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Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114331)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit forward, bright aromas of raspberries and cherries; cola and subtle well integrated oak, round, full tannins; spicy, a bit of cocoa and cola on the palate, nice lingering berries on the finish.
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About Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:

Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114331)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit forward, bright aromas of raspberries and cherries; cola and subtle well integrated oak, round, full tannins; spicy, a bit of cocoa and cola on the palate, nice lingering berries on the finish.
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About Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:

Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.


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Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114331)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit forward, bright aromas of raspberries and cherries; cola and subtle well integrated oak, round, full tannins; spicy, a bit of cocoa and cola on the palate, nice lingering berries on the finish.
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About Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:

Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.


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Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114331)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit forward, bright aromas of raspberries and cherries; cola and subtle well integrated oak, round, full tannins; spicy, a bit of cocoa and cola on the palate, nice lingering berries on the finish.
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About Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:

Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Conn Creek Anthology 2006
Conn Creek Anthology 2006
(search item no. 109430)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine News rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Anthology is rich, smooth and spicy, a delicious wine. Mature cherry flavors and concentrated cassis fruits are brought to focus with cedar, and vanillin spiced accents. Graceful and powerful,, the lingering flavors are unctuous and seemingly endless

Sourcing grapes from most of Napa Valley's 14 appellations provides us with many alternatives when it comes to composing our pinnacle wine blend. The 2006 Anthology includes vineyard lots selected from the following appelations: Cabernet Sauvignon: Mount Veeder- Newton, Spring Mountain, Atlas Peak, Stags Leap District, Rutherford, St Helena Cabernet Franc: St Helena-Carpenter, Atlas Peak-Stagecoach. Merlot: St Helena- Collins, Atlas Peak- Stagecoach Petit Verdot: Yountville- Tall Trees Malbec: Yountville- Herrick

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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek was founded in 1973 and immediately established itself as one of Napa Valley's premier Cabernet houses with the release of its 1974 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery name comes from its location, next to Conn Creek near the Rutherford Crossroad that connects the Silverado Trail with Highway 29. Conn Creek specializes in limited production Bordeaux varietal wines exclusively from Napa Valley’s best vineyards. Present production remains at fewer than 6500 case per year.


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Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 99079)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $125.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 99 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 Decanter rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1978 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1978 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1996 vintage of this wine was ranked #9 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1999

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve carries the full classic aromas of crème de cassis, licorice, and cedarwood with layers of spice, camphor and roasted herbs. On the palate, the wine reflects the very expressive terroir of the To Kalon Vineyard with ripe blue and black fruits—mineral-laced dark berries and powerful, integrated tannins for which this vineyard is known. The lush aromatics and well developed flavors are wrapped in firm, velvety tannins, giving the wine an exceedingly long, aristocratic finish.

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.


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Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2009
Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2009
(search item no. 111418)
collectible wine

James Suckling rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $109.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 vintage of this wine was ranked #5 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2005

An internationally-styled, super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine's dense aromas of cassis and black stone fruit are offset by notes of herbs, spice and sweet oak which carry onto a ripe palate marked by firm tannic structure.

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About Tenuta Setti Ponti:

The estate of Sette Ponti lies in the heart of the Chianti zone, fifteen miles northwest of the city of Arezzo just past the village of San Giustino Valdarno. The Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti, leads into a beautiful hidden valley and to the estate. The name Sette Ponti, or "seven bridges," refers to the seven bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence. Erected in the mid 13th century, it took nearly forty years to build, and is perceptible in the right far background of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa.

Tenuta Sette Ponti, is, like many Tuscan estates, multi-faceted. The 750-acre property supports livestock and mixed agriculture, and although viticulture is not new to the estate, winemaking is; the yield of the property's vineyards was until 1997 sold to various respected Tuscan wine producers, among them Piero Antinori. Dr. Moretti's enjoyment of wine led him to ask Antinori if the estate vineyards could produce great wines, and Antinori thought they could. The estate has since been transformed through the consultation of respected oenologist Carlo Ferrini and his assistant, Gioia Cresti; Gilbert Bouvet, one of France's most skilled viticulturalists; and agronomist Benedetto d'Anna.



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Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2003
Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2003
(search item no. 94852)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby red. Spices, red berries and delicate oak aromas. Round soft tannins. Aromas of rasberry, blackberry and vanilla. Balance between scarcely perceptible acidity and tannins which add ageing potential and softened by long ageing in oak.
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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.



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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 113321)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sandalwood, hazelnut, and powdered cocoa spicy aromas waft around a core of plum and dark stone fruit. Lively black plum and blueberry flavors transition seamlessly to a walnut, toasted almond finish. This elegantly balanced will continue to bring pleasure for years to come.
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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek was founded in 1973 and immediately established itself as one of Napa Valley's premier Cabernet houses with the release of its 1974 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery name comes from its location, next to Conn Creek near the Rutherford Crossroad that connects the Silverado Trail with Highway 29. Conn Creek specializes in limited production Bordeaux varietal wines exclusively from Napa Valley’s best vineyards. Present production remains at fewer than 6500 case per year.