Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Chateauneuf-du-Pape    France - Rhone   
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Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Exceptionelle 2007
Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Exceptionelle 2007
(search item no. 105713)
collectible wine
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet color. Notes of red cherries, plums and bilberries with a hint of violets and dried roses. Long, soft, well-rounded finish.

Food matching: Dishes containing truffles, wild mushrooms and game.

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About Domaine du Vieux Lazaret:

The vineyards of Domaine du Vieux Lazaret are spread over 90 hectares, split into 35 different parcels of vines throughout Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is today amongst the largest domains in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with 80 hectares planted in red grape varieties and 10 planted with white grapes. The number of parcels enables the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret to give greater complexity to its wines due to the diversity of soils, grape types and differing ages of vines.

Harvesting of the grapes is done entirely by hand, with very strict selection of the best grapes to enhance the quality of the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret wine. This limits the maximum production, under the A.O.C laws, to 35 hectoliters per hectare.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2009
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2009
(search item no. 109847)
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PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 91 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 was an excellent vintage that featured only light spring rain, warm summer weather and no abrupt climate changes at season's end. This allowed us to be highly selective during harvest, choosing the very best fruit only when completely ripe. The result of these amazing conditions is a perfectly balanced and elegantly textured wine with supple tannins, rich fruit concentration and alluring notes of spice and wood. It is a lovely accompaniment to filet mignon topped with bleu cheese, grilled lamb chops or truffle buttered potatoes.
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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life."



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 114076)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose opens with bright aromas of cherry and raspberry backed by a hint of leather. Floral notes are complimented by tones of dried orange peel. The entry opens with rich flavors of brown sugar and sweet fruit cake with a touch of spice and clove. The medium bodied mouthfeel features chewy tannins and nicely balanced acidity, leading to elements of juicy red fruits on the finish.
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About Willamette Valley Vineyards:

United in the dream of building a world class winery in Oregon, thousands of wine enthusiasts joined winegrower Jim Bernau to create Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is regarded as one of Oregon's top wineries. Since 1983, the winery has grown to produce some of the highest-rated Pinot Noirs in the U.S. Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Willamette Valley Vineyards one of "America's Great Pinot Noir Producers." Their wines have been served at the White House and are recommended by wine critic and author Andrea Immer, Food Network's Rachael Ray and Public Broadcasting's chefs Caprial and John Pence.

Willamette Valley Vineyards' goal is to make the highest quality Burgundian varietals possible from the Willamette Valley. Their approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Bernau's stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth and richness of mouth feel and balance.

The people of Willamette Valley Vineyards are deeply committed to being good stewards of the land using natural means to promote soil nutrition and vine health. Both the Estate and Tualatin vineyards are LIVE certified and designated "Salmon Safe" by the Pacific Rivers Council.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Argentina    South America   
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Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select 2010
Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select 2010
(search item no. 115241)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful deep purple color. The nose is like walking into a gentlemen's poker parlor: aromas of cigar, leather, and smoked meat fill the nose with hints of toasty oak, forest floor and baking spice. Well-structured tannins support big fruit flavors of blackberry jam, black spiced cherries, ground black pepper and just a hint of rhubarb. Nice, lingering finish. L3—lush, long and loveable.

Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats such as beef, pork and lamb, and dishes prepared with mild cheese or wild mushrooms.

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About Luca:

Laura Catena is a fourth generation winemaker who grew up in a traditional Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. Laura splits her time between Mendoza and San Francisco, California, where she is an emergency physician, university professor and occasional tango dancer. Laura had the vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. A pioneer of small-grower relations in Mendoza, Laura's incredible, limited production wines come from some of Argentina's best fruit from low-yield, high-elevation, family-owned vineyards. The wines are named after her children - Luca, Dante and Nicola - and the background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott.


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La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria 2009
La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria 2009
(search item no. 106479)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant ruby-red in color with loads of ripe blackberry, strawberry and currant on the nose. The plush fruit flavors are deliciously integrated with subtle hints of mocha, tobacco and oak spice. Full and rich with soft tannins, the lush layers of fruit and spice are backed by lively acidity. This everyday Sangiovese is the perfect choice for barbecues, pastas, pizza and sausages.
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About La Carraia:

La Carraia was founded in 1976 by the Gialetti and Cotarella families. Riccardo Cotarella, respected throughout Italy and abroad as a leading authority in the production and marketing of Italian wines, is the winemaker at this estate. La Carraia began as a producer of bulk wines for top of the line estates such as Ruffino and Rocca delle Macie.

Today, the winery owns a total of 200 acres and is bottling its own wines in the heart of the Orvieto Classico, and a small amount of the excellent single vineyard Orvieto: Poggio Calvelli. The remaining property is planted to Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. La Carraia is the leading estate in the new emerging production of excellent red wines from the Orvieto zone.



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Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
(search item no. 111032)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1994 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine shows crisp, ripe red berry and cherry fruit flavors and aromas sustained by a fresh, acidic note offset by classic Sangiovese notes of earth, mushrooms and leather, with an elegant tannic backbone.
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About Tenuta di Nozzole:

The Nozzole estate produces a Chianti Classico Riserva and a single-vineyard wine from the superb "La Forra" parcel. Cabernet Sauvignon, cultivated principally in another parcel of the estate planted in 1981 called "Il Pareto," yields a pure Cabernet wine first produced in the 1987 vintage. The principal white vineyards of the Nozzole estate, the "Le Bruniche" and "Casa Vecchia" vineyards, once planted in Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia, were replanted to Chardonnay in the early 1980s. These vineyards now produce Nozzole Le Bruniche, a distinctive, pure varietal Chardonnay.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Domaines Baron Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge 2010
Domaines Baron Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge 2010
(search item no. 112688)
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PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a purple with good intensity. The nose is powerful and seductive, with aromas of ripe fruit like blackcurrants and Morello cherries and hints of candied violet and licorice. Generous, rich and full-flavored on the palate, and a long finish with hints of pepper and licorice.

The Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge is made from a selection of wines from the best terroirs in Bordeaux. Tastings are carried out all over the Bordeaux region to find the most successful wines of the year with a view to creating blends in the tradition of the finest Bordeaux that favour balance over woodiness. The wines selected are mainly from the Entre-Deux-Mers.

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About Domaines Baron Rothschild:

Owner of Château Lafite Rothschild for five generations, the Rothschild family has been based in this Bordeaux vineyard since 1868. High values and the respect of traditional methods make them passionate about harmony and excellence. Their wines bear witness to that passion year after year. Their skills have patiently enriched through the generations, with world-renowned success.

This wine is from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)-Each wine is made with high standards delivering wines of elegance and finesse in the tradition of our great Bordeaux house, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.



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Heron Mendocino Pinot Noir 2010
Heron Mendocino Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 114773)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant medium garnet color. This wine shows bright, assertive aromas of plum and black cherry with solid Pinot Noir character. Notes of violets, anise, and allspice are as harmonious in the wine's flavor profile as its light overlay of fine French oak.
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About Heron:

We at Heron Wines believe that delicious wines should be an unalienable right. Yes, an overstatement, but we really think that high-quality, approachable wine should not come at a huge price. For years, we have heard from wine lovers from around the globe that we consistently exceed their expectations for quality, style, and balance.

Our wines come from some of the greatest growing regions in the world. Our original wine was a groundbreaking Merlot from St. Chinian in southwest France. Today we make wine in California, France and Spain; and our focus is on the purity of fruit. We go where the best grapes are grown in order to maximize the natural characteristics of the wines we make.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Perrin et Fils Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge 2009
Perrin et Fils Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge 2009
(search item no. 107685)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby color, with purple reflections. Intense nose of macerated cherries and licorice. In the mouth the wine is full-bodied with a generous attack, a pleasant freshness and elegant tannins. This well-balanced wine shows a typical expression of southern Rhône wine with thyme and rosemary aftertaste.
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About Perrin et Fils:

Jean-Pierre, François and Pierre Perrin are proud to present their fine wines, inspired by the memory of their grandfather, Pierre Perrin. Using the same techniques employed at Château de Beaucastel, the Perrins have added some interesting appellations to their already impressive list of wines.

"Jean-Pierre and François Perrin - chosen among the Most Influential Wine Personalities of the last 20 Years. The Perrins believe in natural winemaking, unfiltered wines, and routinely produce long-lived classics that are among the finest in the world." -Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate



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Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2006
Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2006
(search item no. 105387)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $68.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep purple robe. A seducing bouquet which evokes blackberries, liquorice and mocha. A mouth which explodes with a mixture of black cherries and blackcurrant liqueur.

This very sensual wine would be ideal accompanying spicy dishes, a filet steak with ginger or a tajine "aux 5 épices".

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About Domaine de Cristia:

Created by Etienne Grangeon 70 years ago, the property originally comprised 2 hectares of Grenache. It was developed further by the driving force of his son Alain, who joined the domaine in 1963. Passionate about viticulture, he notably contributed to the expansion of the domaine and planted improved grape varieties such as Syrah and Mourvèdre and created the identity of Cristia, based on the knowledge and respect of his soils.

Then, in 1999, Baptiste, Dominique and more recently Florent joined their father. Their priorities were to concentrate on selecting the best parcels in order to produce a wine of a great quality with a good ageing potential.