Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Argiano Non Confunditur 2011
Argiano Non Confunditur 2011
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James Suckling rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red in color. Red fruit aromas, with spicy black currant and earthy notes. Full body, soft tannins and a long finish. This is a round red wine for early to mid-term drinking.

Pair with homemade pastas with meat sauces, mushroom-based sauces or truffle-based sauces.

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About Tenuta di Argiano:

After this estate was acquired by Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano, the philosophy changed whereby quality and personality became the dominant priorities. In order to achieve these goals, Sebastiano Rosa was appointed as General Manager of the Estate. Having spent six years at the University of California at Davis, a two year tenure at Chateau Lafite Rothschild and three years at Sassacaia, he brings a strong mix of experience. In addition, Dr. Giacomo Tachis, probably the most well known winemaker in Italy today, became the oenologist. His legacy includes Sassacaia, Tignanello and Solaia, to name a few. Argiano's vineyards are located in the Montalicino area where a perfect microclimate assures a super ecological system. Varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese are planted. These grapes have not traditionally been part of the Montalcino area.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Monte Antico Rosso 2009
Monte Antico Rosso 2009
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James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby color with garnet reflections, its elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, licorice and plums preludes a medium to full-bodied palate where ripe red fruit, gout de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violets that harmonize and linger.
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About Castello di Monte Antico:

Neil Empson and renowned oenologist Franco Bernabei conjunctly orchestrate this all-Sangiovese varietal from Tuscany's very finest vineyard sites. Having access to the region's top crus and ideal microclimates means they can pick and choose according to harvest conditions, achieving consistent excellence with each vintage.

The superlative characteristics of chosen locations and strict quality parameters make for the wine's depth, structure, character and longevity.

Terrain includes compact, very fine-textured limestone, at an altitude of 400-450 meters above sea level; rocky, clayey/calcareous areas, also at altitudes around 400 meters; and clayey/siliceous/calcareous soil, at an altitude of 250-300 meters: a cross-section of Tuscany's best.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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A to Z Pinot Noir 2011
A to Z Pinot Noir 2011
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#55 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

Elegant and complex aromas of bing cherries, cranberries, red currants, raspberries and strawberries, a combination of wild flowers and fresh forest berries that epitomize Oregon Pinot Noir. The juicy red fruit flavors open the attack then evolve in the mouth to darker fruit flavors with spice and mineral overtones. The wine shows ripe tannins and a succulent texture that give definition and lift to the surprisingly long finish. Although the 2010 A to Z Pinot Noir is drinking well now, it has the focus, balance and intensity to age and will become more complex over the next 5-10 years.

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About A to Z:

Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.

A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Vina Eguia Crianza 2008
Vina Eguia Crianza 2008
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Decanter rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Selected grapes from Rioja Alavesa vineyards. Soils are a mixture of chalk, sand and clay. The vines have a medium age of 20 to 25 years and are grown using the traditional "gobelet" system. Fifteen days of fermentation and the maceration process is done in temperature controlled stainless steel vats with daily pumpovers to achieve the optimum color and tannin extraction. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in stainless steel tanks and then racked twice before going into oak barrels. The wine is aged in American oak for 12 months, with one racking.
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About Vina Eguia:

Vina Eguia was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua revived his father's (Jose Murua) winery, which dates back to 1926 in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Vinos Torremoron Tempranillo 2011
Vinos Torremoron Tempranillo 2011
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is one of the most intense, pure and bright Tempranillo wines you'll ever taste. It is made from 80-100 year old vines, which produce grapes with unmistakably pronounced concentration and complexity! An incredible value, this wine has consistently high quality every vintage.

Here, the fresh, red berried, mineral character of Ribera shows through, with a slightly spicy, minty note. This is one of only a few Ribera wines where you can taste the "cut" and chewy, juicy Tempranillo flavors unburdened by oak. A crisp fruited wine with structure and substance, it's neither light nor unduly heavy. This would pair well with Thai beef salad, marinated Korean BBQ pork, Peking duck and meat or chicken dishes with a piquant play of spices.

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About Vinos Torremoron:

Torremorón, made in the small town of Quintanamanvirgo, is a great example of an artisanal, handcrafted wine rather than a commercial wine with no personality or soul. Just west of the villages of Anguix and La Horra and north of Pedrosa de Duero and Roa, Quintanamanvirgo is well situated in the north central area of Ribera. Many of Ribera’s top bodegas farm vineyards here in the alluvial, sandy and clay-heavy soils in vineyard sites that are optimally located at altitude. Torremorón is crafted in this small village (population: 94) whose people are very proud of their common wine heritage; everyone in town works for the winery. Quintanamanvirgo has two businesses: the bar and the winery. If you ever want to experience and taste the authentic personality of Ribera del Duero, head directly for this town and ask for Fernando de la Cal. When you meet him, ask him to show you his vineyards and his family cave where wine was made in the 1800’s. Made with 80-100 year old vines, Torremorón is a genuine wine, one of the most pure expressions of Tempranillo that you’ll come across.

Photo Credit: Friederike Paetzold, Vinimenta.com



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of red fruit, sweet spice and a touch of fresh mint. It is full and soft with layers of red currant and cassis with notes of clove and black pepper. The wine finishes with finely grained tannins that add structure and length. Made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Traditional pairings such as steak, grilled or roasted beef dishes, wild game, chocolate and cheeses are perfect with this wine.

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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby color with hints of purple. Classic Cabernet aromas of rich red fruits, red pepper, plum, tobacco leaf, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of fresh mint. The aromas are echoed on the palate, with layers of fruit and spice pushing on and on. It's a full-bodied wine that has incredible length and purity of flavor—it really keeps you coming back for more. If Cabernet Sauvignon dreamed at night, this is what it would dream about!

Pairs well with a wide range of foods from beef and pork to lamb, quail and other game birds, and cream-based sauces. This wine will age very well, so don't forget some bottles for the cellar too.

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Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Four Vines The Sophisticate Zinfandel 2010
Four Vines The Sophisticate Zinfandel 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Of Four Vines' single-appellation Zinfandels, The Sophisticate best exemplifies its nickname: elegant in balance, refined tannins, and a charismatic rich berry profile.

A hearty addition of Petite Sirah and a splash of Syrah build on the juicy middle and brooding fruit tones. Aged in small French and American oak barrels for 14 months, this rustic country appellation shows surprising style and grace. Dark garnet in color with a nose of licorice, smoked meat, blackberries and chalky minerality with intriguing oak notes of cinnamon and butterscotch. On the palate, intense boysenberry flavors, supple tannins, a hint of vanilla and a great palate stain will keep you interested from start to finish.

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About Four Vines:

In 1994 Four Vines Winery kicked into gear featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak "Naked" Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, The Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. The winery relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form. No matter the wine, Four Vines has always brought a refreshing, irreverent attitude to the industry. Today, the winery sources fruit from all over the state of California and crushes mainly on the Central Coast and in Sonoma County. This allows grapes to arrive at their peak of cool morning temperatures to the crush pad. It all starts in the vineyard…don't let anyone tell you anything else. In late 2010, Derek Benham acquired Four Vines from its founders and moved the winery operations back up north to Sonoma County where it originally started. Four Vines is now in a position to reach its full potential as a category leader in Unoaked Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The story continues...


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2009
Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2009
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Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color shows a dark center with a garnet rim. The nose displays a lovely raspberry and pastille lift with a palate of red berry, dark plums and chocolate. Blending the three varietals gives Clancy's great complexity, richness of fruit flavor and a harmonious balance of soft tannin finish.

Blend: 39% Shiraz, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


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Amalaya Malbec Blend 2006
Amalaya Malbec Blend 2006
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a glittering deep red wine, with purple tinges. It offers fruity aromas, resembling cherries and raspberries, and a subtle vanilla scent coming from barrel aging. A spicy, intense and sweeping wine, easy to drink, but yet with a long persistent finish. Tannins are mild and round. This wine is ready to be enjoyed. Ideally paired with red meat, pasta with tomato sauce and cheese.

Blend: 55% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 5% Tannat, 5% Bonarda

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About Amalaya:

Amalaya is an exquisite representation of the unique weather and soil conditions in Argentina's Northern Calchaqui Valley that also honors the heritage of the indigenous Calchaqui people. The name Amalaya is rooted in the beliefs of the Calchaqui to keep the gods of nature happy and to strive for an equilibrium of forces to assure sustainability over time. The most worshiped goddess is “Pachamama,” or "Mother Earth," who presides over planting and harvesting. The Calchaqui created many rituals and ceremonies to please Pachamama, and would ask the goddess for a miracle. This "hope for a miracle" is called "Amalaya" in the popular indigenous language and is symbolized by the holistic spiral. To respect Pachamama, the winemakers of Amalaya treat all their vineyards sustainably.