Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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La Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
La Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
(search item no. 108170)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $19.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Inviting aromas of black cherries, plums and sweet spices, with notes of roses and black pepper, elegant and lush on the palate with ripe round tannins and a long finish.
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About La Maialina:

La Maialina celebrates the history, culture and cuisine of Chianti, prized since antiquity for its rich soil and favorable climate. Rolling hillsides lend themselves to the optimal cultivation of the Sangiovese grape, ripening to perfection during the dry, warm summers. The La Maialina wines express the essence of Tuscany and the tradition of quality that defines this historic region. The name La Maialina (little pig) references the Cinta Senese heirloom breed that originated in the Siena area during the 1300’s and is the only Tuscan native pig to survive extinction. Produced by the revered Attilio Pagli, La Maialina Chianti, Chianti Classico, and Chianti Classico Riserva are crafted to express the essence of the territory and tradition of quality of this historic region. Settled first by Etruscan then the Romans, the earliest documentation of a “Chianti wine” dates back to the 13th century when viticulture was known to flourish in the “Chianti Mountains” around Florence. The Chianti denomination was first delimited in 1932 by ministerial decree and its boundaries have remained unchanged.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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A to Z Pinot Noir 2009
A to Z Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108054)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Super sexy and spicy on the nose with aromas of apricots, blueberries, Bing cherries, blood oranges, gingerbread, white pepper, sweet Eastern spices, violets, tea and sweet pipe tobacco. In the mouth, the wine has refreshing acidity with silky tannins and rich flavors mirroring the aromatics. The 2009 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir restrains power while balancing richness and purity with a clean and refreshing finish. Classically proportioned and built for midterm aging, the wine will continue to build weight and structure with cellaring.
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About A to Z:

Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.

A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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A to Z Pinot Noir 2010
A to Z Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 114568)
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PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant and complex aromas of bing cherries, cranberries, red currants, raspberries and strawberries, a combination of wild flowers and fresh forest berries that epitomize Oregon Pinot Noir. The juicy red fruit flavors open the attack then evolve in the mouth to darker fruit flavors with spice and mineral overtones. The wine shows ripe tannins and a succulent texture that give definition and lift to the surprisingly long finish. Although the 2010 A to Z Pinot Noir is drinking well now, it has the focus, balance and intensity to age and will become more complex over the next 5-10 years.
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About A to Z:

Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.

A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Chateauneuf-du-Pape    France - Rhone   
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Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Exceptionelle 2007
Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Exceptionelle 2007
(search item no. 105713)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet color. Notes of red cherries, plums and bilberries with a hint of violets and dried roses. Long, soft, well-rounded finish.

Food matching: Dishes containing truffles, wild mushrooms and game.

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About Domaine du Vieux Lazaret:

The vineyards of Domaine du Vieux Lazaret are spread over 90 hectares, split into 35 different parcels of vines throughout Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is today amongst the largest domains in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with 80 hectares planted in red grape varieties and 10 planted with white grapes. The number of parcels enables the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret to give greater complexity to its wines due to the diversity of soils, grape types and differing ages of vines.

Harvesting of the grapes is done entirely by hand, with very strict selection of the best grapes to enhance the quality of the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret wine. This limits the maximum production, under the A.O.C laws, to 35 hectoliters per hectare.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2009
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2009
(search item no. 109847)
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PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 was an excellent vintage that featured only light spring rain, warm summer weather and no abrupt climate changes at season's end. This allowed us to be highly selective during harvest, choosing the very best fruit only when completely ripe. The result of these amazing conditions is a perfectly balanced and elegantly textured wine with supple tannins, rich fruit concentration and alluring notes of spice and wood. It is a lovely accompaniment to filet mignon topped with bleu cheese, grilled lamb chops or truffle buttered potatoes.
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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life."



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 114076)

PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose opens with bright aromas of cherry and raspberry backed by a hint of leather. Floral notes are complimented by tones of dried orange peel. The entry opens with rich flavors of brown sugar and sweet fruit cake with a touch of spice and clove. The medium bodied mouthfeel features chewy tannins and nicely balanced acidity, leading to elements of juicy red fruits on the finish.
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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:

United in the dream of building a world class winery in Oregon, thousands of wine enthusiasts joined winegrower Jim Bernau to create Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is regarded as one of Oregon's top wineries. Since 1983, the winery has grown to produce some of the highest-rated Pinot Noirs in the U.S. Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Willamette Valley Vineyards one of "America's Great Pinot Noir Producers." Their wines have been served at the White House and are recommended by wine critic and author Andrea Immer, Food Network's Rachael Ray and Public Broadcasting's chefs Caprial and John Pence.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' goal is to make the highest quality Burgundian varietals possible from the Willamette Valley. Their approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Bernau's stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth and richness of mouth feel and balance.

The people of Willamette Valley Vineyards are deeply committed to being good stewards of the land using natural means to promote soil nutrition and vine health. Both the Estate and Tualatin vineyards are LIVE certified and designated "Salmon Safe" by the Pacific Rivers Council.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Argentina    South America   
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Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select 2010
Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select 2010
(search item no. 115241)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful deep purple color. The nose is like walking into a gentlemen's poker parlor: aromas of cigar, leather, and smoked meat fill the nose with hints of toasty oak, forest floor and baking spice. Well-structured tannins support big fruit flavors of blackberry jam, black spiced cherries, ground black pepper and just a hint of rhubarb. Nice, lingering finish. L3—lush, long and loveable.

Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats such as beef, pork and lamb, and dishes prepared with mild cheese or wild mushrooms.

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About Luca:

Laura Catena is a fourth generation winemaker who grew up in a traditional Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. Laura splits her time between Mendoza and San Francisco, California, where she is an emergency physician, university professor and occasional tango dancer. Laura had the vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. A pioneer of small-grower relations in Mendoza, Laura's incredible, limited production wines come from some of Argentina's best fruit from low-yield, high-elevation, family-owned vineyards. The wines are named after her children - Luca, Dante and Nicola - and the background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott.


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La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria 2009
La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria 2009
(search item no. 106479)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant ruby-red in color with loads of ripe blackberry, strawberry and currant on the nose. The plush fruit flavors are deliciously integrated with subtle hints of mocha, tobacco and oak spice. Full and rich with soft tannins, the lush layers of fruit and spice are backed by lively acidity. This everyday Sangiovese is the perfect choice for barbecues, pastas, pizza and sausages.
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La Carraia was founded in 1976 by the Gialetti and Cotarella families. Riccardo Cotarella, respected throughout Italy and abroad as a leading authority in the production and marketing of Italian wines, is the winemaker at this estate. La Carraia began as a producer of bulk wines for top of the line estates such as Ruffino and Rocca delle Macie.

Today, the winery owns a total of 200 acres and is bottling its own wines in the heart of the Orvieto Classico, and a small amount of the excellent single vineyard Orvieto: Poggio Calvelli. The remaining property is planted to Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. La Carraia is the leading estate in the new emerging production of excellent red wines from the Orvieto zone.



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Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
(search item no. 111032)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1994 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine shows crisp, ripe red berry and cherry fruit flavors and aromas sustained by a fresh, acidic note offset by classic Sangiovese notes of earth, mushrooms and leather, with an elegant tannic backbone.
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About Tenuta di Nozzole:

The Nozzole estate produces a Chianti Classico Riserva and a single-vineyard wine from the superb "La Forra" parcel. Cabernet Sauvignon, cultivated principally in another parcel of the estate planted in 1981 called "Il Pareto," yields a pure Cabernet wine first produced in the 1987 vintage. The principal white vineyards of the Nozzole estate, the "Le Bruniche" and "Casa Vecchia" vineyards, once planted in Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia, were replanted to Chardonnay in the early 1980s. These vineyards now produce Nozzole Le Bruniche, a distinctive, pure varietal Chardonnay.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Domaines Baron Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge 2010
Domaines Baron Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge 2010
(search item no. 112688)
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PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a purple with good intensity. The nose is powerful and seductive, with aromas of ripe fruit like blackcurrants and Morello cherries and hints of candied violet and licorice. Generous, rich and full-flavored on the palate, and a long finish with hints of pepper and licorice.

The Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge is made from a selection of wines from the best terroirs in Bordeaux. Tastings are carried out all over the Bordeaux region to find the most successful wines of the year with a view to creating blends in the tradition of the finest Bordeaux that favour balance over woodiness. The wines selected are mainly from the Entre-Deux-Mers.

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About Domaines Baron Rothschild:

Owner of Château Lafite Rothschild for five generations, the Rothschild family has been based in this Bordeaux vineyard since 1868. High values and the respect of traditional methods make them passionate about harmony and excellence. Their wines bear witness to that passion year after year. Their skills have patiently enriched through the generations, with world-renowned success.

This wine is from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)-Each wine is made with high standards delivering wines of elegance and finesse in the tradition of our great Bordeaux house, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.