Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Clos du Bois Marlstone 2008
Clos du Bois Marlstone 2008
(search item no. 119261)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Inky black and ruby red in color, on the nose the 2008 Marlstone exhibits complex aromas of cassis, cedar and baking spice, followed by a palate of concentrated fruit with fine grain tannin, powerful and balanced, concluding with a long, rich finish.

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot

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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    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Livernano Chianti Classico 2005
Livernano Chianti Classico 2005
(search item no. 102624)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Lively ruby red in color. Fresh on the nose with notes of violets and red fruits. The pleasant and enjoyable palate boasts rounded tannins. Perfect for young drinking.

This Chianti Classico, a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, possesses the lively aromatics and rich fruit of its bigger brothers, but is designed for younger drinking. A prime example of the appellation.

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About Livernano:

Livernano is a truly ancient place. It was first inhabited by Etruscans, whose culture reached its high point in Tuscany over 2,500 years ago. The hamlet was later occupied by the Romans who gave it its name. Long after the cessation of Roman rule, Livernano served as a fortified border post during the interminable wars of the two great medieval city states in Tuscany, Siena and Florence. The hamlet regained new life in 1990 when the complete restoration of the entire estate was begun. Today, Livernano is once again a working farm, producing fine wines, excellent olive oil, honey, vegetables and fruits. On 38 acres, new vineyards were planted with nine different grape varieties. Livernano's wines have garnered much attention and praise from the critics and represent a range of wine styles, both classic and contemporary.

Livernano began its renewal in 1990, when a huge restoration of the entire estate was completed. Entrepreneurs and Broadway producers Bob Cuillo and his Austrian wife, Gudrun, purchased the estate in 2002, and promptly set about modernizing and restoring Livernano to its former glory. Under their guidance, the wines are made from specially cloned vines that are personally and carefully selected to meet their high standards. With a very "hands-on" approach to their wines, Gudrun and Bob personally work the land and always participate in the harvest, handpicking and hand sorting the grapes. Their dreams of creating a world class wine was realized when Livernano received four Tre Bicchieri awards in four years from Gambero Rosso



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Rubus Low Yield Shiraz-Viognier 2010
Rubus Low Yield Shiraz-Viognier 2010
(search item no. 115391)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Viognier, this richly concentrated Barossa Shiraz is indicative of the style for which Australia's top production region is famous. The wine is dark in color, rich and dense. There are ample tannins balanced by the powerful fruit. You will note the hints of blackberries, mint, and eucalyptus flavors upfront and in the finish.

Try Rubus Shiraz-Viognier with rich dishes like lamb shank, Osso bucco, beef steak or roast duck.

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About Rubus:

Rubus is a private label created and used by Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD in order to buy, bottle and market wine found at incredible quality/price ratio. All Rubus wines are selected by Fran Kysela MS. It was first used for a superb batch of 1,200 cases of Amador county Zinfandel back in 1997. The wine sold in a few days and the Rubus brand was not used since then.

During a trip in California in 2009, when Fran Kysela tasted some incredible wines (available in bottle but without label), he decided to help resurect the brand creating an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap district in Napa Valley (California), followed by an excellent Chardonnay from Russian River Valley (California). The latest addition to the Rubus line is a Shiraz/Viognier blend from the Barossa in Australia.

Rubus is now its own brand representing quality for the consumer and an incredible price along the way.



Red Wines    Dolcetto    Piedmont    Italy   
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Paolo Manzone Dolcetto d'Alba Magna 2010
Paolo Manzone Dolcetto d'Alba Magna 2010
(search item no. 113168)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Dolcetto d'Alba Magna has an intense ruby red color, with purple reflections. The nose has a rich floral scent that is reminiscent of berries, which carries through to the taste.

Enjoy with pizza, simple pastas and chicken. It goes well with gorgonzola or other pungent Italian cheeses. When served slightly chilled, it is a lovely dessert wine but it is not sweet.

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About Paolo Manzone:

Gianpaolo Manzone is the sixth generation of his family involved in the wine industry in the heart of the legendary Piedmont region. Before Gianpaoloís father Armando started making Barbara díAlba, Nebbiola díAlba and Dolcetto díAlba in 1970 in the village of Sinio, the family were well-known farmers and grape-growers.

In 1999, Gianpaolo bought vineyards in Serralunga díAlba and began production of a Barolo Meriame and Barolo Serralunga. The age of the vineyards in Sinio have an average age of 20 to 25 years, while vines from the Serralunga property range from 25 to 60 years old (the grapes from the oldest vines go into the wineryís flagship Barolo DOCG, which are situated in the best part of the famed Meriame area). Gianpolo is the winemaker and vineyard manage for the 10 hectares of vines the family owns in the two towns.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Oxford Landing Shiraz 2009
Oxford Landing Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 108795)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep purple red, the Oxford Landing Estates Shiraz 2009 has lifted aromas of dark berry and plum fruit with hints of chocolate and anise. The palate is smooth and succulent with generous flavours of licorice, raspberry and allspice with hints of jasmine. Soft tannins and berry fruit persistence lead to a long, slightly savory finish.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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About Oxford Landing:

Oxford Landing isn't some invented name on a wine label. It's a real place, a real vineyard, that lies alongside the River Murray near the South Australian river town of Waikerie. Wyndham Hill Smith found this place in 1958 and Yalumba purchased the block naming it Oxford Landing after a nearby site where drovers once grazed and watered sheep on the long journey to Adelaide from northern pastoral properties.

Today, Oxford Landing has matured into one of Australia's most innovative viticultural enterprises delivering varietal flavor through a collection of value priced varietal wines.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Napa Valley    California   
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Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2008
Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 106548)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

80% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 1% Carignne.

Maybe it's that we found our early inspiration for Zinfandel from a different source — instead of reinventing Zinfandel, we looked to the past and the incredible Zins of the '40s and '50s. Those wines taught us the lessons that the old-timers knew: that field blends of Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Napa Gamay all picked at ripeness (not as raisins) added color, aromatics, and earthy complexity. In other words, the help of other varietals was needed to reveal the Zinfandel grape's true flavors. These principles form the foundation for our wine today.

In the centuries-old tradition of the "field blend" the 2008 Frog's Leap Zinfandel reveals the great character and multi-layered nuances of its almost forgotten varietals. The Zinfandel offers lush layers of wild raspberry and mulberry underscored with a touch of cinnamon and white pepper. The 'Pets' deepen the rich dark color, add a weighty mid-palate and strengthen the flavors of blueberry and spice while that dash of Carignane helps to drive the finish. The tannins are polished and the texture is plush. With an alcohol level under 14% this wine is rich yet quaffable and is the perfect partner for your next barbeque.

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About Frog's Leap:

Frog's Leap is an iconic California winery dedicated to organic farming, sustainable living and quality wines. Situated in the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley, Frog’s Leap produces wine under the leadership of John Williams, a former dairy farmer from New York who created the winery in 1981.

John Williams grew up in Western New York and originally attended Cornell University to extend his studies as a dairyman. A fortuitous work-study program at Taylor Wine Company and a few bottles of wine later, John entered the Enology and Viticulture Masters Program at UC Davis. Following Davis, he returned to the Finger Lakes as the start-up winemaker at Glenora Wine Cellars. Taking inspiration from his first Napa Valley winemaking post in the cellars of Stag's Leap, John began making wine commercially in 1981 and named the new operation "Frog's Leap."

Frog's Leap presents a relaxed approach to enjoying wine. An easy hospitality and warm sense of humor is juxtaposed with a more serious sensibility when making wine. Frog's Leap produces some of Napa Valley's finest wines and, undoubtedly, has one of the wine world's best mottos: "Time's Fun When You're Having Flies."

The wines produced range from Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. We have quite the line up to offer so we hope you’ll try one of these delicious wines that harmoniously combine quality, sustainability and value.

First certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in 1988 Frog's Leap has been a leader in the industry for over two decades. The winery relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and control pests on a farm. Organic farming excludes the use of manufactured fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators and genetically modified organisms. Organic farming involves mechanical weed control (via cultivating or hoeing) rather than herbicidal weed control.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2008
Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 109190)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $25.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 Decanter rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In 2008, cool and dry conditions during berry ripening encouraged the development of excellent avours and crisp acidity. The unexpected heat wave in March caused the most condensed harvest in McLaren Vale's history. Our cooler weather in the northern foothills of Blewitt Springs offset much of the heat – resulting in tiny, intensely-flavored berries and concentrated wines with rm structure and vibrant aromatics.

This wine has feisty yet adult aromas of white pepper, and smells of red Australian earth in the summer. The blackberry and mulberry fruits taste as if they've been gently stewed to a conserve, with whole berries remaining in the pulp. The finish is teasing and appetizing with savory dark green tannins and an elegant, refined attitude.

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About Yangarra Estate:

Yangarra Estate is as true to its Australian roots as the soil from which its unparalleled flavors are born. Yangarra Estate only selects fruit from the top appellations of Australia, then uses both Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Australian innovative winemaking approach to produce varietal wines of inimitable quality.

Australian winemaker, Peter Fraser, teamed up with KJWE's Winemaster Randy Ullon to blend and bottle Yangarra Park wines in the famous Barossa Valley of South Australia. Peter brings his widely regarded depth and breadth of knowledge of each of Australia's finest winemaking regions. Peter's deft and cosmopolitan wine style results from more than eight years experience in the Australian wine industry.