Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Antinori Villa Toscana 2009
Antinori Villa Toscana 2009
(search item no. 119918)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color. The wine opens with intense aromas of ripe cherries, spice, chocolate and hints of mint. The wine is full-bodied with a palate of rich fruit and spice. The tannins are round and velvety and lead to a lingering finish.
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About Antinori:

The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117070)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Catena Cabernet Sauvignon shows a dark violet color with shades of rubies. On the nose it offers aromas of ripe black currant, sweet spice, red fruits and cassis. On the palate it displays layers of cassis, tobacco and black pepper. This cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine with tannins that provide structure and a long, persistent finish.
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About Catena:

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Be Friends Be Friends Pinot Noir Village 2005
Be Friends Be Friends Pinot Noir Village 2005
(search item no. 100724)

PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Full-bodied and complex, earthy aromas of spices and french vanilla.
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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.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 112658)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Light straw color. Attractive and delicate aromas of white flowers, tangerine and coconut are evident before opening up to green apples and crisp Anjou pear. Citrus and stone-fruit flavors develop on the palate with the characteristic lemon backbone of the Sonoma Coast. Medium bodied with a crisp and bright acidity the wine finishes with a distinctive coastal minerality. Delicious now or cellar through 2014.
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About Flowers:

As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know what that their path would eventually lead them across the country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. In 1989, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are famed to Flowers' specifications by their own crews.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay 2009
Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 112900)
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $51.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw color. Vibrant aromas of lemon curd and honeysuckle on the bouquet with flavors of lime and ripe pear on the palate. Rich and lush, the wine is highlighted with a crisp, clean acidity and distinctive minerality.
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About Flowers:

As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know what that their path would eventually lead them across the country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. In 1989, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are famed to Flowers' specifications by their own crews.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Anoro Malbec 2009
Anoro Malbec 2009
(search item no. 120706)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensely red with violet tones, with earthy, forest floor and bittersweet chocolate aromas. Elegant and smooth with black cherry liqueur on the edges and a touch of vanilla from the oak. It is well-structured but graces the palate with soft, sweet tannins and good acidity on a closely-knit frame. Made with 100% Malbec.
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About Anoro:

Añoro (pronounced ‘ahn-your-o’) is a unique word with no direct translation into English. In Spanish it often refers to the act of reminiscing or dreaming of a special time in one’s past. For us, it means creating something that we once only dreamed of – the wines of Añoro.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Thomas Goss Shiraz 2010
Thomas Goss Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 117819)
screw cap wine
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a long, soft and juicy palate and lush mouthfeel, bursting with blackberry, blueberry jam and liquorice. This wine guarantees a true Australian Shiraz experience best enjoyed over the next 7 years.
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About Thomas Goss:

One of the original McLaren Vale pioneers, Thomas Goss, his wife Mary and their children arrived in South Australia from Devonshire in 1849. After success in the Victorian gold fields he established an iconic farming property in McLaren Vale which is now home to some of the region’s leading vineyards. These wines are a tribute to Thomas Goss's contribution to our beloved region.

McLaren Vale has an unrivalled reputation in Australia and indeed the world, for constantly producing first-class wines. It has one of the most consistent, Mediterranean-style climates in which to grow premium wine grapes.

The unequivocally cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and very old podsolic soils of low to moderate fertility make for ideal growing conditions. This gives the region an enviable and growing reputation for magnificent white grapes.



Red Wines    Gamay    Beaujolais    France - Other regions   
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Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2010
Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2010
(search item no. 113136)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine, distinguished and supple with the fragrance of violets, has all the features of a Fleurie.
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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    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego 2011
Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego 2011
(search item no. 120746)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

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About Bodegas Breca:

Jorge Ordonez and his associates founded Bodegas Breca in 2005. The winery is located in the town of Mundobriga, which was the ancient Celt-Iberian city that gave birth to the modern village of Munebrega in Aragon. The winery is located on the outskirts of the village and the vineyards are nestled in the high altitude valleys between the Sierra de Pardos and the Sierra de Pena Blanca. The winery owns 265 hectares (654 acres) of old-vine Garnacha vineyards situated high on the hillsides, from 950m to 1000m (2,850-3,000 ft.) above sea level. Breca’s vineyards were planted between 1925 and 1968.


Red Wines    Mourvedre    Other California    California   
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Donkey and Goat The Prospector 2010
Donkey and Goat The Prospector 2010
(search item no. 115985)
boutique wine
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our crowd pleasing 100% Mourvedre bottling from several vineyards in El Dorado is sure to surprise and delight those unfamiliar with this varietal and fans know, this is a wine boasting soft fruit and earth and meaty notes that leaves you wanting more.
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Donkey & Goat is a family owned and operated winery located in Berkeley California. Tracey & Jared Brandt craft their natural wines from Rhône varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge and the undiscovered El Dorado appellation in the Sierra Foothills. Tracey & Jared trained in France, under Éric Texier, an up and coming Rhône winemaker who taught them the art and craft of making wines that speak to the soul about the earth from which they originate. Their maverick winemaking has helped pave the way for the natural wine movement.

They make their wines for the table not the cocktail glass. They make Rhône varietals in both colors plus an atypical Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir true to the varietals nature, striving to make wine as naturally as possible and done so since day one.