Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Canella Bellini
Canella Bellini
(search item no. 40006)
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PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Prosecco, White Peaches & Raspberries. The key to this cocktail is fresh, top-quality raw material (superb Prosecco, rare white peaches picked when perfectly ripe, carefully selected raspberries), no artificial flavoring, state-of-the-art technology to ensure product's ideal temperature control and stability, and retain the delicate peach aromas without chemical tampering, constant research to maximize quality, high-grade packaging, and less than 80 calories per serving.

It is a classic aperitif, with an inebriating peach fragrance.

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About Canella:

The Canella winery was founded half a century ago, in 1947. At that time, the trend in consumption was for austere reds, but Lorenzo Canella saw far ahead, focusing on wines that were light, white, and refreshing - sparkling wines that set off Veneto's own fine varieties and catered to newer, modern tastes.

The focus and the craft were perfected in the 1970s - a revolutionary decade for Italian viniculture, which saw DOC quality criteria increasingly replacing quantity parameters.

Today, this avant-garde winery combines hi-tech innovation and the best of tradition, wine-making quality and stylish packaging.



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 10/1/2014: $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    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Monte Antico Rosso 2008
Monte Antico Rosso 2008
(search item no. 117066)
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James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby color with garnet reflections, its elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, licorice and plums preludes a medium to full-bodied palate where ripe red fruit, goût de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violets that harmonize and linger.
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About Castello di Monte Antico:

Neil Empson and renowned oenologist Franco Bernabei conjunctly orchestrate this all-Sangiovese varietal from Tuscany's very finest vineyard sites. Having access to the region's top crus and ideal microclimates means they can pick and choose according to harvest conditions, achieving consistent excellence with each vintage.

The superlative characteristics of chosen locations and strict quality parameters make for the wine's depth, structure, character and longevity.

Terrain includes compact, very fine-textured limestone, at an altitude of 400-450 meters above sea level; rocky, clayey/calcareous areas, also at altitudes around 400 meters; and clayey/siliceous/calcareous soil, at an altitude of 250-300 meters: a cross-section of Tuscany's best.



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 10/1/2014: $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    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Argiano Non Confunditur 2009
Argiano Non Confunditur 2009
(search item no. 113270)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#46 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Non Confunditur is a wine that shows definite character, it is full-bodied with soft-tannins and has a long lasting finish. This blend made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese shows exciting power, with the inherent sweetness of the Merlot acting as a bridge between the firm earthiness of the Sangiovese grape, the spicy blackcurrant of the Cabernet and the warm red fruit of the Syrah. The result is a generous, round red wine for early to mid-term drinking with nice aromas of currant and generous fruit flavors, which are versatile enough to develop more depth over several months in bottle.

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About Tenuta di Argiano:

After this estate was acquired by Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano, the philosophy changed whereby quality and personality became the dominant priorities. In order to achieve these goals, Sebastiano Rosa was appointed as General Manager of the Estate. Having spent six years at the University of California at Davis, a two year tenure at Chateau Lafite Rothschild and three years at Sassacaia, he brings a strong mix of experience. In addition, Dr. Giacomo Tachis, probably the most well known winemaker in Italy today, became the oenologist. His legacy includes Sassacaia, Tignanello and Solaia, to name a few. Argiano's vineyards are located in the Montalicino area where a perfect microclimate assures a super ecological system. Varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese are planted. These grapes have not traditionally been part of the Montalcino area.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Santa Cristina by Antinori Sangiovese 2010
Santa Cristina by Antinori Sangiovese 2010
(search item no. 114717)
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PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine opens with a ruby red color with violet tinges. It has a full and intense fragrance with hints of red fruit which bring to mind cherries and raspberries. On the palate the wine is smooth and well-balanced. The finish is characterized by gentle tannins and the persistent flavor of the grapes which make is so delicious and easy to drink.
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About Santa Cristina by Antinori:

Combining Italian soul with new world flavor and vitality, the Santa Cristina line combines maximum quality with value. These extremely versatile wines are made for everyday enjoyment, whether served by themselves or with virtually any food.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Mionetto Il Prosecco
Mionetto Il Prosecco
(search item no. 58519)
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Winemaker's Notes:

Straw-colored wine with brilliant reflections. The aroma is fruity; reminiscent of pear and citrus with a slightly floral bouquet. The wine is fresh and crisp with apparent apple and peach flavors. This gentle-sparkling wine typifies the traditional wine-maker's Prosecco, fermented in the Charmat method to maintain the fresh fruity quality of the Prosecco grape.

Perfect with brunch, lunch, dinner or potato chips. Enjoy in everyday social situations.

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Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Ruffino Modus 2007
Ruffino Modus 2007
(search item no. 106283)
Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 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:

#25 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

In Modus the Sangiovese presents its solid structure and typical cherry and red berry aromas; the Merlot contributes with its characteristic smoothness, enriched by delicate notes of mint and small black berry fruits; the Cabernet Sauvignon seals the union between these 3 royal varieties with its austerity, with its sweet, herbaceous perfumes and its elegance.

Complex, yet simple at the same time, modern in style, yet with a distinct Tuscan character, Modus is a child of the union of Ruffino's century-long winemaking experience and the company's desire to renew itself by experimenting with new varietal expressions and new viticultural technologies. This has always been a Ruffino trademark.

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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    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico 2007
Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico 2007
(search item no. 106564)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $17.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#47 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

The wine offers a brilliant ruby red color. As time passes, the hue is enriched with garnet tones that, as the years go by, lighten further toward orange with an ochre tint typical of Tuscan wines. The aroma is satisfyingly intense, fine and elegant, with light scents of ripe fruits and violets. As it evolves, the wine develops an appealing bouquet that is full and complex. It possesses a pleasant fullness and an outstanding balance of body and structure. Somewhat austere in its youth, the wine softens with age, becoming velvety and developing prolonged and appealing aromatic persistence.

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About Castello D'Albola:

The Castello d'Albola estate is situated above the town of Radda, nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in the province of Siena, Tuscany. Established in the 11th century, Castello d'Albola was initially owned by the Monterinaldi family. Over the centuries it was transferred to the Samminiati, Pazzi and Ginori-Conti families, and finally to the Zonin family.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Schild Estate Shiraz 2007
Schild Estate Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 102007)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#43 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The color of this wine is a vibrant rich red It has a nose of ripe cherries, rich spices and licorice with some vanillin undertones, derived from the extended maturation in new and old American oak. On the palate the flavors explode in a fusion of complex oak and well integrated tannins with a backbone of ripe black plums.

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About Schild Estate:

The Schild name has a long history in the Barossa dating back to 1952 when Ben Schild purchased the Three Springs Farm property in Rowland Flat and settled with his family. Ben transformed the land into a mixed farm with a focus on sustainable viticulture. Schild Estate's vineyards include some of the oldest in Australia including the famous Moorooroo vineyard near Jacob's Creek, which was planted in 1847 by William and John Jacob. Ed’s vineyard site selection has favoured the cooler, southern end of the Barossa near Lyndoch, which enjoys a slower and longer ripening period – perfect for optimum grape flavour development.

These generous wines are spearheaded by the iconic Moorooroo Shiraz, demonstrating regional integrity and illustrating Schild Estate’s reputation as Pure Barossa.Schild Estate wines are an expression of the southern Barossa, which enjoys a slower and longer ripening period – perfect for optimum grape flavour development. Meticulous viticultural and winemaking practices ensure all wines reflect their sub region - Pure Barossa. Approachable. Warm and Passionate. Over deliver on quality. Generous