Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Antica Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Antica Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Antica Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is pure, rich, and structured – a style that showcases layers of ripe plum, blackberry and wild berry along with accents of mocha and espresso. The wine has firm tannins yet ends with an elegant, graceful presence.

Blend: 100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Antica:

ANTICA is a symbol for Antinori California and expresses in Italian our family's passion for winemaking passed along 26 generations.

Napa Valley has a special place in my heart beginning with my first visit in 1966, having the free spirit coming from a new frontier, a wonderful history, and the potential to produce world-class wines.

Our wine estate is located on a high plain in the eastern mountains of the celebrated Napa Valley. Its hilly terrain, rocky soils, high elevations and beautiful landscape create above all an estate ideal for winegrowing.
Marchese Piero Antinori - Proprietor



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114852)

PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised from vineyards seated in rocky soils and surrounded in warmth; these influences encourage deep root growth and complex flavored grapes. The 2008 vintage is rich in texture and silky tannins. Dark berry and plum flavors introduce the wine followed by hints of tea, cocoa and coffee. A well supported mid palate gives way to a long, soft finish.
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About Benziger Family Winery:

The Benziger Family Winery was founded in 1980 on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. Their Reserve wines showcase those rare lots discovered in the vineyard or developed in the cellar that receive the highest level of care and emerge as the best of the vintage. Benziger also produces Benziger Family wine and the limited production Vineyard Designate wines. At the core of Benziger Winery are eight, same generation family members committed to managing every aspect of grape growing and winemaking.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #1 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2009

Crafted in a classic Bordeaux style and sourced from low-yielding vineyards within the best appellations of the Columbia Valley. This wine delivers an enticing bouquet of spice, anise and rose petals. On the palate a perfect balance of cherry, berry and coco flavors lead to a powerful and complex finish.

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About Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111417)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Phoenix name recognizes the first winemaking company purchased by Douglas Tolley in South Australia in 1888, the 'The Phoenix Winemaking and Distilling Company.' The nose consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape. Mulberry and blackberry are the dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a tight palate with silky grape tannins and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hints of licorice and chocolate lingers on the finish.
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About Penley Estate:

Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families – the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.

Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra rossa" soils – bright red top-soils overlaying soft free-draining limestone.

Critically acclaimed as one of Coonawarra's leading estates, and voted as one of the International Wineries of the Year 2001 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, while the Reserve Cabernet voted best wine of Coonawarra 2001, as judged by winemaking peers and critics.

The Penley Estate signature style comprises distinct, precise, terrior driven wines – not overly oaked or excessively alcoholic. They display ripe clean fruit with true regional character – the senior wines will age for many years.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114143)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon displays elegant aromas of raspberry, sage and dried flowers. On the palate, the flavors intermingle with black cherry and chocolate creating a mouthful of silky, well-integrated tannins. With some airing, the wine fleshes out even more providing dimension, depth and length. The finish lingers on for more than a minute with fine tannins that are very elegant and structured. Simply delicious!

Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep dense ruby color, this sumptuous Cabernet explodes with expressive aromas of black cherry and cassis complimented by notes of black pepper, mocha, and vanilla. The palate is a mouthful of juicy ripe berries and spice, seamlessly integrated into a long finish of fine grained tannins. The classic steakhouse wine, pair with well marbled rib eye, a New York steak or rack of lamb.
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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.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Lancaster Sophia's Hillside Cuvee 2006
Lancaster Sophia's Hillside Cuvee 2006
(search item no. 110392)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $29.99

Winemaker's Notes:

97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot. The fourth Cuvée vintage was released on March 21, 2011. The Cuvée honors the owners daughter, Sophia. This fruit forward wine is lush and balanced with ripe cherry, cocoa powder and vanilla characters, and notes of red cherry and rose hips. 34 barrels produced.
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About Lancaster Estate:

Lancaster Estate is a vineyard and winery in the classic Bordeaux tradition. Lancaster Estate’s Alexander Valley appellation luxury wines are limited–edition, 100 percent estate–grown Cabernet family varietals from our 53 acre hillside property. The winery focuses on one wine per year, a blend which is entirely vintage and estate–reflective.

Located at the southern tip of the Alexander Valley, Lancaster Estate rests in the foothills of the western Mayacamas Mountains at the confluence of the Chalk Hill and Knights Valley appellations. Within the rolling hills of this “golden triangle,” an ideal climate of warm days and cool nights combines with the region's myriad soil types to produce red wines of uncommon grace and style.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 113321)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 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:

Sandalwood, hazelnut, and powdered cocoa spicy aromas waft around a core of plum and dark stone fruit. Lively black plum and blueberry flavors transition seamlessly to a walnut, toasted almond finish. This elegantly balanced will continue to bring pleasure for years to come.
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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek is a boutique winery on the Silverado Trail in the Rutherford district. For 40 years, the winery has focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-styled wines. In search of the best Cabernet Sauvignon, we've discovered many exceptional single-vineyard sites throughout Napa Valley.

Today, Conn Creek sources fruit from prized vineyards in nearly all of Napa Valley's 15 renowned sub-appellations to provide winemaker Mike McGrath with an unparalleled palette from which to blend each wine. It's an approach that captures the "Best of Napa Valley."



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 112279)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a dense purple ruby color with a mulberry hue. The aromas are both opulent and intense with blackcurrant, violets, rosemary and cedar playing a central role. The palate is awash with flavors of boysenberry, cassis, star anise and menthol. The structural tannins are supple and fine grained. Overall, the wine displays excellent line and length of flavor. An outstanding, youthful, fresh and vibrant Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from a tenanious vintage.
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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 114785)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of all the mountain appellations, Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates power and structure and shows firm tannins and explosive fruit flavors.
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About Atlas Peak Winery:

Atlas Peak was established in 1987. Over time it became clear that Atlas Peak's most valuable hidden resource was literally underfoot: the elevation of its vineyards. The grapes growing at high elevation, and above the natural fog line, experience much lower daytime temperatures than those on the valley floor, allowing the grapes to stay cool while gaining maximum sun exposure. As a result, growers up on the mountain can afford to harvest later and pick for flavor with less worry about over ripening and excessive alcohol. No grape develops as well in mountain conditions as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Atlas Peak crafts Napa Valley mountain appellation Cabernet Sauvignon from such prestigious areas as Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain District and Mount Veeder, in addition to Atlas Peak. Atlas Peak’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are driven by an appreciation of mountain-grown fruit and winemaking techniques that capture the distinct flavors derived from the mountain appellations in which they are grown.