Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 100060)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opaque crimson center with a garnet edge appearance. Its aroma is dense, concentrated, evolving scents of plum with black cherry, blackberry and cassis, layered with cocoa, toasty oak, sweet herbs and a hint of violets. Intriguing dark flavors of plum, cassis and black cherry are layered with toffee, cocoa and vanilla lifted with fresh herbs. Concentrated, structured and full on the palate from start to finish, ending with ripe, yet age worthy tannins.
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About Simi:

In 1876, brothers Giuseppe and Pietro Simi began making wine in San Francisco from Sonoma County grapes and eventually planted vineyards near Healdsburg. Simi's historic stone cellars were built in 1890 and are still used to age the wines. Today, Simi is recognized as a leader in innovation and experimentation with a history of over 125 years of cutting-edge winemaking.

Their Alexander Valley vineyards possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region. Years of geologic activity – from an ancient mudflow to the meandering Russian River and Mayacama Creek – has created numerous distinct soil types and a range of microclimates. Here they grow the red Bordeaux varietals for their Reserve Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for their Sendal.

Their Russian River Goldfields vineyard is planted to field selections chosen from the oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards in California. The combination of diverse clones and the cool, Russian River Valley climate produce Simi’s distinct Reserve Chardonnay.

Simi's winemakers focus on site-specific winemaking and use the most modern advances in vineyard management, fermentation and blending to best express the personality and flavors of each vineyard site.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 108281)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opaque deep red with an alluring crimson edge, our 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon doesn't hesitate to offer big fruit-forward aromas of blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, and plum accented with clove, vanilla, roasted coffee, and a lifted note of cedar. This wine stays rich and big on the palate. The round, full midpalate leads to a finish that offers ripe, youthful tannins evoking dark chocolate.

This wine, which promises to age well for decades to come, is wonderfully expressive with food. We recommend Greek lamb moussaka, wild game, barbecued prime rib, and beef short ribs.

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About Simi:

In 1876, brothers Giuseppe and Pietro Simi began making wine in San Francisco from Sonoma County grapes and eventually planted vineyards near Healdsburg. Simi's historic stone cellars were built in 1890 and are still used to age the wines. Today, Simi is recognized as a leader in innovation and experimentation with a history of over 125 years of cutting-edge winemaking.

Their Alexander Valley vineyards possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region. Years of geologic activity – from an ancient mudflow to the meandering Russian River and Mayacama Creek – has created numerous distinct soil types and a range of microclimates. Here they grow the red Bordeaux varietals for their Reserve Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for their Sendal.

Their Russian River Goldfields vineyard is planted to field selections chosen from the oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards in California. The combination of diverse clones and the cool, Russian River Valley climate produce Simi’s distinct Reserve Chardonnay.

Simi's winemakers focus on site-specific winemaking and use the most modern advances in vineyard management, fermentation and blending to best express the personality and flavors of each vineyard site.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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McCrea Boushey Grande Cote Vineyard Syrah 2006
McCrea Boushey Grande Cote Vineyard Syrah 2006
(search item no. 113255)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Dick Boushey's vineyard sits well above the valley floor in the central Yakima Valley north of Grandview. The steep, south-facing hillside of calcified vesicular basalt captures the sun's intensity and provides for excellent, gradual ripening; long growing conditions; and heightened complexity. It has been described as, "the best syrah vineyard in the state, if not the country" (Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast). Since we began bottling the two single vineyard Syrahs in 1997 – a wonderful contrast we liken to "black and blue" -- the Grande Côte has consistently produced a wine classically Northern Rhône in character. It has aromas of earthiness, leather, cedar, and mushrooms with high-tones of violets, cassis and blueberry (the "blue"); followed by dense flavors of cherry, plum, licorice, smoked meats, pencil lead, toasted nuts and truffle. It finishes with great acidity – an assurance of its excellent cellaring potential. We expect this wine to drink well for ten to twenty years.
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Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Victoria    Australia   
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Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz 2006
Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 114262)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep purple colour with distinct deep violet edges and a beautiful assortment of chocolate and vanilla aromas supported by big sweet berry red berries and fresh ripe plums. Released in limited quantities, Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz is a rich flavoured wine to enjoy young and fresh. Cellaring for 10 years and more.

The 500 million year old volcanic soil that makes up Heathcote's unique topography has long been regarded as the reason for such exceptional shiraz. Known as Cambrian earth, the red soil of Heathcote, like the Terra Rossa soil of Coonawarra, is noted for producing wines hallmarked by intense fruit characters and chocolate mint tones.

Sourced from a single vineyard, Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz is cold soaked, fermented on skins for 11 days, then undergoes malo-lactic fermentation in American hogsheads. It is then matured for 16 months in American oak. It is crafted to reflect the distinctive style of the Heathcote terroir and set to complement Taltarni's great family of superb Victorian red wines.

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About Taltarni:

Established in 1969, Taltarni was one of the founding wineries in the iron-rich Pyrenees wine region in Victoria. John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered the Taltarni Vineyard through a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux. From the outset, Taltarni has a strong French influence with the initial plantings of Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soon after, Taltarni extended its plantings with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. The Goelet family also sources Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Taltarni has built its reputation on elegant sparkling wines that are crafted using methode traditionale techniques, as wells as producing exceptional red and white wines. The distinctive labels, featuring a 17th century cartouche, represent the attention to detail and the French elegance and finesses that are hallmarks of all Taltarni wines.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 111047)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet color. A luscious cascade of dark fruit, including black currant, black cherry, plum, and blackberry complemented by sweet vanilla and baking spices. Flavor is rich, round, and full-bodied; layered with blackberry, cherry, dried plums, and a hint of cocoa; generous weight on the palate and smooth, mouth-filling tannins; the finish lingers with flavors of rich cassis and black cherry.
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About Franciscan Oakville Estate:

Franciscan is one of Napa Valley's most venerable wineries, reaching back more than three decades. Franciscan wines take their signature style - rich, vibrant flavors framed by supple tannins - from the ideal climate offered by Napa Valley's cool, southern half and from the time-honored tradition of small-lot winemaking, blending from hundreds of barrels to craft fine wines that fully express the classic Bordeaux varieties.

Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and doctors from San Francisco who decided to try turning their passion for wine into a business. In 1985, Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile who had built Concha y Toro in his native country, took over the helm at Franciscan. Huneeus refocused the winery on using the superlative grapes growing in its own vineyards, rather than sourcing from outside.

Today, Franciscan's wines are crafted under the exacting eye of Janet Myers, who came to Franciscan in August 2003 as associate winemaker after working in the Margaret River region and Beaulieu Vineyard, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Louis Martini. The winery remains committed to its tradition of small-lot winemaking, with small batches averaging just 150 to 1,500 cases. The image of a hand-operated wine press on Franciscan's logo and wine labels reflects this small lot approach to winemaking.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Australia    Australia   
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Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 115889)
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon, highlights the quality of the fruit that is produced from sixty-six year old vines, planted on their own roots in ironstone gravel. An inky wine, crimson in color. A classy perfumed aristocratic nose of pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Extraordinary aromas of black currents and high quality French oak scented bouquet. Elegant flavors of black fruits, smoky herbs, eucalyptus and vanilla.

Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are from vines planted in 1940 on their original rootstock. The unusually dry growing season resulted in even smaller yields than normal, under two tons per acre. All of the vines are dry-farmed and hand pruned. Picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit. Grapes were hand picked in order to allow for whole berry fermentation. This process allows us to better retain the grape's varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extraction in the wine. The juice is fermented using wild yeast; temperatures were kept 32 degrees Celsius with an extended maceration. All of the pressings are returned to the barrel. No fining or filtration is allowed ensuring the purest expression of the grape and vineyard that will age well and complement the dining experience. Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in barrels that are hand selected by the winemaker. The French barrels used are 100% new, tight-grained oak from Nadalie. Barrels are seasoned for three years before being toasted to medium char over a cool flame for several hours to minimize blistering. Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon spent 18 months in barrel. The resulting wine is extremely balanced and integrated; when decanted it is ready to consume now or can age for 15 years.

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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Souverain Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Souverain Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 112852)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Cabernet Sauvignon has a plush entry and opens with classic aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, bittersweet chocolate. Hints of floral, roasted coffee and baking spice carry over to the palate and meld with the wild blackberry and cassis flavors for which Alexander Valley is known. Extended aging in superbly coopered new barrels has integrated the fine grained tannins and created layers of cedar, espresso, and tobacco. This well-structured Cabernet has incredible fruit density and balance and will age well over the next 10 years, but has plenty of accessible ripeness to enjoy upon release.
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About Souverain:

Winemaker Ed Killian has been making wine in California's Alexander Valley for 25 years. he knows the vineyards in the valley inside and out and understands which blocks will give him the fruit he is looking for to create Souverain's signature style. Souverain's 120-year-old estate in the Alexander Valley is the primary source for grapes for the illustrious portfolio of Souverain wines. Killian consistently produces outstanding wines that represent the best of Alexander Valley, including an Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the flagship Winemaker's Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Saddleback Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Saddleback Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 113111)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wonderful, heady aromas of ripe dark cherries, spice rack, and cigar box are emitted from this wine's fragrant bouquet. This full-bodied wine has opulent, jammy black fruit flavors layered over silky and supple tannins with an amazingly smooth lingering finish. A perfect accompaniment with grilled steak or roast beef.
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Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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RouteStock Route 99W Pinot Noir 2009
RouteStock Route 99W Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108610)
screw cap wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Pinot Noir is a fresh, pleasing wine that captures the character of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The color is a light, translucent ruby hue characteristic of Pinot Noir. The bouquet reveals notes of raspberry, baked cherries, violets and orange zest with a hint of herbs. On the palate, look for notes of raspberry, cranberry and spice enveloped in a light, food-friendly acidity. This wine will continue to improve in bottle for the next two to three years.
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About RouteStock:

RouteStock Cellars crafts wines from the signature varietals grown along the wine routes one travels when visiting the world's most celebrated wine regions. These are classic grape varieties, best suited to each different wine-growing region and sourced from family-owned vineyards. We invite you to enjoy these wines inspired by the beautiful vineyards and the families that tend them along these historic wine routes.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 108967)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $35.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1990 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1993

To the eye the wine displays a deep ruby red. The aromas include bold cassis with ripe layers of black plum and dark cherries, complemented with complex notes of clove, molasses, bay, and vanilla.

On the palate, the wine has a full and dense mouthfeel with rich, velvety tannins. Flavors of blackberry, cocoa, tobacco, mocha, and cassis fill the palate with generous body and supple texture.

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About Mount Veeder Winery:

Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.

Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.

Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property.