Red Wines    Merlot    Sonoma County    California   
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Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2009
Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2009
(search item no. 111426)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $12.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bouquet of black cherry, warm spice and rich plum. Blackberry, red currant, and tea notes highlight the flavor. The subtle toasty oak complements the rich fruitiness in the mouth. Lush and full bodied, with soft tannins and a lasting finish.
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About  Pedroncelli Winery:

Pedroncelli Winery has come a long way since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyards and a small winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley. Today, the vineyards are planted to premium grape varieties, the winery is filled with modern equipment, and wines bearing the Pedroncelli name grace tables from coast to coast. But two elements from 70 years ago remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family grows grapes, and the family's dedication to making fine wines.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117345)
screw cap wine
has fluid
has fluid 360


PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $8.25

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Plump aromas of ripe cherry, red berry and jam fill the nose, followed by notes of luscious berry sweetness on the palate. This textured wine with moderate tannins ends with a round finish.
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About Two Vines:

From vineyard to crush, the Two Vines brand speaks to the method of vine trellising which positions grape clusters for optimum sun exposure. The result is approachable wines of richer flavor, deeper color and brighter fruit expression for popular appeal and immediate enjoyment.

A longtime leader, Two Vines earns consistent "Best Value" and "Best Buy" designations from leading wine publications.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Pratesi Carmione 2004
Pratesi Carmione 2004
(search item no. 120057)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $22.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color and extremely concentrated, Carmione offers a powerful bouquet of sweet wild berries, cedar, licorice and spices. This is a full-bodied, rich, well structured wine with jammy fruit, fine tannins and a persistent finish.

Powerful and complex, Carmione is excellent with grilled steak, game, ribs and aged cheeses.

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About Pratesi:

Situated on 12 acres of land, perched on the hills of Carmignano, near the town of Capezzano, Pratesi has been producing some of Tuscany’s finest wines since the early 1980’s. Carmignano and its glorious past has only recently been able to reestablish itself as a wine of great strength and character by receiving DOCG status. Pratesi, eagerly, has not missed a beat. During the first vintage of "Carmignano" D.O.C.G. in 1983, Pratesi yielded 3,000 to 4,000 bottles. In 1995 Pratesi earned their first gold medal for their 1991 "Carmignano" Riserve from Pramaggiore, an award reserved to Italian D.O.C. and D.O.C.G. only wines. Since 1997 changes have been taking place at the winery with the construction of a new wine cellar and the addition of new vines that will permit them to increase the production and finally bring the 2001 harvest to a total of 45,000 bottles including a third red wine. The company’s goal is to produce wines of the highest quality by maintaining its careful and strict selection and to continue to meet the criteria and expectations of excellence.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111133)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $16.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Antiguas Reservas' vintage shows an intense red color with hints of violet and burgundy. It has an expressive nose, with aromas of red berries and black cherries. In mouth, it is nice and fruity, with notes of ripe plum. Its rich acidity and soft tannins makes it a well structured and elegant wine.

It is an ideal wine to accompany red meats like steak with mushrooms, stewed lamb, doves, partridges and kidneys in sherry.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Cousino Macul:

In 2006, Cousiño-Macul celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Cousiño family's wine estate in Santiago was established in 1856. Five years ago, the Cousiños moved many of their vines to a new estate at Buin, and built a new winery there. Few wine producers have the opportunity to make a completely new start, incorporating the best of their age-old experience, their unique vines from their personal greenhouse and the most contemporary technology available.

As the technology continues to advance in the vineyards and in the wineries around the world, Cousiño Macul has seized this opportunity and taken a grand leap into the future. Although moving quickly into the future, they take with them the most important part of their long history - their genetic plant material that was originally brought into Chile in 1863. The Cousiño's vineyard and winery in Macul became the proudest achievement of the family. The new vineyard and winery in Buin are now in the hands of the sixth generation.