Red Wines    Grenache    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Domaine Lafage Cuvee Nicolas 2009
Domaine Lafage Cuvee Nicolas 2009
(search item no. 113231)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant red color. Nice aromatic intensity with fruit like black currant, raspberry and blackberry. The palate is rich, concentrated and fruity with elegant tannins.
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About Domaine Lafage:

Although only in his thirties, Jean-Marc Lafage already has almost 15 years of worldclass winemaking behind him. One of the most sought-after winemakers of Europe at the moment, Jean-Marc lends his expertise with Southern European varietals to several top estates in both France and Spain (he makes Las Rocas Garnacha with Eric Solomon) and also in South America. However, his best work is perhaps at home at his estate in the hills of the Roussillon with his wife, also an accomplished winemaker.

As the varietals come from different parcels all around the Eastern and Central Roussillon, they are always vinified separately, and then blended before bottling. The whites never pass through malolactic and the property always searches for freshness and expressive aromas in the blends. The reds can often show off a mineral component as Jean-Marc does not favor heavy extraction. Yields are amazingly low for wines at this price level. The wines are bottled unfiltered.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2008
Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2008
(search item no. 108774)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Burghound.com rating: 91 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2007 Burghound.com rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Gevrey-Chambertin is a wine with a beautiful, bright ruby color. Intensely fruity on the nose, the aromas are reminiscent of black cherry, wild blackberry and licorice. The woody character is subtle and marries delicately with the other aromas. As the wine evolves, there are more complex notes, such as mild spice, nutmeg and leather. Later still, mushroom and damp earth nuances make their appearance. Although present on the palate, tannin is never astringent but blends itself harmoniously with the natural freshness and "gras" (velvety texture) of the wine. The same aromas encountered earlier on the nose are found again in the aftertaste.

Gevrey-Chambertin could be served with beef bourguignon, coq au vin, grilled meat and great cheeses.

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About Maison Joseph Drouhin:

Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance.

A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on site nursery, plowing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and aging in oak.

As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune, the quality of its vineyards and the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification, Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.

Starting with Joseph Drouhin, who founded Maison Joseph Drouhin over a century ago, a great estate has evolved with important holdings in Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Chablis and, most recently, Oregon.

MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN AWARDED ORGANIC CERTIFICATION Estate-grown Grapes of 2009 Vintage and later Now Officially Organic. Twenty years after Philippe Drouhin first began introducing organic practices to the vineyards making up the family company’s domaine (estate), Maison Joseph Drouhin (MJD), has been awarded organic certification for all grapes grown within its vineyards beginning with the 2009 vintage.



Red Wines    Dolcetto    Piedmont    Italy   
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Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2009
Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2009
(search item no. 108547)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dogliani is a historic Dolcetto terroir. In fact, the variety is thought to have originated here and Einaudi was the first estate ever to produce and bottle under this appellation. Matures 8-10 months in stainless steel vats & 2 months in bottle previous to release. Ruby red, fruity bouquet, fresh & flavorful, with abundant red berry fruit, an an almond finish. Wonderfully versatile with food, the regular Dolcetto can be enjoyed quite young.
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About Luigi Einaudi:

It all began in 1897, when 23-year-old Luigi Einaudi (Italy’s first President) purchased the first of the Einaudi estates at San Giacomo. Today, the President’s descendants have chosen to maintain continuity with their extraordinary heritage while looking to the future, turning the oldest wine property in the Dogliani area into a cutting-edge classic. Granddaughter Paola Einaudi, her son Matteo Sardagna, and Giorgio Ruffo – together with technical director Lorenzo Raimondi and winemaker Beppe Caviola – have proven a winning team. Today, the total surface of the property (10 farmsteads) is 358 acres, 111 of which are under vine. The vineyards, in turn, are subdivided into seven terroirs. Four of these are in Dogliani (four hills, one of which is the Vigna Tecc cru, another the premier area of San Luigi), while Barolo comprises two crus (Terlo and Cannubi). Terlo is part of the estate’s original nucleus (marly-calcareous soil at 984 feet above Cannubi hill, at an altitude of 722 feet above sea level), provide a Barolo of superb breed and longevity. The underground winery, located at Tecc and completed in 1993, was gradually doubled in size and provided with state-of-the-art barrel cellars, sophisticated humidity and temperature control systems, and a new-generation bottle cellar stocking over 240,000 bottles.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Medoc    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Greysac Medoc 2007
Chateau Greysac Medoc 2007
(search item no. 109855)

PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color of this wine is a deep ruby-garnet. The bouquet is of fresh red berries, mingled with notes of cedar and spice. On the palate are lovely red fruits, with full rich flavors balanced by silky tannins.

Pair with all meats, chicken, wild mushrooms, and strong cheeses.

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About Château Greysac:

Château Greysac's destiny is linked to a visit in 1973 by Baron François de Gunzburg and several of his friends. The visitors were so taken with the estate that they immediately decided to buy it. Château Greysac underwent remarkable development and was admitted to the very select Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux in 1982.

Greysac's wine is now more than ever before the expression of its outstanding soil: beautiful gravelly rises located in the hamlet of By. Winemaking is traditional, though all necessary modern equipment is available to provide a helping hand. The selection of wine to be sold under the Greysac name is very strict, rarely over 70% of total production. Even in difficult years, there is great consistency in the quality of these wines. The characteristic style of Greysac is one of great aromatic finesse combined with good, full body. Their wines exhibit straightforward, clean flavors and sumptuous fruit which acquire elegance and complexity over time.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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A to Z Pinot Noir 2009
A to Z Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108054)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Super sexy and spicy on the nose with aromas of apricots, blueberries, Bing cherries, blood oranges, gingerbread, white pepper, sweet Eastern spices, violets, tea and sweet pipe tobacco. In the mouth, the wine has refreshing acidity with silky tannins and rich flavors mirroring the aromatics. The 2009 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir restrains power while balancing richness and purity with a clean and refreshing finish. Classically proportioned and built for midterm aging, the wine will continue to build weight and structure with cellaring.
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About A to Z:

Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.

A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    St-Emilion    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Lusseau  2004
Chateau Lusseau 2004
(search item no. 101770)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

You will appreciate the subtle blending of typical grape varieties from Merlot (50%), to Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), accentuated by Cabernet Franc (5%) and Malbec (5%).

This high quality wine, aged in oak barrels for 12 to 14 months, will delight you by the harmony of its black fruit aromas and its subtle wood flavors.

You will love it either daily or for special occasions.

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About Chateau Lusseau:

The day my daughter told me she wanted to run the vineyard, I was not really carried away. A woman evolving in this male-chauvinist environment…. It sounded like a great task. Doing her way, she forsook her lawyer position in order to get a diploma in viticulture at the Lycée agricole of Blanquefort. Eventually, she achieved her first vintage in 2000. After 6 years managing the property, she has been able to mix the exactness of her university background, the family passion for the good wine and her female intuition to turn the Château Lusseau into a great new name of the “Graves de Bordeaux"


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
(search item no. 105119)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#44 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

100% Tempranillo Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with fruity notes. It shows good balance on the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins. The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

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Duboeuf Fleurie 2009
Duboeuf Fleurie 2009
(search item no. 106334)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $12.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Fleurie Flower Label has an intense garnet color. The nose is complex and aromatic with floral scents (peony) and dark berry and spice aromas (pepper). On the palate, this Fleurie is vinous, full-bodied and robust, with virile tannins. Well-rounded and persistent, with a sumptuous peppery finish.

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.



Red Wines    Gamay    Beaujolais    France - Other regions   
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Duboeuf Moulin-a-Vent 2009
Duboeuf Moulin-a-Vent 2009
(search item no. 106336)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $14.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense color, varying between deep garnet and dark ruby. This Moulin-a-Vent is suggestive of both flowers and fruit, particularly violets and cherries. Well-structured with moderate tannins, delicately spiced, it offers complexity and good length, elegance and harmony, power and velvet.

This food pairs well with chicken and herbs, hanger steak, braised short ribs of beef with root vegtables.

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.