Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Pedroncelli 3 Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Pedroncelli 3 Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 104078)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich aromas of ripe raspberry and cherry highlight this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is highlighted by bright acidity, in just the right amount to showcase the fruit. Plum, toasted oak notes and warm clove spice combine to round out the flavors. Framed by firm tannins and a lasting finish, our Three Vineyards Cabernet is ready to enjoy upon release or cellar up to five more years
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About  Pedroncelli Winery:

Pedroncelli Winery has come a long way since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyards and a small winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley. Today, the vineyards are planted to premium grape varieties, the winery is filled with modern equipment, and wines bearing the Pedroncelli name grace tables from coast to coast. But two elements from 70 years ago remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family grows grapes, and the family's dedication to making fine wines.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Souverain Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Souverain Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 102654)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from several well known vineyards along hillsides and benchlands throughout the Alexander Valley, including our 120-year-old Alexander Valley estate. Vineyards located on an inland expanse of the Russian River benefit from early evening breezes that cool the valley's warm afternoons. The moderated warm climate, as well as the volcanic and alluvial soils of the valley, allows the grapes to ripen evenly and retain their balanced acidity.

2006 was a solid vintage in Alexander Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon – a finesse vintage with good density of fruit but softer, more mature tannins. Physiological ripeness happened at slightly lower sugars than in past years, providing a sense of balance that should serve this wine well.

This classic Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers rich, dark fruit aromas that lead to flavors of black cherry, black plum, anise and chocolate. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon creates a wonderful density and concentration to this wine along with well-structured tannins. On the palate, hints of brown baking spice meld with the dark fruit and polished tannins. The finish is long with hints of sweet fruit. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful introduction to Alexander Valley.

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About Souverain:

Winemaker Ed Killian has been making wine in California's Alexander Valley for 25 years. he knows the vineyards in the valley inside and out and understands which blocks will give him the fruit he is looking for to create Souverain's signature style. Souverain's 120-year-old estate in the Alexander Valley is the primary source for grapes for the illustrious portfolio of Souverain wines. Killian consistently produces outstanding wines that represent the best of Alexander Valley, including an Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the flagship Winemaker's Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Block 007 Estate 2007
Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Block 007 Estate 2007
(search item no. 105397)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep maroon color in the glass. Aromas of ripe plum, black currant and toasty oak follow through on the palate. The concentrated flavors and great structure along with firm tannins framing the wine lead to a finish that is simply elegant. Obviously this wine has no connection to a world famous British Special Agent. It's simply the name of a vineyard block…Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon.
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About  Pedroncelli Winery:

Pedroncelli Winery has come a long way since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyards and a small winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley. Today, the vineyards are planted to premium grape varieties, the winery is filled with modern equipment, and wines bearing the Pedroncelli name grace tables from coast to coast. But two elements from 70 years ago remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family grows grapes, and the family's dedication to making fine wines.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 104419)

PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Smooth and velvety, our 2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon brims with dark cherry, blackberry and plum character. Hints of rose, chocolate and toasty oak weave through the enticing aromas and mouth filling flavors, finishing with warmth and spice. We selected grapes from vineyards with distinctly different terroirs and then used the art of blending to create a wine with layer upon layer of delicious flavors. Enjoy this Cabernet Sauvignon with your favorite full-flavored entrées, including steak, lamb and grilled portabella mushrooms.
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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine.


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Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 98557)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A Bordeaux blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, .5% Malbec and .5% Petit Verdot.

The symphony of aromas and flavors in our 2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards located in diverse regions of the valley. With each swirl and sip, velvety layers of blackberry, ripe Santa Rosa plum, chocolate, violet and mineral are revealed. Each vineyard's clone, soil, mesoclimate, exposure and cultivation techniques contributed to the wine's complex fruit expression, while barrel aging added soft oak nuances.

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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Simi Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Simi Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 102171)

PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Landslide Vineyard is comprised of numerous soil types and microclimates created by an ancient volcanic landslide from nearby Mount St. Helena. These soil variations, combined with diverse topography, result in varied bud break, flowering, veraison and harvest times in the vineyard blocks.

Along with the complexity created by the different soil types and topography, Simi has planted an assortment of varieties and clones. Nine different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec give winemaker Steve Reeder and his team the tools needed to create spectacular blends of the "big five" Bordeaux varietals.

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About Simi:

In 1876, brothers Giuseppe and Pietro Simi began making wine in San Francisco from Sonoma County grapes and eventually planted vineyards near Healdsburg. Simi's historic stone cellars were built in 1890 and are still used to age the wines. Today, Simi is recognized as a leader in innovation and experimentation with a history of over 125 years of cutting-edge winemaking.

Their Alexander Valley vineyards possess some of the most diverse soils of any wine-growing region. Years of geologic activity – from an ancient mudflow to the meandering Russian River and Mayacama Creek – has created numerous distinct soil types and a range of microclimates. Here they grow the red Bordeaux varietals for their Reserve Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for their Sendal.

Their Russian River Goldfields vineyard is planted to field selections chosen from the oldest and best Chardonnay vineyards in California. The combination of diverse clones and the cool, Russian River Valley climate produce Simi’s distinct Reserve Chardonnay.

Simi's winemakers focus on site-specific winemaking and use the most modern advances in vineyard management, fermentation and blending to best express the personality and flavors of each vineyard site.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Angove Family Winemakers Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Angove Family Winemakers Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 97868)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep purple with blue black hues, this is a medium to full bodied wine which speaks of the essence of the region and the variety. Blackcurrant fruit aromas combine with mint and kaffir lime on the nose. On the palate these flavours are omplemented by the soft silky tannins and elegance demanded by Cabernet grown in Coonawarra. This wine will reward the patient with cellar potential for many years.
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About Angove Family Winemakers:

The Angove family company, Angove's Pty. Ltd., ranks among Australia's largest privately owned wine companies and stands as one of the few with strong interests in distilling as well as grape growing and winemaking.

His early experimentation with vines, winemaking and distilling, led to the establishment of a proud family business. Dr. Angove's initial plantings at the township of Tea Tree Gully in the Adelaide foothills were the forerunner of one of the largest vineyards in the southern hemisphere - the magnificent Nanya Vineyard at Renmark in South Australia's Murray Valley.

Since World War II, the company has steadily expanded its operations and structure. Their Renmark facility has grown to become a major winemaking and distilling enterprise, with storage capacity for more than15 million litres of wine and spirit. In 1947, Thomas William Carlyon Angove, grandson of the founder, took the helm as Managing Director, beginning a new era in development.

In 1983, the fourth generation of the family took control, when John Carlyon Angove succeeded his father as Managing Director of the company.

The success of the Angove's identity owes a great deal to a pioneering spirit. The same urge that drove Dr. Angove to leave his home in Cornwall and emigrate to Australia is evident in many of the developments the company has taken since.



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Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 98245)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is full-bodied and round with well integrated tannins for a smooth finish. The initial aroma contains dark berry fruit with a hint of earthiness. In the mouth the wine is intensely flavored with components of cherry, cedar, tobacco, toast, herbs, and blackberry.
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About Benziger Family Winery:

The Benziger Family Winery was founded in 1980 on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. Their Reserve wines showcase those rare lots discovered in the vineyard or developed in the cellar that receive the highest level of care and emerge as the best of the vintage. Benziger also produces Benziger Family wine and the limited production Vineyard Designate wines. At the core of Benziger Winery are eight, same generation family members committed to managing every aspect of grape growing and winemaking.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 99828)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2% Syrah and 1% Petite Verdot.

The Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep garnet color with intense aromas of ripe cherry, cassis, and pipe tobacco. Concentrated flavors of ripe plums, and dark bing cherries marry perfectly with the oak nuances. This is a well structured wine that is balanced with firm, velvety tannins which culminate in a long, elegant finish with hints of tobacco, dried herbs and fruit. This wine is ready to enjoy now or can be aged for 3-5 years.

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For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.


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Trinchero Cloud's Nest Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Trinchero Cloud's Nest Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106123)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $51.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Above the fog line at 1,500 feet, this is an incredibly beautiful, yet stressed vineyard that produces trademark Mt. Veeder characteristics. Dried cherry, dried herb, briar patch, tobacco and tea aromas are complimented by plum, wild cherry and forest floor flavors with pronounced tannins and a long finish. This is a wine that I think has incredible cellaring potential, but as 2007 is my first vintage with this fruit, we'll have to be patient. However, this wine, like all my wines, should drink well upon release too.
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The Trinchero family has been making wine in the Napa Valley since 1948, and Trinchero Napa Valley serves to honor the legacy of foundery, Mario Trinchero. Wines bearing the Trinchero Napa Valley label are luxury-class, predominantly single-vineyard, wines from their Napa Valley estates. Ech is painstakingly handcrafted and produced in limited quantities. They source their grapes from 100 acres of estate vineyards in prime Napa Valley appellations, including St. Helena, Mount Veeder, Rutherford and Atlas Peak.