White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Umpqua Valley    Oregon   
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Rainstorm Pinot Gris 2011
Rainstorm Pinot Gris 2011
(search item no. 117592)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Oregon Pinot Gris shows lively mango and honeysuckle aromas, a lush mouthfeel and flavors of citrus and melon balanced by a refreshing acidity.
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About Rainstorm:

If diversity is the spice of life, then Oregon is an intriguing spice rack. There's much more to Rainstorm's home than snowy peaks, rugged coastlines, and foggy forests. There’s no better example of Oregon's diversity than the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys. Both regions produce spectacular Pinots. But the profound difference in weather patterns produces grapes that contribute to wildly divergent wine styles.

Rainstorm's Willamette Valley vineyard sits atop a fog-swept ridge, located east of Silverton. Their Umpqua Valley vineyard is located west of the city of Umpqua on a beautifully forested ridge. We like Pinot Noir from ridges, because the slope provides great water drainage capacity; this controls the vines' vigor and produces low yields. Low yields are ideal, as the vine is encouraged to focus its character in a smaller volume of grapes.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni 2009
Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni 2009
(search item no. 116553)
James Suckling rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tenuta di Castiglioni's deep, opaque ruby-red, rimmed in purple, intrigues the eye. The nose is marked by appealing, fragrant fruit, with deep draughts of dark-fleshed fruit, such as wild blackberry, black cherry, plum, and strawberry, which shade into toastier notes of cocoa powder, roast espresso bean, tobacco leaf, vanilla, and cinnamon. Impressively full-bodied, the palate shows pleasurably warm, smooth, and well-rounded. Its tangy acidity and noble tannins, already well integrated into the structure, contribute to its exemplary balance. Subtle fruit enlivens a lengthy, long-lingering finish.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Sangiovese

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About Frescobaldi:

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Three Saints Chardonnay 2009
Three Saints Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 116679)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Three Saints Chardonnay opens with an inviting bouquet of Anjou pear, fuji apple, lemon zest, honeysuckle, fresh fig and a hint of wet stones. In the mouth, it is broad and giving without sacrificing verve. The fruit-driven characteristics found in the nose are joined by notes of orange blossom, honey and allspice. It finishes long with an emphasis on citrus, leaving one longing for just one more sip.
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About Three Saints:

Three Saints wines are a vivid expression of carefully selected grapes from the Dierberg Family's vineyards which are located in three of Santa Barbara County's premium wine growing regions: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Napa Cellars Chardonnay 2010
Napa Cellars Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 112591)

PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tantalizing aromas of vanilla, white peach and shortbread integrate seamlessly into luscious flavors of crème brulèe, pear cobbler and toasted marshmallow. This creamy Chardonnay is soft up-front while nuances of green apple and lemon custard linger on the balanced finish.
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About Napa Cellars:

Founded by Rich Frank and Koerner Rombauer in 1996, this warm and casual tasting room is the perfect first or last stop for any visitor to Napa. Conveniently located on Highway 29, the friendly tasting staff encourages wine novices and connoisseurs alike to try their well-worth-the price Napa Valley wines. Napa Cellars winemaker Todd Graff produces a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, as well as limited amounts of Syrah, Sparkling Rose, Late Harvest Zinfandel and Late Harvest Semillon, all bearing the Napa Valley designation.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Mitolo The Jester Shiraz 2010
Mitolo The Jester Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 115648)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense, textured and showing pure fruit flavours, Jester Shiraz is Mitolo's baby G.A.M using the same barrels in which G.A.M was previously aged. Jester Shiraz is made to be upfront and approachable for early appreciation, and delivers excellent quality.
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About Mitolo:

In a short period of time Mitolo has become recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale. Mitolo is a family owned business, started by and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitolo's vision to create a range of wines of individuality, integrity and utmost quality. Whether it is in the vineyard, or in the winery, or the work of the different coopers who source and shape the diverse barrels which are used at Mitolo, each wine is nurtured and developed with a zealous passion that spares no effort to ensure that the best of everything is brought together to make wines of purity, elegance and power.

Italian family roots inspired Frank's early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine. With three earlier generations of his family working as agriculturists and entrepreneurs, it is not surprising that (while heading an international horticultural business), Frank found the energy and passion to pursue his dream of creating world-class wines. The business was established in 1999 and a year later the first Mitolo wine was launched. It was called G.A.M.; named after Frank’s three children and the next generation of Mitolo’s, Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

Acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer is a partner in the business and the combination of his winemaking skills and Frank’s vision have led Mitolo to international recognition and acclaim. What started out as a dream is becoming an exciting reality, and Mitolo Wines has only just begun on its journey.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 115945)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby color with hints of purple. Classic Cabernet aromas of rich red fruits, red pepper, plum, tobacco leaf, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of fresh mint. The aromas are echoed on the palate, with layers of fruit and spice pushing on and on. It's a full-bodied wine that has incredible length and purity of flavor—it really keeps you coming back for more. If Cabernet Sauvignon dreamed at night, this is what it would dream about!

Pairs well with a wide range of foods from beef and pork to lamb, quail and other game birds, and cream-based sauces. This wine will age very well, so don't forget some bottles for the cellar too.

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White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Other Italian    Italy   
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Barrymore Pinot Grigio 2011
Barrymore Pinot Grigio 2011
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PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A pale straw color, this charming Pinot Grigio has hints of fresh apricot and lively citrus flavors.

Drew Barrymore has created this wine in honor of her family. Her travels throughout Italy inspired her to create a Pinot Grigio that she enjoys with family and friends, and hopes that you will as well. Proceeds from the purchase of this wine will benefit charity.

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About Barrymore:

Wine is all about the journey. Any wine lover would have to agree. The discovery of new wines, new regions and new vintages is what keeps wine exciting to novices and enthusiasts alike.

For Drew Barrymore, it was the journey that propelled her to delve into the world of wine and with an eponymously named Pinot Grigio. A fan of crisp, fruity white wines, Barrymore has created a wine that reflects her style and personality: fresh, dynamic and fun.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Merryvale Starmont Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Merryvale Starmont Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116975)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Light straw in color. Intense aromas of guava, with lemon grass, key lime, Crenshaw melon, tangerine, sweet orange blossom and alyssum. It has a full and lush mouthfeel with refreshing acidity providing for a wonderfully long finish that ends with clean minerality of wet slate, and bright kumquat rind.
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About Merryvale Vineyards:

Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale is world renowned for rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the iconic Bordeaux-style red blend, Profile, and our everyday drinking, fruit driven brand, Starmont. Merryvale's historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a must see attraction for visitors to the valley.

Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through conservation, renewable energy and sustainable farming practices at our three estate vineyards. Merryvale has received Napa Green Vineyard, Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business certifications.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2009
Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 109727)
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine shows intense aromas of mandarin orange, fresh pear, melon, apple butter, spice and honey. The mouthfeel is soft, round and fleshy with a long layered finish.
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About Merryvale Vineyards:

Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale is world renowned for rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the iconic Bordeaux-style red blend, Profile, and our everyday drinking, fruit driven brand, Starmont. Merryvale's historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a must see attraction for visitors to the valley.

Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through conservation, renewable energy and sustainable farming practices at our three estate vineyards. Merryvale has received Napa Green Vineyard, Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business certifications.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 118081)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark red/purple in color with lifted aromas of cassis, blackberry, violets and cedar interwoven with vanilla and toasty oak. The wine is plush and round in the mouth with resolved tannins and great intensity. Decant this wine in its youth and enjoy for the next 10+ years.
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About Merryvale Vineyards:

Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale is world renowned for rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the iconic Bordeaux-style red blend, Profile, and our everyday drinking, fruit driven brand, Starmont. Merryvale's historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a must see attraction for visitors to the valley.

Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through conservation, renewable energy and sustainable farming practices at our three estate vineyards. Merryvale has received Napa Green Vineyard, Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business certifications.