Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2009
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2009
(search item no. 99603)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose features plum and bright red fruits with a hint of roasted meats, earth, pepper and exotic spices. The palate has some wonderful delicate fruit with blackberry joining the party. A touch of dried herbs adds a savory edge with fine, lifted tannins providing a long finish. It's cracking wine with sophistication—but don't worry it's still a lot of fun.

Varietal Blend: Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Shoofly Shiraz 2010
Shoofly Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 112610)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

On the nose, the 2010 Shiraz shows earthy gravel, spicy licorice and dense dark mulberries, while the sweet upfront berry fruit presented on tasting gives way to complex cedar, earth and spice notes, wrapping up with ample structure and grip. The vibrant, juicy fruit runs the length of the palate and lingers with a "have another glass" finish.
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About Shoofly:

Shoofly's winemaker Ben Riggs is a native of McLaren Vale and has been crafting some of the region's finest for two decades. Ben knows his stuff and where to get it – his roster of grape growers is one of the most sought after contact lists in the country. Premium regions produce the best fruit and the grapes come from a "who's who" of Australian growers and viticultural neighborhoods – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and Heathcote.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Peter Lehmann Art Series Shiraz-Cabernet 2010
Peter Lehmann Art Series Shiraz-Cabernet 2010
(search item no. 117989)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $8.25

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep red color leads to a bouquet of dark chocolate with a hint of blackcurrant. The palate is satisfyingly rich with a firm, long finish. A uniquely Australian blend. Shiraz provides layers of ripe plum and dark chocolate while the mint and blackcurrant of Cabernet Sauvignon combine to create a wine of great balance and flavor.

Beautifully complementary with steak, rare roast beef or mature cheddar.

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


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 10/25/2014: $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.



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Guillaume Gros El Nino Loco Vin de Pays 2009
Guillaume Gros El Nino Loco Vin de Pays 2009
(search item no. 119891)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The blend is 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Carignan, and in 2009 the grapes were as ripe as they could be. Mocha and chocolate notes pick up a touch of prune. With its superripe fruit, ample weight, lush texture and warm finish, grounded by notes of leather and forest floor.
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About Guillaume Gros:

After 10 years of working as a sommelier, in 2001 Guillaume Gros created his own domain in the charming village of Maubec on the slopes of the Côtes du Luberon. Naturally, the years Gros spent tasting and talking about wine as a sommelier (at such highly esteemed establishments as Caves Taillevent, Jules Verne, Guy Savoy and Arnsbourg) play a large role in what informs his approach to making wine: the wines are approachable and food-friendly. It could be argued though that the inspiration behind his choice of terroir is based more on legacy. Gros’ roots in Maubec run deep; not only was he born in the Luberon, but his great-grandfather was a winegrower in Maubec proper, producing his last vintage in 1959. Today, he continues to enjoy the good counsel of long-time locals thanks to his close relationship with mentors Alain Graillot and the Sabon family from La Janasse.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2005
Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2005
(search item no. 88700)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $10.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 62 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

At 3,500 feet above sea level our vineyards in Mendoza are in the ideal location for growing the grapes that create Terrazas de los Andes Malbec. The regions particular microclimate allows us to obtain this intense and gentle Malbec.

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About Terrazas de los Andes:

At the end of the 1950s, the famous French Champagne house, Moët & Chandon, realized there was an enormous potential for growth in South America. They sent their wine analyst, Renaud Poirier, to study the possibility of expansion. Monsieur Poirier finally proved that Luján de Cuyo, a region within the province of Mendoza, was the best place for the birth of fine wines. In 1960, Chandon Argentina was established, the first subsidiary of Moët & Chandon outside France.

To make the Terrazas de los Andes wines, Chandon Argentina took the initiative to restore this building, located in the heart of Perdriel and at the foot of the imposing Cordón del Plata (a section of the Andes Mountain Range).

In the past, Chandon Argentina made only sparkling and generic still wines, however at the beginning of the '90s fueled by a political system more orientated towards an international market, a varietal wines project was born, to which Terrazas has now become the reality. Situated in Perdriel there is an old Spanish style winery that was used by Pedro Domecq to create his brandy. Renaud Poirier asked Domecq if he could use his equipment to make the first experimental vintages, between 1957 and 1959. Thirty years later Terrazas de los Andes was born, a tributary of Chandon Argentina dedicated exclusively to the production of varietal wines.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Big House Red Blend 2005
Big House Red Blend 2005
(search item no. 90713)
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PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $7.89

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 75 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Lush tannins, bright fruit and criminally rich - a riot of blackberry, raspberry and black pepper.

A perfect match for pizza, pasta and barbecue.

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About Big House:

The Big House wines were born of the notion that the California climate is quite hospitable to the rollicking, sun loving grapes of Mediterranean France, Italy and Spain. Big House has found that by blending, rather than relying upon a single variety, they can create far more complex, rich wines that elegantly match a very wide variety of cuisine, from pizza, to BBQ ribs to roast chicken.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Gallo of Sonoma Reserve Zinfandel 2004
Gallo of Sonoma Reserve Zinfandel 2004
(search item no. 87603)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Varietal Content: 92% Zinfandel, 9.3% Petite Sirah

There is a lot of Russian River Valley fruit in the blend, which means fruit-driven Zinfandel. The Russian River is distinctive due to its cool maritime climate which gives the wine vibrant fruit aromas and flavors. This Sonoma County Zinfandel displays classic aromas and flavors of jammy raspberry, blackberry, dark plum and black cherry. These layers of rich fruit are balanced by hints of warm vanilla and spice resulting in a wine with depth and structure.

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About Gallo of Sonoma:

The Gallo family tradition in Sonoma County began in the 1930's when Matt and Gina Gallo's grandfather, Julio, recognized the potential of winemaking in Sonoma. The Gallo family now owns eight vineyards in Sonoma County. These vineyards represent a cross-section of Sonoma's diverse micro-climates, thereby adding to the complexity and rich flavors of the award-winning Gallo of Sonoma wines.

Gallo of Sonoma wines represent the best of what Sonoma County has to offer. They are crafted with pride by Matt and Gina Gallo, Third Generation Family Winemakers in Sonoma County, California's premier winegrowing region.

50-50 Give-Back Plan
More than just a caretaker of the vines, Julio Gallo believed that his family had an obligation to protect the land by planting vineyards in a way that would preserve the local environment. His first step in accomplishing this task was to set aside as wildlife habitat one acre of property for every acre planted to vineyard in Sonoma County. Today, Julio's grandson, Matt, continues this 50-50 Give-Back Plan, managing a 6,000 acre property portfolio that balances 3,000 acres of planted vineyard with 3,000 acres of natural habitat.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2005
Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2005
(search item no. 89243)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An intense purple-red color, Valentin Bianchi's Famiglia Bianchi Malbec has a luscious, intense fruit aroma, with hints of ripe plums, cherries and berries. The flavors mimic the aromas, with a massive, yet soft and silky, mouthfeel and a lush, long finish. It is the perfect expression of the highly-praised Malbec grape.

Serving tips: This wine is ideal to serve with a large variety of foods, especially with meat and hard cheeses.

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About Valentin Bianchi:

Bodega Valentin Bianchi is one of the oldest and most important wineries in South America. It is a symbol of tradition, nobility and quality in Argentine wines. Started in 1928 by Don Valentin Bianchi, they have won world attention and acclaim since 1934 starting with the "Maximum Quality" honor in Mendoza. On August 12, 1968, Don Valentin Bianchi passed away. However, the tradition that he firmly established continues to live on in his successors.

Today, Valentin Eduardo Bianchi and Ricardo Stradella Bianchi have brought the winery into the modern era. Valentin is the President of the winery while Ricardo is the Chief Financial Officer. Recently, they enlisted the aid of California winemaker, Robert Pepi. He has helped them refine some of their techniques and the new wines show the style that this new breed of management exemplifies. Pepi believes that Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are the future of this winery.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2003
Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2003
(search item no. 88883)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006!

Vino Nobile is garnet red in colour; its bouquet is delicate and intense, with a slight scent of violet. The taste is dry with a hint of tannin.

Serving suggestions: roast and grilled meat, game and mature cheeses.

"A rich, round red, with lots of jammy berry and strawberry character. Full, round and caressing. Lots going on. Needs time. Best after 2007."
-Wine Spectator

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About Avignonesi:

In 1309 pope Clement V transferred the papal residence from Rome to Avignon, France. In 1377, when pope Gregory XI moved the papal residence back to Rome, some noble families of Avignon left France to follow him. It was at that time, in Italy, that one of those families became known as Avignonesi - probably to simplify an otherwise difficult, foreign name. Soon the Avignonesi family separated into three branches which settled in Rome, Siena and Montepulciano.

It is not known exactly when Avignonesi's cellars were built, but they are doubtless among the most ancient in Italy. Palazzo Avignonesi was built according to a design by Jacopo Barozzi (called Vignola) in the second half of the XVI century and it has always been the cellars' seat.

In 1974 the Falvo brothers, owners of the vineyards in the municipality of Cortona, took over Avignonesi and refounded it investing greatly in viniculture, selecting the local varieties and introducing classical ones such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir. Nowadays, Avignonesi consists of four wine-producing estates: Le Capezzine, I Poggetti, La Selva and La Lombarda. In total they comprise 218 hectares of open ground, 103 ha of vineyards and 7 ha of olive groves.