Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Veneto    Italy   
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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Borgias Valpolicella 2010
Borgias Valpolicella 2010
(search item no. 108863)

PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $9.97

Winemaker's Notes:

This beautiful Valpolicella is made of 80% corvina veronese/corvinone and 20% rondinella. It has a brilliant ruby red color and has aromas of cherry blossoms and spices. The mouth feel is tremendous while the taste is elegant and harmonious with cherry blossoms, black tea, and spices. This wine is perfect as an aperitif and excellent with semi-mature cheeses, antipasti, pasta with red sauce and main courses of red and white meat.

The Borgias on SHOWTIME
Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons will star in the epic drama series as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of The Borgia family who ascends to the highest circles of power within Renaissance-era Italy.

The Borgias will be a complex, unvarnished portrait of one of history's most intriguing and infamous dynastic families. The series begins as the family's patriarch Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) becomes Pope, propelling him, his two Machiavellian sons, Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia, to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance.

About the Label Design
The Borgias wine label design combines the elements of tradition, simplicity and elegance. Created by emerging graphic designer Elliot Cohen, the inspiration for the labels was the Borgia family crest. The bull symbolized the power of the Borgia family in Italy

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About Borgias:

Borgias wines are made by Monte del Fra, a family-operated winery comprised of 118 hectares of property situated in the beautiful hills of Lake Garda, near the historic center of Verona. Exclusively owned and operated by the Bonomo family since 1958, the winery is guided by the synergy between terroir and indigenous grapes. It follows that the Bonomo family produces the traditional varietals and blends from the Verona region of Veneto, including white wines like Custoza, Garganega, Lugana and Soave and red wines like Bardolino, Corvina, Valpolicella Classico, Ripasso and Amarone.

The Bonomo family's passion for winemaking was born in the countryside. Its members' firm conviction is that great wine can only be created in the vineyard.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111056)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Strawberry, cherry and cola aromas and flavors harmoniously flow into the silky and soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 2% Merlot

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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.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2009
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 108827)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Delectable tropical fruit intertwines with grapefruit, lemon and candied lime peel. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a creamy, lush texture with vanilla accents and a hint of cinnamon spice to round out the long, lingering finish. The grapes are from 51% Santa Barbara County and 49% Monterey County.
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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.