Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 109124)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 Decanter rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright ruby color with violet hues on the rim. Blackberry and briar patch come forward in the initial aromas and evolve into high-toned cherry and bergamot orange. Flavors of dried black cherries and savory herbs complement the bright acidity and supple tannins which frame a lingering and silky finish.
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About Flowers:

As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know what that their path would eventually lead them across the country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. In 1989, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are famed to Flowers' specifications by their own crews.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113620)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cabernet from this iconic 35-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense wine with great aging potential. This vintage is nearly pure Cabernet (99%) with intense dark fruit and long finish. I call this my steakhouse red!
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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz 2009
Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 110924)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes for "The Gaffer" have been sourced from vineyards from a variety of McLaren Vale's best sites. A tried and tested area for growing full-flavored Shiraz, McLaren Vale has almost the perfect climate for grape growing: warm summers, low humidity, good winter rain and long autumns to ensure that grapes achieve ripeness, flavor, acid and balance.
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About Mr. Riggs:

Ben Riggs is one of Australia’s most talented winemakers, and in spite of his great success in Australia and overseas remains humble and unaffected – a very pleasant and pragmatic fellow!" A graduate of Roseworthy (in 1985), Ben has made a major contribution to regional wine industry activities having served ten years as a board member of McLaren Vale Winemakers Inc. Three of those years saw Ben in the role of Chairman. He also chaired the McLaren Vale Wine Show over a five-year period. As a winemaker, Ben achieved Bushing King status in 2000. This unique award recognises the maker of the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Maysara Winery Three Degrees Pinot Noir 2009
Maysara Winery Three Degrees Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 114638)
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Three degrees is a burgundy garnet color. The 2009 Pinot Noir has some notes of grandmothers cherry pie, crushed violets, and raspberry characters that intoxicate the glass of wine. On the palate, nice lack pepper jumps out with a touch of cranberry and pomegrante finished the palate.
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About Maysara Winery:

In 1997, Moe and Flora Momtazi purchased 532 acres of abandoned wheat farm just south of their home in McMinnville, Oregon. Though most saw it as wild and uncared for, Moe saw a vital, thriving piece of land that had been free from chemicals for seven years.

Both the vineyard and terroir are important, but vineyard practices are key. We believe that ninety percent of winemaking takes place in the vineyards. As such, we have held ourselves to a strict form of land use. Unlike conventional farming, we do not mine the land, but nurture it and reap the rewards. There is a complete absence of chemical use throughout the property. Instead we grow a variety of plants and herbs that we make into compost teas to harness their beneficial properties. It is essentially a "from nature to nature" philosophy. As such, compost and Biodynamic preparations are extremely important in our vineyards. We have multiple compost piles and as they mature, the resulting humus is worked into our vineyards and potential vineyard sites throughout the farm. It is our goal to achieve long-term earth and vine health.

We believe that healthy soil and healthy vines will produce superior grapes, without the need for commercial chemicals and man-made poisons. Our quality shows in the dedication of our grape buyers year after year, and the award winning wines they produce from the Momtazi fruit. The consistent, high quality wines made from the Momtazi fruit leads us to believe that our dedication to the terroir and our Biodynamic farming technique is well worth the effort.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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RouteStock Route 99W Pinot Noir 2009
RouteStock Route 99W Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108610)
screw cap wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Pinot Noir is a fresh, pleasing wine that captures the character of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The color is a light, translucent ruby hue characteristic of Pinot Noir. The bouquet reveals notes of raspberry, baked cherries, violets and orange zest with a hint of herbs. On the palate, look for notes of raspberry, cranberry and spice enveloped in a light, food-friendly acidity. This wine will continue to improve in bottle for the next two to three years.
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About RouteStock:

RouteStock Cellars crafts wines from the signature varietals grown along the wine routes one travels when visiting the world's most celebrated wine regions. These are classic grape varieties, best suited to each different wine-growing region and sourced from family-owned vineyards. We invite you to enjoy these wines inspired by the beautiful vineyards and the families that tend them along these historic wine routes.