Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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BearBoat Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
BearBoat Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 107645)
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PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale ruby color with moderately intense aromas of strawberry and vanilla notes. Medium body, balanced acidity and soft tannins.
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About BearBoat:

Like the delightful bears on the label, BearBoat wines are suitable for any occasion. The cool climate of the Russian River Valley allows the grapes to retain acidity while slowly developing intense flavors.

Winemaker Raphael Brisbois, began his winemaking career in Alsace, France. His curiosity about wine has led him around the world. In 1997, he began to make BearBoat for Remy Cointreau USA. One of his guiding principles is to create a wine that can stand up to all types of food. His many years of experience and gut instinct make each and every bottle of BearBoat truly exceptional.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2010
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 112245)
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Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meiomi (May-oh-mee) is a Pinot Noir that gets its fruit from the most noteworthy coastal areas in California. The wine is crafted, lush, balanced and luxurious. Three of the California's most sought after coastal growing regions brilliantly meld together in this deeply flavored, stylish and truly balanced Pinot Noir; at its most fundamental core, it is an approachable, food friendly wine with a style and place all its own.
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About Meiomi:

The name Meiomi means "coast" in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes, and best pays tribute to and symbolizes the origin of this Pinot Noir. Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880's. In his youth, he worked many spring and summer days in the vineyard and cellar of Caymus, learning the basics from pulling leaves, to dragging hoses. Then he began to focus his efforts on what was to become his passion and career in the wine business. He is the owner of Belle Glos and Meiomi wines and has been overseeing vineyard operations and winemaking since 2002. Joseph has a perpetual goal of crafting Pinot Noirs that exude their origins and represent the best of their class in any vintage. Along with his passion for Pinot Noir, he continues his role at Caymus in viticulture and winemaking alongside his father, Chuck. When not at work, he spends time with his wife and 5 children constantly grooming the next generation in farming philosophy and practices, winemaking and the enjoyment of nature's bounty and the outdoors.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Durigutti Malbec Reserva 2007
Durigutti Malbec Reserva 2007
(search item no. 107375)
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $13.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of plum, fig, ripe strawberry dominate. Tremendous concentration on the palate, with ample tannin and acidity to match. Finishes long, with loads of white pepper. This "big" wine matches sensationally with charcoal-grilled beef.
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About Durigutti:

Two brothers of diverse wine-making backgrounds come together in the elaboration of Durigutti wines. Pablo, who nourished the American new world concept, and Hector, enriched by the European tradition, joined their individual styles to create the maximum expression present in this play of concepts represented by the wines of Familia Durigutti.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    St-Emilion    France - Bordeaux   
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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 12/24/2014: $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.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Saint-Nicolas Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux 2006
Chateau Saint-Nicolas Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux 2006
(search item no. 101179)
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PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $13.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant berry fruit on the nose. Great balance and complexity on the palate. Firm tannins matched with lingering fruit gives this wine exceptional charm.

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Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port 2001
Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port 2001
(search item no. 62753)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opaque purple color. On the nose great complexity, ripe black fruits with a mineral hint. On the palate huge concentration and tannic structure, with the Sousão component of the blend producing fine acidity.
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About Quinta de Roriz:

Quinta de Roriz is one of the oldest and finest estates in the Douro and has been owned by the van Zeller family since 1815. Historical records show that Roriz was the very first Quinta Port to be exported and the first Quinta to establish an international reputation for the quality of its wines. During much of the 19th Century, Roriz was considered one of the greatest of Vintage Ports, and it is intended to re-establish this standing in the 21st Century.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 111503)

PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Complex aromas of cassis, black tea, mint and olive combine with well-structured tannins that provide an excellent mouthfeel and a lingering finish.

The intense and elegant flavors of the 2008 Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon complement a variety of hearty entrees, including steak, lamb and roasted meats.

Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot

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About Kenwood Vineyards:

Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards.

Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking.

In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably, using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather than chemicals - in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. This “small lot” or “cuvee” style of winemaking also enables the winemaker to draw on an exceptionally broad “palette” to assemble wines that showcase classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious.



White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling 2009
Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling 2009
(search item no. 108295)
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PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $10.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Floral aroma with hints of peach, quince, lime and clove delight the nose. Rich and full-flavored fruit on the palate is balanced by refreshing, crisp acidity.
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About Columbia Winery:

Columbia Winery was the first premium winery in Washington and the first in the state to produce vineyard-designate wines. Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 by ten friends, six of whom were University of Washington professors. Originally known as Associated Vintners, the group was united in the belief that vines could survive the harsh Washington winters and that fine wine could be made in Washington state.

Having worked alongside founding winemaker and Master of Wine, David Lake, Kerry Norton now oversees the Columbia Winery winemaking, handcrafting Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah sourced from the Columbia and Yakima Valleys.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Domaine Pierre Morey Monthelie 2006
Domaine Pierre Morey Monthelie 2006
(search item no. 110751)
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PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $29.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Pierre Morey Monthélie is supple and delicate with an elegant style. Blending of six vineyard sites produces a charming wine is soft and fruity. It is ready to drink now; balanced tannins allow this wine to reach its peak after five to eight years of aging.

Only 480 cases produced, and 125 cases imported.

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About Domaine Pierre Morey:

Considered one of Burgundy’s most highly regarded winemakers, Pierre Morey’s small domaine of nearly 10 hectares (25 acres) produces stunning, long-lived wines. He served as winemaker/cellarmaster at Domaine Leflaive for nearly 20 years before stepping down in 2008 to concentrate on his family's domaine and his négociant firm, Morey-Blanc, both of which he runs with his daughter, Anne. Morey-Blanc complements his estate production with an enviable selection of premier and grand cru vineyards.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Brancott Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Brancott Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 112388)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is pale straw in color with green highlights. Aromas of ripe gooseberry and bell pepper dominate with tropical melon and grapefruit notes apparent. This wine displays full fruit intensity. The ripe bell pepper and gooseberry flavors with hints of pungency sit well with the supporting tropical fruit flavors. A well-balanced wine showing the crisp, vivacious acidity associated with this style.
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About Brancott:

The Brancott Winery opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest wineries in Marlborough. From producing one of the world's first grape tipping tanks, the winery has stayed true to its pioneering herigate and embraced innovation. It was one of the first to commercially plant Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough in 1973, at the top of New Zealand's South Island and has been heavily instrumental in developing the region as one of the foremost viticultural regions for Sauvignon Blanc world-wide. At present, Brancott Estate continues to lead with its innovative winemaking approach and passionate commitment to excellence under the stewardship of chief winemaker, Patrick Materman.