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Cabreo Il Borgo 2000
Cabreo Il Borgo 2000
(search item no. 80439)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cabreo Il Borgo shows a brilliant, deep ruby color and rich, dense aromas of wild cherry and black currant offset by notes of leather, herbs and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is velvety but complex and well-structured; the soft, ripe tannins and seductive generosity are all repeated on the elegant finish.

Alcohol: 13.5% by volume

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About Tenute del Cabreo:

The Tenute del Cabreo are located in Greve in Chianti. Part of its vineyard (Fattoria di Zano) is located right above Greve, consists of approximately 50 hectares planted with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon for the production if "Cabreo il Borgo".

The rest of the vineyards (25 hectares) are located in Panzano (6 Km south of Greve): they are planted with Chardonnay used to produce the 'Cabreo La Pietra".

Cabreo was conceived as an Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) wine in order to take advantage of the flexibility provided by the regulations of this type of classification. It allows the great potential of the Tuscan's terroir to produce a variety of high quality wines.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Falesco Sangiovese 2005
Falesco Sangiovese 2005
(search item no. 88524)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $13.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 16 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"The outstanding 2005 Vitiano Sangiovese makes a mockery of many of the over-priced Sangioveses emerging from other areas of the world. A stunning value, it boasts a beautiful bouquet of sweet cherries, strawberries, bay leaf, spice, and blacker fruits. Full-bodied with superb length, good underlying acidity, and a beautiful texture, it spent six months in barrel before being bottled.

It should be drunk within 2-3 years of release. Kudos to Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella for continuing to deliver remarkable wines at these prices."
-Wine Advocate

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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



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Santi Valpolicella Solane 2003
Santi Valpolicella Solane 2003
(search item no. 87508)
Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
The Wine News rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red, intense bouquet, cloves, vanilla cherry jam and almonds. Dry taste, full, warm and harmonious with an elegant finish.

Blend: 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 5% Molinara

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About Santi:

Santi traces its origins to 1843, when Carlo Santi established a wine cellar in Illasi, near Verona and Lake Garda. The original winery, very attractively renovated, still houses the winemaking facilities and aging cellar and stands on the plain below Castello d'Illasi, a ruined medieval fortress. Santi specializes in Veneto and Trentino wines. In addition to experimenting with the benefits of aging in new French oak barrels (barriques) for wines such as their single vineyard Trentino Chardonnay I Piovi, Santi emphasizes new techniques to improve the quality of their wines.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 92757)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 77 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Knights Valley is a very special place for us at Beringer. As you drive over the mountain from St. Helena, the valley opens up before your eyes and you immediately feel transported to another time, where things are slower and more rustic. This wine captures that place with great intensity of black fruit aromas and flavors that continue to a long satisfying finish."
—Laurie Hook, Winemaker

To maintain the unique characteristics of the different lots from varying areas of the vineyard, Laurie kept them all separate through vinification and aging. Extended maceration extracted a maximum of color, aromas and flavors. The wines were then aged in small French Nevers oak barrels (30% new) for sixteen months. After aging, Laurie blended the lots of Cabernet Sauvignon to highlight Knights Valley's characteristically bright black cherry fruit. The wine also has toasty oak, vanilla, cedar and smoky aromas accented by a pretty background of pink peppercorn, cocoa and mint. Small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah were added for additional complexity. A full mouth of sweet, zesty and rich black fruit is supported by nice bright acidity and ripe tannins.

"An appealing wine showing likeable softness and flashy flavors. The palate brings cassis, mocha, licorice, sweet tobacco, sage, Asian spice and smoky oak; finisheds long and rich. Notable for its superb structure."
-Wine Enthusiast

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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.



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Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2003
Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2003
(search item no. 87621)

PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chianti Classico exemplifies a modern approach to making this very traditional wine. It's a satisfying middleweight with good flavor intensity and well-balanced structure, wrapping classic flavors in a sleek package. It has enticing aromas of tart red cherries, saddle leather and a hint of pungent dried herbs. In the mouth, it delivers bright flavors of dried red cherries against the classic Tuscan background of leather and oriental spice. The finish is long and aromatic, with crisp acidity supporting the lingering flavor of red Michigan pie cherries.

There's enough silky tannin and firm acid to warrant cellaring for five or six years. Time in the cellar will soften the wine's sharp edges and enhance its aromatic breadth and intensity, transforming the coltish charmer into a soft, sumptuous seductress.

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About Castello Banfi:

In 1978 John and Harry Mariani, owners of the U.S. wine importer Banfi Vintners, established the award winning vineyard estate and winery Castello Banfi in the Brunello region of Tuscany. A constellation of single vineyards located on ideal sites cover about one third of the 7,100 acre (2,830 hectares) estate. The remaining land consists of bucolic meadows, olive and plum groves, and woodland. Central to the property is a medieval castle that functions as a hospitality center, hosting visitors at a full service restaurant, enoteca and museum dedicated to the history of glass and its relation to wine.


Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah 2005
Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah 2005
(search item no. 93745)
The Wine News rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $15.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Garnet hue with a fuchsia rim. An attractive bouquet of rose petal and cherry with a hint of coconut. Soft, with accessible cherry fruit and a secondary chalkiness. Fresh, tasty finish; drinking nicely right now."
-Wine News

Concannon Limited Release Petite Sirah is an intense wine with vibrant berry fruits and a rich, full palate. The wine starts with attractive aromas of ripe berries, creamy oak and a touch of spice. This Petite Sirah is full bodied, yet it has a firm and balanced structure with hints of toasty oak and vanilla on the palate. There's plenty to sink your teeth into now as the finish is quite lasting and memorable.

Enjoy with wild game, teriyaki beef, herb-rubbed lamb or decadent dark chocolate.

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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



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MontGras Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Reserva 2005
MontGras Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Reserva 2005
(search item no. 87045)

PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bouquet
Ripe aromas of plum and cherry with a hint of vanilla.

Taste
Berry, spice and cocoa flavors fill the palate, leading to a soft and supple finish.

Serving Suggestions
Perfect match with chicken, seafood, turkey, light pasta entrées and hard cheeses.
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San Jose Vineyard in Chile's Colchagua Valley, located between the Coastal Range and the Andes.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah.
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About Vina MontGras:

VIÑA MONTGRAS, located in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, was established in the early 1990s by brothers Hernán and Eduardo Gras, together with their business partner Cristián Hartwig. Santiago Margozzini serves as head winemaker, with renowned California winemaker Paul Hobbs serving as consultant.

Colchagua Valley, a serene sub-valley of Rapel, is situated in Chile’s Central Region at the heart of the country’s wine-producing zone. Nestled between the Pacific Coastal Range to the west and the snow-capped Andes to the east, this rustic valley is a protected environment with positive maritime influences that foster a terroir ideal for producing quality wines.

Five ranges of MontGras wines are available: Estate, Reserva, Quatro, Limited Edition, and Ninquén.

In 1996 MontGras, along with five other area wineries, founded the Colchagua Valley Wine Route to promote and facilitate tourism and educate the public about the traditions of Chilean winemaking. Guided tours and tastings at MontGras are available Monday through Friday year-round, by appointment only.