Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2008
Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2008
(search item no. 121006)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A glass-coating opaque purple color, it has an alluring bouquet of smoke, toasty oak, incense, black cherry, and plum. Supple-textured, ripe, and concentrated, it has layers of sweet black fruit, ripe tannins, and excellent balance.

Great combined with delicate dishes, grilled meats, and chocolate desserts.

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About Fabre Montmayou:

Hervé Joyaux Fabre, owner and director of Fabre Montmayou, was born in Bordeaux, France to a family of wine negociants. When he arrived in Argentina in the early 90’s looking for opportunities to invest in vineyards and start a winery, he was impressed by the potential for Malbec in Mendoza, and shocked by the number of neglected top notch old vine vineyards available for purchase. At this time pulling out old vines and replanting with new higher yielding more predictable clones was all the rage. Hervé Fabre knew he needed to act immediately. Within months he purchased the first of what would be many old vine, high elevation vineyard sites under his control - An impeccable 37 acre spread in Vistalba planted with original rootstock Malbec vines in 1908. Shortly after, Herve built a Chateau style winery on the property and continued purchasing old vine parcels throughout the country. A Patagonian winery was constructed in the Rio Negro region ten years later. At present the family owns 217 acres of vineyard land in Mendoza (Vistalba, Compuertas, Tupungato) and 122 acres in Patagonia (Allen, General Roca). All wines are estate grown, farmed using traditional methods without the use of herbicides, and fermented with native yeasts.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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John Duval Plexus 2009
John Duval Plexus 2009
(search item no. 109737)
screw cap wine
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep crimson purple-red. Plexus has a fragrant spice nose, combining aromatic red fruits and savory notes. On the palate, a flavorsome compote of red and black fruits with a variety of spices. Youthful fine tannins balance the rich fruit intensity. Subtle oak adds to the structure and complexity.

The aim with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavors from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have great cellaring potential for improvement in the bottle for at least 8-10 years.

Blend: 48% Shiraz, 31% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre

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About John Duval:

John Duval began his self-titled label in 2003. Duval graduated from Adelaide University in 1973 with a degree in agriculture and winemaking before becoming a winemaker for Penfolds for the next 29 years. Duval was appointed Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986 and was lucky enough to oversee one of the most dynamic periods of change in the Australian wine industry. He received Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 1989; Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London in 1991 and again in 2000; and saw the 1990 Penfolds Grange named the Wine of the Year by the prestigious US magazine Wine Spectator in 1995.

Duval focuses on fruit that comes from older vines in Barossa, including Rhone varietals, leading to one of his stellar ones, "Plexus."



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast    California   
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Firestone Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Firestone Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 118328)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Estate Cabernet is a great example of the vintage and our site in the Santa Ynez Valley. The moderate temperatures and lack of rainfall coupled with our low-vigor soils and well-exposed terrain created a wine that is ripe, elegant and quite complex. The nose is generous with cassis, plum, vanilla, dusty spice, cedar, tobacco, clove and toffee. The palate is lush, juicy and balanced, with underlying tannins that add grip to the finish.
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About Firestone:

Firestone Vineyard specializes in expressive high-quality wines from estate and select vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles. Long considered a destination for visitors to Santa Barbara County's wine country, Firestone produces an array of Bordeaux-influenced wines in competitively-priced categories.

Founded in 1972 by Leonard and Brooks Firestone, Firestone Vineyard was Santa Barbara County’s first estate winery. In September 2007, Bill Foley acquired the Firestone winery and 380 vineyard acres in Los Olivos, as well as the Firestone tasting room in Paso Robles. Bill has continued the Firestone tradition in striving for the very best in vineyard management and cutting edge winemaking discipline. The vineyard focuses on optimal physiological balance in the vines yielding wines that are brightly flavored, crisp and delicious. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah vineyards are located on a series of mesas that have gravelly sub-soils, ideally oriented for perfect exposure.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 118572)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape. Mulberry and blackberry are the dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a tight palate with silky grape tannins and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hints of licorice and chocolate lingers on the finish.
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About Penley Estate:

Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families – the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.

Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra rossa" soils – bright red top-soils overlaying soft free-draining limestone.

Critically acclaimed as one of Coonawarra's leading estates, and voted as one of the International Wineries of the Year 2001 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, while the Reserve Cabernet voted best wine of Coonawarra 2001, as judged by winemaking peers and critics.

The Penley Estate signature style comprises distinct, precise, terrior driven wines – not overly oaked or excessively alcoholic. They display ripe clean fruit with true regional character – the senior wines will age for many years.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other Australia    Australia   
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Mawson's Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Mawson's Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113622)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Mawson's wines come from Wrattonbully, which is situated about 300 km south east of Adelaide and about 30 km north of Coonawarra. The climate is a balance between those of the viticultural regions of Coonawarra and Padthaway.

Crimson red in color and displays intense aromas of lively red fruit pastille married with attractive nutty oak nuances. The palate opens with bright cherry and raspberry fruits melding with cedar and oak on the mid-palate and finishing with refreshing light astringency.

An excellent match with roast leg of lamb. Also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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About Mawson's:

One of Australia's finest explorers, Sir Douglas Mawson inspired the world with his courage and heroic feats. Yalumba was proud to be a sponsor of Mawson's pioneering Antarctic expeditions in 1911-14. In honour of the winery's historic association with this great Australian hero, Yalumba has released Mawson's, a rich and complex wine displaying generous ripe berry flavors complemented by spicy French oak.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Portugal    Portugal   
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Quinta do Vallado Reserva Red 2009
Quinta do Vallado Reserva Red 2009
(search item no. 121688)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This blend is very dark red, with crimson highlights with balsamic oak aromas, as well as fig and black plum and hints of tobacco. The palate shows great structure and a full-bodied firmness, with mature, silky tannins. Mineral notes mix with the aforementioned fruit, leading to a very elegant, complex and persistent finish.
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About Quinta do Vallado:

In the heart of Portugal’s most famous wine region – the Douro Valley – near the historical center of Regua, the Quinta do Vallado vineyards, winery and guest house spread across both banks of the Corgo River at the very point where it meets the Douro. With winemaking references that date back to 1716, the Quinta belonged to the legendary Portuguese vintner D. Antonia Adelaide Ferreira, and has remained in the family through modern times.

The current owners, Joao Ferreria Alvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and Francisco Olazabal, are the sixth generation of this remarkable family, and the family’s mission to produce some of the best still wines of this fertile valley continues with the red blends and varietals that are exported worldwide. Of the 38-hectare Estate, 26 hectares are filled with vines 60 years and older. It is from these vines that Quinta do Vallado’s Red Reserve and Touriga Nacional wines are made, so it is no wonder that the wines are often found to be rated and reviewed among the best wines from the Douro.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Shirvington Shiraz 2007
Shirvington Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 102842)
boutique wine
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older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Shiraz has a very fragrant nose; with blueberry and dark cherry fruit characters, floral violet aromas and a background of complex cocoa and spice. The palate starts with lots of dense berry fruit, which is ripe and juicy and yet also very fresh, this develops further with savory toasted spices and brioche characters coming through. This is an elegant wine with a fine and silky tannin structure. The wine is drinking well now, yet can be cellared for quite a few more years.
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About Shirvington:

Our story started in 1996 when we, the Shirvington Family (Lynne, Paul and sons Tony and Mark), purchased 16 hectares of prime land in Willunga, South Australia. After extensive researching and touring of Australia’s major wine regions, this area was chosen for its ability to consistently produce outstanding table wines of great character and quality. Willunga is just south of McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an area internationally renowned for its red wine, in particular Shiraz.

In the winter of 1996, work began on the development of our first vineyard, Redwind.

Further purchases in 1997 and 2001 saw the development of two new vineyards, Kurrawyba and Manjalda, in McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale.

Working closely with our viticulturist and winemakers, the quality of fruit was such that our first commercial release, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, was awarded Wine of the Year at the prestigious McLaren Vale Wine Show. This wine, coupled with our 2001 Shiraz, was the first to be selected by Dan Philips of The Grateful Palate, for distribution in the United States.

We will continue to produce wines that are testimony to McLaren Vale’s great reputation.

Enjoy.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Henry's Drive Shiraz 2007
Henry's Drive Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 115230)
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older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With aromas of plums, rhubarb and ripe blackcurrant on the nose along with chocolate, cinnamon spice, hints of anise and earthy notes this is a complex and intriguing wine. Dark berry fruit is the dominant character on the front palate, and it is dense and brooding through the mid palate. With time in the glass the wine develops more complexity with mocha notes, toasted sweet spices along with hints of white pepper. It is a full, round and powerful wine and finishes with fine silky tannins.
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About Henry's Drive:

During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach drivers reigned supreme on top of their coaches, and won the respect and admiration of their passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a certain Mr. Henry John Hill. His operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway. Routes were known as Drives, thus the family’s wine business is today known as Henry’s Drive.

Third generation pastoralists Mark and Kim Longbottom are forging a new family tradition of fine winemaking with brands such as Henry's Drive, Parson's Flat, Dead Letter Office and Pillar Box.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 118092)
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Generous aromas of blackberry and cassis with wisps of violets. Dense, vibrant flavors of polished black fruit, including black currant and blackberries, loaded with deep dark chocolate and a touch of graphite. Concentrated and lush on the palate, with opulent fruit, excellent weight and beautifully integrated oak notes. Bright natural acidity and structured tannins enhance exceptionally long finish. Delicious upon release; optimal cellaring time 5 to 15 years from vintage.

Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 % Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Merlot

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About Gundlach Bundschu:

Gundlach Bundschu Winery is a family-owned, sixth-generation producer of distinctive wines of site-specific character. The winery's 320-acre Estate Vineyard, christened Rhinefarm in 1858, is located at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley AVAs, at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range.

Gundlach Bundschu approaches its vineyards, wines, business and the world with spirit, creativity and dedication to excellence. When you open a bottle of Gundlach Bundschu, you uncork not only the Estate's unique ability to produce profound wines, but also a rich, personal relationship between the Gundlach Bundschu family and the land on which the family lives.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2009
Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2009
(search item no. 116197)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This has to be the finest vintage of the Proprietor's Blend yet! A cool, concentrated ripening season resulted in an elegant yet resolute wine of great demeanor. The nose is finely tuned cassis, a touch of earth, graphite and meat spice. The silky structure is built like a sky-scraper, towering over a full-bodied, deeply textured palate. Cabernet Sauvignon and the other Bordeaux cultivars produce a classic feel, with 21% Shiraz adding a spicy, savory complexity. The finish is once again extremely fine and elegant.

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Shiraz, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot

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About Ernie Els:

As a leading South African ambassador and one of the most recognizable faces in the world of sports, Ernie Els has long demonstrated a passion for excellence. Focus, discipline and commitment have led to his extraordinary golf success. These same qualities are evident in Ernie Els Wines, a quest to produce premium wine that was born in 1999. Els naturally chose Stellenbosch, South Africa's most storied wine region, to produce his wines and brought on the award-winning Louis Strydom to oversee winemaking. In 2000, the first grapes were crushed for the inaugural vintage of Ernie Els Signature. In 2004, a 178-acre property on the slopes of Helderberg Mountain was chosen as the home of Ernie Els Wines.