Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast    California   
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PARIPASO Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
PARIPASO Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
(search item no. 119961)

PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Hand-crafted from grapes grown in California, the PARIPASO Cabernet Sauvignon is where Paris and Paso Robles meet to combine the best of both continents in a wine that is food friendly, yet bold and full of flavor. The wine has a soft supple texture accentuated by dark berry flavors and hints of vanilla and sweet oak. This wine is all about: the intersection of old world style and juicy California fruit.

Because of its soft tannins and minimum oak aging, this wine has a youthful and expressive varietal style that is the perfect accompaniment for casual occasions and simple foods. It is meant for every day drinking and to be enjoyed with friends and family.

Pair with beef in red wine sauce, grilled meats and seafood, and homemade pastas and risotto.

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About PARIPASO:

Hand-crafted from grapes grown in California, the PARIPASO is where Paris and Paso Robles meet to combine the best of both continents in a wine. This wine is all about: the intersection of old world style and juicy California fruit. Enjoy!


Red Wines    Dolcetto    Piedmont    Italy   
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Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
(search item no. 114872)

PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby-red color with lilac shadings. The aromas are fresh and particularly fruity with scents of almonds. The flavor is dry, agreeably balanced due to the low level of acidity and velvety with a typically slight bitter aftertaste that recalls the olfactory sensations.
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About Marchesi di Barolo:

Setting precedents is a characteristic of Piedmontese winemaking and Marchesi di Barolo, one of the region's premier producers of Barolo, is no exception. In the mid-1800s, Marchesi di Barolo became the first estate in Italy to vinify its red wines in a dry style, a revolutionary concept at the time, but one with enduring and immensely beneficial consequences for the entire Italian wine industry.

In contrast to its noble French counterparts, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, which flourish in various corners of the world, Nebbiolo rarely thrives outside its native Piedmontese habitat. While relatively resistant to frost, damp and mist, it is highly sensitive to terrain, faring best in the Langhe district's chalky, marly soil of maritime origin.

Producing majestic red wines of phenomenal depth, complexity and longevity, Nebbiolo is the earliest red grape variety in Piedmont to bud and the last to ripen. Its name derives from the early morning mists, or "nebbia," that shroud the lower slopes of the Langhe hillsides during the fall harvest period.

The Marchesi di Barolo estate takes pride in the international reputation it has established for its fine Barolo DOCG and two superb single-vineyard crus, Barolo Cannubi DOCG and Barolo Sarmassa DOCG, all made from 100% estate-grown Nebbiolo grapes.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Girard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Girard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 113640)

PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $22.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A well-rounded, approachable Cabernet Sauvignon, perfect for pairing alongside a beautiful filet or hearty chili. Soft undertones of toasted hazelnuts and plush tannins whisper quietly among notes of freshly-brewed coffee, sweet vanilla bean and dark, exotic fruit. The finish lingers on the palate with a hint of sweet mint to leave you desiring more.
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About Girard:

Thirty years after first planting its vineyards, Girard continues to produce wine reflecting the quality that has made Napa Valley the most famous New World wine growing region in the world. Napa’s rise to fame was punctuated by a renaissance that began at the same time Girard was setting down its own roots.

Today, Girard is experiencing a similar rebirth of sorts. Longtime California vintner Pat Roney purchased the winery shortly after the new millenium. Pat’s career in wine began as a sommelier at Chicago’s renowned Pump Room. Later he returned to his native California, where he ultimately became president of Chateau St. Jean, in Sonoma Valley.

At Girard, Pat continues a tradition of making Chardonnay and Cabernet-based wines. But he is also expanding Girard’s varietal focus to Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, grown on century-old vines that dot the Napa countryside. As it has been in the past, Girard’s goal is to highlight the flavors of Napa Valley and its rich, ripe grapes. A small portion of the winery’s portfolio also comes from grapes grown in Sonoma’s upscale Russian River Valley, where cool weather offers ideal conditions for Chardonnay.

With the right grapes from the right locations, Girard offers a lineup that features both power and finesse—key words in California wine.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Newton Claret 2007
Newton Claret 2007
(search item no. 102073)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A sophisticated blend in the Bordeaux tradition, this Newton Vineyard Claret is a dark garnet color with vibrant, lifted aromas of black cherry, currant supported by spicy and smoky hints of nutmeg and white pepper. The palate reveals blueberry, black plum and black cherry with a white pepper spice indicative of cool climate mountain fruit. The creamy mid-palate and silky tannins make this medium-weight wine an approachable, appealing choice.
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About Newton Vineyard:

Peter and Su Hua Newton purchased one square mile of tumbling slopes high up on Spring Mountain overlooking St. Helena in 1977. The Estate was planted to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Merlot thrives in a land which is rocky mixed with clay beneath the surface, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot like an impoverished soil, and Cabernet Sauvignon is happy in stony loam. The mountainous slopes of the vineyards not only have these soils, but also a full range of exposures. Spring Mountain provides the vines get all the sunlight they need without any baking heat stress.

Chardonnay needs chalky or loamy soil in a cooler region. Newton owns an old vineyard in Carneros and also has long-term grape contracts for several hillside vineyards verging on that region. Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay, introduced in 1990, is said to be the first unfiltered wine produced and sold in California, and is now regarded as an industry benchmark.

Su Hua insists on picking only ripe grapes from the vine. Her method of quality control is to be involved in every aspect of the harvest, during which time she can be found every day among the pickers. To ensure that only ripe grapes are harvested, there can be up to four separate pickings in a single vineyard - very difficult to do but, she believes, there is no other way to produce a great wine.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
(search item no. 102894)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The mostly old vines that make up our Teldeschi are Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah, a mélange typical of older vineyard plantings in California. The three varieties are fermented separately and blended to taste. Native yeast fermentation, small open-top fermenters, manual punching down of the cap, minimal processing, and aging in small French oak cooperage all contribute to a style that brings out the best of the vineyard—power and big flavors. Teldeschi Vineyard is always the highest quality of the Zinfandel vineyards that Ravenswood crushes from the Dry Creek Valley.

The 2007 Teldeschi Zinfandel is richly perfumed with scents of black raspberry, apricot, and aromatic spices. Subtle tobacco flavors mingle with flavors of plum and cherry. Red and dark berries dominate the flavor, where they are joined by the typical Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel characters of vanilla, cherry, and sweet plum-like fruit.

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About Ravenswood:

Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful – gothic – character with which the winery has come to be associated.

A key to Ravenswood’s success is our long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, we are devoted to working with growers who share our philosophy about high quality.

Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what winemaker Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 94440)
The Wine News rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shows rich, concentrated aromatics of currant, blackberry, and ripe cherry complemented by hints of toasty oak. Flavors of leather and nutmeg coalesce with plum and vanilla in the concentrated mid-palate and settle into a seductive, chewy finish.

This wine is ready to enjoy now and will continue to mature and evolve for the next 7-10 years.

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About Hall:

Hall Wines is located in Napa Valley and employs organic small-vine viticulture, precision winemaking, wild-yeast fermentation and micro-block blending to fully extract the purity and quintessence of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Their estate vineyards encompass more than 300 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The Halls have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to cutting edge technology to yield the highest quality grapes. Through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, Hall wines are able to express the unique and diverse character of Napa Valley's soils and climate.


Red Wines    Grenache    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2007
d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2007
(search item no. 99723)
screw cap wine
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A wine to watch evolving in your glass. Aromas of roasted meats, licorice, white pepper and sweet paprika emerge with maraschino cherries and blueberries. The palate is rich and soft, dominated by very pure, exotic, spiced red fruit and Turkish Delight notes. This is followed by savory edges of herbs, bitter chocolate and earthy leather flavors that are long, juicy and balanced with fine, lacy acidity and ripe, slippery tannins. This is real Grenache, at its best.
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One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Chateauneuf-du-Pape    France - Rhone   
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Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2004
Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2004
(search item no. 93672)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 80% old Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% other red varietals.

Deep dark red. Spices and mature red fruits. Round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. Very rich wine full of harmony and balance.

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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.



Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Veneto    Italy   
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Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006
Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006
(search item no. 103817)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, dark ruby red with thin violet tinges on the edges. Strong bouquet of baked fruit, plums and cherries, which provide the fruit flavors on the palate and are accompanied with attractive hints of coffee and cocoa. Excellent balance between supporting acidity and soft tannins that melt into an intriguing softness. Imposing structure and good alcoholic level gives this Amarone an attractively long finish.
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Masi's production strategy aims to emphasize the personality of each single product, while maintaining a recognizable Venetian style. In 1958, Masi was in the forefront of the work to identify the historic "cru" vineyard sites for Amarone. In 1964, Campofiorin was the first in a new category of wines, reinventing the technique of double fermentation and continually updating it. Masi has also updated the style of Amarone, using new appassimento and vinification technologies.

Masi wines are modern, attractive, well-balanced and easily identifiable; characteristics which have earned Masi recognition for having "revolutionized the art of wine-making in the Venetian region." Hugh Johnson defines Masi as "a touchstone for Veronese wines."



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Brancaia Il Blu 2006
Brancaia Il Blu 2006
(search item no. 102559)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $75.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brancaia IL BLU, IGT Rosso Toscana – the top-product from Brancaia. This Supertuscan wants to prove what it is possible today at Brancaia in terms of elegance, complexity and intensity. For many wine lovers all over the world this wine is already a classic – perhaps also because through all vintages it shows a strong own identity, reflecting the character and level of our vineyards.

Pronounced flavors of currant, blackberry and milk chocolate make this wine an ideal match for dark meats such as beef, lamb or braised game.

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About Brancaia:

La Brancaia, encompassing the two estates Brancaia and Poppi, has been owned by the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. It is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area and saw a vertical take-off when it's vintage 1983 won first place at a major Chianti Classico tasting. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality and a strong own identity, the continuous recognition of BRANCAIA was built up - spearheaded by the estates top-wine Brancaia IL BLU, being already a classic for many wine lovers all over the world. The wines come from a state-of-the-art cellar. The estate is managed by the oenologist and daughter of the owners, Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer, together with her husband Martin Kronenberg. They enjoy consulting support by the brilliant oenologist Dr. Carlo Ferrini. La Brancaia is one of Tuscany's top wine-growing estates, winning national and international awards every year. Its wines are sold - and bought - all over the world.