Red Wines    Sangiovese    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Falesco Sangiovese 2006
Falesco Sangiovese 2006
(search item no. 91078)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 100% Sangiovese is intense and bright ruby red in color, with aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry. The excellent balance between fruit and acidity, and the slightly spicy notes on the finish are the unmistakable hallmarks of this wine. The soft and silky tannins frame the pleasant texture of this pure Sangiovese.
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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



Red Wines    Merlot    Chile    South America   
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Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2004
Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2004
(search item no. 86456)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
The Wine News rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Velvety, supple, mouthwatering Merlot from Chile at a great price. Deep purple in color, with a bouquet of red plums, black peppers, cassis, with hints of spices. This Merlot has velvety, firm, ripe tannins imparting smoothness and balance. Subtle hints of vanilla and ripe fruit.

Aged 14 months in one, two, and three years old French oak barrels, then aged for a further six to 8 months after bottling.

Enjoy with red and white meats, pasta, cheese.

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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 89844)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 21 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Silver Oak has consistently produced some of the most sought-after, highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignons in the world. Since the early 1970's, their goal has been to craft full-flavored Cabernets with velvety soft textures. The zealous devotion of their customers is a testament to their success. True to the Silver Oak style, the 2002 is an opulent wine with dark chocolate, berry liqueur and black plum flavors and aromas. A great vintage, a great wine – for the wine enthusiast, collector or as the perfect gift.

Silver Oak Cellars 2002 Napa Valley is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. It was blended in early 2003 and transferred from tank to 100% new American oak barrels for aging. Silver Oak blends prior to barreling to achieve a balance of the wine's natural elements, such as fruit and tannin, before they are influenced by oak. The wine is aged in barrel for approximately 25 months to harmonize its components, and another 20 months in bottle before its release.

Silver Oak 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an opulent wine of great depth and concentration. It displays a dark, garnet color and aromas of black plum, cassis liqueur, rose petals, nutmeg and sandalwood. The palate offers a mouth-coating texture and a wonderful progression of flavors from berry fruit to tobacco to dark chocolate, culminating in an extraordinarily long finish reminiscent of a dark chocolate truffle filled with berry liqueur. Properly cellared, it should provide drinking pleasure until 2028.

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About Silver Oak Napa Valley:

Silver Oak Cellars was started in 1972 with a simple driving philosphy - to focus production on only one varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon. What's more, they resolved to create a wine with a style all its own: not another hard, tannic red wine requiring years of aging to enjoy, but a wine of fully developed flavors and a velvety soft texture on the day it is released for sale.

Silver Oak Cellars produces Cabernet Sauvignon from two appellations. Their Napa Valley derives its fruit from both owned and contracted vineyards, and is produced entirely at their Oakville winery. Beginning in 1994, small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot have been included in their Napa blend to add complexity and softness.

Silver Oak also produces stellar Cabernet from their Alexander Valley vineyards. A critical reason for the success of this wine, and every wine they make, has always been that they create the final blend before aging it in American oak barrels and then bottles. Over the course of four-and-a-half years, the wine’s flavors, aromas, and textures have an opportunity to meld with one another and the wood’s delicate qualities to create the kind of graceful cohesion found only in the world's most elegant wines.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 91311)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon presents a deep, dark violet color with reddish hues. The nose offers intense, focused aromas of ripe cassis and black currant fruit intertwined with notes of tobacco, cedar, and a touch of eucalyptus. The mouthfeel is full and concentrated with layers of rich black berry flavors and elements of frosted mint, espresso and graphite.
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About Catena:

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.


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Falesco Sangiovese 2006
Falesco Sangiovese 2006
(search item no. 91078)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 100% Sangiovese is intense and bright ruby red in color, with aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry. The excellent balance between fruit and acidity, and the slightly spicy notes on the finish are the unmistakable hallmarks of this wine. The soft and silky tannins frame the pleasant texture of this pure Sangiovese.
My Notes:

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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Other Italian    Italy   
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Date Printed: 4/23/2014
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2004
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2004
(search item no. 91435)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!

Blend: 90% Sangiovese; 10% Malvasia, Colorino, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

Color: An enticing, rather pronounced ruby red, edged with garnet.

Aromas: The suite of fragrances exhibits considerable complexity, opening to dark fruit such as plum and black currant, then enriched by a pungent spiciness that betrays cinnamon and clove.

Taste: The attack offers dense, impressive pulp, and finegrained tannins that marry beautifully with its alcohol; the result is a solidly-built, but not heavy or extractive, wine with a seamless, long-lingering finish.

"Very aromatic, offering bright blackberry and light vanilla aromas. Full-bodied, with vibrant fruit, fine tannins and a clean, crisp, fruity finish. Best after 2008."
Wine Spectator
91 Points

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About Frescobaldi:

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Date Printed: 4/23/2014
Yellow Tail The Reserve Shiraz 2005
Yellow Tail The Reserve Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 91946)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!

An intensely concentrated wine, this Shiraz initially reveals aromas of ripe cherries, blackberries, chocolate and mocha. Delving deeper into this complex wine, cracked pepper and spice fragrance are apparent with sweet French oak aromas always present. The vanilla softness on the nose leads into a full palate crammed with ripe fruits reminiscent of a basket of sweet summer berries. Seamless and well structured tannins complete this full bodied red wine.

Cellaring potential: Drink now or with correct cellaring will mature for up to four years.

Suggested food: A perfect accompaniment to this wine would be rich rare char-grilled beef and asparagus or a rich confit de canard to bring out its juicy palate.

"Bright, lively, harmonious and generous. A sleek mouthful of blueberry, currant and plum flavors, neatly packaged with hints of cream and spice as the finish sails on. Drink now through 2015."
Wine Spectator
90 Points

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About Yellow Tail:

It all began way back in 1820s when the first Casellas began crafting wine in Italy. Over a century later, in 1951, Filippo Casella and his wife Maria decided to leave their homeland to pursue their hopes and dreams of a better life in Australia. Recognizing the potential of his new surroundings, Filippo purchased a farm in the small town of Yenda, New South Wales, and did what came naturally. He began selling grapes to local wineries, and by 1969 decided it was time to put his own winemaking skills to use and the Casella winery was born.

Filippo's son, John, entered the family business in 1994 and embarked on an ambitious expansion to build a new winery with a vision of blending old world heritage with new world technology. Today, Casella Wines, including Yellow Tail, is run by Filippo's three sons - John, Managing Director and Winemaker; Joe, Australian Sales Director; and Marcello, Director and Vineyard Manager. Filippo's grandchildren - Phillip and Rachelle - are the sixth generation to join the business.



Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2004
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2004
(search item no. 89417)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $9.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 8 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!

Blend: 96% Merlot, 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.5% Cabernet Franc

This complex artisan wine is produced using various barrel types and varietals to offer classic Merlot spice, ripe cherry fruit, and cocoa aromatics which persist on the palate. The balance of wood and black fruits creates a velvety, seductive finish.

"Bursting with blueberry and currant fruit, this zips across the palate with a racy texture and refined tannins. Lingers enticingly with a hint of mocha on the clearheaded finish. Drink now through 2009."
-Wine Spectator "Best Value"
May 31st, 2007 "Advance" Edition
90 Points

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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.