Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2008
Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2008
(search item no. 109651)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a dark ruby-red with crimson shades. The aroma is fresh and intense with clean scents of wild berries and spices. Clear but perfectly blended the wooden note. The flavor is warm and robust, pleasant , good body and harmonic.

This Barbera's sensory attributes make it an outstanding accompaniment for imposing first courses and main-course, meats boiled or roasted.

85% Barbera, 15% Nebbiolo

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About Marchesi di Barolo:

Setting precedents is a characteristic of Piedmontese winemaking and Marchesi di Barolo, one of the region's premier producers of Barolo, is no exception. In the mid-1800s, Marchesi di Barolo became the first estate in Italy to vinify its red wines in a dry style, a revolutionary concept at the time, but one with enduring and immensely beneficial consequences for the entire Italian wine industry.

In contrast to its noble French counterparts, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, which flourish in various corners of the world, Nebbiolo rarely thrives outside its native Piedmontese habitat. While relatively resistant to frost, damp and mist, it is highly sensitive to terrain, faring best in the Langhe district's chalky, marly soil of maritime origin.

Producing majestic red wines of phenomenal depth, complexity and longevity, Nebbiolo is the earliest red grape variety in Piedmont to bud and the last to ripen. Its name derives from the early morning mists, or "nebbia," that shroud the lower slopes of the Langhe hillsides during the fall harvest period.

The Marchesi di Barolo estate takes pride in the international reputation it has established for its fine Barolo DOCG and two superb single-vineyard crus, Barolo Cannubi DOCG and Barolo Sarmassa DOCG, all made from 100% estate-grown Nebbiolo grapes.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Be Friends Be Friends Pinot Noir Village 2005
Be Friends Be Friends Pinot Noir Village 2005
(search item no. 100724)

PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Full-bodied and complex, earthy aromas of spices and french vanilla.
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About Be Friends:

The Be Friends range of Burgundy wines is the result of a collaboration between Blasons de Bourgogne in France and Vintage Capital Wine in the United States.

Blasons de Bourgogne is an association of growers from some of the most prestigious appellations in Burgundy. The famed Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais and Chablis appellations are among the areas where Blasons de Bourgogne members produce wines.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Mark West California Pinot Noir 2009
Mark West California Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 107189)

PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $12.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Enticing aromas of strawberry and raspberry with barrel notes of caramel, vanilla and baking spices. Oak aging rounds out the palate and gives the wine its body. The wine drinks of deep, concentrated raspberry, cherry pie with a touch of cola berry. The wine shows juicy fruit texture and subtle oak.
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About Mark West:

At Mark West Winery our goal is to craft wines that consistently deliver enticing aromatics, a rich supple mouth feel, and classical varietal characteristics. The wines pair easily with food or for drinking alone. Our goal is to combine outstanding value and style in every wine we produce.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rouge 2009
Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rouge 2009
(search item no. 109718)

PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby color, with violet shade. Intense nose, fresh red fruits on 1st Part, then black fruits at the ventilation with light liquorice aromas. Fresh mouth, round and fond of red fruits. Good volume, silky tannins beautiful textures and length on cassis and cherry notes.

Grape Varieties: Grenache 40%, Syrah 30%, Mourvèdre20% & Carignan 10%

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About Les Deux Rives:

The "deux rives" in Les Deux Rives wine refers to the two banks of the Canal du Midi (much like the Left Bank in Paris is called the Rive Gauche), and the label is inspired by a 1920s postcard of the Canal.

Built adjacent to Corbières in the late 1600s, the Canal connected the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, and was one of the most important routes for transporting wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon to northern France, greater Europe and beyond.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Chateauneuf-du-Pape    France - Rhone   
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Perrin et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2007
Perrin et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2007
(search item no. 109180)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $42.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre.

An intense red color, very dark. A nose of black fruits, kirsch, lavender, roasted lamb, garrigue. Full-bodied, very ripe palate with a nive texture and soft tannins.

This will go perfectly with a roasted lamb with thyme.

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About Perrin et Fils:

Jean-Pierre, François and Pierre Perrin are proud to present their fine wines, inspired by the memory of their grandfather, Pierre Perrin. Using the same techniques employed at Château de Beaucastel, the Perrins have added some interesting appellations to their already impressive list of wines.

"Jean-Pierre and François Perrin - chosen among the Most Influential Wine Personalities of the last 20 Years. The Perrins believe in natural winemaking, unfiltered wines, and routinely produce long-lived classics that are among the finest in the world." -Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Austria    Other Europe   
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Pfaffl Austrian Cherry 2008
Pfaffl Austrian Cherry 2008
(search item no. 103330)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red color. Pronounced fresh cherry and sour cherry aromas with spice notes. Round and juicy on the palate, with flavors of dark cherry and spice against a backdrop of soft tannins.

Wonderful with steak and burgers thanks to its concentration of fruit flavors, and versatile enough to pair with pasta dishes and pizza.

100% Zweigelt

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About Pfaffl:

Roman Pfaffl has stood at the helm of his family’s acclaimed Austrian wine estate for over 30 years. During this time Roman, together with his wife and children, has focused on crafting impeccable wines that reflect authentic Austrian terroir through their depth, minerality and balance. The family’s dedication to quality has earned Weingut R&A Pfaffl a reputation as the leading winery in Weinviertel, Austria’s largest and best-known wine region. The estate produces fine wines from 57 hectares of vineyards in 10 villages throughout the Weinviertel. “The Dot” is Pfaffl’s fun, food-friendly, accessible line of wines.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Belle Glos Taylor Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Belle Glos Taylor Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 107715)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At less than six miles from the Pacific Ocean and subject to sometimes ruthless fog and winds, the Taylor Lane Vineyard can make growing grapes an act of faith.

Very dark ruby color. Deep aromas of bright berries mixed with sweet toasty cedar notes. The flavors of cherries, berry pie and cola are abundant with great focus. The medium weight on the palate with balanced acidity lead the flavors through and beyond a supple, tannin laced finish.

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About Belle Glos:

Belle Glos showcases distinctive Pinot Noirs produced from top growing areas along the California coast: the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County; the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County; and the Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County. The climate differences are significant, depending on the amount of fog, wind, sunlight and soil type at each site.

Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner is a fourth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since 1906. The name Belle Glos (pronounced BELL GLOSS), honors Joseph’s grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2009
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 107404)
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The name Meiomi, (pronounced May-oh-mee) was chosen as an expression of its source. The word means "coast" in the language of the native Wappo and Yuki tribes, and our wine draws its profile from the abundant choices presented along California's cool, lengthy Pacific border.

The 2009 vintage saw amazingly consistent weather in each of the locales with above average hang-time leading to balanced, concentrated fruit that was respectful of its source.

Bright, deep garnet color. Aromas of cola, blackberries and a sweet cedar note. A greatly layered palette abundant in flavor and texture. The first entry encases the mouth with a velvety richness. Then the wine unloads with flavors of bright cherry, cola, dried leaves undertoned with vanilla, leather and high style oak. The many layers emerge independently, then refocus while the supple tannins carry the wine through to a lingering, succulent finish.

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About Meiomi:

The name Meiomi means "coast" in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes, and best pays tribute to and symbolizes the origin of this Pinot Noir. Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880's. In his youth, he worked many spring and summer days in the vineyard and cellar of Caymus, learning the basics from pulling leaves, to dragging hoses. Then he began to focus his efforts on what was to become his passion and career in the wine business. He is the owner of Belle Glos and Meiomi wines and has been overseeing vineyard operations and winemaking since 2002. Joseph has a perpetual goal of crafting Pinot Noirs that exude their origins and represent the best of their class in any vintage. Along with his passion for Pinot Noir, he continues his role at Caymus in viticulture and winemaking alongside his father, Chuck. When not at work, he spends time with his wife and 5 children constantly grooming the next generation in farming philosophy and practices, winemaking and the enjoyment of nature's bounty and the outdoors.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2009
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 109313)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $15.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of Premiere Coastal Grapes: Los Alamos, Rancho Vinedo, Garey, Bien Nacido and Le Bon Climat vineyards. This cuvee really reflects the 2009 vintage with balanced fruit flavors, structure, and surprising richness. Like all ABC Pinots in all price ranges there is sophistication to this wine.

This is an amazing wine for the price. With so many Pinots shooting up in price this is still a perfect by-the-glass wine. Drink this with any grilled meat; the smoky flavors really bring out the best in this wine. The structure of this wine will hold together for many years, it is drinking well right now and will improve and evolve for another 3 or 4 years.

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About Au Bon Climat:

Au Bon Climat was created to produce high quality handcrafted wine from the traditional Burgundian varietals. They are one of the few California wineries to explore the gamut of these varieties: Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery is located within the Bien Nacido Vineyard, the source of the majority of their fruit.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 105883)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright garnet with ruby tint. A nose of sweet cherry, tobacco, earth, raspberry, oak, floral notes. Flavor of blueberry, dried cherry, chocolate and spice. Silky mouthfeel, lively mid palate and a round finish.


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About King Estate:

King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world.