Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2008
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2008
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James Suckling rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Nipozzano Riserva 2008 greets the eye with a deep purplish red color. The nose is remarkably rich and multi-faceted, showing cleanly-delineated aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, and dried plum, lifted in turn by spicier impressions of black pepper, vanilla, cocoa powder, and espresso beans. A warm alcohol complements its smooth overall texture in the mouth, and a clean, vibrant acidity and silky, well-integrated tannins contribute to an impressive elegance. An almost-endless finish, with abundant aromatic fruit, completes a harmonious, well-balanced wine.
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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.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2008
Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2008
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PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Amador County yields a bold Old Vine Zinfandel with rich, bright raspberry and black cherry fruit complemented by hints of earth and spice that add to its complexity.

ZINFANDELIC is a tribute to the unique California wine varietal - Zinfandel. It is also a tribute the California movement & culture of the 1960s - Flower Power, Haight Ashbury, Summer of Love, Rock & Roll, etc. The label is reminiscent of rock posters of the sixties era.

Silver Medal - 2012 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition

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About Zinfandelic:

ZINFANDELIC is a tribute to the unique California wine varietal, Zinfandel, and the California movement & culture of the 1960s.

Located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California, Amador County is renowned for producing California's finest Zinfandels, some of them crafted from 19th-century vines. This sustainably farmed old vine vineyard is planted on hillsides with soils of sandy clay loam derived from decomposed granite. Amador's warm days and cool evening breezes from the Sierras promote full ripening of the grapes and a balanced acidity, leading to robust, intensely flavored wines.

It's Zinfandelic

Zinfandel has always been the quintessential California wine. Taking on the characteristics of the regions where it's grown, the flavor of a California Zin is like the flavor of California itself. It's free love in a bottle, with a vibe all its own - at times mellow, others bold or even spicy. But it's always, dare we say, groovy.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010
Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010
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PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant cherry red. Red fruit aromas, cherry, kirsch with notes of lime and mint. A plump wine with a lot of fruit and a delicate note of wood. Good persistence. Harmonious and well balanced.

Pair with grilled or roasted red meats, light game, poultry and mild cheeses.

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About Bouchard Aine & Fils:

When Michel Bouchard founded his wine merchant business in Beaune in 1750 with his elder son, he wanted to settle in the heart of Burgundy and its vines. Being close to the vine-growers, he created a unique expertise in selection, wine making and aging with one mission:

Always search for perfection in quality, authenticity in style and prestige in the name.

For over two centuries, this has been the vision of the House of Bouchard Ainé & Fils.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Les Graves de Barrau  2008
Chateau Les Graves de Barrau 2008
(search item no. 104541)

PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby color with aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and just a hint of vanilla. Château Les Graves de Barrau 2008 is a well-rounded wine, fleshy in the mouth, with a long, silky finish.

60% Merlot 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc.

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About Château Les Graves de Barrau:

The Château Les Graves de Barrau is part of an estate, 11 miles north of Bordeaux, that has been famous for centuries. Set high up on a south-facing plateau, the vineyard benefits from an exceptional position giving the grapes excellent ripeness.

The Musset family has been on this estate for several generations. Serge Musset took over in 1966. With all the savoir-faire of his ancestors, he grows the vines in the traditional way and makes his wine slowly and patiently.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2009
Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2009
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PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cherry red color with concentrated berries and cherries on the nose. Ample and fruity with a gentle hint of oak.

Food Pairing: pasta, white meats, fish and barbecue

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About Louis Bernard:

Since 1976, Louis Bernard has united winemakers of the Rhone Valley in a common project: to devote the best of their wine and savoir-faire to producing great wines. With production throughout the Cotes du Rhone region, Louis Bernard remains dedicated to showcasing the unique characteristics of each terroir while producing exquisite, world-class wines.

La Chartreuse de Bonpas is a medieval fortified convent located near Avignon in the Provence region of France, on the Durance River. According to legend, the area was originally called "Maupas" (bad passage) because it was dominated by dangerous bandits. In the 12th century, a holy man named Sibertius arrived with soldiers, built a convent, and chased away the evil bandits. Thus, the name was changed from "Maupas" to "Bonpas" (good passage) and became known as a safe haven allowing travelers a secure crossing of the Durance River .

Today, this historic monument is surrounded by 45 acres of A.O.C. Cotes du Rhone vineyards and is home to Louis Bernard. Visitors can tour the chapel, stroll in the beautiful French-style gardens, and enjoy wine tasting in the ancient cellar.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Santa Maria Valley    California   
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Byron Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2009
Byron Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2009
(search item no. 106201)
Burghound.com rating: 89 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $16.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 PinotReport rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes were hand harvested and cold soaked prior to fermentation to enhance fruit character, color and body. During fermentation, a combination of punch-downs and pump-overs ensured maximum extraction. The wine was aged for eight months in small French oak barrels.

The dominant themes are dark berries, cherries, rose petal, red plum, brown spice and smoke. This is a forward, approachable wine that displays the beautiful floral/mineral character typical of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.

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About Byron:

Byron was founded in 1984 by winemaker Ken Brown. With years of experience as a winemaker in Santa Barbara County, Ken recognized the Santa Maria Valley's potential for great wines in the Burgundian style, and was the first winemaker to introduce Rhone-style grape varieties to the area. The first crush at Byron Vineyard & Winery produced 7,600 cases, and Byron soon gained national recognition for high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

In 1990, the Robert Mondavi family purchased Byron, and Ken Brown became Winemaker and General Manager. He and Tim Mondavi, Robert's son, set about designing the new Byron Winery as an expression of their shared belief in natural farming, experimental viticulture and gentle grape handling. They wanted to eliminate pumping, which shears grape stems, skin and seeds, allows tannins and other harsh elements into the juice and can make wine bitter.

With the aid of noted architect R. Scott Johnson, who designed the Opus One winery in Napa Valley and San Francisco's Transamerica building, Ken designed a multi-level winery that replaces pumping with gravity flow, resulting in more complex, dynamic wines. Byron's vineyards were also expanded and replanted as Ken Brown experimented with trellising systems, new rootstocks and clones, row orientation, and planting density in his quest for the perfect grape.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009
Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 107648)

PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant cherry red. Red fruit aromas, cherry, kirsch with notes of lime and mint. A plump wine with a lot of fruit and a delicate note of wood. Good persistence. Harmonious and well balanced.

Pair with grilled or roasted red meats, light game, poultry and mild cheeses.

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About Bouchard Aine & Fils:

When Michel Bouchard founded his wine merchant business in Beaune in 1750 with his elder son, he wanted to settle in the heart of Burgundy and its vines. Being close to the vine-growers, he created a unique expertise in selection, wine making and aging with one mission:

Always search for perfection in quality, authenticity in style and prestige in the name.

For over two centuries, this has been the vision of the House of Bouchard Ainé & Fils.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2009
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2009
(search item no. 99603)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose features plum and bright red fruits with a hint of roasted meats, earth, pepper and exotic spices. The palate has some wonderful delicate fruit with blackberry joining the party. A touch of dried herbs adds a savory edge with fine, lifted tannins providing a long finish. It's cracking wine with sophistication—but don't worry it's still a lot of fun.

Varietal Blend: Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2008
Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2008
(search item no. 107536)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A dark center with a garnet rim. The nose shows lots of Barossa chocolate, dark plum and hints of violet. It is a wine with good fruit complexity which draws upon the attributes of each variety in the blend: Shiraz gives richness and fruit, Merlot adds a textural softness and the Cabernet Sauvignon with its firm tannins reins in the fruit to give a wine of flavor, balance and structure.
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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Ricardo Santos Malbec 2009
Ricardo Santos Malbec 2009
(search item no. 112256)

PRICE ON 12/29/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Malbec is a striking deep brilliant purple color. The nose is ripe and full, reminiscent of dark cherries, plums, and chocolate with undertones of loam and earth. In the mouth, the wine displays a profound core of ripe, blackberry jam fruit, lengthening into a sophisticated weighty finish coupled with an elegant silkiness. This is a rich, extracted Malbec, atypical of most Malbecs from Argentina.
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About Ricardo Santos:

CUCHILLAS DE LUNLUNTA Sociedad Anónima is a family business owned by the Santos family, who have been related to wine making for more than forty years.

In 1995 they started producing wines exclusively with grapes from Las Madras, the winery located in the first region, in Russell, Maipú. Las Madras has an area of 12 hectares exclusively planted to Malbec, the only grape used to produce "El Malbec de Ricardo Santos."

Since making a high-quality, hand-crafted wine is a very complex and delicate task, Cuchillas de Lunlunta devotes all their efforts to the produc-tion of only one wine: "El Malbec de Ricardo Santos."