Red Wines    Pinot Noir    North Coast    California   
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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Heron Mendocino Pinot Noir 2010
Heron Mendocino Pinot Noir 2010
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant medium garnet color. This wine shows bright, assertive aromas of plum and black cherry with solid Pinot Noir character. Notes of violets, anise, and allspice are as harmonious in the wine's flavor profile as its light overlay of fine French oak.
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About Heron:

We at Heron Wines believe that delicious wines should be an unalienable right. Yes, an overstatement, but we really think that high-quality, approachable wine should not come at a huge price. For years, we have heard from wine lovers from around the globe that we consistently exceed their expectations for quality, style, and balance.

Our wines come from some of the greatest growing regions in the world. Our original wine was a groundbreaking Merlot from St. Chinian in southwest France. Today we make wine in California, France and Spain; and our focus is on the purity of fruit. We go where the best grapes are grown in order to maximize the natural characteristics of the wines we make.



Red Wines    Dolcetto    Piedmont    Italy   
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Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2010
Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2010
(search item no. 118564)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $18.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a beautiful purple red very bright. Fruity aromas, including red cherry. The mouthfeel is a very nice, balance tannins, acidity and alcohol, so that the wine is sapid and pleasant. The aftertaste reminds the almonds and is the very typical of this wine.
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About Pelissero:

Azienda Agricola Pelissero is a family-run vine-growing estate located in the district of Treiso, in the heart of the Barbaresco zone. Many gradual changes have been performed by the successive generations of the Pelissero family, who transformed their business from grape growing and selling begun by Giovanni Pelissero, into winemaking of all their estate-grown grapes.

The first bottles of our own wine date back to 1960 and were produced by Luigi Pelissero, whose work was followed by his son, Oenologist Giorgio who after finishing his studies, decided to work full time at the winery. The Pelissero family takes care of all the winery work; from pruning the vines to marketing the wine.

The estate consists of twenty hectares of vineyards which yield a total of 80,000 to 100,000 (depending on the year) bottles of wine, namely Dolcetto d'Alba from two vineyards (Munfrina and Augenta), Barbera d'Alba Piani, Barbaresco, Barbaresco Vanotu, Grignolino, Favorita,Freisa and Nebbiolo.

It takes passion, commitment to the land and hard work in the vineyards and cellar, to always endeavour to make high quality wines, the only way we know to get real satisfaction. Research in the vineyards and, successively, in the cellar never stops here, and we hope that this will bring about further improvements on our wines.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Chile    South America   
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Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 115335)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Ritual is round, soft and elegant, with flavors of raspberry, cherry and plums. With soft tannins and fresh acidity this wine is mouthfilling with great length. Made with 100% Pinot Noir.
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About Ritual:

Ritual wines come from the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2008
Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ripe plum and black cherry fruit aromas followed by hints of mint and fresh herbs announce this delicious Pinot Noir. On the palate, this wine displays complexity and roundness with flavors of cherries jubilee and fresh berries followed by a lingering dry finish.

Delicious with duck breast, lamb chops, wild mushroom risotto, roast chicken or grilled salmon. Try Manchego or Fontina for the cheese course. Seasoning affinities include dried citrus peel and berries along with shaved fennel.

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About Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards:

Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Cotes de Castillon    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Hyot Cotes de Castillon 2010
Chateau Hyot Cotes de Castillon 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau Hyot is a deep ruby color, with a clear shine, revealing a structured nose of ripe fruit with hints of pepper. Remarkable balance and soft silky tannins sustain a long and memorable finish.
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About Chateau Hyot:

Chateau Hyot showcases the masterful skill of winemaker Amelie Aubert and consultant Michel Rolland. The wine is a Merlot-based blend, from 40 year-old vines, with Cabernet Franc bringing sophisticated aromas and silky tannins, and a dose of Cabernet Sauvignon for a structural backbone.

A deep respect for the vine is the driving force behind Amelie Aubert's philosophy and approach to making wine. "Quality is not possible with quantity," she explains, "and I want my wine to capture the essence of this fantastic terroir."