White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Chile    South America   
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Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2013 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a very pale yellow color, with green hues. The nose is complex and delicate, with aromas of mature tropical fruit such as mango and lychee, with apple custard (cherimoya), papaya and lime peel, mixed in with herbal notes and green chili. The mouth is concentrated, fruity and fresh, dominated by a persistent mineral overtone.

This Sauvignon Blanc is ideally served with oily fishes such as salmon or bluefish, cerviche, sea urchin, oysters and sharp cheese.

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About Matetic:

The story of the Matetic Winery begins in 1999 when the Matetic family decided to diversify their business ventures and enter the world of wine, confident in the virtues of the climate and soils in the Rosario Valley. With a firm conviction in the vital importance of maintaining a strong professional team to guide every step of the project, the family incorporated Alan York (Biodinamic Consultant), Ken Bernards (Consulting Winemaker), and Ann Kraemer (Viticultural Consultant) into the project in 2000 to ensure that Matetic wines achieve the highest quality. The EQ stands for Equilibrium... balance.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2010
Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2010
(search item no. 127471)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With dark red color, the 2010 Yering Station Viognier begins with classic young intense Shiraz Viognier aromas. Fragrant perfumed and classy with loads of dark fruits, spice pepper, blackberry jam and violets. On the palate, structured with precision and intensity. Lots of flavour and pristine fruit with classic Shiraz Viognier characters. Very long and focused.
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About Yering Station:

The first vineyard in Victoria, Yering Station was originally planted in 1838. Its acquisition in 1996 by the Rathbone family marked the beginning of a new era, with the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and award winning tourism complex (Winner: 2003-04 Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Wineries).

The winemaking team lead by Tom Carson (nominated for the Qantas Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year 2004) take a non-interventionist approach to allow full expression of the characteristics of this cool-climate region with particular emphasis on varietal flavours, structure and balance. The sub-regional variation between each of our sites throughout the valley allows the winery to successfully produce a diverse range of wines. When a grape variety performs exceptionally well throughout a season, a selection of the most outstanding parcels are released under our reserve label.

Through consistently producing a vast range of different wines, all with hallmark elegance, quality and distinction, Yering Station has built a reputation as one of the finest producers in the Yarra Valley and Australia.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
(search item no. 119237)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of red fruit, sweet spice and a touch of fresh mint. It is full and soft with layers of red currant and cassis with notes of clove and black pepper. The wine finishes with finely grained tannins that add structure and length. Made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Traditional pairings such as steak, grilled or roasted beef dishes, wild game, chocolate and cheeses are perfect with this wine.

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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Chile    South America   
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Montes Twins Red Blend 2011
Montes Twins Red Blend 2011
(search item no. 123508)
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Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meet the twins: a masterstroke of varietal blending from Chile's winemaking legend, Aurelio Montes. On their own, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon shine, but when paired up, these two classic varieties complement each other perfectly. It's a sensational double bill: wonderful richness, structure and fruit from the Cabernet, with smooth, velvety texture from the Malbec. These varieties add up to a wine that's greater than the sum of its parts, while the oak aging contributes with subtle notes of vanilla and liqueur, and its soft tannins provide an especially elegant finish.
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About Montes:

With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. Their premise, a clear belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, made them a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Its original four partners' total involvement and the continuous help of the angels that decorate their labels was key to their success. Two decades later, Montes is the fifth most important winery of Chile where Aurelio Montes continues leading the winemaking area with the same passion as the first day. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and breaking new grounds in wine.


White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Eroica Riesling 2012
Eroica Riesling 2012
(search item no. 124582)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Gold Medal Winner: 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

The 2012 Eroica Riesling offers sweet lime and peach aromas with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. Eroica is a blended statement of the finest Riesling vineyards in the state. To achieve our Eroica style we strive for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced minerality.
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About Eroica:

Launched in 1999, Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers. One from the Old World, Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and the other from the New World, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state. An intermingling of Old and New World philosophies and technique enables the crafting of an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration.

The first five vintages of Eroica Riesling (1999-2003) were named to Wine Spectator's "Top 100" list.

"I have long believed that a Riesling revival would have to start with a prominent New World winery like Chateau Ste. Michelle."
- Ernst Loosen, Dr. Loosen estate



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Roots Run Deep Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Roots Run Deep Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
(search item no. 128559)
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PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2012 Roots Run Deep Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, ripe, and focused with juicy blackberry and cherry fruit, milk chocolate, and dusty notes all tied together with a creamy french vanilla middle and a finish that in a word is...lingering. Educated Guess fills all the requirements that a serious cabernet lover is looking for while remaining fun, approachable, and food friendly.
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About Roots Run Deep:

Roots Run Deep Winery was founded in 2005 with the promise of producing unparalleled wine from the Napa Valley at prices everyone can afford. Grapes grown by the best producers in Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and Carneros wine districts go into making these wines superb in quality and unmatched in value. Proprietor Mark Albrecht is a 15-year veteran in the wine industry and has been involved in all aspects of the industry from restaurant to retail, and wholesaler to supplier. Mark was instrumental in the creation, strategic planning and marketing of many successful wine brands and brings that passion to Roots Run Deep. His philosophy is that great wines can be affordable and Roots Run Deep Winery is dedicated to producing wines that can compete with $50+ wines for a fraction of the price.