Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Priorat    Spain   
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Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2009
Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2009
(search item no. 110965)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A monumental vintage, with the ripeness of 2003 and the balance of 2008.

The evolving seriousness of Terrasses eventually left room for a new wine, as Alvaro had never wanted to be known solely for expensive "trophy"" wines, and with Camins, he found the opportunity to create something special. Drawing on his wealth of vineyard sources, Alvaro is aiming to produce a wine that is affordably priced, but which also stays true to his vision of Priorat - powerful but elegant, approachable but restrained.

Blend: 30% Garnacha, 60% Cariñena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

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About Alvaro Palacios:

The son of the owners of Rioja's Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacios spent his early 20s working and studying winemaking outside of Spain. His experience abroad - particularly in Bordeaux - instilled in him a deep passion for great wines and led him to return to Spain. With the ambition to make wines that could be world-class. To achieve this dream, Palacios was drawn to the historic hillsides of slate soil and its traditional grape varieties of Garnacha and Carinena. Now widely considered to be among the more important new Spanish wineries in a generation, Alvaro Palacios embodies the spirit of "The New Spain."


Red Wines    Mourvedre    Jumilla    Spain   
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Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2009
Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2009
(search item no. 109695)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sweet spices and dark cherries with full bodied flavor usually reserved for wines twice the price; great with red meats. Grapes used for this wine come from old vineyards (average of forty years) from the northeast of Jumilla, placed at 700 metres high in the surronding area of our cellar.
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About Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil:

This winery originated in 1916, when Juan Gil Giménez, great-grandfather of the present generation, started getting involved in the world of wine, building a winery in the heart of Jumilla. His son, Juan Gil Guerrero, dedicated his life to this world. But the ones who really consolidated the project were Juan Gil González and his brother Paco, the founder's grandsons. They forged an image of quality, efficiency and reliability which the present generation is trying to maintain and improve as much as possible.

At present, the Gil Vera family, Juan Gil Lencina's great-grandchildren, are the owners of Bodegas Juan Gil. They decided to start a new cellar on the property that the family owns in Jumilla, in order to get it adapted to the market. This new cellar is situated in "Término de Arriba" in the northwest of the city. It is so called because it is the highest point in Jumilla. It has been a winegrowing area for centuries and yields grapes of extraordinary quality.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2011
WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2011
(search item no. 117829)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Creamy pale-gold in color, with estery aromas of fresh pear blossom and juicy green apple. Tropical notes from the nose become bright Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit, cranberry, and orange peel on the palate. The entry is rich and clean building to a slightly tangy, lingering finish. Due to its lovely balance and acid, this Pinot Gris will age well for 3 to 5 years from release. Serve slightly chilled.

We recommend this wine by itself as an aperitif or paired with a summer dish such as Thai smoked salmon, or grilled asparagus served with a sauce maltaise (a hollandaise made with blanched orange zest and blood orange).

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About WillaKenzie Estate:

WillaKenzie Estate is located in Oregon's Willamette Valley on rolling hillsides in the Chehalem Mountains. The winery was named after the Willakenzie soil on which the vineyards are planted to convey the influence that the soil imparts on the wine's flavors and aromas. The vineyards are planted with grapes of the Pinot family, mostly new Dijon clones of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Alsace. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are cool climate grapes, which are particularly well adapted to Oregon.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 112049)
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PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of red fruit, sweet spice and a touch of fresh mint. It is full and soft with layers of red currant and cassis, note of cigar box, leather and ripe black fruit. The wine finishes with finely grained tannins that add 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    Russian River    California   
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Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2010
Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 114073)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Supple in texture, with rose petal and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged entirely in small French oak barrels, which adds a subtle, toasty vanilla character and a hint of spice.
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About Rodney Strong Vineyards:

Founded by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong, in 1959, Rodney Strong Vineyards is now owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein began the endeavor that today brings together excellent vineyards, the industry's finest winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, focusing on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vinyeard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and coming carbon neutral in 2009.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris 2010
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris 2010
(search item no. 111200)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Acrobat Pinot Gris is an extremely approachable wine and a versatile food companion. It has been consistently praised for it's value, delivering great quality for a modest price.

The color is pale straw with golden highlights. The nose finds fresh pear and honeydew melon with flavors of mandarin orange, lemon, kiwi, pear and spice. A round entry on the palate with nice balance between acidity and residual sugar. A clean, refreshing 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.


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King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2011
King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2011
(search item no. 116609)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Light straw with emerald green hue. Aromas of green apple, citrus, honeysuckle, white peach, apricot and floral notes. Flavors of pear, melon, lemon and lime, wet stone, kiwi and honey. The palate has a soft, rich entry, nice texture, good weight and a long, lively crisp 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    Russian River    California   
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Buehler Russian River Chardonnay 2010
Buehler Russian River Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 113950)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Russian River Chardonnay displays abundant floral/ stone fruit aromas lightly accented by toasty, graham cracker sur-lie qualities. The mouthfeel is creamy and full but the natural acidity of the Russian River fruit carries this velvet textured package to a long, clean finish.
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About Buehler Vineyards:

John Buehler, Sr. and his son, John, began the renovation of the property that would become Buehler Vineyards in 1971. Located six miles east of St. Helena and nestled in the mountains above Conn Valley, Buehler Vineyards encompasses some 300 acres of Napa Valley hillside terrain. After a quarter of a century of growing grapes and over 20 years of winemaking from those vines, their focus remains on varietals that are best suited to this site: Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Other California    California   
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ONEHOPE California Sauvignon Blanc 2011
ONEHOPE California Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116657)
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PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc is hand-crafted in partnership with Rob Mondavi, Jr. from select vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County and California's Central Coast. Boasting a pale, golden color and flavors of pink grapefruit and bright, grassy undertones, this distinctive wine is fermented in stainless steel barrels. ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc is light, refreshing and finishes very crisp making it a perfect pairing with salmon, halibut, light pasta dishes, fresh fruits and a variety of cheeses.

ONEHOPE donates 50% of the profits from sales of its Sauvignon Blanc to benefit the American Forest Foundation. For every dollar that is donated, American Forest will plant a tree. The American Forest Foundation (AFF) encourages the long-term sustainability of America's forests, restoring wildlife habitat, and developing quality environmental education programs, to assure that Americans today, and in the future, enjoy healthy, growing forests.

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About ONEHOPE:

In a short period of time ONEHOPE Wine has become one of the most recognizable cause brands in the United States of America. The charitable company has grown rapidly over the past three years due to a respected and positive presence in all charitable fields.

ONEHOPE has become the socially conscious wine of choice at several hundred premier events including the Grammy's, The American Red Cross Gala, the BAFTA’s, Sundance Film Festival and VH1 Save the Music.

The tireless efforts over the past three years from the dedicated ONEHOPE team have ensured that the brand is a familiar and respected concept in most households and businesses. This commitment and dedication to "making a difference" is what has spearheaded the astonishing company to great heights in such a short time. The hard-working and dynamic team strives without limits to create a global brand that promises to make a better future for all.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Tuscany    Italy   
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Placido Pinot Grigio 2011
Placido Pinot Grigio 2011
(search item no. 114307)
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PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale-straw. Fresh and fruity aromas of pears as well as citrus and grapefruit. Full, fresh and lively, with notes of ripe pear on the finish.

Placido Pinot Grigio is a delightful aperitif, and is perfect for a range of foods including appetizers, seafood, and grilled poultry and pork.

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About Placido:

Placido wines owe their phenomenal popularity to choice grapes grown in some of the world's premier wine regions, renowned winemaking expertise and a quality-price ratio difficult to match. The brand inherited its name from a famous Sienese family, the Placidi, on whose vast Tuscan estate some of the Placido vines grow today. Now a worldwide brand, Placido has also brought centuries of European winemaking experience to Chile's grape growing region.

Consisting of eight noble wine types, their wines include: Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Chianti and a fruity Pinot Grigio all from grapes grown in choice Tuscany vineyards. Chile's Maipo Valley offers an ideal micro-climate for cultivating the noblest of French stock, such as Placido's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay.