White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2009
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2009
(search item no. 113513)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc shows a rich, lifted nose, very spicy, with aromas of ginger, tangerine, asian pear, beeswax and herbs. The mouth shows classic Roussanne flavors of honey and spice, with a little tropicality lurking behind, and a long, dry finish with toffee and pear notes. We suggest that this wine will benefit from short-term cellaring, and drink well from mid-2011 through the end of the decade.
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About Tablas Creek Vineyard:

The Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, their importer since 1970, founded Tablas Creek Vineyard in 1990. They chose their 1600-foot elevation site in West Paso Robles' Las Tablas because of its chalky clay soils and its climate similar to the southern Rhone Valley. They imported selected French cuttings of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise and multiplied, grafted and planted their own vines, which they farm organically. This blended wine, in the image of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, is 100% estate-grown and bottled.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Chablis    France - Other regions   
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Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009
Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009
(search item no. 113024)
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Burghound.com rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $67.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Burghound.com rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 'Les Clos' is rich, with great finesse on the nose and a long, satisfying finish with complex aromas of fresh nuts and toasted bread.

Delicious with sushi, sashimi and tuna Carpaccio.

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About Brocard:

Some twenty years ago, Jean-Marc Brocard chose to establish his estate in Préhy, a small village near the town of Chablis.... At that time, one of his in-laws, Louis Petit, taught him about the vine and at the same time instilled a deep sense of tradition and respect for nature. Boosted by this knowledge and determined to dedicate himself to a vineyard, Jean-Marc Brocard planted a hectare of vines within the appellation of Chablis.

As a perfectionist, Jean-Marc Brocard naturally erected his purpose-built cellars in the centre of his vineyard to give the grapes his constant attention. Such dedication together with the best quality Chablis soil produce an exceptional wine with a typical mineral style. It is elegant and full of character. Jean-Marc Brocard’s boundless dedication to wine has borne fruit: the Brocard estate now comprises 80 hectares of vines, 65 of which are adjacent to the cellars.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2007
(search item no. 114883)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep and dark red, notes of fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Full, round and racy with rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine. Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.
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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Piedmont    Italy   
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Fizz 56 Sparkling Red Brachetto
Fizz 56 Sparkling Red Brachetto
(search item no. 115095)
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PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Fizz 56 Sparkling Red is a very pretty bright ruby red. A showstopper that is not only alluring, but also irresistibly delicious. It is highly aromatic with the hint of candied rose petals and soft berry notes. Tantalizing flavors of raspberry, strawberry and cherry dance on the tip of your tongue.
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About Fizz 56:

Fizz 56 comes from a small winery nestled in the heart of Piedmonte, known for their outstanding Brachetto. Brachetto is a grape native to Italy and rare in other wine-growing regions around the world. The Brachetto grape is a light-bodied red grape, highly aromatic and naturally effervescent. Consequently, Fizz 56 Brachetto Spumante is a sparkling, red, sweeter, Italian wine made of 100% Brachetto that we are very proud to bring to the United States.

More than just a wine, Fizz 56 is a personality. Fizz 56 is as sweet as a first kiss and as seductive as the memory of it. A brand designed with Millennials in mind, Fizz 56 begs to be talked about and tasted. A showstopper that is not only alluring, but also irresistibly delicious.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Africa    South Africa   
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Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2010
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 108809)
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PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz is packed with fresh, juicy flavors of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries with dark chocolate undertones. Striking a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, this refreshing and approachable wine is great to sip on its own and matches up equally well with meat dishes, cheeses, and desserts.
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About Jam Jar:

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz was born out of the realization that there are not a lot of options available to consumers seeking quality sweet red wine. This fresh, fruity, semi-sweet Shiraz aims to fill that void. Most of the grapes are grown in Paarl, a region with Rhône-like climate that is ideal for Shiraz cultivation, and production is overseen by critically acclaimed winemaker Bruwer Raats. The brand’s packaging has a nostalgic, “retro” feel inspired by classic red and white checkered jam jar lids. Jam Jar is sweet perfection…Simple, pure, and honest.”


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Chateau Plegat la Graviere  2005
Chateau Plegat la Graviere 2005
(search item no. 107228)

PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Notes of black fruits, blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberries. With aeration, the wine becomes distinctly more complex, with notes of delicate spices, cinnamon, light tobacco and coffee, followed by fresher notes of mint, and violets. The palate is smooth and rich, with a meaty, fruity structure. You will discover the same aromas that were present on the nose, as well as a certain thirst-quenching acidity provided by the tannins. A superb wine that merits a further few months of keeping before becoming fully integrated and wonderfully harmonious.

48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

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About Chateau Plegat la Graviere:

Château du Grand Bos is located in Castres, in a part of the Graves appellation where one finds some of the oldest Bordeaux vineyards dating from 2,000 years ago. The vineyard lies near the old Roman road named "Chemin Gallien". The Château is listed as a leading estate in its commune in editions of Cocks & Feret going back to 1868.

The vineyard, whose soil is composed of very deep gravel, ceased being cultivated in the 1950’s and when M. Vincent bought the property in 1988 it was in poor condition.

He immediately set out to replant and restore the vineyard as well as the Château. For now, M. Vincent is able to achieve an average vine age of 35 years by utilising a portion of his neighbor’s vineyard.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava
(search item no. 4103)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $23.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Like a rich Chardonnay with bubbles, this limited production Cava rests on an authentic pewter base and comes in a handsome hand-blown bottle emblazoned with a metal crest of the Segura Viudas family.
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About Segura Viudas:

Segura Viudas was established in 1954 in the heart of Spain's Penedes region, one of the world's best sites for growing and producing grapes for production of sparkling wine. Segura Viudas has become one of the top Spanish sparkling wine producers and is noted for its high production standards of traditional Methode Champenoise.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    North Coast    California   
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Scharffenberger Brut Excellence
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence
(search item no. 76664)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made by the traditional méthode champenoise process – whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. The wine is approximately two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. Scharffenberger Brut is made from its own 120-acre vineyards in the Anderson Valley. In addition, Scharffenberger Cellars has long-term contracts with select vineyards in the greater Mendocino County. This type of vineyard selection allows us to choose from the best vineyards in the area which enables us to produce our trademark cuvée.

The wine is two-thirds Pinot Noir which produces a red fruit (cherry and plum) forward nose combined with one-third Chardonnay which adds the tropical expression of litchi nut and mango. The 100% malolactic fermentation adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the yeast lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors.

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About Scharffenberger:

The history of Scharffenberger Cellars begins in 1981 in the heart of California's Anderson Valley. Situated only miles from the coastal influences of the Pacific Ocean, Scharffenberger Cellars also enjoys the deep soils and sunshine within the protected valley. Originally founded by John Scharffenberger, the company has undergone many transitions, including a name change when it was formally known as Pacific Echo from 1998 until July 2004. Today, the name has been restored back to Scharffenberger Cellars under the management of Maisons Marques & Domaines.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Martinborough    New Zealand   
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Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 107264)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $11.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale Yellow color. Medium intensity aromas, youthful, gooseberry, fresh cut grass, citrus fruits. In the mouth, it is a light-Medium Bodied, dry, medium-high acidity, moderate intensity, mineral, grapefruit, herbaceous, medium finish.
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Guigal Tavel Rose 2008
Guigal Tavel Rose 2008
(search item no. 102702)

PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Eye: Pure and deep salmon pink.

Nose: Elegant floral and fruit notes.

Palate: A fruity and well structured wine with aromatic finesse on the palate.

Overall: A pleasant acidity which is balanced by fleshy fruitiness and body.

50% Grenache; 30% Cinsault; 10% Clairette; 5% Syrah; 5% others.

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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.