Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Margaret River    Australia   
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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2010
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 124017)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fragrant and concentrated, the nose is defined by a dark fruit spectrum of forest fruits, cherries and mulberries in the forefront, with complementary layers of anise, cloves and savory oak in the background. Violets, mocha notes, toasted brulee and hints of fresh camphor provides further substance to this classical and complex Shiraz. A bright and lively entry features blood plums, mulberries and dark chocolate. The palate shows great intensity, while displaying elegance and sophistication. A textured and layered mid-palate leads to structural chalky tannins, with a fine yet balanced natural acid line.
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About Leeuwin Estate:

After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the production of premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Esate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as a consultant and mentor. The initial vineyards were planted by hand over a five year period from 1975, with the state-of-the-art winery opened in 1978. In 1979, Leeuwin Estate had their first commercial vintage. Today, Leeuwin Estate maintains a team of highly-skilled and dedicated winemakers, under the direction of two generations of the founding family, exporting to over 30 countries.


Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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Spellbound Petite Sirah 2011
Spellbound Petite Sirah 2011
(search item no. 122587)
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PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensity of color, rich black and brambly fruits, vanilla bean and roasting coffee aromatics are complimented by remarkable approachability in the Spellbound Petite Sirah. The wine is crafted to unleash dark and luscious characteristics, while managing tannins to deliver an opulent and juicy Petite Sirah. This lush yet easy drinking wine provides intense berry character, with superb texture you will find in no other Petite Sirah but Spellbound.
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About Spellbound:

Spellbound was born when Rob Mondavi and Paul Hoffman decided to craft wines that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day yet special enough to celebrate milestone events. In honor of California's rich winegrowing heritage, this winemaking team sources fruit from established and emerging wine regions throughout the state, including Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara and Lodi.

Currently Spellbound makes Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. All three wines are approachable and food-friendly, perfect for causal dinners and black tie functions alike. Because Spellbound wines pair so well with food, they've become a favorite choice of fine restaurants.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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Spellbound Petite Sirah 2010
Spellbound Petite Sirah 2010
(search item no. 116730)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensity of color, rich black and brambly fruits, vanilla bean and roasting coffee aromatics are complimented by remarkable approachability in the Spellbound Petite Sirah. The wine is crafted to unleash dark and luscious characteristics, while managing tannins to deliver an opulent and juicy Petite Sirah. This lush yet easy drinking wine provides intense berry character, with superb texture you will find in no other Petite Sirah but Spellbound.
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About Spellbound:

Spellbound was born when Rob Mondavi and Paul Hoffman decided to craft wines that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day yet special enough to celebrate milestone events. In honor of California's rich winegrowing heritage, this winemaking team sources fruit from established and emerging wine regions throughout the state, including Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara and Lodi.

Currently Spellbound makes Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. All three wines are approachable and food-friendly, perfect for causal dinners and black tie functions alike. Because Spellbound wines pair so well with food, they've become a favorite choice of fine restaurants.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Chile    South America   
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Montes Twins Red Blend 2011
Montes Twins Red Blend 2011
(search item no. 123508)
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Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meet the twins: a masterstroke of varietal blending from Chile's winemaking legend, Aurelio Montes. On their own, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon shine, but when paired up, these two classic varieties complement each other perfectly. It's a sensational double bill: wonderful richness, structure and fruit from the Cabernet, with smooth, velvety texture from the Malbec. These varieties add up to a wine that's greater than the sum of its parts, while the oak aging contributes with subtle notes of vanilla and liqueur, and its soft tannins provide an especially elegant finish.
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About Montes:

With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. Their premise, a clear belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, made them a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Its original four partners' total involvement and the continuous help of the angels that decorate their labels was key to their success. Two decades later, Montes is the fifth most important winery of Chile where Aurelio Montes continues leading the winemaking area with the same passion as the first day. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and breaking new grounds in wine.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2010
Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 123734)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel presents an excellent cool vintage aroma profile of blueberry, red currants, earthy dustiness and mineral nuances. The low alcohol nature of this wine shines through immediately with silky smooth tannins and a firm grip of natural acidity and balance. The fruit is substantial with layers of black cherry, mixed berries, currants and allspice. This Zinfandel is superbly balanced and satisfying, repeating the earthy, mixed berry theme while also carrying forward subtler hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on creating a mouth-watering desire for another sip.

Blend: 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah

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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Australia    Australia   
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Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 117757)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep purpled crimson. A pure and perfumed cabernet berry lift headlines this vineyard. Blue fruits in background with lavender, violet and rose petal florals are denominated by savory notes of couch leather, cigar and tobacco. Long, fine-grained tannins are balanced within an elegant varietal expression. The chalky but not dry extract complements the remarkably feminine composure of this vineyard. The Brookman site is dogeared with sustained softness and plush-ness which makes for a beautifully understated and vivid expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.
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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Central Coast    California   
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Midnight Oil Syrah 2007
Midnight Oil Syrah 2007
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PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit used in making this wine comes from a vineyard located near Gonzales in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The cool weather – driven by Monterey Bay's influence – provides the foundation for the complex nature of this distinctive wine. Deep red and purple color with classic aromas of white pepper and bacon fat alongside spicy cinnamon and dark berry fruit. Slightly sweet fruit on the palate with a pleasing, tangy burst of grapefruit rind and cloves on the complex finish. This is a traditional Syrah with lively acidity and firm tannins.

This full-bodied wine will compliment lamb with bell pepper, grass-fed or bison cheddar bacon cheeseburgers, and beef and pepper stew.

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About Midnight Oil:

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    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
(search item no. 120631)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Jammy fruit from beginning to end—starting with aromas of blueberry pie, nutmeg and pepper. In the mouth, flavors expand to include boysenberry, plum, blueberry and spice. This full bodied wine has a bold tannin structure and balanced acidity that lead to a long finish. This big wine is anything but "petite."
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About HandCraft:

Cheryl Indelicato’s life reflects a joyful meeting of her inspiring, bounteous California home and her cherished Italian heritage.

As part of one of California’s oldest winemaking families, Cheryl has been in the wine industry since she was a little girl, doing odd jobs at the winery and in the vineyards with her siblings and cousins. Today, that group of hard working kids represents the current leadership of DFV Wines: the third generation of the family owned and operated vineyards and wineries.

Originally built on the hard work of patriarch Gasparé Indelicato, the company went from farming grapes to making its first vintage of wine in 1935 after Prohibition ended. “We have such a strong family tradition with wine, and that’s important to me,” Cheryl explains. “My grandfather, Gasparé, learned winemaking from his father. And my Dad and his brothers learned it from Gasparé. I knew I would work toward continuing that legacy.”

Although Cheryl grew up working at the winery, her parents insisted that all of “Generation Three” graduate from college and gather outside experience by working elsewhere for at least three years before coming back to the family business. Taking this sage advice, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business in 1989 from California State University, Stanislaus and a Registered Nursing degree in 1985.

It did not take long for Cheryl to return to the winery. Launching her official career in 1990, she worked in various facets of the business; from sales and marketing to human resources to public relations and is now proprietor for HandCraft wines.

HandCraft wines provide Cheryl with the opportunity to recreate the fruit forward, delicious wines that she remembered on the family table when she was growing up. A dash of Italian varietals are added to the final wine blends and the result is simply delicious. It’s what makes HandCraft wines easy to enjoy, distinctive and memorable.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Yering Station Chardonnay 2008
Yering Station Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108099)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

On the nose Citrus and subtle cashew notes with soft minerality and great freshness. Clean & minerally. On the palate Good texture and roundness on the middle palate, linear acidity with wonderful length and precision.
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About Yering Station:

The first vineyard in Victoria, Yering Station was originally planted in 1838. Its acquisition in 1996 by the Rathbone family marked the beginning of a new era, with the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and award winning tourism complex (Winner: 2003-04 Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Wineries).

The winemaking team lead by Tom Carson (nominated for the Qantas Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year 2004) take a non-interventionist approach to allow full expression of the characteristics of this cool-climate region with particular emphasis on varietal flavours, structure and balance. The sub-regional variation between each of our sites throughout the valley allows the winery to successfully produce a diverse range of wines. When a grape variety performs exceptionally well throughout a season, a selection of the most outstanding parcels are released under our reserve label.

Through consistently producing a vast range of different wines, all with hallmark elegance, quality and distinction, Yering Station has built a reputation as one of the finest producers in the Yarra Valley and Australia.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Lyeth L de Lyeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Lyeth L de Lyeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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Winemaker's Notes:

Rich and concentrated with layers of juicy plum, black currant and coffee nuances. A gorgeous, medium-bodied wine that finishes with polished tannins allowing the ripe fruit flavors to show through.

Pair with grilled meats, leg of lamb, spare ribs and hard cheeses such as Parmigiano and Romano.

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