Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Casa Silva Reserva Carmenere 2009
Casa Silva Reserva Carmenere 2009
(search item no. 108362)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Authentic Chilean style. Dark almost purple core with deep sooty red at the fringes. A blend of concentrated blackberry and plum softened by some red fruit character. Distinctive dried herbal and white pepper spice character. A superb balance of full fruit, good acidity, sweet French oak, and full tannins on the long lingering finish. Cutting edge grape coming into its own a premiere producer.
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About Casa Silva:

Founded in 1892 by French wine pioneer and ancestor Emilio Bouchon, Casa Silva is now owned by Mario Silva and family - the fifth generation of winemakers. Many of the vines planted are over 90 years old, carried over from Bordeaux, pre-phylloxera, by the first generation. Previously selling their juice to larger, bulk wineries, Casa Silva began a bold, estate bottling program in 1997. Now, the Silva Family are viewed as leaders of the new generation of premium wine producers, and their wines have received international acclaim.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2004
Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2004
(search item no. 107658)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A lively rich ruby hue announces an equally appealing complexity in the bouquet, which has the classic essences of red berries, complemented by delicate nuances of oak and licorice. On the palate this wine is warm, and ample; showing a well integrated balance of tannins and acidity, a great structure and a long persistent finish. This Brunello reveals great elegance.
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About Fattoria dei Barbi:

Takes its name from the free-spirited gentleman named Bruscone who lived in the woods of the Barbi Estate. Patented system of vinification, based on the Tuscan tradition of “May Wines.” A wine which was born from the extensive soaking of skinned Sangiovese grapes that rest for 3 months with their pomace. One of the first “Super-Tuscan’s.” Fattoria dei Barbi is "The" reference for Brunello in Montalcino. Barbi's approach of using tradition to anchor contemporary expressions of wine continues to position Barbi as a leading producer in Brunello. The Colombini family is one of the most influential of the region and have been an integral part in writing the history of Brunello. Fattoria dei Barbi's commitment to innovation and quality have lead to many "firsts."


Red Wines    Mourvedre    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Castano Monastrell 2008
Bodegas Castano Monastrell 2008
(search item no. 101112)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Monastrell from three 30 year old non-irrigated vineyard sites in Campo Arriba.
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About Bodegas Castano:

There are only a handful of wineries remaining in Yecla since the phyloxera plague, and they are led by the forward-thinking Bodegas Castano, which has helped to reinvigorate the winemaking in the region.

Created by Ramon Castano Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castano is not nearly as old as the vines it owns. Starting quite small, the family has nurtured these old plantings and re-planted other parcels and now owns 350 hectares of some of the prime vineyard land in Yecla. Today, Daniel Castano, one of Ramon's sons, runs the winery with the help of other members of the family.

The extremely talented Mariano Lopez has taken over the winemaker reins at the Bodega, and has turned the focus toward more balanced bottlings of older vine Monastrell. Both traditional and carbonic maceration techniques are used and all wines pass through malolactic fermentation. Daniel believes that the fruit and tannin structure of the Monastrell varietal stands up well to the use of oak, and as such, many of the wines pass (in varying degrees) through a barrel regime.



Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Calina Reserva Carmenere 2008
Calina Reserva Carmenere 2008
(search item no. 99103)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $11.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 80% Carménère, 12% Merlot, 5% Syrah and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine is proof that good wine gets made in the vineyards. The color is dark and inky with deep purple hues. The aromas are intense with ripe berries, smoked bacon, sweet cotton candy, "grandma`s spice box" and hints of vanilla. The tannins are well-integrated, providing the underlying structure to support the wine's opulent fruit. The finish is medium-long and elegant with spice and hints of oak.

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About Calina:

Calina's bold innovations in the vineyard and cellar are setting a new standard of excellence for winemaking in Chile. Calina uses the famed vineyard practices and winemaking technology developed by Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates in California, while sourcing the best fruit from the emerging top Chilean coastal appellations. This unique philosophy means Chilean coastal appellations. This unique philosophy means Calina wines always show signature fruit flavors, depth and complexity. Most importantly, they are recognized year after year as "Best Buys" from various leading wine critics. These awards support the Calina initiative - to create wine of inimitable quality at an affordable price.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2006
Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 97388)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Terra d'Oro 2006 Zinfandel is a shining example of Amador Zinfandel. We don't have to coerce character and spice from the fruit, nor do we beat it back. Dark berry fruit is generously seasoned with characteristic Shenandoah Spice. The different oak styles lend molasses, vanilla and cinnamon to a balanced lingering finish. Sweet and spicy are two classic culinary combinations.

Our chefs match many of our favorite dishes with this classic zinfandel, ranging from barbeque short ribs in chipotle dipping sauce to pan-seared filet mignon or just an old fashioned juicy cheeseburger.

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About Terra d'Oro:

For more than 150 years, fortune seekers have been lured to California's rugged Sierra Foothills. Though they once came for the gold, these days they come for the wine—Terra d'Oro, to be more specific. Handcrafted from some of Amador County's most historic vineyards, Terra d'Oro wines are rich indeed, full of the character and intensity that perfectly captures the essence of this "Land of Gold."


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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DeLoach Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
DeLoach Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 105605)

PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $9.95

Winemaker's Notes:

This easy-to-drink Cabernet is classic in style. Aromas of black currant intermingle with fresh herbs de Provence, sure to entice you to the first sip. On the palate, lush, mouth-watering Santa Rosa plums mix with spicy black pepper, as the taste of rich caramel fills your palate. While soft upon entry, this well-balanced Cabernet firms up for a long, lasting finish.
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About DeLoach Vineyards:

The Russian River Valley has come to be known as "America’s Burgundy," and DeLoach is proud to have been an important factor in this distinction. DeLoach's wines have won numerous accolades and scored many 90+ ratings over the years. The Wine Spectator’s James Laube called DeLoach "one of California’s best producers of Chardonnay," and Wine and Spirits has proclaimed DeLoach "Winery of the Year" nine times.

DeLoach's mission is to produce exceptional wines that spotlight the singular personality of the Russian River Valley in a socially responsible, environmentally sensitive way. They seek to foster a better understanding of the Valley's unique terroir, with its rare and bountiful convergence of the sea, the soil and the stars.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011
(search item no. 116153)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tilia Malbec has a dark, blackish purple color. The nose offers ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



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)
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PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $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.


Red Wines    Primitivo    Southern Italy    Italy   
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A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2008
A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2008
(search item no. 108670)
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PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The flavors of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and plums are all carried by a subtle, sweet, toasted oak flavor. The finish is soft and long with very graceful tannins and a beautiful body.
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About A. Mano:

"How does an American end up in Apulia (and why does he stay?)", asks Mark Shannon as he begins to tell his story. Meeting this brilliant wine-maker from California, you are struck by professional and personality alike: Mark's drive, enthusiasm, creativity and expertise are hard to come by in a single individual! Needless to say, the impact of his sensational Apulian red reflects the impact of the man.

Called AMano ("hand-made"), and entirely hand-crafted from indigenous Primitivo grapes (the original source of Zinfandel, by the way...), this fruit-packed, food-friendly red expresses the region's quality potential, and the reasons for Mark's Apulian connection. These are best told by Mark himself: "Apulia (or Puglia, as it is known in Italian) is so easy to fall in love with: old, head-trained vineyards, a history of grape-growing in harmony with nature. Everything necessary for top-quality wines. I was compelled to stay. I have not seen another region of the world where the quality potential is so high.

After so many years of technical wine-making, I had almost forgotten that the right way to make wine is with love. In fact, Puglia reminded me this is the way to do everything."



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Cambria Bench Break Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000
Cambria Bench Break Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000
(search item no. 98909)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Bench Break Vineyard Pinot Noir offers the minerality of fruit from the most austere section of the estate; it is dark, exotic and voluptuous.

"The dark plum-colored 2000 Pinot Noir Bench Break Vineyard exhibits complex floral, currant, cherry, and blueberry characteristics. The wine is medium-bodied, with well-integrated acidity, wood, and tannin. This beautiful effort is nearly exceptional. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. This is a well-made effort, and is available for a realistic price." 89 Points
Wine Advocate

June 2002

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About Cambria Winery:

Cambria is a private, family-owned estate winery that has carved out a reputation for producing lush, tropical Chardonnay, velvety-textured Pinot noir and rich, spicy Syrah since its inception in 1987. Cambria's proximity to the ocean and east-west orientation gives this 1,400-acre property the diversity it needs to grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah under perfectly suited conditions. As an estate property, Cambria's Vineyard Manager and Winemaker work in tandem to perfect the winegrowing process. Together, they select only the finest grapes from the estate to bear the Cambria name. Every grape is hand-harvested and crafted into wine with the utmost care and respect foe the varietal.

In recent years, Cambria has concentrated its vineyard and winemaking resources into amplifying different aspects of the Cambria estate. This effort launched an in-depth exploration of the vineyard and varieties on this cool-climate property. The result has elevated the quality of Cambria's core wines, created new site-focused and distinct winemaking styles, and dramatically highlighted the bold flavors of each variety. Today, the flagship wines, making up 90% of the production, include Katherine's Chardonnay, Julia's Pinot Noir and Tepusquet Syrah. Each wine represents the broad definition of flavor, for that variety, on the estate.