Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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Sokol Blosser Evolution Red Blend
Sokol Blosser Evolution Red Blend
(search item no. 115077)

PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $13.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich garnet color. Sweet, pure fruit aromas of maraschino cherries, strawberry preserves and red plums. Notes of tangy cranberries, ripe raspberries and loganberries. Evolution Red has a bright edge of pomegranate and blood orange, with hints of warm earth and cinnamon. The overall mouthfeel is lighter-bodied with fine tannins, finishing smooth and juicy.
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About Sokol Blosser:

When Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser planted their first vines in 1971, they needed all of their youthful self-confidence, energy and determination to make their way because there was no wine industry in Oregon. Today, with over 400 wineries and more than 19,000 acres of vineyards, Oregon wines are available throughout the world. Sokol Blosser has survived, grown and prospered as a family-owned and run operation, and they are proud to have been part of developing and shaping Oregon's now prominent wine industry.

Sokol Blosser strives to create wines of world class quality that are produced sustainably, mindful of the environment and your health, and that express the distinctive flavors of their hillside vineyards. Sokol Blosser wines reflect who they are – their values and their sense of place. We hope you enjoy them.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Ridge Vineyards Geyserville 2006
Ridge Vineyards Geyserville 2006
(search item no. 94514)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

70% Zinfandel, 18% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah, 2% Mataro

After fourteen months in barrel, the wine is fully integrated. Elegant tannins and intense fruit make it enjoyable now; it will be best over the next eight to ten years.

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About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Sylvan Springs McLaren Vale Shiraz 2001
Sylvan Springs McLaren Vale Shiraz 2001
(search item no. 109146)
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The warmer 2001 vintage was ideal for McLaren Vale Shiraz, allowing the fruit to easily and steadily attain its full ripeness. The result is a Shiraz deep red in colour, displaying rich, ripe berry notes on the nose. Exhibits ripe blackberry and plum fruit flavours, a result of 18 months maturation in a combination of both American oak (predominantly) and French oak.

Drinking very well now, full in flavour, with good structure and length and will continue to develop those wonderful fruit and oak characters over the next 6-8 years.

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About Sylvan Springs:

Sylvan Springs is a boutique winery nestled in the heart of the McLaren Vale region, producing a small but premium range of wines. Their commitment is to consistently produce wines of the highest quality.

Owned and operated by a fourth generation vigneron, David Pridmore is expanding on his family tradition in the local wine industry, which dates back to 1892. It was then that the family first established a vineyard in the heart of McLaren Vale.

The Sylvan Springs label is the result of a formidable and enviable combination of premium quality fruit and the exceptional winemaking talents of Brian Light. Only the very best fruit from 45 hectares of premium fruit is retained for the Sylvan Springs label and Brian's extensive knowledge, experience, and success are well known in the industry. These factors, combined with the latest in winemaking techniques, are all an integral part of the foundation on which Sylvan Springs is built.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Vina Zaco  2007
Vina Zaco 2007
(search item no. 106087)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Zaco's vinification is based on achieving maximum fruit and freshness through cold pre-maceration, fermentation at lower than normal temperatures (24ºC) and two weeks' maceration. The wine is then left to mature in American and French oak until it is reaching its full potential.

Intense, bright cherry with violet hues. Initial dominant notes of black fruits,violets and liquorice followed by the underlying spicy notes of barrel ageing - vanilla and clove. Full-bodied with a long, fresh finish

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About Vina Zaco:

Viña Zaco is the rebellious new Rioja from Bodegas Bilbainas—a Rioja with a contemporary twist. Zaco takes its name from one of the oldest vineyards in Bodegas Bilbainas in the Rioja Alta. But that's where Zaco's links with the past begin and end. With its abundance of fresh red berries, notes of liquorice and faint undertones of spice, Zaco is the ultimate modern expression of Rioja.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2008
Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 108176)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Devious mischief abounds from these dry-farmed, head pruned, old vine vineyards in the Shenendoah Valley. This Sierra Foothill Valley is renowned for its old vine Zin vineyards which produce a wine that is chewy and spicy, rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvet vanilla oak. Blended with a touch of Syrah from the Bailey Vineyard. Maverick...The Jam Bomb...mischievous fun!
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About Four Vines:

In 1994 Four Vines Winery kicked into gear featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak "Naked" Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, The Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. The winery relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form. No matter the wine, Four Vines has always brought a refreshing, irreverent attitude to the industry. Today, the winery sources fruit from all over the state of California and crushes mainly on the Central Coast and in Sonoma County. This allows grapes to arrive at their peak of cool morning temperatures to the crush pad. It all starts in the vineyard…don't let anyone tell you anything else. In late 2010, Derek Benham acquired Four Vines from its founders and moved the winery operations back up north to Sonoma County where it originally started. Four Vines is now in a position to reach its full potential as a category leader in Unoaked Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The story continues...


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Margaret River    Australia   
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Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107341)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon is mid to full depth in color, showing a purple-crimson hue. The nose displays fully ripened fruit with red berries, curry leaf, cassis and oak barrel spiciness. This wine is generous and inviting, opening to plush red fruits building to a full mid palate fleshiness then leading to a complex meld of fruit, briar and edgy tannins. This modern styled Cabernet and, though the palate sensations are long, they are refreshing. Enjoy with Tapas!
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About Ringbolt:

Western Australia's rugged southwest coastline is littered with shipwrecks – the wreck of the Ringbolt being one of them. Sunk in the late 1800s in what is now known as Ringbolt Bay, located on the southern tip of the Margaret River wine region, adjacent to Cape Leeuwin.

Defined by the oceans, the Margaret River region enjoys a temperate, maritime climate with high winter rainfall and pristine, robust sea breezes to cool the precious fruit – wonderful conditions for growing superior Cabernet Sauvignon. The name Ringbolt honors the heritage of the Margaret River wine region.

Senior Red Winemaker Peter Gambetta has over 20 vintages of winemaking experience which have seen him working in some of the world's premium wine-growing regions, most recently spending the 2005 European vintage in Bordeaux. This international perspective is part of what makes him an invaluable asset to Ringbolt. Working extensively in Coonawarra and Wrattonbully vineyards has given him an intimate understanding of premium Cabernet Sauvignon and outstanding red winemaking experience and skills.

Having always taken a meticulous approach to his winemaking, Peter believes in attention to detail at every stage. From harvesting at optimal ripeness and fruit flavor, barrel maturation and to continuing to monitor the wine once in bottle - ensuring they are released only at their most enjoyable.