Red Wines    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Protocolo Tinto 2010
Protocolo Tinto 2010
(search item no. 109082)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 100% Tempranillo, this traditional red table wine from Spain is medium-bodied with flavors of black cherry with undertones of vanilla and oak.
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About Protolcolo:

Ownership under the Eguren family. Vineyards are located on the northeast edge of the D.O. La Mancha. The grapes come from vineyards that are 2,700 ft. in elevation. They are oriented to the southwest and are planted in traditional vaso and cabeza systems. The soil is calcareous clay soils. The climate is continental climate with high daytime temperatures during the growing season moderated by cool nights. Winters are cold, summers are hot and dry.


Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Borsao Tinto 2011
Borsao Tinto 2011
(search item no. 117147)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Unlike some of its Borsao stablemates, this bottling isn't gushing with fruit in the nose, but it has something more: balance. Black cherries and blueberries coincide with gentle vanilla and toast, and mineral and rock elements finish the wine, along with a whisp of citrusy crispness. Drink now or in the next several years.
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About Borsao:

Founded in 1958 in the town of Borja, called Borsao in the 4th century B.C., this winery represents what can be done with Garnacha, a grape that is not well appreciated by the Spanish press. Through meticulous selection, work in the fields and at reception time in the winery, modern winemaking produces this highly fruity wine. One of the best examples of the region known as "The Garnacha land of Spain", the lower part of the Ebro River.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Oxford Landing Shiraz 2008
Oxford Landing Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 105094)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Lifted aromas of plums and black cherry on the nose, followed by rich flavors of red berry fruit, florals and liquorice. The texture is soft and silky, complemented by gentle tannins and a long succulent finish.

Vegan / Vegetarian friendly

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About Oxford Landing:

Oxford Landing isn't some invented name on a wine label. It's a real place, a real vineyard, that lies alongside the River Murray near the South Australian river town of Waikerie. Wyndham Hill Smith found this place in 1958 and Yalumba purchased the block naming it Oxford Landing after a nearby site where drovers once grazed and watered sheep on the long journey to Adelaide from northern pastoral properties.

Today, Oxford Landing has matured into one of Australia's most innovative viticultural enterprises delivering varietal flavor through a collection of value priced varietal wines.



Red Wines    Gamay    Beaujolais    France - Other regions   
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Duboeuf Morgon Domaine des Versauds 2009
Duboeuf Morgon Domaine des Versauds 2009
(search item no. 106340)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine offers a range of bouquets and flavors typical of this appellation, consisting of cherry brandy, as well as sherry.

Serve with charcuterie, sausages and roast poultry.

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.



Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Apaltagua Reserva Carmenere 2010
Apaltagua Reserva Carmenere 2010
(search item no. 109662)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Carmenère, a classic Bordeaux grape, is rapidly becoming Chile's best red wine. If you like Merlot and Cabernet, you'll like this Carmenère. Apaltagua Carmenère "Apaltagua Carmenère is a steal." —Wine Enthusiast Magazine
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About Apaltagua:

Apaltagua is a winery that specializes in one distinguished, but lesser known, grape varietal - carmenère. Carmenère is the "lost Bordeaux" variety, as it was originally planted in Bordeaux, but was abandoned there because it was too late ripening for their climate, but was known for producing very high quality and elegant wines. Thankfully, the carmenère variety was imported to Chile where it not only survives, but makes exceptionally good wines in the hands of wineries like Apaltagua.

Apaltagua, owned by the seven Donoso Silva brothers, has a missionary-like zeal in its dedication to, and excitement about, the carmenère grape. The winery produces three levels of carmenère-based wines: Apaltagua Estate Carmenère, Apaltagua Envero Carmenère, and Apaltagua Grial Carmenère. Much of the fruit comes from ungrafted, 60-year old carmenère vines all located on the family estate in the prestigious Apalta district of Chile. The resulting wines are exceptionally good, with a chocolately richness and a peppery edge, combining the best attributes of merlot and cabernet sauvignon in one grape.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Yalumba Y Series Shiraz and Viognier 2009
Yalumba Y Series Shiraz and Viognier 2009
(search item no. 108418)
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage was an excellent year for red wines in South Australia. Good rainfall was recorded during July and August 2008, proving invaluable as the following spring and early summer were extremely dry. A good rainfall in December was critical for the survival of the vineyards during the heat of late January and early February. The Shiraz vines weathered the heat well and were able to ripen in ideal conditions throughout February and March.

A deep crimson with violet hues, the Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2009 has an exotic nose with crushed raspberries, violets and Turkish delight, complemented by cinnamon, tea smoke and nuances of allspice. Succulent and layered, the palate has flavours of raspberries and violets. Cocoa powder tannins balance the juiciness of the palate and enhance the lingering finish.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 111262)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Full yet soft with an intense red ruby color and concentrated juicy berry fruit aromas that lead into flavors of blackberry and red currant fruit with well-balanced, smooth tannins. Hints of vanilla, cocoa and sweet oak appear on the finish.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Trumpeter:

Bodega La Rural was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Rutini. From Italy, he brought with him his oenological degree and the vast experience he had acquired from his father's vineyards. The first vines were planted in Maipu, Mendoza and the winery was installed with French Oak barrels and the best in modern machinery. Under his work ethic, "Labor and Perseverance," four generations of the Rutini family continued his legacy. They brought together hard work and the most advanced technologies in viticulture in the search for excellence in oenology.

Today, the winery boasts stainless steel tanks, two pneumatic presses, imported crushers, vacuum pumps and filters, in addition to 500 new French Oak barrels. Over the last couple of years, the Trumpeter wines have soared to new heights in popularity in the United States. Offering four varietals: a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Malbec, Bodega La Rural has crafted new wines with attractive new labels that have created quite a stir in the media. These wines have received praise in many respected publications ranging from Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits magazine to the Washington Post daily newspaper.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other French    France - Other regions   
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Chateau Peyros Madiran Tannat-Cabernet 2006
Chateau Peyros Madiran Tannat-Cabernet 2006
(search item no. 115396)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby color. Very rich nose of fresh fruit with hints of plum, coffee and cocoa. Soft on the palate, with fruity and roasted flavors. The finish is fresh, ripe, and round.
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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 9/21/2014: $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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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    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2008
d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 104575)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Footbolt shows off a brooding nose of dark red cherries, rhubarb and cardamon spices, with underlying earthiness. The generous palate is well-structured, with juicy blood plums and mulberries on the mid palate, rounded out by cinnamon spice from seasoned oak and balanced acidity to keep the ripe fruit in check. Firm, powdery tannins provide a memorable finish.
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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.