Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Franciscan Magnificat 2006
Franciscan Magnificat 2006
(search item no. 103400)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Appearance: Deep garnet.

Aroma: Inviting aromas of dark cherry, sage, and red plums. Complex layers of ripe berries, with undertones of vanilla and cloves.

Flavors: Full-bodied and textural, with ripe flavors of black plum and cherry, cocoa and cassis. A concentrated, rich palate with round tannins leads to a long finish interwoven with blackberry, anise and mocha.

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About Franciscan Oakville Estate:

Franciscan is one of Napa Valley's most venerable wineries, reaching back more than three decades. Franciscan wines take their signature style - rich, vibrant flavors framed by supple tannins - from the ideal climate offered by Napa Valley's cool, southern half and from the time-honored tradition of small-lot winemaking, blending from hundreds of barrels to craft fine wines that fully express the classic Bordeaux varieties.

Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and doctors from San Francisco who decided to try turning their passion for wine into a business. In 1985, Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile who had built Concha y Toro in his native country, took over the helm at Franciscan. Huneeus refocused the winery on using the superlative grapes growing in its own vineyards, rather than sourcing from outside.

Today, Franciscan's wines are crafted under the exacting eye of Janet Myers, who came to Franciscan in August 2003 as associate winemaker after working in the Margaret River region and Beaulieu Vineyard, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Louis Martini. The winery remains committed to its tradition of small-lot winemaking, with small batches averaging just 150 to 1,500 cases. The image of a hand-operated wine press on Franciscan's logo and wine labels reflects this small lot approach to winemaking.



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 8/27/2014: $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."


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Sanctuary Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Sanctuary Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 109741)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $33.00

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine at first has a light ruby color. It has aromas of black cherry/cherry and violets with the characteristic Bien Nacido dried herbs and light pepper spice balanced by the toasty oak spice and vanilla influence of French oak barrel aging. There are flavors of cherry and red berry with dried herbs followed by a light pepper spice. The sweet oak spice and vanilla is nicely balanced by the fruit flavors. The wine is concentrated and elegant with a rich mouthfeel and lingering finish.
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About Sanctuary:

Dennis Martin shows a master’s touch as he selects lots from distinguished vineyards for Sanctuary wines. He considers Sanctuary a winemaker’s dream project that has been a lifetime in the making. With experience he has gained over decades, it takes him but a moment to size up potential for a Sanctuary wine.

He is a member of a storied group of winemakers that began changing the face of California wine in the 1970s. He graduated from California State University at Fresno with a master’s degree in oenology and food science, then went on to gain more experience as a winemaker. As his experience grew, some of his wines became favorites throughout America. The portfolio under his care continued to expand, and he began crafting special-reserve wines that were known only to a few.

Dennis appreciated the old-world focus of single-vineyard wines and true expressions of the terroir they represented. He also knew which vineyards were special, producing outstanding fruit, vintage after vintage. Given the chance to showcase what he had found over the previous three decades, the decision was easy, and Sanctuary wines came to life.

Working hand in hand with longtime colleague, friend and collaborator Christian LeSommer, who had tended the grapes at Chateau La Tour for more than a dozen years, for the initial offerings of Sanctuary, Martin identified grower partners who shared a special affinity for the land they farmed and the wines that were created from these unique vineyards.

On a mountaintop in Mendocino, Dennis found promise in a Zinfandel that was as distinctive as the Mariah Vineyard perched high above the clouds. From the famed Rutherford dust of Napa came a Cabernet Sauvignon from the historic Usibelli Vineyard, which has been for many years a source of great wines. And along the cool coastal range in Santa Barbara, a Pinot Noir that was born out of a 20-year partnership with the Miller family at Bien Nacido.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2004
Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2004
(search item no. 103184)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $16.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#58 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

Intense cherry red color. Aromas of oak ageing with hints of spices. Strong attack, good backbone, full-flavored, with well integrated long-lasting tannins. Long and persistent finish.

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About Bodegas Ondarre:

Bodegas Ondarre was founded in 1986. It belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most important names in Rioja. The bodega is located in Viana, a historic town 8 kilometres from Logroño in the heart of the Rioja region. The winery still preserves traces of its medieval fortress.


Red Wines    Mourvedre    Jumilla    Spain   
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Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2008
Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2008
(search item no. 105541)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 102492)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Planted by vineyard manager Mimi Nye in 1991, our vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate has grown before our eyes to produce more concentrated and opulent wines. This wine shows amazing intensity to go with ripe black cherry fruit. The Canoe Ridge Estate Cab is a beautifully balanced wine that is a classic expression of Washington fruit.

FOOD PAIRING: venison, pork, beef.

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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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 99781)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A Bordeaux blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6%, Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 4%, Petit Verdot.

Clos Du Val has created world-class Cabernet Sauvignon since 1972, and this latest vintage continues the winery's tradition of balanced, elegant and complex wines made to enjoy with a meal. Deep purple-black in color, the 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of black currant, cassis and spice. Intense flavors of black fruit, dried herbs and a hint of spice fill the mouth. The wine has a powerful, solid middle and a chalky, lingering finish. Expect this Cabernet Sauvignon to age gracefully for an additional 5-10 years.

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About Clos du Val Wine Co.:

Clos Du Val, French for "small vineyard estate of a small valley," was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val's iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.

Today, for Clos Du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton, it is the bounty from these renowned vineyards that acts as the foundation for the distinctive, terroir-driven wines of balance and elegance for which Clos Du Val is known.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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Bodega Norton Privada 2007
Bodega Norton Privada 2007
(search item no. 104025)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red color of remarkable intensity. Excellent aromatic complexity with notes of ripe fruit and a fine touch of smoke and coffee. Rich on the palate with an excellent concentration.
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About Bodega Norton:

Astonished at the features of the place, and pushed by his visionary spirit, in 1895, an English Engineer, Mr. Edmund J. P. Norton planted the first vines importing them from France, thereby giving origin to what was the first winery in the area.

Almost 100 years later, Austrian businessman, Mr. Gernot Langes–Swarovski, travelled to Mendoza and experienced the same fascination for the region beauty, the warmth of its people, and the excellent conditions for vine growing. Supporting his decision in his intuition and in the fact that he was convinced of the high potential the vitiniculture represented in Argentina, in 1989, he acquired the Winery with the following firm aim: to make wines recognized worldwide for their quality. While executing this project, he appointed his son Michael as the person responsible for the management of the company, who, jointly with a team of local professionals started a new phase of investment, revamping and growth.

In that way, the incorporation of top-notch technology together with the knowledge and passion of people, have caused Norton to be the leading brand in exports and one of the country´s most important Wineries.

Our 5 farms have over 1200 ha fit for growing vine, 680 ha out of which are currently cultivated. Over 150 families of vineyard workers live and work there, sharing secrets and experiences from generation to generation. This knowledge and passion for the work, combined with the professionalism of our team of agricultural engineers result in products with excellence.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 97335)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Syrah.

Dark and densely concentrated, expressive aromas of blackberry, currants and subtle notes of thyme and cinnamon lead to flavors of blackberry, black plum and a bit of black olive. Knit together with big, mouth-coating tannins, this is an engagingly well-structured, bold-statement wine.

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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.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 95962)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.5% Merlot, 0.25% Cabernet Franc, 0.6% Petite Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah.

The Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep garnet, color with intense aromas of cedary oak, currents and black cherries. Concentrated flavors of ripe plums, chocolate and tobacco marry perfectly with the oak nuances. A well structured wine that is balanced with firm, velvety tannins that culminate in a long, elegant finish. This wine is ready to enjoy now or can be aged 3-5 years.

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About Louis Martini:

For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.