Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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Erath Pinot Noir 2010
Erath Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 118576)
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PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright red cherry, violets, vanilla and pie crust aromas, punctuated by an alluring smokiness, are a vivacious introduction to this Oregon vintage. A sweet approach leads to a satiny mouthful of red plum, cranberry and sage. Food friendly acidity allows for a spirited, lasting finish.

Try this with Thai or Chinese pepper sauce, grilled scallops, thin crust pizza margherita, pasta with red sauce, and zesty BBQ.

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About Erath Vineyards:

As one of Oregon's wine pioneers, Erath winery's founder, Dick Erath, was driven by the belief that the future of Pinot Noir was in Oregon. Today, Erath's wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hill of Oregon. Winemaker, Gary Horner, who shares Dick Erath's background in science and a reverence for Oregon's unique terroir, strives to reveal classic Oregon Pinot: light, delicate and fruit-forward. Horner takes pride in making a range of Pinot Noir styles, from the hugely-popular Oregon blend to the highly-acclaimed, limited-edition, single-vineyard selections. His goal is to make the best Pinot Noir the region has to offer - it is time-honored, authentic and uniquely Oregon.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2010
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 110615)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is chock-full of fresh blackberries, cherries and dark chocolate sprinkled with spices. The palate is fresh and juicy, ripe red fruits mix with plums, blackcurrant, flowers and a twist of black pepper. The tannins are fine with d'Arenberg's trademark earthiness helping keep this easy going wine in check.
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About d'Arenberg:

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    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2008
d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2008
(search item no. 105929)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The lifted nose is packed with dark fruit, attractive spice and cracked pepper. There is a lifted floral note that brings elegance to what is clearly a generous wine. A velvety palate flaunts a core of concentrated red and dark fruits with hints of licorice and lavender supported by fine, subtle tannins.

67% Shiraz, 33% Grenache

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About d'Arenberg:

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    Mourvedre    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2009
Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2009
(search item no. 120775)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $13.59

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Tarima Hill reveals sumptuous aromas of camphor, sweet, smoky oak, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, and crushed rocks. Deep and full-bodied with silky tannins and a long finish, this beauty was aged in 100% French oak for 20 months. Vivid ruby. Sexy black raspberry and oak spices on the nose, with notes of fresh rose and anise adding complexity. Sweet, sappy and expansive, offering lively dark berry preserve flavors and a velour-like texture. Graceful and balanced but also packs a punch. Finishes smooth, spicy and quite long.
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About Bodegas Volver:

The Spanish enologist, Rafael Cañizares seeks to achieve the maximum expression of the Tempranillo grape grown in the environment. This winery is located in the best terroir of La Mancha found in the eastern region of the Denomination of Origin. The soil is the reason that the winery committed themselves to purchasing 228 acres of vineyards with an average age of 40 years. The sandy soils (up to 1 meter in depth) has an underlayment of large river stones.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 114065)

PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A perfect marriage of complexity and approachability, this 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon offers lucsious black cherry and berry aromas balanced by rich mocha and sweet vanilla top notes. Juicy dark fruit dominates the palate, lending a full-bodied smoothness to the soft tannins and toasted oak. The wine's appealing interplay of ripe fruit and integrated oak makes it perfect food companion, pairing well with pasta, pork tenderloin or herb-roasted chicken.
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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009
Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 105008)
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $13.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir is elegant cool climate pinot noir at its best. Fragrant, soft and flavourful with aromas of ripe cherries and sweet fruit tannins that provide structure and length.
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About Oyster Bay:

The philosophy of Oyster Bay Marlborough is to produce fine, distinctively regional wines that are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavours - wines that drink well within a year or two of vintage, yet possess the balance of structure to reward cellaring.

The Oyster Bay label is owned by Delegat's Wine Estate, one of New Zealand's largest family owned and managed wine producers.

The first Oyster Bay vines were planted in 1988 and the label takes its name from the local Oyster Bay, situated in the picturesque headlands of the Marlborough Sounds, on the northern tip of New Zealand's beautiful South Island.

The natural siting advantages of the Oyster Bay vineyards are complemented by our intensive and careful viticultural practices including vine spacing, trellis configuration, canopy management and irrigation and vine monitoring systems.

The glorious result is consistently high quality grapes which, together with sensitive skilled winemaking, express the unique character of Marlborough.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
(search item no. 105024)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $36.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red with garnet hues. The impact of the Riserva Ducale Oro 2006 is intense. At a first approach, notes of cherry, plum and violet appear very powerful; subsequently it denotes strong aromas of tobacco, chocolate, cinnamon and black pepper. On the whole, this wine shows a very complex and powerful nose.

Full-bodied, very powerful in the fruity tastes, with tannins that are elegant and well linked to a good acidity. It is characterized by pleasant sensations of sweet tobacco. The finish is particularly long and shows powerful notes of plums and more light aromas of clove.

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About Ruffino:

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Paradis Casseuil Bordeaux Rouge 2010
Chateau Paradis Casseuil Bordeaux Rouge 2010
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PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau Paradis Casseuil Bordeaux Rouge is characterized by fresh, fruity flavors and floral aromas. In the mouth, the attack is rounded and hearty with prolonged red fruit and wild berries. This wine can be appreciated now or kept for a few years when it will have reached its peak and becomes more supple.
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About Château Paradis Casseuil:

Château Paradis Casseuil gets its name from the combination of the cadastral name of the main parcel of vineyards called "Vines of Paradise" and the district of Casseuil.

Château Paradis Casseuil is a former dependence of Château Rieussec. It also underwent Rieussec’s troubled history in the 20th century. Taken under Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)’s wing in 1984, Château Paradis Casseuil’s cellars are located in the heart of the vineyard located in Sainte-Foy-la-Longue.

The Château Paradis Casseuil cellars, located in Sainte-Foy-la-Longue are used to vinify the red wines. White wines are vinified at Château Rieussec, benefiting from the same modern technical instruments used for the Grand Vin Château Rieussec.

The vineyard is located in the three districts of Casseuil, Caudrot, and Sainte-Foy-la-Longue in the appellation Entre-Deux-Mers. There are 23 hectares (57.5 acres) of vines including 17 hectares of red varietals on claylimestone soil at Caudrot and Ste-Foy, and clay and gravel soil at Casseuil. The red varietals are 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% of Cabernet Franc. And the white varietals are 60% of Semillion, 20% of Muscadelle and 20% of Sauvignon blanc.

The wines of Château Paradis Casseuil are bottled in spring without ageing in oak barrels. This allows the wines to keep their freshness and the fruit. They can be enjoyed within 2 to 3 years after harvest.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2006
Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2006
(search item no. 109676)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense red garnet color with ocher hints. Intense and profound on the nose with fruity aromas such as cranberry and red curant. Slight touches of sweetness and cinnamon. Smooth and elegant in the mouth with a good balance between the red fruits and spices. Long finish. The perfect match for all types of red meats and cheeses.
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About Bodegas Beronia:

Bodegas Beronia is found in the Rioja Alta area of the region which is situated to the west. In this area the soil is mainly calcareous clay soil and the vineyards are on average at an altitude of 600 metres. This area’s climatic infl uences are from the Atlantic however due to the Cantabria and Demanda mountain ranges it is sheltered from the worst Atlantic infl uences. It also boasts the Ebro river which creates a series of microclimates and provides much needed water for the vines. The situation of Bodegas beronia is considered to be a unique place for the creation of wines of high quality.

The grapes used at Beronia come from vineyards from within a tenmile radius of the cellars, ensuring that only the highest quality grapes enter the winery. A close relationship is maintained with the 150 vinegrowers who supply the grapes, guaranteeing that only the best quality grapes are selected and that the process is done so in the most natural way. Our technical experts frequently visit the estates to ensure that the use of fertilisers and chemicals are kept to a minimum. It is our priority to maintain healthy and high quality grapes.

Beronia, true to its tradition, produces a classic line of fi ne and well-balanced wines, crianza, reserva and gran reserva. In addition to these two white wines, a young Viura and a barrel fermented Viura. However they satisfy their innovative and avant-garde side with an interesting range of single variety wines, special production Tempranillo and Beronia Mazuelo reserva, making them the only winery in Rioja to produce a reserve wine from the Mazuelo grape.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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Alamos Red Blend 2011
Alamos Red Blend 2011
(search item no. 118790)

PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2011 Red Blend has dark berry fruit flavors, integrated with brown spice and vanilla oak characters that form a plush mouthfeel. The Tempranillo and Syrah grapes contribute bold, spicy flavors of blackberry and black pepper which marry well with the juicy dark cherry flavors of Bonarda and the deep plum flavors of the Malbec base. The addition of Cabernet Franc helps to balance the blend, as it melds with notes of warm brown spice to create a long, supple finish.

Blend: 53% Malbec, 15% Bonarda, 14% Tempranillo, 13% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc

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From the vineyard to the winery, the Alamos wines are made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang time, preserving the fruit's full spectrum of aromas and flavors.

At the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled and two to four year old barrels are used to age the wines.