Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2010
Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 123734)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel presents an excellent cool vintage aroma profile of blueberry, red currants, earthy dustiness and mineral nuances. The low alcohol nature of this wine shines through immediately with silky smooth tannins and a firm grip of natural acidity and balance. The fruit is substantial with layers of black cherry, mixed berries, currants and allspice. This Zinfandel is superbly balanced and satisfying, repeating the earthy, mixed berry theme while also carrying forward subtler hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on creating a mouth-watering desire for another sip.

Blend: 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah

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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Australia    Australia   
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Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 117757)
boutique wine
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older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep purpled crimson. A pure and perfumed cabernet berry lift headlines this vineyard. Blue fruits in background with lavender, violet and rose petal florals are denominated by savory notes of couch leather, cigar and tobacco. Long, fine-grained tannins are balanced within an elegant varietal expression. The chalky but not dry extract complements the remarkably feminine composure of this vineyard. The Brookman site is dogeared with sustained softness and plush-ness which makes for a beautifully understated and vivid expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.
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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Central Coast    California   
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Midnight Oil Syrah 2007
Midnight Oil Syrah 2007
(search item no. 121222)
charitable wine
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PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit used in making this wine comes from a vineyard located near Gonzales in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The cool weather – driven by Monterey Bay's influence – provides the foundation for the complex nature of this distinctive wine. Deep red and purple color with classic aromas of white pepper and bacon fat alongside spicy cinnamon and dark berry fruit. Slightly sweet fruit on the palate with a pleasing, tangy burst of grapefruit rind and cloves on the complex finish. This is a traditional Syrah with lively acidity and firm tannins.

This full-bodied wine will compliment lamb with bell pepper, grass-fed or bison cheddar bacon cheeseburgers, and beef and pepper stew.

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About Midnight Oil:

Bravium translates from Latin as "reward, prize, or gift" and sums up Proprietor and Winemaker Derek Rohlffs’ feelings about wine – namely that it is a reward for their labors, a prized part of mealtime, and a gift to be shared. Derek's winemaking philosophy is an extension of his Environmental Studies background and belief that great wine begins in the vineyard. Bravium utilizes minimalist winemaking practices and its wines are balanced and food-friendly. One of Derek's music heroes, Jack White, has said: "Technology is the disease you have to fight in any creative field…ease of use [is the enemy]." And while winemaking is part art and part science, Bravium emphasizes traditional methods whenever possible. Bravium was created to give back to charitable organizations by way of its Sip&Give donation platform.


Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
(search item no. 120631)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Jammy fruit from beginning to end—starting with aromas of blueberry pie, nutmeg and pepper. In the mouth, flavors expand to include boysenberry, plum, blueberry and spice. This full bodied wine has a bold tannin structure and balanced acidity that lead to a long finish. This big wine is anything but "petite."
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About HandCraft:

Cheryl Indelicato’s life reflects a joyful meeting of her inspiring, bounteous California home and her cherished Italian heritage.

As part of one of California’s oldest winemaking families, Cheryl has been in the wine industry since she was a little girl, doing odd jobs at the winery and in the vineyards with her siblings and cousins. Today, that group of hard working kids represents the current leadership of DFV Wines: the third generation of the family owned and operated vineyards and wineries.

Originally built on the hard work of patriarch Gasparé Indelicato, the company went from farming grapes to making its first vintage of wine in 1935 after Prohibition ended. “We have such a strong family tradition with wine, and that’s important to me,” Cheryl explains. “My grandfather, Gasparé, learned winemaking from his father. And my Dad and his brothers learned it from Gasparé. I knew I would work toward continuing that legacy.”

Although Cheryl grew up working at the winery, her parents insisted that all of “Generation Three” graduate from college and gather outside experience by working elsewhere for at least three years before coming back to the family business. Taking this sage advice, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business in 1989 from California State University, Stanislaus and a Registered Nursing degree in 1985.

It did not take long for Cheryl to return to the winery. Launching her official career in 1990, she worked in various facets of the business; from sales and marketing to human resources to public relations and is now proprietor for HandCraft wines.

HandCraft wines provide Cheryl with the opportunity to recreate the fruit forward, delicious wines that she remembered on the family table when she was growing up. A dash of Italian varietals are added to the final wine blends and the result is simply delicious. It’s what makes HandCraft wines easy to enjoy, distinctive and memorable.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Yering Station Chardonnay 2008
Yering Station Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108099)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

On the nose Citrus and subtle cashew notes with soft minerality and great freshness. Clean & minerally. On the palate Good texture and roundness on the middle palate, linear acidity with wonderful length and precision.
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About Yering Station:

The first vineyard in Victoria, Yering Station was originally planted in 1838. Its acquisition in 1996 by the Rathbone family marked the beginning of a new era, with the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and award winning tourism complex (Winner: 2003-04 Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Wineries).

The winemaking team lead by Tom Carson (nominated for the Qantas Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year 2004) take a non-interventionist approach to allow full expression of the characteristics of this cool-climate region with particular emphasis on varietal flavours, structure and balance. The sub-regional variation between each of our sites throughout the valley allows the winery to successfully produce a diverse range of wines. When a grape variety performs exceptionally well throughout a season, a selection of the most outstanding parcels are released under our reserve label.

Through consistently producing a vast range of different wines, all with hallmark elegance, quality and distinction, Yering Station has built a reputation as one of the finest producers in the Yarra Valley and Australia.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Lyeth L de Lyeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Lyeth L de Lyeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 113599)
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PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich and concentrated with layers of juicy plum, black currant and coffee nuances. A gorgeous, medium-bodied wine that finishes with polished tannins allowing the ripe fruit flavors to show through.

Pair with grilled meats, leg of lamb, spare ribs and hard cheeses such as Parmigiano and Romano.

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Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Shoofly Shiraz 2011
Shoofly Shiraz 2011
(search item no. 120460)
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PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

On the nose, the 2011 Shiraz reveals aromas of sweet red fruit and light, Asian spices. The supple red fruits carry across to the elegant palate and give way to complex nutmeg, tamarind, earth and eucalypt notes. The vibrant red fruit runs the length of the palate and lingers with a "have another glass" finish.
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About Shoofly:

Shoofly's winemaker Ben Riggs is a native of McLaren Vale and has been crafting some of the region's finest for two decades. Ben knows his stuff and where to get it – his roster of grape growers is one of the most sought after contact lists in the country. Premium regions produce the best fruit and the grapes come from a "who's who" of Australian growers and viticultural neighborhoods – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and Heathcote.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Val Sanzo T-Sanzo 2007
Val Sanzo T-Sanzo 2007
(search item no. 119937)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense cherry red with ruby red glints. It has a delicious bouquet with ripe fruit and hues of vanilla and mocha. Rounded texture of black fruit mixed with vanilla and toasted coffee. Made with 100% Tempranillo.
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About Val Sanzo:

Rodriguez Sanzo is a vine company devoted to uniting the most important Designations of Oringin of the Spanish wine scene.

The wine expert, Javier Rodriguez - the architect of the project - produces high quality wines with an excellent value, in collaboration with technical experts from different wineries belonging to some of the most important D.O districts like Rueda, Rioja, Toro, Ribera del Duero, Priorat or Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla y Leen in Spain and Douro in Portugal. One important goal for Javier Rodríguez is to respect and reflect the different characteristics of each of the terroirs the grapes come from.

Javier Rodrigue's methodology manages to create a combination of fruity palates balanced out with the contribution from the wood barrels. Rodriguez Sanzo S.L has an original, diverse selection of barrels, with which it aims to bestow aroma on its wines, respecting the grapes and all the sensations they evoke at all times.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Kendall-Jackson Summation Red Blend 2009
Kendall-Jackson Summation Red Blend 2009
(search item no. 117186)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $12.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This beautifully layered wine is rich, complex and offers a sumptuous texture. It displays alluring fragrances and flavors of raspberry jam, dark chocolate, black cherry and pomegranate. Smooth tannins envelope the mouth and linger beyond each sip.

Blend: 43% Zinfandel, 24% Syrah, 21% Merlot, 5% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah, and 3% other varietals

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About Kendall-Jackson:

Back in 1974, Jess Jackson saw in the fine vineyards of California's cool coastal regions fruit with a variety of outstanding flavors. What if there was a way to produce from this abundance, a single outstanding "cuvée" that offered both quality and value? The result, first released in 1983, was Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, a rich, round and flavorful wine, made with hand-crafted methods. That same year, Grand Reserve was introduced, a line of ultra-premium wines that represented the full potential of California's finest vineyards and winemaking. Today, over 5,000 acres of vineyard in California's coastal regions are farmed by Kendall-Jackson. Four separate wineries house what is possibly the single largest barrel-fermentation project in the world. But perhaps most important, is that Kendall-Jackson remains a family-owned winery.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2008
Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2008
(search item no. 109433)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Structured with precision and intensity. Lots of flavor and pristine fruit with classic Shiraz Viognier characters. Very long and focused.
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About Yering Station:

The first vineyard in Victoria, Yering Station was originally planted in 1838. Its acquisition in 1996 by the Rathbone family marked the beginning of a new era, with the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and award winning tourism complex (Winner: 2003-04 Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Wineries).

The winemaking team lead by Tom Carson (nominated for the Qantas Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year 2004) take a non-interventionist approach to allow full expression of the characteristics of this cool-climate region with particular emphasis on varietal flavours, structure and balance. The sub-regional variation between each of our sites throughout the valley allows the winery to successfully produce a diverse range of wines. When a grape variety performs exceptionally well throughout a season, a selection of the most outstanding parcels are released under our reserve label.

Through consistently producing a vast range of different wines, all with hallmark elegance, quality and distinction, Yering Station has built a reputation as one of the finest producers in the Yarra Valley and Australia.