Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Schug Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2009
Schug Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2009
(search item no. 114469)
PinotReport rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 PinotReport rating: 92 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 92 points
2010 PinotReport rating: 93 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This classic Carneros region Pinot Noir offers a wide range of flavors and aromas, in the tradition of the finest red Burgundies of France. "Clonal diversity" is achieved by carefully blending several vineyard lots, each retaining its own unique clonal signature in the blend. The result is a complex wine with a rich bouquet of cherries, berries and hints of spicy new oak. It has flavors reminiscent of black cherry, currant and strawberry, followed by a rich, spicy texture and a long silky finish.

This wine pairs nicely with lamb, duck, even grilled fish, and will improve with additional cellaring for 2 to 5 years.

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About Schug Estate Winery:

Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California's most celebrated winemakers. Walter Schug's reputation blossomed during his tenure as Founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s, where he made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend (Insignia) and legendary vineyard designated Cabernets (Backus and Eisele Vineyards).

Drawing on his long experience in the production of fine wines in both Europe and California, Walter set up his own winery with his wife Gertrud in the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation. Here he could focus on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart.

Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available, and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 121205)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft, fleshy-textured Shiraz displaying blueberries and spice, supple tannins and stylish French oak influence.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
(search item no. 116607)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet, licorice and spices. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins. Saint-Esprit is a unique wine in the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation and can be paired with Provençale-style cuisine, game, stuffings and mixed grills.
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About Delas Freres:

Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977.

Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 110785)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep dense ruby color, this sumptuous Cabernet explodes with expressive aromas of black cherry and cassis complimented by notes of black pepper, mocha, and vanilla. The palate is a mouthful of juicy ripe berries and spice, seamlessly integrated into a long finish of fine grained tannins. The classic steakhouse wine, pair with well marbled rib eye, a New York steak or rack of lamb.
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About Geyser Peak:

One of California's oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.

The winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturalists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Clos du Val Carneros Pinot Noir 2009
Clos du Val Carneros Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 118185)

PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vintage of Carneros Pinot Noir is presented with a lovely ruby color. Aromatic spices awaken the nose with bright raspberry, red currant, and pomegranate. Rich complex layers of fruit and spice fill the mouth with notes of mature cherries. An elegant and lingering finish makes it a perfect wine for food, but especially for enjoying by the glass. This Pinot Noir has great aging potential.
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About Clos du Val Wine Co.:

Clos Du Val, French for "small vineyard estate of a small valley," was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val's iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.

Today, for Clos Du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton, it is the bounty from these renowned vineyards that acts as the foundation for the distinctive, terroir-driven wines of balance and elegance for which Clos Du Val is known.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel 2007
Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel 2007
(search item no. 107961)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $22.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vintage of Old Vine Zinfandel displays wonderful aromas of white pepper, cardamom and black cherries. After a few minutes in the glass, additional elements of tobacco, espresso and chocolate begin to shine through. The essence of these old vine vineyards are fully displayed on the palate with succulent fruits such as plum, blueberries, and strawberries. The tannins are smooth and well integrated creating a silky experience, leading to a long and lingering finish. 

Blend: 82% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah

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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 115131)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, dense and concentrated, the flavors echo intense aromas of blueberry, bramble and cassis intermingled with cocoa, cinnamon and sweet, toasty oak. Bold, yet supple on the palate, the dark, richly fruity flavors are balanced by a bright acidity and long finish.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

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About Robert Mondavi Winery:

For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 118267)
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PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Simi 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon follows up on its deep, dark garnet color with lifted, pretty aromas of clove, cinnamon, hints of cedar, mint chocolate, and toasty oak notes that beautifully frame dark fruit. Compelling flavors of cassis, blackberry, and plum along with black pepper, cedar, and clove keep this dark and somewhat brooding wine from being too serious. This medium-to full-bodied

Alexander Valley Cabernet will bring out the best in roasted mushroom and wild nettle pesto pizza, or charcoal-grilled beef carpaccio with asiago-onion salad.

Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, and 3% Petit Verdot

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About Simi:

In 1876, brothers Giuseppe and Pietro Simi began making wine in San Francisco from Sonoma County grapes and eventually planted vineyards near Healdsburg. Simi's historic stone cellars were built in 1890 and are still used to age the wines. Today, Simi is recognized as a leader in innovation and experimentation with a history of over 125 years of cutting-edge winemaking.

Their Alexander Valley vineyards possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region. Years of geologic activity – from an ancient mudflow to the meandering Russian River and Mayacama Creek – has created numerous distinct soil types and a range of microclimates. Here they grow the red Bordeaux varietals for their Reserve Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for their Sendal.

Their Russian River Goldfields vineyard is planted to field selections chosen from the oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards in California. The combination of diverse clones and the cool, Russian River Valley climate produce Simi’s distinct Reserve Chardonnay.

Simi's winemakers focus on site-specific winemaking and use the most modern advances in vineyard management, fermentation and blending to best express the personality and flavors of each vineyard site.