Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Folonari Chianti 2010
Folonari Chianti 2010
(search item no. 119885)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#41 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

The Tuscan classic. Chianti wines originated in the 13th century, but there's nothing old-fashioned about the contemporary taste of Folonari Chianti.

This 100% Sangiovese is a wine vinified in stainless steel to emphasize fresh, crisp flavors of these grapes. A Tuscan treasure and 100% Italian, this DOCG wine is made using grapes sourced from Italy's most well-known wine producing area, the Chianti region. With juicy flavors and fragrant aromas, this wine is fresh, fruity, full and harmonious, with blackberry and raspberry notes and toasted almond notes on the finish.

Pair with: Veal, pork, pizza, pasta with meat sauce, chicken

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About Folonari:

The history of Folonari dates from 1825, when Francesco Folonari founded the firm in Valcamonica in the Veneto. In the latter half of the 19th century, he and his sons moved to Brescia, establishing one of Italy's first winemaking facilities. They pioneered the production and distribution of wine in bottle, thus making it possible for consumers to drink wines of good and constant quality on an everyday basis. This philosophy continues to guide the firm today as it offers a range of typical regional wines from the most popular viticultural areas.

Folonari Soave is the daily choice of many discriminating wine drinkers, an easy; gentle dry wine, which everyone will enjoy. Pinot Grigio is a fresh, dry varietal with a subtle touch of almonds, grown in the Veneto district, and the perfect step up from Folonari Soave. Compare Folonari Pinot Grigio to examples selling several times its modest price! Merlot, a soft, round red wine pleasing to all palates, is a terrific bargain in a variety, and still very fashionable. In keeping with their tradition of assuring value for money, Folonari also offers a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon at a fraction of the cost of comparable wines as well as other selections in keeping with their tradition of assuring value for money.



Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego 2011
Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego 2011
(search item no. 120746)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

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About Bodegas Breca:

Jorge Ordonez and his associates founded Bodegas Breca in 2005. The winery is located in the town of Mundobriga, which was the ancient Celt-Iberian city that gave birth to the modern village of Munebrega in Aragon. The winery is located on the outskirts of the village and the vineyards are nestled in the high altitude valleys between the Sierra de Pardos and the Sierra de Pena Blanca. The winery owns 265 hectares (654 acres) of old-vine Garnacha vineyards situated high on the hillsides, from 950m to 1000m (2,850-3,000 ft.) above sea level. Breca’s vineyards were planted between 1925 and 1968.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011
(search item no. 116153)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tilia Malbec has a dark, blackish purple color. The nose offers ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010
Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 113930)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Every year, we bring in approximately 35 lots of Zinfandel averaging 25-30 years in age. Each of these lots is produced under the careful eye of our winemaker, Ted Seghesio. The best of these lots are selected to make Sonoma Zinfandel. A small amount of Petite Sirah is blended in the wine for added complexity. The result is a tantalizing black raspberry and classic briary flavored wine with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known.
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About Seghesio Family Vineyards:

Established in 1985, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Seghesio Family Vineyards' 300 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys represent some of the oldest vineyards and proprietary clones. With a passionate belief that wine is made in the vineyard, Seghesio pairs a century of experience on these treasured sites with aggressive farming techniques. True to their oldest plantings, Seghesio concentrates on Zinfandel, Italian varietals and Pinot Noir. Ted Seghesio is the winemaker.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Hogue Genesis Syrah 2009
Hogue Genesis Syrah 2009
(search item no. 111634)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Hogue family planted its first vineyard over 25 years ago and soon realized that Washington's climate and soils had the potential to nurture world class wines. The Hogue Cellars' mission has always been to make wines that fulfill the promise of the land, using superior viticulture and winemaking techniques. Today, the family's original vision is celebrated in Genesis wines, which are crafted with the highest quality fruit from acclaimed vineyards throughout Columbia Valley.

Washington Syrah exhibits dark, juicy fruit character, brilliant color, a complex varietal gaminess and a relatively low tannin level.

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About The Hogue Cellars:

The Hogue Cellars, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premier grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of foods.


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Las Rocas Garnacha 2009
Las Rocas Garnacha 2009
(search item no. 115373)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby colored with a gorgeous nose. Attractive aromas of kirsch, raspberries, pepper and melted liquorice. Full flavored wine with a supple texture and no hard edges. Medium to full bodied, fruit driven sumptuously-textured and long aftertaste.

Pair with various roast dishes, Spanish stew, mushrooms and grilled meats. Also, blue fish, rice, short- and medium-cured cheeses.

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About Las Rocas de San Alejandro:

Las Rocas de San Alejandro is located in the region of Calatayud, about 150 miles northeast of Madrid, and is centered around the rivers of Jiloca and Jalon. Although there are still few wineries in the zone, the ones which are beginning to show with their wines why this region is so special.

Although the D.O. is quite young, vines have been grown in the zone for some time. About one eighth of the vineyard land’s production has been bottled at one of Spain’s best and most progressive cooperatives, San Alejandro. With an abundance of amazing raw material, Eric Solomon was able to commission several bottlings of very old vine fruit into what has become one of the most sought-after estates in the portfolio. Calatayud benefits from a continental climate with vast temperature differences between night and day. Harvests are much later than in other parts of Aragon, and the acidity/maturity/alcohol ratios tend to be more balanced.

As most of the vineyards lie on what was (thousands of years ago) an old river basin, the soil is comprised of brown limestone and loam over slate and gypsum. This particular soil is also ideal for production of olives, cherries, and other fruits. Jean-Marc Lafage (of Domaine Lafage in France’s Roussillon) is responsible for the Las Rocas cuvees.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2009
Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 106177)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is crimson red and offers aromas of plum, cherry and mulberry and violets and forest floor fragrances. A medium bodied wine delivering flavours of plum, all-spice and blueberries and hints of almond kernel. This wine, with its plush soft tannins and bright juicy finish is ready to drink now or enjoy it over the next three years.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


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 4/15/2014: $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    Syrah/Shiraz    Chile    South America   
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Falernia Syrah Reserva 2006
Falernia Syrah Reserva 2006
(search item no. 102435)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $8.25

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes from 3 different vineyards of the Elqui Valley were hand picked, de-stemmed and crushed separately. The winemaking was as the same as the Syrah and the Carmenere. After aging in barrels and stainless steel the wines have been blended just 3 months before bottling.

Bright and deep color. The wine shows a good fruit concentration and on the nose black pepper, red fruit, dark chocolate. Great body with soft tannins on the palate.

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About Falernia:

Viña Falernia is located in the Elqui Valley between La Serena and Vicuña, 520 km (323 miles) to the north of Santiago and it is at present Chile's northernmost wine estate.

The soils in our vineyards are composed partly of rubble which has eroded from the Andes mountains and deposited by glaciers and wind, and partly of alluvial sand and silt deposited by the river. While stony, gravely soils are regarded as poor for most crops, their excellent drainage qualities make them perfect for wine growing. The climate is semi-arid (average annual rainfall is 80-100 mm) making drip irrigation indispensable during the spring and summer months.

Climatic factors have a crucial influence on the quality and flavour of wine. With the majestic Andes as a backdrop, their peaks gleaming white all through the summer, the vineyards benefit from currents of cold air which descend from the high mountains at night. They cool the vineyards, causing a dramatic contrast between day and night time temperatures during the ripening season, from 27-32°C (80.6-89.6°F) to 10-12°C (50-53.6°F). This has the result of reducing respiration via the leaches and thereby furthering the accumulation of sugar in the grapes as well as the synthesis of polyphenols (tannins and coloring matter) along with the aroma and flavour substance.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Shoofly Shiraz 2010
Shoofly Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 112610)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

On the nose, the 2010 Shiraz shows earthy gravel, spicy licorice and dense dark mulberries, while the sweet upfront berry fruit presented on tasting gives way to complex cedar, earth and spice notes, wrapping up with ample structure and grip. The vibrant, juicy fruit runs the length of the palate and lingers with a "have another glass" finish.
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About Shoofly:

Shoofly's winemaker Ben Riggs is a native of McLaren Vale and has been crafting some of the region's finest for two decades. Ben knows his stuff and where to get it – his roster of grape growers is one of the most sought after contact lists in the country. Premium regions produce the best fruit and the grapes come from a "who's who" of Australian growers and viticultural neighborhoods – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and Heathcote.