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Pennywise Pinot Noir 2009
Pennywise Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 111988)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Light brick red in color with hints of emerald, the 2009 Pinot Noir blend boasts aromas of cherries jubilee, root beer, rose petal, and cotton candy. In the mouth, flavors of delicate plum, freeze dried strawberry, watermelon rind, cream caramel, and vanilla bean. This blend finishes with delicate notes of fresh summer sweet strawberries that seem to linger endlessly.

Pair this wine with salads to pork chops to burgers with ease. Try this wine with rolled pork tenderloin stuffed with dried cherries and Brie cheese or a mushroom and sausage pizza. The possibilities are endless.

Blend: 94% Pinot Noir and 6% Syrah

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About Pennywise:

Smart wine. Old world traditions and values are the essence of what makes Pennywise wine memorable. Reflecting a time when folks worked hard to make a better life for their families... we reclaim this time-honored philosophy.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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La Crema Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
La Crema Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 114865)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The outstanding 2008 Pinot Noir Los Carneros reveals abundant damp earth, beet root vegetable, plum, black cherry and black currant characteristics that offer considerable complexity. Sweet tannins are present in this medium to full-bodied, velvety-textured, irresistible wine.

Los Carneros is the most southern of our Appellation Series Pinot regions. Straddling the Napa / Sonoma County line, the Los Carneros hills roll up from the San Pablo Bay. The unique factor here is wind - a relentless cooling force that charges up the rolling hillsides. Our Los Carneros vineyards are just three miles from the bay, so the constant cooling influence of wind and fog allow the fruit ample time on the vine to develop full, concentrated flavors and velvety texture.

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About La Crema:

Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema's location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery. At the winery, Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse uses artisan winemaking techniques to handcraft wines of distinctive flavor, elegance and balance.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Erath Pinot Noir 2009
Erath Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108601)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 offered a generous crop of beautiful Pinot Noir and this wine offers a commensurately impressive sensory payload. This lustrous beauty showcases aromas of raspberry pie with pleasing hints of mint, citrus and a provocative suggestion of smoke. Fresh and bright flavors on the palate are balanced with a blend of juicy cherry and racy pomegranate. An easy sipper yet enough acidity to pair beautifully with your favorite dish.
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About Erath Vineyards:

As one of Oregon's wine pioneers, Erath winery's founder, Dick Erath, was driven by the belief that the future of Pinot Noir was in Oregon. Today, Erath's wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hill of Oregon. Winemaker, Gary Horner, who shares Dick Erath's background in science and a reverence for Oregon's unique terroir, strives to reveal classic Oregon Pinot: light, delicate and fruit-forward. Horner takes pride in making a range of Pinot Noir styles, from the hugely-popular Oregon blend to the highly-acclaimed, limited-edition, single-vineyard selections. His goal is to make the best Pinot Noir the region has to offer - it is time-honored, authentic and uniquely Oregon.


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Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1978
Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1978
(search item no. 6206)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $126.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1982 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark, intense and concentrated, Château Léoville-Las Cases is a tannic and richly fruity wine that takes over 10-15 years to mature.
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About Chateau Leoville Las Cases:

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Medoc region of France. Originally the other two Leovilles, Leoville Poyferre and Leoville Barton were part of the large estate. Today Leoville Las Cases comprises over 209 acres and has been run since 1950 by the Delon Family. Currently, the estate is run by the well-known Michel Delon.

The estate stretches from Chateau Beychevelle down to Chateau Latour, and the main estate is a picturesque, enclosed 100 acre vineyard depicted on the label. The winery is established as a Second Growth. vineyard.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113089)
collectible wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

For the 2008 vintage, very ripe fruit was picked in selective areas throughout the Estate to express a brighter ripe Cabernet style for CASK. Dark, ripe cherry is the predominant characteristic, along with vanilla and hints of floral and spice notes. The mouthfeel is very rich and round with some sweet creaminess on the palate and a fresh fruit finish.

Try one of these wonderful pairings of grilled lamb chops, beef tenderloin, braised lamb shanks, a hearty stew, or a beef burger with all the fixings.

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About Inglenook:

In 1879, Finnish explorer and adventurer Gustave Niebaum searched the Napa Valley with the goal of establishing a wine estate to rival the finest chateau of France. For decades his wines won acclaim and remain some of the most admired in American wine history's classic period. By the mid-1960's, his property was divided, and estate-wine production ceased.

A decade later, Francis Ford Coppola purchased 1,500 acres of this historic property and revived Captain Niebaum's fine winemaking tradition. In 1995, Niebaum-Coppola acquired the remainder of the property and restored the Inglenook Estate to its original dimensions.



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Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 110337)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1994 vintage of this wine was ranked #9 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1997

Scarlet color and brackish edges. Nose is sweet fruit and smoked meats. This wine already has some bouquet- truffle mushrooms, vanilla style oak. The palate is creamy richness with nuances of leather and a cocoa-style fine grain tannin. The flavors and structure of this vintage are consistent with the Caymus style - spice, toast, cassis - fully rich, yet supple.

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About Caymus:

As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).


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Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
(search item no. 53762)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $63.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Seavey Vineyard's tenth estate produced Cabernet, the 1999, is a blend of Cabernet (90%) and Petit Verdot (10%) grapes that came from vines planted on several different locations of the South-facing hillside vineyard, and was harvested during the first three weeks in October. The 1999 has an opaque ruby/purple color, a highly extracted bouquet of ripe black berry fruits, bitter chocolate, coffee and plum aromas; dense, layered and full bodied with exceptional concentration, the wine's silky yet powerful tannins should allow it to age well for 20 years.
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Chateau Leoville Barton  2006
Chateau Leoville Barton 2006
(search item no. 102014)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2003 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2000 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#64 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

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  • 2003 (search item no. 89261)

About Chateau Leoville Barton:

In 1826, Hugh Barton, already proprietor of Chateau Langoa, purchased part of the big Leoville estate. His part then became known as Léoville Barton. Six generations of Bartons have since followed, and continued to preserve the quality of the wine, classified as a Second Growth in 1855.

In 1983, Anthony Barton, the present owner, was given the property by his uncle Ronald Barton who had himself inherited it in 1929. Anthony Barton's daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius now helps her father in managing the estate. Together, they maintain the traditional methods of winemaking, producing a typical Saint-Julien of elegance and distinction.



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Sine Qua Non Over And Out Pinot Noir 2005
Sine Qua Non Over And Out Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 95146)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $219.00

Winemaker's Notes:

"Sadly, Sine Qua Non's final Pinot Noir will be the 2005 "Over and Out" Arita Hills Vineyard. That's a shame as their Pinot Noir has always been one of my favorites – always rich and full-flavored rather than a dumb-downed, wimpish, and diluted faux-French imitation. This beauty has put on considerable weight since I tasted it twelve months ago. Made from Dijon clones 115 and 777, it reveals a classic Cotes de Nuits-like perfume of damp forest floor intermixed with sweet cherries, plums, figs, and spring flowers. This could easily be mistaken for a Clos de la Roche from Morey St.-Denis, but with purer fruit and a more savory texture. Dominated by its beautiful fruit and complexity, with the oak component kept in the background, it should drink well for 8-10 years."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
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About Sine Qua Non:

Sine Qua Non was created after the 1994 harvest of a Bien Nacido Syrah named “The Queen of Spades”. Winemaker Manfred Krankl feels strongly that each vintage is a completely unique wine and thus he gives each wine a unique name. He also creates the artwork for each new label himself. Previously, Manfred had made wines with Bryan Babcock and John Alban and still sources much of his fruit from Alban’s vineyard. The basic white wines have always been a white blend of Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier and a red wine based on Syrah plus Grenache. Sometimes there are small quantities of Rose and a Grenache-based red.

Sine Qua Non has its own winemaking facility in Ventura, California not far from the Santa Barbara vineyards where the fruit is sourced from. In the last few years Manfred and his wife, Elaine, have begun creating their own vineyards dedicated to Rhone varietals. Their winemaking philosophy is to work in very small batches, gravity flow, natural yeasts (unless a fermentation problem is anticipated), long lees aging for the whites and repeated racking for the reds to open them up. This is a modified explanation of a very dedicated and artistic approach to winemaking. The wines are simultaneously very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.



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Chalk Hill Estate Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 1999
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 1999
(search item no. 53446)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $54.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2002

The Chardonnay at Block B on our Oak Hill site was planted in 1974, making it one of the two oldest vineyards at Chalk Hill. Though its rootstocks, budwood and trellis system no longer seem "cutting edge," the vineyard consistently proves one of the basic tenets of winemaking dogma: site is the most important factor in grape and wine quality. The soil at Oak Hill is deep with excellent water-holding capacity. Even without irrigation, the vines always show a perfect balance between fruit and vegetation. With minimal viticultural intervention the vines thrive and yield incredibly concentrated and exotically complex Chardonnay. This Estate Vineyard Selection Chardonnay is replete with ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavors, and the finish is rich and voluptuous.

The wine was produced with traditional Burgundian methods: whole cluster pressing, fermentation with natural yeasts and malolactic bacteria, and ageing sur lies. This Estate Vineyard Selection was matched to a higher percentage of new French oak than our Estate Bottled Chardonnay, and the wine was aged for a longer period.

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About Chalk Hill Winery:

Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery was purchased recently by Bill Foley, proprietor of Foley Family Wines, who will continue the time-honored traditions that Fred Furth began. Founded in 1972 by Fred Furth, the Chalk Hill Estate encompasses 280 acres of carefully positioned vineyards, including the valley floor, hillsides, and ridge tops of a 1300 acre estate. Perpetuating the time-honored traditions of the first land grant pioneers, the Chalk Hill Estate operates as a family farm with the daily tasks of sustainable viticulture flowing seamlessly through the growing season and ultimately to estate bottled wines. Chalk Hill is the only 100% estate winery in the Chalk Hill AVA nestled within the Russian River Valley. The passion for meticulous viticulture has resulted in elegant, world-class wines.