Red Wines    Mourvedre    Jumilla    Spain   
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Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2010
Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2010
(search item no. 117187)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $16.99

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

Intense deep red cherry color. Powerful nose, clean and complex. Very attractive fruity aromas, touches of ripe fruit and new wood. Well-constituted in the mouth, well-structured, lively and tasty, taking shape, well-balanced and very good in presence.
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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.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast    California   
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Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 114475)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon offers up-front aromas of ripe red fruit, followed by similar vibrant and rich berry flavors. Silky but firm tannins lend excellent structure, while maintaining a soft approachability reflective of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a ripe finish with good length. Its fruit-driven style lends ease to food-pairing.
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Varietally on target, reliable year after year, Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cuvee consistently over-deliver value wines of outstanding quality. The Hope family has been making Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon since 1990. In 1996, when the Hopes established Treana Winery, the Liberty School brand officially became part of Hope Family Wines. Liberty School wines are made in a traditional style. Fruit driven, they are crafted to reflect true varietal character. The wines are barrel-aged, employing very little new oak. Oak is used as a building component rather than a flavoring agent.

A big brand, made by a small, close family, Liberty School is the home of delicious wines that are easy to enjoy.



Red Wines    Mourvedre    Other Spain    Spain   
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Senorio de Barahonda Sin Madera 2011
Senorio de Barahonda Sin Madera 2011
(search item no. 121090)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is made from organically grown, estate-owned grapes. It is 100% un-oaked and one of the few 100% Monastrell wines from Yecla. Normally, winemakers in Yecla blend Monastrell with other grapes. The vines are situated in high-altitude vineyards, at 713 meters (2,339 ft.) elevation, which results in pretty, almost floral wines that contrast with other Monastrell wines, which can show more animal and barnyard characters.

This wine's pretty, spice-inflected fruit will pair wonderfully with sweet or savory veal or pork sausage, Cuban ropa vieja and beef or pork empanadas. There's also enough spine and substance to stand up to Mexican turkey or chicken mole poblano.

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About Senorio de Barahonda:

This family company was established in 1925 and has been growing and evolving ever since, latterly passing to Antonio Candela Poveda and his two sons Antonio and Alfredo. The company began in a small bodega (cellar) which has expanded over time according to capacity and technological requirements and now boasts a second winemaking cellar. Today Bodegas Antonio Candela forms part of the family group which also encompasses Señorio de Barahonda as well as Viña de Aliagar, the company which manages the family estates.

Señorio de Barahonda is situated in the north east of the Región de Murcia in the Altiplano district. It is a transisitional zone between Spain’s central plateau and the Mediterranean, surrounded by a ring of low mountain ranges.

Yecla received its D.O. status in 1975 although 20 years prior to that certain bodega had already begun to concentrate on quality, leaving behind more robust and rustic styles to offer new, more interesting bottled reds, the majority of which fully exploit the great potential of the Monastrell grape.

Today the Yecla D.O. comprises 6500 hectares of vineyard.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Argyle Pinot Noir 2010
Argyle Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 114321)
green wine
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Imagine a walk down a Pacific Northwest forest trail in September, the warm, dry smell of firs and sunshine with ripe blackberries hanging off the vines and the cool trickle of a babbling brook over wet stones. That sums up the 2010 Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir has a surprising amount going on in the glass - from up front fruit to earthy complexity and spice nuances. Enjoy this taste of the Willamette Valley on the patio or on the forest trail.
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About Argyle:

Twenty-five years ago, Argyle began making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Since 1987, winemaker Rollin Soles and viticulturist Allen Holstein have teamed up to produce world-class method champenoise sparkling wines, barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and silky-textured Pinor Noir from low-yielding vines that are winery farmed on some of the best hillside slopes and elevations. Argyle wines have received a total of 11 Wine Spectator Top 100 designations - more than any other winery in Oregon. The Argyle wines represented on this list include sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, truly making Argyle one of the finest practitioners of the craft of elegant, long-lived winegrowing.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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Bodega Norton Privada 2007
Bodega Norton Privada 2007
(search item no. 104025)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red color of remarkable intensity. Excellent aromatic complexity with notes of ripe fruit and a fine touch of smoke and coffee. Rich on the palate with an excellent concentration.
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About Bodega Norton:

Astonished at the features of the place, and pushed by his visionary spirit, in 1895, an English Engineer, Mr. Edmund J. P. Norton planted the first vines importing them from France, thereby giving origin to what was the first winery in the area.

Almost 100 years later, Austrian businessman, Mr. Gernot Langes–Swarovski, travelled to Mendoza and experienced the same fascination for the region beauty, the warmth of its people, and the excellent conditions for vine growing. Supporting his decision in his intuition and in the fact that he was convinced of the high potential the vitiniculture represented in Argentina, in 1989, he acquired the Winery with the following firm aim: to make wines recognized worldwide for their quality. While executing this project, he appointed his son Michael as the person responsible for the management of the company, who, jointly with a team of local professionals started a new phase of investment, revamping and growth.

In that way, the incorporation of top-notch technology together with the knowledge and passion of people, have caused Norton to be the leading brand in exports and one of the country´s most important Wineries.

Our 5 farms have over 1200 ha fit for growing vine, 680 ha out of which are currently cultivated. Over 150 families of vineyard workers live and work there, sharing secrets and experiences from generation to generation. This knowledge and passion for the work, combined with the professionalism of our team of agricultural engineers result in products with excellence.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard Syrah 2006
Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard Syrah 2006
(search item no. 117773)
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boutique wine
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The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blackened crimson. Ginger and white pepper spice the edges of black fruits, liquorice and Kalamata skins, smokey bacon and bitter chocolate. Virgin tight tannins, liqueur-like richness within the flavor profile is defined with remarkably focused and precise acid profile. Rolling flavors mingle on the light/medium weighted mid palate and a powerful finish of spicey Syrah follows.
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Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


Red Wines    Nebbiolo    Piedmont    Italy   
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Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2004
Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2004
(search item no. 95336)
collectible wine
boutique wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

From superstar cru of Cannubi – Barolo's greatest, most expensive and historical, documented as far back as 1752! The Einaudi family succeeded in purchasing a portion of this celebrated terroir in 1997. The ensuing Barolo shows distinctive elegance, grandeur and complexity: luscious aromas, layers and layers of velvet, spice, goudron, truffles; long, long finish and a long, long cellar life of over 25 years.
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About Luigi Einaudi:

It all began in 1897, when 23-year-old Luigi Einaudi (Italy’s first President) purchased the first of the Einaudi estates at San Giacomo. Today, the President’s descendants have chosen to maintain continuity with their extraordinary heritage while looking to the future, turning the oldest wine property in the Dogliani area into a cutting-edge classic. Granddaughter Paola Einaudi, her son Matteo Sardagna, and Giorgio Ruffo – together with technical director Lorenzo Raimondi and winemaker Beppe Caviola – have proven a winning team. Today, the total surface of the property (10 farmsteads) is 358 acres, 111 of which are under vine. The vineyards, in turn, are subdivided into seven terroirs. Four of these are in Dogliani (four hills, one of which is the Vigna Tecc cru, another the premier area of San Luigi), while Barolo comprises two crus (Terlo and Cannubi). Terlo is part of the estate’s original nucleus (marly-calcareous soil at 984 feet above Cannubi hill, at an altitude of 722 feet above sea level), provide a Barolo of superb breed and longevity. The underground winery, located at Tecc and completed in 1993, was gradually doubled in size and provided with state-of-the-art barrel cellars, sophisticated humidity and temperature control systems, and a new-generation bottle cellar stocking over 240,000 bottles.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Antinori Villa Toscana 2008
Antinori Villa Toscana 2008
(search item no. 114818)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $19.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color. The wine opens with intense aromas of ripe cherries, spice, chocolate and hints of mint. The wine is full-bodied with a palate of rich fruit and spice. The tannins are round and velvety and lead to a lingering finish.

Blend: 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah

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The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.


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Senorio de Barahonda Barrica 2010
Senorio de Barahonda Barrica 2010
(search item no. 121085)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A big, thick, juicy, dense purple-colored effort, it reveals lots of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of camphor, licorice and spicy oak. This medium to full-bodied, luscious, fruity, crowd-pleaser should keep for several years.

Blend: 75% Monastrell, 25% Syrah

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About Senorio de Barahonda:

This family company was established in 1925 and has been growing and evolving ever since, latterly passing to Antonio Candela Poveda and his two sons Antonio and Alfredo. The company began in a small bodega (cellar) which has expanded over time according to capacity and technological requirements and now boasts a second winemaking cellar. Today Bodegas Antonio Candela forms part of the family group which also encompasses Señorio de Barahonda as well as Viña de Aliagar, the company which manages the family estates.

Señorio de Barahonda is situated in the north east of the Región de Murcia in the Altiplano district. It is a transisitional zone between Spain’s central plateau and the Mediterranean, surrounded by a ring of low mountain ranges.

Yecla received its D.O. status in 1975 although 20 years prior to that certain bodega had already begun to concentrate on quality, leaving behind more robust and rustic styles to offer new, more interesting bottled reds, the majority of which fully exploit the great potential of the Monastrell grape.

Today the Yecla D.O. comprises 6500 hectares of vineyard.



White Wines    Other White Blends    Other California    California   
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Conundrum White Blend (375ML half-bottle) 2011
Conundrum White Blend (375ML half-bottle) 2011
(search item no. 119166)
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PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today's generation of chefs.

Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine. The "conundrum," or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend.

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About Conundrum:

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today’s generation of chefs. Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert, and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine.

The "conundrum", or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend; a combination that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Semillon and Viognier. Conundrum is a true California wine, with grapes sourced from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. Winemaker Jon Bolta began to craft the style for Conundrum in 1988.

The twist cap closure protects the fine aromas and flavors of this distinctive blend, allowing the bottle to be easily re-closed and refrigerated. The airtight cap also eliminates the possibility of cork taint.

Conundrum is owned by the Wagner family of Caymus Vineyards, but stands on its own as a separate brand. The Conundrum winery in Monterey County is close to the sources for most of the grape varietals that make up the wine.