Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Esser Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Esser Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 105393)

PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep aromas of black cherry, plum, dark chocolate, and oak spice. Rich and balanced on the palate. Mouth filling flavors of black fruits, cocoa, vanilla, and ripe plum with integrated, lush tannins. Long, lingering finish of sweet fruit and subtle tannins.
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About Esser Vineyards:

German-born Manfred Esser began his career as a salesman for a large European winery; in 1974, he came to the United States. Esser joined Napa Valley's Cuvaison Winery as President in 1986 and, in a little over 10 years, made it one of the most successful estates in the industry. His unique approach to converting customers into "company ambassadors" has set an industry standard for client relations. Having achieved success at Cuvaison, Esser sold his partnership in 1998, fueled by the desire to begin a project of his own.

Years of preparation went into the development of the Esser Vineyards brand. Working closely with Manfred Esser is renowned consulting winemaker Paul Moser, whose style received praise for eight consecutive years from Robert Parker as a "breath of fresh air" in the California wine market.

Introduced in 2001, the Esser Vineyards portfolio launched with four California appellation wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Fashioned with the customer in mind, these fruit-forward, well-balanced wines offer style, value and elegance — the ultimate consumer-friendly California wines.



Red Wines    Merlot    Other California    California   
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Baron Herzog Merlot 2010
Baron Herzog Merlot 2010
(search item no. 116182)
kosher wine
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PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $11.97

Winemaker's Notes:

This soft and approachable Merlot is fruit-forward, with distinct strawberry jam and berry aromas. Well-integrated tannins and a medium body are smoothly offset by balancing acidity. These central coast Merlot grapes are carefully selected to produce a wine with aromas of red cherries, strawberry jam, and spice, with a rich mouth feel and finish.
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About Baron Herzog Winery:

Tucked away amongst the strawberry fields and row crops of industrial Oxnard lies Herzog Wine Cellars. Headed by winemaker Joe Hurliman, the winery combines the future of high-quality California wines with the stringencies of kosher supervision, and the Herzog family heritage of perfection.

These three elements have produced unique wines that are being noticed in the kosher and non-kosher communities. As a kosher wine, Baron Herzog allows kosher consumers a first-time-ever opportunity to enjoy elegant California varietals such as Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. For the non-kosher consumers, Baron Herzog offers a high quality, award-winning wine that presents quality and craft.

Visitors to the winery may take a self-guided tour of the facility, which showcases the winemaking process from start to finish. Guests will also find unique and artisan food and gift products in their boutique, or may taste a flight of Herzog's award-winning California wines at the tasting bar.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 110576)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This classic 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has intense aromas of cassis and crushed berries. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and tobacco are framed by firm, velvety tannins and a long, elegant finish.
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About Frei Brothers:

In the late 1880s, an enterprising Swiss immigrant by the name of Andrew Frei gazed upon the rolling hills, gentle streams, and fertile soil of Sonoma County and saw a wine glass of opportunity. By 1890, he was the proud owner of a 344 acre vineyard in northern Sonoma, giving birth to a winemaking tradition that is very much alive today.

Frei didn't waste any precious time once he acquired the land. By 1895, he was producing 20,000 cases of high quality wine that was stored in huge redwood casks.

In spite of a devastating blight of phylloxera, by 1904 the winery had actually increased in size and production. Now in his seventies, Frei turned the business over to his two sons, Walter and Louis. In 1903, the winery was officially named Frei Bros.

The Frei Bros. Winery continued to grow over the years, in spite of disasters such as the one that occurred in 1919, when a curious piece of legislation that came to be known as Prohibition put many an American winery out of business.

Again, the Frei family persevered, and now you can taste the legacy of a great winemaking tradition in Frei Brothers Reserve, a new release that combines the spirit of old world winemaking techniques with grapes that are hand selected from some of Sonoma's finest vineyards.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Mouton-Cadet Bordeaux Rouge 2009
Mouton-Cadet Bordeaux Rouge 2009
(search item no. 109970)

PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A dense red with a pronounced purple tint. The nose is expressive and complex, rich in fresh and ripe fruit aromas, especially red cherry and morello cherry, with a touch of spice. The attack, on the fruit, is rich and supple, the mid-palate full and fruity on silky tannins. Showing attractive length on the palate, it has a fresh and spicy finish that expresses all the typically character of the merlot and the very high quality of the vintage.
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About Mouton-Cadet:

Since 1930, Mouton Cadet has been renowned for its exacting standards and audacity. The fruit of generous nature and the work of human hands, the result of the encounter between an exceptional terroir and the passion of Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988), over the years Mouton Cadet has consistently combined quality, prestige and know-how in an expressive, seductive wine. Today, Mouton Cadet has become the worldwide reference for Bordeaux Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée wines.


Red Wines    Merlot    Chile    South America   
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Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2008
Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2008
(search item no. 106614)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep violet-ruby-red color. Very fruity wine with aromas of plums, blackberries, and black currant, accompanied by intense notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Soft, ripe tannins lend good structure and balance.

Pairing Suggestion: Drink with red meats, white meats, pastas, game birds, and cheeses.

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About Santa Ema Winery:

Over the years, Santa Ema has been recognized by the most important national and international organizations and has earned numerous medals in competitions such as the Concours Mundial de Bruxelles and distinctions in the prestigious international trade magazines. It was recently added to Wine Spectator's list of Top 20 World's Finest Value Brands, Wine Advocate rated four Santa Ema wines above 90 points, and Wine & Spirits named it Value Winery of the Year. But for Santa Ema, the most important distinction of all is the preference of its consumers around the world to appreciate the work of three generations dedicated to the production of consistently high quality wines.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 107707)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep garnet color with intense aromas of ripe cherry, cedar, and pipe tobacco. Concentrated flavors of ripe plums and dark bing cherries marry perfectly with the oak nuances, imparting notes of brown spice and vanilla. This is a well structured wine that is balanced with firm, velvety tannins which culminate in a long, elegant finish with hints of tobacco, dried herbs and fruit. This wine is ready to enjoy now or can be aged for 3-5 years.
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About Louis Martini:

For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    North Coast    California   
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Roederer Estate Brut
Roederer Estate Brut
(search item no. 8498)
has fluid
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Roederer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer champagne among the most sought-after in the world.

Roederer's winemaking style is based on two elements: ownership of its own vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvee. All the grapes for the Anderson Valley wines are grown on the Estate.

Each year, the winemaker selects a portion of the best wines for aging in Center of France oak casks. Aged from one to three years, wines from this reserve cellar are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvee in the traditional Roederer style, known for its body, finesse and depth of flavor.

The Roederer Estate Brut debuted in October 1988, and has since established its reputation as one of California's premier sparklers, remaining true to the heritage of excellence and style of its French forebears.

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About Roederer Estate:

The crisp, fresh and rich flavors of Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley that is home to their family-owned estate's 600 acres of vineyards. This protected valley in Northern California provides the ideal ripening conditions for their 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Tuscany    Italy   
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Ruffino Prosecco
Ruffino Prosecco
(search item no. 111308)
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PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruffino Prosecco has been produced from grapes grown in the hilly area of Valdobbiadene, which is the most historically vocated region for the production of Prosecco.

Bright straw yellow with fine bubbles. The bouquet is fragrant and intensely fruity. It shows clean notes of apples, pears and citrus, accompanied by slight hints of hawthorn, wisteria and elder. Crisp, clean and delicate with fine bubble caressing. Intense sensations of apples and peaches drive a pleasant aftertaste, that is reminiscent of fruity and floral aromas.

Ideal as an aperitif; it is very versatile as a food companion. Ruffino Prosecco perfectly matches with pizza, fish and shellfish dishes as well as white meat dishes.

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About Ruffino:

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107438)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opens with deep black cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors. Intense, round and well-structured tannins provide a strong backbone throughout the middle. Cedar and vanilla notes linger on the finish, beckoning another sip.
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About Kendall-Jackson:

Back in 1974, Jess Jackson saw in the fine vineyards of California's cool coastal regions fruit with a variety of outstanding flavors. What if there was a way to produce from this abundance, a single outstanding "cuvée" that offered both quality and value? The result, first released in 1983, was Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, a rich, round and flavorful wine, made with hand-crafted methods. That same year, Grand Reserve was introduced, a line of ultra-premium wines that represented the full potential of California's finest vineyards and winemaking. Today, over 5,000 acres of vineyard in California's coastal regions are farmed by Kendall-Jackson. Four separate wineries house what is possibly the single largest barrel-fermentation project in the world. But perhaps most important, is that Kendall-Jackson remains a family-owned winery.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2009
Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2009
(search item no. 108898)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet, licorice and spices. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins. Saint-Esprit is a unique wine in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation and can be paired with Provençale-style cuisine, game, stuffings and mixed grills.
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About Delas Freres:

Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977.

Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.