Red Wines    Mourvedre    Jumilla    Spain   
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Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2009
Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2009
(search item no. 109695)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sweet spices and dark cherries with full bodied flavor usually reserved for wines twice the price; great with red meats. Grapes used for this wine come from old vineyards (average of forty years) from the northeast of Jumilla, placed at 700 metres high in the surronding area of our cellar.
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About Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil:

This winery originated in 1916, when Juan Gil Giménez, great-grandfather of the present generation, started getting involved in the world of wine, building a winery in the heart of Jumilla. His son, Juan Gil Guerrero, dedicated his life to this world. But the ones who really consolidated the project were Juan Gil González and his brother Paco, the founder's grandsons. They forged an image of quality, efficiency and reliability which the present generation is trying to maintain and improve as much as possible.

At present, the Gil Vera family, Juan Gil Lencina's great-grandchildren, are the owners of Bodegas Juan Gil. They decided to start a new cellar on the property that the family owns in Jumilla, in order to get it adapted to the market. This new cellar is situated in "Término de Arriba" in the northwest of the city. It is so called because it is the highest point in Jumilla. It has been a winegrowing area for centuries and yields grapes of extraordinary quality.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Orin Swift Abstract 2009
Orin Swift Abstract 2009
(search item no. 113704)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#45 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Abstract is a blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah primarily from hillside vineyards in Sonoma County. The aromas are all berry and black fruits, with neatly integrated caramelized oak. A huge entry coats the mouth. The wine has tons of weight on the mid-palate and is dense with layers of ripe cherry and strawberries. The finish is laced with long soft tannins that go on and on.

Abstract is inspired by the wines Dave Phinney has been drinking in the Pyrénées-Orientales over the past two years. In this mountainous outpost of France's Roussillon region, Dave started making wine at his own small winery. He wanted to make something from similar varietals (back here at home) that one can open and enjoy every day.

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About Orin Swift Cellars:

Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to like wine."

I started Orin Swift Cellars with two tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes and as my wife likes to say, with one pair of shoes.

Over the last few years we've continued to grow, adding Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc to the program, as well as streamlining the Zinfandel into what is now our flagship wine, "The Prisoner". In addition, we recently purchased forty-eight acres of raw land in the hills above Oakville and hope to someday build a winery there. Until then, we welcome you to visit us at our newly renovated offices and tasting room located in the heart of downtown St. Helena at the historic Odd Fellows Lodge.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 110439)

PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $43.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine also available as part of the Jordan and Gourmet Food Pairing Set

A seamless wine, our 2007 vintage exudes beautiful, dense blackberry aromas that echo through the mid-palate. The mouthfeel is silky-smooth with soft, round tannins accented by a vanilla quality from the French oak. Enjoyable now or worthy of cellaring through 2020.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and less than 1% Malbec

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About Jordan Vineyard & Winery:

In 1972, Tom and Sally Jordan, a young couple from Colorado who shared an unbridled enthusiasm for French food and wine, followed their hearts to California’s wine country. Since their inaugural 1976 vintage, the Jordans have been heralded for their elegant wines, culinary excellence and gracious hospitality. Jordan Vineyard & Winery lies tucked into the hills of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, where the iconic Jordan chateau, inspired by the great estates of France, overlooks 1,200 acres of rolling hills and vineyards with three quarters of the land dedicated to natural habitat. Today, second-generation vintner John Jordan continues to build upon the legacy of his parents, preserving the timeless winemaking qualities of balance, finesse and food affinity.


White Wines    Other White Blends    Greece    Greece   
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Boutari Santorini 2008
Boutari Santorini 2008
(search item no. 99535)
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Brilliant pale yellow.

Aroma: Ripe red apples.

Taste: Rich apples followed by a crisp minerality.

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About Boutari:

The Boutari family has been crafting wines from Greek varietals since 1879, when Yiannis Boutari first started producing red wines in the small northern village of Naoussa. Since that first vintage the family has become a pioneer of Greek wines. From exporting the first bottled red wine from Greece to reviving lost varietals, Boutari now crafts wines from six different regions using varietals that are grown nowhere else in the world. In a constant quest for improvement Boutari maintains "demonstration" vineyards around Greece where local farmers are invited to learn new methods and techniques for improving their grapes. The results have been astounding: Boutari has been named an International Winery of the Year by Wine and Spirits 14 times – only 5 wineries in the world have received the award more times. Achievements such as developing the modern style of Santorini to reviving lost varietals have garnered lavish praise from the wine press and spawned a generation of high-quality Greek wines made by vintners who cut their teeth under the tutelage of the Boutari family.