Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Margaret River    Australia   
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Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 112598)
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PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 is deep crimson red in color. The nose is complex with ripe blackcurrant cassis and red cherry fruit anchored by attractive base notes of oak, earthiness and a wisp of woodsmoke. The wine attacks with bright fleshy cherry fruit built upon by layers of leaf and leather. The finish is mouthfilling and lingering and the tannins giving persistent flesh and presence.
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About Ringbolt:

Western Australia's rugged southwest coastline is littered with shipwrecks – the wreck of the Ringbolt being one of them. Sunk in the late 1800s in what is now known as Ringbolt Bay, located on the southern tip of the Margaret River wine region, adjacent to Cape Leeuwin.

Defined by the oceans, the Margaret River region enjoys a temperate, maritime climate with high winter rainfall and pristine, robust sea breezes to cool the precious fruit – wonderful conditions for growing superior Cabernet Sauvignon. The name Ringbolt honors the heritage of the Margaret River wine region.

Senior Red Winemaker Peter Gambetta has over 20 vintages of winemaking experience which have seen him working in some of the world's premium wine-growing regions, most recently spending the 2005 European vintage in Bordeaux. This international perspective is part of what makes him an invaluable asset to Ringbolt. Working extensively in Coonawarra and Wrattonbully vineyards has given him an intimate understanding of premium Cabernet Sauvignon and outstanding red winemaking experience and skills.

Having always taken a meticulous approach to his winemaking, Peter believes in attention to detail at every stage. From harvesting at optimal ripeness and fruit flavor, barrel maturation and to continuing to monitor the wine once in bottle - ensuring they are released only at their most enjoyable.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Cecchi Chianti Classico 2008
Cecchi Chianti Classico 2008
(search item no. 106238)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With an intense ruby red color tending to burgundy with ageing, a delicate fragrance, it has an intense and persistent flavor, its structure is broad and extremely well-balanced, with great harmony.
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About Cecchi:

In 1893, after several years of experience as an assistant in the cellars of the most famous commercial vineyards in the area, Luigi Cecchi set up his own business as a wine taster and broker. His efforts were soon rewarded with success, extending beyond the region of Siena. Over the years, Luigi's other three sons, Mariano, Natale and Francesco started working with their father, and from 1919 onwards rapidly established their reputation in almost every region of Italy. In 1948, his son Luigi entered the company, due to his father's premature death. Since 1953 he has run the company himself.

In the 1970s, Cecchi moved to the borough of Castellina in Chianti, an area which has traditionally produced Chianti Classico. In its cellar, equipped with the latest technology, the final part of the production cycle is carried out. The fermentation operations are carried out at the four commercial vineyards distributed in famous DOC zones in Tuscany and Umbria: Villa Cerna in the Chianti Classico region, Castello di Montauto at San Gimignano, Val delle Rose near Grosseto, and Tenuta Alzatura at Montefalco, in Umbria. Since 2004, following the death of Luigi, his sons Cesare and Andrea, along with their mother Anita, have run the company with enthusiasm and passion.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Australia    Australia   
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Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 107967)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Lifted plums, blackberries and mint leaves dominate the aroma with hints of cedar, blackcurrants and violets. Dark berry fruits, fruit pastille flavours and savoury spices persist on the palate, giving the wine a succulent and long palate, complemented by the lingering Cabernet tannins on the finish.
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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    Other Red Blends    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Tormaresca Neprica 2009
Tormaresca Neprica 2009
(search item no. 110210)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color with violet hues. Aromas of red fruits and black cherry dominate the nose, complimented by light floral notes. Soft and flavorful on the palate with balanced acidity and subtle tannins.
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About Tormaresca:

Tormaresca is the fruit of the Antinori family's investment in the Puglian region since July 1998.

The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties: one in Minervino Murge (Bari) a 100 hectare (247 acre) estate located in the Castel del Monte D.O.C. region, 40 miles from the Adriatic Sea; the other property is a 500 hectare (1,235 acre) estate near San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi), closer to the sea in the Salento DOC region.

The new cellar is located at Minervino Murge while the commercial and administrative offices are in the city of Bari, halfway between the two properties.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Other Italian    Italy   
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La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria 2009
La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria 2009
(search item no. 106479)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant ruby-red in color with loads of ripe blackberry, strawberry and currant on the nose. The plush fruit flavors are deliciously integrated with subtle hints of mocha, tobacco and oak spice. Full and rich with soft tannins, the lush layers of fruit and spice are backed by lively acidity. This everyday Sangiovese is the perfect choice for barbecues, pastas, pizza and sausages.
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About La Carraia:

La Carraia was founded in 1976 by the Gialetti and Cotarella families. Riccardo Cotarella, respected throughout Italy and abroad as a leading authority in the production and marketing of Italian wines, is the winemaker at this estate. La Carraia began as a producer of bulk wines for top of the line estates such as Ruffino and Rocca delle Macie.

Today, the winery owns a total of 200 acres and is bottling its own wines in the heart of the Orvieto Classico, and a small amount of the excellent single vineyard Orvieto: Poggio Calvelli. The remaining property is planted to Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. La Carraia is the leading estate in the new emerging production of excellent red wines from the Orvieto zone.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Tortoise Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Cherokee Lane 2008
Tortoise Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Cherokee Lane 2008
(search item no. 110241)
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PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon "Cherokee Lane" is loaded with aromas and flavors of red and black cherries supported by vanilla and cedar nuances. It is beautifully balanced with both fruit and tannins. An ideal pairing with grilled meats, sausages or stews.
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About Tortoise Creek:

Tortoise Creek wines come from the southern French area known as the Languedoc. For many years, the region was mainly known as a producer of good "vin ordinaire" due to the remarkable weather conditions and vast array of quality growing areas. But, as the average wine-drinking consumer began to look for more then "vin ordinaire", many wine makers in the region reacted and employed modern viticultural and winemaking techniques. Today the region produces many of the most spectacular wine values in Europe.

In Provence, their home was surrounded by vines with a small pond at the edge of the vineyard. On hot sunny days, Mel and Janie would sit beside the pond and picnic, sharing their scraps with the little tortoises swimming around the pond. Soon, the tortoises became known as the Litre family, with the Mum and Dad being Hecto and Millie Litre and the offspring of course, being Centi Litre! Naturally, when embarking upon a new wine project they decided to call it Tortoise Creek. And, it was only fitting to have Hecto, Millie and Centi prominently displayed on the label!



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    St-Emilion    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Graves de Peyroutas Saint-Emilion 2006
Chateau Graves de Peyroutas Saint-Emilion 2006
(search item no. 101821)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $22.99

Winemaker's Notes:

An elegant nose of small red berry fruit opening into ginger spice with supple tannins. You will feel raspberry aromas followed by rich cherry and blackcurrant flavors with vanilla on the finish. A fruity and well balanced wine with great length.
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About Château Graves de Peyroutas:

Located four kilometres south of Saint-Emilion, in the commune of Vignonet, Château Quercy owned its name to the several-hundred year old live oak trees which border it. “Quercus” is Latin for “oak”. Originally the hunting lodge of a wealthy man from Libourne, Château Quercy was later owned by a family from Bordeaux for several generations before passing into the hands of the Apelbaum-Pidoux family in 1988. The château was built in the late 18th century in a neoclassical style very much the fashion at the time. The main building is flanked by two octagonal towers and the façade features pediments and mouldings typical of the Directoire style. A third tower on the roof overlooks the estate and surrounding countryside, including the church tower in Saint-Emilion.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Napa Valley    California   
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Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2007
Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2007
(search item no. 104611)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $17.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Napa Cellars Zinfandel is the perfect middle ground between the spicy Zinfandels of the Sierra Foothills and the fruity jammy Zinfandels of Sonoma. Both characteristics can be found in moderation with this wine. You can expect a swirl of the glass to reveal intense, sweet ripe berries, cinnamon and black pepper spice with elements of sun-baked earth. Zinfandel and BBQ are a natural.
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About Napa Cellars:

Founded by Rich Frank and Koerner Rombauer in 1996, this warm and casual tasting room is the perfect first or last stop for any visitor to Napa. Conveniently located on Highway 29, the friendly tasting staff encourages wine novices and connoisseurs alike to try their well-worth-the price Napa Valley wines. Napa Cellars winemaker Todd Graff produces a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, as well as limited amounts of Syrah, Sparkling Rose, Late Harvest Zinfandel and Late Harvest Semillon, all bearing the Napa Valley designation.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Other California    California   
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Cline Zinfandel 2009
Cline Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 106864)
green wine


PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $8.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

As always, the California Zinfandel is both challenging and rewarding to produce. Severe selection criteria and master blending are evident in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry flavors—especially black cherry and strawberry. Firm, supple tannins are complemented by nice spice notes and a lasting vanilla finish, both derived from oak aging.

With its smooth structure and rich, berry flavors, the California Zinfandel pairs best with bold-flavored foods such as penne putanesca, grilled steak or chili con carne.

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About Cline:

Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old plantings of Carignane, Mourvedre and Zinfandel grapes they farm in Oakley, California. The Mourvedre represent approximately 85% of the state's total supply of this fascinating and versatile varietal. This treasure is the inspiration for Cline Cellars many "Rhone style" bottlings.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba The Scribbler 2007
Yalumba The Scribbler 2007
(search item no. 103340)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $14.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Yalumba 'The Scribbler' is a wine with excellent depth of color, richness and complexity, displaying an aroma of riper style Barossa Cabernet Shiraz. It shows dark plum fruits, black cherry, dark tobacco and hints of leafiness all with the dark undertones of mocha oak. It is a well structured wine with a full and robust palate, displaying the classic red berry fruit flavor of Cabernet Sauvignon and the sweet mid-palate of Shiraz. ‘The Scribbler' finishes with tannins that have a black olive and red spice tone. This wine is perfect to enjoy now, but will certainly cellar over the next 5-10 years.
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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.