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Domaines Baron Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge 2010
Domaines Baron Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge 2010
(search item no. 112688)
has fluid
has fluid 360


PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a purple with good intensity. The nose is powerful and seductive, with aromas of ripe fruit like blackcurrants and Morello cherries and hints of candied violet and licorice. Generous, rich and full-flavored on the palate, and a long finish with hints of pepper and licorice.

The Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge is made from a selection of wines from the best terroirs in Bordeaux. Tastings are carried out all over the Bordeaux region to find the most successful wines of the year with a view to creating blends in the tradition of the finest Bordeaux that favour balance over woodiness. The wines selected are mainly from the Entre-Deux-Mers.

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About Domaines Baron Rothschild:

Owner of Château Lafite Rothschild for five generations, the Rothschild family has been based in this Bordeaux vineyard since 1868. High values and the respect of traditional methods make them passionate about harmony and excellence. Their wines bear witness to that passion year after year. Their skills have patiently enriched through the generations, with world-renowned success.

This wine is from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)-Each wine is made with high standards delivering wines of elegance and finesse in the tradition of our great Bordeaux house, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.



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Vincent Bouquet Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc 2006
Vincent Bouquet Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc 2006
(search item no. 101802)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Merlot 100%
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Water Wheel Memsie 2006
Water Wheel Memsie 2006
(search item no. 93149)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Memsie red has a dark cherry/purple color. There are obvious blackcurrant, plum and spice characters dominating the nose. The palate is fresh with voluminous and forward, spice, berry and plum flavors obvious. These flavors are complimented by hints of sweet oak. The wine has great length with a persistent, smooth and clean finish.

87% Shiraz, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec

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About Water Wheel:

The present Water Wheel operation is the brainchild of Peter Cumming whose family have long been established as successful growers of tomatoes and cherries around Bridgewater-on-Loddon to the north-west of Bendigo in central Victoria. Peter studied winemaking at Roseworthy, and after a few excellent years as winemaker for Hickinbotham at the old Anakie vineyard near Geelong, threw himself boots and all into the Water Wheel business. His driving ambition as a relatively inexperienced winemaker was to capture as much flavor on the palate of his wines as he possibly could, precisely the edge that Water Wheel still retains over so many of its competitors.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Newton Claret 2008
Newton Claret 2008
(search item no. 105291)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This dark garnet-colored wine offers spicy aromas of clove and cinnamon layered with dark fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry supported by juniper and sage. The dark fruit flavors carry through to the palate, combining with dark chocolate notes on the soft mid-palate. Dusty, fine-grained tannins make this wine an appealing choice now or over the next 5 years.

Winemaker Chris Millard suggests this wine will complement grilled meat dishes nicely and also prove versatile with a wide variety of foods from hearty pasta dishes to braised beef.

Blend: 53% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Syrah

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About Newton Vineyard:

Peter and Su Hua Newton purchased one square mile of tumbling slopes high up on Spring Mountain overlooking St. Helena in 1977. The Estate was planted to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Merlot thrives in a land which is rocky mixed with clay beneath the surface, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot like an impoverished soil, and Cabernet Sauvignon is happy in stony loam. The mountainous slopes of the vineyards not only have these soils, but also a full range of exposures. Spring Mountain provides the vines get all the sunlight they need without any baking heat stress.

Chardonnay needs chalky or loamy soil in a cooler region. Newton owns an old vineyard in Carneros and also has long-term grape contracts for several hillside vineyards verging on that region. Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay, introduced in 1990, is said to be the first unfiltered wine produced and sold in California, and is now regarded as an industry benchmark.

Su Hua insists on picking only ripe grapes from the vine. Her method of quality control is to be involved in every aspect of the harvest, during which time she can be found every day among the pickers. To ensure that only ripe grapes are harvested, there can be up to four separate pickings in a single vineyard - very difficult to do but, she believes, there is no other way to produce a great wine.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 113321)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sandalwood, hazelnut, and powdered cocoa spicy aromas waft around a core of plum and dark stone fruit. Lively black plum and blueberry flavors transition seamlessly to a walnut, toasted almond finish. This elegantly balanced will continue to bring pleasure for years to come.
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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek was founded in 1973 and immediately established itself as one of Napa Valley's premier Cabernet houses with the release of its 1974 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery name comes from its location, next to Conn Creek near the Rutherford Crossroad that connects the Silverado Trail with Highway 29. Conn Creek specializes in limited production Bordeaux varietal wines exclusively from Napa Valley’s best vineyards. Present production remains at fewer than 6500 case per year.


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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 107763)
collectible wine
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec.

The balanced 2007 growing season allowed for even ripening throughout each of our Cabernet vineyards. Early in the fermentation the berries revealed concentrated fruit forward flavors and excellent color indicating the high quality of the 2007 vintage.

The wine is deeply pigmented and has aromatics of perfectly ripe blackberries, plum, notes of dark chocolate, licorice and spice. The palate is refined and has exceptional texture and length.

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About Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 108298)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1993 vintage of this wine was ranked #10 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1996

Sonoma Valley is a bucolic setting of rolling hills, well-tended vineyards, and soaring oaks. Celebrating this special place, Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted exclusively from vineyards neighboring Arrowood Winery. Mountain and hillside vineyard sites (many organically farmed) were thoughtfully sourced in anticipation of this wine. Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon captures the character of each site, blending them to tell a story both of vintage and of the distinct terroir that is Sonoma Valley.

The use of Sonoma Valley hillside vineyards gives structure to a particularly intense and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. This Cabernet has very rich aromas of cassis, black cherries, and plums with nuances of toasty oak in the background. On the palate, the wine shows its underlying depth of dark fruit. It is silky in texture with almost a sweet impression that lingers into a plethora of black fruits, cassis, and a nuance of dark chocolate on the finish.

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About Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:

Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.


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Sterling SVR Reserve 2006
Sterling SVR Reserve 2006
(search item no. 102220)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Graceful and beautifully balanced, the 2006 Sterling Vineyards SVR offers spicy deep plum and berry aromas laced with licorice, cedar, violet, dried herbs and Asian five-spice. The rich, concentrated cassis, caramel and toffee flavors are expansive and weighty. Fine-grain tannins softly structure the opulent flavors, while spicy cloves notes from barrel aging linger on the long, fruit-imbued finish. As one of our top-tier reserve wines, the SVR celebrates the synergy between Bordeaux-style grape varietals with an artistic blend focused on finesse and seductive layers of fruit expression.
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About Sterling Vineyards:

Sterling Vineyards was born in the 1960s, a time when creativity and entrepreneurial spirit abounded, especially in California. In 1964, Peter Newton, once a paper broker in England, purchased 70 acres of land in Calistoga and became a Napa Valley winemaker. He planted grapes others did not, bottled varietals others did not, and built a dramatic winery with an aerial tramway. His innovations put Sterling Vineyards into the public eye and helped establish the Napa Valley as a premier travel destination.

When Newton began planting his estate, Cabernet Sauvignon was the preferred variety. He planted the esteemed Cabernet, but his decision to also plant Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot was a bold move. His Merlot vines were the first significant planting of that variety in the Napa Valley. Newton saw potential in the soft, velvety Merlot fruit, and in 1969 he took a chance by releasing California's first vintage-dated Merlot. This decision flew in the face of traditional standards, which held that Merlot was merely a blending grape, and forever changed the perception of red wine. People started to enter a restaurant and ask for a glass of Merlot!



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Mouton-Cadet Bordeaux Rouge 2006
Mouton-Cadet Bordeaux Rouge 2006
(search item no. 95041)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $10.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Intense and brilliant dark cherry.

Nose: Tightly packed and elegant, with complex aromas that pleasantly combine ripe stone fruit (cherry) with fresh berries, especially blackcurrant.

Palate: A very smooth and full-bodied attack. Ripe fruit (cherry, blackcurrant) is immediately apparent, with powerful tannins. Remarkable overall balance. A generous and pleasant finish, sustained by attractively lingering flavors.

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About Mouton-Cadet:

Since 1930, Mouton Cadet has been renowned for its exacting standards and audacity. The fruit of generous nature and the work of human hands, the result of the encounter between an exceptional terroir and the passion of Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988), over the years Mouton Cadet has consistently combined quality, prestige and know-how in an expressive, seductive wine. Today, Mouton Cadet has become the worldwide reference for Bordeaux Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée wines.


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Conundrum White Blend 2008
Conundrum White Blend 2008
(search item no. 101318)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

What is that wonderfully robust, floral and bright tropical taste? Is it green apple, tangerine or honeysuckle? Could it possibly be apricot, melon, pear or light vanilla? That's the Conundrum. Our proprietarily secretive blend of California white grapes create a lush, creamy texture that leads to the mouth-watering question, "Mmmm, what's in there?" We're not telling. Can you guess?

Conundrum's success as a unique, complex blend of white grapes from California continues with the 2008 vintage in this fresh, lively, deeply-flavored wine.

This is the first vintage to be produced at the new production-only Conundrum winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. Our wine's core profile remains thoroughly Californian, with Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Napa Valley, Muscat Canelli from Tulare County on the Central Coast, and Chardonnay and Viognier from our vineyards in Monterey County. The "puzzle" of Conundrum lies partly in guessing the range of grape varieties we use, because we never reveal its exact composition.

We continue to have success in the twist-top closure. As a winemaker and someone who insists on wines without faults, I believe this closure is the right tool to protect the aromas and flavors that developed in the vineyards and were preserved in the bottle.

Gorgeous aromas of apricot, honeysuckle, and vanilla and lime zest enhance a deeply-flavored palate of tropical fruit, peach, pear and honeydew melon flavors. The complexity of this wine is brought into balance with a rich, round, soft texture; fresh, supportive acidity; and a stunning, satisfying finish.

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This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today’s generation of chefs. Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert, and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine.

The "conundrum", or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend; a combination that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Semillon and Viognier. Conundrum is a true California wine, with grapes sourced from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. Winemaker Jon Bolta began to craft the style for Conundrum in 1988.

The twist cap closure protects the fine aromas and flavors of this distinctive blend, allowing the bottle to be easily re-closed and refrigerated. The airtight cap also eliminates the possibility of cork taint.

Conundrum is owned by the Wagner family of Caymus Vineyards, but stands on its own as a separate brand. The Conundrum winery in Monterey County is close to the sources for most of the grape varietals that make up the wine.