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Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
(search item no. 116607)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet, licorice and spices. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins. Saint-Esprit is a unique wine in the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation and can be paired with Provençale-style cuisine, game, stuffings and mixed grills.
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About Delas Freres:

Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977.

Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Novelty Hill Syrah 2006
Novelty Hill Syrah 2006
(search item no. 105746)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2006 Syrah relies heavily on grapes from our estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek (70%). The soil here is mixed with large pieces of fractured basalt; and visitors often remark on its similarity to the Rhone Valley, perhaps one reason why Syrah from here is so outstanding.
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About Novelty Hill:

Novelty Hill is a small, independent winery crafting limited quantities of elegant wines from Washington State's finest vineyards. Committed to delivering consistent, high quality wines through careful nurturing from vine to bottle, they are dedicated to using innovative clonal selection, sound viticultural practices and gentle, artisan winemaking to produce wines of uncompromising character.


Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2009
Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2009
(search item no. 106170)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It has an ultra fragrant nose, filled with spicy aromas of freshly cracked black pepper and clove, dried figs, warm oak, and just a hint of black olives. And oh what a mouthful…dried cherries, cassis, and oak dominate the palate. Its got a pleasant bite to it, and notes of cinnamon and dark cocoa that sweep you away to its bone dry charred oak finish.
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About Borsao:

Founded in 1958 in the town of Borja, called Borsao in the 4th century B.C., this winery represents what can be done with Garnacha, a grape that is not well appreciated by the Spanish press. Through meticulous selection, work in the fields and at reception time in the winery, modern winemaking produces this highly fruity wine. One of the best examples of the region known as "The Garnacha land of Spain", the lower part of the Ebro River.


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Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2009
Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2009
(search item no. 108898)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet, licorice and spices. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins. Saint-Esprit is a unique wine in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation and can be paired with Provençale-style cuisine, game, stuffings and mixed grills.
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About Delas Freres:

Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977.

Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.



Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Argentina    South America   
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Lamadrid Bonarda 2009
Lamadrid Bonarda 2009
(search item no. 111081)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

From the onset, there is pure fruit on the nose along with hints of mint and vanilla. The palate beams with red cherry, plum, and chocolate.

Blend: 100% Bonarda

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About Lamadrid:

Lamadrid Estate Wines comes from a delicate balance between the work at the vineyard and the vinification process. There are dedicated people in both fields and Guillermo García Lamadrid and Hector Durigutti, Master Winemaker and General Manager, devote a lot of time and effort in these areas.  Durigutti and García Lamadrid have developed a close working relationship and partnership crucial for the early success of our Lamadrid brand.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Argentina    South America   
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Tikal Patriota 2009
Tikal Patriota 2009
(search item no. 107832)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep reddish purple with aromas of bright berry/cherry fruit. Like swallowing a whole bowl of mixed ripe berries at once. Big body yet very balanced, with luscious layers of raspberry, cherry, and cocoa flavors. Just a hint of baking spice at the end brings it all together.

Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink!

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About Tikal:

Tikal is owned by Ernesto Catena and is named after his son. Ernesto spent his childhood in the vineyards of Mendoza among wine-growers and local pundits. Since then, he has experienced a kaleidoscope of cultures, living in New York, Buenos Aires, Berkeley, Cambridge (MA), Milan and London. But his heart remains in his homeland of Argentina (where he now lives), with its natural beauty of mountains, streams and vineyards, its wines, and its people who hold a special passion for living.

There are few wine brands that reflect the sensibilities of their owner more than Tikal. A skilled horseman, fashion designer, software developer, and book editor, Ernesto pursues all that gives pleasure in life. This hedonism (in the best sense of the word) shows through in the wines. It is a style meant to provide enormous pleasure rather than provoke contemplation; an expression of emotion rather than intellect. He has named his wines with passion in mind: Patriota (Patriot), Corazon (Heart), Amorio (Love Affair), Jubilo (Rejoice).

Luis Reginato is the winemaker at Tikal as of the 2002 vintage. Luis is young, but is already a highly trained and respected vineyard consultant and winemaker with long experience at his family's winery in Mendoza. Truly an up and coming talent, Luis and his wines are already garnering high praise from U.S. wine critics. Definitely a winemaker to watch.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106890)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage was particularly smooth from start to finish. Budbreak arrived on schedule in the spring, and we saw lower than average rainfall. Healthy flowering led to a very even set, with few heat spikes during the season. Timely veraison and cooler weather later in the season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and spend additional time on the vine. The Pinot Noir in Monterey lasted a full 8 weeks, beginning in September and lasting all the way into October. By all accounts, 2009 appears to be an outstanding vintage.

In the glass, brooding, earthy aromas meld with juicy ripe plum, punctuated by lovely notes of black tea. The palate echoes the plum-filled nose, joined by black licorice and cocoa powder. A subtle earthiness leads to a generous, fleshy mid-palate and a smooth, mineral-laced finish.

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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    Sonoma County    California   
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Hartford Court Lands Edge Pinot Noir 2007
Hartford Court Lands Edge Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 105082)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Complex aromas of ripe cherries, violets and cedar are followed by flavors of perfectly ripe, firm black cherries and mixed red and black berries. Allspice and coffee notes complement a long, multi-faceted finish in this "True Sonoma Coast" Pinot Noir.
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About Hartford Court:

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1993 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford's appreciation for the wines, the people, and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley home. Located in the Sonoma County town of Forestville, the winery is about 15 miles from the cool Pacific Coast.

Making delicious wines of high personality is directly related to the difficult locations of the Hartford family's vineyard sources, the limited production of their bottlings and the varietals they use. "Character through adversity" is an expression that the Hartford family believes to apply to both people and grapevines, and they feel that surviving adversity builds character, and personality, in both.

The Hartford Family makes wines under two marks, one of which is Hartford Court. Hartford Court bottlings are small lots of high-personality single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that express the distinctive qualities inherent in each vineyard's terroir - the interplay of soil, slope, exposure and climate. The fruit is sourced from the Russian River Valley, Green Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations.



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Artazu Artazuri Garnacha 2009
Artazu Artazuri Garnacha 2009
(search item no. 108037)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An approachable wine that boasts heady aromas, succulent fruit and a good natural acidity, the Artazuri Garnacha is an ideal everyday wine. Bright cherry-red in color, it has redolent aromas of ripe forest berries, lavender and violet. Well-balanced and medium-bodied on the palate, the wine is full of ripe fruit that persists through the finish.
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About Artazu:

Artazu, a project from the same producer of Artadi, Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle, strives for great quality Grenache. In Navarra, Juan discovered mind-blowing old vineyards and allowed them to fully express their potential for depth and personality at Artazu. The winery and vineyards are located in the most northern zone of Navarra at an altitude ranging from 400 to 600 meters.

Artazu's top wine is called "Santa Cruz". It is produced from mostly 100+ year old hillside vineyards of Grenache. The winery also produces a line of wines with the name Artazuri that is made from slightly younger vines. These represent tremendous value.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006
(search item no. 105119)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#44 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

100% Tempranillo Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with fruity notes. It shows good balance on the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins. The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

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