Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Vignavecchia Chianti Classico 2008
Vignavecchia Chianti Classico 2008
(search item no. 112633)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $14.49

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Vignavecchia Chianti Classico is a brilliant ruby red color. Aromas include red fruit with flowery spicy notes. On the palate, it is medium-bodied and balanced.
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About Vignavecchia:

Vignavecchia estate is located at about one kilometer from Radda in Chianti. The cellar, completely surrounded by the vineyards, is an old country farmhouse which was completely restored and enlarged in 1997. In this modern cellar take place the complete vinification process and bottling of the whole production; one part of the building is destined to the aging of the wine in oak barrels.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Longwood Reserve Shiraz 2005
Longwood Reserve Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 112060)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vintage for the '05 Reserve consisted of 6 Hogsheads. Half the fruit coming from sandy loam over ironstone, the other from ancient river shale over dark clay.The colour is deep purple/magenta. The nose is rich with ripe plum and dark berry with hints of char.Flavour is conveyed seamlessly from front to back across the palate. The wine is dense without being jammy. Tannins are fine, long and dusty.The wine will benefit from decanting 1-2 hours and should age well to 10 years +.
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About Longwood:

Phil Christiansen formerly worked at Hardy's, where he was a cellar hand. Since then, he has gone solo, making Shiraz in small, but ever increasing quantities. He continues to contract making wine for other small independents. The label for Longwood Estate wines is from Australian native (Aboriginal) artists. The works are original and have a social consciousness. It's a very intriguing concept that the owner feels truly goes to the heart of what Australia does best – making great Shiraz and producing incredible Aboriginal artwork.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111056)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Strawberry, cherry and cola aromas and flavors harmoniously flow into the silky and soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 2% Merlot

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About Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Santa Cruz Mountains    California   
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Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 110195)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

After being hand harvested, the grapes follow the meticulous winemaking techniques perfected by Martin Ray over sixty years ago. The grapes are gently crushed and fermented in open-top tanks for two weeks, creating rich structure in the wine. Minimal sulfur dioxide usage preserves fruit intensity and enhances the rich, round tannins. Aged for thirty months in French oak barrels, 35 percent in new oak barrels and 65 percent in 1–4 year old barrels, intensifies the complexity and character of the wine. Although labor intensive, these techniques produce superbly enhanced flavors and textures in our wines. The Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon is a distinctive wine with beautiful balance and solid structure. Inviting, elegant aromas of vanilla and cherry lead to lush flavors of blackberry and plum, finishing with a lingering whisper of toasty oak. Due to its unique style, this wine will maintain interest and liveliness for years to come.
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About Martin Ray:

Courtney Benham acquired the historic Martini & Prati winery in July 2003, which is now Martin Ray Winery and the home of their new Tasting Room. The Tasting Room structure, dating back to the 1900's, used to serve as a stable and bunkhouse where Italian immigrants stayed during harvest and crush. The winery also houses a 1 million gallon production facility that is used not only for wine production, but also as a 'custom crush' facility where over 20 clients crush their grapes and produce their wine.

Established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery, the historic site is distinguished as the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County and one of the oldest wineries in California. The winery was able to stay in operation during prohibition by selling sacramental wines by train to Rabbis through a winery in New York. Originally known as Martini & Prati, which was established in 1902, the winery was run by five generations of the Martini family and associated with the local Italian-American community that still includes the Sebastiani's, the Foppiano's, the Pedroncelli's and the Seghesio's.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Perrin et Fils Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2009
Perrin et Fils Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2009
(search item no. 106693)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A beautiful deep red hue that seems almost opaque. The nose shows caramel and spices that mingle with red berry fruit. The palate is full and deep, with fine tannins and good length.
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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



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2008
Graffigna Centenario Reserve Malbec 2008
(search item no. 108169)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is deep red with violet highlights. Aromas of great complexity with very ripe dark berries, a touch of black pepper, and spicy fragrances. On the palate well integrated delicate ripe tannins and complex finish with hints fo coffee, vanilla and toast.
Suggested food matching: Lamb ossobuco, hot spicy pumpkin risotto and malbec reduction. Stuffed fowl breast, potato, leek and bacon puree, red grape sauce.
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Red Wines    Merlot    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2007
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2007
(search item no. 104543)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This classic Merlot opens with aromas of clove and exotic spices, leading to a palate with a velvety, seductive texture. Good integration of oak and fruit notes create a lingering, complex finish.
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About Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.


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Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007
(search item no. 107767)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep and dark red, notes of fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Full, round and racy with rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine. Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.
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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Friuli-Venezia Giulia    Italy   
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Duchineri Pinot Grigio 2010
Duchineri Pinot Grigio 2010
(search item no. 109661)

PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $9.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Straw yellow with light, golden yellow tinges. The bouquet is delicate yet well expressed, the palate is dry, soft yet fresh and fully flavored, with a distinctive background of apples and aromatic herbs giving a prolonged finish. Wonderful texture, considerable weight and great freshness make this Pinot Grigio stand out from the rest. Beautiful!
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White Wines    Riesling    Mosel-Saar-Ruwer    Germany   
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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA 2009
St. Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA 2009
(search item no. 104576)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $12.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wines of 2009 have elegance, expression and power. The minerality is almost sparkling. The acidity is ripe but still crisp. The flavors are complex, ripe and well developed. These wines promise to be the most age-worthy of the decade.
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About St. Urbans-Hof:

For our family, wine has been at the heart of life for generations. Our deep respect for the traditions of our region remains, as ever, the guarantee for the quality of our wines.

In our endeavours we give highest priority to maintaining the egological balance of our vineyards, in the belief that as winemakers we must recognize and respect the fragile unity of viticulture and nature.

St. Urbans-Hof employs traditional methods of wine growing and winemaking which have been used in the Mosel and Saar Valleys for centuries, some of which date back to the Romans. For example, the vines are grown on the traditional single-post 'Heart-binding' trellis system, whereby the canes are tied in the shape of a heart.

Also, organic fertilizers are utilized in order to maintain the natural balance of the soil. Most importantly, yields are kept at low levels in order to achieve intense and well-structured wines. For optimal flavour development, leaves are thinned and grapes are harvested as late as possible to allow for maximum ripening. All grapes are hand picked and carried from the vineyard in traditional shoulder-mounted containers called 'hotten' to ensure optimal fruit quality.

Just as important as the great length taken to deliver the best possible fruit from the vineyard is the careful attention given to the proper traetment of the grapes by cellarmaster Rudolf Hoffmann. The grapes are lightly crushed, after which they remain on the skins for a short period to ensure the complete release of aromas into the juice.

After this, the pulp of skins and juice is gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool cellar temperatures to fully capture the aromas, flavours and delicate natural spritz of the Riesling grape. The wines are then transferred into traditional 1000 litre 'Fuder' barrels for several months to harmonize, after which they are lightly filtered and bottled.