Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Africa    South Africa   
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Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 115179)
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PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This delicious, crowd pleasing Cabernet – consistently named a Wine Enthusiast "Best Buy" – delivers serious bang for the buck! It's packed with lip smacking flavors of blackcurrant, black cherry and plum, with subtle hints of dark chocolate and spice.

Blend: 89% Cabernet, 7.5% Merlot, 3.5% Petit Verdot

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About Excelsior:

The picturesque Robertson Valley is nestled between two rugged mountain ranges near the Breede ("Broad") River. It was here that the De Wet family purchased a large tract of land in 1859, subsequently channeling the river and planting the region’s first vineyards. Today the estate is owned by Freddie and Peter De Wet, the fourth and fifth generation of De Wets to farm the property.

Robertson’s limestone-rich clay soils are ideal for quality wine production, and Excelsior boasts over 200 hectares planted to noble grape varietals, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz. The wines consistently receive "Best Buy"/ "Best Value" accolades, and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate recently noted that Excelsior "represents another of those South African instances where one wonders how the wines can possibly be well-made, distinctively-packaged, exported to the States, and still sell for a mere ten dollars."

The De Wets have always embraced innovation, and in 1969, Excelsior became the first wine estate in South Africa to install drip irrigation. In 1981, a modern, state-of-the-art winery was constructed with capacity to allow for future expansion. In addition to producing a series of delicious and approachable value wines, Excelsior also has a long history of horse breeding. The estate’s longstanding horse breeding tradition is reflected in the equine theme on the Excelsior labels.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117345)
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PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $8.25

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Plump aromas of ripe cherry, red berry and jam fill the nose, followed by notes of luscious berry sweetness on the palate. This textured wine with moderate tannins ends with a round finish.
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About Two Vines:

From vineyard to crush, the Two Vines brand speaks to the method of vine trellising which positions grape clusters for optimum sun exposure. The result is approachable wines of richer flavor, deeper color and brighter fruit expression for popular appeal and immediate enjoyment.

A longtime leader, Two Vines earns consistent "Best Value" and "Best Buy" designations from leading wine publications.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    South Australia    Australia   
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Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2008
Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2008
(search item no. 104939)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Pillar Box Red has a dark colour and a vibrant purple hue, with aromas of fresh blueberry fruit, liquorice, dried mint and cinnamon oak undertones. The palate is dense and juicy, with flavours of fresh blackcurrant and cherry combined with aniseed, dried thyme and mocha oak characters. The wine is rich and full bodied, well balanced and seamless with soft, persistent tannins.
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About Pillar Box:

Named after the proprietor of the 19th century mail coach service which once ran through their property, the Longbottom family has created a new family tradition of winemaking with wines such as: Henry's Drive, Parson's Flat and Pillar Box.

During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of Southeastern Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach drivers reigned supreme on top of their coaches, and won the respect and admiration of their passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state, was a certain Mr. Henry John Hill. His operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway. Routes were known as Drives, thus the family's wine business is today known as Henry's Drive.



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.


White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Eroica Riesling 2010
Eroica Riesling 2010
(search item no. 111978)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Eroica Riesling exudes mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. After a more than a decade we have truly found our "Eroica style," striving for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty
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About Eroica:

Launched in 1999, Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers. One from the Old World, Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and the other from the New World, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state. An intermingling of Old and New World philosophies and technique enables the crafting of an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration.

The first five vintages of Eroica Riesling (1999-2003) were named to Wine Spectator's "Top 100" list.

"I have long believed that a Riesling revival would have to start with a prominent New World winery like Chateau Ste. Michelle."
- Ernst Loosen, Dr. Loosen estate



White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Eroica Riesling 2009
Eroica Riesling 2009
(search item no. 107988)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Riesling exudes mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. After a decade we have truly found our 'Eroica style,' striving for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced minerality.
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About Eroica:

Launched in 1999, Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers. One from the Old World, Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and the other from the New World, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state. An intermingling of Old and New World philosophies and technique enables the crafting of an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration.

The first five vintages of Eroica Riesling (1999-2003) were named to Wine Spectator's "Top 100" list.

"I have long believed that a Riesling revival would have to start with a prominent New World winery like Chateau Ste. Michelle."
- Ernst Loosen, Dr. Loosen estate



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Spain    Spain   
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Beso de Vino Seleccion 2009
Beso de Vino Seleccion 2009
(search item no. 107960)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $8.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Seleccion has an intense red color that borders to violet. Aromas of wild fruits and forest floor, black olives and spices. Full-bodied and concentrated with notes of cocoa, spice and fruits. Soft and long with well-balanced tannins.
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About Beso de Vino:

Antonio the Bull kissed this wine and he fell in love. Now he runs around the world and offers this wine to you. Beso de Vino, "Kiss of Wine."

What makes Beso de Vino special and unique is the magical time that happens from the moment you open the bottle right up until you drink the very last drop, on your own or in the company of someone you want to share the moment with. Loving, chatting, partying, laughing, savoring, dreaming, enjoying life... as only the Spanish can.



White Wines    Other White Wine    Portugal    Portugal   
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Aveleda Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde 2010
Aveleda Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde 2010
(search item no. 110446)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $8.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Harmonious wine with a fresh, fruity and delicate aroma, where the presence of tropical fruits and some flowers is evident. On the palate Quinta da Aveleda presents a long and persistent finish.

Ideal as an appetizer or to pair with fine oriental cuisine, salads or light meat dishes.

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About Aveleda:

Aveleda is a name which spans several generations. The first records of the sale of bottled wine date back to 1870, with Manuel Pedro Guedes (1837-1899), known for his strong enterprising spirit and believed to be the founder of the business as we know it today. His work bore fruit and the quality of the Aveleda wines started to be recognised, as the gold medals won in the international competitions in Berlin (1888) and Paris (1889) attest.

Today the Guedes family still owns 100% of the company, always committed to maintaining this family legacy which spans several generations. The son of Manuel Pedro Guedes, Fernando Guedes da Silva da Fonseca (1871-1946) continued his father’s work, significantly increasing the production capacity at the Estate. He had 7 children and it was Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes (1899-1966) who led the family business, dedicating his whole life to working at Aveleda. The 4th generation includes the six children of Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes: Fernando, Luís, António, Maria Isabel, Maria Helena and Roberto – who today manage the company’s future, together with the following generation: 14 cousins who make up the 5th generation.



Red Wines    Barbera    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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St. Mary's Bells & Whistles Red 2004
St. Mary's Bells & Whistles Red 2004
(search item no. 113991)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Bells and Whistles is a blend made from 55% Cab/Sav, 20% Shiraz, 15% Cab Franc and 10% Merlot grapes grown at St Mary's vineyards. The palate is balanced with a rich smooth persistence.
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About St. Mary's:

St Marys is a boutique, family owned, premium red wine producer. With one basket press and all fruit being pressed through it ensures a softer and more traditional character to each wine.

Estate grown grapes only are used in the production of all St Mary's wines. Small batches of hand picked grapes are fermented in open vats,hand plunged and intensively monitored. The ferments are then Basket Pressed and barrel matured in climate controlled storage before being bottled on premises.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Angove Family Winemakers McLaren Vale Vineyard Select Shiraz 2007
Angove Family Winemakers McLaren Vale Vineyard Select Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 106229)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $12.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The deep opaque black inky color suggests a brooding wine, and the spicy licorice and pepper on the nose follow up first impressions well. The low crops from this very difficult year have released a deep and very intense wine, speaking of the region and variety eloquently. This wine is great to enjoy now but will age gracefully for many years.
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About Angove Family Winemakers:

The Angove family company, Angove's Pty. Ltd., ranks among Australia's largest privately owned wine companies and stands as one of the few with strong interests in distilling as well as grape growing and winemaking.

His early experimentation with vines, winemaking and distilling, led to the establishment of a proud family business. Dr. Angove's initial plantings at the township of Tea Tree Gully in the Adelaide foothills were the forerunner of one of the largest vineyards in the southern hemisphere - the magnificent Nanya Vineyard at Renmark in South Australia's Murray Valley.

Since World War II, the company has steadily expanded its operations and structure. Their Renmark facility has grown to become a major winemaking and distilling enterprise, with storage capacity for more than15 million litres of wine and spirit. In 1947, Thomas William Carlyon Angove, grandson of the founder, took the helm as Managing Director, beginning a new era in development.

In 1983, the fourth generation of the family took control, when John Carlyon Angove succeeded his father as Managing Director of the company.

The success of the Angove's identity owes a great deal to a pioneering spirit. The same urge that drove Dr. Angove to leave his home in Cornwall and emigrate to Australia is evident in many of the developments the company has taken since.