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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Apothic Red Blend 2010
Apothic Red Blend 2010
(search item no. 113577)

PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $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    Rhone Red Blends    Other Rhône    France - Rhone   
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Delas Cotes du Ventoux 2010
Delas Cotes du Ventoux 2010
(search item no. 112714)
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a deep ruby red, showing garnet reflections while young. With its predominately berry-fruit bouquet, this wine shows the full aromatic power of these two fine grape varieties whilst retaining the freshness imparted by well-controlled winemaking.
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About Delas Freres:

Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977.

Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Matua Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Matua Valley Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 110285)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Plum red in colour, this wine has a lifted nose of dark cherries and wild thyme. The palate is soft and luscious, overflowing with sweet fruit. Ripe tannins offer suppleness to the palate that finishes with a lingering savouriness.
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About Matua Valley:

While Bill and Ross Spence were the sons of a winemaking father, but decided not to follow his winemaking path. They began in a ragged tin shed in West Auckland, in 1974. The wines they released from that first vintage immediately placed them amongst the leading group of innovative winemakers. Chardonnay and Gamay Teinturier were not common varieties in New Zealand at that time, and it was the first time Sauvignon Blanc had ever been produced, but they were committed to a new way.

Within a year the success of these wines was being noted. In 1975, the "Burgundy" won the first competition trophy for Matua Valley at the Royal Easter Show. A less publicized triumph was the impression the Sauvignon Blanc had made amongst the other winemakers, leading to the decision to include large quantities of this variety in the first vineyards to be planted in the now famous Marlborough region. In 1976 a new company, Matua Valley Wines Ltd was formed in partnership with another Auckland family, the Margans.

The new foundation allowed Matua Valley to put down more substantial roots, and in 1977, 25 hectares of land was purchased in the beautiful green Waikoukou Valley, 35 kilometers west of Auckland. A new winery was built on the crest of a low ridge overlooking the valley, and the first steps made towards landscaping gardens and establishing a visitors’ center were made.