Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 108269)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, .5% Cabernet Franc, .5% Malbec.
Grand Reserve is a masterful blend of our mountain, ridge, hillside and benchland grapes grown along California's cool coastal appellations. We hand select grapes from our best estate vineyards and then monitor, taste and hand-hold each individual lot throughout the winemaking process. Each lot is kept separate, barrel-aged and handcrafted —boutique winery style. Our winemakers have an unmatched palate of flavors, toast levels and terroir nuances from which they masterfully blend these exemplary rich, deep and complex wines.

This Cabernet has distinct flavors of black currant, blackberry, blueberry and cassis with enticing aromas of mocha and nutmeg. Notes of smoke, cedar and tobacco leaf round out the lingering finish.
—Randy Ullom, Winemaster.

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About Kendall-Jackson:

Back in 1974, Jess Jackson saw in the fine vineyards of California's cool coastal regions fruit with a variety of outstanding flavors. What if there was a way to produce from this abundance, a single outstanding "cuvée" that offered both quality and value? The result, first released in 1983, was Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, a rich, round and flavorful wine, made with hand-crafted methods. That same year, Grand Reserve was introduced, a line of ultra-premium wines that represented the full potential of California's finest vineyards and winemaking. Today, over 5,000 acres of vineyard in California's coastal regions are farmed by Kendall-Jackson. Four separate wineries house what is possibly the single largest barrel-fermentation project in the world. But perhaps most important, is that Kendall-Jackson remains a family-owned winery.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Vignavecchia Chianti Classico 2008
Vignavecchia Chianti Classico 2008
(search item no. 112633)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $14.49

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Vignavecchia Chianti Classico is a brilliant ruby red color. Aromas include red fruit with flowery spicy notes. On the palate, it is medium-bodied and balanced.
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About Vignavecchia:

Vignavecchia estate is located at about one kilometer from Radda in Chianti. The cellar, completely surrounded by the vineyards, is an old country farmhouse which was completely restored and enlarged in 1997. In this modern cellar take place the complete vinification process and bottling of the whole production; one part of the building is destined to the aging of the wine in oak barrels.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 108048)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Juicy berry fruit aromas lead into concentrated flavors of raspberries and blackberries. Well-balanced with firm tannins. Hints of vanilla, cocoa and sweet oak appear on the finish.
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About Trumpeter:

Bodega La Rural was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Rutini. From Italy, he brought with him his oenological degree and the vast experience he had acquired from his father's vineyards. The first vines were planted in Maipu, Mendoza and the winery was installed with French Oak barrels and the best in modern machinery. Under his work ethic, "Labor and Perseverance," four generations of the Rutini family continued his legacy. They brought together hard work and the most advanced technologies in viticulture in the search for excellence in oenology.

Today, the winery boasts stainless steel tanks, two pneumatic presses, imported crushers, vacuum pumps and filters, in addition to 500 new French Oak barrels. Over the last couple of years, the Trumpeter wines have soared to new heights in popularity in the United States. Offering four varietals: a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Malbec, Bodega La Rural has crafted new wines with attractive new labels that have created quite a stir in the media. These wines have received praise in many respected publications ranging from Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits magazine to the Washington Post daily newspaper.



Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Markham Merlot 2007
Markham Merlot 2007
(search item no. 110100)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $16.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark Ruby with a vanilla, blackberry jam and oak nose. A palate of dark chocolate, berry briars and cream soda.
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About Markham Vineyards:

In 1972, Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley with the dream of starting a winery. Intent on crafting world-class wines for years to come, he purchased the "little jewels" that are still the Markham vineyards today. He was a pioneer in what is now the very heart of Napa, buying premium vineyard land before many understood the tremendous potential the valley offered for producing fine wines. He also purchased a winery. Originally established by Jean Laurent, the Markham winery dates back to 1879. As one of the founders of Napa winemaking and viticulture, Markham Vineyards takes great pride in its legacy of exceptional mountains and magnificent vineyards, Markham's winery has the distinction of being the fourth oldest continuously operated winery in Napa County.

Today, Markham Vineyards owns 350 acres of vineyards strategically located in several of Napa Valley's best growing regions. From its Calistoga vineyards in the north to Oak knoll in the south, Markham has the luxury of hand-selecting grapes from several diverse microclimates to achieve its balanced and rich wines. Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls sums up the benefits offered by this extraordinary palette of vineyards: "The expressions of terroir from each unique location create a greater whole; each vineyard complements and elevates the next. The result is endless blending options to weave together the rich fruit flavors, elegant acid structure, broad texture and velvety tannins we want in our wines."



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero
Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero
(search item no. 112338)
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PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Prosecco Spago Nero is an effusively fruity, light bodied offering bringing terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence and a clean delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure sparkling wine. It is an ideal aperitif to enjoy any day of the year. It is simply amazing.
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About Cantine Riondo:

In the heart of the Soave production zone, where grapes are history and tradition, Cantine Riondo offers a range of still and naturally fermented sparkling wines that express all the virtues of the territory under several different brands on both the domestic and export markets. For Riondo wine is a real passion, where years of patience, experience and dedication are combined to give one result: the gift of moments of sheer pleasure.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Trentino-Alto Adige    Italy   
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Adami Prosecco Garbel 13
Adami Prosecco Garbel 13
(search item no. 100447)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Garbèl, which in ancient local dialect means a dry, crisp, pleasantly tart wine, is produced from the hilly vineyards in the Colli Trevigiani area. The ample nose releases crisp-edged, complex fruit notes, and the palate is full-flavored with a crisp acidity. A wonderfully versatile sparkler, Garbèl's 13 grams of residual sugar place it between the Brut and Extra Dry styles, making it perfect for wine bars as well as celebrations.

We suggest enjoying Prosecco in a white wine glass – not a flute – which is not wide enough for expressing all the wine's aromas and fruitiness.

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About Adami:

Solid roots of effort and tradition have given the life-blood to wines exuberant, and full of fruit. Following grandfather Abele and father Adriano, the youngest generation, Armando and Franco have brought to the house of Adami a refined technological approach to the art of producing some of the best spumante wines of the Valdobbiadene. The direct involvement in the success of their Prosecco production is demonstrated in Franco’s current leadership of the Valdobbiadene Consorzio. This is how the family expresses the values of their land: sound work, respect for human relationships, a sense of hospitality and continuity between past and present. An estate, and above all, a family.

In 1920 Grandfather Abele purchased the "Giardino" vineyard (whose name “Zardini” dates to 1717) from Count Balbi-Valier. A southern facing amphitheatre with shallow calcareous soil, the Prosecco vines cling to chestnut stakes and it is here that the Adami’s nurture the production of its greatest spumante that is recognized as Prosecco’s first "Cru". A wine of legendary status for over eighty years and still the benchmark for Prosecco today.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106890)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage was particularly smooth from start to finish. Budbreak arrived on schedule in the spring, and we saw lower than average rainfall. Healthy flowering led to a very even set, with few heat spikes during the season. Timely veraison and cooler weather later in the season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and spend additional time on the vine. The Pinot Noir in Monterey lasted a full 8 weeks, beginning in September and lasting all the way into October. By all accounts, 2009 appears to be an outstanding vintage.

In the glass, brooding, earthy aromas meld with juicy ripe plum, punctuated by lovely notes of black tea. The palate echoes the plum-filled nose, joined by black licorice and cocoa powder. A subtle earthiness leads to a generous, fleshy mid-palate and a smooth, mineral-laced finish.

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About La Crema:

Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema's location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery. At the winery, Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse uses artisan winemaking techniques to handcraft wines of distinctive flavor, elegance and balance.



Red Wines    Merlot    Other California    California   
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Spellbound Merlot 2008
Spellbound Merlot 2008
(search item no. 105678)

PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $11.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Merlot is approachable, yet deeply rich with berry and oak flavor, providing satisfaction with every glass. The Spellbound Merlot was created to demonstrate the dark yet playful fruit profile of Merlot with its' soft fruits and aromatics of mulling spice, fresh cedar cigar box and decadent leather. You will find bright fruit mingling with a classic signature of toasted Madagascar vanilla bean and French oak. Our dark, juicy, plush wine style continues here with soft tannins that gently caress while the brambly fruit and oak character manifest in every glass.
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About Spellbound:

Spellbound was born when Rob Mondavi and Paul Hoffman decided to craft wines that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day yet special enough to celebrate milestone events. In honor of California's rich winegrowing heritage, this winemaking team sources fruit from established and emerging wine regions throughout the state, including Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara and Lodi.

Currently Spellbound makes Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. All three wines are approachable and food-friendly, perfect for causal dinners and black tie functions alike. Because Spellbound wines pair so well with food, they've become a favorite choice of fine restaurants.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2009
Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2009
(search item no. 109214)

PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

45% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah.

Dark ruby color. A hint of sweetness, medium plus body with well integrated tannins that linger on the long finish. A nicely balanced wine, with enough acid and tannin to make this an excellent compliment to many foods.

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About Hedges Family Estate:

It was 1986 when Washington native Tom Hedges found his first employment in the wine industry marketing American wines in Taiwan. From that humble beginning, Hedges Cellars, then a "virtual" winery, found its first customer: the government of Sweden. Tom and his wife Anne-Marie marketed their Cabernet/Merlot blend to foreign buyers exclusively for two years before going domestic and opening up North American distribution. Still without their own winery, they took a chance buying acreage on an obscure little hill called Red Mountain.

The Hedges have concentrated their efforts on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the concept of terroir since their first vintage in 1987. With Anne-Marie Hedges' roots and childhood in the Champagne region of France, it was only natural that a French-style chateau would be built on the slopes of Red Mountain amongst their vines.

Brother Pete Hedges joined the winery as General Manager, becoming head Winemaker in 2002. Son Christophe and his wife Maggie began working for the winery soon thereafter and Hedges Cellars became Hedges Family Estate.

Our future direction is clear: we will continue to work as a family to unite farming, winemaking, and the promotion of our wines and the Red Mountain AVA.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 103239)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is bright crimson with hints of dark purple due to its oak maturation and specific handling techniques. The fragrant aroma consists of violets, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape with strong varietal character typical of the 2008 Coonawarra vintage. Distinct blackberry/ blackcurrant (Cassis) flavors are the characteristic of a good Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon. Mulberry and blackberry are dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a young tight palate with silky grape tannin and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of the Penley Style. A wine that is closer to full bodied with more grape and oak tannins but still maintains beautiful balance.
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About Penley Estate:

Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families – the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.

Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra rossa" soils – bright red top-soils overlaying soft free-draining limestone.

Critically acclaimed as one of Coonawarra's leading estates, and voted as one of the International Wineries of the Year 2001 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, while the Reserve Cabernet voted best wine of Coonawarra 2001, as judged by winemaking peers and critics.

The Penley Estate signature style comprises distinct, precise, terrior driven wines – not overly oaked or excessively alcoholic. They display ripe clean fruit with true regional character – the senior wines will age for many years.