Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Pennywise Pinot Noir 2009
Pennywise Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 111988)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $12.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Light brick red in color with hints of emerald, the 2009 Pinot Noir blend boasts aromas of cherries jubilee, root beer, rose petal, and cotton candy. In the mouth, flavors of delicate plum, freeze dried strawberry, watermelon rind, cream caramel, and vanilla bean. This blend finishes with delicate notes of fresh summer sweet strawberries that seem to linger endlessly.

Pair this wine with salads to pork chops to burgers with ease. Try this wine with rolled pork tenderloin stuffed with dried cherries and Brie cheese or a mushroom and sausage pizza. The possibilities are endless.

Blend: 94% Pinot Noir and 6% Syrah

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About Pennywise:

Smart wine. Old world traditions and values are the essence of what makes Pennywise wine memorable. Reflecting a time when folks worked hard to make a better life for their families... we reclaim this time-honored philosophy.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Portugal    Portugal   
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Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccionada 2008
Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccionada 2008
(search item no. 113727)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#42 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Blend of Alfrocheiro (early ripening Dão grape with good color, rich tannin, and balance of strawberry-like fruit and acidity), Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo in Spain, an early ripening varietal which produces good yields and flavors reminiscent of red fruits, plums, strawberries and blackberries. It has firm tannins and responds well to oak aging) and Touriga Nacional (One of Portugal's signature grapes, indigenous to the Dão. It has firm, rich color and complex aromas of raspberries, ripe blackcurrants, savory herbs, violets and licorice.).

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About Quinta de Cabriz:

In 1989, in the heart of the Dão wine region, in the village of Carregal do Sal, Dão Sul is born. Inspired in Quinta de Cabriz, a property with a magnificent manor house and chapel of the XVII Century, Dão Sul has become a reference of winemaking in the Dão.

Of the vineyards surrounded by pine trees, the grapes produced in integrated production give way to wines with balanced acidity and delicate aromas of the brand Cabriz. With a portfolio that ranges from Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada to Cabriz Four C, from Spirits to sparkling wines, the white and red grape varieties are vinified in a modern cellar with the support of a modern laboratory and a fully equipped tasting room.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 105883)
screw cap wine
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright garnet with ruby tint. A nose of sweet cherry, tobacco, earth, raspberry, oak, floral notes. Flavor of blueberry, dried cherry, chocolate and spice. Silky mouthfeel, lively mid palate and a round finish.


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About King Estate:

King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2009
Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2009
(search item no. 108229)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting notes by Veronique Boss-Drouhin-
"A wine the smiles and makes you smile! Its stylistically cliose to Pouilly-Fuisse, with its golden hue, its greenisg reflection and its refreshing taste. The aromas are reminiscent of the ripe Chardonnay grape, with subtle notes of musk. A pleasant roundness coats the palate."
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About Maison Joseph Drouhin:

Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance.

A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on site nursery, plowing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and aging in oak.

As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune, the quality of its vineyards and the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification, Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.

Starting with Joseph Drouhin, who founded Maison Joseph Drouhin over a century ago, a great estate has evolved with important holdings in Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Chablis and, most recently, Oregon.

MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN AWARDED ORGANIC CERTIFICATION Estate-grown Grapes of 2009 Vintage and later Now Officially Organic. Twenty years after Philippe Drouhin first began introducing organic practices to the vineyards making up the family company’s domaine (estate), Maison Joseph Drouhin (MJD), has been awarded organic certification for all grapes grown within its vineyards beginning with the 2009 vintage.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2009
Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2009
(search item no. 108229)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting notes by Veronique Boss-Drouhin-
"A wine the smiles and makes you smile! Its stylistically cliose to Pouilly-Fuisse, with its golden hue, its greenisg reflection and its refreshing taste. The aromas are reminiscent of the ripe Chardonnay grape, with subtle notes of musk. A pleasant roundness coats the palate."
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About Maison Joseph Drouhin:

Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance.

A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on site nursery, plowing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and aging in oak.

As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune, the quality of its vineyards and the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification, Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.

Starting with Joseph Drouhin, who founded Maison Joseph Drouhin over a century ago, a great estate has evolved with important holdings in Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Chablis and, most recently, Oregon.

MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN AWARDED ORGANIC CERTIFICATION Estate-grown Grapes of 2009 Vintage and later Now Officially Organic. Twenty years after Philippe Drouhin first began introducing organic practices to the vineyards making up the family company’s domaine (estate), Maison Joseph Drouhin (MJD), has been awarded organic certification for all grapes grown within its vineyards beginning with the 2009 vintage.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other California    California   
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Hahn Estates Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Syrah 2007
Hahn Estates Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Syrah 2007
(search item no. 105144)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This deep ruby Syrah combines strength and grace, opening with aromas of raspberry, black cherry and pepper. Lush and seductive, its concentrated fruit flavors are complemented by nuances of dark chocolate, espresso, spice, butter and oak. Sturdy yet refined tannins and a velvety mouthfeel lead to an elegant finish.

This wine pairs perfectly with charred meats and hearty stews. Try it with barbecued spareribs, lamb skewers, or a bacon and blue cheese burger served with sweet potato fries.

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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.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Byron Santa Maria Chardonnay 2008
Byron Santa Maria Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 103211)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $22.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2008 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay displays fruit-forward citrus aromas, accented by hints of mineral and brown spice. On the palate, it is richly textured with honey, fig, stone fruit, spice and minerals.
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About Byron:

Byron was founded in 1984 by winemaker Ken Brown. With years of experience as a winemaker in Santa Barbara County, Ken recognized the Santa Maria Valley's potential for great wines in the Burgundian style, and was the first winemaker to introduce Rhone-style grape varieties to the area. The first crush at Byron Vineyard & Winery produced 7,600 cases, and Byron soon gained national recognition for high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

In 1990, the Robert Mondavi family purchased Byron, and Ken Brown became Winemaker and General Manager. He and Tim Mondavi, Robert's son, set about designing the new Byron Winery as an expression of their shared belief in natural farming, experimental viticulture and gentle grape handling. They wanted to eliminate pumping, which shears grape stems, skin and seeds, allows tannins and other harsh elements into the juice and can make wine bitter.

With the aid of noted architect R. Scott Johnson, who designed the Opus One winery in Napa Valley and San Francisco's Transamerica building, Ken designed a multi-level winery that replaces pumping with gravity flow, resulting in more complex, dynamic wines. Byron's vineyards were also expanded and replanted as Ken Brown experimented with trellising systems, new rootstocks and clones, row orientation, and planting density in his quest for the perfect grape.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2008
Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 105246)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays both red and black fruit aromas (cherries and raspberries), on the nose and the palate. In addition, one finds a light touch of brown spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice). True to our house style, it is elegantly textured with satiny, polished tannins showing in the finish. Pair it with salmon or ahi, veal or pork, poultry (think duck) or beef, or hearty vegetarian entrees.
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About Adelsheim:

Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operatedc winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder, David Adelsheim, has done work throughout the years to benefit both the Oregon and American wine industries: grape and wine research, wine labeling, industry education, and promotion. He is recognized for is "outstanding service" to the industry and has played a vital role in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its reputation worldwide. Today, he leads a current generation of passionate staff devoted to leading the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Avalon Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Avalon Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 99366)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $13.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petite Syrah.

Exhibits aromas of raspberry, blackberry, mint and black cherries. Vanilla and short bread cookie notes from oak aging bring balance and frame the ripe berry flavors. Napa Valley characteristics show through with strawberries, red raspberries and a faint root beer note with quintessential Oakville dark cherries. The tannins are fine and chalky.

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About Avalon:

Like the Indie films that inspired Avalon, our wines are original and uncut. We focus on the essence of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. We differentiate ourselves by producing flavorful wines at a decent price. We specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon and just recently branched out with our first release of Merlot from the 2009 vintage.

Avalon - AKA Paradise. According to Arthurian legend, the town of Glastonbury in the U.K. was once known as Avalon. Avalon has long been associated with paradise. It is a land of souls. Many believe that King Arthur's soul rests there and will some day rise again to defend England.

Our wines don't cost a king's ransom, but that's exactly what our Winemaker Alex Cose used to make. We joke with him and say, "Make us a wine that tastes like $75, and then let's sell it for about $15".



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Anne Amie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2007
Anne Amie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 106966)
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $32.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

The ultimate food wine, this Pinot noir is a brilliant match for any fare. From traditional Northwest cuisine, such as cedar-planked salmon or wild mushroom soup, to smoked or grilled meats - even just a great burger and truffle fries!

Aromas of wild cherry, raspberry, Oregon white truffle, maple sugar, sandalwood. Taste of cherry pie, cinnamon, raspberry, coriander, thyme, porcini mushrooms

Elegantly balanced acidity, lingering fine-grain tannins.

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS roast duck, filet mignon, wild mushroom risotto, planked salmon, burger & fries.

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About Anne Amie:

When Dr. Robert Pamplin, one of Oregon's most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, purchased the historic Chateau Benoit Winery in 1999, his vision was to create wines of the highest quality to reflect his passion for excellence. To this end Dr. Pamplin has charged General Manager Craig Camp, winemaker Thomas Houseman and winegrower Jason Tosch with the task of developing extraordinary pinot noir. Craig, Thomas and Jason are absolutely passionate about producing wines of the finest quality and have dedicated their lives to this quest.

Pinot reigns supreme at Anne Amie Vineyards with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc forming the heart of our production. Complimenting the Pinot family, we also produce small selections of Riesling from our Willamette Valley estate vineyard on the hillside directly in front of the winery. As with all great wines, ours start in the vineyards and we are fortunate to have some of Oregons best sites, both those farmed by us and those we contract with to purchase. Our vineyards (as do the ones we purchae from) receive only the minimal required treatments and yields are severely reduced to yield fruit with great depth and complexity.