Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Dom. La Garrigue Vacqueyras 2009
Dom. La Garrigue Vacqueyras 2009
(search item no. 98191)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The robe has great depths. On the nose, black fruit with a touch of licorice and very elegant spicy notes. The mouthfeel is full and fleshy with long-lasting fruit flavors. A blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.
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About Dom. La Garrigue:

Domaine de la Garrigue is one of the oldest estates in the southern Rhone Valley region and is owned by the Bernard family. The family owns one of the most famous restaurants and inns in the area called "Les Florets" which is located on the hillside facing the Dentelles in Gigondas. Fashioning some of the most beautiful bottlings of Vacqueyras, Eric Solomon worked with the property to create a custom cuvee of Cotes du Rhone from de-classified Vacqueyras called "Cuvee Romaine."

The climate in the Southern Rhone is extremely warm in the summer, with consistent temperatures in the 90's during July and August. This makes rich, full-bodied, and spicy wines. The soil is similar to that of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with massive rocks called "galets" dotting the vineyards. The old bush vines of Garrigue are planted on these "galets" and for most of the vineyards, there is not soil present to the eye, just rock.

This property focuses on making wines with minimal manipulation to let the terroir speak through the wines. The old vines of Domaine de la Garrigue were planted in the late 1940's, just after the Germans left the area following the second World War. Before the war, the area was planted primarily to other crops, including sunflowers and tomatoes. However, the Romans were making wine here centuries ago and shipping it hundreds of miles away. Hence, the cuvee name "Cuvee Romaine".



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Vacqueyras    France - Rhone   
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Arnoux et Fils Vacqueyras Cuvee Jean-Marie Arnoux 2010
Arnoux et Fils Vacqueyras Cuvee Jean-Marie Arnoux 2010
(search item no. 117531)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre blend has a deep purple color which erupts in the mouth, giving you a strong bouquet of red fruit embellished with hint of spices. In the mouth you'll find a fullness of volume structured by elegant tannins.
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About Arnoux et Fils:

Since 1717, the cultivation of the vine is perpetuated in our family. This tradition and this heritage has become a passion. Even today, we produce our wines in the greatest respect for ancestral traditions, to be able to offer and you return all the authentic flavors of our land. The homestead covers 40 hectares on the plateau Garrigues, a plateau to the west of the appellation, and extends to Chateauneuf du Pape. These soils are prone to low yields of highly concentrated grapes tannins and aromas.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Central Coast    California   
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Kinton Santa Barbara Syrah 2006
Kinton Santa Barbara Syrah 2006
(search item no. 102399)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At Kinton, we are dedicated to producing Syrah from some of the finest vineyard sites in Santa Barbara County. Our wines are dense and concentrated, elegant and sleek. It's not by accident that Kinton is located in Santa Barbara County--one of California's most celebrated appellations for Syrah. The unique conditions of our region let us create Syrahs displaying both intensity and balance.

The 2006 is deep and concentrated with plum and dark berry, lifted with high notes of cherry, spiced with black pepper, and scented with hints of smoky dark chocolate.

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About Kinton:

Peter Fraser oversees all of the viticulture and winemaking at Kinton Vineyards. At the ripe young age of 30, he has worked extensive hours making wine in Australia, Spain and France. Since 2003 he has traveled to the United States during harvest to work as consulting winemaker in Santa Barbara, California. This experience helped him to identify the vineyards and techniques that would form the foundation of Kinton.

When it comes to winemaking philosophy, Peter believes it is less about technique and more about preserving the essential taste of the vineyard. While he employs traditional winemaking methods such as open-top fermentation, hand punch-down, and wild yeast fermentations, Peter knows that intelligent viticulture is the key.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Lincourt Lindsay's Pinot Noir 2009
Lincourt Lindsay's Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 112694)
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James Suckling rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Pinot Noir is a beautiful example of classic Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir—delicate, subtle and endlessly layered. Notes of black cherry and worn leather explode on the nose followed by a rich brown sugar spice. Blueberry cobbler, lemon zest and freshly ground cardamom round out the palate. Full, ripe and harmonious, this is an intricate yet friendly wine and will resonate with all lovers of Pinot Noir.
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About LinCourt Vineyards:

Founded in 1996 by Bill Foley, Lincourt is a producer of ultra premium wines from the Santa Barbara County. Named in honor of Bill and Carol’s two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney, the Lincourt winery is located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, on Alamo Pintado Road in the Santa Ynez Valley. Originally a dairy farm, the 30 acre property retains the rural charm and simplicity of an earlier era. The quaint tasting room is located in the former farmhouse, a 1926 Sears Craftsman kit home. The barns have been converted to a winery and barrel room, and equipped to allow for handcrafted, premium winemaking.

Great fruit, dedicated winemakers, incredible climate and a serene setting – Lincourt embodies the best of Santa Barbara wine country.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2009
Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 112379)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and anise open the bouquet, gradually giving way to raspberries, royal anne cherries, and orange zest. The palate opens with pure black cherries framed by bright, juicy acidity and fine grain tannins. The wines of 2009 are expressing their fruit early, but we believe this wine has the structure and acidity to age gracefully for 10-15 years.
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About Bethel Heights Vineyard:

Planted between 1977 and 1979, Bethel Heights was one of the first vineyards in the Eola Hills, a chain of hills in the center of Oregon's Willamette Valley. The estate winery was established in 1984 and currently produces 10,000 cases of wine annually, most of which still comes from the 50 acre estate vineyard. Bethel Heights specializes in Pinot Noir, but also produces Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.


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Chateau Potensac  1996
Chateau Potensac 1996
(search item no. 102684)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

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Sorin Cotes de Provence Cuvee Privee 2004
Sorin Cotes de Provence Cuvee Privee 2004
(search item no. 101784)

PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is made In the heart of the sun-drenched seacoast town of Bandol, 3 km from the sea. It is particularity appreciated by Sommeliers and boasting pride of place on some of the most prestigious southern tables like Monaco's Louis XV.

Black cherry and blackberry flavors - full and ripe. Long, satisfying finish. Made with Grenache 40%, Syrah 40%, Carignan 15%, Mourvedre 5%. Vinified in rotary casks and aged in oak barrels for 9 months.

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Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2009
Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2009
(search item no. 118566)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is ruby red, bright and intense; the vivacity makes it tempting. The aromas are very delicate, with blackberry and plum. On the whole, the aromas are pleasant and teasing. Saltiness and acidity are in the foreground of this wine, but do not hide its polifenolic power. The amplitude of this Barbera is very interesting together with its persistent aftertaste.
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About Pelissero:

Azienda Agricola Pelissero is a family-run vine-growing estate located in the district of Treiso, in the heart of the Barbaresco zone. Many gradual changes have been performed by the successive generations of the Pelissero family, who transformed their business from grape growing and selling begun by Giovanni Pelissero, into winemaking of all their estate-grown grapes.

The first bottles of our own wine date back to 1960 and were produced by Luigi Pelissero, whose work was followed by his son, Oenologist Giorgio who after finishing his studies, decided to work full time at the winery. The Pelissero family takes care of all the winery work; from pruning the vines to marketing the wine.

The estate consists of twenty hectares of vineyards which yield a total of 80,000 to 100,000 (depending on the year) bottles of wine, namely Dolcetto d'Alba from two vineyards (Munfrina and Augenta), Barbera d'Alba Piani, Barbaresco, Barbaresco Vanotu, Grignolino, Favorita,Freisa and Nebbiolo.

It takes passion, commitment to the land and hard work in the vineyards and cellar, to always endeavour to make high quality wines, the only way we know to get real satisfaction. Research in the vineyards and, successively, in the cellar never stops here, and we hope that this will bring about further improvements on our wines.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Luca Malbec 2008
Luca Malbec 2008
(search item no. 100262)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a great example of Mendoza Malbec. Incredible color—could use it in an inkwell! Loads of spice and black cherry cola aromas with notes of cocoa. The berry flavors really pop on the palate as the wine has both good depth and very lively acidity that leads to an incredibly long finish. A bottom note of freshly brewed espresso keeps the mouth watering too. This one is a teenager at the moment, and should age very well (and not talk back when you don't give it the car keys!). Pairs well with foods such as venison or wild game, steak, pork, quail, all types of lamb, and medium-strong cheeses. A very flexible wine due to its concentration and balance.
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About Luca:

Laura Catena is a fourth generation winemaker who grew up in a traditional Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. Laura splits her time between Mendoza and San Francisco, California, where she is an emergency physician, university professor and occasional tango dancer. Laura had the vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. A pioneer of small-grower relations in Mendoza, Laura's incredible, limited production wines come from some of Argentina's best fruit from low-yield, high-elevation, family-owned vineyards. The wines are named after her children - Luca, Dante and Nicola - and the background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111225)
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Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 marks the first vintage for the inclusion of Lake County sourcing in our Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Lake County contributed incredible ripe fruit and a generous mouthfeel and viscosity to the overall blend. Sonoma County vineyards supplied jammy dark fruits, and Napa County vineyards were instrumental in establishing the foundation for structure and density to support Sonoma County's fruit forward characteristics. The result is our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, which displays aromas and flavors of plums and blackberries, with layered notes of mocha, toasted pound cake and roasted nuts. This wine has superb complexity and an aging potential up to 3 years.
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About Ghost Pines:

Like the unharnessed, free-form, ghost-like tree with which it shares a name, Ghost Pines represents the long, rich, winemaking heritage of California's finest appellations. By departing from traditional single appellation grape sourcing, the Ghost Pines winemaker is able to craft consistently superior "Winemaker's Blend" wines which showcase the concentrated yet elegant flavor characters that come from the best growing regions in the state.