White Wines    Chardonnay    Chile    South America   
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Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2007
Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 96499)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Light, golden yellow. White peach, papaya, mango and hazelnut, with surprising elegance on the nose. Medium, full-bodied. Creamy on the palate. A core of peach-papaya accented flavors supported by refined oak. A long finish.

A perfect accompaniment to white meat, shellfish, and fresh cheeses.

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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Castle Rock Pinot Gris 2009
Castle Rock Pinot Gris 2009
(search item no. 106831)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Castle Rock Pinot Gris is produced from grapes grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Sheltered by the Cascade Mountains, this area is on the same latitude as France's Burgundy region, and it saw the first introduction of this grape to the New World a quarter century ago. Since then it has gained international recognition as one of the most prestigious appellations for this cool climate varietal.

Our Pinot Gris is crisp and light with good texture and acidity, offering subtle floral aromas and delicate flavors of pear, peach, and apple. This versatile wine can be paired with many foods, but makes an especially fine accompaniment to fish, soups, vegetarian dishes and salads.

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About Castle Rock Winery:

Since its inception in 1994, Castle Rock Winery has built an enviable reputation for producing high quality wines at affordable prices for discerning wine lovers. This winning formula is highly successful, as proven by an increasing number of customers and members of the wine press, who have given the wines glowing reviews.

Castle Rock's wines are carefully made from grapes grown in the most prestigious areas of the West Coast states - California (Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Monterey County, Alexander Valley), Oregon (Willamette Valley), and Washington (Columbia Valley). The company has always focused on making wines with specific appellations in order to allow the local qualities of the wine to be appreciated by connoisseurs.

The wines are made and bottled at wineries boasting state-of-the-art equipment, located in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Oregon's Willamette Valley, and Washington’s Columbia Valley. Distribution throughout all states of the United States is through a comprehensive network of fine wine distributors.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2007
Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2007
(search item no. 102708)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#77Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

A dark center with a garnet rim. The nose shows lots of Barossa chocolate, dark plum and hints of violet. It is a wine with good fruit complexity which draws upon the attributes of each variety in the blend: Shiraz gives richness and fruit, Merlot adds a textural softness and the Cabernet Sauvignon with its firm tannins reins in the fruit to give a wine of flavor, balance and structure.

Clancy's is a wine to enjoy with friends over a bowl of pasta, platters of pizza, and sizzling roast chicken. It will always be a welcome guest at a BBQ!

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


White Wines    Gewurztraminer    Other Washington    Washington   
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Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer 2009
Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer 2009
(search item no. 105043)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Gewürztraminer is crafted from Washington grapes. The fruit from these two regions possesses different yet complimentary characteristics, producing a balanced, more expressive and complex wine. We often put the juice and the grape skins in contact to extract and unleash the exquisite Gewürztraminer aromas locked in the skin. The juice is then cold temperature fermented over 20 days. We do not use any oak and do not put the wine through malolactic fermentation.

The wine is crisp with a slight residual sugar of 1.7% with flavors of lychee, melon and tangerine. Our Gewürztraminer is an exceptional match with spicy Indian food, lemon chicken and blue cheeses.

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About Pacific Rim:

Riesling, simply, is the most versatile, complex and food-friendly of all the noble grapes. if you enjoy inspiring your palate, then Riesling is your ideal wine. No other varietal so purely expresses terroir. Washington's Columbia Valley - home of Pacific Rim - provies the ideal soils and climate for growing Riesling. Purity is at the core of Pacific Rim's winemaking philosophy. They exclusively use stainless steel tanks, allowing the true character of Riesling to speak for itself, they do not use malolactic fermentation and their wines are fermented only with native yeasts. Pacific Rim produces 10 different Rieslings from bone dry to sticky sweet, and Riesling represents 95% of all the wines they produce. Pacific Rim is an Organic and Biodynamic certified winery.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Jumilla    Spain   
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Finca Luzon Luzon 2008
Finca Luzon Luzon 2008
(search item no. 100050)
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is inky with a violet rim. The aroma is spice and cherries with a bit of freshly ground peppercorns. The taste is refreshing and crisp, bursting with cranberries, plums, and mild spice. The tannins are subtle but balanced. The finish is a curious combination of spice, tobacco, and thyme.
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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    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Punto Final Malbec Classico 2008
Punto Final Malbec Classico 2008
(search item no. 98525)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Malbec grapes are sourced from two mountain vineyards, both planted more than 50 years ago. The grapes are hand-harvested into small lugs, hand-sorted, crushed and cold-macerated at the winery for four days. The wine is then fermented at controlled temperatures with native yeasts in stainless steel for 15 days and inoculated with the winery's own malolactic organisms. After this it is aged for eight months, partly in French barriques and partly in stainless steel. The end result is a wine with a rich bouquet, lively mouth-feel, lingering flavors of red and black berries with undertones of black pepper and vanilla, and a velvety texture throughout.
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About Punto Final:

From Bodegas Renacer. Mendoza, Argentina is a privileged place in the world because of its winegrowing and winemaking conditions. These excellent conditions are bottled into the great wines that have been reaching the world's markets in recent years. Robert Parker has proclaimed that Malbec, the region's emblematic variety, has a very auspicious future.

The winery, located at Perdriel, at the foot of Los Andes Mountains, combines a medieval tower built of rocks with state of the art technical equipment. In the limey soils surrounding the winery grow the best Malbec grapes of the world. Punto Final Clásico and Reserva are modern, fruity, elegant wines with a distinctive personality. Their labels show a unique style focused in the typical aromas of Argentina's emblematic variety.

The philosophy is to attain the highest quality within the highest international standards. This goal is achieved through scrupulous care of the vineyards and devotion to wine and the winemaking process.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 100841)
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PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 87 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is a rich and vibrant wine of exceptional varietal flavor and generous fruit. Full depth, purple red in color, it shows bright and lively aromas of violets, spices, cherries and eucalyptus which are supported by subtle hints of mocha chocolate. A wine of structure, yet soft and supple with a generously textured mid palate.
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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    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
(search item no. 105119)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#44 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

100% Tempranillo Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with fruity notes. It shows good balance on the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins. The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

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Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 105748)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark purple color with ruby red tones. The nose is full of ripe red fruits, sweet spice and a touch of tobacco. The mouthfeel shows red currant and cassis fruit layered with notes of cedar and espresso bean. The finish is soft and sweet, with finely grained tannins adding structure and length.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2008
Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 99430)
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PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A perfumed bouquet of ripe cherries and raspberry fruits, hallmarks of Marlborough Pinot Noir. On the palate the wine displays ripe fruit with complex savoury and spice elements. Soft, silky, fine-grained tannins provide structure and definition, yet also allow immediate consumption.

Drink now until 2011.

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About Villa Maria:

In 1960, George Fistonich, the son of a Croatian immigrant, founded Villa Maria in Mangere, Auckland. Voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year in 1993, George is today the managing director of the Villa Maria Group, which also includes Vidal and Esk Valley Wineries, together forming the third largest wine company in New Zealand.

Winemaker Michelle Richardson has been with Villa Maria since 1992. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Australia and in 1991 assisted flying winemaker Hugh Ryman with the French vintage. In 1997, Michelle, like George Fistonich, was voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year. Her 1996 wines have taken Villa Maria to new peaks in quality. Michelle is a graduate of the highly regarded Roseworthy College in Australia. She heads the Villa Maria winemaking team.

This team of dedicated vintners has placed its emphasis on high quality and good value. Grapes are either estate-grown or carefully sourced, and the winery was the first in New Zealand to initiate payment for grapes by quality. Villa Maria has won awards for its wines in competitions across New Zealand and Australia and has been honored for its high standards of customer service and environmental responsibility.