Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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JCB N°69 Brut Rose Cremant de Bourgogne
JCB N°69 Brut Rose Cremant de Bourgogne
(search item no. 117319)
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PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 69 is a seductively light and refreshing rosé. Vibrant aromas of raspberry and red currant evolve into aromatic jammy notes. This wine is tender in the mouth with crisp flavors.
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About JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset:

Jean-Charles Boisset, the visionary behind JCB, is fervently passionate about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from both his native Burgundy as well as from Sonoma County, where he owns DeLoach Vineyards. JCB wines are crafted to express a style that embodies only the finest characteristics of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Backed by centuries of tradition, our wines speak for themselves. To taste them is to discover what happens when terroir, talent, and vision come together.

"What if we could capture style and hold it in the bottle, along with all of its heritage, treasures and promises? What if that uncompromising personality - audacious, unique, mysterious, passionate, subtle - was revealed from one bottle to another by a distinct number, until it was all held in a limited collection of wines? A collection of rare numbered edition wines, composed by Jean-Charles Boisset, stemming from centuries of Burgundian family tradition combined with the graceful exploration of sophisticated terroir where elegance, delicacy, refinement and finesse can be discovered. A way of reinventing time and celebrating style that goes beyond fashion: This is the spirit of JCB."
Jean-Charles Boisset



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2009
Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 121651)
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PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

With a label inspired by the psychedelic rock posters of the 1960s, Zinfandelic captures the spirit of Zinfandel, California's quintessential wine. The organically farmed old vine vineyards are located in Amador County, a region renowned for being home to some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in the world.

The high altitude vineyards and sandy clay loam soils yield a bold Old Vine Zinfandel, with rich, bright raspberry and black cherry fruit complemented by hints of earth and spice that add to its complexity. The fresh fruit characteristics are balanced by lively acidity, hallmarks of Amador County.

Zinfandelic's Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel wine makes an excellent food pairing choice for anything hot off the grill, such as grilled tri-tip steak. Or enjoy with barbeque ribs, meaty pasta dishes or pizza.

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About Zinfandelic:

ZINFANDELIC is a tribute to the unique California wine varietal, Zinfandel, and the California movement & culture of the 1960s.

Located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California, Amador County is renowned for producing California's finest Zinfandels, some of them crafted from 19th-century vines. This sustainably farmed old vine vineyard is planted on hillsides with soils of sandy clay loam derived from decomposed granite. Amador's warm days and cool evening breezes from the Sierras promote full ripening of the grapes and a balanced acidity, leading to robust, intensely flavored wines.

It's Zinfandelic

Zinfandel has always been the quintessential California wine. Taking on the characteristics of the regions where it's grown, the flavor of a California Zin is like the flavor of California itself. It's free love in a bottle, with a vibe all its own - at times mellow, others bold or even spicy. But it's always, dare we say, groovy.



Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut Rose
Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut Rose
(search item no. 110659)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

With its delicate, pinkish hue, Canard-Duchene Brut Rose stands apart for its intense, fresh fruit aromas of strawberries, with a subtle hint of grenadine, against a backdrop of mineral notes for enhanced freshness.
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About Canard-Duchene:

1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of "vignerons" met and fell in love. They got married, and started to make their own champagne.

Success came quickly, so they then decided to set up their own Champagne house. They joined their names together, in the true Champagne tradition, and Canard-Duchêne was born. The year was 1868.

In 1890, their son, Edmond Canard took over. He was young, bold, loved champagne, and really understood the new world which was coming up. Under his guidance, Canard-Duchêne became international champagne, especially as one of the Champagnes supplied to the court of Tsar Nicholas II.

The relationship has left its mark: from then on, the Canard Duchêne coat of arms has borne the two-headed eagle, emblem of the Russian Imperial Family. Another symbol was added later. The sabre, in memory of a tradition which is intimately linked with champagne, celebration and reward. For the last hundred years, the eagle and the sabre have been our coat of arms.

The Third generation continues on the same tracks. Since 1930, Victor Canard, the founder's grandson, gives a new life of the son. After the recent integration of Canard-Duchêne in the privately-owned group Alain Thiénot, it now occupies a strong position on the French market. At the same time, the House is developing its international markets. Long a Symbol of enjoyment and elegance, Champagne is a gift from nature. From the 300 "crus" in the Champagne region, Canard-Duchêne has chosen 60 of them, blending Pinots and Chardonnay, in order to create year after year fruity, balanced and rounded wines.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2008
Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 112509)
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PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Amador County yields a bold Old Vine Zinfandel with rich, bright raspberry and black cherry fruit complemented by hints of earth and spice that add to its complexity.

ZINFANDELIC is a tribute to the unique California wine varietal - Zinfandel. It is also a tribute the California movement & culture of the 1960s - Flower Power, Haight Ashbury, Summer of Love, Rock & Roll, etc. The label is reminiscent of rock posters of the sixties era.

Silver Medal - 2012 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition

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About Zinfandelic:

ZINFANDELIC is a tribute to the unique California wine varietal, Zinfandel, and the California movement & culture of the 1960s.

Located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California, Amador County is renowned for producing California's finest Zinfandels, some of them crafted from 19th-century vines. This sustainably farmed old vine vineyard is planted on hillsides with soils of sandy clay loam derived from decomposed granite. Amador's warm days and cool evening breezes from the Sierras promote full ripening of the grapes and a balanced acidity, leading to robust, intensely flavored wines.

It's Zinfandelic

Zinfandel has always been the quintessential California wine. Taking on the characteristics of the regions where it's grown, the flavor of a California Zin is like the flavor of California itself. It's free love in a bottle, with a vibe all its own - at times mellow, others bold or even spicy. But it's always, dare we say, groovy.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Raymond Family Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Raymond Family Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 109619)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Cabernet Sauvignon opens with bright, red jammy fruits, mostly cherry and strawberry. Aromas of lush berry mix with white pepper, cedar and sandalwood, making this earthy wine one of delicious complexity. This wine is rich with a long toasty finish of rhubarb and cranberry.
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About Raymond Vineyard:

For generations, Raymond Vineyards has been an integral part of the Napa Valley, with now five generations of viticultural and winemaking expertise. Our new winemaking team captures the essence of the past while infusing the energy of the future and the vibrancy of the next generation into each and every wine. “It is important to retain the core foundation that made this brand legendary in Napa Valley, while keeping the style fresh and relevant to today’s wine drinkers” says Stephanie Putnam.

In addition to our top-notch winemakers and viticulturalists, Raymond has also tapped into a world-renowned winemaker, Phillipe Melka, to assist on our high-end Cabernets and complement the inherent strengths of the team.

As for a specific style, the team aims for the three B’s – Big, Bold, Balanced – yet with refinement and elegance. This philosophy lends itself well to the underlying principal of terroir that dates back thousands of years where the interrelationship between soil, climate, and plant are enhanced by the passion of people to convey an authentic sense of place. Our winemaking team allows the purest expression of the fruit to reign, with aromas and flavors that fill your glass and your palate with wines that are unmistakably powerful, intriguingly complex, and beautifully integrated.



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Charles de Fere Cuvee Jean-Louis Blanc de Blancs Brut
Charles de Fere Cuvee Jean-Louis Blanc de Blancs Brut
(search item no. 110663)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Fine, abundant bubbles define the Cuvée Jean-Louis Brut; its bubbles are smaller than any of our other sparkling wines. Bright and fruity on the nose, this wine exudes aromas typical of Chenin Blanc – apples, apricots and a hint of honey. The palate holds an explosion of fine bubbles followed by a smooth, fruity finish.

A blend of all white grapes from the Loire Valley, Charentes, and PACA region (Provence-Alps-Côte d'Azur): Chenin Blanc (40%), Ugni Blanc (20%) and various other grapes that change each year to ensure that our style remains consistent.

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About Charles de Fere:

Charles de Fère came to life in 1980 when an innovative sixth generation winemaker from Champagne, Jean-Louis, decided to start his own sparkling winery in a town called Fère-en-Tardois, just outside Champagne. Named in his honor, Cuvée Jean-Louis embodies his audacious vision of crafting high-quality sparkling wines from grapes grown throughout France, strongly believing that a more diverse sourcing strategy would allow him access to the best possible grapes each year. Northern vineyards brought freshness and elegance, while southern vineyards provided beautifully ripe fruit, body and smoothness to the wines. In honor of his son Charles, he named his winery Charles de Fère, meaning "Charles from Fère."

Today, Charles de Fère wines are crafted in Burgundy at the Boisset family's state-of-the-art sparkling wine facility. True to its roots, Charles de Fère’s grapes continue to come from diverse terroirs throughout France, ensuring the best possible fruit for consistently excellent sparkling wines at a great value.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Chateau Serame Minervois 2006
Chateau Serame Minervois 2006
(search item no. 110604)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $10.98

Winemaker's Notes:

Very attractive deep ruby red in color. Aromas of blackcurrant and raspberries explode on the nose. The attack is extremely round and smooth. The wine is full-bodied on the palate, showing ample fruit, abundant freshness and silky, yet noticeable tannins, all held within a firm structure. Delicate hints of oak intermingle with this harmonious ensemble. The lengthy and weighty finish evolves towards more spicy notes. The power and balance in this wine indicate the very good cellaring potential of the Chateau de Serame Minervois 2006.
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About Chateau Serame:

Chateau de Serame is a magnificent property located in the wooded area near Calal du Midi in Languedoc region of France. The estate offers exceptional terroir from the Languedoc region. The team at Chateau de Serame has applied itself to a production of the highest standards. Vineyard renovations and management, sustainable viticulture practices, and a combination of traditional and modern winemaking practices create wines of outstanding aromatic purity and rare finesse.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Wine Spots Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Wine Spots Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106930)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of grape sourced from acclaimed sub-regions including Rutherford and Oakville, Wine Spots Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and elegant, offering a rich array of cherry, currant, blackberry, cedar and chocolate notes. Aged in French oak to bring out balanced, silky tannins.

Enjoy with grilled steak, hearty red meat dishes, lamb chops, and strong cheeses.

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About Wine Spots:

Wine Spots offers an exploration into the finest wine regions around the world and the varietals they are known for. By working with some of the best vineyards and top winemakers, we are able to capture the distinctive qualities and terroir that make the regions unique. The wines offer a unique journey through all of our favorite wine spots, and invites others to do the same. Explore California through our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Coast Syrah and Monterey Chardonnay. Then journey to New Zealand, Australia, Chile, France and beyond.


Red Wines    Merlot    Central Coast    California   
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Brass Tacks Merlot 2007
Brass Tacks Merlot 2007
(search item no. 102303)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Let's get down to brass tacks. This Merlot is about the purity of the varietal flavors and California terroir. Brass Tacks Merlot offers tasty red berry and ripe cherry fruit with hints of spice and vanilla from nicely integrated oak. The California Central Coast's high winds, dry days and cool ocean fogs create a long growing season, leading to full, forward fruit flavors and ideal acidity.

Food Pairings: Smooth and versatile, Brass Tacks Merlot is a very food friendly wine that pairs well with red meats, grilled salmon, poultry and heavy meat sauces.

Gold Medal - The Brass Tacks Merlot was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2010 San Diego International Wine Competition after being reviewed by a panel international wine critics.

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Brass Tacks wines reflects the essence of California wine and the purity of the fruit. The winemaking starts in the vineyard, where the unique characteristics of each varietal and vineyard are cultivated. The result is a wine that isn't over-manipulated, allowing the personality of the fruit to shine through.

Brass Tacks produces wines that capture the unique essence of the varietal as well as the region in which it thrives. The fruit is sourced from regions and vineyards that are among the best suited for the varietal and wines are produced in small lots to ensure quality.

brass tacks (noun) - the most fundamental considerations; essentials; realities (usually used in the phrase "get down to brass tacks."