Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 90902)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

The 2004 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is a luxurious wine that captivates the eye with hues of deep blue and purple. Vivid aromas unfold with layers of blueberry, blackberry and black currant, complemented by hints of cocoa, vanilla, spice, cedar and exotic black tea. The big, juicy structure frames rich, generous flavors. Powerful and mouthfilling yet tightly knit, this youthful beauty will blossom with age.

"A classy wine that's rich and intense, with a concentrated mix of mineral, currant, blackberry, dusty herb and cedary oak flavors. Though deep and well-structured, this maintains a sense of elegance and grace, making it a good choice for near- and mid-term cellaring. Best from 2008 through 2014."
Wine Spectator
93 Points

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other California    California   
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Bridlewood Syrah 1998
Bridlewood Syrah 1998
(search item no. 17125)

PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The long, cool, "El Nino" growing season in 1998 allowed the normally hot, Paso Robles appellation to enjoy more "coastal" temperature patterns with cooler days and colder nights. The harvest in this East Side vineyard got underway in early October, nearly a month later than the regional average. Full fruit maturity allowed a very natural approach to be taken in the cellar. Nearly all the wine was produced in closed top tanks with a floating cap to gently extract the deep Syrah color and the classic purple plum, cassis and wild blackberry flavors. Aging in two year air dried, American oak barrels, two-thirds of which were new, has added a lovely, toast and vanilla note.
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About Bridlewood Winery:

Bridlewood joins a long and rich tradition of winemaking in Santa Barbara County. It wasn't until the 1960's and 1970's, when new breed of pioneering winemakers, including Dan Gehrs, started making wine in the broad area called the Central Coast, that a southern California winemaking renaissance occurred. Although the winery's capacity is 50,000 cases, releases for the first few years will be 10-15,000 cases. Growth will be consistent with the winery's philosophy of producing many small lots of high quality wines.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2008
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 99924)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it. Try it with turbot for a match of delicacy and richness.
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About Au Bon Climat:

Au Bon Climat was created to produce high quality handcrafted wine from the traditional Burgundian varietals. They are one of the few California wineries to explore the gamut of these varieties: Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery is located within the Bien Nacido Vineyard, the source of the majority of their fruit.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay 2007
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 95597)
Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Appearance: Bright golden yellow

Aromas: Melon, pineapple, vanilla

Flavors: Apples, cantaloupe, pear, and crème brulée.

"Sweet oak brings richness to the ripe apple flavors in this wine. It stays balanced through the finish, with lasting melon and spice. For roast chicken." 88 Points
Wine & Spirits

June 2009

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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life."



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune Villages 2005
Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune Villages 2005
(search item no. 92480)

PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $21.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The appellation "Côte de Beaune Villages" can be claimed for all the villages of the Côte de Beaune (all the communal AC), except for Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard and Volnay. Theoretically, it could be a blend of grapes coming from 16 different villages, but in practice they come from only a few.

As everywhere in the Côte d'Or, Pinot Noir is the only grape variety used in this appellation. The characteristic of the wine is that it is the result of a wide range of soil combination bringing great complexity to the ensemble.

Côte de Beaune Villages can be enjoyed when young after 2 years or so of age. It has a nice purple hue. The nose offers pretty and delicate flavours of red berries. It is a wonderful example of Burgundy Pinot Noir at a reasonable price.

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About Maison Joseph Drouhin:

Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance.

A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on site nursery, plowing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and aging in oak.

As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune, the quality of its vineyards and the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification, Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.

Starting with Joseph Drouhin, who founded Maison Joseph Drouhin over a century ago, a great estate has evolved with important holdings in Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Chablis and, most recently, Oregon.

MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN AWARDED ORGANIC CERTIFICATION Estate-grown Grapes of 2009 Vintage and later Now Officially Organic. Twenty years after Philippe Drouhin first began introducing organic practices to the vineyards making up the family company’s domaine (estate), Maison Joseph Drouhin (MJD), has been awarded organic certification for all grapes grown within its vineyards beginning with the 2009 vintage.