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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2012
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2012
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PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meiomi (May-oh-mee) is a Pinot Noir that gets its fruit from the most noteworthy coastal areas in California. The wine is crafted, lush, balanced and luxurious. Three of the California's most sought after coastal growing regions brilliantly meld together in this deeply flavored, stylish and truly balanced Pinot Noir; at its most fundamental core, it is an approachable, food friendly wine with a style and place all its own.

Deep, rich garnet color. The wine opens up with aromas of ripe berries, fresh cranberry, candy apple and malted vanilla, some of which carries through to the palate. There's a hint of Granny Smith apple on first sip that beautifully balances out the rich cream soda and cherry cola notes. It is an extremely layered wine, both in structure and flavor, with a slight earthiness and sweet oak on the finish. The wine almost contradicts itself, managing to display freshness and maturity all at the same time, which is achieved through careful blending.

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About Meiomi:

The name Meiomi means "coast" in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes, and best pays tribute to and symbolizes the origin of this Pinot Noir. Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880's. In his youth, he worked many spring and summer days in the vineyard and cellar of Caymus, learning the basics from pulling leaves, to dragging hoses. Then he began to focus his efforts on what was to become his passion and career in the wine business. He is the owner of Belle Glos and Meiomi wines and has been overseeing vineyard operations and winemaking since 2002. Joseph has a perpetual goal of crafting Pinot Noirs that exude their origins and represent the best of their class in any vintage. Along with his passion for Pinot Noir, he continues his role at Caymus in viticulture and winemaking alongside his father, Chuck. When not at work, he spends time with his wife and 5 children constantly grooming the next generation in farming philosophy and practices, winemaking and the enjoyment of nature's bounty and the outdoors.



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Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut Rose
Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut Rose
(search item no. 110659)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

With its delicate, pinkish hue, Canard-Duchene Brut Rose stands apart for its intense, fresh fruit aromas of strawberries, with a subtle hint of grenadine, against a backdrop of mineral notes for enhanced freshness.
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About Canard-Duchene:

1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of "vignerons" met and fell in love. They got married, and started to make their own champagne.

Success came quickly, so they then decided to set up their own Champagne house. They joined their names together, in the true Champagne tradition, and Canard-Duchêne was born. The year was 1868.

In 1890, their son, Edmond Canard took over. He was young, bold, loved champagne, and really understood the new world which was coming up. Under his guidance, Canard-Duchêne became international champagne, especially as one of the Champagnes supplied to the court of Tsar Nicholas II.

The relationship has left its mark: from then on, the Canard Duchêne coat of arms has borne the two-headed eagle, emblem of the Russian Imperial Family. Another symbol was added later. The sabre, in memory of a tradition which is intimately linked with champagne, celebration and reward. For the last hundred years, the eagle and the sabre have been our coat of arms.

The Third generation continues on the same tracks. Since 1930, Victor Canard, the founder's grandson, gives a new life of the son. After the recent integration of Canard-Duchêne in the privately-owned group Alain Thiénot, it now occupies a strong position on the French market. At the same time, the House is developing its international markets. Long a Symbol of enjoyment and elegance, Champagne is a gift from nature. From the 300 "crus" in the Champagne region, Canard-Duchêne has chosen 60 of them, blending Pinots and Chardonnay, in order to create year after year fruity, balanced and rounded wines.



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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
(search item no. 117974)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meiomi (May-oh-mee) is a Pinot Noir that gets its fruit from the most noteworthy coastal areas in California. The wine is crafted, lush, balanced and luxurious. Three of the California's most sought after coastal growing regions brilliantly meld together in this deeply flavored, stylish and truly balanced Pinot Noir; at its most fundamental core, it is an approachable, food friendly wine with a style and place all its own.
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About Meiomi:

The name Meiomi means "coast" in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes, and best pays tribute to and symbolizes the origin of this Pinot Noir. Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880's. In his youth, he worked many spring and summer days in the vineyard and cellar of Caymus, learning the basics from pulling leaves, to dragging hoses. Then he began to focus his efforts on what was to become his passion and career in the wine business. He is the owner of Belle Glos and Meiomi wines and has been overseeing vineyard operations and winemaking since 2002. Joseph has a perpetual goal of crafting Pinot Noirs that exude their origins and represent the best of their class in any vintage. Along with his passion for Pinot Noir, he continues his role at Caymus in viticulture and winemaking alongside his father, Chuck. When not at work, he spends time with his wife and 5 children constantly grooming the next generation in farming philosophy and practices, winemaking and the enjoyment of nature's bounty and the outdoors.



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Ken Forrester Petit Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011
Ken Forrester Petit Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011
(search item no. 115909)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a youthful wine showing fresh ripe mulberries and plums with a spicy undertone.

The perfect all-rounder and a must for every wine enthusiast. Enjoy this wine with your favorite dish and friends.

59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot

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About Ken Forrester:

In 1993, hospitality industry veteran Ken Forrester and his wife Teresa purchased the historic Scholtzenhof estate, nestled at the base of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch. Originally established in 1689 as Zandberg, the property is one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape. Ken enlisted the help of his winemaker friend Martin Meinert in replanting and revitalizing the vineyards, with an aim to craft a white wine that could rival any in the world! And so it was that Ken Forrester Vineyards was established, with a focus on Chenin Blanc production.


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Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2011
Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2011
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $15.19

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

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2011 Sofia Rosé boasts a beautiful perfume of pomegranate, lavender and candied orange peel accompanied by sweet, juicy fruit flavors of strawberries, cherries, anise and tea leaves. It's elegantly styled with a dry finish, and assertive enough in flavor and spice characteristics to be extremely versatile with a range of foods.

Francis Coppola Sofia Rosé is a wine of unparalleled beauty. From its shapely, stylized bottle to its delicate fruity essence, Sofia Rosé is a wine like no other. When served chilled, its refreshing style makes a delicious partner to light summer fare and savory hors d'oeuvres.

Blend: 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache

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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life."



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Chateau Lassegue Les Cadrans de Lassegue St. Emilion 2008
Chateau Lassegue Les Cadrans de Lassegue St. Emilion 2008
(search item no. 116002)

PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $32.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Lassègue is the essence of opulent ripe and very rich Cabernet Franc with a dense Merlot character plus a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine expresses a delicacy, elegance and a high complexity. With a voluptuous, layered and complex structure, this wine is already showing an accomplished character, which reflects the limestone and clay of the hillsides.
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About Chateau Lassegue:

Chateau Lassegue is located in Saint Emilion, on the right bank of Bordeaux, France. Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke have teamed up with Vigneron Winemaster Pierre Seillan to bring new life to this beautiful estate. With plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, a long sun exposure, limestone soils and Pierre's philosophy of "Micro-cru", exceptional wines are made from this estate. Two Saint Emilion Grand Crus are produced at Château Lassègue: Lassègue and Château Vignot.


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Chateau Les Trois Croix Fronsac 2008
Chateau Les Trois Croix Fronsac 2008
(search item no. 109645)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau Les Trois Croix, the privately owned estate of the Patrick Leon Family is located on Fronsac's highest hill, close to Saint-Emilion & Pomerol. The chalk and clay soil provides the perfect environment for the grape varieties which produce this outstanding wine. Les Trois Croix is named after the three crosses on the pilgrimage site of a nearby 12th century church. Berfore retiring to assist his son Bertrand, Patrick Leon worked as wine master at such celebrated firms & wineries as Alexis Lichine, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Opus One and Almaviva.

Good balance and ripe fruit freshness in the mouth, with good tannins that are noticeable but round and creamy. A great, classic Bordeaux Vintage.

Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

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About Chateau Les Trois Croix:

Chateau Les Trois Croix is translated from French to mean "Three Crosses" for "three children". Patrick Leon and his wife dreamed of owning their own family winery one day. 1712 is carved in stone in the winery and reflects the age and seniority of the vineyard.

Located 86 meters above sea level on the limestone plateau, the vineyard offers a magnificent view over the hills, valleys and mounds typical "of this count... this Fronsac" Tuscan girondine "if endearing." The plateau of clay composed of "molasses of Fronsac" relies on large limestone rock outcropping that of the surface. These are ideal conditions for Merlot, the grape king supplemented by Cabernet Franc up to 20%, which the Fronsac region is known for producing.



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Sutter Home Pink Moscato
Sutter Home Pink Moscato
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PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $7.99

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Pink Moscato: We're tickled pink to introduce you to our Pink Moscato. It's no secret that Sutter Home is known for making pretty, pink wines. And this one takes the cake, or should we say, compliments it.

One sip of our fun, flirtatious Pink Moscato is sure to make you blush. But then you'll want to freshen up that glass with the luxurious aromas of creamy white peaches and caramel. Of course those sweet scents are not to be outdone by the luscious passion fruit and honeydew melon flavors. A hint of sweet vanilla makes this a perfect partner for a fresh berry tart. While you're sipping you may wonder, "What makes Sutter Home Pink Moscato so pink?" We'll let you in on a little secret. We add just a hint of premium California rose' wine to our luscious Moscato for that unbelievably pretty color and fabulously, flirty flavor. Bring Pink Moscato to a party to spice things up, or sweeten things up. Or save it for a night in for the one who tickles you pink.

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