Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Elvis Presley Wine Cellars The King of Rock 'N' Roll Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Elvis Presley Wine Cellars The King of Rock 'N' Roll Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 106624)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

During the 1970s, Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'N' Roll, rocked Las Vegas with a series of extravagant, electrifying concerts. Similarly, The King of Rock 'N' Roll Cabernet Sauvignon dazzles with bold, flashy aromas and beautifully choreographed black cherry, currant and dark chocolate flavors.

This Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of black cherry, plums, and black peppercorns. The dark dense structure serves up flavors of currant and clove, with bold tannins and a generous finish.

This full bodied wine is the ideal complement to steak, lamb, cheddar cheese and dark chocolate.

Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Petite Sirah

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About Elvis Presley Wine Cellars:

Inspired by Elvis's undying spirit and appeal, our iconic, collectible King of Rock 'N' Roll Cabernet Sauvignon, Blue Suede Chardonnay, Jailhouse Rock Merlot and Blue Hawaii Riesling are always in good taste and evoke the incomparable charisma, sensuality and artistry Elvis brought to every performance.

So uncork your favorite Elvis tunes, swivel those lips and get ready to rock your palate with the incredible flavor of the King of Rock and Roll.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Selected Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Concannon Selected Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 108875)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $11.49

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Selected Vineyards is a well-balanced wine. It exhibits a rich nose of cherry and plum fruit flavors, with hints of chocolate and vanilla oak. The Flavorful palate shows rhubarb, pomegranate and more oak overtones. The full finish has hints of sweet tobacco.

Suggested Pairings: Tri-tip of beef or rosemary-rubbed filet mignon.

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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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 98978)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#20 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The HALL "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon stands as the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon in our collection. The 2006 vintage was sourced predominately from our Sacrashe Vineyard and captures the deep, dusty essence of this legendary Rutherford hilltop site. We harvested on an early October morning, carrying the prize fruit to our HALL Rutherford winery where it was gravity-fed into our signature fermentation tanks. Native yeast, malolactic fermentations and unfiltered bottling has encouraged a highly nuanced wine with special character and graceful evolution both in the glass and in the cellar.

Dense inky-purple to the core, this wine delivers a stunning nose of effusive, high-toned exotic fruits, truffle, blackberry jam and crushed stone minerality. On the palate, an empyreal richness and densely sweet texture seems to go on forever. Proper cellaring will assure 10-15 years of enjoyment.

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About Hall:

Hall Wines is located in Napa Valley and employs organic small-vine viticulture, precision winemaking, wild-yeast fermentation and micro-block blending to fully extract the purity and quintessence of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Their estate vineyards encompass more than 300 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The Halls have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to cutting edge technology to yield the highest quality grapes. Through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, Hall wines are able to express the unique and diverse character of Napa Valley's soils and climate.


Red Wines    Nebbiolo    Piedmont    Italy   
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Renato Ratti Rocche Barolo 2005
Renato Ratti Rocche Barolo 2005
(search item no. 101712)
collectible wine
boutique wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A delicate and persistent bouquet with traces of licorice, rose and tobacco. Full flavored, warm and moderately tannic.

A great wine for important dishes, red meats on the spit or grilled, game, "grande cuisine" white and red meat dishes and aged cheeses.

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About Renato Ratti:

Located halfway up the hill dominating the principal valley of Barolo, buttressed by steep slopes lined by orderly vineyards, lies a precious jewel from the 15th century: the Abbey of Annunziata.

As the monks historically produced wine from the grapes of the surrounding hillsides, today, remembering their lessons, incomparable wines are produced.

From the 100 acres of vineyards, the Renato Ratti winery produces around 150,000 bottles from the traditional denominations of the area: Barolo, Nebbiolo d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba.

The modern and innovative philosophy of vinification introduced since the 60's by Renato Ratti, is today in the hands of his son Pietro and his nephew Massimo Martinelli.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2004
(search item no. 97986)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $53.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#15 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The color is deep and intense ruby red. The bouquet is rich, opening with scents of mint and ripe fruit which lead into spicier notes of coffee at the finish. The entry on the palate reveals perfectly integrated tannins complemented by a good but not excessive alcohol level and a well balanced acidity. The finish is long and persistent.

With a bit of daring, this could be savored as a vino da meditazione, a sipping wine all on its own. Or certainly in accompaniment to end-of-dinner sweets, such as panforte. And, of course, with beef stews, braised meats with potatoes, cheeses that are aged but not too pungent, and large game, such as boar.

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About Frescobaldi:

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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Bogle Petite Sirah 2007
Bogle Petite Sirah 2007
(search item no. 98608)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Thirty-one years after it was first produced by the Bogle family in 1978, Petite Sirah is today considered Bogle's "heritage" varietal. Ripe summer blackberries and plums overwhelm both the nose and palate of this wine. Its trademark inky, jammy qualities are a barrage of black fruit and spice, adding layer upon layer of complexity. Notes of supple leather and toasty oak envelop the flavors through the finish, giving way to wisps of caramel and vanilla. The firm tannins make this a wine that can develop for years to come, but you won't want to wait that long to enjoy it!

Try this unique wine with rich meat dishes of lamb, pork or game and their hearty sauces.

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About Bogle Vineyards:

Although the Bogle family has been farming since the 1800's, it wasn't until 1968 that the father and son team of Warren and Chris Bogle planted their first 20 acres of wine grapes in Clarksburg, California. Clarksburg is a small farming community nestled in the Sacramento Delta. Today Bogle Vineyards farms over 1,000 acres of wine grapes in the Delta region. While the winery was established ten years after the first grapes were planted, it has grown tremendously along with the vineyards. Bogle Winery is currently producing 100,000 cases of wine. Winemaker Christopher Smith joined the winery in 1992. He sources fruit from some of the best vineyards throughout the State of California and blends that fruit with the best grapes from our Estate Vineyards in Clarksburg.


Red Wines    Merlot    Sonoma County    California   
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Ferrari-Carano Merlot (3 Liter Double Magnum) 2004
Ferrari-Carano Merlot (3 Liter Double Magnum) 2004
(search item no. 100815)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 93% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot

Select lots of grapes were chosen from Ferrari Carano's vineyards in Alexander, Dry Creek, Russian River and Napa/Carneros to create the beautifully balanced and full-bodied 2004 Merlot. A multidimensional, velvety wine with a dark ruby color and complex nose of ripe cherry, blackberry, and exotic notes of licorice and cedar, this year's Merlot is accented by intricately woven flavors of boysenberry, currant fruit and dark chocolate, with caramel lingering on the silky finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will continue to provide drinking enjoyment to 2013.

The easy drinking qualities of this Merlot make it a great wine to match with many food dishes. It goes extremely well with any red meat course, game or Italian entrees. Sheep's milk cheeses also pair well with this wine.

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About Ferrari-Carano:

Family-owned and operated since 1985, Ferrari-Carano has been a leading producer of world-class, nationally acclaimed wines. From a small, 30-acre plot of grapes to the present 20 estate vineyards, Don and Rhonda Carano's success is based on their commitment to quality as well as the dedication of the vineyard and winemaking teams to make the finest wines, vintage after vintage. Ferrari-Carano owns vineyards in six appellations: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Napa/Carneros, Anderson Valley and Mendocino Ridge.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Santa Cruz Mountains    California   
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Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2005
Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2005
(search item no. 93391)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $124.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

Our estate vineyards high on Monte Bello Ridge are exposed to the Pacific Ocean, fifteen miles to the west. This gives us a climate as cool as Bordeaux, but also subjects us to the ocean's vicissitudes. Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc were added immediately, another Merlot and three Cabernets in May, some rich first-press wine in December. Seventeen months in new air-dried American oak—from both French and American coopers—has contributed spice and texture. This is a superb vintage. Beautifully balanced, it will continue to develop over the next several decades.

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About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 102952)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is as deep and dark in color as it is in aroma and flavors. The nose on this wine is floral and smoky with rich blackberry aromas. The entry is elegant and soft with flavors of dark cherries, blueberry, cocoa, and spiced plum. The palate is layered with well structured tannins which lead to a long and complex finish of dark currant.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Ladera:

Ladera Vineyards is located in the Howell Mountain appellation of the Napa Valley at an elevation of 1800 feet. The winery was originally built in 1886 and is listed in the official book of ghost wineries of Napa Valley. The proprietors, the Stotesbery family, have completely restored the old stone building, returned it to its original intent as a gravity flow winery and added nearly 18,000 square feet of caves for barrel storage. In addition to the Howell Mountain Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon, Ladera also produces a vineyard-designated Cabernet called Lone Canyon Vineyard. Both wines express their hillside vineyard heritage and hence the mantra: hillside estate Cabernet.


Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah 2006
Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah 2006
(search item no. 99739)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $16.79

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Petite Sirah, Limited Release is an intense wine with vibrant berry fruits and a full palate. The wine starts with attractive aromas of ripe berries, creamy oak and a touch of spice, and hints of toasty oak and vanilla enrich the palate. The wine's full body is complemented by a firm and balanced structure, and the finish is lasting and memorable.

Pair with wild game, teriyaki beef, herb-rubbed lamb or decadent dark chocolate.

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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.