Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2006
Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2006
(search item no. 109676)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense red garnet color with ocher hints. Intense and profound on the nose with fruity aromas such as cranberry and red curant. Slight touches of sweetness and cinnamon. Smooth and elegant in the mouth with a good balance between the red fruits and spices. Long finish. The perfect match for all types of red meats and cheeses.
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About Bodegas Beronia:

Bodegas Beronia is found in the Rioja Alta area of the region which is situated to the west. In this area the soil is mainly calcareous clay soil and the vineyards are on average at an altitude of 600 metres. This area’s climatic infl uences are from the Atlantic however due to the Cantabria and Demanda mountain ranges it is sheltered from the worst Atlantic infl uences. It also boasts the Ebro river which creates a series of microclimates and provides much needed water for the vines. The situation of Bodegas beronia is considered to be a unique place for the creation of wines of high quality.

The grapes used at Beronia come from vineyards from within a tenmile radius of the cellars, ensuring that only the highest quality grapes enter the winery. A close relationship is maintained with the 150 vinegrowers who supply the grapes, guaranteeing that only the best quality grapes are selected and that the process is done so in the most natural way. Our technical experts frequently visit the estates to ensure that the use of fertilisers and chemicals are kept to a minimum. It is our priority to maintain healthy and high quality grapes.

Beronia, true to its tradition, produces a classic line of fi ne and well-balanced wines, crianza, reserva and gran reserva. In addition to these two white wines, a young Viura and a barrel fermented Viura. However they satisfy their innovative and avant-garde side with an interesting range of single variety wines, special production Tempranillo and Beronia Mazuelo reserva, making them the only winery in Rioja to produce a reserve wine from the Mazuelo grape.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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Alamos Red Blend 2011
Alamos Red Blend 2011
(search item no. 118790)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $8.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2011 Red Blend has dark berry fruit flavors, integrated with brown spice and vanilla oak characters that form a plush mouthfeel. The Tempranillo and Syrah grapes contribute bold, spicy flavors of blackberry and black pepper which marry well with the juicy dark cherry flavors of Bonarda and the deep plum flavors of the Malbec base. The addition of Cabernet Franc helps to balance the blend, as it melds with notes of warm brown spice to create a long, supple finish.

Blend: 53% Malbec, 15% Bonarda, 14% Tempranillo, 13% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc

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About Alamos:

From the vineyard to the winery, the Alamos wines are made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang time, preserving the fruit's full spectrum of aromas and flavors.

At the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled and two to four year old barrels are used to age the wines.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Tahbilk Shiraz 2008
Tahbilk Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 114526)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Shiraz is everything you would be looking for in an Estate release from a very good year for reds. Rich aromas and full bodied palate of dark berries and pepper, ripe red berry fruits, liquorice, plums and chocolate characters, and a finish that lingers.

Linger over a Tahbilk 2008 Shiraz alongside a Lamb Stew or some Meaty Italian Sausages.

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About Tahbilk:

Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful & historic wineries, located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne) one of the nation's premium viticultural areas.

The property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks.

The vineyard comprises 168 hectares of vines which include the rare Rhone whites of Marsanne, Viognier & Roussanne, along with classical varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc & Verdelho.



Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Las Rocas Garnacha 2008
Las Rocas Garnacha 2008
(search item no. 106532)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby colored with a gorgeous nose. Attractive aromas of kirsch, raspberries, pepper and melted liquorice. Full flavored wine with a supple texture and no hard edges. Medium to full bodied, fruit driven sumptuously-textured and long aftertaste.. Pairing: Various roast dishes, Spanish stew, mushrooms and grilled meats. Blue fish, rice, short-and medium-cured cheeses.
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About Las Rocas de San Alejandro:

Las Rocas de San Alejandro is located in the region of Calatayud, about 150 miles northeast of Madrid, and is centered around the rivers of Jiloca and Jalon. Although there are still few wineries in the zone, the ones which are beginning to show with their wines why this region is so special.

Although the D.O. is quite young, vines have been grown in the zone for some time. About one eighth of the vineyard land’s production has been bottled at one of Spain’s best and most progressive cooperatives, San Alejandro. With an abundance of amazing raw material, Eric Solomon was able to commission several bottlings of very old vine fruit into what has become one of the most sought-after estates in the portfolio. Calatayud benefits from a continental climate with vast temperature differences between night and day. Harvests are much later than in other parts of Aragon, and the acidity/maturity/alcohol ratios tend to be more balanced.

As most of the vineyards lie on what was (thousands of years ago) an old river basin, the soil is comprised of brown limestone and loam over slate and gypsum. This particular soil is also ideal for production of olives, cherries, and other fruits. Jean-Marc Lafage (of Domaine Lafage in France’s Roussillon) is responsible for the Las Rocas cuvees.



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Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2008
Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2008
(search item no. 108294)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine shows a deep ruby, almost purple color, with a spicy, rich cranberry bouquet. Its dark cherry flavors are highlighted by excellent structure and depth all supported by elegant oak. Round and full in the mouth, with supple tannins and a fruit-filled finish.
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About Las Rocas de San Alejandro:

Las Rocas de San Alejandro is located in the region of Calatayud, about 150 miles northeast of Madrid, and is centered around the rivers of Jiloca and Jalon. Although there are still few wineries in the zone, the ones which are beginning to show with their wines why this region is so special.

Although the D.O. is quite young, vines have been grown in the zone for some time. About one eighth of the vineyard land’s production has been bottled at one of Spain’s best and most progressive cooperatives, San Alejandro. With an abundance of amazing raw material, Eric Solomon was able to commission several bottlings of very old vine fruit into what has become one of the most sought-after estates in the portfolio. Calatayud benefits from a continental climate with vast temperature differences between night and day. Harvests are much later than in other parts of Aragon, and the acidity/maturity/alcohol ratios tend to be more balanced.

As most of the vineyards lie on what was (thousands of years ago) an old river basin, the soil is comprised of brown limestone and loam over slate and gypsum. This particular soil is also ideal for production of olives, cherries, and other fruits. Jean-Marc Lafage (of Domaine Lafage in France’s Roussillon) is responsible for the Las Rocas cuvees.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2009
Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 119730)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Black cherry and ripe plum aromas followed by eucalyptus and fresh herbs announce this earthy Pinot Noir. On the palate, you will find caramelized layers of Santa Rosa plum with youthful acidity leading to a perfectly balanced and dry finish.

Salmon, pork tenderloin and mushroom based pasta dishes would be a superb match with this flavorful Pinot Noir. For the cheese course, try Fontina or Manchego with dried fruit and almonds.

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About Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards:

Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
Marimar Estate Dona Margarita Vineyard Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir 2007
Marimar Estate Dona Margarita Vineyard Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 111645)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 vintage was memorable in this area and this bottling shows the intense, generous black cherry fruit of Marimar Torres' best years, with hints of rose petals, clove, and peat from the elegant oak. On the palate it is rich and smooth, with silky mouthfeel and nicely integrated, supple yet firm tannins. It shows great aging potential but is drinking beautifully now.
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About Marimar Estate:

Built in 1992 with a capacity of 15,000 cases, the winery sits on a hill surrounded by vines. The production wing is outfitted with carefully selected equipment, to allow the careful control essential to producing a wine based on minimal handling. Its three barrel rooms with independent temperature and humidity controls provide flexibility to experiment with various vinification techniques, in order to best express the fruit's character. The Marimar Torres Estate wines appeal to the small segment of consumers who enjoy having the finest.We pride ourselves in producing food-friendly wines.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Central Coast    California   
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Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2010
Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2010
(search item no. 116882)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a wine that displays more of the spicy, racy and mineral aspects of syrah with a strong savory component and less of that jammy fruit. There is a freshness on the palate that carries through the fi nish. This is certainly the most "Northern Rhone-ish" of any of our Central Coast bott lings. If you're expecting a fruit bomb, you won't fi nd it here!
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About Qupe:

Qupe was founded in 1982 by Bob Lindquist. Located at the Bien Nacido Vineyard in northern Santa Barbara County, Qupe's current production is about 25,000 cases. Varietals produced include Chardonnay, Syrah, Marsanne, Viognier, a Syrah/Mourvedre blend, a Viognier/Chardonnay blend and Roussanne.


Red Wines    Nebbiolo    Piedmont    Italy   
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Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2004
Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2004
(search item no. 103131)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red-ruby color with slight orange hues. Intense aroma of vanilla and licorice. Dry and good-bodied with a warm and elegant texture. Finishes fresh and persistent. Perfect for grilled red meat as well as raw milk cheeses such as cheddar and provolone.

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About Damilano:

The origins of the Damilano family company dates back to over a century ago, when Guiseppe Borgogno, the great-grandfather of the current owners, started to grow and make wine from his own grapes. This tradition was kept up by Giacomo Damilano, the founder’s son-in-law, together with his children, until it was passed on to his 4 grandchildren, who very attentively manage their forefathers’ land today. The wines produced are renowned for their upright style and the estate is widely appreciated due to the strictness and passion that accompany all of the company's activities.

The vineyards, partly owned and partly leased, are situated in the most famous crus of the Langa region: Cannubi, Liste, Fossati, and Brunate, which are almost entirely cultivated with Nebbiolo da Barolo, and to a lesser extent, with Dolcetto and Barbera varietals.



Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Arboleda Carmenere 2009
Arboleda Carmenere 2009
(search item no. 115400)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With a deep and beautiful reddish-violet color, this wine faithfully represents the characteristics of the Carmenère variety. The nose presents fresh blueberry, maqui, black pepper, and roasted bell pepper aromas all harmoniously integrated with cedar, coffee, vanilla, and smoky notes obtained during barrel aging. Fresh and fruity on the palate, this wine is in balance with its spicy profile, where the oak treatment enhanced its complexity with sweet spices and cedar notes. This well-structured Carmenère with a broad palate and soft, sweet tannins finishes delicate and fresh.
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About Arboleda:

Arboleda wines were born in 1999 as part of the shared dream that inspired Robert Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick to realize the potential of Chile as a world class producer of fine wines. The name "Arboleda" in Spanish means "grove of trees" and is a tribute to the native Chilean trees that have been preserved within the vineyards that produce the Arboleda grapes.

The source of the Arboleda grapes comes from two self contained estates within the valley. A stunning hillside property some 40kms inland was acquired and planted in 2000 with a selection of red grape varieties. This property was named "Las Vertientes" due to its natural springs of water. Arboleda red wines aim for complete ripeness, full bodied with high concentration of fruit, complexity and balance.

Arboleda white wines aim to be fresh, crispy with high acidity and intense aromatics. Therefore the vineyards were planted during 2005 in the proximity to the sea, only 14 kms from the Pacific Ocean in a property called "Chilhue", the place of sea gulls in native Mapuche indian language.