Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 112973)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ripe plum and black cherry fruit aromas followed by hints of mint and fresh herbs announce this delicious Pinot Noir. On the palate, this wine displays complexity and roundness with flavors of cherries jubilee and fresh berries followed by a lingering dry finish.

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

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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    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Da Vinci Chianti 2009
Da Vinci Chianti 2009
(search item no. 109449)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Flavors of ripe plums, cherries and red fruit. Lively with a soft mineral finish and round tannins that linger in a long peppery finish.

Cantine Leonardo da Vinci is grower's cooperative with over 500 hectares (1,236 acres) under vine throughout the Chianti Region and an additional 108 hectares (267 acres) under vine in Montalcino. Based in Vinci, Italy, Cantine Leonardo da Vinci's philosophy to producing Chianti is "A New World Approach to an Old World Classic." Cantine follows this philosophy in Montalcino as well, where it operates the only working cooperative in the area. Its winery and vineyards are located in the Val di Cava, one of the most beautiful areas in Montalcino

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About Cantine Leonardo da Vinci:

Established in 1961, Cantine Leonardo da Vinci sources only the finest grapes from premium Chianti and Chianti Classico vineyards. The result is premium, concentrated fruit which is then skillfully crafted into distinctive, fruit-forward, new world style Chianti.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2009
Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2009
(search item no. 111190)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep red color with violet hues, this wine exudes aromas of great complexity with very ripe dark berries with a touch of black pepper and spice. The palate is well integrated, combining delicate ripe tannins and complex finish with hints of coffee, vanilla and toast.

This wine pairs beautifully with red meat, game and cheese.

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Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Navarro Correas Colección Privada Malbec 2007
Navarro Correas Colección Privada Malbec 2007
(search item no. 113882)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $11.79

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has an intense dark violet color, with aromas of red fruit, cherry and plum, accompanied by soft notes of toast and spices. The flavors are intense and fruity, with round tannins and a long finish.
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About Navarro Correas:

The Navarro Correas family descends from the Correas family, an old and prestigious name related to the production and manufacturing of high-quality wines. The family history dates back to 1798, when Sir Juan de Dios Correas planted the first vine seeds in the lands of Mendoza at the foot of the Andes ridge. Sir Juan De Dios also played an active role in the public life of Mendoza, where he served as Municipal Councillor in the year 1814 and as governor in 1824. Since mid 1800, and for more than a century, the family used to sell the Winery's grapes and wines to other producers. Finally, in 1974 Sir Edmundo Navarro Correas, a direct descendant of Juan de Dios Correas, started to manufacture wines bearing his own name.

With the purpose of finding high-quality grapes for the production of noble wines, Navarro Correas sought selected microclimates in Mendoza, located 830 m above sea level, to grow special Grapes for wine production, such as the Tunuyan, Tupungato, Maipu, Ugarteche, Pedriel and Agrelo areas, that are irrigated by mineral-rich waters from the Melted snows coming down the Andes slopes. Navarro Correas stands out for the careful selection of grapes and the use of a special vinification process, including techniques that respect the traditional methods while combining them with state-of-the-art technologies to produce world-class wines.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Mitolo The Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Mitolo The Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 115768)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Jester Cabernet Sauvignon is dense purple in color. On the nose, you'll get masses of blueberries, cassis and leather with intense aromas of coffee and mocha. On the palate, it is spicy, lifted and pure, with juicy and savory tannins, richness and elongated length.
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About Mitolo:

In a short period of time Mitolo has become recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale. Mitolo is a family owned business, started by and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitolo's vision to create a range of wines of individuality, integrity and utmost quality. Whether it is in the vineyard, or in the winery, or the work of the different coopers who source and shape the diverse barrels which are used at Mitolo, each wine is nurtured and developed with a zealous passion that spares no effort to ensure that the best of everything is brought together to make wines of purity, elegance and power.

Italian family roots inspired Frank's early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine. With three earlier generations of his family working as agriculturists and entrepreneurs, it is not surprising that (while heading an international horticultural business), Frank found the energy and passion to pursue his dream of creating world-class wines. The business was established in 1999 and a year later the first Mitolo wine was launched. It was called G.A.M.; named after Frank’s three children and the next generation of Mitolo’s, Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

Acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer is a partner in the business and the combination of his winemaking skills and Frank’s vision have led Mitolo to international recognition and acclaim. What started out as a dream is becoming an exciting reality, and Mitolo Wines has only just begun on its journey.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117070)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Catena Cabernet Sauvignon shows a dark violet color with shades of rubies. On the nose it offers aromas of ripe black currant, sweet spice, red fruits and cassis. On the palate it displays layers of cassis, tobacco and black pepper. This cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine with tannins that provide structure and a long, persistent finish.
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Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011
(search item no. 116153)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tilia Malbec has a dark, blackish purple color. The nose offers ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2009
Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2009
(search item no. 118566)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is ruby red, bright and intense; the vivacity makes it tempting. The aromas are very delicate, with blackberry and plum. On the whole, the aromas are pleasant and teasing. Saltiness and acidity are in the foreground of this wine, but do not hide its polifenolic power. The amplitude of this Barbera is very interesting together with its persistent aftertaste.
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About Pelissero:

Azienda Agricola Pelissero is a family-run vine-growing estate located in the district of Treiso, in the heart of the Barbaresco zone. Many gradual changes have been performed by the successive generations of the Pelissero family, who transformed their business from grape growing and selling begun by Giovanni Pelissero, into winemaking of all their estate-grown grapes.

The first bottles of our own wine date back to 1960 and were produced by Luigi Pelissero, whose work was followed by his son, Oenologist Giorgio who after finishing his studies, decided to work full time at the winery. The Pelissero family takes care of all the winery work; from pruning the vines to marketing the wine.

The estate consists of twenty hectares of vineyards which yield a total of 80,000 to 100,000 (depending on the year) bottles of wine, namely Dolcetto d'Alba from two vineyards (Munfrina and Augenta), Barbera d'Alba Piani, Barbaresco, Barbaresco Vanotu, Grignolino, Favorita,Freisa and Nebbiolo.

It takes passion, commitment to the land and hard work in the vineyards and cellar, to always endeavour to make high quality wines, the only way we know to get real satisfaction. Research in the vineyards and, successively, in the cellar never stops here, and we hope that this will bring about further improvements on our wines.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Lincourt Lindsay's Pinot Noir 2009
Lincourt Lindsay's Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 112694)
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James Suckling rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Pinot Noir is a beautiful example of classic Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir—delicate, subtle and endlessly layered. Notes of black cherry and worn leather explode on the nose followed by a rich brown sugar spice. Blueberry cobbler, lemon zest and freshly ground cardamom round out the palate. Full, ripe and harmonious, this is an intricate yet friendly wine and will resonate with all lovers of Pinot Noir.
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About LinCourt Vineyards:

Founded in 1996 by Bill Foley, Lincourt is a producer of ultra premium wines from the Santa Barbara County. Named in honor of Bill and Carol’s two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney, the Lincourt winery is located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, on Alamo Pintado Road in the Santa Ynez Valley. Originally a dairy farm, the 30 acre property retains the rural charm and simplicity of an earlier era. The quaint tasting room is located in the former farmhouse, a 1926 Sears Craftsman kit home. The barns have been converted to a winery and barrel room, and equipped to allow for handcrafted, premium winemaking.

Great fruit, dedicated winemakers, incredible climate and a serene setting – Lincourt embodies the best of Santa Barbara wine country.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 118704)
James Suckling rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The complexity and balance of this vintage was achieved through diverse sourcing, with a majority of grapes sourced from Oakville and Rutherford. With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine's great complexity.
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In this time of multimillion-dollar vineyard estates and celebrity winemaking consultants, when it seems that financial backing has replaced skill as the key to success in enology, it is rare that a simple idea can give birth to wines that stand out for flavor and balance, rather than pedigree alone. A collaboration between veteran winemaker Philip Zorn and longtime wine executive Brent Shortridge, Waterstone Winery was formed in 2000 when the two men were introduced and discovered a shared interest in creating luxury wines at affordable prices. Bringing together their previously established relationships with Napa Valley growers and vintners, the pair set out to develop balanced wines of varietal character through intelligent sourcing. Preferring to focus on the wine itself rather than the accumulation of land and facilities, Zorn and Shortridge own no vineyards themselves, nor do they own the facility where their wines are made. Dedicated winemaking, strong relationships with top growers and long-term grape contracts are the keys to Waterstone’s quality and success.