Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2010
Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2010
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A core intesity of red fruit flavors and lifted violet aromas remain the signature of Malbec from our Remolinos Vineyard. This is exquisitely balanced by freshness of acidity and an elegant integration of French oak which adds complexity to the rich mid palate of this vintage.
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About Finca Decero:

Decero, meaning 'from scratch,' was born of a bare patch of land and a family's love affair with wine. Winemaking in Thomas Schmidheiny's family goes back to his grandparents in Switzerland and, just as Napa had inspired his mother Adda in the 1970s, so too did the Agrelo sub-appellation in Mendoza capture the heart and mind of Thomas when traveling over the Andes into Argentina 20 years later. In Agrelo, perhaps now considered the source of Argentina's finest red wines, Thomas instinctively knew that he had found the place to continue the family legacy and to handcraft wines whose allure would lie in being true to their origin. Once a desolate piece of land in the foothills of the Andes, absent of everything but shrubs, Finca Decero is now a one-of-a-kind vineyard where each vine is nurtured by hand and the winemaking is without compromise.

The estate has followed an 'amano,' or 'by hand,' approach that is sensitive to natural differences, sustainable, and human. Their philosophy is to tread lightly in an environment they have come to know intimately, almost inch-by-inch, and allow the unique natural attributes of the Remolinos vineyard and of Agrelo shine to through in the wines. The vineyard at the estate is named "Remolinos" after the tiny whirlwinds in the area that thread their way along the vines, keeping the grapes dry and in perfect condition. The 110 hectare estate was planted in 2000 to Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot (unusual for Argentine producers) and Tannat. All the Decero wines come from this single vineyard, all from hand-picked fruit.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2010
Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red in color with intense violet shades. On the nose, a combination of red fruits and toasty notes given by the French oak are evident. In the mouth the wine is complex and structured with a long aftertaste.

Pair with grilled meats or tagliatelle with spicy tomato sauce.

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About Punto Final:

From Bodegas Renacer. Mendoza, Argentina is a privileged place in the world because of its winegrowing and winemaking conditions. These excellent conditions are bottled into the great wines that have been reaching the world's markets in recent years. Robert Parker has proclaimed that Malbec, the region's emblematic variety, has a very auspicious future.

The winery, located at Perdriel, at the foot of Los Andes Mountains, combines a medieval tower built of rocks with state of the art technical equipment. In the limey soils surrounding the winery grow the best Malbec grapes of the world. Punto Final Clásico and Reserva are modern, fruity, elegant wines with a distinctive personality. Their labels show a unique style focused in the typical aromas of Argentina's emblematic variety.

The philosophy is to attain the highest quality within the highest international standards. This goal is achieved through scrupulous care of the vineyards and devotion to wine and the winemaking process.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Russian River    California   
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Alderbrook Chardonnay 2009
Alderbrook Chardonnay 2009
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Straw yellow. Lychee and citrus with stone fruit and undertones of minerality. Citrus, stone fruits with a creamy, rich mouthfeel and long finish.
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About Alderbrook Vineyards:

Situated on the outskirts of the city of Healdsburg in California's Sonoma County, the Alderbrook estate is located at the southernmost tip of the Dry Creek Valley, within a stone's throw of the Russian River. On a road map this might not seem significant, but in the world of fine wine, this location is considered one of the best in the region. While technically located in the Dry Creek Valley appellation, the official border of the Russian River Valley appellation begins close to Alderbrook's 65-acre estate, giving the winery a unique position at the confluence of these two valleys.

Not only does the estate vineyard receive the afternoon heat that is typical of Dry Creek Valley weather patterns, but the cool night air creeping up the Russian River Valley from the Pacific Ocean produces evening and early morning fog, cooling the vines. Alderbrook's vineyard enjoys the luxury of extended "hang time." This produces more mature fruit resulting in rich, full-bodied flavor characteristics: qualities which are ultimately apparent in the wines.

"The blend of climates is a gift, and our estate vines benefit tremendously from the unique weather conditions," says general manager, George Christie. Our incredible location at the junction of these two appellations gives us the perfect raw materials for wine making."



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Burgundy    France - Other regions   
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JCB N°21 Brut Cremant de Bourgogne
JCB N°21 Brut Cremant de Bourgogne
(search item no. 113752)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Each JCB wine is known by a number. And each number has deep significance for Jean-Charles Boisset, the collection's creator and namesake. Jean-Charles' philosophy of wine has been profoundly shaped by the wine region where he was born and raised: Burgundy's famous Cote d'Or, which translates to the Gold Coast. No. 21 honors this connection and heritage, for 21 is the French government's "Department" number for the Cote d'Or.
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About JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset:

Jean-Charles Boisset, the visionary behind JCB, is fervently passionate about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from both his native Burgundy as well as from Sonoma County, where he owns DeLoach Vineyards. JCB wines are crafted to express a style that embodies only the finest characteristics of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Backed by centuries of tradition, our wines speak for themselves. To taste them is to discover what happens when terroir, talent, and vision come together.

"What if we could capture style and hold it in the bottle, along with all of its heritage, treasures and promises? What if that uncompromising personality - audacious, unique, mysterious, passionate, subtle - was revealed from one bottle to another by a distinct number, until it was all held in a limited collection of wines? A collection of rare numbered edition wines, composed by Jean-Charles Boisset, stemming from centuries of Burgundian family tradition combined with the graceful exploration of sophisticated terroir where elegance, delicacy, refinement and finesse can be discovered. A way of reinventing time and celebrating style that goes beyond fashion: This is the spirit of JCB."
Jean-Charles Boisset



White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Treana White 2010
Treana White 2010
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PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This white Rhone blend displays varietal characteristics of Marsanne and Viognier; vibrant floral aromas of citrus blossom and jasmine are followed by elegant flavors of ripe stone fruit, hints of pear, pineapple and honey overtones. A wine of excellent balance and complexity, the 2010 Treana White will age beautifully over the next decade.
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About Treana Winery:

Treana symbolizes a trinity of natural elements - the sun, the soil, and the ocean - the elements that make Paso Robles and the rest of the Central Coast a prime area for premium wine grapes.

The Hope family began planting vineyards in the area in 1978. Two decades of experience has taught them not only how to grow the finest quality wine grapes, but has also shown them the tremendous potential of the region.

Formerly, the Hopes sold wine under the Hope Family label directly from the winery's tasting room. Beginning with the 1990 vintage, the Hope ranches became the sole source of fruit for Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996, they founded Treana Winery after years of hands-on experience in viticulture and winemaking. Today, the Hopes cultivate mature vineyards of the varietals best suited to their area; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre and Merlot.



Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Dom Perignon  2003
Dom Perignon 2003
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $159.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2002 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1993 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The bouquet spirals through a light-filled, floral softness to the gritty minerality that epitomises Dom Perignon, evocative of candied fruit, plant life and exquisite camphor leaf freshness, and finally plunges into darkness, spices and licorice root. On the palate, the wine still has a physical presence. It is striking and demading, tactile and vibrant rather than aromatic. It is built on rhythm and rupture more than harmony. After an initial cloud of stofness, we hit a mineralised verticality that gradually opens out to suggest a bitter, iodised and saline nobility.
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About Dom Perignon:

Dom Pérignon, a seventeeth-century cellarmaster of the Abbey of Hautvillers, is revered as the spiritual father of winemaking in the Champagne region. Keen observation, respect for nature, pragmatic creativity, technical innovation, the courage of his convictions, and patience were the instruments serving his vision. He constantly mastered and incorporated all its components and the stages of its production, from the vineyards themselves to the pressing and clarification of the wines and their preservation.

Dom Pérignon was the originator of new techniques for cultivating vines and making wine. These innovations spread rapidly throughout the region.

Today, Dom Pérignon is produced by France's largest Champagne house, Moët et Chandon. Dom Pérignon’s principle contribution in the 20th century has been its commitment to vintage years. In addition to the exclusive use of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from only the finest growths and vineyards, Dom Pérignon strictly limits itself to wines of the very best years, which have undergone long ageing.

The Dom Pérignon style is constructed by the Chef de Cave to create a range of sensations on the palate that reflect all the complexity of the structure, and the aromas and characteristics of the vintage.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Toad Hollow Risque French Sparkling Wine
Toad Hollow Risque French Sparkling Wine
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PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Risqué is a crisp and fruity sparkling wine with low alcohol (6%) and a delicate sweetness made from 100% Mauzac. The taste is crisp and fruity with nice acidity and a touch of natural sweetness.
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About Toad Hollow:

Toad Hollow Vineyards began operation in 1994, with 3000 cases of 1993 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Our Chardonnay is 100% Stainless Steel fermented, using no oak at all. Since then we have added additional wines, a Russian River Merlot (Richard McDowell Vineyard), a Russian River Pinot Noir (Goldies Vines) a Zinfandel from Paso Robles and a Rose of Pinot Noir from Carneros. In 1995 we started to import wines made by our French friends at Sieur D'Arques and now have two sparklings and three still wines in our portfolio. Our mission is to produce quality wines that are interesting at a reasonable price. Our labels are whimsical, supporting another element of our philosophy - we believe drinking wine should be FUN!

Toad Hollow is a collaboration of two old friends who, more or less, retired to an existence of peace and quiet in the Hollow, after a life of whirlwind world travel. Neither of these two gentlemen believed in self-denial, and over the years had probably wined and dined at every major eatery and watering hole in the universe. They began to discuss the fun times they had experienced over many years, remembering all the wonderful people they had met. During their conversation they decided they wanted to find a way to repay the warmth and friendship shown them along the way.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Mitolo The Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Mitolo The Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Jester Cabernet Sauvignon is dense purple in color. On the nose, you'll get masses of blueberries, cassis and leather with intense aromas of coffee and mocha. On the palate, it is spicy, lifted and pure, with juicy and savory tannins, richness and elongated length.
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About Mitolo:

In a short period of time Mitolo has become recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale. Mitolo is a family owned business, started by and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitolo's vision to create a range of wines of individuality, integrity and utmost quality. Whether it is in the vineyard, or in the winery, or the work of the different coopers who source and shape the diverse barrels which are used at Mitolo, each wine is nurtured and developed with a zealous passion that spares no effort to ensure that the best of everything is brought together to make wines of purity, elegance and power.

Italian family roots inspired Frank's early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine. With three earlier generations of his family working as agriculturists and entrepreneurs, it is not surprising that (while heading an international horticultural business), Frank found the energy and passion to pursue his dream of creating world-class wines. The business was established in 1999 and a year later the first Mitolo wine was launched. It was called G.A.M.; named after Frank’s three children and the next generation of Mitolo’s, Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

Acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer is a partner in the business and the combination of his winemaking skills and Frank’s vision have led Mitolo to international recognition and acclaim. What started out as a dream is becoming an exciting reality, and Mitolo Wines has only just begun on its journey.