Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 113321)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sandalwood, hazelnut, and powdered cocoa spicy aromas waft around a core of plum and dark stone fruit. Lively black plum and blueberry flavors transition seamlessly to a walnut, toasted almond finish. This elegantly balanced will continue to bring pleasure for years to come.
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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek was founded in 1973 and immediately established itself as one of Napa Valley's premier Cabernet houses with the release of its 1974 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery name comes from its location, next to Conn Creek near the Rutherford Crossroad that connects the Silverado Trail with Highway 29. Conn Creek specializes in limited production Bordeaux varietal wines exclusively from Napa Valley’s best vineyards. Present production remains at fewer than 6500 case per year.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 110364)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Recently, we've been moving towards a less extractive and more elegant style of Pinot that emphasizes perfume, balance and complexity. Consequently, our 2009 Sonoma Coast is more aromatic than previous vintages. It exudes Maraschino cherries, strawberries, vanilla, sandalwood and Oriental spice. While it drinks beautifully now, it will continue to improve over the next two years. I highly recommend serving all of our Pinots in large, wide stemware to amplify the beautiful, haunting aromas. Serve with grilled salmon and Asian food.
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About Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Cellars:

With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County, becoming one of California’s most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals.

With the spotlight on single vineyards and specific sub-appellations such as Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros and Russian River Valley, Sebastiani produces wine under the Sonoma County, Appellation Selection and Proprietary Selection designations. Founded in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani, the winery is best known for its Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Sonoma County's most coveted wines. The winery is located just blocks from Sonoma's historic downtown plaza and offers historical tours as well as extensive picnic grounds and hospitality venues.



Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
(search item no. 109052)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $24.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine off ers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit and cola flavors. Think of this inviting wine as a great "everyday red".

Serve with beef, lamb, grilled salmon, hearty pastas.

Varietal Blend: 89% Merlot, 8% Syrah, 3% Malbec.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    St-Emilion    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau La Rose Brisson St-Emilion Grand Cru 2006
Chateau La Rose Brisson St-Emilion Grand Cru 2006
(search item no. 101182)
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PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Fine elegant fruit on the nose giving way to firm velvety fruit on the palate. Wonderful structure and lingering classy finish.


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About Chateau La Rose Brisson:

Chateau La Rose Brisson, in Vignonet near Saint-Emilion, is owned by Martine Galhaud. This is a beautiful vineyard in the plains of 6 hectares planted mainly with Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon on sandy-gravelly soils and deep sands. Winemaker Pascal Poussevin combines knowledge and tradition to develop a wine of great breed.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Torres Celeste 2008
Torres Celeste 2008
(search item no. 112625)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense blackberry color. Spicy and intense nose, with liquorice and black pepper hints on a base of well ripened fruits (blackberry and cherry). On the palate, very fruity at first with ripened tannins, also persistent and full bodied.
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About Torres:

In 1870, when the Torres family founded its wine-making and exporting company, they understood the importance of both respecting traditions and maintaining the utmost quality of their products. Today, thanks to this hundred year old commitment, Bodegas Torres is a strong leader in the Spanish wine and brandy industry.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
(search item no. 105119)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#44 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

100% Tempranillo Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with fruity notes. It shows good balance on the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins. The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

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Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010
Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 114943)
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PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 delivers more "Oriental Spice" in the nose and on the palate than past Pinot Noirs! It also has more acidity and less oak than past efforts. The highlights are Maraschino and dark cherries followed by strawberries, mocha, vanilla and sandalwood. The finish is firm, tight and spicy with the underlying minerality we like to see in our Pinots.

This 2010 works well with full-flavored dishes like duck or honey baked ham. It also pairs superbly with salmon, ling cod and sea bass!

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About Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Cellars:

With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County, becoming one of California’s most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals.

With the spotlight on single vineyards and specific sub-appellations such as Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros and Russian River Valley, Sebastiani produces wine under the Sonoma County, Appellation Selection and Proprietary Selection designations. Founded in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani, the winery is best known for its Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Sonoma County's most coveted wines. The winery is located just blocks from Sonoma's historic downtown plaza and offers historical tours as well as extensive picnic grounds and hospitality venues.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast    California   
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Firestone Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Firestone Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 118328)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Estate Cabernet is a great example of the vintage and our site in the Santa Ynez Valley. The moderate temperatures and lack of rainfall coupled with our low-vigor soils and well-exposed terrain created a wine that is ripe, elegant and quite complex. The nose is generous with cassis, plum, vanilla, dusty spice, cedar, tobacco, clove and toffee. The palate is lush, juicy and balanced, with underlying tannins that add grip to the finish.
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Firestone Vineyard specializes in expressive high-quality wines from estate and select vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles. Long considered a destination for visitors to Santa Barbara County's wine country, Firestone produces an array of Bordeaux-influenced wines in competitively-priced categories.

Founded in 1972 by Leonard and Brooks Firestone, Firestone Vineyard was Santa Barbara County’s first estate winery. In September 2007, Bill Foley acquired the Firestone winery and 380 vineyard acres in Los Olivos, as well as the Firestone tasting room in Paso Robles. Bill has continued the Firestone tradition in striving for the very best in vineyard management and cutting edge winemaking discipline. The vineyard focuses on optimal physiological balance in the vines yielding wines that are brightly flavored, crisp and delicious. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah vineyards are located on a series of mesas that have gravelly sub-soils, ideally oriented for perfect exposure.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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La Marca Prosecco
La Marca Prosecco
(search item no. 24828)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This sparkling wine is a pale, golden straw in color. Bubbles are full textured and persistent. On the nose the wine brings fresh citrus with hints of honey and white flowers. The flavor is fresh and clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit, minerality, and some toast. The finish is light, refreshing, and crisp.
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About La Marca:

La Marca Prosecco is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of Italy's Prosecco region, where its grapes are grown. Founded more than 40 years ago, the La Marca winery joins tradition and innovation, ensuring the highest quality product.

In 2007, the winery was awarded a "Top 100 Wines of the Year" by Wine Spectator. La Marca is the only Prosecco producer from the Veneto region to be awarded this honor.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Cotes de Castillon    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Cap de Faugeres Cotes de Castillon 2009
Chateau Cap de Faugeres Cotes de Castillon 2009
(search item no. 114569)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

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About Chateau Cap de Faugeres:

Château Cap de Faugères is located in the Côtes de Castillon with its vineyards directly on the St. Emilion border and adjoining those of the St. Emilion Grand Cru, Château Faugères. Both properties are owned by Corinne and Peby Guissez, with Cap de Faugères producing wine that is the equal of many St. Emilion Grand Crus.

The estate consists of 26 hectares of vineyards planted with Merlot (50%), Cabernet Franc (38%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (12%). Recently there has been extensive investment in cellar equipment and the wines are vinified using state of the art technology. They are then matured in small oak barriques (50% new) for 12-15 months.