Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2011
Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2011
(search item no. 120197)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Spicy, lush black fruit flavors of Alexander Valley. Briary and raspberry flavors are present, along with structure of of cooler Dry Creek Valley. Overall, this is a balanced and elegantly structured Zinfandel.
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About Seghesio Family Vineyards:

Established in 1985, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Seghesio Family Vineyards' 300 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys represent some of the oldest vineyards and proprietary clones. With a passionate belief that wine is made in the vineyard, Seghesio pairs a century of experience on these treasured sites with aggressive farming techniques. True to their oldest plantings, Seghesio concentrates on Zinfandel, Italian varietals and Pinot Noir. Ted Seghesio is the winemaker.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011
(search item no. 116153)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tilia Malbec has a dark, blackish purple color. The nose offers ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    North Coast    California   
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Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah 2008
Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah 2008
(search item no. 111458)

PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Heady aromas of ripe fruit, white pepper and vanilla followed by an intense rush of fresh blackberry, dark chocolate, pepper and caramel flavors.

True Grit is a natural mate for seared steak, sausage, grilled pork loin, and smoked meats. This wine is big, but can dance lightly in both familiar and exotic menu settings.

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About Parducci:

Sixteen year-old Adolph Parducci arrived in Northern California with his parents in 1912. The new immigrant family settled in Mendocino County an area that resembled their native Tuscany. Even today, the geography and climate of Mendocino County are similar to Northern Italy. The County's hillside vineyards provide plenty of exposure to ripen hearty red grape varieties, while deep river valleys with good drainage support flavor-packed white grapes. Adolph purchased his first vineyard in 1921, just one-year after Prohibition. To survive, Parducci created a market for his grapes with home winemakers from as far away as New York. Adolph and his four sons built their full-scale winery in 1932 on the site of their original Home Ranch just above the Ukiah Valley.

In 1944, Parducci produced one of the first varietal bottling of California Zinfandel. This wine signaled the arrival of California as a premium winegrowing area and of Parducci Wine Cellars as the producer of quality wines. Two years later, we made the first varietal bottling of California Petite Sirah and today we are still the largest producer of Petite Sirah with just over 20,000 cases.

Parducci is "Family Farmed," locally owned and operated in California's Mendocino County. We are committed to sustainable winegrowing practices that yield top quality grapes and wines while protecting the environment and supporting our community and local farmers.



White Wines    Other White Wine    Greece    Greece   
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Skouras Moscofilero 2011
Skouras Moscofilero 2011
(search item no. 121199)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#90 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

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About Skouras:

Argolida Valley in Peloponnesos is a blessed land full of nature's gifts: world-famous for its citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, tangerines), its olive oil and olives, it is now fast becoming synonymous with our wines also. George Skouras, proprietor, oenologist and wine-maker at Domaine Skouras studied oenology at the University of Dijon. He went to work for a number of wineries in France, Italy and Greece before setting up his own in Pyrgela in Argolida Valley 1987.


White Wines    Riesling    Rheingau    Germany   
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August Kesseler Silvaner Riesling 2009
August Kesseler Silvaner Riesling 2009
(search item no. 119931)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $6.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of western Rheingau with a long tradition. The balanced blend of Silvaner Riesling is refreshing, delightful and easy to drink. It displays beautiful flavors of melons, apples, lime and peaches. The wine is juicy on the palate with notes of apple skins and mineral salts.

Asparagus dishes pair especially well, as do salads and fish dishes.

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About August Kesseler:

Situated in the Assmannshausen in the Rheingau region, the wine estate of August Kesseler consists of vineyard sites in Lorch (for Riesling and Silvaner wines), on the slopes of the hills around Rüdesheim and in the area called “Assmanshäuser Höllenberg”. August Kesseler took over the estate from his parents in 1977 as a young man, and has qualitatively expanded the best area under vines to 18 hectares (44.48 acres). The manor house and cellar are situated directly on the slate outcrops of the “Assmanshäuser Höllenberg”.

Experience gained in winegrowing regions in the USA and France has taught August Kesseler the value in placing great importance on quality – improv­ing measures in the vineyard and in the cellar, which restore the characteristic flavor to the Assman­shäuser Spätburgun­der – a flavor which once made it world-famous – and which give the Riesling from the Rüdesheimer Berg a good balance between the typical acidity and the natural residual sugar.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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McManis Family Vineyards Petite Sirah 2010
McManis Family Vineyards Petite Sirah 2010
(search item no. 111672)
Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep purple in color with bright hues, the McManis Family Vineyards Petite Sirah is full of boysenberry and blueberry fruit aromas. Mocha notes contributed from oak aging are also present. The wine is big, rich and full of juicy red and black fruit flavors.
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About McManis Family Vineyards:

McManis Family Vineyards is a grower and vintner of premium varietal winegrapes located in the Northern Interior of California. The company was founded in 1990 by Ron and Jamie McManis - fourth generation family farmers. The McManis family has been growing grapes in this region since 1938.

McManis Family Vineyards currently operates over 2500 acres of winegrapes and after the 1997 harvest, a state-of-the-art winery was designed and built to maximize the resulting wine's quality through small lot handling, whole cluster pressing and barrel storage and fermentation.

It is the sole objective of our family to produce the finest wine and winegrapes in the Northern Interior of California, as well as provide the best service possible. Our dedicated and long term staff utilizes grape growing and winemaking methods found in the ultra premium wineries throughout the world to deliver some of the finest grapes and wine produced in California. Every step in the production process, every business decision made by the family, is carefully considered to enhance the grapes and resulting wine produced for McManis Family Vineyards and its customers.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2010
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 116198)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Delectable tropical fruit intertwines with grapefruit, lemon and candied lime peel. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a creamy, lush texture with vanilla accents and a hint of cinnamon spice to round out the long, lingering finish.
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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.


Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Portugal    Portugal   
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Aveleda Follies Touriga Nacional 2007
Aveleda Follies Touriga Nacional 2007
(search item no. 115074)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a deep ruby color. The blackcurrant, cherry and chocolate notes are evident and perfectly integrated with notes of wood. On the palate this is a full-bodied, balanced and elegant wine with notes of blackberry, fig and spices complemented with firm and round tannins. A classic example of the famous Portuguese red grape variety Touriga nacional, this is an exceptional opulent wine
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About Aveleda:

Aveleda is a name which spans several generations. The first records of the sale of bottled wine date back to 1870, with Manuel Pedro Guedes (1837-1899), known for his strong enterprising spirit and believed to be the founder of the business as we know it today. His work bore fruit and the quality of the Aveleda wines started to be recognised, as the gold medals won in the international competitions in Berlin (1888) and Paris (1889) attest.

Today the Guedes family still owns 100% of the company, always committed to maintaining this family legacy which spans several generations. The son of Manuel Pedro Guedes, Fernando Guedes da Silva da Fonseca (1871-1946) continued his father’s work, significantly increasing the production capacity at the Estate. He had 7 children and it was Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes (1899-1966) who led the family business, dedicating his whole life to working at Aveleda. The 4th generation includes the six children of Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes: Fernando, Luís, António, Maria Isabel, Maria Helena and Roberto – who today manage the company’s future, together with the following generation: 14 cousins who make up the 5th generation.



White Wines    Riesling    Mosel-Saar-Ruwer    Germany   
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Bollig-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Kabinett 2009
Bollig-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Kabinett 2009
(search item no. 109923)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The very steep Apotheke vineyard, across the Mosel from the estate house, is Stefan's best site in Trittenheim. 'Apotheke' translates to ‘pharmacy', and its medicinal power is perhaps more than a myth. Stefan Bollig's wines are stylish and crisp with a fine fruity elegance and good mineral content. The fine structure of ripe acidity gives his wines plenty of maturing potential.
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About Bollig-Lehnert:

The family has been producing wine since the 17th Century, but new cellars and a new house have been built on the outskirts of Trittenheim. Stefan Bollig and his wife Jill live in the estate house in Trittenheim with their family, whilst the Weinstube am Domhof (a wine pub) is situated in the old Piesport house. The total holdings of 4 hectares (10 acres) are tended by the family themselves. Their very steep sloped vineyard sites are composed mainly of blue and black decomposing slaty soil.


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 10/1/2014: $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.