Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107549)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including our Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards.

Our goal with the Columbia Valley Cabernet is to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is our inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food-try it with beef, pork or pasta.

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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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 108131)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made with full extraction and long skin contact, this wine is made to maximize body and weight while having long silky tannins. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe dark cherry and blackberry notes with mocha, clove and a hint of vanilla. This wine offers lush, juicy cherry and blueberry flavors. On the palate, sweet vanilla, clove, and a hint of cinnamon are brought forth by the nuances of French oak aging. Seamless with a nice long finish, this wine is very elegant with a fine structure.
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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.



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 4/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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 was founded in 1973 and immediately established itself as one of Napa Valley's premier Cabernet houses with the release of its 1974 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery name comes from its location, next to Conn Creek near the Rutherford Crossroad that connects the Silverado Trail with Highway 29. Conn Creek specializes in limited production Bordeaux varietal wines exclusively from Napa Valley’s best vineyards. Present production remains at fewer than 6500 case per year.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 99112)
screw cap wine
green wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color of this wine is pale gold with green tints. The nose displays lifted citrus zest and fresh quince with subtle notes of white nougat and toasted almonds. Finely structured and seamless, the palate is all about texture. Creamy nougat, citrus and hints of white nectarine combine elegantly with the subtle nuances of French oak and a restrained citrus acidity for a lingering finish.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Red Wines    Grenache    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Shatter Grenache 2010
Shatter Grenache 2010
(search item no. 117796)

PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep red, nearly opaque, hue of garnet fills the sides of the glass. Stunning aromas of succulent dark fruits and ripe cherry are neatly framed by soft French oak. The wine has an amazingly pure entry which instantly coats the entire front of the mouth and leads into a soft mid-palate with refined acid and great structure. Mature tannins round out a long finish that last nearly half a minute.
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About Shatter:

Launched in April 2012, Shatter wine is a collaboration between Trinchero Family Estates and wine making legends Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Wines and Joel Gott of Joel Gott Wines.

The name Shatter is a nod to the extreme viticultural conditions in the Maury vineyards in the Roussillon region of France. The inaugural vintage of Shatter is a 2010 Grenache. The label, with its original broken glass photography, showcases the imaginative approach for which Orin Swift is well known, most notably the creation of the Prisoner brand.

Dave Phinney first became intrigued with the Maury region in 2008 and subsequently built a winery. Upon urging from his longtime friend, Joel Gott first visited Maury in 2010 and was amazed at the terroir of the often wind ravaged area. "Maury is known for sweet wines, but not for dry wines," commented Joel. "Like Dave, I saw an awesome opportunity to make dry Grenache unlike anything I know here in California."



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113089)
collectible wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

For the 2008 vintage, very ripe fruit was picked in selective areas throughout the Estate to express a brighter ripe Cabernet style for CASK. Dark, ripe cherry is the predominant characteristic, along with vanilla and hints of floral and spice notes. The mouthfeel is very rich and round with some sweet creaminess on the palate and a fresh fruit finish.

Try one of these wonderful pairings of grilled lamb chops, beef tenderloin, braised lamb shanks, a hearty stew, or a beef burger with all the fixings.

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About Inglenook:

In 1879, Finnish explorer and adventurer Gustave Niebaum searched the Napa Valley with the goal of establishing a wine estate to rival the finest chateau of France. For decades his wines won acclaim and remain some of the most admired in American wine history's classic period. By the mid-1960's, his property was divided, and estate-wine production ceased.

A decade later, Francis Ford Coppola purchased 1,500 acres of this historic property and revived Captain Niebaum's fine winemaking tradition. In 1995, Niebaum-Coppola acquired the remainder of the property and restored the Inglenook Estate to its original dimensions.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 118704)
James Suckling rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The complexity and balance of this vintage was achieved through diverse sourcing, with a majority of grapes sourced from Oakville and Rutherford. With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine's great complexity.
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About Waterstone:

In this time of multimillion-dollar vineyard estates and celebrity winemaking consultants, when it seems that financial backing has replaced skill as the key to success in enology, it is rare that a simple idea can give birth to wines that stand out for flavor and balance, rather than pedigree alone. A collaboration between veteran winemaker Philip Zorn and longtime wine executive Brent Shortridge, Waterstone Winery was formed in 2000 when the two men were introduced and discovered a shared interest in creating luxury wines at affordable prices. Bringing together their previously established relationships with Napa Valley growers and vintners, the pair set out to develop balanced wines of varietal character through intelligent sourcing. Preferring to focus on the wine itself rather than the accumulation of land and facilities, Zorn and Shortridge own no vineyards themselves, nor do they own the facility where their wines are made. Dedicated winemaking, strong relationships with top growers and long-term grape contracts are the keys to Waterstone’s quality and success.