Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Spain    Spain   
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Beso de Vino Seleccion 2010
Beso de Vino Seleccion 2010
(search item no. 114606)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Black cherry and blueberry aromas lead to a dense, plush, savory wine which finishes with no hard edges. It is shockingly good for the money.
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About Beso de Vino:

Antonio the Bull kissed this wine and he fell in love. Now he runs around the world and offers this wine to you. Beso de Vino, "Kiss of Wine."

What makes Beso de Vino special and unique is the magical time that happens from the moment you open the bottle right up until you drink the very last drop, on your own or in the company of someone you want to share the moment with. Loving, chatting, partying, laughing, savoring, dreaming, enjoying life... as only the Spanish can.



Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
(search item no. 111394)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Evodia is an exciting new project in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud, hailed as one of Spain's most progressive and promising wine growing regions. It is here, in the vineyards of Atea, that Altovinum sources their Garnacha grapes for Evodia. In addition to the remarkable climate due to elevation, the property is comprised of pure schiste soils, known as pisara in the local area. Aficionados familiar with the wines of the Priorat and the Roussillon are well acquainted to this soil type and its extraordinary influence on the wines.

Blend: 100% Garnacha

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About Evodia:

Altovinum is a new project - a joint partnership between Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Sourcing fruit from high elevation vineyards in the village of Atea, the debut wine is EVODIA, from the Greek word for aroma.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
(search item no. 105119)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#44 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

100% Tempranillo Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with fruity notes. It shows good balance on the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins. The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

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Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111056)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
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 Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.


Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
(search item no. 109052)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $24.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine off ers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit and cola flavors. Think of this inviting wine as a great "everyday red".

Serve with beef, lamb, grilled salmon, hearty pastas.

Varietal Blend: 89% Merlot, 8% Syrah, 3% Malbec.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 110785)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep dense ruby color, this sumptuous Cabernet explodes with expressive aromas of black cherry and cassis complimented by notes of black pepper, mocha, and vanilla. The palate is a mouthful of juicy ripe berries and spice, seamlessly integrated into a long finish of fine grained tannins. The classic steakhouse wine, pair with well marbled rib eye, a New York steak or rack of lamb.
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About Geyser Peak Winery:

One of California's oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.

The winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturalists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Other California    California   
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Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay 2009
Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 108088)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Chardonnay, Conservancy is a wonderfully expressive wine that is rich and creamy, yet fresh. Ripe tree fruit flavors of peach, pear and guava show on the nose and palate. Hints of lemon, subtle herbs and brioche balance out the fruitiness, and there is a creamy and nuanced finish.

Herbed pork loin or pasta with your favorite cream sauce.

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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    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 99131)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Cabernet was sourced from five vineyards in the McLaren Vale district. The major percentage is from our McLaren Flat vineyard together with that of our immediate neighbor. These vineyards, located at the northern part of the foothills, ripen later than many of the other subregions resulting in "cooler climate" aromatic dark fruit driven wines with intense mid to back palate presence and an abundance of soft velvety tannins. The balance of the blend is sourced from vineyards in the Seaview, Willunga and Aldinga regions of McLaren Vale. These vineyards are located in sites where the influence of strong soils gives rise to intense aromas and flavors.

Aromas of dark berries combine with hints of earthy richness. The palate is full of rich dark savory fruit leaving trails of dark chocolate, cherries and sweet chalky tannins.

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About Kangarilla Road Vineyard & Winery:

Before creating the Kangarilla Road vineyard and winery, Kevin O'Brien was a winemaker educated at the highly regarded Roseworthy College in Adelaide. He spent 12 years in the wine industry managing wine companies, as well as two years as the international manager of the Australian Wine Export Council. Today, Kangarilla Road's reds display rich varietal character with finesse, structure and balance not always exhibitied by wines from McLaren Vale. Aside from the winery's Shiraz and cabernet, it can boast of one of the few successful zinfandel plantings in Australia.

Kangarilla Road is a fairly new brand on the Australian wine scene, but the grapes come from vines planted in the 1970's. For several years prior to 1997, Kevin and Helen O'Brien had been seeking a high quality McLaren Vale vineyard to purchase. When they were lucky enough to find the old-vine Cambrai vineyard, they jumped at the chance to purchase it. The winery's first complete vintage as Kangarilla Road was in 1998.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 100517)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make it a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright sweet citrus fruit character and subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over Washington's Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing softness.

Pair with crab, poultry, salmon and scallops.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Jacob's Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Jacob's Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 110643)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Coonawarra Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep crimson red with purple hues. Fresh blackcurrant and dark berry fruit aromas are apparent on the nose exuding typical Coonawarra characteristics. Hints of black olive and licorice are balanced with nuances of cedar and vanilla from fine grain French oak. The palate exudes generous ripe cassis flavours with tobacco leaf, supported by subtle integration of oak leading to a rich, smooth finish.

An ideal accompaniment to osso bucco, beef rib roast or mature cheeses.

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About Jacob's Creek:

With over 150 years of making wine in the Barossa Valley, Jacob's Creek's winemaking philosophy is to make high quality wines in a contemporary Australian style, which are fresh, elegant, great tasting and show true varietal character. From its beginnings in 1847, a young Bavarian immigrant named Johann Gramp planted the Barossa Valley's first commercial vineyard on the banks of Jacob's Creek. His first vineyard was in a small ironstone winery and visitors can still walk the historic vineyard, inspect the original cellar and feel a true sense of place for Jacob's Creek. Today, Jacob's Creek is one of the leading forces of Australian wine, creating wines with true character with a variety of different offerings from its portfolio.