Red Wines    Nebbiolo    Piedmont    Italy   
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Pelissero Nebbiolo Langhe 2009
Pelissero Nebbiolo Langhe 2009
(search item no. 118565)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Clear, bright, purple red with clearer tannic nuances around the glass edge. Aromas are persistent, fragrant and wide open exalting the fruit of the wine. It is also rounded by evident perception of strawberry and raspberry, typical in this wine. Flavors are also persistent with the classic light tannin astringency of Nebbiolo, very well rounded by the wood aromas. Lovely finish, persistent and stimulating.
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About Pelissero:

Azienda Agricola Pelissero is a family-run vine-growing estate located in the district of Treiso, in the heart of the Barbaresco zone. Many gradual changes have been performed by the successive generations of the Pelissero family, who transformed their business from grape growing and selling begun by Giovanni Pelissero, into winemaking of all their estate-grown grapes.

The first bottles of our own wine date back to 1960 and were produced by Luigi Pelissero, whose work was followed by his son, Oenologist Giorgio who after finishing his studies, decided to work full time at the winery. The Pelissero family takes care of all the winery work; from pruning the vines to marketing the wine.

The estate consists of twenty hectares of vineyards which yield a total of 80,000 to 100,000 (depending on the year) bottles of wine, namely Dolcetto d'Alba from two vineyards (Munfrina and Augenta), Barbera d'Alba Piani, Barbaresco, Barbaresco Vanotu, Grignolino, Favorita,Freisa and Nebbiolo.

It takes passion, commitment to the land and hard work in the vineyards and cellar, to always endeavour to make high quality wines, the only way we know to get real satisfaction. Research in the vineyards and, successively, in the cellar never stops here, and we hope that this will bring about further improvements on our wines.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Vinos Pinol Sa Natura Organic Red Blend 2008
Vinos Pinol Sa Natura Organic Red Blend 2008
(search item no. 113411)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A $20 wine that drinks like it costs $45. Made with organic wine growing and estate-owned grapes. The wine is made in Terra Alta, just south of Priorat. It has a mineral, pure, silky and bright character. It will age very well for a decade or more. The wine is made by the fourth generation of the Piñol family.

This will pair just fine with a rare beef cheddar burger, and the wine's fresh black and blue fruits will pair even better with a lamb or turkey burger with a slice of Yarlsberg. If you're grilling sausages, go more toward the sweet pork and veal rather than spicy or beef examples. In general, white meats are good pairings with Sa Natura due to their inherently sweeter characters. This is also a good pair with dishes in mushroom sauces.

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About Vinos Pinol:

The winery Vinos Piñol is located in the town of Batea. This town is 45 miles south of Barcelona in the high mountains of Tarragona. 1300 ft above the Mediterranean Sea, the Terra Alta region is located next to Priorat, enjoying the same climate conditions and altitude as the Priorat wine region.

Vinos Piñol enjoys a high Mediterranean, with very hot days and cold nights with moderate rains. This climate allows the grapes to ripen very well during the day and slowly during the night, allowing the acidity and the skin-to-juice ratio to build up to the necessary level to have a well-balanced wine. The vineyards are well-protected by the high mountains surrounding Batea.

Limestone on the surface layer and clay on the inside layer, the soils of Vinos Piñol are poor in organic matter. This causes the vines produce lower yields, creating more concentrated grapes. With old family-owned vineyards, small production, organic farming, and the same climate conditions as Priorat, Vinos Piñol has become known for a beautiful selection of wines.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Pinot Noir (375ML) 2007
Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Pinot Noir (375ML) 2007
(search item no. 114920)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a beautiful garnet, classic Russian River as is the fruit, loaded with black cherry flavors. There's mocha in the nose and perfectly balanced hints of elegant oak, which contributes a rich texture. The mouthfeel is round and engaging, classic Pinot Noir, with a note of lively spice at the end. The finish is long and the wine shows great aging potential.
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About Marimar Estate:

Built in 1992 with a capacity of 15,000 cases, the winery sits on a hill surrounded by vines. The production wing is outfitted with carefully selected equipment, to allow the careful control essential to producing a wine based on minimal handling. Its three barrel rooms with independent temperature and humidity controls provide flexibility to experiment with various vinification techniques, in order to best express the fruit's character. The Marimar Torres Estate wines appeal to the small segment of consumers who enjoy having the finest.We pride ourselves in producing food-friendly wines.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Other California    California   
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Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay 2009
Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 108088)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Chardonnay, Conservancy is a wonderfully expressive wine that is rich and creamy, yet fresh. Ripe tree fruit flavors of peach, pear and guava show on the nose and palate. Hints of lemon, subtle herbs and brioche balance out the fruitiness, and there is a creamy and nuanced finish.

Herbed pork loin or pasta with your favorite cream sauce.

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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    South Africa    South Africa   
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Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 108916)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 shows more marked fruit aromatics than usual, while maintaining the typical Southern Right balance of Old World minerality and length with hints of New World palate coverage and body. 2010 is a wine that favors origin expressive individuality, minerality and palate complexity ahead of pure, pungent varietal aroma. A large percentage of fruit from clay-rich soil in 2010 has added an intense mid-palate structural component and addition overall complexity to this wine.
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About Southern Right:

In 1994, Anthony Hamilton-Russell founded Southern Right Cellars as a Pinotage specialist, convinced that Pinotage has the intrinsic qualities to produce truly world-class wine with a distinct South African expression and typicity. As an early ripening grape, it is Anthony’s belief that Pinotage will perform best in cooler, maritime areas, where a longer, slower ripening season will afford fully developed tannins and a greater fruit complexity.

In partnership with winemaker Kevin Grant, the team initiated plantings on four carefully chosen, clay rich sites in the cool, maritime Walker bay appellation. Following in-depth soil research on Hamilton-Russell vineyards, Anthony and Kevin were able to discern that the most site-expressive and complex wines will be produced off of the stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils in the area. In 1998, a 113 hectare farm in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, was purchased as a central home for the Southern Right Cellar.

The first Southern Right Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc were released in 1995. As an early ripening grape, it is Anthony’s belief that Pinotage will perform best in cooler, maritime areas, where a longer, slower With each bottle of Southern Right wine sold, Southern Right Cellars makes a contribution to Southern Right whale conservation in the Walker Bay.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Muga Reserva 2007
Bodegas Muga Reserva 2007
(search item no. 110678)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Decanter rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Powerful, intense and very lively, anxious to please from the start. Almost perfect mingling of red-berry fruit and toasted oak aromas on the nose, with the fruit coming to the fore in the mouth and rounding off a supple, balanced overall effect.

Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo and Graciano

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About Bodegas Muga:

The Muga wine cellars were founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez who originated from a family with strong ties to the winemaking industry. On the death of the founder in 1969, his children Manuel, Isabel and Isaac Muga Caño took over the reins.

Two years later in 1971, they moved their headquarters to their present location in the traditional Station District on the outskirts of Haro. Bodegas Muga has continued to grow as the years have passed but it has never lost the spirit or aptitude of a family-run company.

The winery controls every step of the viticultural and vinification process from the vineyards to making their own barrels and fermenting and aging the wine entirely in oak. Muga is one of only six estates in the world that owns its own cooperage and they import the oak directly from the United States and France. Bodegas Muga is one of the oldest, most elegant and traditional Rioja producers.



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Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2005
Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2005
(search item no. 103145)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Oozing elegance from the outset, with rich toasted aromas telling of elegant wood, accompanied by black- and red-berried fruit, abounding in ripeness and finesse. A warm attack and a dense, supple mouth-feel which overflows with plenitude.
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About Bodegas Muga:

The Muga wine cellars were founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez who originated from a family with strong ties to the winemaking industry. On the death of the founder in 1969, his children Manuel, Isabel and Isaac Muga Caño took over the reins.

Two years later in 1971, they moved their headquarters to their present location in the traditional Station District on the outskirts of Haro. Bodegas Muga has continued to grow as the years have passed but it has never lost the spirit or aptitude of a family-run company.

The winery controls every step of the viticultural and vinification process from the vineyards to making their own barrels and fermenting and aging the wine entirely in oak. Muga is one of only six estates in the world that owns its own cooperage and they import the oak directly from the United States and France. Bodegas Muga is one of the oldest, most elegant and traditional Rioja producers.



Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Errazuriz Single Vineyard Carmenere 2009
Errazuriz Single Vineyard Carmenere 2009
(search item no. 109629)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep purplish ruby-red in colour, our Carmenère Single Vineyard opens with aromas of sweet spice and chocolate that lead the way to black fruits that meld with the variety's characteristic black pepper notes. Exuberant and intense flavours reveal excellent typicity on the palate with a touch of roasted red pepper, soy sauce, cinnamon, and blackberries complemented by a touch of tobacco and pencil lead. The palate displays very sweet, soft, and ripe tannins with firm acidity that refreshes and guarantees a long life in the bottle.
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About Errazuriz:

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines, dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    New Mexico    Other US   
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Gruet Blanc de Noirs
Gruet Blanc de Noirs
(search item no. 12330)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#43 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

The rich and toasty character of our Blanc de Noirs is balanced and superb. Aged for two-year minimum, the palate is developed and shows rich complex flavors. The amazing berries aromas and the creamy texture play a leading role and create a great finesse. Winemaker's Note: A fine salmon color, aggressive mousse and a lovely fruity wine with plenty of immediate charm and toasty aromas. There is also an explosive juicy flavor of raspberry.

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About Gruet:

Gilbert Gruet founder of Gruet Winery was born in Bethon, France in 1931. He grew up in a poor family, and began working at a young age. In 1952, Gilbert Gruet, along with his wife Danielle, dreamt of producing fine quality Champagne. Gilbert followed his heart and in 1967 created the U.V.C.B. (Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon), a co-op in the village of Bethon.

In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards In Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. His children, winemaker Laurent and daughter Nathalie, then relocated to the great state of New Mexico to begin their American wine making adventure.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Veneto    Italy   
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Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2007
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2007
(search item no. 106478)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby-red in color, this wine is brimming with notes of dark, dried cherries, blackberries and hints of dates and mocha. Pairs well with full-flavored pasta and risotto dishes, roast poultry and chorizo. Also excellent with hard and semi-hard cheeses.
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About Allegrini:

The estate is based in Fumane di Valpolicella, just north of Verona in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, or "valley of many cellars" is an area crossed from north to south by a series of hills, which in succession form three parallel valleys. These valleys are crossed by steep-sided, narrow river beds which remain dry except during spring thaws or autumn rains.

The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations, playing a major role in the Valpolicella Classico area for many centuries. Giovanni Allegrini was the founder of the new generation. He was extremely proud to be part of the Valpolicella, and dedicated his many resources and energies to this land. He was among the first in questioning local viticultural techniques, revolutionizing accepted practices, and speaking clearly about quality. He was able to combine the science of enology with strict grape selection, and between 1960 and 1970, made some of the Valpolicella's best wines.

Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of "cru" production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. These crus have been a success worldwide: The Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja have set the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines.