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Apothic Red Blend 2010
Apothic Red Blend 2010
(search item no. 113577)

PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry that are complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend.
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About Apothic:

More than 800 years ago, vintners blended and stored their most coveted concoctions in a mysterious place called Apotheca. In late 2005, a Master Winemaker envisioned an epic red wine combining Old World traditions of blending while realizing a markedly New World style. Thus began the path that led his protégé, winemaker Boyd Morrison, to select grapes from California's bountiful vineyards for this new blended red. Morrison was inspired to blend spicy Zinfandel, with smooth Merlot and lush, dark Syrah to create Apothic Red.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Chile    South America   
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Primus "The Blend" 2006
Primus "The Blend" 2006
(search item no. 97477)
green wine
has video

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

The 2006 growing season was characterized by even ripening conditions resulting in a balanced set crop. Favorable weather, long hang time and a smooth harvest yielded intensely concentrated flavors. Primus 2006 combines striking rich, ripe fruit, exotic spice and a round mouth feel with elegant tannins, leading to a long finish.

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About Primus:

Primus wines are produced by the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2009
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 109273)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Inviting fresh plum aromas leap out of the glass with raspberry and potpourri notes providing more complexity. The palate is juicy and spicy with an abundance of red fruits that are fresh and vibrant. Licorice and rose petals come through on the mid palate and an under-lying earthy complexity is evident all the way through. The tannins are powdery and subtle on this juicy ready to drink red.
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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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Avalon Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Avalon Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 109840)
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The soul of Cabernet Sauvignon, many believe, lies in Napa Valley.

Wines from these grapes taste richer, fuller and have legendary regional characteristics such as cherry or dusty nuances. Is it the weather, the soil, the sun, we aren't sure.

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About Avalon:

Like the Indie films that inspired Avalon, our wines are original and uncut. We focus on the essence of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. We differentiate ourselves by producing flavorful wines at a decent price. We specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon and just recently branched out with our first release of Merlot from the 2009 vintage.

Avalon - AKA Paradise. According to Arthurian legend, the town of Glastonbury in the U.K. was once known as Avalon. Avalon has long been associated with paradise. It is a land of souls. Many believe that King Arthur's soul rests there and will some day rise again to defend England.

Our wines don't cost a king's ransom, but that's exactly what our Winemaker Alex Cose used to make. We joke with him and say, "Make us a wine that tastes like $75, and then let's sell it for about $15".



Red Wines    Grenache    Gigondas    France - Rhone   
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Guigal Gigondas Rouge 2007
Guigal Gigondas Rouge 2007
(search item no. 108664)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyards of Gigondas are planted on hillsides at the foot of Mont Ventoux, directly north-east of the town of Orange in the southern Rhône Valley. The grape varieties are similar to Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Grenache (60%), Mourvèdre (30%), and Syrah (10%) predominate. The dry, stony slopes produce substantial wines that are deep in color, with flavors of ripe summer fruits and savory herbs. Marcel Guigal selects wines from small domains to produce a blend which is true to the appellation, yet polished, refined, and capable of aging many years. It offers among the best price/quality ratio of the Guigal portfolio. Gigondas is a perfect accompaniment to all hearty fare.
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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.



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Banfi Col di Sasso 2009
Banfi Col di Sasso 2009
(search item no. 106926)

PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color is ruby red, young, but intense. Bouquet of fresh, varietal, enriched with spicy notes. Full and soft, balanced, easy-to-drink.
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In 1978 John and Harry Mariani, owners of the U.S. wine importer Banfi Vintners, established the award winning vineyard estate and winery Castello Banfi in the Brunello region of Tuscany. A constellation of single vineyards located on ideal sites cover about one third of the 7,100 acre (2,830 hectares) estate. The remaining land consists of bucolic meadows, olive and plum groves, and woodland. Central to the property is a medieval castle that functions as a hospitality center, hosting visitors at a full service restaurant, enoteca and museum dedicated to the history of glass and its relation to wine.


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Brancaia Tre 2007
Brancaia Tre 2007
(search item no. 101942)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Decanter rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#10 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

Brancaia TRE is a wine full of character giving you drinking pleasure already at the moment of release. The carefully selected grapes are from our three estates Brancaia, Poppi and our estate in the Maremma: Brancaia in Maremma. The blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 12 months in Tonneaux.

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About Brancaia:

La Brancaia, encompassing the two estates Brancaia and Poppi, has been owned by the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. It is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area and saw a vertical take-off when it's vintage 1983 won first place at a major Chianti Classico tasting. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality and a strong own identity, the continuous recognition of BRANCAIA was built up - spearheaded by the estates top-wine Brancaia IL BLU, being already a classic for many wine lovers all over the world. The wines come from a state-of-the-art cellar. The estate is managed by the oenologist and daughter of the owners, Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer, together with her husband Martin Kronenberg. They enjoy consulting support by the brilliant oenologist Dr. Carlo Ferrini. La Brancaia is one of Tuscany's top wine-growing estates, winning national and international awards every year. Its wines are sold - and bought - all over the world.


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Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni 2007
Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni 2007
(search item no. 99396)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red with dark, purplish highlights precedes a nose exceptional for its depth and breadth, offering a strikingly rich and diverse mosaic of aromas. A complex of black cherry, blackberry, and blackcurrant finds a beautiful foil in spicier notes of roasted coffee beans, bitter chocolate, tobacco leaf, and essence of vanilla. All of the elements blend beautifully together to create an impressive, already-evolved bouquet.
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About Frescobaldi:

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines.



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Luigi Bosca Reserve Malbec 2008
Luigi Bosca Reserve Malbec 2008
(search item no. 107683)
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red color, with aromas of ripe red fruit, spices and black pepper. The palate intensity is complemented by the softness and sweetness of the tannins. Full-bodied and structured.
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In the village of Unzue, located in Navarra, Leoncio Arizu was born to Saturnino Arizu and Juana Uriz. The meaning of the family name would be a sign of the importance oak would have in his life, as Arizu means "oak grove". In 1890, a seven-year-old Leoncio arrived in Argentina and settled in Mendoza, where he was met by his uncle Balbino, already involved in the wine business.

The very first vineyards owned by the Arizus, had vines of European origin and were incorporated so that the winery began form in 1901. Leoncio Arizu became the manager of the family winery. A year later, the family purchased steam-powered plowing machinery and hired highly-trained personnel from England.

Leoncio Arizu married Juana Larrea in 1922. The couple would have 5 children. Saturnino Arizu, Leoncio's son, became involved in the winery. Don Leoncio Arizu passed away, and left his children his greatest heritage: His passion for wine.

Years later, Saturnino and his children began the commercialization of the wines produced by the family: Luigi Bosca, a paradigm in Argentinean wines. In 1991 the original Luigi Bosca Winery, located in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, was renovated and enlarged.