Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111056)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Strawberry, cherry and cola aromas and flavors harmoniously flow into the silky and soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 2% Merlot

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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    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2009
Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2009
(search item no. 108083)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $11.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Evodia, sourcing fruit from high elevation vineyards in the village of Atea, from the Greek word for aroma.

100% old vine Garnacha

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About Evodia:

Altovinum is a new project - a joint partnership between Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Sourcing fruit from high elevation vineyards in the village of Atea, the debut wine is EVODIA, from the Greek word for aroma.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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MacRostie Pinot Noir 2007
MacRostie Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 104654)
PinotReport rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very dark garnet in color, this Pinot is a positive explosion of big ripe black cherry fruit. The aromas are enhanced by hints of cinnamon and clove. In the mouth the wine is full and luscious, soft and round, but with lots of impact. The balance is nearly perfect. Almost too delicious not to drink now, but should still age quite nicely.
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About Macrostie:

MacRostie Winery and Vineyards was founded by winemaker Steve MacRostie in 1987. As a believer in the unique character of Carneros fruit, and an innovative winemaker pioneering a more fresh and sophisticated style of Chardonnay, Steve dedicated himself to crafting wines embodying an authentic sense of place. In 1992, realizing the vast potential for producing stunning, age-worthy Pinot Noirs from Carneros fruit, Steve made MacRostie's first Carneros Pinot Noir.

In the 1990s, Steve discovered an amazing mountainside ranch possessing spartan volcanic soils over fractured andesite, located in the western borderlands of Carneros. This ranch enjoyed a unique microclimate that Steve believed would be ideally suited to producing profound Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. In 1997, inspired by a desire to cultivate his own great piece of land, Steve's adventurous spirit led him to enter into a partnership with Nancy and Tony Lilly to develop Wildcat Mountain Vineyard from this unplanted pastureland.

Steve handpicked Kevin Holt as his successor to take over winemaking responsibilities for MacRostie Winery and Vineyards in 2004. A gifted winemaker who has worked at such wineries as Quivira and Testarossa Vineyards, Kevin continues Steve's 20-year legacy for producing outstanding wines from the finest Carneros and Sonoma Coast fruit.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 99737)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#82 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The name 'Stump Jump' relates to the significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough. This plough became a popular piece of machinery for ploughing fields because of its ability to ride over stumps and gnarled "mallee" Eucalypt roots and snags, saving valuable time and resources by not stopping the draught horse.

Inviting fresh plum aromas leap out of the glass with raspberry and pretty pot-pourri notes providing more complexity. The palate is juicy and spicy with an abundance of red fruits that are fresh and vibrant. Licorice and rose petals come through on the mid palate and an under-lying earthy complexity is evident all the way through. The tannins are powdery and subtle on this juicy ready to drink red.

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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    Central Coast    California   
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J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 108738)
green wine


PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 The Wine News rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Merlot, 2.5% Syrah, 1%Cabernet Franc.

A particularly dense vintage, this wine is red-purple in color with a bright hue. Aromas of black currant, plum and black cherry are lifted by a bouquet of vanilla, toasted pastry and spice from a year of barrel aging. The palate is rife with primary fruit and a broad, rich tannin structure.

Highly complimentary to a wide range of foods. Pair with a rich lasagna, roasted lamb, or a London Broil.

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About J. Lohr Winery:

Founded more than three decades ago by Jerry Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate grapes. Still guided by Jerry today, this pioneering estate vineyard program is comprised of almost 3,000 acres of vines in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this palette of world-class fruit, J. Lohr handcrafts three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. In addition to its signature brands, J. Lohr offers numerous flavorful wines under the Cypress Vineyards, ARIEL (non-alcoholic) and Painter Bridge labels.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Lunta Malbec 2008
Lunta Malbec 2008
(search item no. 108182)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense fruity aromas of raspberry, plum, blackberry and cassis immediately greet you upon first sniff. These explosive fruit notes continue on the palate of this light-bodied, easy to drink Malbec. Soft tannins give way to a long finish making this wine enjoyable on its own or paired with roast pork or lamb spareribs.
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About Lunta:

Lunta Malbec comes from the southernmost parcel of the Mendel estate vineyard which lies in Lunlunta, a small district within Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo department as you approach the Mendoza River. These vines produce a fruitier, more medium-bodied wine as compared to the well-structured Mendel Malbec, and it can be enjoyed at a younger age.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Chateau Maris Syrah La Touge Minervois 2006
Chateau Maris Syrah La Touge Minervois 2006
(search item no. 111962)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah is a beautiful purple color. It is a rich and elegant wine with blackberry flavors and cassis and blueberry on the nose. Full bodied with good extraction and well balanced acidity, the tannins are silky smooth. Blueberry flavors lead to a long finish with subtle herbes de Provence and refreshing mocha and vanilla notes.

100% Syrah

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About Chateau Maris:

Château Maris is the vision of Englishman Robert Eden, who emigrated to France over 20 years ago to pursue his dream of crafting wines that reflect, rather than mask the land on which the grapes are grown. Robert's approach to winemaking is based on the fundamental premise that wine is "grown", not "made".

To craft wines that reveal the true character of the land, Château Maris strictly adheres to biodynamics, which is in effect a supercharged system of organic farming. Similar to organic farming, biodynamics adopts a holistic approach that views the entire vineyard as a living system that is impacted by its surroundings. Biodynamics seeks to encourage vitality in the vineyard by introducing live matter into the soil through intensive composting. In addition, biodynamics places a strong emphasis on harnessing naturally occurring cycles.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108328)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The warmth of the Wahluke Slope produces Chardonnay with an appealing tropical fruit character and rich texture. The Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers ripe tropical pineapple flavors and showcases the luscious opulence of Washington fruit. I like this wine with scallops, scampi or pasta with slightly richer sauces.
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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
(search item no. 109052)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $24.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine off ers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit and cola flavors. Think of this inviting wine as a great "everyday red".

Serve with beef, lamb, grilled salmon, hearty pastas.

Varietal Blend: 89% Merlot, 8% Syrah, 3% Malbec.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



White Wines    Pinot Blanc    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Ponzi Pinot Blanc 2010
Ponzi Pinot Blanc 2010
(search item no. 111408)
green wine
screw cap wine
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $18.79

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

Winemaker's Notes:

White peach, apricots, green apple, quince with hints of clove and fig lead to a bright mouth of meyer lemon and melon.
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About Ponzi:

Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi in Beaverton, Oregon. Ponzi is truly a family winery; daughter Louisa is the winemaker, daughter Anna-Maria is marketing director and son Michel is winery controller. The small winery and vineyards are situated 15 miles south of Portland. Ponzi produces limited quantity Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Reserve, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Arneis and Vino Gelato, Ponzi's Italian version of a Riesling ice wine.