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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit 2009
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit 2009
(search item no. 116549)
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James Suckling rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $38.99

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About Château Smith Haut Lafitte:

Thanks to its 55 hectares of superb gravelly vineyards, Smith Haut Lafitte is often referred to as the "archetypical Graves." The estate's history goes back to the Crusades, and a Scottish navigator, George Smith, who became the owner of the estate in the 18th century. He was followed by M. Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux, and then Louis Eschenauer, a famous wine shipper.

In 1990, Daniel and Florence Cathiard also fell under the spell of this beautiful estate. Since then, they have restored the 16th century tower, renovated the 18th century manor house, built two underground cellars, went back to traditional vine growing methods without chemical herbicides and set up their own cooperage. The perfect elegance, excellent balance and fine structure of Smith Haut Lafitte's red and white wines are the ultimate reflection of the current owners' total commitment to quality.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 116625)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fragrant boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, cassis and Mission fig aromas comprise the fresh, fruitful nose of the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The first sip of the wine reveals a big, boldly structured Cabernet with deeply concentrated black fruit flavors and intriguing dusty, loamy and mineral-y tones that add wonderful dimension and complexity. Boasting an undercurrent of soft, plush fruit that will emerge further with aging, this sophisticated, yet approachable Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will reward another 5-7 years' cellaring.

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot

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About Cakebread:

Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while there, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born.

As the Cakebread family reflects upon the many profound changes in the wine industry over the last 33 years, such as innovative farming techniques and new methods of reaching out to consumers, they note that their key values have remained the same. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as their first small vineyard has grown into a thriving internationally distributed wine company.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Sonoma County    California   
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Neyers Syrah Sonoma Coast Old Lakeville Road 2009
Neyers Syrah Sonoma Coast Old Lakeville Road 2009
(search item no. 111024)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pigeage is the French word for crushing grapes by foot, a traditional practice in the northern Rhône Valley, and at Neyers Vineyards. Whole clusters of grapes are dumped directly into a fermentation tank, and a worker wearing flexible waders walks in circles on top of these whole berries for 30 minutes or so. The process is normally repeated twice daily, and after a week or so enough juice has been released by the process that the cap can be manually 'punched down', to stay in contact with the fermenting juice. With Syrah in particular, our traditional pigeage results in a wine with better color, less tannin and a more complex aroma. Over the past five vintages, every bottling of this wine has received a score of 92, 93 or 94 POINTS from The Wine Advocate, The Wine Spectator or The International Wine Cellar. The 2009 vintage of our Old Lakeville Syrah is easily our best one to date.
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About Neyers:

Begun in 1992 by Bruce and Barbara Neyers and their winemaking partner, Ehren Jordan, Neyers Vineyards produces 15,000 cases of wine annually. They rely primarily on Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Neyers' 50-acre Conn Valley ranch farmed by Hugo and Lupe Maldonado. Additioanl grapes are purchased from a select group of growers, several of which are identified on the labels of wines produced from grapes they have grown. In 1999 Neyers purchased the 30-acre Sage Canyon Winery in the foothills east of Rutherford and have developed that facility for their entire production that also includes Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 116321)
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $53.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our fourth vintage of this appellation Cabernet, which represents a blend of hillside and valley floor vineyards. This year included the Somerston hillside vineyard, 40%; DeSantis on the valley floor just north of Zinfandel Lane, 30%; Lamoreaux in Oak Knoll, 15%; Snowden 5%; and 10% from four small parcels. Aging on the fine lees incorporates the oak so that the two years spent in 63% new barrels (a mixture of French and American) is barely noticeable. As with all of our wines, it was fermented with native yeasts and bacteria and bottled without filtration. This wine combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness of a great Napa Valley vintage. 94% Cabernet
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Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996 - a Chardonnay from the Hyde Vineyard. Now situated in downtown Healdsburg, Ramey Wine Cellars draws on exceptional vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma to fashion classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay using traditional old world techniques.


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Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 108263)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our third vintage of this appellation Cabernet, into which we declassified our final harvest from the Larkmead Vineyard at 37% of the blend. Other vineyards included were Somerston, 36%; Snowden, 15%; Lamoreaux, 7%; and DeSantis, 5%. Aging on the fine lees incorporates the oak so that the two years spent in half new barrels (a mixture of French and American) is barely noticeable. As with all of our wines, it was fermented with native yeasts and bacteria and bottled without filtration. This wine combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness of a great Napa Valley vintage. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
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About Ramey:

Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996 - a Chardonnay from the Hyde Vineyard. Now situated in downtown Healdsburg, Ramey Wine Cellars draws on exceptional vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma to fashion classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay using traditional old world techniques.


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Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 108913)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $57.50

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is grown on our Estate controlled vineyards, in the Oakville AVA, in the heart of the Napa Valley. The Oakville District is renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon and produces wines that are full, lush and very elegant.

Winemaker tasting notes: The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is big and lush with huge gobs of fruit in the aroma and flavor. The texture of the wine is soft and supple, typical of Cabernet Sauvignons grown in our area of the Oakville AVA.

Menu suggestions: "A slab and a Cab", Dennis Groth recommends you drink his Cabernet Sauvignon with steak.

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About Groth Vineyards & Winery:

Groth Vineyards & Winery is a family owned winery producing Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon since 1982. They sustainably farm 121 acres of vineyards creating a better wine for today, and for future generations.

Michael Weis, winemaker at Groth Vineyards & Winery since 1994, brings more than three decades of experience with Oakville grapes and wines to the job of nurturing the best possible expression of the vineyards.

Groth Vineyards & Winery Founded 1981 • In 1981, the Dennis and Judith purchased a 121 acre parcel in the heart of the Oakville appellation with the vision of making world class Cabernet Sauvignon.

• In 1982, they added a second vineyard of 44 acres located south of Yountville focused on Merlot and Chardonnay.

• Groth Vineyards & Winery’s first crush was in 1982.

• In 1985 the winery deserved, and needed full-time attention from Dennis and Judith. They moved their family to the Oakville property.

• The 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon received the first 100 point score from Robert Parker.

• In 1990 the winery building was completed.

• Since 1982 Groth Vineyards & Winery has established its reputation as an outstanding producer of Napa Valley Wines.



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Argiano Non Confunditur 2009
Argiano Non Confunditur 2009
(search item no. 113270)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#46 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Non Confunditur is a wine that shows definite character, it is full-bodied with soft-tannins and has a long lasting finish. This blend made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese shows exciting power, with the inherent sweetness of the Merlot acting as a bridge between the firm earthiness of the Sangiovese grape, the spicy blackcurrant of the Cabernet and the warm red fruit of the Syrah. The result is a generous, round red wine for early to mid-term drinking with nice aromas of currant and generous fruit flavors, which are versatile enough to develop more depth over several months in bottle.

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About Tenuta di Argiano:

After this estate was acquired by Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano, the philosophy changed whereby quality and personality became the dominant priorities. In order to achieve these goals, Sebastiano Rosa was appointed as General Manager of the Estate. Having spent six years at the University of California at Davis, a two year tenure at Chateau Lafite Rothschild and three years at Sassacaia, he brings a strong mix of experience. In addition, Dr. Giacomo Tachis, probably the most well known winemaker in Italy today, became the oenologist. His legacy includes Sassacaia, Tignanello and Solaia, to name a few. Argiano's vineyards are located in the Montalicino area where a perfect microclimate assures a super ecological system. Varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese are planted. These grapes have not traditionally been part of the Montalcino area.


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Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 114718)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $99.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2007 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon combines elegance and depth in a balanced expression of this classic California vintage. It has a dark ruby color with a garnet edge and a complex nose of sandalwood, cedar, cassis, black cherry, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. On the palate, it is extremely rich and mouth-coating and has a long finish of concentrated fruit and spice with a slight tannic grip. This wine is remarkable in how it continues to evolve in the glass over the course of a meal. It has great maturity of aromas and tannins at moderate alcohol. With proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2033.
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About Silver Oak Napa Valley:

Silver Oak Cellars was started in 1972 with a simple driving philosphy - to focus production on only one varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon. What's more, they resolved to create a wine with a style all its own: not another hard, tannic red wine requiring years of aging to enjoy, but a wine of fully developed flavors and a velvety soft texture on the day it is released for sale.

Silver Oak Cellars produces Cabernet Sauvignon from two appellations. Their Napa Valley derives its fruit from both owned and contracted vineyards, and is produced entirely at their Oakville winery. Beginning in 1994, small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot have been included in their Napa blend to add complexity and softness.

Silver Oak also produces stellar Cabernet from their Alexander Valley vineyards. A critical reason for the success of this wine, and every wine they make, has always been that they create the final blend before aging it in American oak barrels and then bottles. Over the course of four-and-a-half years, the wine’s flavors, aromas, and textures have an opportunity to meld with one another and the wood’s delicate qualities to create the kind of graceful cohesion found only in the world's most elegant wines.



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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 114789)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon offers inviting aromas of black cherry cola, red cherry, vanilla bean and cocoa powder along with a touch of clove and sage. These notes carry over onto the palate and combine with flavors of milk chocolate, toasty oak and hint of wintergreen. The wine has a smooth texture with great depth and fine-grained tannins. The vibrant fruit, great structure and balanced acidity make this wine pair extremely well with hardy dishes such as braised short ribs or filet mignon with a Cabernet and wild mushroom demi-glace.

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot

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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


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Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Robert Mondavi Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 116671)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
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
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 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:

Densely-packed aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, chocolate mint and Provencal herbs anticipate the deep, multi-layered flavors echoed within and augmented by lush black cherry, blueberry, anise, espresso and toasty oak. Firm, ample tannins and a persistent black-fruit finish assure the potential to develop even greater complexity in the years to come.

Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite Verdot, 3% Merlot, and 1% Malbec

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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.