Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Atalaya Laya 2012
Atalaya Laya 2012
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Laya is 70% Garnacha Tintorera — Alicante Bouschet — and 30% Monastrell planted around 1000 metres (3280 feet) above sea level and aged for 4 months in French oak. Garnacha Tintorera is known for its deep color and here it coats the glass and imparts aromas of brooding black fruits, licorice, espresso, and pepper. Dense, savory, and rich.
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About Atalaya:

The winery was founded in 2003, but the family has 3 generations in vine cultivation. The main building is in the midst of vineyards, so the quality of the grapes remain intact in its short trip from vine to press.

This winery has 25 hectares of vineyards, which use the trellis system and drip-irrigation. The bodega cultivates Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,Monastrell and produces about 50,000 bottles a year. It has 100 oak barrels, 80 American oak and 20 French, as well as stainless steel tanks with a capacity for 125,000 gallons.The premiere wine of this here is the Atalaya Crianza and its can be tasted in a tasting room that offers winery visits.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $8.25

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 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 Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Santa Alicia Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Reserva 2011
Santa Alicia Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Reserva 2011
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PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant and deep ruby red color. With aromas of ripe fruit, bitter chocolate and spices. Good structure and concentration with round tannins.

Red meats, barbecue and a large array of cheese.

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About Santa Alicia:

In 1954, on fertile lands close to the capital of Chile, an important politician and businessman, Mr. Maximo Valdes, founded the vineyard "Houses of Pirque". With extensive experience in the wine business, he begins planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

After half a century and four generations, the Valdes family has turned these vineyards in the best example of love for the land, and perfection in the quality of its products.

Today, identified as "Santa Alicia", as a way of honoring the women that in each generation carry this name, the vineyard continues with its tradition of excellence and prestige, expressed in each bottle are the decades of experience, high technology, and the privileged fruit which results from a marvelous environment.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2010
Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep cherry red color leads to a bouquet showing dark forest fruits and a touch of stylish oak in the background. The palate shows richness of fruit, softly textured tannins and a long, flavorsome finish.

It is a good idea to decant beforehand to allow some oxygen in and bring out the best in the wine. Clancy's is a wine to enjoy with friends over a bowl of pasta, platters of pizza, or a sizzling roast chicken. It will always be a welcome guest at a BBQ.

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    North Coast    California   
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Parducci Sustainable Red Blend 2010
Parducci Sustainable Red Blend 2010
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PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Sustainable Red is a robust, dry red wine with berry fruit flavors and spicy complexities.

Enjoy this robust dry red wine with pasta, pizza, grilled meats, and flavorful cheeses.

Blend: 30% Syrah, 26% Petite Sirah, 14% Merlot, 12% Carignane, 12% Zinfandel, 6% Other Varieties

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About Parducci:

Sixteen year-old Adolph Parducci arrived in Northern California with his parents in 1912. The new immigrant family settled in Mendocino County an area that resembled their native Tuscany. Even today, the geography and climate of Mendocino County are similar to Northern Italy. The County's hillside vineyards provide plenty of exposure to ripen hearty red grape varieties, while deep river valleys with good drainage support flavor-packed white grapes. Adolph purchased his first vineyard in 1921, just one-year after Prohibition. To survive, Parducci created a market for his grapes with home winemakers from as far away as New York. Adolph and his four sons built their full-scale winery in 1932 on the site of their original Home Ranch just above the Ukiah Valley.

In 1944, Parducci produced one of the first varietal bottling of California Zinfandel. This wine signaled the arrival of California as a premium winegrowing area and of Parducci Wine Cellars as the producer of quality wines. Two years later, we made the first varietal bottling of California Petite Sirah and today we are still the largest producer of Petite Sirah with just over 20,000 cases.

Parducci is "Family Farmed," locally owned and operated in California's Mendocino County. We are committed to sustainable winegrowing practices that yield top quality grapes and wines while protecting the environment and supporting our community and local farmers.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2012
Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2012
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Garnet red. Red fruit aromas, mainly Morello cherries. Well-structured, with dark red fruit, pepper notes and sustained tannins.
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About M. Chapoutier:

No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhône valley than M. Chapoutier.

The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier’s great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l’Hermitage in the Northern Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost in translation, so to speak. He knew that he owned some of the best growing sites in the appellation and he believed — rightly — that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived world-class wines. In a move unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself. Not only did the quality of the wines increase greatly, but this move provided the capital to expand the Chapoutiers’ already legendary estate.

A visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking, his restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality have produced tremendous success, with the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers and 16 "100 point" rated wines.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red Blend 2011
Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red Blend 2011
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Winemaker's Notes:

Teeth-staining dark red with hints of purple. Vibrant aromas of crushed red berries and cherries, notes of cola and cinnamon, and a hint of earthiness. Berry flavors explode in the mouth with cinnamon and cassis in the mid-palate leading to slight cocoa powder tannins on the finish. A very rich, full-bodied style.

This wine is perfection with grilled tri-tip of beef roast—a signature dish of the Central Coastal winegrowing region. In Paso Robles, the beef is grilled chuck wagon-style over a red-oak fire. Serve with other great cowboy fare like baked beans, garlic bread, and a green salad.

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About Purple Cowboy:

The grapes for Purple Cowboy come primarily from Paso Robles, the largest appellation in San Luis Obispo County on California’s famed Central Coast. Over the years, Paso Robles was known for producing structured Cabernet Sauvignon. More recently, a group of winemakers known as the Rhone Rangers has garnered attention with Syrah, a grape well-suited to this warmer region. The Paso Robles AVA is sometimes called Cowboy Wine Country, a reference to its historic identity as a ranching and farming area. Daytime temperatures often top 90 Degrees, but in the evening the vines are cooled by fog cascading down the eastern slope of the Santa Lucia range which separates Paso from the Pacific Coast. Purple Cowboy is sourced from the eastern half of the AVA which is warmer, drier and typically produces full-bodied wines with rich fruit character, soft tannins and balanced acidity.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Conde de Valdemar Rioja Inspiracion 2007
Conde de Valdemar Rioja Inspiracion 2007
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It has a bright red cherry color with violet glints. On the nose, it displays complex and ripe blackberry aromas, combined with subtle spicy notes. Fleshy, tasty and meaty on its passage through the mouth, displaying balsamic notes. It reveals a rounded and long aftertaste.

It is a great match with stewed and grilled meat, as well as with dry and semi-dry cheeses. Perfect for all kinds of Iberian and non-Iberian cold meats.

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About Conde de Valdemar:

The Martinez Bujanda family, producers of Valdemar wines, founded their original winery in 1889. They own 820 acres of vineyards, which makes Valdemar one of the largest estates in the Rioja. A new winery was built in 1984 to take advantage of modern technologies, integrating both new and time-honored traditions of winemaking.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Three Saints Sixty-Seven Red Blend 2007
Three Saints Sixty-Seven Red Blend 2007
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James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

"67" isplays extraordinarily complex aromas of cassis, pipe tobacco, sandalwood and wild boar brush . On the palate, the wine is exuberant, with fresh cassis, blackberry and cocoa tones The integrated fruit is framed by fine-grained tannins and rewards you with a clean finish.
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About Three Saints:

Three Saints wines are a vivid expression of carefully selected grapes from the Dierberg Family's vineyards which are located in three of Santa Barbara County's premium wine growing regions: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other California    California   
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Matchbook Syrah 2010
Matchbook Syrah 2010
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of blackberry pie, dusty sweet oak and mellow spices of cardamom and mace are prominent with underlying hints of smoke, earth, and cocoa. Flavors of raspberries and blackberries dominate giving this wine a juicy, mouthwatering character. The finish is long with flavors of currants, cherries, and cocoa powder tannins.

This aromatic and elegant Matchbook Syrah will pair perfectly with a rich Italian Bolognaise sauce over pasta, or even a barbequed rack of baby back ribs smothered in your favorite sauce.

Blend: 90% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Matchbook:

Why Matchbook? As a farm kid growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Matchbook's owner, John Giguiere, was a confirmed pyromaniac starting various things on fire such as his father's wheat field. At one point, fearing total ruin from his kids burning him out of the house and farm, his father took them to the city jail for an hour stay to impress upon his brother and him the futility of their fascination with fire. John and his brother answered at a later date by graduating from random fires to the launching of rockets which often blew up at some stage of their journey resulting in more random fires and a call to the local fire department for help. They eventually grew out of this fascination with the "Matchbook" but still have fond memories of the power they possessed.

Matchbook has four products, all focusing on varietals that perform well in the warm Dunnigan Hills climate. A percentage of coastal fruit is blended into the Dunnigan Hills wines to add structure and intensify flavors.