Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Hangtime Pinot Noir 2009
Hangtime Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 107989)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Pinot Noir is often considered the most finicky of wines –that's why we give ours tender loving care. We source this wine from select California vineyards that allow grapes to ripen slowly, producing lovely delicate, intriguing fruit character. Hangtime California Pinot Noir has vivid red fruit with hints of spice, a lithe texture, and graceful length on the palate.
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About Hangtime:

If you're a Pinot Noir or Chardonnay fan, look no further than Hangtime Cellars. Winemaking team Rob Mondavi and Tony Coltrin travel the globe to source the finest fruit from the established and emerging wine regions where these two varieties thrive.

Although "hang time" may evoke an image of folks on their day off, sipping wine and relaxing in the sun, the name actually refers to the amount of time the grapes spend hanging on the grapevines. The longer grapes spend on the vine, the more time they have to develop the concentrated fruit character that results in wines of distinctive, delicious varietal expression. Appellations have to be warm enough to fully ripen grapes, yet cool enough to prolong this ripening while maintaining the kind of natural acidity that balances rich fruit flavor. These are the spots that Hangtime's winemakers seek for the highest quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They source fruit from cool spots all over the world, from California to Burgundy to New Zealand.

While there are stylistic similarities — all the wines are well-balanced with aromas of well-ripened fruit — each wine maintains its own distinct nuances, reflecting the unique characteristics of the region it comes from. And you'll know exactly how long the grapes stayed on the vine, because every label is stamped with a number that indicates the hangtime for that vintage.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 100514)
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PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $12.79

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc comes from the cool Marlborough valley of New Zealand. Here the grapes mature slowly, giving them complexity and a vibrant zing, reminiscent of your grandma's lemon chiffon cupcake. The flavors are integrated, delighting the senses with Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite. This wine pairs well with oysters on a half shell or with a rich and succulent Lobster Risotto.
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About Cupcake Vineyards:

At Cupcake Vineyards, our goal is to craft the richest, smoothest and most elegantly textured wines. To ensure this, we select our grapes from vineyards that are truly expressive of the varietals that we grow. Our Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come from California’s sun-drenched Central Coast, where the distinctive topography and climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean yields some of California's best world-class wines. Our Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Marlborough valley of New Zealand, where the long days and cool climate allow the grapes to mature slowly over a longer period of time.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 103875)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $15.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

As leaders in the world of Pinot Noir, we take special pride in ours, and this one is no exception. Believing that fine wine is "grown" in the vineyard, we crafted it using fruit carefully selected from premium vineyards throughout northern and central California. This achieves the unique balance of delicate Pinot characteristics and more intense fruit flavors found in the different terroirs.

This luscious, fruit-forward Pinot Noir boasts an enticing deep ruby color and concentrated aromas of ripe raspberry, leather, and dried lavender. Mouthwatering flavors of juicy strawberry shortcake are balanced by notes of herbs de Provence and bay leaf, offering a round, structured mouthfeel and a lingering finish of fine-grained tannins.

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About DeLoach Vineyards:

The Russian River Valley has come to be known as "America’s Burgundy," and DeLoach is proud to have been an important factor in this distinction. DeLoach's wines have won numerous accolades and scored many 90+ ratings over the years. The Wine Spectator’s James Laube called DeLoach "one of California’s best producers of Chardonnay," and Wine and Spirits has proclaimed DeLoach "Winery of the Year" nine times.

DeLoach's mission is to produce exceptional wines that spotlight the singular personality of the Russian River Valley in a socially responsible, environmentally sensitive way. They seek to foster a better understanding of the Valley's unique terroir, with its rare and bountiful convergence of the sea, the soil and the stars.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 105748)
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green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark purple color with ruby red tones. The nose is full of ripe red fruits, sweet spice and a touch of tobacco. The mouthfeel shows red currant and cassis fruit layered with notes of cedar and espresso bean. The finish is soft and sweet, with finely grained tannins adding structure and length.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 99707)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $22.99

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
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 is our most concentrated Julia's Pinot Noir in more than a decade. The color is dark purple with little of the brick hues that we often see in Pinot. The nose is generous, ripe, earthy, spicy and exotic. The palate is round, sensual and balanced by fine acidity and soft tannins.
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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.