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Sanford La Rinconada Chardonnay 2010
Sanford La Rinconada Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 123224)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2010 special bottling comes from Sanford's two best blocks (Wente and Clone 15), and are whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented. With the traditional Burgundian technique of lees stirring and barrel aging, this wine has developed richness and elegance sought after in fine Chardonnay. Intense but balanced, this flagship Chardonnay has aromas of pineapple, lemon zest and hazelnut, with hints of vanilla. On the palate this wine shows the classic Santa Rita qualities of minerality and crisp acid to balance the full palate.
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About Sanford Winery:

In Santa Barbara wine country, it all started with Sanford Winery. Recognizing a magical combination of climate and soil conditions, the Sanford & Benedict vineyard was plated in 1971, and the resulting wines are now the benchmark of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Pinot Noir has thrived in the Sta. Rita Hills ever since, and ranks among the best and most distinctive in the world. Sanford's estate vineyards - Rancho La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict - lie within the 100 square mile AVA, and they rely exclusively on these vineyards for their luscious, signature Pinot Noir. The area owes its magic to an unusual east-west mountain valley that runs from the vineyards to the Pacific Ocean; ideal for cool-climate varietals.


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The Prisoner Wine Company Prisoner 2011
The Prisoner Wine Company Prisoner 2011
(search item no. 120617)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a dense red and black hue that is framed in vibrant crimson. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. Soft, integrated tannin chains allow the wine to be approachable now and provides for a pleasant finish.

Blend: 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, 1% Grenache

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About The Prisoner Wine Company:

The Prisoner Founder and Winemaker Dave Phinney’s deep respect for the vineyards is rooted in an early attempt to make a sophisticated wine from a difficult site. Although he was frustrated by a situation that had him using every tool at his disposal and still coming up short, he learned lessons that inform his vineyard selection process now.

"I came away from that experience with the unshakable belief that if you put your emphasis on the vineyard, what follows is much easier," he says. "The vineyard is everything."

Most of Phinney’s time is spent exploring vineyard sites, meeting with growers and selecting the fruit that will be vinified and blended into The Prisoner. His method for vineyard selection includes assessing the site, soil, varietal, grower and provenance, or the history, of the vineyard.

"Sometimes one of these aspects is enough, other times it's a combination of a few of these elements," he says. "With provenance, looks can be deceiving, so you have to trust in the track record of a vineyard as opposed to what you see. Occasionally you step into a vineyard and can't get to your phone fast enough to call the grower and lock up the grapes. Those experiences are one of a kind."



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Mollydooker Carnival of Love 2011
Mollydooker Carnival of Love 2011
(search item no. 121172)
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Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the wine I tell all my friends about. To see the look on their faces after their first sip is priceless. The 2011 Carnival of Love so clearly shows the essence of Mollydooker. It has elegance; a complete, intense, seamless flavour spectrum; a sumptuous mouth feel and perfect balance. At 92% Fruit Weight it is a wine to go WOW about, an absolute beauty.

Our whole family is involved in making our wines, and all the wonderful people who drink them become our friends, so we named this wine Carnival of Love, because the wines bring us together. If you look closely you will notice that the Lefty characters are all included in the label and when you join the Carnival of Love and the Enchanted Path together, the two labels form one beautiful continuous love story.

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About Mollydooker:

Mollydooker (Aussie for left-hander) Wines was established in 2005 by Sarah and Sparky Marquis. Five of their wines have been chosen in the Wine Spectator's "Top 100," and their Carnival of Love Shiraz has made the "Top 100" twice. The winery is on the prime Seaview Ridge in McLaren Vale, South Australia, and the vines are grown according to the Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme to give the grapes the rich flavors that distinguish Mollydooker's wines. Mollydooker makes Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Verdelho. The Velvet Glove Shiraz, with 95%+ Marquis Fruit Weight is superbly complete and complex, with stunny beauty and power.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 120574)
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PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Classic Cabernet notes of cassis and ripe Bing cherry are followed by touches of vanilla, spice cabinet, and a hint of spring rain showers. Vibrant, yet supple, tannins frame the mixed berry flavors while accents of glazed walnuts and fresh tilled loam complement the long finish.
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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek is a boutique winery on the Silverado Trail in the Rutherford district. For 40 years, the winery has focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-styled wines. In search of the best Cabernet Sauvignon, we've discovered many exceptional single-vineyard sites throughout Napa Valley.

Today, Conn Creek sources fruit from prized vineyards in nearly all of Napa Valley's 15 renowned sub-appellations to provide winemaker Mike McGrath with an unparalleled palette from which to blend each wine. It's an approach that captures the "Best of Napa Valley."



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Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2008
Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2008
(search item no. 124297)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Saralee's Vineyard Syrah is a classic example of cool-climate Syrah. The aromas are layered and complex, showing a balance of smoked game meats, black cherry cola, dried herbs, hints of mint and spiced plum. On the palate, bright acidity and bold dark fruit flavors evolve into spiced dark chocolate notes followed by a long finish of dried cherries and herbs.
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About Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:

Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.


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Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2012
Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2012
(search item no. 125946)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a massive array of flavors, and awesome intensity but the thing that really finishes the wine off is the creamy layers and smooth mouth feel. It's so voluptuous. Peter and Andrew Sweet, multi layered fruit, chocolate, fresh plum – a complete flavor spectrum. Excited to hold it in my mouth.
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About Mollydooker:

Mollydooker (Aussie for left-hander) Wines was established in 2005 by Sarah and Sparky Marquis. Five of their wines have been chosen in the Wine Spectator's "Top 100," and their Carnival of Love Shiraz has made the "Top 100" twice. The winery is on the prime Seaview Ridge in McLaren Vale, South Australia, and the vines are grown according to the Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme to give the grapes the rich flavors that distinguish Mollydooker's wines. Mollydooker makes Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Verdelho. The Velvet Glove Shiraz, with 95%+ Marquis Fruit Weight is superbly complete and complex, with stunny beauty and power.


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Chateau Monbousquet  2009
Chateau Monbousquet 2009
(search item no. 116546)
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James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
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About Chateau Monbousquet:

Chateau Monbousquet's origin goes back to 1540. The chateau has changed hands many times throughout the year, but there were two very significant periods in its history. From 1682 to 1826, Monbousquet was owned by the De Carles family. The chateau itself was built in 1779, and its fame grew in the 19th Century, under the short ownership of Count de Vassal-Monviel. The Count owned the estate from 1858 until 1877, enlarging the vineyard to its current size and significantly increasing production.

In 1993, Gerard Perse took ownership of Monbousquet, leading to many great accomplishments and a complete renovation, including a new drainage system, a barrel ageing cellar and state-of-the-art equipment introduced. Located 500 meters south of Saint-Emilion, the wines had ranked, for many years before Perse's time, somewhere in the middle ranges for Saint-Emilion wines. After over a decade of ownership, Monbousquet has become one of the region's leading wines.



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Chateau Monbousquet  2010
Chateau Monbousquet 2010
(search item no. 122892)
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Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
James Suckling rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

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About Chateau Monbousquet:

Chateau Monbousquet's origin goes back to 1540. The chateau has changed hands many times throughout the year, but there were two very significant periods in its history. From 1682 to 1826, Monbousquet was owned by the De Carles family. The chateau itself was built in 1779, and its fame grew in the 19th Century, under the short ownership of Count de Vassal-Monviel. The Count owned the estate from 1858 until 1877, enlarging the vineyard to its current size and significantly increasing production.

In 1993, Gerard Perse took ownership of Monbousquet, leading to many great accomplishments and a complete renovation, including a new drainage system, a barrel ageing cellar and state-of-the-art equipment introduced. Located 500 meters south of Saint-Emilion, the wines had ranked, for many years before Perse's time, somewhere in the middle ranges for Saint-Emilion wines. After over a decade of ownership, Monbousquet has become one of the region's leading wines.



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Waterstone Study in Blue Cabernet Blend 2007
Waterstone Study in Blue Cabernet Blend 2007
(search item no. 121144)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Study in Blue is complex and expressive, yet restrained enough to work well as a quenching summer drink. The wine offers distinctive blueberry and black plum aromas. Mediumbodied and smooth, it slides across the palate with notes of blueberry, black currant, plum and bramble with hints of cedar and black pepper toward the back of the palate.

The wine would work well with simple fare, like grilled lamb or pork. For a more elegant meal, try it with pan-seared tuna or duck breast with blueberry sauce.

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About Waterstone:

In this time of multimillion-dollar vineyard estates and celebrity winemaking consultants, when it seems that financial backing has replaced skill as the key to success in enology, it is rare that a simple idea can give birth to wines that stand out for flavor and balance, rather than pedigree alone. A collaboration between veteran winemaker Philip Zorn and longtime wine executive Brent Shortridge, Waterstone Winery was formed in 2000 when the two men were introduced and discovered a shared interest in creating luxury wines at affordable prices. Bringing together their previously established relationships with Napa Valley growers and vintners, the pair set out to develop balanced wines of varietal character through intelligent sourcing. Preferring to focus on the wine itself rather than the accumulation of land and facilities, Zorn and Shortridge own no vineyards themselves, nor do they own the facility where their wines are made. Dedicated winemaking, strong relationships with top growers and long-term grape contracts are the keys to Waterstone’s quality and success.


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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 113321)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/29/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sandalwood, hazelnut, and powdered cocoa spicy aromas waft around a core of plum and dark stone fruit. Lively black plum and blueberry flavors transition seamlessly to a walnut, toasted almond finish. This elegantly balanced will continue to bring pleasure for years to come.
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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek is a boutique winery on the Silverado Trail in the Rutherford district. For 40 years, the winery has focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-styled wines. In search of the best Cabernet Sauvignon, we've discovered many exceptional single-vineyard sites throughout Napa Valley.

Today, Conn Creek sources fruit from prized vineyards in nearly all of Napa Valley's 15 renowned sub-appellations to provide winemaker Mike McGrath with an unparalleled palette from which to blend each wine. It's an approach that captures the "Best of Napa Valley."