Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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CARO  2009
CARO 2009
(search item no. 116126)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense, deep red color with fine hints of crimson. The nose offers pleasant aromas of red and dark fruit, with redcurrants, also some mint and cedar. The bouquet fills out with notes of vanilla, spices and mocha, characteristic of French oak. This is a dense, complex wine, with good tannic structure. The lingering finesse of the tannins gives the wine good length and a pleasant, soft mouthfeel. Deep, aromatic and complex with very appealing intense fruit. Has yet to reach its peak.
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About Bodegas Caro:

CARO was born of an alliance between two wine cultures (French and Argentine), two noble grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec), and two renowned wine families (Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena.)

Immediately after CARO's 2002 release, the first vintage of CARO, 2000, was acclaimed by professionals. The achievement of CARO has naturally led the partners to elaborate another wine based on the traditional Argentinean Malbec, conserving the fine balance between the characteristics of Argentina and the style of Bordeaux wines. As a commemoration to the Andean roots, the Indian name of a pretty little flower, which grows on the high altitude of the Andes has been chosen: Amancaya.

Vignerons since the 19th century, these two powerful organizations have combined their deep knowledge of Mendoza's high altitude terroir and the art of winemaking to create truly unique wine.



Rosé Wine    Rosé    Provence    France - Other regions   
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Domaines Ott Les Domaniers Cotes de Provence Rose 2011
Domaines Ott Les Domaniers Cotes de Provence Rose 2011
(search item no. 117564)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This rosé has a salmon-pink color and a citrusy nose, with a dominant aroma of strawberries. A full-bodied, fresh taste opens out onto hints of fresh fruit. Well-balanced, round and crisp.

Domaniers Rosé will be a delicious companion to delicatessen meats, poultry, white meats, fish, Provençal and Asian dishes.

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About Domaines Ott:

Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott. Today, the wineries are owned and managed by Champagne Louis Roederer, producing some of the world’s most prestigious wines. These wines are made at three distinctively different estates: Château Romassan (Bandol), Clos Mireille and Château de Selle (both Côtes de Provence).


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Other California    California   
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Leese-Fitch Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Leese-Fitch Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 113855)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Leese-Fitch Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp and refreshing wine. This wine has a high-tone citrus zest aroma with minerality reminiscent of a brisk ocean breeze. There's a hint of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and tropical Pina Colada. The palate is zippy and alive with Lemon grass spice, but balanced with a touch of creamy tapioca to round out the mid-palate.

This is a perfect wine for sipping on lazy summer after- noons, and is equally prepared to stand up to a creamy pasta dish, spicy Thai soup, or a simple dinner of fruit, cheese, and a fresh baked sourdough loaf.

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About Leese-Fitch:

The wines of Leese-Fitch celebrate the restoration of the Leese-Fitch building located in the Sonoma Square. Built in 1836, this historical landmark in Sonoma Plaza was named after Jacob Leese and Henry Fitch, brothers-in-law to General Mariano Vallejo, the founder of the town of Sonoma.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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CARO Amancaya 2010
CARO Amancaya 2010
(search item no. 114228)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense, deep crimson color. On the nose, aromas of red and dark fruit, with redcurrants and plums, also some mint and cedar. The bouquet fills out with notes of vanilla, spices and mocha. This wine has a pleasant tannic structure on the palate and shows good balance. Fine, mellow tannins. Very pleasant soft mouthfeel. Deep and aromatic, this is a wine that can be drunk now but which will develop more elegance over the next three to five years.

Blend: 65% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Bodegas Caro:

CARO was born of an alliance between two wine cultures (French and Argentine), two noble grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec), and two renowned wine families (Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena.)

Immediately after CARO's 2002 release, the first vintage of CARO, 2000, was acclaimed by professionals. The achievement of CARO has naturally led the partners to elaborate another wine based on the traditional Argentinean Malbec, conserving the fine balance between the characteristics of Argentina and the style of Bordeaux wines. As a commemoration to the Andean roots, the Indian name of a pretty little flower, which grows on the high altitude of the Andes has been chosen: Amancaya.

Vignerons since the 19th century, these two powerful organizations have combined their deep knowledge of Mendoza's high altitude terroir and the art of winemaking to create truly unique wine.



Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Napa Valley    California   
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Mumm Napa Brut Rose
Mumm Napa Brut Rose
(search item no. 101108)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Mumm Napa Brut Rose offers a bouquet of ripe Pinot Noir fruit, rich with black cherry and strawberry notes. Part of the wine is initially fermented in the press, producing the soft fruity character that gives Brut Rosé its directness, while a small percentage of Chardonnay gives the wine power and structure. This more robust quality makes Brut Rose a wonderful wine with many kinds of cuisine, ranging from Thai to Italian.
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About Mumm Napa:

Mumm Napa draws from the rich heritage of Champagne Mumm of Reims, France while integrating a unique Napa Valley style to make internationally respected wines of excellent quality. Ludovic Dervin carries on the inspiration that began with Guy Devaux in making Mumm Napa wines, bringing the ripe character of Napa fruit to the forefront while maintaining the classic balance and structure necessary in an outstanding sparkling wine.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111056)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Strawberry, cherry and cola aromas and flavors harmoniously flow into the silky and soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 2% Merlot

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About Two Vines:

From vineyard to crush, the Two Vines brand speaks to the method of vine trellising which positions grape clusters for optimum sun exposure. The result is approachable wines of richer flavor, deeper color and brighter fruit expression for popular appeal and immediate enjoyment.

A longtime leader, Two Vines earns consistent "Best Value" and "Best Buy" designations from leading wine publications.