Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010
Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 113930)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Every year, we bring in approximately 35 lots of Zinfandel averaging 25-30 years in age. Each of these lots is produced under the careful eye of our winemaker, Ted Seghesio. The best of these lots are selected to make Sonoma Zinfandel. A small amount of Petite Sirah is blended in the wine for added complexity. The result is a tantalizing black raspberry and classic briary flavored wine with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known.
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About Seghesio Family Vineyards:

Established in 1985, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Seghesio Family Vineyards' 300 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys represent some of the oldest vineyards and proprietary clones. With a passionate belief that wine is made in the vineyard, Seghesio pairs a century of experience on these treasured sites with aggressive farming techniques. True to their oldest plantings, Seghesio concentrates on Zinfandel, Italian varietals and Pinot Noir. Ted Seghesio is the winemaker.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 115114)
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#68 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Deep red with dark purple hints. Intense and expressive nose with garnet and fresh red fruit, but yet elegant with subtle sweet spiced from a well integrated oak. Intense mouth feel with a broad tannic structure, lingering towards fresh red fruit flavors. A concentrated body, which will enable a long bottle ageing.

Ideal companion for meats and elaborate dishes.

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About Lapostolle:

Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that make Grand Marnier a global success. Its objected is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and superb terroirs of Chile. Today, Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produces a total of 200,000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Ruffino Modus 2009
Ruffino Modus 2009
(search item no. 120303)
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James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red with violet hues. The impact of the aromas is intense and fascinating. The bouquet is complex, initially characterized by intense notes of mature fruit, such as cherries, plums and small black berries, which then fade into hints of spices, mint, sweet tobacco and refined balsamic notes on the finish. On the palate it is full-bodied and harmonious and characterized by the finesse of its silky tannins. The taste is elevated by a remarkable pleasantness and freshness and a texture in which each varietal adds its own distinctive trait. The finish is incredibly persistent, with an aftertaste of black berry fruit and cocoa.

Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

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About Ruffino:

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
(search item no. 116240)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.

Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


Red Wines    Grenache    Sardinia    Italy   
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Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2008
Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2008
(search item no. 118245)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright ruby color, with purple hues, the aromas project ripe red berry, including strawberry and raspberry jam. In the mouth, coffee, spices and herbs, including an aroma of violets, plummy fruit flavors and aristocratic oak overtone. Full, round, fruit forward, consumer friendly taste profile. Oak aged for two years in large Slavonian casks with several additional months in the bottle. Medium-bodied for food-friendly matchings.
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About Sella & Mosca:

In Italy and elsewhere in Europe, wine connoisseurs and industry professionals rate Sella & Mosca among Italy's most outstanding wine estates. Sella & Mosca's I Piani estate in Sardinia constitutes the second largest contiguous vineyard in Italy and counts itself among the country's most impressive wineries. Situated in the northwest corner of Sardinia, just inland from the pretty, historic port of Alghero, this 1,600-acre property with more than 1,200 acres of vines is one of the largest wine estates in Europe.

Sella & Mosca, which celebrated its centennial in 1999, was founded by Messrs. Sella and Mosca, two Piedmontese businessmen revered to this day for their prominent roles in the Risorgimento (Italy's 19th-century unification movement). Today, the property is owned by Campari.

As Sardinia's foremost wine producer, Sella & Mosca is renowned for premium wines made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. In addition to native varieties such as Vermentino and Cannonau, the winery has successfully pioneered the introduction of international grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Brophy Clark Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2010
Brophy Clark Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 122985)
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PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2010 Pinot Noir is a pleasant, medium ruby wine with aromas and flavors of ripe cherry and raspberry with a hint of vanilla and a smooth, soft, supple finish.
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About Brophy Clark Cellars:

Brophy Clark Cellars is a unique partnership that combines the talents of winemaker, John Clark with the viticulture expertise of his wife, Kelley Brophy Clark. Their goal is to produce the best wine possible from some of the Central Coast’s most outstanding vineyards and to bring those wines to you at a good value. The Clark's focus on Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel—varietals they feel excel in this region.

Brophy Clark Cellars produces approximately 2,500 cases of wine annually. Working with small lots, John and Kelley are able to handcraft each wine and personally handle all phases of the winemaking process. Vineyard blocks are hand-selected by Kelley and John tailors winemaking techniques to each lot, bringing to life the varietal character and vineyard expression of the fruit.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2007
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 98997)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a deep, intense purple. On the nose it is aromatic and complex, with a combination of fruit and spice, cinnamon, white pepper, cajun spices, mocha, liquorice and blackberry. On the palate it is immensely approachable with hints of menthol, spearmint, violets and boysenberry, with soft suple tannins.
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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.


Red Wines    Chianti    Tuscany    Italy   
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Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2005
Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2005
(search item no. 107569)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Sangiovese spends 11 months between stainless steel, Slavonian oak casks and French barriques. Color is intense ruby red. Bouquet shows hints of small berry fruits and flowers. Full, soft tannins, good structure, and persistent finish.
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About Il Molino di Grace:

The winery is named after a 19th century historic windmill located on the property near the cantina. However, the viticultural history of the property is much older–the vineyards at Il Molino di Grace have been fruitful for over 350 years. When Frank Grace first purchased the property in 1995, there was no winery: all the grapes were sold to local producers. Using the site of a ruined barn, Grace, together with winery manager Gerhard Hirmer, designed and built a state of the art winery. The winery opened its doors in 1999 and today, all of our wines are estate produced and bottled using organic materials and sustainable practices in both the vineyard and cantina.

At Il Molino di Grace, we strive to produce elegant wines that are an expression of terroir through the Sangiovese grape coupled with a careful use of oak for aging the wine.
The philosophy of utilizing a sustainable approach to wine making is a critical component of our approach at Il Molino di Grace. Vineyards have existed on the property for over 350 years. There is an ancient Etruscan path that winds its way through the vineyards – and the winery itself is named after a local historic landmark, "the windmill" located on the property near the cantina. The history of the property is an essential component of the present and future of Il Molino di Grace.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other California    California   
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Hahn Estates Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Syrah 2007
Hahn Estates Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Syrah 2007
(search item no. 105144)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This deep ruby Syrah combines strength and grace, opening with aromas of raspberry, black cherry and pepper. Lush and seductive, its concentrated fruit flavors are complemented by nuances of dark chocolate, espresso, spice, butter and oak. Sturdy yet refined tannins and a velvety mouthfeel lead to an elegant finish.

This wine pairs perfectly with charred meats and hearty stews. Try it with barbecued spareribs, lamb skewers, or a bacon and blue cheese burger served with sweet potato fries.

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About Hahn Estates:

The spectacular beauty of California's Central Coast is probably the best-known region in all of California for its unique lifestyle. Monterey County's dramatic ocean scenery, historic communities, artistic culture, verdant pine forests, and bountiful agriculture have beckoned adventure-seekers, seafarers, artists, writers and vacationers for over 100 years. And the 99 miles of breathtaking Pacific coastline is something no other California county can boast.

The wind and fog interact with solar radiation to slow grapes' ripening, producing up to two months longer growing season than in warmer grape growing regions. These conditions create fruit with more varietal intensity, flavor, depth and structure, and thus, exceptional wines. In German, "Hahn" means "Rooster" and for this reason a rooster embellishes the Hahn Estates label, honoring the Hahn Family’s European Heritage. With an inspiration to raise Monterey wines to the highest level, the wines of Hahn Estates are created with a philosophy that all great wines are special – akin to the region they were grown in. The Hahn wines celebrate everything that is Monterey – unique in thought, style and setting.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Graham's 10 Year Old Tawny Port
Graham's 10 Year Old Tawny Port
(search item no. 5972)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $31.99

Winemaker's Notes:

"10 Years" indicates and average age – this Aged Tawny Port is a blend of older wines, which offer complexity and younger wines, which bring fresh fruit flavors and vibrancy. During their long maturing period in oak casks, Aged Tawnies undergo subtle color changes: the deep red hue which characterizes Port's youth gradually gives way to a paler reddish amber color. Graham's is known for its rich, elegant house style. This 10 Year has a full, nutty bouquet, the classic Graham's richness and a soft lingering finish.

Serving and pairing suggestions
Graham's 10 Year is bottled ready to drink after an average of at least ten years of cask aging. It has a t-cap closure, which means that you don't need a corkscrew to open it and that it will stay fresh for two to four months if stored in a cool, dark place or refrigerator. Serve it in a glass with at least a six ounce capacity so that you may appreciate the wine's aromas. Graham's 10 Year is delicious when paired with milk chocolate, creme brulee or fruit tarts. In warmer months, try it chilled for a refreshing dessert in a glass.

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About Graham's:

The firm of W & J Graham & Co has its roots in a Glasgow-based textile concern. In 1820 the brothers William and John Graham, who were then managing the company office in Oporto, accepted 27 pipes of Port wine in settlement of a bad debt.This Port was shipped to the parent company in Glasgow which initially reprimanded the brothers for not sending cash. Fortunately however, after it was sold the Port turned out to be very popular and soon William and John were being urged by their parent company to acquire and ship more of this finest of fortified wines. Within the next few years Graham's reputation grew as a shipper of fine Port, first to Scotland and gradually all over the Port-drinking world. In 1882 Andrew James Symington, a young Scot whose family was well known to the Grahams, took up a position with Graham's in Oporto. The firm of W & J Graham was acquired by the Symington family, his descendants, in 1970. Today James Symington, grandson of Andrew James, and other members of the family draw on their century of experience in the Port trade to ensure that the quality and reputation of Graham's is maintained.