Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Avalon Napa Merlot 2009
Avalon Napa Merlot 2009
(search item no. 109114)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Merlot shows its depth with a rich garnet color. Aromas of juicy boysenberries and cherry pie fill the glass. Crème brùlée and brown sugar notes from oak aging complement the ripe berry aromas. Mountain fruit characteristics show in the intensity of the fruit flavors. The entry enjoys sweet berry notes of raspberry and cherry with a finish of jammy boysenberry preserves. The oak notes of chocolate and wood smoke pair with and complement the rich fruit layers. Refined tannins support this balanced wine that doesn't show the typical alcohol component found in many Merlots. As the wine develops in the glass, one may enjoy ongoing berry notes, a touch of allspice evolving in the middle, while the wine continues to lengthen on the finish. Smooth, silky and profound berry flavors confirm this wine's birthplace as Napa Valley.

Blend: 88% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petite Verdot

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About Avalon:

Like the Indie films that inspired Avalon, our wines are original and uncut. We focus on the essence of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. We differentiate ourselves by producing flavorful wines at a decent price. We specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon and just recently branched out with our first release of Merlot from the 2009 vintage.

Avalon - AKA Paradise. According to Arthurian legend, the town of Glastonbury in the U.K. was once known as Avalon. Avalon has long been associated with paradise. It is a land of souls. Many believe that King Arthur's soul rests there and will some day rise again to defend England.

Our wines don't cost a king's ransom, but that's exactly what our Winemaker Alex Cose used to make. We joke with him and say, "Make us a wine that tastes like $75, and then let's sell it for about $15".



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Hawk Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Hawk Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 113849)
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PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is textbook California Cabernet Sauvignon, with ripe black cherry and cassis flavors, and hints of chaparral, cedar, toast, brown-sugar spice and earthy minerality. The tannins are substantial yet smooth in this medium-full-bodied, herb-inflected wine.

Serve it with grilled rib eye steak with herb butter, braised beef short ribs, or black-pepper-crusted ahi tuna.

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About Hawk Crest:

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars has produced Hawk Crest wines since 1974 with an eye towards crafting approachable, fruit-forward wines of high quality and great value. Over the years the Hawk Crest winemaking team has carefully selected specific vineyards in some of California's most promising growing areas. Just 15 miles north of Napa Valley, Red Hill Lake County is the primary source of fruit for the well-structured, food-friendly Cabernet Sauvignon. The Santa Lucia Highlands and greater Monterey County are the source for the Chardonnay, and the richly textured Merlot is sourced from Paso Robles.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107438)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opens with deep black cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors. Intense, round and well-structured tannins provide a strong backbone throughout the middle. Cedar and vanilla notes linger on the finish, beckoning another sip.
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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.


White Wines    Chardonnay    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Spring Seed Wine Co. Chardonnay 2010
Spring Seed Wine Co. Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 111641)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Receive one of three possible labels*.

Our Four O'clock Chardonnay shows a nose of stone fruit, including nectarine and white peach, citrus, lime and pink grapefruit. The flavors from the nose follow right through to the palate. The Spring Seed Chardonnay has a subtly textured mid palate and a wonderful crisp length.

*Specific labels cannot be requested.

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About Spring Seed Wine Co.:

Spring Seed Wines are single vineyard, organically grown and certified wines that best express the unique character of our foothills site in McLaren Vale, Australia, in a fresh, balanced style which appeals to wine lovers everywhere.

Traditional winemaking and natural minimal processing, combined with organic viticulture helps us ensure the purity, integrity and flavour of our vineyard in the Spring Seed Wines.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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Spellbound Petite Sirah 2009
Spellbound Petite Sirah 2009
(search item no. 110094)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensity of color, rich black and brambly fruits, vanilla bean and roasting coffee aromatics are complimented by remarkable approachability in the 2008 Spellbound Petite Sirah.

The wine is crafted to unleash dark and luscious characteristics, while managing tannins to deliver an opulent and juicy Petite Sirah. This lush yet easy drinking wine provides intense berry character, with superb texture you will find in no other Petite Sirah but Spellbound.

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About Spellbound:

Spellbound was born when Rob Mondavi and Paul Hoffman decided to craft wines that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day yet special enough to celebrate milestone events. In honor of California's rich winegrowing heritage, this winemaking team sources fruit from established and emerging wine regions throughout the state, including Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara and Lodi.

Currently Spellbound makes Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. All three wines are approachable and food-friendly, perfect for causal dinners and black tie functions alike. Because Spellbound wines pair so well with food, they've become a favorite choice of fine restaurants.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 105355)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon showcases lush texture and bold dark fruit flavors with a slight hint of oak and spice. Cedar and tobacco aromas complement integrated lively tannins and fill out. With the 2008 vintage, California's Lodi and Central Valley regions experienced warm days that were cooled down in the palate, allowing the wine to be consumed on its own or with your favorite food. The Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be one of our shining stars because of the wine's balance and intensity of flavors.
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About Spellbound:

Spellbound was born when Rob Mondavi and Paul Hoffman decided to craft wines that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day yet special enough to celebrate milestone events. In honor of California's rich winegrowing heritage, this winemaking team sources fruit from established and emerging wine regions throughout the state, including Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara and Lodi.

Currently Spellbound makes Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. All three wines are approachable and food-friendly, perfect for causal dinners and black tie functions alike. Because Spellbound wines pair so well with food, they've become a favorite choice of fine restaurants.