Red Wines    Zinfandel    Other California    California   
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Brazin Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2009
Brazin Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 114761)

PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $14.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fasten your seat belts. This wine is going to take your senses for a ride. Big, bold aromas of rich black fruit and mocha mingle with hints of spice and soft vanilla. A core of intense, dark plum and cocoa rock the palate of this daring Zinfandel, while balanced acidity and lingering tannins add complexity, concentration and depth to the finish. Don't be bashful with your pairings. Be Brazin! Serve with slow roasted bone-in country pork ribs, grilled chili-rubbed flank steak, or pasta with Italian sausage and black olives.
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About Brazin:

Brazin is where old and new worlds collide. Lodi, one of the oldest California wine growing regions, is now home to some of the newest wine making technology. The result is a Zinfandel that is so bold, so intense, that it is dangerously good.

(B)Old Vine Zin or Dangerously Good



Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Other Italian    Italy   
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La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008
(search item no. 109653)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At first sight the deep, intense ruby red color of the wine is striking, with small violet arches. The bouquet suggests red fruit, rose petals and hints of wet spices. It is soft and warm to the palate with notes of red prune, cherry and blueberry which are harmoniously intertwined around a lively tannic theme. Being fruit of an exceptional harvest, gives it a full, enveloping body, which finishes with liquorice and cloves. The fine performance is completed with an after-taste of black pepper and cranberry. This wine may be drunk immediately or laid down for 5 years. It is ideal to accompany pasta timbale, lamb stew, char-grilled cod and seasoned, pecorino cheese. Drink immediately or keep for 5 years too.
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About Fattoria La Valentina:

La Valentina owns and rents a total of 30 hectares of vineyards at 200 to 300 metres altitude in the rolling Abruzzo hills, just inland from the port of Pescara on the Adriatic coast.

The area benefits from a special microclimate, taking advantage of cool breezes from the mountains and the maritime winds from the Adriatic.

The vineyards are impeccable, on clay and gravel soil, they are managed like a well kept market garden. Yields are low and harvesting by hand carries on until late October achieving optimum ripeness.

The results are remarkable with intense rich red wines that have oceans of fruit, bright rich black fruit flavours, as well as enough spice, elegance and depth to make them ideal partners to many Italian dishes ... especially pastas and risottos.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2007
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2007
(search item no. 107753)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc.

This supple Bordeaux blend was created by the legendary Mike Dobrovic as a tribute to Boes ("Bushy" in Afrikaans), the loyal dog who kept watch over Mulderbosch farm for nearly three years after his owner's death, waiting beneath an oak tree for the return of his beloved master. Enticing aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, coffee, and spice lead to intense flavors of ripe plum, blackberry, and licorice enhanced by signature Bordeaux notes of tobacco, forest floor and graphite.

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About Mulderbosch:

Widely recognized as one of South Africa's most iconic producers, Mulderbosch is well-known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Rose and its Bordeaux blend - The Faithful Hound - and is located east of Cape Town in the Stellenbosch Hills. Stellenboxch has a Mediterranean climate that is largely impacted by the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with long, warm summers and cool windy afternoons. Recently acquired by Charles Banks, an American, Mulderbosch has entered an exciting new era of quality. A newly-assembled team promises to re-introduce wine lovers to the many charms of this approachable, easy-drinking, collection of affordable, fun wines. South Africa provokes an unbelieveable platform for making some of the best white wine values in the world.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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La Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
La Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
(search item no. 108170)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Inviting aromas of black cherries, plums and sweet spices, with notes of roses and black pepper, elegant and lush on the palate with ripe round tannins and a long finish.
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About La Maialina:

La Maialina celebrates the history, culture and cuisine of Chianti, prized since antiquity for its rich soil and favorable climate. Rolling hillsides lend themselves to the optimal cultivation of the Sangiovese grape, ripening to perfection during the dry, warm summers. The La Maialina wines express the essence of Tuscany and the tradition of quality that defines this historic region. The name La Maialina (little pig) references the Cinta Senese heirloom breed that originated in the Siena area during the 1300’s and is the only Tuscan native pig to survive extinction. Produced by the revered Attilio Pagli, La Maialina Chianti, Chianti Classico, and Chianti Classico Riserva are crafted to express the essence of the territory and tradition of quality of this historic region. Settled first by Etruscan then the Romans, the earliest documentation of a “Chianti wine” dates back to the 13th century when viticulture was known to flourish in the “Chianti Mountains” around Florence. The Chianti denomination was first delimited in 1932 by ministerial decree and its boundaries have remained unchanged.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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A to Z Pinot Noir 2009
A to Z Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108054)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Super sexy and spicy on the nose with aromas of apricots, blueberries, Bing cherries, blood oranges, gingerbread, white pepper, sweet Eastern spices, violets, tea and sweet pipe tobacco. In the mouth, the wine has refreshing acidity with silky tannins and rich flavors mirroring the aromatics. The 2009 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir restrains power while balancing richness and purity with a clean and refreshing finish. Classically proportioned and built for midterm aging, the wine will continue to build weight and structure with cellaring.
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About A to Z:

Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.

A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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A to Z Pinot Noir 2010
A to Z Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 114568)
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PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant and complex aromas of bing cherries, cranberries, red currants, raspberries and strawberries, a combination of wild flowers and fresh forest berries that epitomize Oregon Pinot Noir. The juicy red fruit flavors open the attack then evolve in the mouth to darker fruit flavors with spice and mineral overtones. The wine shows ripe tannins and a succulent texture that give definition and lift to the surprisingly long finish. Although the 2010 A to Z Pinot Noir is drinking well now, it has the focus, balance and intensity to age and will become more complex over the next 5-10 years.
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About A to Z:

Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.

A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Chateauneuf-du-Pape    France - Rhone   
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Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Exceptionelle 2007
Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Exceptionelle 2007
(search item no. 105713)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $58.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet color. Notes of red cherries, plums and bilberries with a hint of violets and dried roses. Long, soft, well-rounded finish.

Food matching: Dishes containing truffles, wild mushrooms and game.

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About Domaine du Vieux Lazaret:

The vineyards of Domaine du Vieux Lazaret are spread over 90 hectares, split into 35 different parcels of vines throughout Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is today amongst the largest domains in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with 80 hectares planted in red grape varieties and 10 planted with white grapes. The number of parcels enables the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret to give greater complexity to its wines due to the diversity of soils, grape types and differing ages of vines.

Harvesting of the grapes is done entirely by hand, with very strict selection of the best grapes to enhance the quality of the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret wine. This limits the maximum production, under the A.O.C laws, to 35 hectoliters per hectare.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2009
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2009
(search item no. 109847)
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PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 was an excellent vintage that featured only light spring rain, warm summer weather and no abrupt climate changes at season's end. This allowed us to be highly selective during harvest, choosing the very best fruit only when completely ripe. The result of these amazing conditions is a perfectly balanced and elegantly textured wine with supple tannins, rich fruit concentration and alluring notes of spice and wood. It is a lovely accompaniment to filet mignon topped with bleu cheese, grilled lamb chops or truffle buttered potatoes.
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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life."



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 114076)

PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose opens with bright aromas of cherry and raspberry backed by a hint of leather. Floral notes are complimented by tones of dried orange peel. The entry opens with rich flavors of brown sugar and sweet fruit cake with a touch of spice and clove. The medium bodied mouthfeel features chewy tannins and nicely balanced acidity, leading to elements of juicy red fruits on the finish.
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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:

United in the dream of building a world class winery in Oregon, thousands of wine enthusiasts joined winegrower Jim Bernau to create Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is regarded as one of Oregon's top wineries. Since 1983, the winery has grown to produce some of the highest-rated Pinot Noirs in the U.S. Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Willamette Valley Vineyards one of "America's Great Pinot Noir Producers." Their wines have been served at the White House and are recommended by wine critic and author Andrea Immer, Food Network's Rachael Ray and Public Broadcasting's chefs Caprial and John Pence.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' goal is to make the highest quality Burgundian varietals possible from the Willamette Valley. Their approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Bernau's stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth and richness of mouth feel and balance.

The people of Willamette Valley Vineyards are deeply committed to being good stewards of the land using natural means to promote soil nutrition and vine health. Both the Estate and Tualatin vineyards are LIVE certified and designated "Salmon Safe" by the Pacific Rivers Council.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Argentina    South America   
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Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select 2010
Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select 2010
(search item no. 115241)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful deep purple color. The nose is like walking into a gentlemen's poker parlor: aromas of cigar, leather, and smoked meat fill the nose with hints of toasty oak, forest floor and baking spice. Well-structured tannins support big fruit flavors of blackberry jam, black spiced cherries, ground black pepper and just a hint of rhubarb. Nice, lingering finish. L3—lush, long and loveable.

Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats such as beef, pork and lamb, and dishes prepared with mild cheese or wild mushrooms.

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About Luca:

Laura Catena is a fourth generation winemaker who grew up in a traditional Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. Laura splits her time between Mendoza and San Francisco, California, where she is an emergency physician, university professor and occasional tango dancer. Laura had the vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. A pioneer of small-grower relations in Mendoza, Laura's incredible, limited production wines come from some of Argentina's best fruit from low-yield, high-elevation, family-owned vineyards. The wines are named after her children - Luca, Dante and Nicola - and the background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott.