Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Terra Andina Carmenere 2008
Terra Andina Carmenere 2008
(search item no. 123901)
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PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This Carmenere is intense with plumy fruit flavors accented by spicy cedar and cloves. The nose offers a blend of black currant, blackberry, grilled red pepper and black pepper, and those flavors carry over to the palate. This wine shows balance with volume and soft but present tannins and a formidable aftertaste.
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About Terra Andina:

Literally from the "Land of the Andes", Terra Andian embodies the adventurous spirit and bold profile of Chile's majestic mountain range, and it represents the new face of Chilean wine. Under the dynamic young winemaker Stefano Gandolini, Terra Andina has emerged as a rising star winery in Chile. Voluptuous fruit has become Terra Andina's signature.


Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
(search item no. 120631)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Jammy fruit from beginning to end—starting with aromas of blueberry pie, nutmeg and pepper. In the mouth, flavors expand to include boysenberry, plum, blueberry and spice. This full bodied wine has a bold tannin structure and balanced acidity that lead to a long finish. This big wine is anything but "petite."
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About HandCraft:

Cheryl Indelicato’s life reflects a joyful meeting of her inspiring, bounteous California home and her cherished Italian heritage.

As part of one of California’s oldest winemaking families, Cheryl has been in the wine industry since she was a little girl, doing odd jobs at the winery and in the vineyards with her siblings and cousins. Today, that group of hard working kids represents the current leadership of DFV Wines: the third generation of the family owned and operated vineyards and wineries.

Originally built on the hard work of patriarch Gasparé Indelicato, the company went from farming grapes to making its first vintage of wine in 1935 after Prohibition ended. “We have such a strong family tradition with wine, and that’s important to me,” Cheryl explains. “My grandfather, Gasparé, learned winemaking from his father. And my Dad and his brothers learned it from Gasparé. I knew I would work toward continuing that legacy.”

Although Cheryl grew up working at the winery, her parents insisted that all of “Generation Three” graduate from college and gather outside experience by working elsewhere for at least three years before coming back to the family business. Taking this sage advice, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business in 1989 from California State University, Stanislaus and a Registered Nursing degree in 1985.

It did not take long for Cheryl to return to the winery. Launching her official career in 1990, she worked in various facets of the business; from sales and marketing to human resources to public relations and is now proprietor for HandCraft wines.

HandCraft wines provide Cheryl with the opportunity to recreate the fruit forward, delicious wines that she remembered on the family table when she was growing up. A dash of Italian varietals are added to the final wine blends and the result is simply delicious. It’s what makes HandCraft wines easy to enjoy, distinctive and memorable.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    North Coast    California   
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Hidden Cellars Mendocino Petite Sirah 2007
Hidden Cellars Mendocino Petite Sirah 2007
(search item no. 121782)

PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby in color with aromas of cherry, blackberry, mint, and chocolate, this big red's got spicy, dark fruit flavors and supple tannins.
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About Hidden Cellars Winery:

Winemaker Dennis Patton has slowly remade Hidden Cellars. White wines were originally the specialty, but in recent years the winery has concentrated on hearty reds like zinfandel and petite sirah, all made largely from old vines.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodega El Angosto Tinto 2009
Bodega El Angosto Tinto 2009
(search item no. 116270)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a bright cherry color. It displays aromas of ripe fruit, sweet spices, creamy oak - an expressive wine. It is delicious, fruity, and toasty, with ripe tannins.
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About Bodega El Angosto:

Bodega El Angosto belongs to the Chamber family and is located in the Finca Santa Rosa, inside an old bodega from the nineteenth century. The vineyards are located on two farms: Santa Rosa and El Angosto.

The vineyards are nestled in hillside soils, calcareous and poor in organic matter. The goal of Bodega El Angosto is to develop Mediterranean wines, elegant and concentrated, while respecting the land.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Navarra    Spain   
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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Tempranillo 2007
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Tempranillo 2007
(search item no. 115812)

PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Tempranillo follows a long search to source this classic Spanish grape in the United States. Long considered Spain's noble varietal, it is an early-ripening grape that creates a smoky, sturdy wine with intriguing spice qualities. The Navarra region of Spain has limestone soils and a climate unequalled in California, and eventually we turned to this original European source for our grapes. Our debut Tempranillo offers dazzling aromas of ripe berries, black plums and sweet cigar smoke, smooth tannins and an earthy edge.
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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life."



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Portugal    Portugal   
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Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccionada 2008
Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccionada 2008
(search item no. 113727)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#42 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Blend of Alfrocheiro (early ripening Dão grape with good color, rich tannin, and balance of strawberry-like fruit and acidity), Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo in Spain, an early ripening varietal which produces good yields and flavors reminiscent of red fruits, plums, strawberries and blackberries. It has firm tannins and responds well to oak aging) and Touriga Nacional (One of Portugal's signature grapes, indigenous to the Dão. It has firm, rich color and complex aromas of raspberries, ripe blackcurrants, savory herbs, violets and licorice.).

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About Quinta de Cabriz:

In 1989, in the heart of the Dão wine region, in the village of Carregal do Sal, Dão Sul is born. Inspired in Quinta de Cabriz, a property with a magnificent manor house and chapel of the XVII Century, Dão Sul has become a reference of winemaking in the Dão.

Of the vineyards surrounded by pine trees, the grapes produced in integrated production give way to wines with balanced acidity and delicate aromas of the brand Cabriz. With a portfolio that ranges from Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada to Cabriz Four C, from Spirits to sparkling wines, the white and red grape varieties are vinified in a modern cellar with the support of a modern laboratory and a fully equipped tasting room.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 108048)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Juicy berry fruit aromas lead into concentrated flavors of raspberries and blackberries. Well-balanced with firm tannins. Hints of vanilla, cocoa and sweet oak appear on the finish.
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About Trumpeter:

Bodega La Rural was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Rutini. From Italy, he brought with him his oenological degree and the vast experience he had acquired from his father's vineyards. The first vines were planted in Maipu, Mendoza and the winery was installed with French Oak barrels and the best in modern machinery. Under his work ethic, "Labor and Perseverance," four generations of the Rutini family continued his legacy. They brought together hard work and the most advanced technologies in viticulture in the search for excellence in oenology.

Today, the winery boasts stainless steel tanks, two pneumatic presses, imported crushers, vacuum pumps and filters, in addition to 500 new French Oak barrels. Over the last couple of years, the Trumpeter wines have soared to new heights in popularity in the United States. Offering four varietals: a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Malbec, Bodega La Rural has crafted new wines with attractive new labels that have created quite a stir in the media. These wines have received praise in many respected publications ranging from Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits magazine to the Washington Post daily newspaper.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
(search item no. 105119)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#44 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

100% Tempranillo Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with fruity notes. It shows good balance on the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins. The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

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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
(search item no. 110785)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $19.99

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    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 9/22/2014: $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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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.