Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $89.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows the intrinsic black stone fruit nuances and the soft tannin structure that define our Oakville, Napa Valley-floor Cabernet.
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About Groth Vineyards & Winery:

Groth Vineyards & Winery is a family owned winery producing Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon since 1982. They sustainably farm 121 acres of vineyards creating a better wine for today, and for future generations.

Michael Weis, winemaker at Groth Vineyards & Winery since 1994, brings more than three decades of experience with Oakville grapes and wines to the job of nurturing the best possible expression of the vineyards.

Groth Vineyards & Winery Founded 1981 • In 1981, the Dennis and Judith purchased a 121 acre parcel in the heart of the Oakville appellation with the vision of making world class Cabernet Sauvignon.

• In 1982, they added a second vineyard of 44 acres located south of Yountville focused on Merlot and Chardonnay.

• Groth Vineyards & Winery’s first crush was in 1982.

• In 1985 the winery deserved, and needed full-time attention from Dennis and Judith. They moved their family to the Oakville property.

• The 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon received the first 100 point score from Robert Parker.

• In 1990 the winery building was completed.

• Since 1982 Groth Vineyards & Winery has established its reputation as an outstanding producer of Napa Valley Wines.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah 2006
Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah 2006
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Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blackened crimson. Lifted roast meats, spiced licorice, bitter chocolate, black fruit, chocolate pudding, crushed rock, peat, smokey teabag and gunpowder unite within this weighted and somewhat recessed example. Sexy amalgamation of richness defined by great balance, positioned acidity and lengthy tannins. The incredible mid-palate weight provides an excellent length of intensity and considerable nuance of flavour pursues.
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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby and garnet core with a crimson rim. Concentrated and intense; nuances of cocoa, forest floor, truffles and red currant back up dark cherry and kirsch. A slight capsicum/pepper gives this wine its varietal thumbprint without being overbearing. Round and generous with great flavor intensity and persistent finish, this wine is seductive and polished. Decant and drink.

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot

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About Alder Ridge:

Located on the Columbia River, on the Southern border of Washington state, Alder Ridge has been regarded as one of the finest vineyard sites in the entire state. Natural wind and air drainage protects the vines from the harsh weather conditions, both in the summer and winter.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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 was founded in 1973 and immediately established itself as one of Napa Valley's premier Cabernet houses with the release of its 1974 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery name comes from its location, next to Conn Creek near the Rutherford Crossroad that connects the Silverado Trail with Highway 29. Conn Creek specializes in limited production Bordeaux varietal wines exclusively from Napa Valley’s best vineyards. Present production remains at fewer than 6500 case per year.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2010
d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose initially displays an enticing mix of red and black fruits. Mulberries, ripe raspberries and blackberries are very pure. Complexity is built through the layers of exotic spice that support this fruit. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and anise are all evident. And of course, it wouldn't be The Footbolt with out that generous lick of d'Arenberg earth and game.

On the palate the wine is rich, concentrated and generous. There is an intrinsic warmth to this wine. The dark plummy fruit , leather and cedar notes are inviting, but it is the soil like tannins with a hint of chewiness that pull it all together for a long, gratifying finish.

The Footbolt Shiraz has proven to cellar well for at least a decade and the 2010 is certainly no exception. The minimal intervention methods sometimes result in a harmless deposit in or adhering to the bottle. Decanting prior to serving is recommended to get the most enjoyment from this wine.

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine News rating: 96 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine News rating: 93 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Don Melchor is a bright ruby red. Expressive and complex chocolate, black cherry and ripe plum mingle with coffee and cassis aromas. Full-bodied with red fruit flavors and ripe tannins that lead to a long and juicy finish.
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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beringers Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted to reflect the Napa Valley appellation. This wine is evocative of the rich terroir of the vineyards, but is still immediately approachable and appealing. Ripe dark fruits are accented by hints of cedar and dark chocolate aromas. The mouthfeel is dense and lush, with juicy red and blue berries and a rich structure.

Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot

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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2009
Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2009
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Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $76.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

High in the hills of Mount Veeder, overlooking Napa Valley, vineyards clinging to the rugged, steep slopes produce exceptionally concentrated grapes. Mount Veeder Winery Reserve is a rich, distinctive wine that fully expresses its mountain home through small lots of the traditional Bordeaux varieties. Made from out best lots in very limited quantities, this wine is delicious now, and will age well for years to come.
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About Mount Veeder Winery:

Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.

Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.

Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Walla Walla Valley    Washington   
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Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard 2010
Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $37.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This old vines Cabernet of dark-red purple color opens with a broad, sweet nose. Ripe, exuberant red fruits, and cherry cobbler follow, with secondary notes of five-spice, violets, and coriander. The palate is generous and full of red fruit sweetness and depth, supported by spice and a moderate brightness with pleasant tannins underneath. The finish is warm, sweet, persistent and balanced, with a hint of smokiness and pepper.
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About Seven Hills Winery:

The McClellan family has farmed in Eastern Washington since 1880. One hundred years later, in 1980, Casey McClellan and his father Jim began planting the now famous Seven Hills Vineyard at the south end of the Walla Walla Valley. After then earning his Master’s degree in Enology from UC Davis, Casey returned to Walla Walla with his wife Vicky to found Seven Hills Winery, the fifth winery in the Walla Walla Valley, in 1988. Casey remains Seven Hills’ sole winemaker to this day.

Seven Hills Vineyard is now regarded as one of the “ten most important vineyards in the world” by Wine & Spirits Magazine. In addition to Seven Hills Vineyard, Casey crafts wines from several of the best, old vine vineyards in Walla Walla and on Red Mountain, including Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, and McClellan Estate.

Casey’ focus has always been on Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietal reds, complimented by limited production of Alsatian varietal white wines. His vision is to produce wines that reflect the terroir of these sites with intense structure and pure varietal fruit character capable of graceful ageing.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2007
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James Suckling rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $43.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red with reflections from crimson to garnet. Light vanilla aromas are accompanied by spices and tobacco leaf flavors. The palate is pervasive and leisurely with good length. Intriguing richness of flavor.

Pair with game, grilled red meats and mature cheeses. Also, pair with dark chocolate when more mature.

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