Red Wines    Sangiovese    Other Italian    Italy   
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Renzo Masi Chianti Reserva 2008
Renzo Masi Chianti Reserva 2008
(search item no. 113420)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby/garnet red color. Concentrated nose, showing plum and berry character. On the palate full and round, with soft tannins and a long fruity, peppery finish. Paolo is a modern style winemaker, and his wines always have good dark colors, and elegant aromas.
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About Renzo Masi:

The Renzo Masi estate in the heart of Chianti Rufina owns 10 hectares of vineyards, under the direction of Dr. Paolo Masi. Renzo Masi's estate vineyard, Basciano, is situated in the heart of the Chianti Rufina region.


White Wines    Riesling    Other Australia    Australia   
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Rock Gully Dry Riesling 2008
Rock Gully Dry Riesling 2008
(search item no. 110895)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale yellow. Vibrant, sharply focused lemon, lime and quinine aromas reminded me of the Platonic gin and tonic. Clean, sharply focused and pure, offering energetic citrus and green apple flavors and a late note of anise. Very refreshing riesling, with excellent finishing lift and length.
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About Rock Gully:

Rocky Gully wines are made from traditional varieties with an individual approach to winemaking. Developed for the modern lifestyle, the wines are vibrant, fresh, easy drinking and food friendly. Fruit for these wines is sourced from contract grape growers with vineyards in the Frankland River region. The choice of grape varieties in the Rocky Gully range reflects our belief in which varieties are best suited to the region and include a riesling, a shiraz and a blend of cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 113321)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sandalwood, hazelnut, and powdered cocoa spicy aromas waft around a core of plum and dark stone fruit. Lively black plum and blueberry flavors transition seamlessly to a walnut, toasted almond finish. This elegantly balanced will continue to bring pleasure for years to come.
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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek is a boutique winery on the Silverado Trail in the Rutherford district. For 40 years, the winery has focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-styled wines. In search of the best Cabernet Sauvignon, we've discovered many exceptional single-vineyard sites throughout Napa Valley.

Today, Conn Creek sources fruit from prized vineyards in nearly all of Napa Valley's 15 renowned sub-appellations to provide winemaker Mike McGrath with an unparalleled palette from which to blend each wine. It's an approach that captures the "Best of Napa Valley."



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111056)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Strawberry, cherry and cola aromas and flavors harmoniously flow into the silky and soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 2% Merlot

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About Two Vines:

From vineyard to crush, the Two Vines brand speaks to the method of vine trellising which positions grape clusters for optimum sun exposure. The result is approachable wines of richer flavor, deeper color and brighter fruit expression for popular appeal and immediate enjoyment.

A longtime leader, Two Vines earns consistent "Best Value" and "Best Buy" designations from leading wine publications.



White Wines    Riesling    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Chehalem Dry Riesling Reserve 2009
Chehalem Dry Riesling Reserve 2009
(search item no. 111270)
boutique wine
green wine
screw cap wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Platinum, yellow-green hues, with lovely white stone fruits, hard Christmas candy, lemon zest, orange marmalade or sugared peel, spice, cherry preserves, and minerality on the nose. White peach, citrus, allspice, and mineral flavors continue on the palate, but with a huge, sweet, fruit-cocktail impression countered by great acidity. The wine speaks impressively of weight, balance, firmness, and richness.
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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.