Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Elderton Shiraz 2010
Elderton Shiraz 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vintage is an absolute classic - it is full bodied and rich. The color is a rich and vibrant dark purple. Aromas of black forest fruits, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavors of olum, chocolate, and spice.
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About Elderton:

Established in 1982 by Lorraine and Neil Ashmead, Elderton Wines is now run by the second generation - Cameron and Allister Ashmead. They are custodians of a Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Barossa floor vineyard, with plantings dating back to 1894. At present, they have been listed multiple times among Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines and received numerous other prestigious accolades.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Elderton Shiraz 2009
Elderton Shiraz 2009
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Full-bodied, rich, classic Shiraz. A rich and vibrant dark purple color with aromas of black forest fruits, chocolate, vanilla. The flavors include plum, chocolate and spice, accompanied by fine, lingering and integrated tannins.
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About Elderton:

Established in 1982 by Lorraine and Neil Ashmead, Elderton Wines is now run by the second generation - Cameron and Allister Ashmead. They are custodians of a Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Barossa floor vineyard, with plantings dating back to 1894. At present, they have been listed multiple times among Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines and received numerous other prestigious accolades.


Red Wines    Nebbiolo    Piedmont    Italy   
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Fratelli Revello Barolo 2007
Fratelli Revello Barolo 2007
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James Suckling rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red. Full, sweet, ripe red fruit, plum jam, sweet wood notes. Vigorous, quite soft, warm, tannic, fresh, persistent.

Pair with grilled red meat and seasoned cheese.

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About Fratelli Revello:

Revello Farms, run by the brothers Carlo and Lorenzo, is located in frazione Annunziata in the commune of La Morra. In the estate vineyards Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Nebbiolo and Barolo are produced. Vineyards are taken care of by hand, as well as the harvest, according to the old tradition (pruning in July, harvest between 15 of September and 15 of October).


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Catena Cabernet Sauvignon shows a dark violet color with shades of rubies. On the nose it offers aromas of ripe black currant, sweet spice, red fruits and cassis. On the palate it displays layers of cassis, tobacco and black pepper. This cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine with tannins that provide structure and a long, persistent finish.
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About Catena:

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Hermitage    France - Rhone   
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Guigal Crozes Hermitage 2007
Guigal Crozes Hermitage 2007
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Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Crozes Hermitage is the largest of the appellations of the Northern Rhône, comprising just over 2500 acres planted to Syrah for red wine and Marsanne and Roussanne for white. The vineyards are largely on the plain, producing reasonably priced wines, but there are some excellent hillside vineyards which provide concentrated, long-lived wines. In general, the red wines have forthright Syrah flavors, spicy and persistent, with satisfying vigor and intensity of flavor in an appealingly rustic style.
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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.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage 2010
Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Shotfire Quartage has a lifted aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, spice and subtle violets. The palate is medium to full bodied in weight and displays cassis characters. The wine has long silky tannins that are to be expected from wines made in the vain of a Bordeaux blend.

Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 12% Merlot

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About Thorn-Clarke:

The Thorn-Clarke family already has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry. The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship between two long time Barossa families. The winery owners are David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) and their son Sam is manager of the winery. Cheryl's brother, David Thorn manages the Mount Crawford and Kabininge vineyards for Thorn-Clarke Wines. Her father Ron Thorn has one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in Australia and possibly the world on the Thorn family property 'Clifton' outside of Angaston. Earliest records show this old vineyard was in existence in 1854.

Husband and wife, David and Cheryl Clarke both have deep family roots in the Barossa. Cheryl Clarke's family, the Thorn's, have been grape growers in the Barossa since the 1870's.

David Clarke's family were pioneers in the Barossa as well but most famously in the mining of gold from the Barossa Goldfields. One of his ancestors was James Goddard who was the responsible for opening the Lady Alice gold mine in the Barossa goldfields and which was the largest gold mine in South Australia at the time. It has been David's love of the wine industry that saw the planting of the Kabininge vineyard outside of Tanunda in 1987. The planting of the Kabininge vineyard represented the start of a deeper involvement by the family in the Barossa wine industry.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117735)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Classic Napa Valley with deep, rich color and concentrated black fruit character. Lush, dark berry and cassis flavors complemented by 18 months of French oak barrel aging and a supple tannin structure.
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About Oberon:

As a third-generation winemaker and Napa Valley native, Rob Mondavi, Jr. has always understood that the region is uniquely suited for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. With the Oberon label - originally named for the eponymous king in Shakespeare's winsome comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream — he has created high-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to be enjoyed every day.

Rob and fellow winemaker, Tony Coltrin, select Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from some of Napa Valley's finest vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap and other emerging sub-appellations. The climate of these regions — warm days and cool evenings — yields grapes with the perfect balance of ripe fruit flavors and natural acidity.



Rosé Wine    Rose    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Charles & Charles Rose 2012
Charles & Charles Rose 2012
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 vintage was #42 on Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

The aromas of watermelon, grass, wet stones and citrus still dominate and they carry through the palate, but in a more dynamic way finishing with bright acidity. The level of C02 is reduced this vintage, so while previously there was a touch of effervescence it's more integrated this year. The winery's goal is to achieve the perfect balance of fruit, acid and savory.

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About Charles & Charles:

A collaboration founded in 2008 between Food & Wine Magazine Winemaker of the Year, Charles Smith (K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, BIELER Pere et Fils, Sombra mezcal, and the Gotham Project). They produce just two wines each year, a rosé made in the old school way, and a cabernet sauvignon and syrah red blend. All the grapes for their wines are farmed sustainably in the Columbia Valley (largely in the Wahluke Slope AVA) by Butch and Jerry Milbrandt.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meiomi (May-oh-mee) is a Pinot Noir that gets its fruit from the most noteworthy coastal areas in California. The wine is crafted, lush, balanced and luxurious. Three of the California's most sought after coastal growing regions brilliantly meld together in this deeply flavored, stylish and truly balanced Pinot Noir; at its most fundamental core, it is an approachable, food friendly wine with a style and place all its own.
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About Meiomi:

The name Meiomi means "coast" in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes, and best pays tribute to and symbolizes the origin of this Pinot Noir. Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880's. In his youth, he worked many spring and summer days in the vineyard and cellar of Caymus, learning the basics from pulling leaves, to dragging hoses. Then he began to focus his efforts on what was to become his passion and career in the wine business. He is the owner of Belle Glos and Meiomi wines and has been overseeing vineyard operations and winemaking since 2002. Joseph has a perpetual goal of crafting Pinot Noirs that exude their origins and represent the best of their class in any vintage. Along with his passion for Pinot Noir, he continues his role at Caymus in viticulture and winemaking alongside his father, Chuck. When not at work, he spends time with his wife and 5 children constantly grooming the next generation in farming philosophy and practices, winemaking and the enjoyment of nature's bounty and the outdoors.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 116652)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This bold medium-bodied wine delivers aromas of cherry blossoms and rose petals, with a perfect balance of earth, mineral and deep berry flavors leading to a soft tannin cocoa finish.
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About Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.