Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 108419)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, .5% Petite Verdot

Complex black cherry, berry and plum fruit characters, interwoven with anise, clove, and black pepper. Rich and graceful, with a full mid-palate and a lengthy finish, complemented by toasted oak and cocoa powder tannins.

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About Honig Vineyard & Winery:

The Honig Family purchased their 68-acre vineyard in Rutherford in 1964, and sold the grapes they grew to neighboring wineries. In 1980, the family tried their hand at producing their own Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, to great acclaim. Michael Honig took over management of the winery in 1984, at the age of 22. In 1987, the Honigs made their first Cabernet Sauvignon. Under Michael, Honig's direction, the winery has grown from a small "garage winery" to a 25 person operation. Using solar power and sustainable farming methods, winemaker, Kristin Belair focuses on two varietals: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This focus allows her to produce handcrafted wines that are a true expression of the vineyard.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2006
Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 104672)

PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $9.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Amador County yields a bold Old Vine Zinfandel with rich, bright raspberry and black cherry fruit complemented by hints of earth and spice that add to its complexity.

ZINFANDELIC is a tribute to the unique California wine varietal - Zinfandel. It is also a tribute the California movement & culture of the 1960s - Flower Power, Haight Ashbury, Summer of Love, Rock & Roll, etc. The label is reminiscent of rock posters of the sixties era.

The zinfandel vineyards are situated at a higher altitude in Amador County in California at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains – also known as Gold Country. The vineyards were sustainably farmed from old vines of approximately 40 years old.

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About Zinfandelic:

ZINFANDELIC is a tribute to the unique California wine varietal, Zinfandel, and the California movement & culture of the 1960s.

Located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California, Amador County is renowned for producing California's finest Zinfandels, some of them crafted from 19th-century vines. This sustainably farmed old vine vineyard is planted on hillsides with soils of sandy clay loam derived from decomposed granite. Amador's warm days and cool evening breezes from the Sierras promote full ripening of the grapes and a balanced acidity, leading to robust, intensely flavored wines.

It's Zinfandelic

Zinfandel has always been the quintessential California wine. Taking on the characteristics of the regions where it's grown, the flavor of a California Zin is like the flavor of California itself. It's free love in a bottle, with a vibe all its own - at times mellow, others bold or even spicy. But it's always, dare we say, groovy.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Russian River    California   
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Kenwood Russian River Pinot Noir 2009
Kenwood Russian River Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 107180)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 growing season began with a dry spring followed by a temperate summer. The vintage had low yields but produced excellent grapes. The vines were harvested in September and early October, with ten percent of the harvest undergoing whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruity flavors of the grape. The wine was then aged in newer French oak barrels for 11 months. This vintage of our Pinot Noir serves up a delicious array of cherry and fresh fruit flavors, combined with spicy notes and smooth tannins that make for an exceptionally enjoyable wine.

Flavorful aromas of fresh raspberries and cherries followed by subtle notes of vanilla and cola; excellent acid balance with smooth tannins and a lingering finish. This refreshing, fruity Pinot Noir is wonderfully versatile on the table and can be served with a wide range of foods, including pork, chicken, lamb and salmon.

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About Kenwood Vineyards:

Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards.

Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking.

In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably, using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather than chemicals - in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. This “small lot” or “cuvee” style of winemaking also enables the winemaker to draw on an exceptionally broad “palette” to assemble wines that showcase classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious.