremely complex notes of ripe fruit, with smooth, spicy hints of oak. Well balanced and full bodied with an intense and ripe tannic structure. Pleasant after taste and long finish.
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About Vignavecchia:

Vignavecchia estate is located at about one kilometer from Radda in Chianti. The cellar, completely surrounded by the vineyards, is an old country farmhouse which was completely restored and enlarged in 1997. In this modern cellar take place the complete vinification process and bottling of the whole production; one part of the building is destined to the aging of the wine in oak barrels.


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Perrin et Fils Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2010
Perrin et Fils Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2010
(search item no. 114132)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A beautiful deep red hue that seems almost opaque. The nose shows caramel and spices that mingle with red berry fruit. The palate is full and deep, with fine tannins and good length.
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About Perrin et Fils:

Jean-Pierre, François and Pierre Perrin are proud to present their fine wines, inspired by the memory of their grandfather, Pierre Perrin. Using the same techniques employed at Château de Beaucastel, the Perrins have added some interesting appellations to their already impressive list of wines.

"Jean-Pierre and François Perrin - chosen among the Most Influential Wine Personalities of the last 20 Years. The Perrins believe in natural winemaking, unfiltered wines, and routinely produce long-lived classics that are among the finest in the world." -Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate