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
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $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 Winery:

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    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2011
Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2011
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 100% Garnacha offers a lovely perfume of spice box, mineral, and wild cherry. This perfectly balanced mix of flavors lends itself to an intensely fruity wine with loads of taste, a smooth texture, and a pure, fruit-filled finish.

Pairs well with white and red meats roasted or grilled, big game, meat casseroles and stews, complex sauces, foie gras and legumes or blue and cured cheeses.

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About Evodia:

Altovinum is a new project - a joint partnership between Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Sourcing fruit from high elevation vineyards in the village of Atea, the debut wine is EVODIA, from the Greek word for aroma.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw with green hues. A lifted nose showing aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant, grapefruit and nettles with refreshing underlying mineral notes. Light bodied and refreshing with typical Marlborough flavors of gooseberry, blackcurrant and grapefruit. A pleasing mineral note leads to a long lingering finish.

Perfect for drinking immediately, this Sauvignon Blanc will be at its best over the next two years.

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About Saint Clair:

The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. Pioneer James Sinclair built one of the first homes in Blenheim and was closely associated with the early development of the town. Over time the name of the property reverted to the original Saint Clair.

Saint Clair Estate Wines is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, pioneers of viticulture in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however, a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Estate Wines.

Saint Clair Estate Wine's success is founded on the 27 years of extensive pioneering viticulture, ongoing as a critical part of the highest quality winemaking practices. Neal and Judy's passion for their Marlborough vineyards and award-winning range of wines is continuing to build their growing reputation in New Zealand and in the 35 markets around the world to which they export.

The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers' every expectation. To achieve this, Neal Ibbotson's viticultural expertise and Marlborough's unique climate and soils are combined with the proven experience of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams, led by Saint Clair's chief winemaker, Matt Thomson.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw gold. Intensely aromatic and fragrant aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, and rock melon with subtle citrus notes providing a further lift. This wine displays real fruit intensity without being aggressive. Rich ripe flavours meld with tropical and citrus nuances. It has a crisp mouth feel, is well balanced with an elegant, long finish.
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About Goldwater:

The Goldwater Estate was established in 1978 by Kim & Jeanette Goldwater when they pioneered winegrowing in New Zealand on Waiheke Island.

Using traditional winemaking techniques, together with modern technology and the finest French oak, the Goldwaters produce handcrafted wines with vibrant fruit characters, harmonious balance, elegant structure and exceptional concentration.

The Goldwater family is dedicated to producing handmade wines with outstanding character and finesse.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep ruby in appearance. This wine has concentrated ripe cherry, black currant and plum aromas interlaced with complex notes of dark chocolate, clove and toasty oak and build a complementary blend of enticing aromas. Well-structured and integrated, the richly woven palate boasts mountain characteristics of intense dark berry and cassis with highlights of bay, anise and mocha. Full and textural, hints of nutmeg and vanilla bean add to the long persistent finish.

Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot, 1% Malbec, and 1% Syrah

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About Mount Veeder Winery:

Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.

Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.

Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast    California   
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Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 114475)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon offers up-front aromas of ripe red fruit, followed by similar vibrant and rich berry flavors. Silky but firm tannins lend excellent structure, while maintaining a soft approachability reflective of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a ripe finish with good length. Its fruit-driven style lends ease to food-pairing.
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About Liberty School:

Varietally on target, reliable year after year, Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cuvee consistently over-deliver value wines of outstanding quality. The Hope family has been making Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon since 1990. In 1996, when the Hopes established Treana Winery, the Liberty School brand officially became part of Hope Family Wines. Liberty School wines are made in a traditional style. Fruit driven, they are crafted to reflect true varietal character. The wines are barrel-aged, employing very little new oak. Oak is used as a building component rather than a flavoring agent.

A big brand, made by a small, close family, Liberty School is the home of delicious wines that are easy to enjoy.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Other New Zealand    New Zealand   
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Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Decanter rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc is a straw green color, with a fresh, intensely concentrated aromas of tropical fruits infused with ripe citrus notes, complemented by lifted hints of lemongrass and passionfruit. It has a fine texture and acidity, with a degree of minerality and a lasting, refreshingly crisp finish on the palate. This wine is a perfect match with white meats, pale cheeses and seafood (especially oysters and scallops).
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About Dog Point Vineyard:

The name Dog Point dates from the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district. "These were days of few fences, of boundary riders and boundary keeping dogs".

Shepherds' dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off and eventually bred into a marauding pack which attacked local flocks.

Their home was a tussock and scrub covered hill, overlooking the Wairau Plains, designated by the early settlers as Dog Point.

Marlborough's Wairau Valley is the major grape growing region of New Zealand, a confined geographical area at the northern tip of the South Island. Abundant sunshine, low rainfall and cool autumn nights characterise our long growing season, enabling the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavors.

Fruit for our wines is sourced from selected vineyard plantings dating back to the late 1970's. These older well-established vines situated on free draining silty clay loams are supplemented with fruit from closely planted hillside vines with a clay loam influence.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Chile    South America   
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Ritual Casablanca Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Ritual Casablanca Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2010 Ritual Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant and balanced wine with ripe tropical fruit flavors complexed with floral notes and hints of citrus fruit. This medium-bodied wine is fresh and luscious with a persistent finish.
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About Ritual:

Ritual wines come from the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 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 Phoenix name recognizes the first winemaking company purchased by Douglas Tolley in South Australia in 1888, the 'The Phoenix Winemaking and Distilling Company.' 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    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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El Seque Vinedos de el Seque Alicante 2009
El Seque Vinedos de el Seque Alicante 2009
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Twelve years after the start of El Seque, owner Juan Carlos has mastered the way to clearly reflect the freshness and concentrated balsamic characters produced in his seasoned and mature Monastrell fruit, making wines of great character and balance.

Deep red and purple in color, this wine has aromas of ripe fruit and Mediterranean forest floor. On the palate the wine is voluminous, smooth and full of mature tannins. Mediterranean in character, with hints of mint and aromatic herbs, the wine has a remarkable freshness and very long finish.

80% Monastrell, 10% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About El Seque:

Committed to the quest of producing unique wines with identity, winemaker and owner Juan Carlos López de la Calle believes old vines are the key to accomplishing this complex pursuit. After having achieved success in Rioja and Navarra, Juan Carlos went to Alicante for the extreme climatic conditions, disparate soil types and, above all, for the old-vine Monastrell indigenous to the region.