Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2008
Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2008
(search item no. 114824)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby color. Expressive bouquet with notes of raspberries, bilberries and cherries, enlivened by a touch of spice and a depth of vanilla. Charming fruit in the mouth with good structure that highlights concentrated flavors and fleshy tannins. Nice complexity on the tasting resulting in good length. This Crianza is made from our best "cuvees" from the 2008 vintage and conserves in full the character derived from top quality grapes.
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About Marques de Caceres:

Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqués de Cáceres the Rioja bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.

The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother Elysée bought and restored two abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon. These châteaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux. When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta.

Emile Peynaud, former professor and chief wine researcher at the University of Bordeaux, was initial consultant to the winery. Today, Michel Rolland is wine consultant at Marqués de Cáceres and Henri and his daughter, Christine, are at the helm. The vinification methods at Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres are similar to those used in Bordeaux. Thus, French winemaking techniques and expertise have been applied to native Spanish grapes to produce one of the finest modern Riojas.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 116168)
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Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Cabernet is deep ruby in color with massive extraction and great density. The nose opens with huge intensity, great depth, and lots of layers. Big fruit aromas of black cherry, bright red berries, and plums all lead into the barrel notes of toasty oak, vanilla, and smoky undertones. The palate entry opens smoothly and builds predictably with big, firm (but not coarse) tannin, good acid balance and lots of structure. There is a great progression from ripe, sweet cherry and plum fruit up-front to rich, dried black fruit and spice on the finish – with the vanilla and spice from the barrel layering in seamlessly. For a young wine, it is already showing quite well and will continue to improve over the next 10+ years. This wine is definitely trying to seduce you, enjoy!
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About Chateau Montelena:

Chateau Montelena was founded in 1882 by Alfred Tubbs. The renaissance of the winery, under the leadership of James Barrett, began in 1972 with the replanting of the Estate vineyard and the establishment of the Chateau Montelena philosophy: make the best, period. Today the tradition continues. Jim Barrett’s son, Bo, winemaker at Chateau Montelena beginning in 1982, is now its Master Winemaker. After more than three decades of experience with the same vineyards and varieties, the Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Chardonnay are recognized as world-class.


Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2008
Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2008
(search item no. 105268)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $14.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The H3 Merlot entices the nose with aromas of blueberry, cassis and hints of tobacco and spice aromas. The silky and sweet mid-palate introduces slight dusty, earthy, and rich berry notes which cumulate in the long and concentrated finish.
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About Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    North Coast    California   
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Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2008
Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 105307)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Black pepper spice and ripe blueberry and plum, hints of toasty oak and vanilla. Elegant and balanced soft finish.
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About Bonterra:

Bonterra wines are a natural expression of the unique climate and soil of the Mendocino coast. The name "Bonterra" means good earth. All of their wines are nurtured from organically grown grapes. Bonterra relishes the re-discovery of age-old traditions of viticulture, working in harmony with Nature, to create wines with pure, concentrated flavors.

THE BONTERRA PHILOSOPHY
We honor the land by farming organically, creating rich soils that provide healthy vines the opportunity to deliver wonderfully flavorful fruit. With every sip of Bonterra wine, you can taste our natural commitment. There's no other way to fully capture the expression of our Mendocino terroir.
David Koball, Vineyard Manager



Red Wines    Merlot    Chile    South America   
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Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2005
Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2005
(search item no. 90856)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Dark and deep red.

Bouquet: Flavors as black as night: dark cherries, dark berries and a lasting smoky, yet rich, black tar.

Taste: Complexity develops out of its firm, quiet, supple core.

The wine marries well with a variety of steaks, roasts, pastas with medium to hearty sauces, and cheeses.

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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.


Red Wines    Merlot    Other California    California   
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Tin Roof Merlot 2005
Tin Roof Merlot 2005
(search item no. 92839)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A classic plush texture and delicious black cherry and plum flavors make our sumptuous Merlot both delicious on its own and a versatile food wine. Enjoy it with beef, lamb, roast duck with cherry sauce, red-sauce pastas, black olive and mushroom pizzas, and soft-ripening cheeses.
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About Tin Roof:

Tin Roof Cellars is both a collection of fine wines and a state of mind, a special place to which wine lovers can escape to enjoy relaxing times, old-fashioned quality, and modern good taste and style. Our delicious, handcrafted wines are produced from California's finest North and Central Coast grapes. Boldly flavored, smoothly textured, and unusually complex, our wines are styled to delight consumers seeking distinctive varietal character with subtle oak flavors. They're rich, but refined, fruit-forward, but complex – wines to share with your friends under the roof. Enjoy!


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Sonoma County    California   
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Chateau St. Jean La Petite Etoile Fume Blanc 2006
Chateau St. Jean La Petite Etoile Fume Blanc 2006
(search item no. 95400)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Enticing aromas of lemongrass, green tea and sweet smoky notes begin the nose on this well-structured Fumé Blanc. Vibrant acidity and bright fruit flavors of kiwi fruit and melon linger on the palate and lead to a fresh finish with hints of spice.
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About Chateau St. Jean:

Chateau St. Jean is a winemaking estate located at the foot of the Sugarloaf Ridge in Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California. Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in Vineyard Designated wines. Winemaker Steve Reeder has built a reputation for making wines of power and elegance. With over 20 years of vineyard and winemaking experience, his knowledge of Sonoma makes him a master in highlighting the best of each vineyard. Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious "Wine of the Year" award from Wine Spectator for its 1996 Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style blend of "five varieties."


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2006
Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2006
(search item no. 102336)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry weaves five classic Bordeaux varietals--Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec--into an elegant, beautifully balanced wine. First crafted in 1990 as a complement to the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the Reserve Tapestry laces blueberry and Bing cherry through the rich core of blackberry and dark currant, accented by cocoa and toast. In the mouth, the ripe fruit fans out, reaching all points of the palate, and then delves into a long, persistent finish. The tapestry of aromas and flavors apparent in this wine come from handcrafted care from vine to glass. Pre-fermentation maceration, gentle punch-downs and in-barrel malolactic fermentation helped build the layers and nuances of this multidimensional wine. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor then blended the lots into a well-integrated wine that astutely balances intensity and approachability.
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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2007
Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2007
(search item no. 96661)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense red color with violet hues. Complex aromas with ripe plums, blackberry, blueberry, sweet tar, licorice, black pepper, mint, truffle with a hint of mocha flavors, giving an expressive and typical Argentinean character. It has sweet and smooth tannins, nice body with supple and long finish.
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About Dona Paula:

Located in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza Argentina, Dona Paula is an estate winery, producing wines from Dona Paula's own vineyards in the winegrowing regions of Mendoza. Dona Paula's history began in 1990, when a period of exhaustive research on the different Argentinean terroirs and their potential to fully express each varietal began. Dona Paula acquired its first vineyard in 1997 in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo, a region in the foothills of the Andes Mountains that is famous for its Malbec. In 2002, Dona Paula began exporting into the US, UK and the Netherlands, and is now one of the leading Argentinean wineries that exports premium wines; with 97% of the winery's production exported to more than 60 countries.