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Primus The Blend 2006
Primus The Blend 2006
(search item no. 97477)
green wine
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

The 2006 growing season was characterized by even ripening conditions resulting in a balanced set crop. Favorable weather, long hang time and a smooth harvest yielded intensely concentrated flavors. Primus 2006 combines striking rich, ripe fruit, exotic spice and a round mouth feel with elegant tannins, leading to a long finish.

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About Primus:

Primus wines are produced by the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Cline Oakley Five Reds 2006
Cline Oakley Five Reds 2006
(search item no. 93838)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $9.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Each year, Oakley Five Reds is a unique red blend that is easy drinking and medium bodied with the spicy berry flavors that want in their Zinfandels. The Rhone varietals add pepper, cherry and dark fruit character. The wine has smooth tannins and luscious fruit and should age well into the future.

The 2006 is a blend of 74% Merlot, 7% Barbera, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, and 1% Mourvèdre. Flavors of blackberries, black pepper and a delicate green olive note which makes this wine an excellent accompaniment to spicy western grub or tomato-based dishes. Round up your posse and enjoy!

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About Cline:

Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old plantings of Carignane, Mourvedre and Zinfandel grapes they farm in Oakley, California. The Mourvedre represent approximately 85% of the state's total supply of this fascinating and versatile varietal. This treasure is the inspiration for Cline Cellars many "Rhone style" bottlings.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 94606)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $19.29

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Francis Coppola's second year producing Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon. For a decade they've bottled Claret — a robust red blend largely comprised of Cabernet — but they wanted to offer a single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon as well in order to show off the elegance of their grapes.

The 2006 growing season was long and cool, allowing the grapes to hang on the vine weeks longer than usual. As a result, this wine has immense concentration, rich color, and profuse aromatics that give way to layers of enduring flavor.

Appearance: Dark garnet

Aromas: Currants, raspberry, vanilla

Flavors: Plum, black cherry, anise, cloves

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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    Syrah/Shiraz    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Hogue Genesis Syrah 2005
Hogue Genesis Syrah 2005
(search item no. 98088)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Washington State's long growing season of warm days and cool nights provides ideal conditions for producing Syrah. Washington Syrahs exhibit dark, juicy fruit character, brilliant color, a complex varietal herbaceousness, and a relatively low tannin level. The Genesis Syrah is sourced from carefully selected vineyards to emphasize luscious fruit, elegant balance, and complexity. The 2005 vintage opens with aromas of cherry, wild berry, and cinnamon, with a touch of mango, nectarine, and tobacco. On the palate are avors of black cherry, blueberry, and warm Chai spices, with a hint of smoke. The wine is full and rich in the mouth with a long, silkyfinish.

With such a complex flavor profile, this Syrah pairs well with a wide variety of foods: from chicken chili to beef stew, barbecued ribs and hamburgers to roast beef, as well as more sophisticated dishes featuring grilled or roasted filet mignon, venison, lamb or duck.

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About The Hogue Cellars:

The Hogue Cellars, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premier grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of foods.


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Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 94544)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is ruby/crimson in color, with purple tints. The nose shows intensely complex characters of rosemary, mint and coffee. This is followed up on the palate by an eruption of fruit flavors — primarily black cherry and blackberry, with hints of mocha and dried herbs. The tannins are fine grained and supple and the wine has a long, integrated finish.

As with previous releases of "The Cover Drive", the wine displays harmonious balance and can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for 2-3 years.

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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.


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Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2005
Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2005
(search item no. 93450)
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Brilliant ruby red.

Bouquet: Intense, rich aroma of red berries and spice

Taste: Soft and balanced, with flavors of cherries and strawberries leading into a smooth finish.

Serving suggestions: Enjoy with red or white meats, pâtés and hard cheeses.

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About Feudi di San Gregorio:

A modern expression of a centuries-old tradition of passion and dedication to the land, Feudi di San Gregorio is Campania's premier winemaking estate. Situated in the village of Sorbo Serpico in one of Italy's most exciting and innovative wine regions, Feudi di San Gregorio was established in 1986 in a joint venture between the Ercolino and Capaldo families of Irpinia. The proprietors of this family-run estate have selected the finest vineyards in which to nurture this region's unique, indigenous varietals.

The results have been remarkable – the wines of Feudi di San Gregorio have met time and again with stellar reviews and have garnered international critical acclaim. Owner and winemaker Enzo Ercolino works closely with consultant Riccardo Cotarella, one of Italy's foremost enologists.