Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Cune Vina Real Gran Reserva 1996
Cune Vina Real Gran Reserva 1996
(search item no. 87578)

PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1994 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright ruby, cherry red with good colour structure. Extremely elegant on the nose, balancing mature, fine fruit with the toasty, spicy notes from the wood. On the palate it is rich, structured and complex.

Blend: 95 % Tempranillo, 5% Graciano

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About Cune:

Cvné, is situated in Rioja in the traditional neighborhood of the station, where the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves, for the main reason of transporting their goods to the port of Bilbao.

In 1879, two brothers decided to set up a business in the recently flourishing trade of the wine business. C.V.N.E., Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) or la Cuné, as it is commonly known in Haro, was created. This cellar still reflects the origins of the company and is kept in the traditional neighborhood of the Haro station.

The Cune winery in Haro, is made up of a group of buildings, mostly from the 19th century and arranged around a courtyard surrounded by pavilions for the purpose of wine production, aging, and bottling.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Archipel  2002
Archipel 2002
(search item no. 86803)

PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Archipel is the French word for Archipelago, an string of islands rising above the sea, and that meaning is carried over to the sourcing of fruit for the new Archipel wine, a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. For this limited production wine, world acclaimed winemaker Pierre Seillan selected only those mountain peak vineyards in Napa and Sonoma that, on a foggy morning, sit above the clouds like a archipelago island sits upon the misty sea.

This wine is the essence of California Mountain fruit expressed with French undertones, epitomizing modern sophistication, both in it's mountain structure supporting a vibrant fruit profile, as well as it's contemporary image which appeals to those intrigued by unique wines and progressive thinking. Vibrant black fruit with floral and spice notes. Rich, round, and full bodied.

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About Archipel:

Archipel comes from hillside vineyards that rise above the valley fog like an archipelago rises from the sea. Grapes for Archipel wines come from both Sonoma and Napa Valleys, and are personally selected by acclaimed winemaker Pierre Seillan.


Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Napa Valley    California   
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Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2005
Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2005
(search item no. 93930)

PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Petite Syrah has long been a part of Stags' Leap Winery history. The 70-year old Petite Syrah vineyards located in front of the Manor House on the Estate's deep, rocky soils contribute to this blend, together with fruit from Stags' Leap's Petite Syrah partner growers up and down the Napa Valley. Each year, Winemaker Kevin Morrisey creates a wine that reflects the property's ongoing commitment to this varietal by combining this diversity into a classic and complex blend.

Rich aromatics of ripe blueberry, blackberry, and cocoa together with a floral back note are the introduction to this expressive Petite Syrah. On the palate, ripe black fruit, espresso, spice and mocha commingle to create a luscious and balanced wine that features structured tannins and juicy, berry flavors to the end.

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About Stags' Leap Winery:

A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags' Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s.

Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children's activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition).

An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 94131)

PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $27.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot

Deep purple-black in color, the 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays aromas of black currant, cassis and spice. This powerful, full bodied wine is packed with the rich flavors of ripe dark fruit.

Tannins are silky and smooth, resulting in a seamless yet intense wine of structure and balance. Enjoy this Cabernet Sauvignon now, or age it for an additional 5-10 years.

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About Clos du Val Wine Co.:

Clos Du Val, French for "small vineyard estate of a small valley," was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val's iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.

Today, for Clos Du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton, it is the bounty from these renowned vineyards that acts as the foundation for the distinctive, terroir-driven wines of balance and elegance for which Clos Du Val is known.



Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    North Coast    California   
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Roederer Estate Brut Rose
Roederer Estate Brut Rose
(search item no. 8499)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $27.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Roederer Estate Rosé is full and round with smooth flavors and a fine, persistent mousse. The extra measure of Chardonnay contributes elegance and austerity that balance nicely with the delicate fruitiness of the Pinot Noir.
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About Roederer Estate:

The crisp, fresh and rich flavors of Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley that is home to their family-owned estate's 600 acres of vineyards. This protected valley in Northern California provides the ideal ripening conditions for their 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2006
Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 92382)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $29.99

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
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 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 scents of oak and black cherry, this generous wine is lush and spicy. Its irresistible pillowy texture is enhanced by the pleasing, mild bitterness of the tannin. It has the heft for grilled salmon."
-Wines & Spirits

The intent Adelsheim brings to producing and blending the Willamette Valley Pinot noir is to unite the elements – especially the fresh fruit flavors – that typify Pinot noir in this region, albeit as tempered by the vagaries of the vintage. By blending the diverse flavors and textures of multiple vineyards, Winemaker Dave Paige produces a richly supple and focused Pinot noir.

This wine displays red fruit and dark cherry characters, both in the nose and on the palate. Wild cherry and juicy raspberry flavors intermingle with hints of spice.

Pair this fruit-forward, satin-textured beauty with salmon or ahi, veal or pork, poultry (think duck) and 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    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Clos du Val Carneros Pinot Noir 2006
Clos du Val Carneros Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 95237)
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $25.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 The Wine News rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby-red in color, Clos Du Val's 2006 Pinot Noir has an intense, complex nose of raspberry, strawberry, black cherry and spice, with a hint of vanillin. Flavors of ripe red berries, warm cinnamon and a touch of ginger linger on the palate, and oak is well-integrated and subtle.

Soft, silky tannins round out this full bodied Pinot Noir, making it a wine that can be enjoyed now but will also cellar well for an additional 2-3 years. A balanced wine with good acidity, the 2006 Pinot Noir is the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

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About Clos du Val Wine Co.:

Clos Du Val, French for "small vineyard estate of a small valley," was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val's iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.

Today, for Clos Du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton, it is the bounty from these renowned vineyards that acts as the foundation for the distinctive, terroir-driven wines of balance and elegance for which Clos Du Val is known.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Russian River    California   
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Orogeny Vineyards Pinot Noir Green Valley 2006
Orogeny Vineyards Pinot Noir Green Valley 2006
(search item no. 93643)
PinotReport rating: 91 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Orogeny Green Valley Pinot Noir shows bright Bing cherry, pomegranate and toffee notes on the nose, with a hint of spicy oak layered with ginger, nutmeg and coriander. On the palate, the bright cherry flavors dominate, supported by lively notes of blackberry and blueberry that linger on the candied-cherry finish. The lush fruit continues to develop with time in the glass.

This lovely wine pairs perfectly with seared duck breast with cherry sauce, pork tenderloin with pear-ginger chutney or wild mushroom risotto.

"Typical faded garnet hue. Candied cherry fruit, charred oak and sweet tobacco aromas. Generous red fruit flavors followed by drying, peppery tannins. Youthful finish with dusty, mineral-like accents and lingering toasted oak." 90 Points
Wine News
August/September 2008

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About Orogeny Vineyards:

Pinot Noir, more than any other grape, reflects where it is grown. Orogeny pays tribute to the land with their name. Orogeny is a geological term that comes from Greek oro, "mountain," and -geny, "birth." It refers to the process during which the collisions and separations of the earth's crust form mountains. A series of orogenic episodes in Sonoma County near the Pacific Ocean formed the mountains and streams that created Green Valley, the unique source for Orogeny Vineyard's grapes.

They focus on cool-climate Pinot Noir from Green Valley, the coldest region of the famed Russian River Valley. Fog flows from the Pacific Coast along the Russian River and through the Petaluma Wind Gap, converging on this small area.

Orogeny's grapes are grown on five small vineyards, each only five to ten acres, which were selected to display the bright fruit characteristics of classic Green Valley Pinot Noir. Their limited size permits Orogeny to use hands-on farming techniques. The vines are planted on ridges in Gold Ridge soils, a mix of sandy loam over sandstone and clay. These sites provide excellent drainage, which promotes even ripening and concentrated flavors.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 89009)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
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
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Julia's Vineyard is located on the cooler, western end of the Cambria Estate. Named for the owner's youngest daughter, all fruit from Julia's Vineyard is hand harvested and estate grown and reflects the quality of Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Bench in Northern Santa Barbara County. Maritime influences that funnel in from the Pacific Ocean help to maintain mild temperatures and extend the vineyard's growing season which fosters the development of fruit with well-balanced acids and optimal varietal characteristics.

"Our 2005 Julia's Pinot Noir offers dark ripe Bing cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors that open into an underlying earthiness. A round mid-palate leads to vanilla and cinnamon spice on the silky finish."
–Denise Shurtleff, Winemaker

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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.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Concha y Toro Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Concha y Toro Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 93800)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Deep red.

Bouquet: Black ripe fruits, concentrated leather, chocolate and graphite are all in a perfect balance.

Taste: Dense and warm, firm tannins with a sweet after-taste, a long persistence of chocolate and dry fruit.

This wine is an excellent accompaniment to leg of lamb with spicy sauces, blue cheese, Gruyere and Emmentaler.

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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.