Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Chehalem Corral Creek Pinot Noir 2009
Chehalem Corral Creek Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 118783)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant medium garnet, with spice and pure red cherry aromatics; cherry and chocolate flavors, mild tannin and an earthy finish; as always laser focused, bright, balanced and light on the palate. A pure and focused Pinot Noir, delicate and fine boned.
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About Chehalem:

With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Other California    California   
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Rombauer Zinfandel 2010
Rombauer Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 116248)
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PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $31.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep purple in color; powerful aromas of wild berries, clove and plum emerge from the glass. Luscious, juicy layers of black cherry, blackberry and boysenberry integrate with nuances of allspice and burst on the palate. Berry flavors linger for an extended finish.

Our favorite pairings for this wine include pasta bolognese, curry chicken, and lamb kabobs.

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About Rombauer Vineyards:

Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging our wines.

Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass. The joy of wine is something that's important to Rombauer. Whether you are a collector of fine wines or like to have wine with food, wine is something that truly should be enjoyed. Rombauer Vineyards puts a lot of hard work and tender care into making drinkable wines. And because wine is a simple product to enjoy, emphasis is given to taking the mystique out of enjoying fine wines.

Our emphasis on the joy of wine comes from the heritage of the Rombauer family. Koerner's ancestors made wine in the famous Rheingau region in Germany and his great aunt, Irma Rombauer, wrote the book The Joy of Cooking. Hence our focus on wine as complements to good food and good friends. Every family member is actively involved in the day to day operation of the winery from selecting grapes for the winemaking process and getting the wine to market.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Mark West California Pinot Noir 2008
Mark West California Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 99904)

PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Enticing aromas of strawberry and raspberry with barrel notes of caramel, vanilla and baking spices. Oak aging rounds out the palate and gives the wine its body. The wine drinks of deep, concentrated raspberry, cherry pie with a touch of cola berry. The wine shows juicy fruit texture and subtle oak.
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About Mark West:

At Mark West Winery our goal is to craft wines that consistently deliver enticing aromatics, a rich supple mouth feel, and classical varietal characteristics. The wines pair easily with food or for drinking alone. Our goal is to combine outstanding value and style in every wine we produce.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Hahn Estates Monterey Pinot Noir 2007
Hahn Estates Monterey Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 104527)

PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $11.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep yet bright, with a lovely ruby hue, the Hahn Estates 2007 Monterey Pinot Noir begins with zesty aromas of white and black pepper. Silky and dynamic, new flavors and textures unfold with time. This is a balanced, extremely versatile and satisfying wine. Tangy spiced fruit, backed by cool-climate acidity at the front of the palate, carries the rich mouthfeel of this wine, well into the finish. Serve with pecan-crusted mahi-mahi or to bring out the spice, try with Pad Thai.
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About Hahn Estates:

The spectacular beauty of California's Central Coast is probably the best-known region in all of California for its unique lifestyle. Monterey County's dramatic ocean scenery, historic communities, artistic culture, verdant pine forests, and bountiful agriculture have beckoned adventure-seekers, seafarers, artists, writers and vacationers for over 100 years. And the 99 miles of breathtaking Pacific coastline is something no other California county can boast.

The wind and fog interact with solar radiation to slow grapes' ripening, producing up to two months longer growing season than in warmer grape growing regions. These conditions create fruit with more varietal intensity, flavor, depth and structure, and thus, exceptional wines. In German, "Hahn" means "Rooster" and for this reason a rooster embellishes the Hahn Estates label, honoring the Hahn Family’s European Heritage. With an inspiration to raise Monterey wines to the highest level, the wines of Hahn Estates are created with a philosophy that all great wines are special – akin to the region they were grown in. The Hahn wines celebrate everything that is Monterey – unique in thought, style and setting.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Melipal Malbec 2006
Melipal Malbec 2006
(search item no. 99938)
The Wine News rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Melipal (the Aristi Family) owns three separate vineyards situated in Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina. With total acreage of 188 including 90 year old Malbec. The winemaker is Martin Tosolini, who best understands the potential of Melipal's Malbec grapes. The experience and knowledge of this enologist together with the most precise tending of the vineyards give the character and personality to the wines.

85% Malbec, 10% Cab. Sauv., 3% Cab. Franc, 2% Merlot

Big extraction with nose of plums, violets, and ripe fruits. Powerful and intense classic Malbec black fruit, sweet, round, and persistent tannins.

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About Melipal:

Melipal, a family owned and run winery, is located 20 minutes from Mendoza in the exclusive area of Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina, at 958 meteres above sea level. Surrounded by willow trees, small canals and vineyards with a magnificent view of the Andes mountain range.

This state of 25 hectares out of its 51 date from 1900 and they turn this estate into a unique viticultural heritage. They are planted with Malbec and the area is watered by the traditional system of furrow irrigation.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 94513)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cambria 2006 Julia's Pinot Noir offers fresh cherry, blueberry, strawberry and cranberry fruit flavors accented with cinnamon and vanilla oak spice characters. The mid-palate has a silky texture and balanced tannins that lead into a fruity and earthy finish.
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About Cambria Winery:

Cambria is a private, family-owned estate winery that has carved out a reputation for producing lush, tropical Chardonnay, velvety-textured Pinot noir and rich, spicy Syrah since its inception in 1987. Cambria's proximity to the ocean and east-west orientation gives this 1,400-acre property the diversity it needs to grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah under perfectly suited conditions. As an estate property, Cambria's Vineyard Manager and Winemaker work in tandem to perfect the winegrowing process. Together, they select only the finest grapes from the estate to bear the Cambria name. Every grape is hand-harvested and crafted into wine with the utmost care and respect foe the varietal.

In recent years, Cambria has concentrated its vineyard and winemaking resources into amplifying different aspects of the Cambria estate. This effort launched an in-depth exploration of the vineyard and varieties on this cool-climate property. The result has elevated the quality of Cambria's core wines, created new site-focused and distinct winemaking styles, and dramatically highlighted the bold flavors of each variety. Today, the flagship wines, making up 90% of the production, include Katherine's Chardonnay, Julia's Pinot Noir and Tepusquet Syrah. Each wine represents the broad definition of flavor, for that variety, on the estate.