Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Spring Seed Wine Co. Shiraz 2010
Spring Seed Wine Co. Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 111546)
screw cap wine
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $15.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Receive one of three possible labels*.

The 2010 Scarlet Runner Shiraz has a nose of black fruits and black fruit pastille (jubes). It has a full middle weight palate with lots of black fruit with a hint of liquorice and anise. It is all supported by fine supple tannins.

*Specific labels cannot be requested.

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About Spring Seed Wine Co.:

Spring Seed Wines are single vineyard, organically grown and certified wines that best express the unique character of our foothills site in McLaren Vale, Australia, in a fresh, balanced style which appeals to wine lovers everywhere.

Traditional winemaking and natural minimal processing, combined with organic viticulture helps us ensure the purity, integrity and flavour of our vineyard in the Spring Seed Wines.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117261)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine offers generous aromas of ripe Bing cherries, blackberry, candied violets, cedar, and tobacco, plus hints of minerals and graphite. Sweet, densely packed and creamy in the mouth, but with firm, underlying structure that gives lift to the dark berry, chocolate, and coffee flavors. This is a very lush, soft, complex wine that coats the palate and spreads out on the long, lingering finish.
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About Layer Cake:

Layer Cake is a wine that was inspired by my Grandfather and Grandmother. Every Sunday, my Grandmother would bake a huge layer cake for dessert. My Grandfather would pour me a little glass of wine and place it at the table for me. He explained wine in terms of that cake. 'The vines,' he would say, 'live in layers of soil just like the layers in Grandma’s cake; each layer bringing a different flavor.' My grandfather taught me that everything in life is about layers and complexity. I loved those words and when I was a cake-focused boy, it made perfect sense… in fact, it still does.

Since those early days I have been all over the wine world time and again. I have tasted thousands of different wines and there are only a few places that haunt me, always come back to mind, occupy my dreams and have drawn me back again to taste some more.

I started Layer Cake because I wanted to make a wine at a price that could be enjoyed everyday with abandon, yet made by hand (not in a giant factory) and made in some special places in the world that I have always loved. The mission was simply to shock people about how good wine could be at a very affordable price.

While the Layer Cake wines were not intended to be compared with Hundred Acre, they are rich and taste like they should simply cost a lot more. This is due to our rigorous fruit selection and small winemaking style. The same team of winemakers that work with me at Hundred Acre, work with me all over the world to craft a rich Shiraz in South Australia, fabulous Malbec in Argentina, spicy old vine Primitivo, aka Zinfandel, in Puglia, Italy, sleek Syrah in the Cote du Rhone, France and of course, some Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Each is very special in its own way and a phenomenal value.

With the making of each Layer Cake wine my Grandfather’s words and my Grandmother’s cakes come back to me. Layer Cake is a simple black and white label with, of course, my Grandmother’s giant layer cake on the front and my Grandfather’s words on the back…ENJOY!!



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Lucky Proprietary Red Blend (II)
Lucky Proprietary Red Blend (II)
(search item no. 121221)
charitable wine
boutique wine
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PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Though the Sonoma County Petite Sirah represents only 27% of the blend, its dark fruit profile and firm tannins provide much in the way of the structure of this wine. St. Helena Zinfandel fruit adds brightness to this proprietary blend. 55% Zinfandel, 27% Petite Sirah, 11% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very dark red color with rustic aromas of leather, dark fruit, and smoke. The fruit is framed by savory and spicy notes.

The full-bodied wine was aged primarily in French oak barrels - most neutral - and compliments BBQ, pizza, Italian food, and all meat dishes.

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About Lucky:

Bravium translates from Latin as "reward, prize, or gift" and sums up Proprietor and Winemaker Derek Rohlffs’ feelings about wine – namely that it is a reward for their labors, a prized part of mealtime, and a gift to be shared. Derek's winemaking philosophy is an extension of his Environmental Studies background and belief that great wine begins in the vineyard. Bravium utilizes minimalist winemaking practices and its wines are balanced and food-friendly. One of Derek's music heroes, Jack White, has said: "Technology is the disease you have to fight in any creative field…ease of use [is the enemy]." And while winemaking is part art and part science, Bravium emphasizes traditional methods whenever possible. Bravium was created to give back to charitable organizations by way of its Sip&Give donation platform.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Vina Eguia Reserva 2007
Vina Eguia Reserva 2007
(search item no. 114571)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a bright, ruby red color, with brick red hints. The aromas are intense and complex, with vanilla, spiced and aromatic herbs perfectly blended with mature red fruit. The mouth shows very balanced, fine, elegant and rounded structure. It has a long, very pleasing finish.

Ideal for all types of grilled and roasted meats. It also matches well with strong fish and all kind of cured cheeses. Tasty with chocolate desserts and puddings.

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About Vina Eguia:

Vina Eguia was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua revived his father's (Jose Murua) winery, which dates back to 1926 in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa.


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Conundrum Red Blend 2010
Conundrum Red Blend 2010
(search item no. 116606)
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PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Conundrum Red Blend 2010 has a nose that is almost floral, with tones of lavender, dried berries, baking chocolate, bacon bits. Aromas are rich, velvety and wonderfully appealing. Silky round entry with acid to balance and high fruit concentration. The nose leaves no doubt about the seriousness of this wine. The palate is fruit driven both before and after the high tannin middle core. The finish is long, not drying of tannin, and beckons a second sip.
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About Conundrum:

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today’s generation of chefs. Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert, and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine.

The "conundrum", or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend; a combination that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Semillon and Viognier. Conundrum is a true California wine, with grapes sourced from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. Winemaker Jon Bolta began to craft the style for Conundrum in 1988.

The twist cap closure protects the fine aromas and flavors of this distinctive blend, allowing the bottle to be easily re-closed and refrigerated. The airtight cap also eliminates the possibility of cork taint.

Conundrum is owned by the Wagner family of Caymus Vineyards, but stands on its own as a separate brand. The Conundrum winery in Monterey County is close to the sources for most of the grape varietals that make up the wine.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
(search item no. 117974)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meiomi (May-oh-mee) is a Pinot Noir that gets its fruit from the most noteworthy coastal areas in California. The wine is crafted, lush, balanced and luxurious. Three of the California's most sought after coastal growing regions brilliantly meld together in this deeply flavored, stylish and truly balanced Pinot Noir; at its most fundamental core, it is an approachable, food friendly wine with a style and place all its own.
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About Meiomi:

The name Meiomi means "coast" in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes, and best pays tribute to and symbolizes the origin of this Pinot Noir. Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880's. In his youth, he worked many spring and summer days in the vineyard and cellar of Caymus, learning the basics from pulling leaves, to dragging hoses. Then he began to focus his efforts on what was to become his passion and career in the wine business. He is the owner of Belle Glos and Meiomi wines and has been overseeing vineyard operations and winemaking since 2002. Joseph has a perpetual goal of crafting Pinot Noirs that exude their origins and represent the best of their class in any vintage. Along with his passion for Pinot Noir, he continues his role at Caymus in viticulture and winemaking alongside his father, Chuck. When not at work, he spends time with his wife and 5 children constantly grooming the next generation in farming philosophy and practices, winemaking and the enjoyment of nature's bounty and the outdoors.



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Kendall-Jackson Summation Red Blend 2009
Kendall-Jackson Summation Red Blend 2009
(search item no. 117186)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $12.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This beautifully layered wine is rich, complex and offers a sumptuous texture. It displays alluring fragrances and flavors of raspberry jam, dark chocolate, black cherry and pomegranate. Smooth tannins envelope the mouth and linger beyond each sip.

Blend: 43% Zinfandel, 24% Syrah, 21% Merlot, 5% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah, and 3% other varietals

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About Kendall-Jackson:

Back in 1974, Jess Jackson saw in the fine vineyards of California's cool coastal regions fruit with a variety of outstanding flavors. What if there was a way to produce from this abundance, a single outstanding "cuvée" that offered both quality and value? The result, first released in 1983, was Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, a rich, round and flavorful wine, made with hand-crafted methods. That same year, Grand Reserve was introduced, a line of ultra-premium wines that represented the full potential of California's finest vineyards and winemaking. Today, over 5,000 acres of vineyard in California's coastal regions are farmed by Kendall-Jackson. Four separate wineries house what is possibly the single largest barrel-fermentation project in the world. But perhaps most important, is that Kendall-Jackson remains a family-owned winery.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2006
Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2006
(search item no. 114153)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A feat of complexity, perfumed and profound, the 2006 Mount Veeder Reserve presents layer upon layer of wild mountain berry, plum, and forest floor aromas wrapped in notes of sage, mocha, clove, and bay. Romantic and brooding on the nose, with hints of cassis and violets, this Reserve brings a lush, bold mouthfeel with further notes of vanilla and dark chocolate on the palate. The full-bodied, integrated tannins lend robust structure that extends into a lengthy, infinitely expressive finish.

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc

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About Mount Veeder Winery:

Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.

Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.

Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2007
Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2007
(search item no. 116723)
collectible wine
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PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Enticing aromas of dark cherry, brambly berry, bay leaf, anise, and toasty oak layer on the nose, highlighted by notes of clove and black pepper. Intense and complex.

Full-bodied and robust. Well-knit flavors of dark cassis, cherries, bay leaf, and vanilla are interwoven in this rich and structured wine. Dense mountain expression fills the palate, with nuances of clove, plum, and sage lingering on the finish.

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About Mount Veeder Winery:

Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.

Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.

Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property.



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Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2005
Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2005
(search item no. 103887)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1992 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#75 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Attractive, vivid ruby red color. Intense, fragrant bouquet with a depth of blackberries, blackcurants, blueberries and vanilla. Deliciously full and complex in the mouth with silky smooth tannins. This reserva highlights the character of a unique vintage that is rich and structured, whilst combining the elegance of a splendid wine that promises to develop superbly over the next few years.

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About Marques de Caceres:

Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqués de Cáceres the Rioja bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.

The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother Elysée bought and restored two abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon. These châteaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux. When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta.

Emile Peynaud, former professor and chief wine researcher at the University of Bordeaux, was initial consultant to the winery. Today, Michel Rolland is wine consultant at Marqués de Cáceres and Henri and his daughter, Christine, are at the helm. The vinification methods at Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres are similar to those used in Bordeaux. Thus, French winemaking techniques and expertise have been applied to native Spanish grapes to produce one of the finest modern Riojas.