Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Roco Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008
Roco Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 107490)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#71 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

A nice deep inhale of spice and blackberries with a touch of chocolate. Pure fruit flavors lavishly roll across the tongue with true complexity and a nod toward the soil - tender flavors of earth, minerality, and an essence of myrrh. It is rich and succulent on the palate with a long dark cherry finish. I've not said this before... this is my favorite ROCO Willamette Valley to date.

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About Roco:

Rollin and Corby Soles planted their small Wits' End Vineyard, located on the southwest slope of the Chehalem Mountains, in 2001. Two years later they produced their first vintage, four barrels of the 2003 Private Stash Pinot Noir. They were so delighted with the wine that they decided to produce two separate ROCO Pinot Noirs each vintage: the Private Stash and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Rollin brings more than twenty years of Oregon winemaking experience, a passion for Pinot Noir and insistence on the highest winemaking standards to this private family venture.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2005
Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2005
(search item no. 100195)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby-red color with a golden rim. Bright and deep. Complex aromas. The fruit side reveals all the sensations of the varieties which are used in its blend: cherries, black plum, ripe, juicy blackberries. The time spent in the cask brings nuances of clove, pepper, vanilla and coconut, further enriched by the aromas which develop during bottle ageing. Smooth and balanced on the palate with a full, elegant feel and a long, lingering finish.
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About Campo Viejo:

The old Campo Viejo wine cellar, founded in 1967, has given way to the Juan Alcorta Bodega, named after its founder. Located in Logroño, on the old road to Fuenmayor, the bodega is built on a plateau planted with vines and has panoramic views of the Ebro Valley and the Sierra de Cantabria mountains. It is situated right in the heart of La Rioja, the most prestigious growing region in Spain.

Whole grape clusters are 100% gravity fed, without undergoing any type of pressure, which could adversely affect the quality of the wine. This gentle, painstaking winemaking process makes it possible to obtain smooth, harmonious wines, with lots of concentrated fruit aromas and flavors.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2008
Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2008
(search item no. 113926)
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PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft, rich aromas and flavors of juicy cherry, plum and blackberry, laced with milk chocolate and and roasted coffee bean. Dense, round mouthfeel with soft tannins supporting generous fruit flavors. The long finish is full of berry and cocoa. A lush, fruit-forward wine intended to be enjoyed within five years of vintage.

37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 5% Syrah


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About Gundlach Bundschu:

Gundlach Bundschu Winery is a family-owned, sixth-generation producer of distinctive wines of site-specific character. The winery's 320-acre Estate Vineyard, christened Rhinefarm in 1858, is located at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley AVAs, at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range.

Gundlach Bundschu approaches its vineyards, wines, business and the world with spirit, creativity and dedication to excellence. When you open a bottle of Gundlach Bundschu, you uncork not only the Estate's unique ability to produce profound wines, but also a rich, personal relationship between the Gundlach Bundschu family and the land on which the family lives.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Veneto    Italy   
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Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese 2007
Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese 2007
(search item no. 106963)

PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red color. Cherries and intriguing aromas of mild spices on the nose. Bright and well rounded at the same time on the palate; baked cherry and plum flavors with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Excellent balance between the supporting acidity and soft tannins. Full bodied finish with delightful hints of cocoa.
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About Masi:

Masi's production strategy aims to emphasize the personality of each single product, while maintaining a recognizable Venetian style. In 1958, Masi was in the forefront of the work to identify the historic "cru" vineyard sites for Amarone. In 1964, Campofiorin was the first in a new category of wines, reinventing the technique of double fermentation and continually updating it. Masi has also updated the style of Amarone, using new appassimento and vinification technologies.

Masi wines are modern, attractive, well-balanced and easily identifiable; characteristics which have earned Masi recognition for having "revolutionized the art of wine-making in the Venetian region." Hugh Johnson defines Masi as "a touchstone for Veronese wines."



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2007
Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2007
(search item no. 111513)
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PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft, rich aromas and flavors of blueberry preserves, red currants & vanilla cream, with a meaty texture and notes of sweet sage and herbs de provençe. The long, chewy finish is full of dense berry and cocoa. A lush, fruit-forward wine intended to be enjoyed within five years of vintage.

Blend: 52% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Syrah

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About Gundlach Bundschu:

Gundlach Bundschu Winery is a family-owned, sixth-generation producer of distinctive wines of site-specific character. The winery's 320-acre Estate Vineyard, christened Rhinefarm in 1858, is located at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley AVAs, at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range.

Gundlach Bundschu approaches its vineyards, wines, business and the world with spirit, creativity and dedication to excellence. When you open a bottle of Gundlach Bundschu, you uncork not only the Estate's unique ability to produce profound wines, but also a rich, personal relationship between the Gundlach Bundschu family and the land on which the family lives.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2007
Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 101192)

PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Pinot Noir Jadot is a pure varietal wine produced from Pinot Noir musts and wines selected from village-level vineyard sites throughout the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise. As with several of their smaller wines, Maison Louis Jadot practices a "réplis" to improve the quality of the wine by declassifying some wines of higher appellation to be incorporated into the blend. The final lots are carefully chosen, and, depending on the vintage, aged for a number of months in oak casks to evoke the clean, ripe red berry flavors and earthiness of the grape mellowed by a subtle touch of wood. Reflective of the Jadot style, Pinot Noir Jadot is harmonious and balanced, with a plump fruitiness and silky texture offset by round, gentle tannins in a wine of medium body and elegant structure. The very typical, fragrant varietal bouquet is complemented by a delicious, lingering finish.
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About Maison Louis Jadot:

The House of Louis Jadot has been producing exceptional Burgundy wines since its founding in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot. For the past 150 years Louis Jadot has continued as one of the great names of Burgundy and has gained international reputation for its superb red and white Burgundy wines. Louis Jadot is not only one of the largest producers of estate Burgundies of the Cote d'Or, it is one of the most celebrated exporters of premium Burgundies, owning close to 140 acres of vineyards from 24 of the most prestigious sites in Burgundy.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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King Estate Signature Pinot Noir 2009
King Estate Signature Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 107771)
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is a deep garnet with a bright ruby tint. On the nose; aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, cranberry, blueberry, rose petals, vanilla, oak spice, cedar and a hint of truffle, while the palate expresses blackberry, cherry, cocoa, toasted marshmallow, raspberry,orange zest, baking spices, and a hint of menthol. The mouthfeel is silky soft on entry with balanced nice acidity and firm tannins, with a long lingering finish.
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About King Estate:

King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Blackstone Pinot Noir 2002
Blackstone Pinot Noir 2002
(search item no. 76010)

PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This Pinot Noir is ripe with aromas of black cherry, vanilla and hints of spice. Bright cherry, jammy berry and black tea-infused flavors please the palate. The silky smooth texture finishes very soft and delicate. This tantalizing Pinot Noir partners well with any meal, especially roasted chicken, duck, lamb, pasta dishes such as a mushroom risotto, sweet vegetables and autumnal fruits. At Blackstone we believe in wines that are friendly, flavorful and balanced, encouraging the marriage between food and wine.
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About Blackstone Winery:

Sonoma County has always been Blackstone's home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality

From the start, our goal has been to produce smooth, flavorful, harmonious wines with rich fruit, supple texture, and balanced oak. Early on, this approach found its ideal expression in our Merlot, which soon became — and still remains — America's favorite Merlot.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106890)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage was particularly smooth from start to finish. Budbreak arrived on schedule in the spring, and we saw lower than average rainfall. Healthy flowering led to a very even set, with few heat spikes during the season. Timely veraison and cooler weather later in the season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and spend additional time on the vine. The Pinot Noir in Monterey lasted a full 8 weeks, beginning in September and lasting all the way into October. By all accounts, 2009 appears to be an outstanding vintage.

In the glass, brooding, earthy aromas meld with juicy ripe plum, punctuated by lovely notes of black tea. The palate echoes the plum-filled nose, joined by black licorice and cocoa powder. A subtle earthiness leads to a generous, fleshy mid-palate and a smooth, mineral-laced finish.

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About La Crema:

Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema's location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery. At the winery, Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse uses artisan winemaking techniques to handcraft wines of distinctive flavor, elegance and balance.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 111999)
PinotReport rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 PinotReport rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

From the Sonoma Coast wine region, this Pinot Noir has elegant varietal fruit character, with rich aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, red current and boysenberries. Hints of mushroom are supported by a subtle oak influence. This wine will evolve into a silky and smooth wine with time in the bottle.
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About MacMurray Ranch:

MacMurray Ranch was purchased from the Porter family by famed actor Fred MacMurray in 1941. Fred raised his family on the ranch and they enjoyed the natural wonders of Sonoma County. Today, the ranch looks much as it did a century ago, surrounded by rail fences and framed by oak and redwood groves. Only now it is home to some of Sonoma County's finest vineyards. Aside from being beautiful, the Russian River Valley is among the premier growing regions for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. MacMurray Ranch speaks to the legacy of the land by crafting wines from this appellation with elegance and finesse.

The wines of MacMurray Ranch are crafted with care by winemaker Susan Doyle, who has a patient, gentle approach that gets the best out of Pinot Noir and its cousin Pinot Gris. Susan is guiding the wines of MacMurray Ranch to achieve both depth and the finely nuanced range of flavors that expresses the nature of the place where they were born. With her university studies in both winegrowing and winemaking, Susan makes wines that reflect the old Burgundian sense of "terroir", the special qualities that weather, land, and the hand of man that give her wines their individual distinction.