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 8/27/2014: $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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 108967)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $35.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1990 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1993

To the eye the wine displays a deep ruby red. The aromas include bold cassis with ripe layers of black plum and dark cherries, complemented with complex notes of clove, molasses, bay, and vanilla.

On the palate, the wine has a full and dense mouthfeel with rich, velvety tannins. Flavors of blackberry, cocoa, tobacco, mocha, and cassis fill the palate with generous body and supple texture.

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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    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
(search item no. 109773)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.
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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


White Wines    Riesling    Mosel-Saar-Ruwer    Germany   
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Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg Riesling Spatlese 2008
Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg Riesling Spatlese 2008
(search item no. 105174)
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $25.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for this wine are handpicked from the traditional steep slate vineyard sites along the Middle Mosel. This Rieslong is fermented with natural yeasts and rasied on it's fine less. Aromas reminiscent of vineyard peaches, honeysuckle, cinnamon and melon. Juicy and elegant, balanced with mineral notes. Good ageing potential.
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About Markus Molitor:

Markus Molitor took over his fathers Estate at 20 years of age. Although having been of young age, Markus had a clear vision of wine making. Every vintage and vineyard should show its characteristics. His wines illustrate depth and structure with the typical uniqueness of the Mosel terroir.

Markus Molitor is the largest Estate on the Mosel with 94 acres of vineyard land. Markus produces 95% Riesling, 3% Pinot Noir and 2% Pinot Blanc.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2009
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2009
(search item no. 99603)
screw cap wine
green wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose features plum and bright red fruits with a hint of roasted meats, earth, pepper and exotic spices. The palate has some wonderful delicate fruit with blackberry joining the party. A touch of dried herbs adds a savory edge with fine, lifted tannins providing a long finish. It's cracking wine with sophistication—but don't worry it's still a lot of fun.

Varietal Blend: Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre

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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    Other Red Blends    Veneto    Italy   
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Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2008
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2008
(search item no. 113418)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#60 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Palazzo della Torre has a particular structure and aromatic qualities, combined with an elegant and harmonious personality. A complex wine with pleasant raisined nuances and a lengthy, lingering finish. This wine has an aging potential of 8-10 years.

It pairs well with a wide range of Italian cuisine, such as pasta and risottos made with full-flavoured, spicy sauces and white and red meats, roasted or grilled. Also perfect with cold cuts and mediummatured cheeses.

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About Allegrini:

The estate is based in Fumane di Valpolicella, just north of Verona in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, or "valley of many cellars" is an area crossed from north to south by a series of hills, which in succession form three parallel valleys. These valleys are crossed by steep-sided, narrow river beds which remain dry except during spring thaws or autumn rains.

The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations, playing a major role in the Valpolicella Classico area for many centuries. Giovanni Allegrini was the founder of the new generation. He was extremely proud to be part of the Valpolicella, and dedicated his many resources and energies to this land. He was among the first in questioning local viticultural techniques, revolutionizing accepted practices, and speaking clearly about quality. He was able to combine the science of enology with strict grape selection, and between 1960 and 1970, made some of the Valpolicella's best wines.

Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of "cru" production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. These crus have been a success worldwide: The Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja have set the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Markham Chardonnay 2009
Markham Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 106399)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $16.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Toasted hazelnut and almond marry with peach, apple & pineapple. Vanilla and honey envelop the senses. Ripe red apple and fresh cream give rich texture. Generous finish, lingering long after with toasted nut and nectar.
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About Markham Vineyards:

In 1972, Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley with the dream of starting a winery. Intent on crafting world-class wines for years to come, he purchased the "little jewels" that are still the Markham vineyards today. He was a pioneer in what is now the very heart of Napa, buying premium vineyard land before many understood the tremendous potential the valley offered for producing fine wines. He also purchased a winery. Originally established by Jean Laurent, the Markham winery dates back to 1879. As one of the founders of Napa winemaking and viticulture, Markham Vineyards takes great pride in its legacy of exceptional mountains and magnificent vineyards, Markham's winery has the distinction of being the fourth oldest continuously operated winery in Napa County.

Today, Markham Vineyards owns 350 acres of vineyards strategically located in several of Napa Valley's best growing regions. From its Calistoga vineyards in the north to Oak knoll in the south, Markham has the luxury of hand-selecting grapes from several diverse microclimates to achieve its balanced and rich wines. Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls sums up the benefits offered by this extraordinary palette of vineyards: "The expressions of terroir from each unique location create a greater whole; each vineyard complements and elevates the next. The result is endless blending options to weave together the rich fruit flavors, elegant acid structure, broad texture and velvety tannins we want in our wines."



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 110215)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vibrant wine offers a pleasing tropical nose of orange blossom, grapefruit, lychee and peach. On the palate the wine has a juicy, fruit-driven entry with lively acidity and flavors of guava, honeyed tangerine, juicy Comice pear, Kaffir lime and a mineral edge. The citrus notes mingle with sandalwood spice and linger on the energetic finish.

Pair this wine with mild Thai curries or shellfish pasta with shallot and white-wine broth.

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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 111852)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Teldeschi is deep purple, nearly black in color. Powerful aromas of black cherries, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate as well as other sweet dark fruit scents combine to create the classic character of a great Dry Creek Benchland Zinfandel. Rich flavors of sweet cherry liqueur, vanilla and smoke lead to a ripe, dense, gently tannic, long and bright fruit finish.
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About Ravenswood:

Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful – gothic – character with which the winery has come to be associated.

A key to Ravenswood’s success is our long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, we are devoted to working with growers who share our philosophy about high quality.

Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what winemaker Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Santa Cruz Mountains    California   
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Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2009
Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 118981)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright raspberry and cranberry fruit aromas mingle with earthy anise characters. Orange peel and tobacco accent flavors of blueberry and dark cherry. Notes of chocolate and vanilla compliment the fruit and interact nicely with the soft tannins and natural acidity of the wine.

Try pairing with an earthy Portobello Mushroom ravioli.

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About Vine Hill Winery:

There is something really satisfying about seeing a long-held dream unfolding before your eyes. Such is the circumstance in which Nick Guerrero, Managing Partner of Vine Hill Winery finds himself. Nick and his team have embarked on a journey that continues a long tradition of winemaking in the historic Vine Hill Wine District. Established in 1867 by George and John Jarvis the wine district housed the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Company of which John Jarvis was the president until his death in 1892. Jarvis also founded Union Vineyard in 1877. It is this historic site that is today's Vine Hill Winery.

Nick sees himself as the team's "coach." He lets each individual create their own template for success and is always there to lend a guiding hand as needed. "Putting other's first" was not always Nick's mantra, but as he has evolved, so has his opinion on managing people. He believes that the winery environment engenders an individual's reach for excellence and the ability to collaborate for the common good. Nick understands that this opportunity cannot always be seized in larger, corporate environments, or on the manufacturing room floor. That is why he feels extremely lucky to be surrounded by such outstanding individuals in an environment where their greatest success is celebrating great winemaking and all the efforts that support this goal.