Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Justin Isosceles 2009
Justin Isosceles 2009
(search item no. 117251)
collectible wine

Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby in the glass with a violet rim. An alluring, rich mix of ripe black currants and berries faceted with vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa highlights. Full bodied, complex black fruit of lush currants, and cherry layered with licorice and vanilla spice with chocolate, roasted coffee, and tobacco. The finish is extremely long and complex, showing firm plush tannins that bring everything together making it easy to drink it now, but implying a great future.

Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Merlot

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About Justin:

Justin and Deborah Baldwin acquired their land in 1981 and planted 72 acres in vineyards that same year. Initially they were wine growers, selling to other wineries. Then, in 1987, they harvested their first grapes bottled under the Justin label. Justin Winery concentrates on two Bordeaux styled red wines: Isoscleles, which is a 100% estate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and Justification, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Varietals are planted to specific soil types on their hillside vineyards 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, on the Central Coast.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Roco Private Stash Pinot Noir 2008
Roco Private Stash Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 108215)
boutique wine
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Classic Wit's End spice and complexity is the hallmark of this 08 Private Stash. There are full luscious, red velvet pinot flavors on the palate. One can't ignore the rich red berriness of this wine with sides of vanilla, tender spices and cinnamon. Extremely creamy, luscious blackberry flavors, with firm tannins and a lingering finish. No need to reach for flavor nuances here…this is true Pinot perfection with complexity, balance and staying power. Stash this away.
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About Roco:

Rollin and Corby Soles planted their small Wits' End Vineyard, located on the southwest slope of the Chehalem Mountains, in 2001. Two years later they produced their first vintage, four barrels of the 2003 Private Stash Pinot Noir. They were so delighted with the wine that they decided to produce two separate ROCO Pinot Noirs each vintage: the Private Stash and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Rollin brings more than twenty years of Oregon winemaking experience, a passion for Pinot Noir and insistence on the highest winemaking standards to this private family venture.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Silverado Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2005
Silverado Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2005
(search item no. 109966)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $169.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark red color. Aromas of tobacco, dried herbs, brandied fruit compote and savory spices. Medium to full bodied, a soft and broad mid-palate with integrated flavors of ripe red fruits and sweet oak. Silky, mouth coating finish.

Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

Silverado Vineyards has made excellent Cabernet Sauvignon since 1981, but only 12 vintages have merited the rare Limited label. Limited Cabernet Sauvignon is produced only in optimal years, when small lots of wine are blended to express the essence of classic, age worthy Napa Valley Cabernet. 2005 was that kind of year.

Vineyard Sources:
Mt. George Vineyard (62%)
Located east of Napa, Mt. George Vineyard is the site of one of the first grape plantings in the valley in the 19th century. The deep, gravelly soils are derived from volcanic rock and ash, providing depth and structure to Silverado's wines.
Stags Leap Vineyard (38%)
This sloping, gravelly soils and sunny exposure of this vineyard helped establish the reputation of Stags Leap District for fine Cabernet.

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About Silverado Vineyards:

In the heart of Napa Valley's Stags Leap District sits a rocky peak with a spectacular Mediterranean-style stone winery perched on top. That winery is the iconic Silverado Vineyards, established in 1981 by Ron and Diane Disney Miller. Thirty years later, three generations of Miller Family continue to source grapes entirely from their family-owned estate Napa vineyards. From berry to bottle, each vine growing and wine making step is dedicated to expressing the character of grapes grown on each of the wineries six historic vineyards. Expressing richness and age-worthiness, Silverado wines are unique, one-of-a-kind blends of superlative vineyard location and elegant winemaking style.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2006
Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2006
(search item no. 106633)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $169.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is as deep and dark in color as it is in aroma and flavors. The nose on this wine is floral and smoky with rich blackberry aromas. The entry is elegant and soft with flavors of dark cherries, blueberry, cocoa, and spiced plum. The palate is layered with well structured tannins which lead to a long and complex finish of dark currant.
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About Ladera:

Ladera Vineyards is located in the Howell Mountain appellation of the Napa Valley at an elevation of 1800 feet. The winery was originally built in 1886 and is listed in the official book of ghost wineries of Napa Valley. The proprietors, the Stotesbery family, have completely restored the old stone building, returned it to its original intent as a gravity flow winery and added nearly 18,000 square feet of caves for barrel storage. In addition to the Howell Mountain Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon, Ladera also produces a vineyard-designated Cabernet called Lone Canyon Vineyard. Both wines express their hillside vineyard heritage and hence the mantra: hillside estate Cabernet.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
(search item no. 106635)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $165.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Eloge's dark plum/ruby color is followed by a sweet kiss of plum, black cherry, earth, licorice, and spice box, a medium to full-bodied wine, abundant tannin, and impressive concentration, purity, and overall complexity. Reasonably evolved, and extremely seductive aromatically, with a slightly structured finish, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 15 years. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot.
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About Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards:

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards are located just east of St. Helena in the Napa Valley where Conn Creek flows out of Howell Mountain. Twenty-six acres of vineyards, divided into nine blocks, along with a fifteen acre-foot reservoir are the heart of this 40-acre grape-growing paradise.

Separated from the Napa Valley floor by a north/south running ridge, the world-renowned wineries of Joseph Heitz and Joseph Phelps are located on the west side of this ridge and the Anderson's Estate Vineyards are on the east side at a perfect elevation of 400 feet.

The vineyards not only enjoy Napa Valley's superb microclimate, but share the same Bale Loam Series as are found on the famous Rutherford Bench. This combination of clay-loam soil and microclimate produces up to 106 tons of exceptional fruit each year. One from which a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blend, called Éloge, can be artfully handcrafted.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Napa Valley    California   
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Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
(search item no. 270)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A complex assemblage of primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Brut Prestige opens with gorgeous layered white blossom aromas, followed by creamy vanilla, citrus, stone fruit and melon. With elegant acidity and crisp structure, this medium-bodied sparkling wine displays an excellent mousse and a rich, lingering finish. Refreshing acidity and fruit character makes Brut Prestige an excellent food wine.
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About Mumm Napa:

Mumm Napa draws from the rich heritage of Champagne Mumm of Reims, France while integrating a unique Napa Valley style to make internationally respected wines of excellent quality. Ludovic Dervin carries on the inspiration that began with Guy Devaux in making Mumm Napa wines, bringing the ripe character of Napa fruit to the forefront while maintaining the classic balance and structure necessary in an outstanding sparkling wine.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2009
Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2009
(search item no. 114885)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red with deep intensity and hue. Fruity, fine and elegant aromas dominated by wild berries accompanied by various spicy notes. Fruity on the palate with good tannins and a lingering finish.
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About Fattoria di Felsina:

In the 17 published editions of Gambero Rosso, Italy’s acclaimed wine rating guide, this Tuscan estate has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award 17 times. They are a favorite of IWM, Robert Parker, and any Tuscan wine enthusiast. And they did it by revealing the true essence of the Sangiovese grape and the Chianti Classico terroir. What this tells us is that this is a winery of consistency, producing Chianti Classicos with the ability to age up to two decades for the right vintage. Much like the great Brunello estates, it is the marriage of an ideal microclimate and the uncompromising commitment of a dedicated staff that educes the full character of Tuscany's noble grape, even in off vintages. Even more importantly, this is a producer who creates compelling wines and releases them at contained prices, making Felsina accessible to all wine enthusiasts and one of Italy's greatest values!


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2009
Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2009
(search item no. 117750)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

To coin a popular phrase, this is not your Mother's Reserve Pinot Noir! The wine has quiet power, yet voluptuous, sensuous fruit. The aromas offer spice of sandalwood, cedar box, and incense imbricated with lovely red and Bing cherry fruit, with a hint of moss on rock earthiness. The flavors bring out more red than black fruits which is characteristic of our Reserve vine blocks that make this wine label. The texture is super rich with surprising amounts of red cherry and cherry wood spice. This wine and the 2009 vintage are opulent enough to please the most discerning Sybarite!
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About Argyle:

Twenty-five years ago, Argyle began making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Since 1987, winemaker Rollin Soles and viticulturist Allen Holstein have teamed up to produce world-class method champenoise sparkling wines, barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and silky-textured Pinor Noir from low-yielding vines that are winery farmed on some of the best hillside slopes and elevations. Argyle wines have received a total of 11 Wine Spectator Top 100 designations - more than any other winery in Oregon. The Argyle wines represented on this list include sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, truly making Argyle one of the finest practitioners of the craft of elegant, long-lived winegrowing.


Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti 2009
Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti 2009
(search item no. 110845)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#47 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Ruby red with violet hues. Elegant, with good intensity - you can feel the fruits of berries, mint leaves. Well structured, fruity and dry.

Pair with dishes of pasta with red sauces, white meats and red meats.

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About Michele Chiarlo:

The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the sole and present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Mr. Chiarlo is today one of the most respected producers of the fine wines of Piedmont and a leading figure in its viticultural industry.

At the production and vineyard level, where quality begins, Michele Chiarlo has for thirty years pursued an endless search for control over the finest vineyard sites in each of the zones from which he produces his wines. Perhaps the crown jewel among these is the vineyard of Fornace di Tassarolo in the Rovereto area of Gavi, a small parcel planted in 1910 which yields a brilliant and intense Gavi of exquisite refinement. He also has long-term agreements with the owners of two spectacular vineyards in the Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga crus of Barolo, from which he produces Barolo Riserva Rocche di Castiglione and Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda di Serralunga. In addition to these contracts, he has also purchased the Antico Podere Averame in the Cerequio cru of Barolo, considered one of the zone's finest Nebbiolo vineyards; and an estate, also in Barolo in the cru of Cannubi, which due to its extremely sharp gradient had never been cultivated. With considerable capital investment, this vineyard has been terraced and brought into production, the first time such a project has ever been undertaken in Piedmont.

In 1995, Michele Chiarlo acquired the estate of Azienda Agricola Aluffi in Castelnuovo Calcea, considered to the most beautiful and prestigious property in the heart of the classic Barbera d'Asti zone. The estate is comprised of two separate vineyard holdings, La Court and Il Castello, with a total area of 62 acres of which 50 are planted in Barbera vines, quite extensive for this area. The principally southwest and easterly-exposed slopes support superb, calcium and mineral rich soils which are of ideal composition for the production of great Barbera d'Asti.

Michele Chiarlo directly manages or personally oversees every aspect in the production of his wines. Eminently qualified through the expertise acquired through his involvement with the company under his father, he also holds a degree from the prestigious School of Enology at Alba. His ceaseless innovation, both in production and in marketing, has gained him the respesct of his industry.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Veneto    Italy   
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Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2008
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2008
(search item no. 113418)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#60 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Palazzo della Torre has a particular structure and aromatic qualities, combined with an elegant and harmonious personality. A complex wine with pleasant raisined nuances and a lengthy, lingering finish. This wine has an aging potential of 8-10 years.

It pairs well with a wide range of Italian cuisine, such as pasta and risottos made with full-flavoured, spicy sauces and white and red meats, roasted or grilled. Also perfect with cold cuts and mediummatured cheeses.

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About Allegrini:

The estate is based in Fumane di Valpolicella, just north of Verona in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, or "valley of many cellars" is an area crossed from north to south by a series of hills, which in succession form three parallel valleys. These valleys are crossed by steep-sided, narrow river beds which remain dry except during spring thaws or autumn rains.

The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations, playing a major role in the Valpolicella Classico area for many centuries. Giovanni Allegrini was the founder of the new generation. He was extremely proud to be part of the Valpolicella, and dedicated his many resources and energies to this land. He was among the first in questioning local viticultural techniques, revolutionizing accepted practices, and speaking clearly about quality. He was able to combine the science of enology with strict grape selection, and between 1960 and 1970, made some of the Valpolicella's best wines.

Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of "cru" production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. These crus have been a success worldwide: The Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja have set the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines.