Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Ampelos Cellars Pinot Noir Lambda 2007
Ampelos Cellars Pinot Noir Lambda 2007
(search item no. 107884)
green wine
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Burghound.com rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Lambda has a fabulous deep dark garnet red color, brimming with aromas of sweet Indian spices and cherry cola and demonstrates a truly elegant burgundian nose. The flavors are packed with rich dark cherries, spices and earth giving way to a smooth finish that lingers on forever.
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About Ampelos Cellars:

Ampelos is a Greek word meaning "vine". We believe that all great wines are made in the vineyard, we also have strong ties to Greece, so “ampelos” truly represents our focus.

We believe in taking care of and respecting the environment and that our vineyard needs to be in balance, therefore a few years ago we made the decision to go 100% bio-dynamic. This means we are essentially organic - yet a step beyond. In 2008, we were one of the first vineyards to be certified as Sustainably Farmed, a milestone of which we are particularly proud.



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 7/25/2014: $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    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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RouteStock Route 99W Pinot Noir 2009
RouteStock Route 99W Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108610)
screw cap wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Pinot Noir is a fresh, pleasing wine that captures the character of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The color is a light, translucent ruby hue characteristic of Pinot Noir. The bouquet reveals notes of raspberry, baked cherries, violets and orange zest with a hint of herbs. On the palate, look for notes of raspberry, cranberry and spice enveloped in a light, food-friendly acidity. This wine will continue to improve in bottle for the next two to three years.
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About RouteStock:

RouteStock Cellars crafts wines from the signature varietals grown along the wine routes one travels when visiting the world's most celebrated wine regions. These are classic grape varieties, best suited to each different wine-growing region and sourced from family-owned vineyards. We invite you to enjoy these wines inspired by the beautiful vineyards and the families that tend them along these historic wine routes.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Elements by Artesa Red 2007
Elements by Artesa Red 2007
(search item no. 108292)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is brimming with lively black currant, raspberry and blueberry enveloped in a spicy bouquet of cinnamon, clove, vanilla, nutmeg and faint hints of smoked meat. The flavor is true to the aromas and the texture is silky and supple. This wonderful blend of fruit, spice and silk dances and lingers in your mouth. The acid balance and slight dryness of the tannin on the finish indicate that this wine has the structure to age gracefully for several years.
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About Elements by Artesa:

Elements is a portfolio of red wines that combine winemaking passion with the flavors and characteristics of multiple varietals grown in select vineyards across the prime wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Shaped first by nature, and then forged by the winemaker's blending choices, Elements wines are multi-faceted and complex, a testament to what can happen when many become one.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Chile    South America   
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Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2008
Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 103040)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful and delicate ruby red color. Intense and elegant nose with predominance of strawberries and flowery hints that all together makes this Pinot Noir a very lively, harmonious and generous wine. In the palate is clean, well balanced, with soft rounded tannins and a good level of acidity. The wine is lengthy in the mouth showing a well integrated and balanced oak. Due to the very intense microbiologic control this wine is very lightly filtered, what makes the aromas and color very expressive of Pinot Noir.
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About Montes:

With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. Their premise, a clear belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, made them a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Its original four partners' total involvement and the continuous help of the angels that decorate their labels was key to their success. Two decades later, Montes is the fifth most important winery of Chile where Aurelio Montes continues leading the winemaking area with the same passion as the first day. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and breaking new grounds in wine.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rouge 2008
Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rouge 2008
(search item no. 102198)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $9.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby color, with violet shade. Intense nose, fresh red fruits on 1st Part, then black fruits at the ventilation with light liquorice aromas.

Fresh mouth, round and fond of red fruits. Good volume, silky tannins beautiful textures and length on cassis and cherry notes.

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About Les Deux Rives:

The "deux rives" in Les Deux Rives wine refers to the two banks of the Canal du Midi (much like the Left Bank in Paris is called the Rive Gauche), and the label is inspired by a 1920s postcard of the Canal.

Built adjacent to Corbières in the late 1600s, the Canal connected the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, and was one of the most important routes for transporting wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon to northern France, greater Europe and beyond.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 104936)
screw cap wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a dense purple ruby color with a mulberry hue. The aromas are both opulent and intense with blackcurrant, violets, rosemary and cedar playing a central role. The palate is awash with flavors of boysenberry, cassis, star anise and menthol. The structural tannins are supple and fine grained. Over-all, the wine displays excellent line and length of flavor. An outstanding, youthful, fresh and vibrant Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from a tenanious vintage.
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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2006
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2006
(search item no. 101753)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Classique, Glen Carlou's signature wine, displays a rich ruby red color with a youthful cherry skin hue. Aromas of young black fruit and oak, with traces of pencil shavings flavor. Tobacco and black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and spice finish. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond. Enjoy with lamb cutlets or braised pork belly. The Classique possesses great ageing potential that will show rounder flavors and tannins with bottle age.
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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Argentina    South America   
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Manos Negras Pinot Noir 2008
Manos Negras Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 108303)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We strive to achieve a terroir-drive Pinot Noir from Patagonia, a wine with floral aromas, ripe red fruit flavors and a soft, supple texture.
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About Manos Negras:

Real winemakers get their hands dirty. Hands black with wine. That's what Manos Negras is all about. Rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty. That's how we make these hand-crafted wines.

Manos Negras focuses on latitude winemaking. Argentina and Chile's winemaking regions stretch 1,500 miles north to south along the Andes. Each latitude possesses a unique terroir with singular combinations of soil and temperature which are ideally suited for different varietals. Manos Negras uses the unique skills of three immigrants to Argentina-New Zealand winemakers Duncan Killiner and Jason Mabbett, and American wine educator Jeff Mausbach- as well as the renown Argentine viticulturist Alejandro Sejanovich to craft wines based on exciting terroir-varietal combinations.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Poggio al Tesoro Mediterra 2008
Poggio al Tesoro Mediterra 2008
(search item no. 108377)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Mediterra perfectly reflects the terroir of Bolgheri and expresses a masterly balance between the freshness of its fragrances and its warm and powerful flavours. The typically spicy notes of Syrah are entwined with the aromas of the vegetation and fruit of the Mediterranean scrub. An ideal pairing with various meat dishes, cold cuts and medium-matured cheeses, including Italian pecorino. It should be enjoyed slightly chilled, with seafood dishes such as mullet in tomato sauce, poached fish and Livorno-style salt cod.
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About Poggio al Tesoro:

One of the Allegrini Group properties, Poggio al Tesoro is located in the prestigious area of Bolgheri, a premiere appellation situated in the upper part of Tuscany’s Maremma, south of Pisa and just two miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The estate consists of 173 acres divided into three vineyard lots: via Bolgherese, Le Grottine, and Le Sondraie. The perfect quantity of sunlight throughout the year, the proximity to the sea, and the uniqueness of Bolgheri’s terroir are reflected in the style of Poggio al Tesoro’s wines; ripeness, muscular body, and richness are effortlessly combined with complexity and elegance.

The best clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot have been planted at Poggio al Tesoro for the precise purpose of crafting top-class wines with bold international style. Vermentino and Syrah, which produce wines of unmistakable personality in this area, complete the selection of varieties planted at Poggio al Tesoro.

Classic and quality-oriented grape-growing and winemaking methods are also employed at harvest and in the cellar: the grapes are hand-selected and harvested in multiple passes, then go through an additional selection process at the winery. Red varieties are fermented separately and then blended together for superior balance and a unique flavor profile. The climate and the terroir at Poggio al Tesoro allow for ideal concentration and perfect balance between structure, aromas and tannins, resulting in lush wines of outstanding class and finesse.