Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Central Coast    California   
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Andrew Murray Syrah Tous les Jours 2011
Andrew Murray Syrah Tous les Jours 2011
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Syrah Tous les Jours is a quintisential Santa Ynez Valley Syrah. It is simultaneously bold and balanced, rich and smooth, fruit forward and earthy. It is impossibly dark and full-bodied, without ever going over the top. It is heavily inspired by Northern Rhone Syrah (Hermitage) and Australian Shiraz (Borassa Valley). The aromas and flavors are dominated by black cherry, raspberry, white pepper, forrest floor and toasty oak. It is absolutely unique and special expression of Syrah. Moreover, It is a style that one can enjoy every day.
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About Andrew Murray Vineyards:

Andrew Murray Vineyards is exciting property has the potential to produce wines that rival the best from the northern Rhône valley. Andrew Murray, the founder of the eponymous vineyard, is completely committed to growing Rhône varietals and producing wines in the style of Hermitage and Côte Rôtie. His wines are packed with flavor; unfined and unfiltered, these estate-grown wines are destined to become classics. The wines are beautifully packaged, but they have much more than "good looks" going for them. Andrew Murray Vineyards is a 200-acre site located about 1,500 feet above Foxen Canyon Road in the warm, inland portion of the Santa Ynez Valley, making the vineyard the highest in the county. Currently, 34 acres are planted to Syrah, Viognier, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Roussanne in 26 small, steep, carefully situated hillside vineyard blocks.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Italian    Italy   
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Fonterutoli Mazzei Badiola Toscana 2010
Fonterutoli Mazzei Badiola Toscana 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Badiola, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, is a deep, inky purple color. It has an intense aromas of dark fruits and cocoa. Soft and smooth on the palate, with flavors of wild blackberries and raspberries. It's well balanced, with great depth and a long finish.
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About Castello di Fonterutoli:

Castello di Fonterutoli, source of some of Italy's most prestigious wines, is an historic property embracing an entire tranquil, centuries-old hamlet just south of Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico. The estate has been in the hands of the Mazzei family – devoted to winemaking for 24 generations – since 1435 and is today led by Lapo Mazzei and his sons, Francesco and Filippo.

This dynamic family has carefully safeguarded the inherent beauty and rich heritage of Fonterutoli, while simultaneously implementing measures to ensure cutting-edge quality in the vineyards and cellars. An exciting example of this dedication to quality is the in-progress construction of a stunning new cellar that operates via gravity and clean energy, and has already been defined as "the most impressive in the entire Chianti region" by Steven Spurrier of Decanter Magazine.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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The Prisoner Wine Company Prisoner 2011
The Prisoner Wine Company Prisoner 2011
(search item no. 120617)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a dense red and black hue that is framed in vibrant crimson. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. Soft, integrated tannin chains allow the wine to be approachable now and provides for a pleasant finish.

Blend: 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, 1% Grenache

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About The Prisoner Wine Company:

The Prisoner Founder and Winemaker Dave Phinney’s deep respect for the vineyards is rooted in an early attempt to make a sophisticated wine from a difficult site. Although he was frustrated by a situation that had him using every tool at his disposal and still coming up short, he learned lessons that inform his vineyard selection process now.

"I came away from that experience with the unshakable belief that if you put your emphasis on the vineyard, what follows is much easier," he says. "The vineyard is everything."

Most of Phinney’s time is spent exploring vineyard sites, meeting with growers and selecting the fruit that will be vinified and blended into The Prisoner. His method for vineyard selection includes assessing the site, soil, varietal, grower and provenance, or the history, of the vineyard.

"Sometimes one of these aspects is enough, other times it's a combination of a few of these elements," he says. "With provenance, looks can be deceiving, so you have to trust in the track record of a vineyard as opposed to what you see. Occasionally you step into a vineyard and can't get to your phone fast enough to call the grower and lock up the grapes. Those experiences are one of a kind."



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Domaine de la Vougeraie Gevrey Chambertin Les Evocelles 2007
Domaine de la Vougeraie Gevrey Chambertin Les Evocelles 2007
(search item no. 61040)

PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $46.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This, the Domaine's first vineyard back in 1966, is dear to our hearts. Its name derives from Les Brosselles, which meant a patch of scrubland. This climat is ideally located in the wildest, most unpretentious part of the village. The vines are on a steep east-south-east slope, with just the right degree of calcareous soil, a dream plot...
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About Domaine de la Vougeraie:

Le Domaine de la Vougeraie was founded in 1999, uniting under a single signature the 91 acres of vineyards owned by the Boisset family. Our vineyards are in 30 different appellations in the Côte d'Or, with two-thirds in the Côte de Nuits and one-third in the Côte de Beaune. Our first vineyard, purchased by Jean-Claude and Claudine Boisset in 1964, is the single vineyard Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Evocelles", and our latest jewel, the Vougeot Premier Cru "Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot" Monopole is part of our 24 acres in the Vougeot appellation. Pierre Vincent, our winemaker, focuses on the pure expression of Burgundian terroir using organic farming and biodynamics, respecting the environment and making truly unique wines. We are proud to announce that 100% of our vineyards are certified organic by Ecocert since the 2007 harvest.


Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Priorat    Spain   
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La Cartuja Priorat 2010
La Cartuja Priorat 2010
(search item no. 114420)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

La Cartuja, offers up a reticent nose of graphite, spice box, underbrush, lavender, black cherry, and plum. This leads to a plush, sweetly fruited, concentrated, mouth-filling wine for drinking over the next 5-6 years. It is an amazing value and a great introduction to Priorat.

This wine has enough "stuffing" and structure to pair well with BBQ beef brisket or pork, grilled Argentine beef with chimichurri sauce, and mesquite grilled or smoked baby back pork ribs. It also has a freshness and spice character that is a good match for Cuban roast chicken, pork with Latin spices and cracked pepper turkey.

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About La Cartuja:

La Cartuja was founded in 2007 by Borja Osborne (from the Osborne family), Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata with the purpose in mind of making an estate-bottled wine showing the mineral complexity of Priorat at an inconceivable price (one of Ole's fortes. The single estate of 24 ha (59 acres) by the name La Solana ("Les Solanes" in Catatalan) is located in the very heart of Priorat between the towns of El Molar and El Lloar, just south west of the town of Gratallops. La Solana vineyard sits at 250m elevation with south-east facing slopes.

La Cartuja was the name assigned during medieval times, to a large geographical area governed by the Cartussian monks. This geographical area had its own code of law (similar to the Vatican estates). During medieval times Priorat as a whole was a "Cartuja". It wasn't a civil domain but a religious state. Needless to say that Priorat's winemaking heritage belongs to the Cartussian monks who tended these difficult isolated vineyards for centuries. As a side note, if you are looking for the oldest vines in Spain and the best areas to make wine look for the areas where the monks established themselves during medieval times.

What makes La Cartuja Unique?
Estate-owned small production wine; a singular location at the heart of Priorat; Organic viticulture; oak ageing is short, a Priorat wine that shows depth but drinkability while young; an extraordinary value!

Photo Credit: Friederike Paetzold, Vinimenta.com



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba The Scribbler 2009
Yalumba The Scribbler 2009
(search item no. 110594)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep crimson red, The Scribbler 2009 shows excellent concentration and lift on the nose, with redcurrant fruits, spices and licorice complementing fresh floral aromatics of herbs and mints. This is a densely weighted wine with blackcurrant fruit and dark berries. The Shiraz is again nicely layered within a tightly integrated and beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon palate. Perfect to drink now, but will certainly cellar well over the next five to 10 years.

Pair with Beef Wellington. Also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Altocedro Reserva Malbec 2009
Altocedro Reserva Malbec 2009
(search item no. 110745)
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Decanter rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Altocedro Reserva grapes come from very old vineyards (65+ years) and 100% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. This wine is more complex and stronger and is geared towards a more experienced consumer, who is used to drinking full bodied wines.

100% Malbec

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About Altocedro:

The winery of Altocedro is located in the growing region of La Consulta, Valle de Uco, Mendoza. This is one of the premier Argentine growing zones. Limited production with sustainable growing practices make the Altocedro wines a cult-type wine in Argentina. Winemaker Karim Mussi Saffie focuses on producing terroir-driven wines.

All harvesting, sorting, and crushing are done in individual batches by hand using no machinery in the process. The vines range up to 70 years of age, with only 1,600 plants per acre, and strict harvesting of only 1.2 kg of grapes per vine. The extract is done with a gravity flow system developed at the winery over 100 years ago.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Triton EntreSuelos Tempranillo 2010
Bodegas Triton EntreSuelos Tempranillo 2010
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Very deep red cherry color. Rich and muscular, with exotic roasted spice and blueberry confiture notes followed by racy graphite and espresso. The ripe finish of chocolate and spice is well-proportioned.

Pair with paella, pasta, vegetables, mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses.

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Owned by the Gil family, the winery is located in the village of Villanueva de Campean near Zamora in the historic area known as de la Tierra del Vino, The Land of Wine. This designation pre-dates the current designation of the nearby appellation of Toro. The region known as de la Tierra del Vino should have been included in the D.O. Toro but was forgotten when the boundaries were drawn. This region was chosen for this winery because of the unique soils, similar to those found within the D. O. Toro.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2008
d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2008
(search item no. 105930)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The mineral silky tannins build nicely on the palate and provide good structure and impressive length. This wine will benefit from bottle age and if cellared correctly will drink well over the next 15 years.

Blend: Shiraz 94%, Viognier 6%.

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
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Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $53.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is deep garnet color with ruby highlights. This Pinot Noir has expressive aromas of dark berry fruit, black tea, and dried cranberry with earthy nuances of oregano, spice and sweet tobacco. Delivering flavors of ripe plum, fig, orange and licorice this wine is bold; yet, graceful on the palate with supple tannins and a lingering coastal minerality on the finish.
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About Flowers:

As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know what that their path would eventually lead them across the country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. In 1989, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are famed to Flowers' specifications by their own crews.