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Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 111141)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A pale yellow color with greenish tints, this wine offers elegant fresh tropical fruit notes with touches of quince and honey that evolve into white floral notes accompanied by a hint of truffle. The fruit reemerges on the palate, accompanied by a subtle minerality that adds complexity, elegance, and a lively acidity that adds a refreshing and juicy mouthfeel. Moderate in volume and body, this wine offers great elegance. Its intense fruit and acidity ensure its great cellaring potential.
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About Errazuriz:

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines, dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
(search item no. 109773)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.
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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2007
(search item no. 111443)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Succulent raspberry, plum and black cherry fruit aromas and hints of brown spice and forest floor announce this delicious Pinot Noir, perhaps our best ever. Complex, round and mouthfilling, the wine glides onto the palate displaying pure black cherry and ripe berry flavors, and the long aftertaste is rich yet fresh and agile.

Delicious with seared Ahi tuna, duck breast with cherry compote, lamb chops, wild mushroom risotto, roast chicken or grilled salmon. Try Manchego or Fontina for the cheese course. Seasoning affinities include orange peel, shaved fennel and dried berries.

Blend: 100% Carneros Pinot Noir

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About Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards:

Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 104419)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Smooth and velvety, our 2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon brims with dark cherry, blackberry and plum character. Hints of rose, chocolate and toasty oak weave through the enticing aromas and mouth filling flavors, finishing with warmth and spice. We selected grapes from vineyards with distinctly different terroirs and then used the art of blending to create a wine with layer upon layer of delicious flavors. Enjoy this Cabernet Sauvignon with your favorite full-flavored entrées, including steak, lamb and grilled portabella mushrooms.
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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Matanzas Creek Chardonnay 2007
Matanzas Creek Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 101375)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Golden straw.

Nose: The first nose delivers notes of honey and lemon. After a swirl, honeysuckle flower and d'Anjou pear become more evident.

Flavor: A silky texture with flavors of lemon cream, white peach and pear progress into caramel and butterscotch with mineral accents.

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About Matanzas Creek:

Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a retired dairy farm in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. In 1985, the original winery, a converted dairy barn, gave way to a modern winemaking facility and since that time the Estate's Bennett Valley vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres of Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Vineyard acquisitions in Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Russian River Valley and Knights Valley provide the vineyard management and winemaking teams with an enviable selection of fruit. Sourced from Estate-owned vineyards, the Matanzas Creek wine portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot, as well as a limited amount of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

As important as the history of the winery itself is its location in Sonoma County's newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), Bennett Valley. Although only formally recognized as an AVA in December 2003, Bennett Valley has a rich history of grape growing dating back to the mid-1800s. Once defined as part of Sonoma County's Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVA's, Bennett Valley overlaps with these winegrowing regions but carves out 8,150 acres to call its own (of which 850 acres are planted with grapevines). Three mountains define Bennett Valley and also serve to capture a cool maritime air stream which promotes a cooler, longer growing season that results in more complex wines.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 107036)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very dark garnet color, with a big, bright cherry nose, sporting hints of cola, spice, cocoa, and toast. The palate is rich, juicy, and round, with more chocolate and rich, ripe raspberry flavors. The structure is positively liquid velvet, and the finish lingers on and on. Great site plus great year equals great wine. Enough said.
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About Macrostie:

MacRostie Winery and Vineyards was founded by winemaker Steve MacRostie in 1987. As a believer in the unique character of Carneros fruit, and an innovative winemaker pioneering a more fresh and sophisticated style of Chardonnay, Steve dedicated himself to crafting wines embodying an authentic sense of place. In 1992, realizing the vast potential for producing stunning, age-worthy Pinot Noirs from Carneros fruit, Steve made MacRostie's first Carneros Pinot Noir.

In the 1990s, Steve discovered an amazing mountainside ranch possessing spartan volcanic soils over fractured andesite, located in the western borderlands of Carneros. This ranch enjoyed a unique microclimate that Steve believed would be ideally suited to producing profound Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. In 1997, inspired by a desire to cultivate his own great piece of land, Steve's adventurous spirit led him to enter into a partnership with Nancy and Tony Lilly to develop Wildcat Mountain Vineyard from this unplanted pastureland.

Steve handpicked Kevin Holt as his successor to take over winemaking responsibilities for MacRostie Winery and Vineyards in 2004. A gifted winemaker who has worked at such wineries as Quivira and Testarossa Vineyards, Kevin continues Steve's 20-year legacy for producing outstanding wines from the finest Carneros and Sonoma Coast fruit.



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)
has fluid
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $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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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.


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Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 108548)
screw cap wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very pale and slightly greenish-yellow in colour with aromas of tropical fruit such as cherimoya, notes of green apple, and a nice balance between the fruit and the variety's herbaceous characteristics. The crisp acidity on the fresh palate heightens the tropical notes, although the nose features a more herbal profile. It is medium-bodied and has a pleasing persistence on the finish.
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About Errazuriz:

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines, dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality.


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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2006
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2006
(search item no. 102637)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $89.00

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.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2007
Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2007
(search item no. 96935)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich aromas of lemon verbena, delicate orange blossoms and a tinge of minerality. Fresh, mouth-watering flavors of white peach and kumquats ensconced in creamy texture. Vibrant and expressive, with a beautiful balance of weight and zesty acidity, this elegant wine closes with a long, memorable finish.

The 2007 vintage was ideal for Sauvignon Blanc in Napa Valley. Because of the cold, dry winter, 2007 crop levels were slightly lower than usual, but thanks to the mild summer weather, Sauvignon Blanc quality was consistently excellent.

92% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Semillon

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.