Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Koonowla Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Koonowla Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 110044)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $6.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Cabernet varietal character in this wine is very powerful with violets and blueberry hints gently supported by cedar notes and spice. The palate is flavorsome, powerful and long with balanced acidity and long, fine tannins.
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About Koonowla:

South Australia was founded in 1836 and the pioneering families of these early settlers quickly spread north to create Clare Valley, which remains one of Australia’s most productive regions for wool, grain, and wine production. Koonowla was established there shortly after by Colonel Barker, who began a farming/grazing enterprise but sold in 1892 to John Tothill who, with great vision, planted the first vines, built a fine winery for commercial wine making, and produced wines with a thriving export trade to England. Koonowla became one of the six original wineries in the Clare Valley and continued to develop until a tragic fire in 1926 destroyed much of the stock and cellars. It continued with vitaculture as a major business activity for another twenty years, but slowly reduced the area under vines to make way for the economic boom developing from grain and wool production. Finally, in 1985, 8 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon was planted, heralding the recommencement of Koonowla wines as a bottle label. Koonowla's current owners are Andrew and Booie Michael, who purchased in 1991 to expand their interests in the district. They immediately set to restoring the homestead and establishing new plantings – many of which are now in full production – to cover the same area that was originally planted in 1896, plus another 120 acres. This makes Koonowla one of the largest and most technologically current privately-owned enterprises in the district.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Tuscany    Italy   
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Placido Pinot Grigio 2010
Placido Pinot Grigio 2010
(search item no. 107851)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Primavera (Springtime) is the beginning of the winemaker's year-an exciting and critical time when we prepare our vines to produce exquisite fruit which is reflected in the beauty, aromas and rich flavors of our wines. These are the very qualities treasured by the legendary Count Placido, a 13th century Tuscan nobleman, passionate about fine wine and food, and credited with the winemaking tradition that lives on today in Placido Primavera.

Traditional white-wine vinification. Alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel for 12 to 14 days to extract optimal flavor and preserve varietal character.

Placido Pinot Grigio is a delightful aperitif, and is perfect for a range of foods including appetizers, seafood, and grilled poultry and pork.

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About Placido:

Placido wines owe their phenomenal popularity to choice grapes grown in some of the world's premier wine regions, renowned winemaking expertise and a quality-price ratio difficult to match. The brand inherited its name from a famous Sienese family, the Placidi, on whose vast Tuscan estate some of the Placido vines grow today. Now a worldwide brand, Placido has also brought centuries of European winemaking experience to Chile's grape growing region.

Consisting of eight noble wine types, their wines include: Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Chianti and a fruity Pinot Grigio all from grapes grown in choice Tuscany vineyards. Chile's Maipo Valley offers an ideal micro-climate for cultivating the noblest of French stock, such as Placido's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Flora Springs Trilogy 2006
Flora Springs Trilogy 2006
(search item no. 99093)
collectible wine
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $57.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Flora Springs has built its legacy on beautiful and complex wines that can be enjoyed either as young and vibrant or as cellared and graceful. The 2006 exhibits all the classic Trilogy attributes with a lovely cassis and cherry bouquet, as well as huge black fruit flavors that envelop the palate. Each varietal is vital to the outcome - the Cabernet exhibits black cherry and dark cocoa character, while the Merlot carries these flavors to the back of the palate where the Cabernet Franc adds notes of coffee and toffee to the finish. Unrelenting with power and grace, the 2006 Trilogy, our 22nd vintage, beautifully marries the complexity and elegance of our earlier vintages with the sheer bravado of our favorites from the late 90's.

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About Flora Springs Wine Company:

Flora Springs is a family endeavor that epitomizes hard work, dedication and teamwork . The vitality of this family is obvious as they set about the task of growing great grapes and making absolutely delicious wine.

It all began over 20 years ago, when Jerry and Flora Komes bought the first vineyard - a vineyard with lots of history, great soils and two ghost wineries. Their retirement project became a lifetime passion for son John Komes and daughter Julie Garvey and their families. John quickly talked the family (including another brother Mike Komes) into making wine. Julie worked side by side with John as the first two years they made the wines. Julie’s husband Pat Garvey took over the vineyard side of things. In 1980, Ken Deis was hired as winemaker and he has been part of the family ever since.

Winemaker Ken Deis makes use of every tool at his disposal. First of all, he trusts his senses: The feel of the berry in his fingers, the taste of the fruit and then the wine, the smells during fermentation. A winemaker needs to understand the source of his fruit and Ken has worked closely with vineyard manager Pat Garvey for more than 20 years so that they can anticipate the challenges that each vintage brings. Ken has also adopted the same curiosity that the entire Komes-Garvey family has and it has paid off royally in the quality of his wines.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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Tikal Patriota 2008
Tikal Patriota 2008
(search item no. 100265)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep reddish purple with aromas of bright berry/cherry fruit. Like swallowing a whole bowl of mixed ripe berries at once. Big body yet very balanced, with luscious layers of raspberry, cherry, and cocoa flavors. Just a hint of baking spice at the end brings it all together. Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink! Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink!
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About Tikal:

Tikal is owned by Ernesto Catena and is named after his son. Ernesto spent his childhood in the vineyards of Mendoza among wine-growers and local pundits. Since then, he has experienced a kaleidoscope of cultures, living in New York, Buenos Aires, Berkeley, Cambridge (MA), Milan and London. But his heart remains in his homeland of Argentina (where he now lives), with its natural beauty of mountains, streams and vineyards, its wines, and its people who hold a special passion for living.

There are few wine brands that reflect the sensibilities of their owner more than Tikal. A skilled horseman, fashion designer, software developer, and book editor, Ernesto pursues all that gives pleasure in life. This hedonism (in the best sense of the word) shows through in the wines. It is a style meant to provide enormous pleasure rather than provoke contemplation; an expression of emotion rather than intellect. He has named his wines with passion in mind: Patriota (Patriot), Corazon (Heart), Amorio (Love Affair), Jubilo (Rejoice).

Luis Reginato is the winemaker at Tikal as of the 2002 vintage. Luis is young, but is already a highly trained and respected vineyard consultant and winemaker with long experience at his family's winery in Mendoza. Truly an up and coming talent, Luis and his wines are already garnering high praise from U.S. wine critics. Definitely a winemaker to watch.



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Saint Jean Du Barroux l'Oligocene Rouge 2005
Saint Jean Du Barroux l'Oligocene Rouge 2005
(search item no. 110560)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Carignan, 5% Cinsault from 25 year old, organically grown vines from their Estate Vineyard. This is a high-altitude vineyard with stony, poor soils from the Oligocene Era - making for a rich, concentrated red.
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About Saint Jean Du Barroux:

Le Barroux is a small Provencal town located in the heart of the Vaucluse. Its twelfth century castle overhangs the stone-built village houses and picturesque alleys. In between the two famous mountains, the Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail, le Barroux is renowned as being an excellent tourist site, providing a magnificent scenic point of view. Nature surrounds the village, forests and fruit trees, intermingled with vines which paint a varying landscape of changing colors. The small estate vineyardsof Saint Jean du Barroux extend over 15 hectares of the hillside, at an elevation of between 300 to 400 meters. It consists of 11 hectares of vines and 4 hectares of fruit trees and forest, on alternating terraces and slopes. Owner and winemaker Philippe Gimel is the heart and soul of this tiny project, working the vineyards by hand in harmony with the environment.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
(search item no. 105119)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#44 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

100% Tempranillo Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with fruity notes. It shows good balance on the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins. The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

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Red Wines    Merlot    Other Italian    Italy   
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Falesco Merlot Umbria 2009
Falesco Merlot Umbria 2009
(search item no. 110016)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby-red in color with sensual aromas of blackberry, tobacco and vanilla, which carry through on the palate into a lingering finish. Full-bodied and velvety, this wine pairs beautifully with mildly spicy entrees such as curried tagines or roast rack of lamb with mint chutney.
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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Lancaster Sophia's Hillside Cuvee 2006
Lancaster Sophia's Hillside Cuvee 2006
(search item no. 110392)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $29.99

Winemaker's Notes:

97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot. The fourth Cuvée vintage was released on March 21, 2011. The Cuvée honors the owners daughter, Sophia. This fruit forward wine is lush and balanced with ripe cherry, cocoa powder and vanilla characters, and notes of red cherry and rose hips. 34 barrels produced.
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About Lancaster Estate:

Lancaster Estate is a vineyard and winery in the classic Bordeaux tradition. Lancaster Estate’s Alexander Valley appellation luxury wines are limited–edition, 100 percent estate–grown Cabernet family varietals from our 53 acre hillside property. The winery focuses on one wine per year, a blend which is entirely vintage and estate–reflective.

Located at the southern tip of the Alexander Valley, Lancaster Estate rests in the foothills of the western Mayacamas Mountains at the confluence of the Chalk Hill and Knights Valley appellations. Within the rolling hills of this “golden triangle,” an ideal climate of warm days and cool nights combines with the region's myriad soil types to produce red wines of uncommon grace and style.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sicily    Italy   
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Feudo Maccari Maharis 2007
Feudo Maccari Maharis 2007
(search item no. 110949)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Maharis presents a ruby red color with purple reflections. On the nose balsamic notes mix with cocoa and coffee. In the mouth we taste the balsamic notes that we found in the bouquet with soft tannins that envelop the palate. The aftertaste gives spicy, smoky notes that make this wine pleasant and unforgettable.
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About Feudo Maccari:

The Feudo Maccari lies just over a mile from the sea, and basks in a dry, sun drenched climate verging on torrid in the summer months. Mediterranean winds moderate the climate and aerate the clusters, and some irrigation is required during the hot, dry season. The vineyards lie 240 feet above sea level on southerly exposed slopes, and the predominant volcanic soil profile is mixed in a few areas with white sand and chalk deposits. The Nero d’Avola vines are trained on trees in the traditional Sicilian manner, with the other varieties to more conventional systems. The first vintage of Saia, composed entirely of Nero d’Avola, is in the 2002 vintage; experimentation continues with other varieties.

The diversity of the estates’ soil and climatic conditions dictates that cultivation and winemaking follow the demands of the environment and pursuit of quality. Yields are restricted, and at harvest the clusters are handpicked, sorted, destemmed, and put into a conveyer-belt apparatus which breaks the skins rather than crushes the berries. Fermentation takes place in a combination of temperature controlled stainless steel and lined open-top fermentors with maceration periods appropriate to the varietal in question followed by natural malolactic fermentation in tank. Cooperage consists primarily of 225-liter barriques with some capacity in 500-litre tonneaux, and is of new and one year’s use; length of oak contact depends on both the wine and vintage, but generally lasts for a period of twelve to eighteen months. A first blending of lots takes place when the wine is placed in barrique; a second at the first racking. The wines are then bottled with minimum intervention.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Chateauneuf-du-Pape    France - Rhone   
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Domaine la Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape Signature 2007
Domaine la Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape Signature 2007
(search item no. 107665)
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

64% Grenache from the 100 year old Palestor parcel, Boursan, and Grand Pierre plots. 17% Mourvèdre from La Mascarone and Boursan plots. 11% Syrah from the Le Parc plot. 8% Cinsault from the 60 year old Pierre à Feu parcel
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About Domaine la Barroche:

Domaine la Barroche has been in the same family since the 14th of which are in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, mainly in the North and Northeast parts. Domaine la Barroche has the balance, unique character, and spirit of the finest Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In keeping with a long family tradition, we have amply demonstrated our determination to excel, and aim to offer you nothing less than the best possible wine.