Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Yellow Tail The Reserve Shiraz 2010
Yellow Tail The Reserve Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 115778)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vibrant, ripe and generous - a drop that is big on flavor and deep in color with an intense aroma. It has delicious concentrated cherry and blackberry flavors with hints of classic cracked pepper spice. These flavors are complimented by vanilla softness and well-structured tannins.

A perfect accompaniment to this wine would be rich rare char-grilled beef and asparagus, or a rich confit de canard to bring out its juicy palate.

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About Yellow Tail:

It all began way back in 1820s when the first Casellas began crafting wine in Italy. Over a century later, in 1951, Filippo Casella and his wife Maria decided to leave their homeland to pursue their hopes and dreams of a better life in Australia. Recognizing the potential of his new surroundings, Filippo purchased a farm in the small town of Yenda, New South Wales, and did what came naturally. He began selling grapes to local wineries, and by 1969 decided it was time to put his own winemaking skills to use and the Casella winery was born.

Filippo's son, John, entered the family business in 1994 and embarked on an ambitious expansion to build a new winery with a vision of blending old world heritage with new world technology. Today, Casella Wines, including Yellow Tail, is run by Filippo's three sons - John, Managing Director and Winemaker; Joe, Australian Sales Director; and Marcello, Director and Vineyard Manager. Filippo's grandchildren - Phillip and Rachelle - are the sixth generation to join the business.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Shoofly Shiraz 2011
Shoofly Shiraz 2011
(search item no. 120460)
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PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

On the nose, the 2011 Shiraz reveals aromas of sweet red fruit and light, Asian spices. The supple red fruits carry across to the elegant palate and give way to complex nutmeg, tamarind, earth and eucalypt notes. The vibrant red fruit runs the length of the palate and lingers with a "have another glass" finish.
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About Shoofly:

Shoofly's winemaker Ben Riggs is a native of McLaren Vale and has been crafting some of the region's finest for two decades. Ben knows his stuff and where to get it – his roster of grape growers is one of the most sought after contact lists in the country. Premium regions produce the best fruit and the grapes come from a "who's who" of Australian growers and viticultural neighborhoods – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and Heathcote.


Red Wines    Merlot    Other Italian    Italy   
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Falesco Merlot Umbria 2009
Falesco Merlot Umbria 2009
(search item no. 110016)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby-red in color with sensual aromas of blackberry, tobacco and vanilla, which carry through on the palate into a lingering finish. Full-bodied and velvety, this wine pairs beautifully with mildly spicy entrees such as curried tagines or roast rack of lamb with mint chutney.
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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Shoofly Shiraz 2010
Shoofly Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 112610)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

On the nose, the 2010 Shiraz shows earthy gravel, spicy licorice and dense dark mulberries, while the sweet upfront berry fruit presented on tasting gives way to complex cedar, earth and spice notes, wrapping up with ample structure and grip. The vibrant, juicy fruit runs the length of the palate and lingers with a "have another glass" finish.
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About Shoofly:

Shoofly's winemaker Ben Riggs is a native of McLaren Vale and has been crafting some of the region's finest for two decades. Ben knows his stuff and where to get it – his roster of grape growers is one of the most sought after contact lists in the country. Premium regions produce the best fruit and the grapes come from a "who's who" of Australian growers and viticultural neighborhoods – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and Heathcote.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Hogue Genesis Syrah 2009
Hogue Genesis Syrah 2009
(search item no. 111634)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Hogue family planted its first vineyard over 25 years ago and soon realized that Washington's climate and soils had the potential to nurture world class wines. The Hogue Cellars' mission has always been to make wines that fulfill the promise of the land, using superior viticulture and winemaking techniques. Today, the family's original vision is celebrated in Genesis wines, which are crafted with the highest quality fruit from acclaimed vineyards throughout Columbia Valley.

Washington Syrah exhibits dark, juicy fruit character, brilliant color, a complex varietal gaminess and a relatively low tannin level.

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About The Hogue Cellars:

The Hogue Cellars, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premier grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of foods.


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Yellow Tail The Reserve Shiraz 2009
Yellow Tail The Reserve Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 110269)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vibrant, ripe and generous – a drop that is big on flavor and deep in color with an intense aroma. It has delicious concentrated cherry and blackberry flavors with hints of classic cracked pepper spice. These flavors are complimented by vanilla softness and well structured tannins.

Ripe berries and dark cherry with hints of chocolate A perfect accompaniment to this wine would be rich rare char-grilled beef and asparagus or a rich confit de canard to bring out its juicy palate.

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About Yellow Tail:

It all began way back in 1820s when the first Casellas began crafting wine in Italy. Over a century later, in 1951, Filippo Casella and his wife Maria decided to leave their homeland to pursue their hopes and dreams of a better life in Australia. Recognizing the potential of his new surroundings, Filippo purchased a farm in the small town of Yenda, New South Wales, and did what came naturally. He began selling grapes to local wineries, and by 1969 decided it was time to put his own winemaking skills to use and the Casella winery was born.

Filippo's son, John, entered the family business in 1994 and embarked on an ambitious expansion to build a new winery with a vision of blending old world heritage with new world technology. Today, Casella Wines, including Yellow Tail, is run by Filippo's three sons - John, Managing Director and Winemaker; Joe, Australian Sales Director; and Marcello, Director and Vineyard Manager. Filippo's grandchildren - Phillip and Rachelle - are the sixth generation to join the business.



Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2008
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2008
(search item no. 113881)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aroamsa of vanilla beans, coffee bean, and mocha introduce this classic Merlot. Dark chocolate covered cherries, caramel and nutmeg flavors meld with silky tannins and create a long and elegant finish.
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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.


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Tin Roof Merlot 2009
Tin Roof Merlot 2009
(search item no. 114922)
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Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $6.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A classic plush texture and delicious black cherry and plum flavors make our sumptuous Merlot both delicious on its own and a versatile food wine.

Enjoy it with beef, lamb, roast duck with cherry sauce, red-sauce pastas, black olive and mushroom pizzas, and soft-ripening cheeses.

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About Tin Roof:

Tin Roof Cellars is both a collection of fine wines and a state of mind, a special place to which wine lovers can escape to enjoy relaxing times, old-fashioned quality, and modern good taste and style. Our delicious, handcrafted wines are produced from California's finest North and Central Coast grapes. Boldly flavored, smoothly textured, and unusually complex, our wines are styled to delight consumers seeking distinctive varietal character with subtle oak flavors. They're rich, but refined, fruit-forward, but complex – wines to share with your friends under the roof. Enjoy!


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Victoria    Australia   
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Innocent Bystander Shiraz 2010
Innocent Bystander Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 113783)
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $22.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of five spice, campari, orange zest and juniper berries are supported by flavors of wild blackberries and raspberries and dark chocolate notes. The firm, bright tannins and brooding texture balance and carry the fruit through a long, savory finish.

Not your blockbuster warm-climate Aussie Shiraz, this is a more elegant example reminiscent of violets, pink peppercorns, nutmeg and caramelized quince and mulberries. The palate is restrained, offering fruit compote with slightly meaty undertones. This wine is closer in resemblance to Syrah's from the Rhone Valley in France than the rich and chewy Shiraz's that are more typical in Australia. Enjoy with roasted vegetables, panzanella salad, hearty stews, ribs, steak, and flavorful cheeses. Enjoy now through 2014.

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About Innocent Bystander:

The idea behind Innocent Bystander is to produce great value, food friendly wines that are not your run of the mill varietal blends. Taking fruit from various sources in Central Victoria (in particular Sangiovese, Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Viognier) the team at Innocent Bystander is inspired to utilize and showcase the natural qualities of each region in their unique blends.

As a group of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance increasingly exerted by the large corporate winemaking groups, the folks behind these wines see themselves as innocent bystanders. They remain accountable to their craft, not shareholders.



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LangeTwins Zinfandel 2010
LangeTwins Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 114393)
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PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Zinfandel has an aroma of bright crushed blackberry and blueberry fruit. On the palate, loads of fresh vibrant blackberries meld with notes of spice and are balanced by a touch of vanilla oak and soft tannins. It is a luscious wine!
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About LangeTwins:

For five generations the Lange family has been growing sustainable winegrapes in the Lodi Appellation and in 2006 they opened a winery to showcase their passion for growing winegrapes – because great wine starts in the vineyard.

Building on their successes as a vineyard management company, the winery was their first step into crafting wines made solely from their estate vineyards. Since opening in 2006, they have continued to expand our state-of-the-art winery to keep up with the demand for LangeTwins wines as well as private labels and custom winemaking services. Although we have the latest winemaking technology at their fingertips, LangeTwins never loses sight of the fact that only great wine can be made from great winegrapes.

For nearly three decades, the family has proudly practiced the art of sustainable winegrowing. Unlike other farming practices, sustainable winegrowing is all encompassing in its approach. LangeTwins is not only concerned with the health of the vineyard but its surrounding natural environment as well. It is the balance of environmental health, economic profitability and social equity. From vineyard management to marketing, they are committed to improving environmental practices. Ultimately, each element plays a vital role in the integrity and quality of LangeTwins wine.