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 12/26/2014: $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    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 113117)
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PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our medium-bodied Pinot Noir is bursting with aromas of violet, cherry, earth and spice with an elegant and supple finish.

Enjoy with macadamia-crusted halibut or a decadent chocolate souffle.

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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Cakebread Chardonnay 2010
Cakebread Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 111396)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay boasts an attractive light golden-straw color and fresh, lightly buttery, ripe golden apple, pear and citrus aromas, complemented by seductive vanilla and cinnamon/nutmeg scents from oak aging and subtle yeast tones from lees contact. Lush, concentrated and creamy on the palate, its ripe apple, melon, bright citrus and baking spice flavors culminate in a long, beautifully structured finish boasting crisp acidity and zesty mineral and spice tones. Sumptuous, yet refreshing, our 2010 Chardonnay is delicious now, but will handsomely reward another 3-5 years' bottle aging.
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About Cakebread:

Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while there, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born.

As the Cakebread family reflects upon the many profound changes in the wine industry over the last 33 years, such as innovative farming techniques and new methods of reaching out to consumers, they note that their key values have remained the same. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as their first small vineyard has grown into a thriving internationally distributed wine company.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Be Friends Be Friends Pinot Noir 2006
Be Friends Be Friends Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 101765)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

It's easy to choose a Burgundy wine with "Be Friends"! The creators of "Be Friends" are a group of vintners who want to share a passion for the beautiful Burgundy region by making enjoyable wines crafted from a selection of "Appellations d'Origine Controlée". Each year, only the finest grapes from vineyards of the region are selected, bringing the best of Burgundy to you.

Fruity and medium-bodied, this Pinot Noir has aromas of pomegranate and red currant. Perfect by itself or enjoyed slightly chilled with salmon, pork, chicken, beef, grilled vegetables or mushrooms.

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About Be Friends:

The Be Friends range of Burgundy wines is the result of a collaboration between Blasons de Bourgogne in France and Vintage Capital Wine in the United States.

Blasons de Bourgogne is an association of growers from some of the most prestigious appellations in Burgundy. The famed Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais and Chablis appellations are among the areas where Blasons de Bourgogne members produce wines.



Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Saint Hilaire Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut 2009
Saint Hilaire Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut 2009
(search item no. 114782)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $12.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Dry, toasty, smooth and clean Saint-Hilaire Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut truly captivates with an attractive yeasty aroma and luscious creamy texture. The palate is light and crisp with citrus and apple flavors and the body is just hefty enough.

Blanquette de Limoux is probably the oldest sparkling wine in the world. We know that in 1531, the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire were already producing Blanquette de Limoux which certainly makes it France's Oldest Sparkling Wine preceding Champagne by more than a century

The Limoux vineyards are located in Languedoc, in Southern France, at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. The grapes are selected from clay-limestone plots that capture both the Oceanic and Mediterranean influences.

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About Saint Hilaire:

Blanquette de Limoux is probably the oldest sparkling wine in the world. We know that in 1531, the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire were already producing Blanquette de Limoux which certainly makes it France's Oldest Sparkling Wine preceding Champagne by more than a century.

By 1794 Blanquette de Limoux was well known and appreciated throughout France. About that time, it was discovered by a famous American, Thomas Jefferson.

Among his other talents, the third American President was an expert on French Wines and Blanquette de Limoux, one of his favorites, was an integral part of his wine cellar. In fact, President Jefferson was probably the first person to bring the wine to America.

Today, Blanquette de Limoux has won the acclaim of knowledgeable wine enthusiasts throughout the world.

It is sold in the United States under the name SAINT-HILAIRE in honor of the monks who first created the wine more than 475 years ago. One taste of SAINT-HILAIRE quickly reveals why France’s Oldest Sparkling Wine is also its' best.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Grande Reserve 2009
Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Grande Reserve 2009
(search item no. 111819)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is deep purple in color with a nose suggesting spices, liquorice and cooked red fruit. The palate is full bodied with elegant fruit intensity, some spice and harmonious tannins.

Enjoy with confit of duck, game, black truffle omelette, chicken with tarragon cream, creamy cheeses such as Brie or Langue or chocolate desserts.

65% Grenache, 35% Syrah

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About Domaine de Mourchon:

Set in the hills behind Seguret to the east of the Dentelles de Montmirail and to the west of Ventoux, the Dom. de Mourchon enjoys outstanding views overlooking the Rhone Valley. The vines average age is over 35 years. The Domaine if one of 11 private producers making wine under the Cotes du Rhone Seguret appellation.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 117333)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Recognized for our signature fruit driven style of Cabernet Sauvignon Geyser Peak Winery consistently delivers crowd pleasing, lively wines. The fragrant fruit aromatics are suggestive of raspberry and plum while complexing notes of French roast coffee and bittersweet cocoa powder add another layer of interest. The palate is medium-bodied and delivers a riot of tangy red fruit framed by soft tannins.

Hints of both cola and roasted almond lend weight and dimension to the abundant fruit, making this wine a great partner to roasted meats and vegetables or back yard BBQ fare.

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About Geyser Peak:

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.