Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009
Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009
(search item no. 119583)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 90% Sangioveto, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Ciliegiolo grown in the Il Poggiale vineyard, the grapes come from an elevation of almost 1,500 feet above sea level. The combination of high elevation and extremely low yields results in a wine that manages to simultaneously show both restraint and layered richness. This classic red holds great aging capability.

This Riserva is a brilliant garnet color with layered aromas of red cherries, earth, rose flowers, and leather. On the palate, the wine shows excellent structure with firm, integrated tannins and is full-bodied with plenty of spice.

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About Castellare:

The vineyards of this 46 acre estate are found in a natural amphitheater in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico region. The story of Castellare is the story of Paolo Panerai, who entered the world of winemaking at age 37 after a career in Italian journalism. Panerai feels it is important to understand and respect the experience of the world's best wineries and to apply this understanding to viticulture in Italy. He has great respect for technology from other winemaking regions and chooses to utilize this technology to move forward while rediscovering and reshaping some of the great traditions of Tuscany.

The birds on Castellare's labels symbolize Panerai's commitment to environmentally sound cultivation. Herbicides are not used, nor are any systemic pesticides. Chemical treatment of any kind is shunned. Hunting is also prohibited on the property. As a result of these practices, the property has become a virtual refuge for wildlife, including many of the birds pictured on the labels.



White Wines    Chenin Blanc    Loire    France - Other regions   
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Sauvion Vouvray 2010
Sauvion Vouvray 2010
(search item no. 112234)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $15.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Amber in its youth and gold tined after a few years. Acacia, wallflowers, verbena on the nose. Lively and punchy in the palate with a honey-noted finish.

Wonderful aperitif or with desserts.

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About Sauvion:

One of the best-known Muscadet producers, Sauvion has long been established in the Loire Valley. Jean-Ernest (often referred to as the "Wizard of the Loire") and Yves Sauvion have carefully put together a range of delicious and diversified wines that have set the tone for much of the Loire Valley.

Château du Cléray-Sauvion, located in the heart of the Nantes region, is one of the oldest estates of the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region and serves as the home to the Sauvion family. It is also one of the few Muscadet-producing Châteaux.



Rosé Wine    Rose    Provence    France - Other regions   
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Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2011
Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2011
(search item no. 115687)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Whispering Angel is a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. Strikingly pale pink in color, the aromas are fresh and fruity. On the palate, it is bone dry through the finish. The name really suits the delicate nature of this wine.

If not simply drinking Whispering Angel on its own, pair it with lightly grilled steaks, salmon, other fish dishes and salads, as well as cheese. Fabulous with modern cuisine.

Check out this clip from the popular NBC sitcom, "Up All Night," with Maya Rudolph, as it showcases the Whispering Angel Rose:
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About Chateau d'Esclans:

Also enchanted by the Provence his father speaks of with emotion, Sacha Alexis Lichine, convinced by the potential of these sun-drenched soils, become the owner, with the Angostura group, of Chateau d'Esclans in 2006. Since then, he hasn't ceased to combine his talent and know-how to this magical terroir, and has given a new dimension to Provence Rose, making a unique assemblage of refinement and pleasure. A new chapter has begun in the world of Rose.

Patrick Leon has unparalleled experience in making among the great wines of the world. Leon served as a Managing Director for Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, overseeing technical departments including the company's vineyards and winemaking facilities for Chateau Mouton Rothschild, d'armailhac, Clerc Milon, le Petit Mouton, Aile d'Argent, Opus One in California, Almaviva in Chile, Domaine de Lambert & Barn' Arques in the Languedoc, Mouton Cadet in Bordeaux as well as other wines in the Baron Phillipe de Rothschild portfolio, including Escudo Rojo in Chile. Patrick's wide breadth of experience and knowledge has established the foundation to becoming a consulting oenologist and working with Sacha Lichine in this capacity. Towards that end, Patrick has been instrumental in overseeing the wine making for Chateau d’Esclans. Patrick Leon's guidance and his enduring counsel have made an immeasurable difference to making all the Lichine wines as great as they are.

Chateau d'Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort. The surrounding land around Chateau d'Esclans is known as La Vallee des Esclans (the valley of the clans).



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz 2006
Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 112404)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Yalumba Signature 2006 is a very deep dark red with generous sweet dark chocolate and warm fig, blackcurrant and cedary spices on the nose. The palate is broad shouldered, intense and concentrated with lingering red and black currant notes. Young and tight, this wine will reveal an elegance and silky refinement on the palate given time. Perfect with braised lamb shanks.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Portugal    Portugal   
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Quinta do Vallado Douro Tinto 2009
Quinta do Vallado Douro Tinto 2009
(search item no. 115689)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Quinta do Vallado Douro Red is dark red, with crimson highlights and an intense, mature red fruit nose, with hints of violets and "esteva" (a local Portuguese herb). The palate shows great structure and a full- bodied elegance, with mature, round tannins, leading to a long, persistent finish.
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About Quinta do Vallado:

In the heart of Portugal’s most famous wine region – the Douro Valley – near the historical center of Regua, the Quinta do Vallado vineyards, winery and guest house spread across both banks of the Corgo River at the very point where it meets the Douro. With winemaking references that date back to 1716, the Quinta belonged to the legendary Portuguese vintner D. Antonia Adelaide Ferreira, and has remained in the family through modern times.

The current owners, Joao Ferreria Alvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and Francisco Olazabal, are the sixth generation of this remarkable family, and the family’s mission to produce some of the best still wines of this fertile valley continues with the red blends and varietals that are exported worldwide. Of the 38-hectare Estate, 26 hectares are filled with vines 60 years and older. It is from these vines that Quinta do Vallado’s Red Reserve and Touriga Nacional wines are made, so it is no wonder that the wines are often found to be rated and reviewed among the best wines from the Douro.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Sonoma County    California   
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Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2011
Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116212)
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PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Fumé Blanc displays an aromatic symphony that leaves one pondering the truly magical characters of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The initial aromas fill the senses with a cacophony of pungent grassy, kaffir lime, citrus, white pepper and classic olive aromas. The palate is framed by refreshing citrus and mineral notes that mingle in wonderful harmony with Meyer lemon, Granny Smith apple and orange zest flavors. The grassy elements repeat on the finish with acidity that is both refreshing and brisk. This incredible new vintage is an ode to our founding and reminds us of how we got our start – a wine that is classically styled and immediately food friendly at an unbelievably fair price.
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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.



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Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2011
Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2011
(search item no. 112564)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, lightly floral with hints of peach pit, honeydew rind, white pear, and tangerine. On the palate, it has beautiful structure and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc along with beguiling fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed.

Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood (especially sushi!). Keep one in the fridge at all times.

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About Crios de Susana Balbo:

After 22 years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios."

Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. These wines are produced under Dominio del Plata's code of sustainable agriculture.

Like Susana's own crios (a boy and a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The artifact illustrates the interconnectedness of every generation, and the irony that we will be both the parent and the offspring at different times in our lives.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Chile    South America   
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Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 111141)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A pale yellow color with greenish tints, this wine offers elegant fresh tropical fruit notes with touches of quince and honey that evolve into white floral notes accompanied by a hint of truffle. The fruit reemerges on the palate, accompanied by a subtle minerality that adds complexity, elegance, and a lively acidity that adds a refreshing and juicy mouthfeel. Moderate in volume and body, this wine offers great elegance. Its intense fruit and acidity ensure its great cellaring potential.
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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.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 113545)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Attractive aroma of ripe grapefruit and honeydew melon, with spice and floral notes. Medium body, medium acidity with juicy fruit flavors.

Blend: 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Semillon

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About Silverado Vineyards:

In the heart of Napa Valley's Stags Leap District sits a rocky peak with a spectacular Mediterranean-style stone winery perched on top. That winery is the iconic Silverado Vineyards, established in 1981 by Ron and Diane Disney Miller. Thirty years later, three generations of Miller Family continue to source grapes entirely from their family-owned estate Napa vineyards. From berry to bottle, each vine growing and wine making step is dedicated to expressing the character of grapes grown on each of the wineries six historic vineyards. Expressing richness and age-worthiness, Silverado wines are unique, one-of-a-kind blends of superlative vineyard location and elegant winemaking style.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast    California   
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Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 110750)

PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Yet another stellar vintage in a string of odd-year dandies. This primary wine of our production offers a merge of red and black fruits, delicate spiciness from carefully selected American oak barrels, and deep brooding opaque color. There is a generous back palate of supple but not shy tannins, a graceful flow across the palate, and a fine, debonaire finish.
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About Justin:

Justin and Deborah Baldwin acquired their land in 1981 and planted 72 acres in vineyards that same year. Initially they were wine growers, selling to other wineries. Then, in 1987, they harvested their first grapes bottled under the Justin label. Justin Winery concentrates on two Bordeaux styled red wines: Isoscleles, which is a 100% estate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and Justification, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Varietals are planted to specific soil types on their hillside vineyards 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, on the Central Coast.