Red Wines    Merlot    Other California    California   
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Mirassou Merlot 2009
Mirassou Merlot 2009
(search item no. 111060)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Mirassou California Merlot displays lots of deep rich blackberry and black currant flavors with vanilla undertones and a hint of toasted oak and brown spice.

Balancing intense fruit flavors with delicate aromas, Mirassou wines embody the optimism and pioneering spirit passed down through six generations of the Mirassou family. Featuring a bright, approachable style, these wines honor the Mirassou family's heritage while appealing to a new generation of wine enthusiasts.

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About Mirassou Vineyards:

Since 1854 the Mirassou family has dedicated itself to mastering the art of winemaking. 150 years later, their passion and optimism are stronger than ever. In 2004 the 6th generation of this winemaking family celebrated the launch of a new line of crisp, fruit-focused wines honoring their 150th anniversary as a California winery.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Hayman & Hill Russian River Chardonnay 2009
Hayman & Hill Russian River Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 110035)
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PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine opens with seductive aromas of green apple, citrus flavors and spice. The 2009 Chardonnay has flavors of pear, hints of vanillin oak and a crisp finish with minerality that is noted in fine Russian River fruit.

This Chardonnay is an excellent match for shrimp pesto salad, roasted salmon or grilled chicken.

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About Hayman & Hill:

With this brand, David Hayman and Dennis Hill have utilized their collective experience, working with growers to craft wine from the most prestigious California wine regions. Convinced that they could source grapes from the best California appellations, David and Dennis have utilized resources at their disposal to make top notch, single varietal, appellation designated wines.

This portfolio of fine wines speaks to their passion of making wines for a label worthy of their respective surnames, Hayman & Hill. David Hayman enjoys seventeen years of strong international winemaking experience. He spent five years overseeing production across eleven Hardys wineries throughout Australia, and currently serves as Blackstone Winery’s Senior Vice President of Operations, overseeing all California winemaking operations. Dennis Hill has over twenty five years of winemaking experience with many leading Sonoma wineries. In 1994, Dennis joined the Blackstone Winery and for the past nine years, has delivered a wine profile that strikes a chord with consumers. Dennis is the Chief Winemaker for the Blackstone Winery and works in Sonoma County.

The Hayman & Hill Winemaker’s Collection was released in October, 2003. It is comprised of a selection of reserve wines from best known appellations with individual selection numbers.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Camelot Chardonnay 2008
Camelot Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 105120)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Chardonnay displays bright apple and tropical fruit aromas with creamy, toasty oak tones adding complexity. Fruit-forward apple, pear and citrus flavors coat the palate while oak nuances add interest and sur lie character enriches the finish. Pair it with seafood and chicken dishes, game hens, pork roast and cream sauce pastas.
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About Camelot Vineyards:

Camelot embraces California's bountiful viticultural riches: its many world-class winegrowing regions, ranging from the Central Coast, with its alluvial soils and marine-influenced microclimates, to the warm, hilly expanses of the historic Sierra Foothills Gold Country. They carefully research these areas to identify their best grape varieties, then source fruit from outstanding vineyards in each appellation to craft wines that consistently over-deliver on quality.

To create these outstanding wines, Winemaker Melissa Bates employs state-of-the-art technology blended with old-world artisan winemaking techniques. Camelot's goal is to let the personality of each varietal shine through, with oak used to accent, rather than dominate, the fresh, lively fruit that is Camelot's hallmark.

"Our duty at Camelot is to reward the good taste of consumers with beautifully made, harmonious wines they can enjoy both with casual meals and elegant feasts."
-Melissa Bates, Winemaker



White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Mirassou Chardonnay 2008
Mirassou Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 100268)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $13.29

Winemaker's Notes:

A medium-bodied 2008 Mirassou California Chardonnay is fruitforward, revealing intense aromas and flavors of stone fruit such as peach and nectarine with some tropical notes. These flavors are accompanied with hints of citrus and subtle oak characteristics.    
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About Mirassou Vineyards:

Since 1854 the Mirassou family has dedicated itself to mastering the art of winemaking. 150 years later, their passion and optimism are stronger than ever. In 2004 the 6th generation of this winemaking family celebrated the launch of a new line of crisp, fruit-focused wines honoring their 150th anniversary as a California winery.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Archetype Cabernet-Shiraz 2005
Archetype Cabernet-Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 100548)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose of this rich Cabernet-Shiraz blend announces the presence of classic Barossa Shiraz, with notes of blackberry, blueberry and cassis and a hint of dried sage. Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly present in the structure and complexity of this dense, full-bodied wine. Moderate oak doesn't detract from, but rather complements, the intense fruit flavors. This Cabernet-Shiraz is enjoyable now but will continue to develop in the bottle for several years. Pair this wine with hearty fare such as charcoal-grilled steak, roast leg of lamb with white bean puree and pasta with rich red sauce.

Blend: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz

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About Archetype:

Archetype wines are made from exceptional vineyards in the Barossa – Australia's renowned winegrowing region. The wines are produced at Chateau Yaldara, a landmark winery in the heart of the Barossa that was originally founded in1867, then re-built in 1965, by the joint winemaking team of Napa Valley's Bob Masyczek and Australia's Thomas Jung.

Located just north of Adelaide in Sotheast Australia, the Barossa is a popular tourist destination. It was discovered a century and a half ago by German and English settlers as having excellent soil and climate conditions for growing wine grapes.

World-renowned for its big, blockbuster Shiraz wines, the Barossa is Australia's equivalent of the Napa Valley in terms of prestige and name recognition. It is also home to some of the highest-rated Australian wineries including Henshke, Penfolds, and Yalumba. A small area about the size of Napa Valley, its major towns are Lyndoch and Tanunda.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Zolo Malbec 2007
Zolo Malbec 2007
(search item no. 99939)
The Wine News rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Zolo is produced at one of the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina, Fincas Patagonicas, and marries Argentina's best vineyards with winemaking expertise. Fincas Patagonicas selects grapes from estate vineyards throughout the different key regions of Mendoza. Located at various altitudes, each of these terroirs provides a different expression of fruit and varietal concentration.

The purpose of the winery's Zolo classic line is to create a family of fruit-forward, great value wines, which can be enjoyed with a wide range of food or by themselves.

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Fincas Patagonicas, parent winery to Zolo and Tapiz vineyards, is one of the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina and marries Argentina's best vineyards with winemaking expertise. Fincas Patagonicas vineyards are located in the Valle de Uco and Agrelo regions, province of Mendoza. Mt. Plata (6100 meters) and Tupungato volcano (6800 meters), overlook the state-of-the-art Fincas Patagónicas Winery providing a magnificent scenery.

The signature wine of Fincas Patagónicas is Malbec. One of the five Bordeaux blending grapes, Malbec has flourished in Argentina since the middle 1800s, producing intense wines of great value. Fincas Patagónicas’s Tapiz Malbec was recognized as the "Best overall Malbec" by
Wine & Spirits
in its annual buying guide for 2000 and the Malbec 2002 was listed as Best Value by Wine Spectator in 2004 .