Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2006
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2006
(search item no. 97628)
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $13.99

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
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 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:

A blend of 85% Merlot, 7% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Classic Merlot aromas of spice, blackberry and cocoa carry through the palate of this complex artisanally crafted wine. The balance of oak and black fruits creates a velvety, seductive finish.

Top 100 Value of the Year and Best Buy "This bright, satisfying merlot leads with scents of cranberry and red cherry, accented by a touch of herb. Its flavors are fresh and lifted by fine acidity. A balanced wine to pour with lean roast beef." 89 Points
Wine & Spirits
June 1, 2009

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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.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Africa    South Africa   
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Indaba Shiraz 2010
Indaba Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 109186)
screw cap wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This fresh, juicy Shiraz flaunts lively flavors of ripe blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate, with hints of white pepper, licorice and spice. It makes a perfect partner for bacon cheeseburgers, grilled sausages, hearty pasta dishes, and lamb chops.
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About Indaba:

The Indaba brand was first launched in the US in 1996, shortly after South Africa transitioned to a democratic republic. "Indaba" is the Zulu word for "a meeting of the minds," or a traditional gathering of tribal leaders for sharing ideas. The brand was created as a celebration of the democratization process in South Africa, and from its inception the wines have conveyed the spirit of South Africa to American consumers.

The Indaba range is carefully selected from emerging regions of the Cape winelands such as Robertson, Wellington, and the Breede River Valley. Production is overseen by Bruwer Raats, celebrated winemaker of Raats Family Wines and long-term consultant for Indaba. All are bottled under user-friendly screwcap closures with environmentally friendly packaging. In addition to garnering regular "Best Buy" nods from Wine Enthusiast, Indaba has earned extensive praise in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, which described the wines as "truly mind-boggling values" for the past two consecutive vintages.

A commitment to social responsibility has always been a key part of the Indaba philosophy. A portion of the proceeds from the brand’s global sales funds a scholarship program that supports wine-related studies for students from formerly disenfranchised communities in South Africa. Through growth of the brand and via the affiliated scholarship, Indaba is proud to be a part of the positive changes that are altering the face of South Africa’s wine industry.



White Wines    Other White Wine    Greece    Greece   
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Boutari Moschofilero 2010
Boutari Moschofilero 2010
(search item no. 112378)
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Boutari Moschofilero (mo-sko-FEEL-ero) is a premium white wine made from 100% Moschofilero grapes grown in high elevation vineyards in the AOC region of Mantinia in the Peloponnese.

The wine is brilliant, crystal-clear, white-yellow color with green tints. A fresh wine with an intense floral and fruity bouquet dominated by aromas of white rose, melon and citrus. It is well-balanced and fresh, with intense flavor and long aromatic aftertaste (orange blossom, grapefruit).

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About Boutari:

The Boutari family has been crafting wines from Greek varietals since 1879, when Yiannis Boutari first started producing red wines in the small northern village of Naoussa. Since that first vintage the family has become a pioneer of Greek wines. From exporting the first bottled red wine from Greece to reviving lost varietals, Boutari now crafts wines from six different regions using varietals that are grown nowhere else in the world. In a constant quest for improvement Boutari maintains "demonstration" vineyards around Greece where local farmers are invited to learn new methods and techniques for improving their grapes. The results have been astounding: Boutari has been named an International Winery of the Year by Wine and Spirits 14 times – only 5 wineries in the world have received the award more times. Achievements such as developing the modern style of Santorini to reviving lost varietals have garnered lavish praise from the wine press and spawned a generation of high-quality Greek wines made by vintners who cut their teeth under the tutelage of the Boutari family.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117345)
screw cap wine
has fluid
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PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $8.25

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Plump aromas of ripe cherry, red berry and jam fill the nose, followed by notes of luscious berry sweetness on the palate. This textured wine with moderate tannins ends with a round finish.
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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.