Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 108817)

PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot.

In its youth, our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon shows more of the finesse seen in our Calistoga Estate which comprises 50% of the overall blend. Floral highlights of violets, vanilla and red fruit dominate. With a bit of bottle age, the more powerful characteristics from our Yountville Estate will make themselves known. Dark chocolate and berry jam punctuated with graham cracker toastiness and hints of menthol will flesh out in the glass.

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About Markham Vineyards:

In 1972, Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley with the dream of starting a winery. Intent on crafting world-class wines for years to come, he purchased the "little jewels" that are still the Markham vineyards today. He was a pioneer in what is now the very heart of Napa, buying premium vineyard land before many understood the tremendous potential the valley offered for producing fine wines. He also purchased a winery. Originally established by Jean Laurent, the Markham winery dates back to 1879. As one of the founders of Napa winemaking and viticulture, Markham Vineyards takes great pride in its legacy of exceptional mountains and magnificent vineyards, Markham's winery has the distinction of being the fourth oldest continuously operated winery in Napa County.

Today, Markham Vineyards owns 350 acres of vineyards strategically located in several of Napa Valley's best growing regions. From its Calistoga vineyards in the north to Oak knoll in the south, Markham has the luxury of hand-selecting grapes from several diverse microclimates to achieve its balanced and rich wines. Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls sums up the benefits offered by this extraordinary palette of vineyards: "The expressions of terroir from each unique location create a greater whole; each vineyard complements and elevates the next. The result is endless blending options to weave together the rich fruit flavors, elegant acid structure, broad texture and velvety tannins we want in our wines."



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 10/24/2014: $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.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 105170)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark garnet in color.

Aromas of intense berry jam aromas layered with cocoa powder, cola and sticky bun highlights. Some berry briars and anise are even found within the aroma.

It has a ripe, round and rich entry on the palate is greeted with chalky tannins in this mouth-watering wine.

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About Markham Vineyards:

In 1972, Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley with the dream of starting a winery. Intent on crafting world-class wines for years to come, he purchased the "little jewels" that are still the Markham vineyards today. He was a pioneer in what is now the very heart of Napa, buying premium vineyard land before many understood the tremendous potential the valley offered for producing fine wines. He also purchased a winery. Originally established by Jean Laurent, the Markham winery dates back to 1879. As one of the founders of Napa winemaking and viticulture, Markham Vineyards takes great pride in its legacy of exceptional mountains and magnificent vineyards, Markham's winery has the distinction of being the fourth oldest continuously operated winery in Napa County.

Today, Markham Vineyards owns 350 acres of vineyards strategically located in several of Napa Valley's best growing regions. From its Calistoga vineyards in the north to Oak knoll in the south, Markham has the luxury of hand-selecting grapes from several diverse microclimates to achieve its balanced and rich wines. Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls sums up the benefits offered by this extraordinary palette of vineyards: "The expressions of terroir from each unique location create a greater whole; each vineyard complements and elevates the next. The result is endless blending options to weave together the rich fruit flavors, elegant acid structure, broad texture and velvety tannins we want in our wines."



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106551)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cedar and forest floor get a boost of complexity from hints of rosemary, gentle fresh herbs, baking spice and vanilla caramel. The wine is deep, dark and intense, yet also signature Stag's Leap Wine Cellars: medium-full-bodied, firmly structured, powerful yet elegant, and with a long, succulent finish. Enjoy it with steak au poivre or grilled duck breast with braised escarole.
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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


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Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 104344)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon grabs the taster's attention immediately with enticingly fresh, fruit-forward aromas of black currant, blackberry and boysenberry, joined by seductive chocolate and roast coffee scents. Beautifully structured on the palate, it boasts intense, concentrated, dark berry and cassis flavors balanced by supple, well-knit tannins and a long, flavorful finish with fine acidity and savory mocha tones. Delightful to drink now, this rich, elegant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will blossom fully with another 5 to 7 years of bottle age.
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About Cakebread:

Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while there, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born.

As the Cakebread family reflects upon the many profound changes in the wine industry over the last 33 years, such as innovative farming techniques and new methods of reaching out to consumers, they note that their key values have remained the same. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as their first small vineyard has grown into a thriving internationally distributed wine company.



Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Napa Valley    California   
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Mumm Napa Brut Rose
Mumm Napa Brut Rose
(search item no. 101108)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Brut Rosé offers a bouquet of ripe Pinot Noir fruit, rich with black cherry and strawberry notes. Part of the wine is initially fermented in the press, producing the soft fruity character that gives Brut Rosé its directness, while a small percentage of Chardonnay gives the wine power and structure. This more robust quality makes Brut Rosé a wonderful wine with many kinds of cuisine, ranging from Thai to Italian.
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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.


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Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 110337)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1994 vintage of this wine was ranked #9 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1997

Scarlet color and brackish edges. Nose is sweet fruit and smoked meats. This wine already has some bouquet- truffle mushrooms, vanilla style oak. The palate is creamy richness with nuances of leather and a cocoa-style fine grain tannin. The flavors and structure of this vintage are consistent with the Caymus style - spice, toast, cassis - fully rich, yet supple.

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About Caymus:

As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).


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 10/24/2014: $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.


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BOYANCI InSpire Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
BOYANCI InSpire Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 106867)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $61.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 InSpire is classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, big and full, yet balanced and refined. Aromas of red raspberry pie and chocolate covered blueberry with a hint of toasted vanilla. InSpire is rich and layered on the palate with excellent structure and finesse.
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About BOYANCI:

Kevin BOYer and Tom SteffANCI met in Napa Valley of all places during a boring corporate meeting. Tom was actually the bureaucrat that called the meeting Kevin was attending. After the meeting, we broke away to visit some wineries and talked tirelessly about the wines that blew our minds, those we hated and the ones we would make someday if we got the chance. We also talked about what we wanted to do to make a difference and how we each thought we might be able to do something meaningful. A strong friendship ensued and after a lot of talking about creating our own wine, we finally created BOYANCI. In April of 2009 we released our first ever vintage of BOYANCI, 2006 Red Blend, a 200 case project from Pritchard Hill. Our winemaker Mia Klein (one of the most heralded winemakers in Napa Valley history, formerly of Dalla Valle, Araujo Estate, Chappellet, Viader and owner of her own amazing brand, Selene) expertly crafts our atypical Bordeaux blend into a seamless expression of Napa Valley fruit and extraction with a Bordeaux like elegance.

In October of 2009 we launched our second wine, the 2007 InSpire, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. InSpire is the slightly rebellious son of BOYANCI, our flagship wine, InSpire exhibits a youthful exuberance in both its personality and the style of the wine. As you can see, we call out the “spire” in InSpire and include a "spire" on the label to signify the brands desire to reach up and help others. Just as we do with BOYANCI, we give 10% of our profits to Coprodeli , a non- profit that builds schools clinics and housing in the most impoverished areas of Peru. It was in Peru while marveling at the wonders of the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu that we decided on the red shape at the top of our Spire.



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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113266)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

ARTEMIS, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, is a wine that truly reflects its name. It's the culmination of winemaker Nicki Pruss' search for superior-quality Napa Valley grapes which, when combined with estate-grown fruit, meld into a Cabernet Sauvignon that mirrors the depth, structure and elegance of our limited-production estate wines. Whereas our Estate Cabernet Sauvignons showcase the distinctive characteristics of each vineyard, ARTEMIS demonstrates how astute grape selection and skillful blending can create a wine that represents the sum of Napa Valley's best Cabernet Sauvignon parts.

Deep garnet in color, the 2008 ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon offers black cherry and cassis tones and a velvety texture to the tannins. The wine delivers great depth and fruit concentration without heaviness on the palate. The incredible combination of vineyards in this blend shows the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars signature style of balance, elegance and restraint. The bright fruit, firm structure and balanced acidity allow this wine to pair well with food. Enjoy it with braised short ribs or filet mignon with a Cabernet green peppercorn demi-glace.

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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."