Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Estancia Reserve Meritage 2007
Estancia Reserve Meritage 2007
(search item no. 106978)

PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $23.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Appearance is deep crimson. Aromas of vibrant blackberries and cherries, with nuances of anise and sage, accents of chocolate and sweet oak. Flavor Intense flavors of black cherries and currants, framed by dusty tannins providing an elegant and lingering finish.
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About Estancia:

Estancia, based in Monterey, was founded in 1986. The name Estancia is roughly translated from the Spanish word for "estate," and emphasizes our conviction that the world's best wines capture the essence of their place of origin. At Estancia we control the process from the start—from the trials in our experimental vineyard blocks, to planting, harvesting, fermenting and aging the wines. We've built a winery that allows us to devote the same attention to detail in winemaking that we give to our grapes. We use open-top fermenters and small basket presses for our Pinot Noir and new red-wine fermentation tanks that are fit for the diverse blocks in our Paso Robles vineyards. It is this hands-on crafting of the wines, from grapes to bottle, that result in our superior wine quality.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red 2008
Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red 2008
(search item no. 102590)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A second year of below-average rainfall made for a challenging growing season. A small crop was set in March, and ripened in time for a September harvest. The dry conditions resulted in smaller-than-normal berry size, which accentuated flavor. Natural yeasts carried out primary fermentation, and eight days of skin contact extracted elegant structure. Uninoculated secondary fermentation was complete in record time, allowing early assemblage. We chose the most accessible lots from six vineyards for this wine. Once blended and racked to barrel, clarity was achieved by racking off the sediment every two months. Integrated oak and appealing ripe fruit make this Three Valleys enjoyable now: it will be at its best over the next five years.
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About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Rodney Strong Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Rodney Strong Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 102722)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bold fruit aromas and flavors centered on red plum and boysenberry, and a rich and mouthfilling texture with soft tannins, all of which we've framed in the finest oak barrels for 18 months.
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About Rodney Strong Vineyards:

Founded by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong, in 1959, Rodney Strong Vineyards is now owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein began the endeavor that today brings together excellent vineyards, the industry's finest winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, focusing on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vinyeard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and coming carbon neutral in 2009.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2008
Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2008
(search item no. 105071)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very dark purple with lots of black hues. Big sweet nose (some may call it candified) of dark plums, black cherries, sweet smoky oak, tobacco, and funky tree bark. Forward gush of dark fruit that also has some helpful tangy red currants along with tobacco, smoke, and earth. Medium-low acid, soft tannins.
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About Bodegas Volver:

The Spanish enologist, Rafael Cañizares seeks to achieve the maximum expression of the Tempranillo grape grown in the environment. This winery is located in the best terroir of La Mancha found in the eastern region of the Denomination of Origin. The soil is the reason that the winery committed themselves to purchasing 228 acres of vineyards with an average age of 40 years. The sandy soils (up to 1 meter in depth) has an underlayment of large river stones.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 109340)
collectible wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2007 CASK Cabernet is a striking beauty. An exotic perfume of cassis, flowers, spice, and oak is followed by luscious flavors or red cherries, currants, and wildberries. the supple tannins and rich core of fruit let you indulge now; however, the impeccable structure will allow CASK to grow for many years to come. It is a classic representation of Rutherford Cabernet.
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About Inglenook:

In 1879, Finnish explorer and adventurer Gustave Niebaum searched the Napa Valley with the goal of establishing a wine estate to rival the finest chateau of France. For decades his wines won acclaim and remain some of the most admired in American wine history's classic period. By the mid-1960's, his property was divided, and estate-wine production ceased.

A decade later, Francis Ford Coppola purchased 1,500 acres of this historic property and revived Captain Niebaum's fine winemaking tradition. In 1995, Niebaum-Coppola acquired the remainder of the property and restored the Inglenook Estate to its original dimensions.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Ruffino Modus 2006
Ruffino Modus 2006
(search item no. 100337)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

Ruby red in color with garnet hues. Well-structured, this wine's characteristics exemplify the perfect union of the three varieties that make up the Modus blend. Hints of tobacco and spice lead to inviting aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums. This full-bodied wine is rich with refined, silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry essence.

Modus is delicious with versatile meat dishes such as Bistecca alla Fiorentina, sausage with escarole and fagioli beans, marinated flank steak, and pairs equally well with grilled stuffed Portobello mushrooms and aged hard cheeses.

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About Ruffino:

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.