Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117345)
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PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $8.25

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Plump aromas of ripe cherry, red berry and jam fill the nose, followed by notes of luscious berry sweetness on the palate. This textured wine with moderate tannins ends with a round 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    Pinot Noir    Chile    South America   
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Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 115335)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Ritual is round, soft and elegant, with flavors of raspberry, cherry and plums. With soft tannins and fresh acidity this wine is mouthfilling with great length. Made with 100% Pinot Noir.
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About Ritual:

Ritual wines come from the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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Kings Ridge Pinot Noir 2009
Kings Ridge Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108851)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for the Kings Ridge 2009 Oregon Pinot Noir come from vineyards in the renowned Willamette Valley and the Umpqua Valley. The combination of cool and warm climates found in these regions produces wine stacked with intense flavors and aromas.The nose on the 2009 Pinot Noir is loaded with rich dark cherry, plum and toasted hazelnuts. These inviting aromas seamlessly connect to the smooth, rich mouth feel, filled with freshly picked blackberry and plum flavors. The wine is loaded with fruit, which extends into a long finish with fine tannins that give complexity and structure to this wine.
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About Kings Ridge:

Kings Ridge Wines is owned by Union Wine Company, a partnership created by two veterans of the Oregon wine industry brought together by a personal passion for well valued wine and a joint philosophy that the best wines are a union of gifted winemaking skills and precise farming techniques in the vineyard.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Three Rivers River's Red Blend 2009
Three Rivers River's Red Blend 2009
(search item no. 112703)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 River's Red is rich, ripe and round. Prepare your palate for blackberries, plums and cassis backed by dusty milk chocolate. The generous mid-palate and soft tannins make this the perfect candidate for barbecues and casual dinners.

Blend: 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cinsault

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About Three Rivers Winery:

Three Rivers Winery is a destination winery located just west of Walla Walla, Washington in the Columbia Valley wine country. Founded in 1999, Three Rivers Winery continues the tradition of acclaimed Walla Walla winemaking, handcrafting premium wines under the direction of Washington winemaking veteran Holly Turner. The winery is recognized for its quality and value driven wines, which are sourced from established vineyards and famed appellations from across Washington State. The 18,000 sq. ft. facility is set atop a small knoll overlooking the surrounding vineyards and includes a tasting room, meeting room and three short holes of golf for winery guests. Three Rivers Winery is a favorite destination for enthusiasts seeking a unique wine country experience.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2010
Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2010
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PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark, deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry, black cherry and plum fruit of raspberry and blackberry, toasted marshmallow and vanilla with hints of cocoa powder, chocolate and graham cracker. On the palate toasted oak and marshmallow with cherry and raspberry and hints of licorice, cocoa powder and sweetness, medium plus body with well integrated tannins that linger on the long finish. A nicely balanced wine, with enough acid and tannin to make this a more serious, longer lived wine that will go well with food. Our greatest vintage of CMS!

The structure of this wine means it will be best with food now, but should improve over the next two to seven years.

48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 12% Syrah

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About Hedges Family Estate:

It was 1986 when Washington native Tom Hedges found his first employment in the wine industry marketing American wines in Taiwan. From that humble beginning, Hedges Cellars, then a "virtual" winery, found its first customer: the government of Sweden. Tom and his wife Anne-Marie marketed their Cabernet/Merlot blend to foreign buyers exclusively for two years before going domestic and opening up North American distribution. Still without their own winery, they took a chance buying acreage on an obscure little hill called Red Mountain.

The Hedges have concentrated their efforts on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the concept of terroir since their first vintage in 1987. With Anne-Marie Hedges' roots and childhood in the Champagne region of France, it was only natural that a French-style chateau would be built on the slopes of Red Mountain amongst their vines.

Brother Pete Hedges joined the winery as General Manager, becoming head Winemaker in 2002. Son Christophe and his wife Maggie began working for the winery soon thereafter and Hedges Cellars became Hedges Family Estate.

Our future direction is clear: we will continue to work as a family to unite farming, winemaking, and the promotion of our wines and the Red Mountain AVA.