Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Clos du Bois Sonoma Coast Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
Clos du Bois Sonoma Coast Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 108173)

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Winemaker's Notes:

Showing a brilliant, black plum hue, this Pinot Noir exudes aromas of ripe blackberry, red currant, plum and rose petal. The intense fruit is tempered with hints of vanilla, toast and a mild earthiness. The texture is silky with bright flavors that echo the aromas, especially the luscious blackberry notes and hints of wild strawberry. The fine-grained tannins leave a lingering finish that is classically Pinot Noir.
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About Clos du Bois Winery:

When Clos du Bois was founded in 1974, Sonoma County was better known for its prunes, walnuts and dairy farms than for its wine grapes. With more soil types than France, Founder Frank Woods recognized the potential of Sonoma County as a world-class wine growing region, and it is here in Sonoma's Alexander Valley where Clos du Bois has been making outstanding wines for more than three decades. Woods' vision was to marry the best of California wines, which were rich, fruit forward and robust, with the best of French wines, which had an undeniable elegance. With a focus on sourcing the best quality grapes from Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and the surrounding North Coast, the resulting collection of wines highlight the best of Sonoma County in a style that is both elegant and approachable - the signature of Clos du Bois.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Chile    South America   
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Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Syrah 2007
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Syrah 2007
(search item no. 109183)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is an intense and dark inky red color with purple shades Nose: Intense and complex nose with a punch of solid black fruit, white pepper, honey and rosemary aromas. Palate: Concentrated body with rich tannins, very round mid palate and more fruit at the finish. Very long persistence in the palate.

Food Pairing: 60°F to 64°F. Ideal companion for game and lamb well seasoned dishes. Sourced from our own vineyards, Cuvée Alexandre wines express our dedication to quality and the expression of the Terroir of Lapostolle.

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About Lapostolle:

Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that make Grand Marnier a global success. Its objected is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and superb terroirs of Chile. Today, Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produces a total of 200,000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 109754)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a lustrous ruby red. On the nose you'll find ripe red and black fruit aromas mingle with leather and spice, exquisitely balanced by wood notes evoking vanilla and toast. On the palate are supple tannins and a majestic structure conclude in a complex and persistent finish.

Delicious with steaks, wild game, hearty stews, casseroles and ripe, semi-creamy cheeses.

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About Vina Santa Rita:

Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile's premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile's Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile.

In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Ricardo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile's most successful and innovative estates. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series of wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real and Triple C. Wide-ranging enhancements embrace the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Today Santa Rita exports to more than 70 countries worldwide. The property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations - the Maipo Valley; Casablanca; Rapel; Apalta; Leyda and Curico - enabling access to diverse climates and terrain.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2010
Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2010
(search item no. 112599)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2010 Pinot Gris opens with extremely generous aromas of white peach, lime, wet stone and apply blossoms. In the mouth, juicy flavors of Granny Smith apples and grapefruit are rounded out with the distinct flavor citrus marmalade. A very concentrated finish leaves lingering flavors of minerality and raw honey.
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About Benton Lane:

Steve and Carol Girard have been owners of Benton-Lane since 1988. Carol and Steve shared a passionate desire to produce great Pinot Noir but decided their native California was probably not the best place in which to make it. Instead, they headed to Oregon where the cooler climate offered the possibility of producing Pinot Noir with better balance and structure.

After countless months of looking at possible properties, Carol and Steve discovered an old sheep ranch called "Sunnymount" in the southern Willamette Valley. It was immediately apparent Sunnymount held great potential as a vineyard site. The property is in the foothills of the costal mountain range on the west side of the valley with hillsides sloping east by southeast, a perfect orientation for planting Pinot Noir.

Sunnymount straddled the border between Benton and Lane counties with some of the land being in each, and so the name Benton-Lane was born. Carol and Steve purchased the property in 1988 and planting of Pinot Noir commenced in 1989. Benton-Lane’s first vintage was 1992 which was custom produced at another local winery. This process continued until 1997 when the Benton-Lane winery was constructed.

Benton-Lane produced Pinot Noir exclusively until 2003. In 2004, the winery began full-scale commercial production of Pinot Gris from grapes purchased from carefully selected Willamette Valley growers.



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 7/25/2014: $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.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Yalumba Y Series Shiraz + Viognier 2009
Yalumba Y Series Shiraz + Viognier 2009
(search item no. 108418)
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage was an excellent year for red wines in South Australia. Good rainfall was recorded during July and August 2008, proving invaluable as the following spring and early summer were extremely dry. A good rainfall in December was critical for the survival of the vineyards during the heat of late January and early February. The Shiraz vines weathered the heat well and were able to ripen in ideal conditions throughout February and March.

A deep crimson with violet hues, the Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2009 has an exotic nose with crushed raspberries, violets and Turkish delight, complemented by cinnamon, tea smoke and nuances of allspice. Succulent and layered, the palate has flavours of raspberries and violets. Cocoa powder tannins balance the juiciness of the palate and enhance the lingering finish.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Mitolo The Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Mitolo The Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 115768)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Jester Cabernet Sauvignon is dense purple in color. On the nose, you'll get masses of blueberries, cassis and leather with intense aromas of coffee and mocha. On the palate, it is spicy, lifted and pure, with juicy and savory tannins, richness and elongated length.
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About Mitolo:

In a short period of time Mitolo has become recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale. Mitolo is a family owned business, started by and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitolo's vision to create a range of wines of individuality, integrity and utmost quality. Whether it is in the vineyard, or in the winery, or the work of the different coopers who source and shape the diverse barrels which are used at Mitolo, each wine is nurtured and developed with a zealous passion that spares no effort to ensure that the best of everything is brought together to make wines of purity, elegance and power.

Italian family roots inspired Frank's early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine. With three earlier generations of his family working as agriculturists and entrepreneurs, it is not surprising that (while heading an international horticultural business), Frank found the energy and passion to pursue his dream of creating world-class wines. The business was established in 1999 and a year later the first Mitolo wine was launched. It was called G.A.M.; named after Frank’s three children and the next generation of Mitolo’s, Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

Acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer is a partner in the business and the combination of his winemaking skills and Frank’s vision have led Mitolo to international recognition and acclaim. What started out as a dream is becoming an exciting reality, and Mitolo Wines has only just begun on its journey.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010
Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 113930)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Every year, we bring in approximately 35 lots of Zinfandel averaging 25-30 years in age. Each of these lots is produced under the careful eye of our winemaker, Ted Seghesio. The best of these lots are selected to make Sonoma Zinfandel. A small amount of Petite Sirah is blended in the wine for added complexity. The result is a tantalizing black raspberry and classic briary flavored wine with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known.
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About Seghesio Family Vineyards:

Established in 1985, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Seghesio Family Vineyards' 300 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys represent some of the oldest vineyards and proprietary clones. With a passionate belief that wine is made in the vineyard, Seghesio pairs a century of experience on these treasured sites with aggressive farming techniques. True to their oldest plantings, Seghesio concentrates on Zinfandel, Italian varietals and Pinot Noir. Ted Seghesio is the winemaker.


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
(search item no. 116586)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $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.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2011
Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2011
(search item no. 120197)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Spicy, lush black fruit flavors of Alexander Valley. Briary and raspberry flavors are present, along with structure of of cooler Dry Creek Valley. Overall, this is a balanced and elegantly structured Zinfandel.
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About Seghesio Family Vineyards:

Established in 1985, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Seghesio Family Vineyards' 300 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys represent some of the oldest vineyards and proprietary clones. With a passionate belief that wine is made in the vineyard, Seghesio pairs a century of experience on these treasured sites with aggressive farming techniques. True to their oldest plantings, Seghesio concentrates on Zinfandel, Italian varietals and Pinot Noir. Ted Seghesio is the winemaker.