Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2009
Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 115306)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red with bright highlights. On the nose, red fruit, spicy and green pepper, nutmeg and licorice. It has sweet, firm tannins that give the body and structure characteristic of the strain. Its finish is nice and long.

Blend: 90% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah

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About Seghesio Family Vineyards:

Established in 1985, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Seghesio Family Vineyards' 300 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys represent some of the oldest vineyards and proprietary clones. With a passionate belief that wine is made in the vineyard, Seghesio pairs a century of experience on these treasured sites with aggressive farming techniques. True to their oldest plantings, Seghesio concentrates on Zinfandel, Italian varietals and Pinot Noir. Ted Seghesio is the winemaker.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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DeLoach Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
DeLoach Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 106182)
green wine


PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

On a terrace of Sonoma Mountain at 1150' elevation, the van der Kamp vineyard has been farmed for over 100 years and sustains some of the oldest Pinot noir vines in Sonoma County. A trout pond, fruit trees, prayer flags, Native American artifacts and a few roosters are found around the north-facing vineyard, which traverses soils from the reddish volcanic loam of the "Red Shoulder" area to a deeper, darker clay loam region.

Offering enticing aromas of cran-raspberry, baking spices, hints of pine duff and eucalyptus, this wine is lifted and bright on the nose. The palate entry brings distinct minerality traced by notes of sarsaparilla, plum, dark cherry clove and pronounced, yet silky tannins which broaden through the finish.

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About DeLoach Vineyards:

The Russian River Valley has come to be known as "America’s Burgundy," and DeLoach is proud to have been an important factor in this distinction. DeLoach's wines have won numerous accolades and scored many 90+ ratings over the years. The Wine Spectator’s James Laube called DeLoach "one of California’s best producers of Chardonnay," and Wine and Spirits has proclaimed DeLoach "Winery of the Year" nine times.

DeLoach's mission is to produce exceptional wines that spotlight the singular personality of the Russian River Valley in a socially responsible, environmentally sensitive way. They seek to foster a better understanding of the Valley's unique terroir, with its rare and bountiful convergence of the sea, the soil and the stars.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Coonawarra    Australia   
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Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2007
Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 104345)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1994 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Deep garnet red.

Nose: Flashes of wet earth and black cracked-pepper. The nutmeg, along with the lemon zest, is probably oak-derived. The nuttiness almost definitely. Red-curranted fruits synergise with complex, meaty (cold-cuts/carpaccio) secondary notes.

Palate: An initial rush of juiciness and lush core fruits - rhubarb/plum/raspberry, underpinned by mouthwatering acidity and a small measure of stylish French oak. A firm finish, stylishly sealed with fine, talc-like tannins. Youthful, beckoning - confirming our earlier-release mantra for this Coonawarra Shiraz style.

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About Penfolds Wines:

Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Pine Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Pine Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 96848)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $40.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A dense ruby hue hints at the intensity of this young, bright wine. Aromas of blueberry, red cherry and raspberry are accented by darker notes of coffee bean, spicy bramble and hints of caramel. The palate is equally inviting, opening with fresh, sweet dark berry and baked cherry fruit before the firm tannins take hold and carry the long finish through deeper tones of black tea, briar and toasty oak. Decant for 30 minutes to allow this youthful wine to open up to its best flavors.
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About Pine Ridge:

In 1978 , a remarkable vineyard took shape alongside a deep pine forest that climbs the western hillside of Napa Valley’s storied Stags Leap District. Today, nestled in a small valley along the Silverado Trail, the carefully maintained and terraced slopes of Pine Ridge Vineyards blend gracefully with the natural rise and fall of the land. Year after year, the wines of Pine Ridge carry a sense of this place and its history. Continuity, balance and meticulous craftsmanship are inherent in the wines and deeply embedded in the winery's heritage. Each vintage reflects the distinct characteristics of the appellation and a focused commitment to refinement that reaches across the years, from the founding of the winery to today.