Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Geyser Peak Reserve Alexandre Meritage 2006
Geyser Peak Reserve Alexandre Meritage 2006
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PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A multifaceted, noteworthy wine Reserve Alexandre strikes a balance between intensity and refinement. The core of the palate is reminiscent of black currant and pomegranate fruit complimented by floral aromas of rose petal and petunia. These fruit and floral notes are interwoven with lovely fresh earth aromas of warm stone and bittersweet chocolate. The graceful structure of this wine yields supple tannins with a silky mouth feel and the interplay of the five varietals results in a noble and luxurious wine.

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Malbec 7% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc

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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.



White Wines    Gewurztraminer    Other German    Germany   
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Side Yard Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2009
Side Yard Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2009
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PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Side Yard Gewurztraminer is made from selected grapes produced in vineyards of the Pfalz region. Made with 100% Gewurztraminer and fermented in small stainless steel tanks, this is a delightfully aromatic white wine that is perfect for casual enjoyment with meals, especially spicy cuisine, or by itself.
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Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Reserva 2006
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Reserva 2006
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

High intense ruby color. Complex aromas, where outstanding red fruits intermingle with notes from aging: tobacco, truffle and vanilla. Good concentration with a long finish. Has body and good acidity, a characteristic of Tempranillos from the Rioja Alta region.

A perfect pairing with vegetable dishes, rice dishes, cheeses, duck and oily fish.

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About Bodegas Bilbainas:

Bodegas Bilbaínas specializes in making vintage wines, and is regarded as a leader when it comes to setting wine styles. Some of the winery's flagships are among the most famed and emblematic wines of the Rioja, foremost of which are Viña Pomal and La Vicalanda.

Changes have been introduced over the years, moving toward deeper-colored red wines, with more hints of fruit and new woody tones, shortening aging times and employing more concentrated juices. Bodegas Bilbaínas has always produced estate wines. This term is in popular use today among winemakers who seek typification and distinction in their wines.



White Wines    Albarino    Rias Baixas    Spain   
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O Rei Albarino 2011
O Rei Albarino 2011
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Winemaker's Notes:

Golden yellow-green color, with hints of lemon, clean and shiny. Typical aromas of albariño variety. Well-assembled between the ripe fruit (pineapple, apple) and floral accents on a pleasant balsamic herbaceous freshness power. Dry, tasty, with a light mouth feel, with a strong and lively acidity that becomes the hub of the wine in the mouth and ending at its back as fruity notes on the nose.
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About O Rei:

O Rei de Campoverde is the result of Jose Carlos Quintas' desires: to make wines like his family has done during centuries. He is a Galician guy with a long familiar tradition making wines. This familiar tradition is so ancient that he has a testament that dates from 1850 of one of his ancestors in which you can read that he bequeathed his winery to one of his nephews.

When he made up his mind to make a wine with the vines that his family had harvested during years, he determined that the name of the wine should be the name of the small village where his wife's family have its roots. And, as it happens, this small village was where this old ancestor had his winery. A double reason to call the wine O Rei de Campoverde.



White Wines    Pinot Blanc    Alsace    France - Other regions   
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Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2008
Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2008
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International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw with green reflections. Rich and concentrated, with white flower and apricot notes. Smooth, medium-bodied with good fruit acidity.

Delicious with light meals such as salads, poultry, chicken, veal, roast pork, and seafood. The Pinot Blanc has beautiful fruitiness and makes an excellent all-occasion drinking wine.

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About Trimbach:

Maison Trimbach began in 1626 when Jean Trimbach settled in Riquewihr and established the family wine trade.

Jean-Frédéric Trimbach, born in 1811, was appointed Gourmet of Hunawihr, a position designed to protect the quality of wine exports. He transferred the Maison Trimbach business to Hunawihr, where he served as mayor for many years.

Jean-Frédéric and his son, Frédéric-Emile continued the family tradition, and Frédéric-Emile traveled extensively to promote the wines. In 1898 he received the Certificate of Highest Quality at the Brussels International Show. With Frédéric-Emile at the helm, Maison Trimbach began bottling its wines in Alsace rather than selling in bulk, providing a new guarantee of quality and authenticity. The contribution of Frédéric-Emile Trimbach was recognized when the family adopted his initials in the firm's official name: Maison F.E. Trimbach.

Today, the tradition of quality continues with the 11th and 12th generations of the Trimbach family. Hubert and his older brother Bernard, along with Bernard's sons, Pierre and Jean, have continued operations and currently produce approximately 80,000 cases of wines annually. Over one-third of their production is exported to the United States. While one of the smallest of the many producers in Alsace, they are nonetheless the largest, most widely recognized Alsace brand in the United States.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Shirvington Shiraz 2007
Shirvington Shiraz 2007
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Shiraz has a very fragrant nose; with blueberry and dark cherry fruit characters, floral violet aromas and a background of complex cocoa and spice. The palate starts with lots of dense berry fruit, which is ripe and juicy and yet also very fresh, this develops further with savory toasted spices and brioche characters coming through. This is an elegant wine with a fine and silky tannin structure. The wine is drinking well now, yet can be cellared for quite a few more years.
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About Shirvington:

Our story started in 1996 when we, the Shirvington Family (Lynne, Paul and sons Tony and Mark), purchased 16 hectares of prime land in Willunga, South Australia. After extensive researching and touring of Australia’s major wine regions, this area was chosen for its ability to consistently produce outstanding table wines of great character and quality. Willunga is just south of McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an area internationally renowned for its red wine, in particular Shiraz.

In the winter of 1996, work began on the development of our first vineyard, Redwind.

Further purchases in 1997 and 2001 saw the development of two new vineyards, Kurrawyba and Manjalda, in McLaren Flat and McLaren Vale.

Working closely with our viticulturist and winemakers, the quality of fruit was such that our first commercial release, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, was awarded Wine of the Year at the prestigious McLaren Vale Wine Show. This wine, coupled with our 2001 Shiraz, was the first to be selected by Dan Philips of The Grateful Palate, for distribution in the United States.

We will continue to produce wines that are testimony to McLaren Vale’s great reputation.

Enjoy.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Buena Vista The Count Red Blend 2008
Buena Vista The Count Red Blend 2008
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PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The winery's colorful founder, The Count of Buena Vista, pioneered premium winemaking in California. A tireless and passionate devotee of California wine, The Count imported hundreds of premium vines from Europe, dug Sonoma's first wine caves, introduced innovative viticulture techniques, and wrote the first treatise on California wine. Buena Vista Winery honors his legacy, bold vision, and commiment to excellence through this red wine – the Founder's Red Wine.

The wine's bouquet opens beautifully with rich aromas of black currant, cherries and just a hint of espresso. Smooth on the palate, the wine offers flavors of plum and blackberry that give way to cardamom on the long, silky finish.

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About Buena Vista Winery:

Founded in 1857 as California's first premium winery, Buena Vista, under the direction of winemaker Jeff Stewart, is a leader in cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Straddling Sonoma County in the southern end of the Carneros appellation, the 523-acre Ramal Vineyard Estate is broken up into 167 small blocks, with 21 different clones of Chardonnay and 13 different clones of Pinot Noir, and is set along rolling south-facing hillsides overlooking the San Pablo Bay. The Ramal Vineyard is the crown jewel of all Carneros.

Most winemakers will agree that cool-climate wines like Pinot Noir are the most difficult to produce. And most will agree that Jeff Stewart does so with unparalleled success. Jeff comes to Buena Vista with over 15 years of achievement in cool-climate viticulture and his focus on gentle handling of the grapes and temperature moderation produces wines with complexity, character and depth.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Chile    South America   
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Punto Nino Reserva Chardonnay 2011
Punto Nino Reserva Chardonnay 2011
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PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Clear and bright, with a pale straw hue. Exuberant but elegant aromas of lime, white peach and melon. Intense tropical fruit and zesty freshness, with an elegant fruity finish.
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About Punto Nino:

In 2002, the ambitions of Michel Laroche and his partners led them to Viña Punto Alto in Chile, as they sought to take on the challenge of introducing their French style of wine to the New World. Three years later, Michel Laroche bought 53 hectares of slopes ideally situated in Casablanca Valley, to the west of Santiago, towards Valparaiso, at the foot of the mountain El Mahuco which separates the valleys of Casablanca and Maïpo. In 2006 he acquired a 23-hectare estate and a well-appointed cellar in the Casablanca Valley. Laroche's vineyards are situated on gentle slopes covered with a layer of granite that offer remarkable conditions for vine growing: good drainage, favorable exposure and plenty of minerals available to feed the vines.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Priorat    Spain   
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Casa Gran del Siurana GR-174 2009
Casa Gran del Siurana GR-174 2009
(search item no. 109972)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Cherry red in color. Intense and fresh floral aromas, with a mint touch. In the mouth it is fruity, round, complex. A fine structured wine, well-balanced and elegant.

Varietals: Garnatxa (35%), Carinyena (25%), CabernetSauvignon (40%).

Ageing:50% aged during nine month sin French oak barrels.

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About Casa Gran del Siurana:

The Casa Gran estate covers 10 hectares of deep flat land, mainly composed of sedimentary fluvial soils from the river Siurana. The vineyard houses the Casa Gran farmhouse, which lends its name to our bodega: a building with a history of three hundred years that was the former headquarters of the Carthusian monks of Scala Dei in ancient times. There’s a project to build a cellar and wine tasting facilities in this estate

Some years ago Castillo Perelada made a bid for the success of quality winemaking in the Empordà. This same passion for high expression wines has guided us to Priorat, one of the most highly regarded Designations of Origin in Spain and the world, and one of the few that are recognised as being a Qualified Designation of Origin.

Our venture with La Casa Gran del Siurana began with the main aim of creating modern, quality wines, through a winemaking process that would control all aspects from the moment the vine is planted onwards.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meiomi (May-oh-mee) is a Pinot Noir that gets its fruit from the most noteworthy coastal areas in California. The wine is crafted, lush, balanced and luxurious. Three of the California's most sought after coastal growing regions brilliantly meld together in this deeply flavored, stylish and truly balanced Pinot Noir; at its most fundamental core, it is an approachable, food friendly wine with a style and place all its own.
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The name Meiomi means "coast" in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes, and best pays tribute to and symbolizes the origin of this Pinot Noir. Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880's. In his youth, he worked many spring and summer days in the vineyard and cellar of Caymus, learning the basics from pulling leaves, to dragging hoses. Then he began to focus his efforts on what was to become his passion and career in the wine business. He is the owner of Belle Glos and Meiomi wines and has been overseeing vineyard operations and winemaking since 2002. Joseph has a perpetual goal of crafting Pinot Noirs that exude their origins and represent the best of their class in any vintage. Along with his passion for Pinot Noir, he continues his role at Caymus in viticulture and winemaking alongside his father, Chuck. When not at work, he spends time with his wife and 5 children constantly grooming the next generation in farming philosophy and practices, winemaking and the enjoyment of nature's bounty and the outdoors.