Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Hogue Genesis Syrah 2009
Hogue Genesis Syrah 2009
(search item no. 111634)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Hogue family planted its first vineyard over 25 years ago and soon realized that Washington's climate and soils had the potential to nurture world class wines. The Hogue Cellars' mission has always been to make wines that fulfill the promise of the land, using superior viticulture and winemaking techniques. Today, the family's original vision is celebrated in Genesis wines, which are crafted with the highest quality fruit from acclaimed vineyards throughout Columbia Valley.

Washington Syrah exhibits dark, juicy fruit character, brilliant color, a complex varietal gaminess and a relatively low tannin level.

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About The Hogue Cellars:

The Hogue Cellars, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premier grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of foods.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other California    California   
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Lava Cap Syrah 2009
Lava Cap Syrah 2009
(search item no. 117411)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Lava Cap's Syrah vineyard is located on a gentle, south facing slope. This location allows for extended hang-time which yields fully developed aroma, flavor and tannin resulting in wine of intensity and depth. Dark cherry and plum provide mouth-filling intensity with a hint of carob and spice.
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About Lava Cap:

Lava Cap is a small, family owned and operated winery dedicated to the production of premium estate bottled wines utilizing only mountain grown grapes. The winery is located high in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the heart of the Apple Hill region of El Dorado County. Our elevation - close to 3,000 feet - is about the maximum permissible for growing grapes due to the prevalence of intense periods of frost during early Spring months. Lava Cap was established in 1981 with the purchase of a 65 acre pear ranch that dated back to the 1860's. This property, perched high above the deep canyon of the South Fork of the American River (not far from where gold was first discovered in 1848) at an elevation of 2,400 to 2,800 feet, is blessed with an abundance of water, excellent soil, and varied sun exposure. In 1990, an adjoining 18 acre orchard was purchased to allow for future expansion of our vineyards, and in 1996, the well known Granite Hill vineyard, famous for Petite Sirah, was added in partnership. We now have over 130 acres of prime vineyard land in production or awaiting vineyard development.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
(search item no. 117974)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meiomi (May-oh-mee) is a Pinot Noir that gets its fruit from the most noteworthy coastal areas in California. The wine is crafted, lush, balanced and luxurious. Three of the California's most sought after coastal growing regions brilliantly meld together in this deeply flavored, stylish and truly balanced Pinot Noir; at its most fundamental core, it is an approachable, food friendly wine with a style and place all its own.
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About Meiomi:

The name Meiomi means "coast" in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes, and best pays tribute to and symbolizes the origin of this Pinot Noir. Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880's. In his youth, he worked many spring and summer days in the vineyard and cellar of Caymus, learning the basics from pulling leaves, to dragging hoses. Then he began to focus his efforts on what was to become his passion and career in the wine business. He is the owner of Belle Glos and Meiomi wines and has been overseeing vineyard operations and winemaking since 2002. Joseph has a perpetual goal of crafting Pinot Noirs that exude their origins and represent the best of their class in any vintage. Along with his passion for Pinot Noir, he continues his role at Caymus in viticulture and winemaking alongside his father, Chuck. When not at work, he spends time with his wife and 5 children constantly grooming the next generation in farming philosophy and practices, winemaking and the enjoyment of nature's bounty and the outdoors.



Rosé Wine    Rose    Argentina    South America   
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Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec 2011
Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec 2011
(search item no. 112866)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A beautiful, deep, vibrant rose color. Has a surprising amount of body for a rosé wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe strawberries. Very soft, yet full on the palate with flavors of wild strawberries and young cherries that come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish.

This is the perfect chicken wine and a charming companion to spicy Asian cuisine. Keep one in the fridge at all times and you'll always have a delicious wine to enjoy with light snacks and cheeses.

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About Crios de Susana Balbo:

After 22 years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios."

Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. These wines are produced under Dominio del Plata's code of sustainable agriculture.

Like Susana's own crios (a boy and a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The artifact illustrates the interconnectedness of every generation, and the irony that we will be both the parent and the offspring at different times in our lives.



White Wines    Rhone White Blends    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2009
d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2009
(search item no. 97627)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Decanter rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is expressive and rich with orange peel, candied ginger, apricot, and citrus notes. The Marsanne shows itself in the peach and nutty complexity which is married nicely with an appealing straw like vegetal character. The palate has a lovely balance of sweetness, palate weight, and acidity. Lemon and lime characters are prominent on the palate with a lively granny smith apple acidity providing great focus. With some bottle age the stone fruit notes become more prominent with less emphasis on the citrus spectrum.

Blend: 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Sonoma County    California   
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Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2011
Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116212)
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PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Fumé Blanc displays an aromatic symphony that leaves one pondering the truly magical characters of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The initial aromas fill the senses with a cacophony of pungent grassy, kaffir lime, citrus, white pepper and classic olive aromas. The palate is framed by refreshing citrus and mineral notes that mingle in wonderful harmony with Meyer lemon, Granny Smith apple and orange zest flavors. The grassy elements repeat on the finish with acidity that is both refreshing and brisk. This incredible new vintage is an ode to our founding and reminds us of how we got our start – a wine that is classically styled and immediately food friendly at an unbelievably fair price.
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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    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)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $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.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Decoy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Decoy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 109308)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot

Reflecting the character of each growing season, the Decoy Napa Valley Cabernet is made to be opened and enjoyed upon release. It is rich and appealing with fragrant, lifted aromas of mulberry, raspberry and currant with hints of rhubarb and mocha. The soft-toned fruit flavors dominate the plush and inviting palate with engaging spice complexity. This supple and approachable wine has a lingering finish framed by structured tannins.

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About Decoy:

Since the inaugural vintage of Decoy Napa Valley Red Wine more than 20 years ago, Decoy has taken an important place in the Duckhorn Wine Company family of wines. With a reputation for delivering great quality at a remarkable price, Decoy has established a loyal following for its distinctive style, which emphasizes ready-upon-release wines that are capable of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth. Building on this foundation, Decoy has evolved from being a single wine that supported the Duckhorn Vineyards brand to being a supporting brand for the entire Duckhorn Wine Company portfolio.

Today, in addition to the Decoy Red, the Decoy lineup includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc—all of which are appellation-designated, and highlight Decoy’s commitment to producing attractively priced wines made from exceptional vineyard sources.

Because of Duckhorn Wine Company’s unique structure, Decoy benefits from the talent, experience and expertise of all four Duckhorn Wine Company winemakers, each of whom has a unique area of specialization. Like all the grapes used to make wines in the Duckhorn Wine Company portfolio, fruit for the Decoy program comes from a mix of Estate vineyards and top growers. Decisions about which lots are used in Decoy are not made until well into the winemaking process. As a result, Decoy’s grapes receive the same meticulous care in the vineyard, and the same small-lot attention to detail in the winery.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 97646)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $13.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit profile opens with fresh blackberries and black cherry, followed by ripe raspberry jam. More subtle aromas of currants, licorice, black pepper and spice. Entry on the palate is a burst of berries, followed by spices and ripe fruit sweetness. The mid-palate is smooth and round with elegant tannins and a lush finish. This Dry Creek offering shows that Zinfandel can be sophisticated and elegant and gains complexity with pairing. As such, excellent food pairings include roasted duck, veal, and grilled salmon as well as pastas and subtle-flavored cheeses.

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About Artezin:

We handcraft Artezin Zinfandel from grapes grown in some of California's best Zinfandel regions: Napa Valley, Amador County, Sonoma County and Mendocino County. Artezin expresses terroir and rich varietal fruit with lively and complex elegance.