Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2011
Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2011
(search item no. 120197)
green wine
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $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.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2010
Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 119820)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 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:

Golden straw in color. Aromas of Asian pear, butter crust apple tart tatin, juicy golden pineapple, guava, Meyer Lemon, orange blossom, honeysuckle, hints of toasted hazelnut. The palate has a sweet, focused entry that open into a fleshy, round and bright mid-palate, notes of citrus, cream filled profiteroles with spun sugar, and a clean mineral-driven 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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Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 111047)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet color. A luscious cascade of dark fruit, including black currant, black cherry, plum, and blackberry complemented by sweet vanilla and baking spices. Flavor is rich, round, and full-bodied; layered with blackberry, cherry, dried plums, and a hint of cocoa; generous weight on the palate and smooth, mouth-filling tannins; the finish lingers with flavors of rich cassis and black cherry.
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About Franciscan Oakville Estate:

Franciscan is one of Napa Valley's most venerable wineries, reaching back more than three decades. Franciscan wines take their signature style - rich, vibrant flavors framed by supple tannins - from the ideal climate offered by Napa Valley's cool, southern half and from the time-honored tradition of small-lot winemaking, blending from hundreds of barrels to craft fine wines that fully express the classic Bordeaux varieties.

Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and doctors from San Francisco who decided to try turning their passion for wine into a business. In 1985, Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile who had built Concha y Toro in his native country, took over the helm at Franciscan. Huneeus refocused the winery on using the superlative grapes growing in its own vineyards, rather than sourcing from outside.

Today, Franciscan's wines are crafted under the exacting eye of Janet Myers, who came to Franciscan in August 2003 as associate winemaker after working in the Margaret River region and Beaulieu Vineyard, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Louis Martini. The winery remains committed to its tradition of small-lot winemaking, with small batches averaging just 150 to 1,500 cases. The image of a hand-operated wine press on Franciscan's logo and wine labels reflects this small lot approach to winemaking.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008
John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 105920)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $41.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 96 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A true reflection of Barossa's soil and climate, Entity displays youthful dark fruits of blackberry and plum that combine with a hint of mocha and savory French oak. The long, rich palate is driven by concentrated dark fruit characters that are balanced by firm tannins, bright acidity and well integrated French oak that adds structure and polish to the wine.
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About John Duval:

John Duval began his self-titled label in 2003. Duval graduated from Adelaide University in 1973 with a degree in agriculture and winemaking before becoming a winemaker for Penfolds for the next 29 years. Duval was appointed Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986 and was lucky enough to oversee one of the most dynamic periods of change in the Australian wine industry. He received Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 1989; Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London in 1991 and again in 2000; and saw the 1990 Penfolds Grange named the Wine of the Year by the prestigious US magazine Wine Spectator in 1995.

Duval focuses on fruit that comes from older vines in Barossa, including Rhone varietals, leading to one of his stellar ones, "Plexus."



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    St-Emilion    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Cheval Blanc  2003
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2003
(search item no. 88904)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $449.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1998 James Suckling rating: 100 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1979 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1953 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1998 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2001

Château Cheval Blanc, the celebrated estate of St.-Émilion on the border of the Pomerol appellation in Bordeaux, is one of the two highest classified properties in that commune.

Cheval Blanc is distinguished by a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, typically in nearly equal proportions. The wines, capable of long aging, are praised for their classic style – powerful, complex, and above all, elegant.

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About Chateau Cheval Blanc:

The present-day Cheval Blanc vineyards had vines at least as far back as the 18th century, as shown by Belleyme's map of the region dated 1764. Nearly a century later, the estate was acquired by the Fourcaud-Laussac family who owned it until 1998, when it was sold to Mr Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère.

The vineyard is in a single block, and borders on the Pomerol appellation. An outstanding terror and unusual proportions of Cabernet Franc and Merlot give this great wine an absolutely unique flavor. Château Cheval Blanc has had a greater number of outstanding vintages than any other classified great growth over the past century.

Another unusual characteristic of Cheval Blanc is that once it reaches its peak, it maintains it for a very long time. This admirable wine is powerful, soft, rich, round and silky. It has tremendous fruit and elegance as well as exceptional quality from year to year.