Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2008
Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2008
(search item no. 109017)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red in color with intense violet shades. On the nose, a combination of red fruits and toasty notes given by the French oak are evident. In the mouth the wine is complex and structured with a long aftertaste. Pair with grilled meats or tagliatelle with spicy tomato sauce.
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About Punto Final:

From Bodegas Renacer. Mendoza, Argentina is a privileged place in the world because of its winegrowing and winemaking conditions. These excellent conditions are bottled into the great wines that have been reaching the world's markets in recent years. Robert Parker has proclaimed that Malbec, the region's emblematic variety, has a very auspicious future.

The winery, located at Perdriel, at the foot of Los Andes Mountains, combines a medieval tower built of rocks with state of the art technical equipment. In the limey soils surrounding the winery grow the best Malbec grapes of the world. Punto Final Clásico and Reserva are modern, fruity, elegant wines with a distinctive personality. Their labels show a unique style focused in the typical aromas of Argentina's emblematic variety.

The philosophy is to attain the highest quality within the highest international standards. This goal is achieved through scrupulous care of the vineyards and devotion to wine and the winemaking process.



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 11/27/2014: $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.


Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Argyle Brut 2007
Argyle Brut 2007
(search item no. 107769)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Prepare to be fascinated by this alluring sparkling vintage. The aromas are a weaving together of the best that fine sparkling wines deliver. Look for vanilla spiced pear fruit with very floral citrus blossom scents. A lovely yeastiness blends nicely with fresh baguette bouquet. There's a hint of Fresca-like citrus in there too. The palate is VIBRANT and chock full of tiny bubbles. Pear to red apple fruit folds nicely into vanilla spice. The texture is creamy-plus, providing amazing richness while remaining zippy and citrusy. The yeast flavor has evolved into filo dough right out of the oven. These flavors go on and on after the wine is gone.
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About Argyle:

Twenty-five years ago, Argyle began making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Since 1987, winemaker Rollin Soles and viticulturist Allen Holstein have teamed up to produce world-class method champenoise sparkling wines, barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and silky-textured Pinor Noir from low-yielding vines that are winery farmed on some of the best hillside slopes and elevations. Argyle wines have received a total of 11 Wine Spectator Top 100 designations - more than any other winery in Oregon. The Argyle wines represented on this list include sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, truly making Argyle one of the finest practitioners of the craft of elegant, long-lived winegrowing.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2007
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2007
(search item no. 102700)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It appears a deep, purple-edged ruby red, of impressive brilliance. Solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially on the nose, gradually yielding to more pungent impressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon. That spiciness segues onto the palate, and then into a finish that ends with a flourish of balsam, black pepper, and cocoa powder. The mid-palate shows alcoholic warmth and roundedness, while the tannins and acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine's overall harmony.
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About Frescobaldi:

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Eden Valley Shiraz and Viognier 2008
Yalumba Eden Valley Shiraz and Viognier 2008
(search item no. 107777)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The concept of blending Shiraz and Viognier is not new. It is derived from the great French wine region of Northern Rhone, in particular, the Côte Rôtie area. Côte Rôtie has often been described as one of France's finest and most perfumed red wines.

Yalumba is excited to release this magical wine. Using only the best Barossa fruit, the Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier is both unique in style and rich in concentrated fruit flavour.

This Shiraz Viognier wine is full depth red in colour with purple hues, and shows violet, wild berry and dark cherry aromas, meaty and spicy with black pepper hints. The palate is medium- to full-bodied with beautifully defined fruit, juicy right in the middle with a long, intense and elegant palate with black espresso-like tannins to finish.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001
(search item no. 112875)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $29.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Medium-high cherry red robe, with orange tinted tones on the edge of the glass, clear and brilliant. Intense and complex to the nose. Wild berry aromas predominate, blended with hints of coconut, cinnamon, tobacco and leather. Full-bodied and well structured to the palate, with silky and enveloping tannins. Long after-taste acquired from its lengthy time in bottle, where its elegant bouquet gains in intensity. This Viña Ardanza continues to evolve without losing its traditional qualities.
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About La Rioja Alta:

On the 10th of July 1890, five families shared their passion for wine and founded La Rioja Alta, S.A. That day was the start of an ongoing searching for excellence that their descendants still pursue nowadays. Since then we have managed to get the best from the marriage of our tradition in wine ageing and the state-of-the-art technology in grape fermentation. Nowadays we are an international reference of great Rioja wines. Our wines are the result of an exhaustive selection of our most exclusive grapes and a slow ageing process that provides them with elegance, complexity and sophistication. They are patiently settle in more than 30,000 American oak casks fashioned by our own coopers. We take great responsibility in making our wines using our own grapes. Wines with personality and wines with soul.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Alma Rosa Santa Rita HIlls Pinot Noir 2008
Alma Rosa Santa Rita HIlls Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 109018)
green wine
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $28.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Positively brimming with fruity aromatics and flavors, we find this wine (made from grapes from our certified organic estate vineyards) dominated by a mix of fresh crushed berries and dark cherries, shot through with a floral-spice element and a beet-root-meets-cola essence. The wine showcases the dark rich side of Pinot Noir and already has a supple smooth texture with clean acidity. We'd suggest roasts and grilled meats as accompaniments; barbeque shrimp with grits; pan-roasted salmon filets, etc!
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About Alma Rosa:

Richard Sanford came to the Santa Ynez Valley 40 years ago with the desire to create wines that would rival the best of France. First to recognize the potential of the Santa Rita Hills (now an officially accredited American Viticultural Area as Sta. Rita Hills), and first to plant Pinot Noir vines there, Richard is a pioneer with a well established reputation for excellence in winemaking.

Working in partnership for more than 30 years, Thekla and Richard Sanford founded multiple, successful winegrowing enterprises. Their latest venture, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, represents the culmination of a lifetime's experience – an enterprise dedicated to creating high quality wines and setting a benchmark for organic farming, sustainable agriculture methods, and environment-friendly commerce.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
(search item no. 100637)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1993 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red color. Flavors of red fruit, spices, leather and tobacco.

The taste is persistent and balanced with a long and seductive finish. A firm and well supported tannic structure that is balanced now but still suggests long aging potential.

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About Il Poggione:

The Il Poggione estate has been in existence since 1890, and has been owned by the Franceschi family since 1900. The company’s winemaking operations are supervised by Dottore Piero Talenti, who imposes a meticulous three-part selection process – first in the vineyards, second after pressing, and again after fermentation. Piero’s attention to detail in the winemaking process has resulted in the acclaimed Brunellos for which Il Piggione is renowned.


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Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2007
Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2007
(search item no. 110454)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is ruby red. The bouquet is rich and complex, with plum and blackberry aromas, mineral and tobacco notes. The flavor is full-bodied, elegant, great balance and lingering finish.
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About Tenuta Trerose:

Tenuta Trerose is one of Tenimenti Angelini's family-owned triad of estates in Tuscany. Trerose is located in a 16th century villa at the top of a hill surrounded by vineyards. Situated in the heart of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano area, Trerose is 420 acres in size, of which 136 are planted to grapes for the production of Vino Nobile, the rest are planted to other varietals.


Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2006
Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2006
(search item no. 108624)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1994 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft pink color with orangey nuances. Dynamic, creamy bubbles in a long-lasting flow. Immediately after opening, the bouquet of this Brut Rosé 2006 releases intense, complex aromas: first of all fruity (strawberry, vine peach) then floral (sap, sweet flower, pollen) and mineral (chalk). On airing, citrus aromas appear (with a particularly dominant zest) along with gingerbread, so typical of Roederer rosés. Tasting reveals an energetic, racy wine, which is firm and above all elegant. It has the firm structure of the Cumières Pinot Noir which, as usual, manifests itself immediately and unreservedly, in its charming, meaty and dense register - but the characteristic elegance of Louis Roederer wines predominates, thanks to the smooth bubbles associated with precise flavors and a 'taut' mineral freshness. This almost paradoxical blend combines an intense energy 'interwoven' with a rich, almost 'proud' material, accompanied by a swirl of velvety flavors. The long-lasting flavor experience ends on a note of pure minerality... and time stands still.

The structure and richness of Louis Roederer Brut Rosé make it a perfect accompaniment to main courses, magnificently complementing fish such as salmon; meat such as lamb, veal, guinea fowl and even pheasant; and soft cheeses such as Chaource and Brillat-Savarin. It can also be served with red-fruit based desserts that are less sweet, such as a red fruit zabaglione or a red fruit gratin.

66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay

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Uncompromising Quality
Champagne Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 in Reims, France and is one of the rare family owned companies, which is still managed by the Roederer family. In 1833, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle and renamed the company under his namesake. Under his leadership, the company rapidly grew while remaining true to their philosophy of uncompromising quality. Today, the company is under the helm of Jean-Claude Rouzaud and his son Frédéric who continue to place quality before quantity.

First-Rate Vineyards
Champagne Louis Roederer is one of the only French champagne producers to own nearly 75 percent of the grapes in the most desirable vineyards in the Champagne. The property is located on 450 acres in the finest villages of Montagne de Reims, Côtes des Blancs, and Valleé de la Marne. Each region is selected to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the elegance needed for perfectly balanced champagne. The Louis Roederer vineyards rate an average 98 percent based on France’s statutory 100-point classification scale.

The reserve wine is then tasted and graded by a team of Roederer specialists. They choose as many as 40 different wines from several lots for the blend. For the final touch, the wine is then added in order to enhance the cuvee and guarantee consistency while retaining the champagne's characteristics.