Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2010
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 113474)
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PinotReport rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is bright garnet with ruby tint. On the nose, aromas of cherry, cranberry, raspberry and spice. Flavors of pomegranate, blueberry and tobacco leaf. The wine has a silky mouthfeel, lively on the mid palate, with a round finish.
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About King Estate:

King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world.


White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Eroica Riesling 2009
Eroica Riesling 2009
(search item no. 107988)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Riesling exudes mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. After a decade we have truly found our 'Eroica style,' striving for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced minerality.
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About Eroica:

Launched in 1999, Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers. One from the Old World, Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and the other from the New World, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state. An intermingling of Old and New World philosophies and technique enables the crafting of an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration.

The first five vintages of Eroica Riesling (1999-2003) were named to Wine Spectator's "Top 100" list.

"I have long believed that a Riesling revival would have to start with a prominent New World winery like Chateau Ste. Michelle."
- Ernst Loosen, Dr. Loosen estate



White Wines    Gewurztraminer    Other Washington    Washington   
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Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer 2009
Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer 2009
(search item no. 105043)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Gewürztraminer is crafted from Washington grapes. The fruit from these two regions possesses different yet complimentary characteristics, producing a balanced, more expressive and complex wine. We often put the juice and the grape skins in contact to extract and unleash the exquisite Gewürztraminer aromas locked in the skin. The juice is then cold temperature fermented over 20 days. We do not use any oak and do not put the wine through malolactic fermentation.

The wine is crisp with a slight residual sugar of 1.7% with flavors of lychee, melon and tangerine. Our Gewürztraminer is an exceptional match with spicy Indian food, lemon chicken and blue cheeses.

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About Pacific Rim:

Riesling, simply, is the most versatile, complex and food-friendly of all the noble grapes. if you enjoy inspiring your palate, then Riesling is your ideal wine. No other varietal so purely expresses terroir. Washington's Columbia Valley - home of Pacific Rim - provies the ideal soils and climate for growing Riesling. Purity is at the core of Pacific Rim's winemaking philosophy. They exclusively use stainless steel tanks, allowing the true character of Riesling to speak for itself, they do not use malolactic fermentation and their wines are fermented only with native yeasts. Pacific Rim produces 10 different Rieslings from bone dry to sticky sweet, and Riesling represents 95% of all the wines they produce. Pacific Rim is an Organic and Biodynamic certified winery.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 99737)
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green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#82 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The name 'Stump Jump' relates to the significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough. This plough became a popular piece of machinery for ploughing fields because of its ability to ride over stumps and gnarled "mallee" Eucalypt roots and snags, saving valuable time and resources by not stopping the draught horse.

Inviting fresh plum aromas leap out of the glass with raspberry and pretty pot-pourri notes providing more complexity. The palate is juicy and spicy with an abundance of red fruits that are fresh and vibrant. Licorice and rose petals come through on the mid palate and an under-lying earthy complexity is evident all the way through. The tannins are powdery and subtle on this juicy ready to drink red.

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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.


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 8/30/2014: $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.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Alsace    France - Other regions   
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Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2007
Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2007
(search item no. 106196)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A fantastic vintage for this wine, ripe creamy but totally dry and sooooo food friendly with white meat dishes, pasta and mushroom based dishes such as rizotto. A wine that will still improve for years, building up its length and complexity for easily another 5 years. A wine not to miss, rated 91 points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and an absolute bargain in the US. Look for the cool Ralph Steadman artwork on the label. I would buy this even if I would not have the keys of the Hugel cellars so why would you not ? Trust me, you won't regret. Cheers ! -Etienne Hugel
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About Hugel:

In the cellars, the oldest of which dates back to 1551, can be seen rows of oak wine casks, over one hundred years old, crafted by the forefathers of the present generation of Hugels now running the company. Near them is the oldest cask in the world still in use: the Sainte Caterine, which has a capacity of 8,800 litres. It was built in 1715, the year in which Louis XIV died.

The company has always maintained its family character and is determined to keep it that way. The vineyards are owned and farmed by individual members of the family whereas the company owns the buildings and machinery.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 112049)
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PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of red fruit, sweet spice and a touch of fresh mint. It is full and soft with layers of red currant and cassis, note of cigar box, leather and ripe black fruit. The wine finishes with finely grained tannins that add structure and length.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



White Wines    Riesling    Other German    Germany   
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Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2011
Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2011
(search item no. 118263)
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PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Medium-bodied with lime and citrus aromas, complemented by soft, sweet flavors of green apple, citrus fruits and delicate mineral notes.
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About Polka Dot:

Do your yin and yang yearn to yield? Your sweet side says "satiate me," but dabbling in dryness is dually delightful...

Pölka dot Sweet Riesling strikes the perfect balance between dry and sweet. Pairing perfectly with a wide range of foods, Pölka dot can easily stand up to exotic spices and intense flavors. Whether you're feeling sweet or sassy, discover why whatever the occasion, Pölka dot Riesling always hits the spot.



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Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2010
Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2010
(search item no. 111673)

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Winemaker's Notes:

Polka dot Sweet Riesling is perfect for those who crave something a little sweet. Your senses will come full circle when you take in the floral aromas and soft flavors of pear and nectarine. This well-balanced, easy-to-enjoy Riesling will remind you why you're a Riesling fan in the first place.
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About Polka Dot:

Do your yin and yang yearn to yield? Your sweet side says "satiate me," but dabbling in dryness is dually delightful...

Pölka dot Sweet Riesling strikes the perfect balance between dry and sweet. Pairing perfectly with a wide range of foods, Pölka dot can easily stand up to exotic spices and intense flavors. Whether you're feeling sweet or sassy, discover why whatever the occasion, Pölka dot Riesling always hits the spot.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
(search item no. 119237)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of red fruit, sweet spice and a touch of fresh mint. It is full and soft with layers of red currant and cassis with notes of clove and black pepper. The wine finishes with finely grained tannins that add structure and length. Made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Traditional pairings such as steak, grilled or roasted beef dishes, wild game, chocolate and cheeses are perfect with this wine.

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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.