Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 105883)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright garnet with ruby tint. A nose of sweet cherry, tobacco, earth, raspberry, oak, floral notes. Flavor of blueberry, dried cherry, chocolate and spice. Silky mouthfeel, lively mid palate and a round finish.


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About King Estate:

King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 111378)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Succulent raspberry, plum and black cherry fruit aromas and hints of brown spice and forest floor announce this delicious Pinot Noir, perhaps our best ever. Complex, round and mouthfilling, the wine glides onto the palate displaying pure black cherry and ripe berry flavors, and the long aftertaste is rich yet fresh and agile.

Delicious with seared Ahi tuna, duck breast with cherry compote, lamb chops, wild mushroom risotto, roast chicken or grilled salmon. Try Manchego or Fontina for the cheese course. Seasoning affinities include orange peel, shaved fennel and dried berries.

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About Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards:

Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Africa    South Africa   
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Brampton Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Brampton Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 110394)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $11.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This delicious Cabernet bursts onto the palate with bright, juicy flavors of blackberry, cassis, licorice, and cherry intertwined with subtle vanilla, tobacco, and spice characteristics. Firm yet accessible tannins make it a great accompaniment to grilled meats, burgers, and short ribs.
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About Brampton:

Launched in 1996, Rustenberg’s second label is named in honor of Brampton Beacon Bloomer, the farm’s champion Jersey bull who established a top quality dairy cow dynasty at Rustenberg. The Brampton range is all about mouth-filling, fruit-forward wines that are accessible, easy-to-drink, and sure to please. The brand regularly receives "Best Buy" and "Best Value" accolades in major wine publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.

Grapes for the Brampton wines are selected from the Rustenberg estate vineyards on the Simonsberg as well as from Nooitgedacht, proprietor Simon Barlow’s property high on the Helderberg slope, overlooking False Bay, where mountain ridges are cooled by gentle salt breezes. All of the Brampton wines are fermented in stainless steel. Each vineyard block is vinified separately, and the parcels are later blended to create supple, fruit-driven wines. The whites are aged in tank in order to preserve the fresh fruit flavors of the wines. After the initial fermentation is complete, the reds are run to small oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation of up to 15 months before bottling.

Each Brampton label is etched with a "B", playfully scrawled in vivid, varietal-specific colors. The range is packaged under user-friendly screw cap closures, ensuring fresh, juicy flavors and consistent quality. Perfect everyday wines and great for casual gatherings, Brampton offers tremendous value and sophisticated winemaking in every sip.



Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Irony Napa Valley Merlot 2009
Irony Napa Valley Merlot 2009
(search item no. 110316)

PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Irony Merlot is a classically styled Merlot with medium body and firm tannins. Rich aromatics of black cherry, currant and plum intermingle with hints of vanilla and cedar. Well-balanced with a lingering finish, flavors of blackberry, licorice and sweet oak compliment the wine's bright acidity and structure.

Pairing suggestions are roasted beef, hearty pasta dishes or grilled pork chops.

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About Irony:

Most of us didn't imagine where we would be right now. Sure, we dreamed of being firemen, astronauts, rock stars and superheroes, but life often takes you where you didn't expect it to.

My brother and I worked every harvest from the time we could ride our bikes. After college, our careers took us beyond the land our grandfather planted in 1924.

Ironically, today we are more fulfilled, working side-by-side at the family vineyard & winery. We didn't plan it or expect it, but we are enjoying this strange twist in our lives.

That's Irony - a bottle full of life's strange twists and a celebration of our family's life-long commitment to producing the finest quality wines.
-- Chris & Jay



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Martino Old Vine Malbec 2009
Martino Old Vine Malbec 2009
(search item no. 111616)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $17.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

This is without question one of our favorite Malbec bottlings in terms of authenticity, character, and depth. If you ever wanted to know what "Agrelo" Malbec tastes like at its best, let this be your lesson. Rarely do we come across a wine that communicates "place" as this does. Brilliant color, wild aromatics, rich mid-palate, incredible texture, this has it all. Its thick, almost neon purple sediment is unlike anything we have ever seen! Impenetrably dark. Aromas of plum, chocolate, baking spices, and hints of vanilla. On the palate it is rich and viscous, with more dark fruit flavors and round tannins.
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About Fincas Don Martino:

Fincas Don Martino is a creation of famed agronomist Mauricio Parodi and Buenos Aires Businessman Hugo Martino. The project began in 2002 when Parodi fell in love with the quality of fruit from "Viña Violeta", a small 18.5 acre vineyard in Agrelo, a sub-district within the Luján de Cuyo appellation of Mendoza. The vines, planted in 1926, are ungrafted Malbec clones originally brought to Argentina from France. The vineyard's high elevation (3,850 feet) allows the grapes to develop tremendous complexity via an extended growing season and large daily temperature fluctuations.

In addition to the two Malbec wines they produce out of the "Vina Violeta" site, the winery has recently begun producing small quantities of old vine Semillon from a heritage vineyard in Perdriel. As production is limited by the small size of these two vineyards, each of these wines have become "cult" items in their native Mendoza. All are produced organically and bottled unfined and unfiltered.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Grand Village  2007
Chateau Grand Village 2007
(search item no. 111383)

PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This vineyard is only planted with red grape varieties: 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The appellation is Bordeaux and the estate lies between Fronsac and Bourg. The color is bight red with a fresh nose dominated by red berries. On the palate, the wine is very elegant with a nice balance and a good finish. Flavors of red fruits and some delicious notes of roasted coffee are present.
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About Chateau Grand Village:

The illustrious and famed Bordeaux negociant firm of Jean Pierre Moueix was founded by Jean Pierre Moueix in 1937 and now owns and holds exclusive rights to sell and manage some of the greatest vineyards on the right bank of Bordeaux. The Moueix family and their long-time winemaker, Jean Claude Berrouet, have defined a style of winemaking distinguished by integrity and total devotion to the expression of each individual vineyard.

The Chateau Grand Village estate is owned by Jacques Guinaudaeau, owner and winemaker of the illustrious and very rare Chateau Lafleur Pomerol. The estate is managed in the same way as Lafleur using classic "jardinage" technique: crop thinning, hand harvesting, table sorting, small batch fermentations preceded by a gentle cold soak and micro vinifications.



Red Wines    Gamay    Beaujolais    France - Other regions   
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Duboeuf Morgon Belles Grives 2009
Duboeuf Morgon Belles Grives 2009
(search item no. 106339)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This Morgon is very smooth, with intoxicating scents of cassis, plum, violet and rose. The palate is filled with sweet revealing waves of red fruits. This wine is subtle and hints at a beautiful extended maturity.

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Other California    California   
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XYZin 10 2008
XYZin 10 2008
(search item no. 111125)
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PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red in color with the sheen of a tree-ripe cherry our XYZin 10 promises to the eye what it delivers on the palate. A gracious wine, it opens with an attractive aroma of rose petals, juicy pomegranate, and warm brown sugar. Strawberry, and plum fruit dominate the entry and lead to a plush mid-palate redolent of dark cherries and mulberries complemented by earthy dimensions of sandalwood, fresh bay leaf, and chocolate. The bright fruit and soft texture of this wine will be best enjoyed in the first four years after release while the vivid qualities of our young vines are most apparent.

Zinfandel complements a wide range of cuisines and this bottling pairs beautifully with tomato-based sauces and the tangy/savory flavors of Southeast Asia dishes.

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About XYZin:

XYZin is a premium Zinfandel producer that explores the effects of vine age on the structure and style of Zinfandel wines. Each of our three wines is an expression of the time and place the vines were planted, and come from Zinfandel vines at least 10, 50 or 100 years of age at the time of harvest. We believe the age of a vine is as much a part of a wine’s makeup as climate, soil and clone selection, and each wine reflects the physical age of its vine, as well as the techniques and traditions of generations of farmers.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2009
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 109313)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $15.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of Premiere Coastal Grapes: Los Alamos, Rancho Vinedo, Garey, Bien Nacido and Le Bon Climat vineyards. This cuvee really reflects the 2009 vintage with balanced fruit flavors, structure, and surprising richness. Like all ABC Pinots in all price ranges there is sophistication to this wine.

This is an amazing wine for the price. With so many Pinots shooting up in price this is still a perfect by-the-glass wine. Drink this with any grilled meat; the smoky flavors really bring out the best in this wine. The structure of this wine will hold together for many years, it is drinking well right now and will improve and evolve for another 3 or 4 years.

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About Au Bon Climat:

Au Bon Climat was created to produce high quality handcrafted wine from the traditional Burgundian varietals. They are one of the few California wineries to explore the gamut of these varieties: Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery is located within the Bien Nacido Vineyard, the source of the majority of their fruit.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Innocent Bystander Shiraz Viognier 2007
Innocent Bystander Shiraz Viognier 2007
(search item no. 104869)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Not your blockbuster warm-climate Aussie Shiraz, this is a more elegant example reminiscent of violets, pink peppercorns, nutmeg and caramelized quince and mulberries. The palate is likewise restrained, offering fruit compote with slightly meaty undertones. 94% Shiraz and 6% Viognier. Viognier rounds out the Shiraz and adds lovely aromatics and floral characteristics.
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About Innocent Bystander:

The idea behind Innocent Bystander is to produce great value, food friendly wines that are not your run of the mill varietal blends. Taking fruit from various sources in Central Victoria (in particular Sangiovese, Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Viognier) the team at Innocent Bystander is inspired to utilize and showcase the natural qualities of each region in their unique blends.

As a group of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance increasingly exerted by the large corporate winemaking groups, the folks behind these wines see themselves as innocent bystanders. They remain accountable to their craft, not shareholders.