Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Simi 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon follows up on its deep, dark garnet color with lifted, pretty aromas of clove, cinnamon, hints of cedar, mint chocolate, and toasty oak notes that beautifully frame dark fruit. Compelling flavors of cassis, blackberry, and plum along with black pepper, cedar, and clove keep this dark and somewhat brooding wine from being too serious. This medium-to full-bodied

Alexander Valley Cabernet will bring out the best in roasted mushroom and wild nettle pesto pizza, or charcoal-grilled beef carpaccio with asiago-onion salad.

Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, and 3% Petit Verdot

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About Simi:

In 1876, brothers Giuseppe and Pietro Simi began making wine in San Francisco from Sonoma County grapes and eventually planted vineyards near Healdsburg. Simi's historic stone cellars were built in 1890 and are still used to age the wines. Today, Simi is recognized as a leader in innovation and experimentation with a history of over 125 years of cutting-edge winemaking.

Their Alexander Valley vineyards possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region. Years of geologic activity – from an ancient mudflow to the meandering Russian River and Mayacama Creek – has created numerous distinct soil types and a range of microclimates. Here they grow the red Bordeaux varietals for their Reserve Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for their Sendal.

Their Russian River Goldfields vineyard is planted to field selections chosen from the oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards in California. The combination of diverse clones and the cool, Russian River Valley climate produce Simi’s distinct Reserve Chardonnay.

Simi's winemakers focus on site-specific winemaking and use the most modern advances in vineyard management, fermentation and blending to best express the personality and flavors of each vineyard site.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Palacio Especial Reserva 2006
Bodegas Palacio Especial Reserva 2006
(search item no. 121949)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red in color, with a complex aromatic combination of ripe fruit and well integrated oak. Rich and smooth with great length and finesse.

Serve with red meats, game and cured cheeses.

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About Bodegas Palacio:

Bodegas Palacio is a centenary winery located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa. Since our foundation in 1894, we have made an important contribution to the revolution in winemaking that has taken place in La Rioja.

Our founder, Don Cosme Palacio y Bermejillo, began producing his exceptional wines over 100 years ago, making our bodega one of a limited few to be selected as Bodegas Históricas de la D.O Ca Rioja.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Fronsac    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau du Gaby  2008
Chateau du Gaby 2008
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau du Gaby wines are known for their finesse, concentration and excellent balance of acidity and tannin. While the wines age beautifully over 5-20 years, for those without the patience to wait, they typically begin to show their great charm after 3-4 years.
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About Chateau du Gaby:

Chateau du Gaby is a stunning, historic chateau perched on top of a sloping limestone plateau and facing south over the river Dordogne. The chateau is surrounded by its own park and 16 hectares of rolling vineyards where low wooded hills and the lazy meanderings of the Dordogne meet. Lovingly restored, the interior of the chateau reflects the beauty of Bordeaux's prettiest countryside in which it is located.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, dense and concentrated, the flavors echo intense aromas of blueberry, bramble and cassis intermingled with cocoa, cinnamon and sweet, toasty oak. Bold, yet supple on the palate, the dark, richly fruity flavors are balanced by a bright acidity and long finish.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Santa Cruz Mountains    California   
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Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah 2010
Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah 2010
(search item no. 119808)
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PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The mountain grown fruit in this Syrah results in a wine that's full-bodied and complex with smoky, earthy notes and dark berry flavors. A nice backbone of tannins makes this wine great for food pairing, it goes well with everything from burgers to Boeuf Bourginon.
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About Vine Hill Winery:

There is something really satisfying about seeing a long-held dream unfolding before your eyes. Such is the circumstance in which Nick Guerrero, Managing Partner of Vine Hill Winery finds himself. Nick and his team have embarked on a journey that continues a long tradition of winemaking in the historic Vine Hill Wine District. Established in 1867 by George and John Jarvis the wine district housed the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Company of which John Jarvis was the president until his death in 1892. Jarvis also founded Union Vineyard in 1877. It is this historic site that is today's Vine Hill Winery.

Nick sees himself as the team's "coach." He lets each individual create their own template for success and is always there to lend a guiding hand as needed. "Putting other's first" was not always Nick's mantra, but as he has evolved, so has his opinion on managing people. He believes that the winery environment engenders an individual's reach for excellence and the ability to collaborate for the common good. Nick understands that this opportunity cannot always be seized in larger, corporate environments, or on the manufacturing room floor. That is why he feels extremely lucky to be surrounded by such outstanding individuals in an environment where their greatest success is celebrating great winemaking and all the efforts that support this goal.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 110576)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This classic 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has intense aromas of cassis and crushed berries. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and tobacco are framed by firm, velvety tannins and a long, elegant finish.
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About Frei Brothers:

In the late 1880s, an enterprising Swiss immigrant by the name of Andrew Frei gazed upon the rolling hills, gentle streams, and fertile soil of Sonoma County and saw a wine glass of opportunity. By 1890, he was the proud owner of a 344 acre vineyard in northern Sonoma, giving birth to a winemaking tradition that is very much alive today.

Frei didn't waste any precious time once he acquired the land. By 1895, he was producing 20,000 cases of high quality wine that was stored in huge redwood casks.

In spite of a devastating blight of phylloxera, by 1904 the winery had actually increased in size and production. Now in his seventies, Frei turned the business over to his two sons, Walter and Louis. In 1903, the winery was officially named Frei Bros.

The Frei Bros. Winery continued to grow over the years, in spite of disasters such as the one that occurred in 1919, when a curious piece of legislation that came to be known as Prohibition put many an American winery out of business.

Again, the Frei family persevered, and now you can taste the legacy of a great winemaking tradition in Frei Brothers Reserve, a new release that combines the spirit of old world winemaking techniques with grapes that are hand selected from some of Sonoma's finest vineyards.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 110785)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep dense ruby color, this sumptuous Cabernet explodes with expressive aromas of black cherry and cassis complimented by notes of black pepper, mocha, and vanilla. The palate is a mouthful of juicy ripe berries and spice, seamlessly integrated into a long finish of fine grained tannins. The classic steakhouse wine, pair with well marbled rib eye, a New York steak or rack of lamb.
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About Geyser Peak Winery:

One of California's oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.

The winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturalists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet color. A rich bouquet of dark cherry, cocoa, clove, plum, tobacco and toasted oak, with delicate notes of coffee and truffle. Layered and complex. Rich and full on the palate with a supple mouthfeel and opulent layers of plum, cherry, anise, and mocha. Smooth and concentrated, the wine exhibits richly woven texture with dark, dense fruit on the long finish.

Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 1% Malbec

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About Franciscan Oakville Estate:

Franciscan is one of Napa Valley's most venerable wineries, reaching back more than three decades. Franciscan wines take their signature style - rich, vibrant flavors framed by supple tannins - from the ideal climate offered by Napa Valley's cool, southern half and from the time-honored tradition of small-lot winemaking, blending from hundreds of barrels to craft fine wines that fully express the classic Bordeaux varieties.

Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and doctors from San Francisco who decided to try turning their passion for wine into a business. In 1985, Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile who had built Concha y Toro in his native country, took over the helm at Franciscan. Huneeus refocused the winery on using the superlative grapes growing in its own vineyards, rather than sourcing from outside.

Today, Franciscan's wines are crafted under the exacting eye of Janet Myers, who came to Franciscan in August 2003 as associate winemaker after working in the Margaret River region and Beaulieu Vineyard, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Louis Martini. The winery remains committed to its tradition of small-lot winemaking, with small batches averaging just 150 to 1,500 cases. The image of a hand-operated wine press on Franciscan's logo and wine labels reflects this small lot approach to winemaking.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    North Coast    California   
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The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon continues the legacy of The Dreaming Tree's inaugural 2009 vintage, with elegant and supple fruit flavors. Each of the North Coast's renowned winegrowing regions brings unique fruit character and structure, including herbs and blackberry flavors from Sonoma County, cherries and spicy notes from Mendocino County, and earth tones and mouthfilling tannins from Lake County.

The 2010 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is a true crowd-pleaser. It is delicious with grilled tri-tip, a wood-fired pepperoni pizza, or eggplant parmesan.

Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and a few other gems

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About The Dreaming Tree:

You might know Dave from his day-job as a professional musician, but his passion for winemaking stretches back nearly as far as his love for music. With a winery in Virginia under his belt, Dave's no amateur, but when he chose to lay down roots for roots in the California wine country, he knew he couldn't go it alone.

When Steve Reeder and Dave Matthews first met, they realized they had a few things in common, like a passion for making wine at least as strong as their passion for drinking it. They set out into wine country, looking for a way to make quality wines accessible to everyone. Along the way, they found inspiration in the down-to-earth characters and unforgettable flavors that give the region its rare kind of charm.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113108)

PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Simi 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, deep garnet color with a ruby edge. Enticing aromas of baking spices, hints of cedar, chocolate, and toasty oak notes frame bright fruit of red cherry, black plum, and cranberry. These aromas carry forward to flavors of red plum, cassis, blackberry, and cherry preserves gently spiced with lively cedar and clove. This medium- to full-bodied, nicely structured wine finishes with rich, dark chocolate tannins.

This Alexander Valley Cabernet is irresistible with wild mushroom pasta, snapper Puttanesca, and duck confit with lentils.

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About Simi:

In 1876, brothers Giuseppe and Pietro Simi began making wine in San Francisco from Sonoma County grapes and eventually planted vineyards near Healdsburg. Simi's historic stone cellars were built in 1890 and are still used to age the wines. Today, Simi is recognized as a leader in innovation and experimentation with a history of over 125 years of cutting-edge winemaking.

Their Alexander Valley vineyards possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region. Years of geologic activity – from an ancient mudflow to the meandering Russian River and Mayacama Creek – has created numerous distinct soil types and a range of microclimates. Here they grow the red Bordeaux varietals for their Reserve Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for their Sendal.

Their Russian River Goldfields vineyard is planted to field selections chosen from the oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards in California. The combination of diverse clones and the cool, Russian River Valley climate produce Simi’s distinct Reserve Chardonnay.

Simi's winemakers focus on site-specific winemaking and use the most modern advances in vineyard management, fermentation and blending to best express the personality and flavors of each vineyard site.