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Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti 2009
Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti 2009
(search item no. 110845)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#47 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Ruby red with violet hues. Elegant, with good intensity - you can feel the fruits of berries, mint leaves. Well structured, fruity and dry.

Pair with dishes of pasta with red sauces, white meats and red meats.

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About Michele Chiarlo:

The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the sole and present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Mr. Chiarlo is today one of the most respected producers of the fine wines of Piedmont and a leading figure in its viticultural industry.

At the production and vineyard level, where quality begins, Michele Chiarlo has for thirty years pursued an endless search for control over the finest vineyard sites in each of the zones from which he produces his wines. Perhaps the crown jewel among these is the vineyard of Fornace di Tassarolo in the Rovereto area of Gavi, a small parcel planted in 1910 which yields a brilliant and intense Gavi of exquisite refinement. He also has long-term agreements with the owners of two spectacular vineyards in the Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga crus of Barolo, from which he produces Barolo Riserva Rocche di Castiglione and Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda di Serralunga. In addition to these contracts, he has also purchased the Antico Podere Averame in the Cerequio cru of Barolo, considered one of the zone's finest Nebbiolo vineyards; and an estate, also in Barolo in the cru of Cannubi, which due to its extremely sharp gradient had never been cultivated. With considerable capital investment, this vineyard has been terraced and brought into production, the first time such a project has ever been undertaken in Piedmont.

In 1995, Michele Chiarlo acquired the estate of Azienda Agricola Aluffi in Castelnuovo Calcea, considered to the most beautiful and prestigious property in the heart of the classic Barbera d'Asti zone. The estate is comprised of two separate vineyard holdings, La Court and Il Castello, with a total area of 62 acres of which 50 are planted in Barbera vines, quite extensive for this area. The principally southwest and easterly-exposed slopes support superb, calcium and mineral rich soils which are of ideal composition for the production of great Barbera d'Asti.

Michele Chiarlo directly manages or personally oversees every aspect in the production of his wines. Eminently qualified through the expertise acquired through his involvement with the company under his father, he also holds a degree from the prestigious School of Enology at Alba. His ceaseless innovation, both in production and in marketing, has gained him the respesct of his industry.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Mionetto Prosecco Brut
Mionetto Prosecco Brut
(search item no. 114238)
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PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Mionetto Prosecco Brut DOC has an intense fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. It is very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced. This wine is perfect alone as an aperitif or as a delightful complement to appetizers such as prosciutto or mild cheeses. Excellent as a base for Bellinis and other sparkling wine cocktails.

"Best of Tasting" Wall Street Journal
"Best Value" Wall Street Journal
"Soft sparkling with persistent lemon, apple and nut flavors." New York Times

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White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Other French    France - Other regions   
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Domaine de Lancyre Roussanne 2010
Domaine de Lancyre Roussanne 2010
(search item no. 116631)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau de Lancyre is arguably the best domaine in the Languedoc's top wine district, Pic St. Loup. The Lancyre Roussanne offers aromas of peaches and country hay on the nose, with just a touch of spearmint and honey. It is big, bold and crisp, with great freshness on the palate. Enjoy this unoaked wine on its own or with poultry, creamy pasta dishes, or seafood (especially sole or fried calamari). 90% Roussanne, 10% Viognier.
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White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Central Otago    New Zealand   
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Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc 2006
(search item no. 95345)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2006 Sauvignon Blanc has a fine gooseberry nose with a crisp, clean grassy palate with a vibrant citrus finish."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
88 Points
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About Amisfield:

Amisfield Vineyard is a producer of fine wine from the Lowburn area of New Zealand's Central Otago region. The region is renowned for producing world class Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines. Nestled between Amisfield and Parkburn streams planing commenced in 1999 and now consists of over 100 acres planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc with considerable expansion possibilities.

The winemaking approach at Amisfield is one of minimal impact on the extraordinary fruit produced from season to season, making the wines a natural expression of the land from which they are created. The overriding winemaking philosophy revolves around the fact that quality wine is grown not made.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Sherry    Other Spain    Spain   
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Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 92464)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $25.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyards, located at an elevation of 1,050 feet, are comprised of the famous chalky soil called Albariza and the 40-year-old vines produce extremely low yields. The grapes were hand-harvested at the peak of maturity and dried on mats in the sun. This is one of the oldest wines in the cellar since the Solera was started at the beginning of the last century.

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About Alvear:

Alvear S.A. was established by Don Diego de Alvear in 1729, and since that time has remained under control of the Alvear family. This is the oldest winery in the region and its fino is today one of the three most popular fino wines in Spain. Located in the town of Montilla, in the province of Cordoba, in the interior of Andalucia. Grapes are sourced from their own vineyards, of 307.2 acres. They also buy grapes and wines from local growers. The area is dominated by small parcels. The terrain is formed by undulating hills and slopes of a singular whitish color. There are two basic types of soil: Albero and Arenas. Albero is a whitish, chalky soil, found on the higher ground in the Sierra de Montilla and Moriles Alto, both of which are classified as superior zones and produce finos of good, clean character. This type of soil is highly absorbent and can supply the vines with needed water during the long, dry summers. The sun bakes the surface to a hard crust, reflecting the heat and preventing the moisture from evaporating. Arenas is found in the Ruedos made up of largely sand, with some stony clay and a small proportion of limestone. The climate is Southern continental, with hot summers, reaching at times temperatures of 120°F, resulting in early harvests. The temperature drops sharply at night, cooling the fermenting musts. Winters are cold.


Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port (375ML half-bottle)
Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 5967)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Six Grapes has a seductive, rich aroma of ripe plums, cherries and dark chocolate notes. On the palate it's complex, with an excellent structure and a long, lingering finish. Six Grapes is one of Graham's original Port blends--it is a very full-bodied, luscious wine drawn from the same vineyards as Graham's Vintage Ports. Blended from two or three years' harvests, the wine is an average of five to six years old when it is lightly filtered and bottled.

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Six Grapes is bottled ready to drink after about five years of cask aging. It has a t-cap closure, which means that you don't need a corkscrew to open it and that it should stay fresh for up to two months if stored in a cool, dark place or the refrigerator. Serve it in a glass with at least a six ounce capacity so that you may appreciate the wine's aromas. Six Grapes pairs particularly well with dark chocolate, but is also fantastic on its own as a luscious dessert in a glass.

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About Graham's:

The firm of W & J Graham & Co has its roots in a Glasgow-based textile concern. In 1820 the brothers William and John Graham, who were then managing the company office in Oporto, accepted 27 pipes of Port wine in settlement of a bad debt.This Port was shipped to the parent company in Glasgow which initially reprimanded the brothers for not sending cash. Fortunately however, after it was sold the Port turned out to be very popular and soon William and John were being urged by their parent company to acquire and ship more of this finest of fortified wines. Within the next few years Graham's reputation grew as a shipper of fine Port, first to Scotland and gradually all over the Port-drinking world. In 1882 Andrew James Symington, a young Scot whose family was well known to the Grahams, took up a position with Graham's in Oporto. The firm of W & J Graham was acquired by the Symington family, his descendants, in 1970. Today James Symington, grandson of Andrew James, and other members of the family draw on their century of experience in the Port trade to ensure that the quality and reputation of Graham's is maintained.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009
Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 113542)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A rich, buttery, barrel fermented Chardonnay with a sunny California profile. This wine has a citrus driven nose with hints of pineapple, banana and coconut cream pie. Soft and round entry. The oak is apparent, but not defining. The mid-palate goes on to reveal other layers of flavors of vanilla, lemon meringue pie and again coconut. The finish is rich with viscosity that coats the mouth for minutes after your last sip. Enjoy slightly chilled.
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About Mer Soleil:

The Mer Soleil Vineyard is named for two natural forces that create its growing conditions: sea (mer) and sun (soleil). With plantings at two separate locations in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County, Mer Soleil’s Chardonnay vines are nestled on east-facing lower slopes of the Sierra de Salinas range in what is one of the coolest, driest grape growing areas in California. During the growing season, warmer inland temperatures at the southern end of the Salinas Valley pull cooling morning and evening fogs into the vineyards. The afternoons, in contrast, are evenly warm and sunny. The absence of rain throughout the long growing season—harvest typically continues into November—and a pattern of brisk afternoon breezes keeps the grapes dry and pristine.

Charlie Wagner II is the winemaker and directs vineyard operations at Mer Soleil



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Chateau La Rose Brisson St-Emilion Grand Cru 2006
Chateau La Rose Brisson St-Emilion Grand Cru 2006
(search item no. 101182)
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PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Fine elegant fruit on the nose giving way to firm velvety fruit on the palate. Wonderful structure and lingering classy finish.


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About Chateau La Rose Brisson:

Chateau La Rose Brisson, in Vignonet near Saint-Emilion, is owned by Martine Galhaud. This is a beautiful vineyard in the plains of 6 hectares planted mainly with Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon on sandy-gravelly soils and deep sands. Winemaker Pascal Poussevin combines knowledge and tradition to develop a wine of great breed.


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Bartenura Moscato 2010
Bartenura Moscato 2010
(search item no. 107951)
kosher wine


PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Crisp and refreshing, semi sweet, with lingering pear, tangerine, nectar and melon flavors on the finish.

Food Pairing Recommendations - Hors d'oeuvres or sipping at poolside ice cold and perfect with dessert or fresh fruit

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Beringer Red Moscato 2011
Beringer Red Moscato 2011
(search item no. 115656)

PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This innovative blend is the perfect harmony of Moscato, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. It brings together the vivid aromas and flavors of the Moscato grape with the classic red berry characteristics of Zinfandel and ripe black cherry flavors of Petite Sirah.
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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.