Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Cakebread Merlot 2009
Cakebread Merlot 2009
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $43.19

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2009 Merlot displays ripe black cherry and plum compote aromas complemented by enticing tea-leaf, toasted vanilla and woodsy scents. Plush, rich and juicy on the palate, its densely concentrated black cherry, dark plum and pomegranate flavors are supported by fine-grained tannins and a long, sumptuous finish graced by savory spice and mocha tones. An irresistibly lush Merlot of great depth, length and suppleness, it drinks deliciously now, yet will develop further complexity with another 2-3 years of bottle age.
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About Cakebread Cellars:

Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while there, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born.

As the Cakebread family reflects upon the many profound changes in the wine industry over the last 33 years, such as innovative farming techniques and new methods of reaching out to consumers, they note that their key values have remained the same. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as their first small vineyard has grown into a thriving internationally distributed wine company.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2010
Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2010
(search item no. 118453)
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James Suckling rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Spicy aromas of black fruit and touches of chocolate dominate the nose and palate. The wine is full-bodied, with supple tannins.

A delicious companion to full-flavored meats, game and roasts.

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About Tenuta Setti Ponti:

The estate of Sette Ponti lies in the heart of the Chianti zone, fifteen miles northwest of the city of Arezzo just past the village of San Giustino Valdarno. The Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti, leads into a beautiful hidden valley and to the estate. The name Sette Ponti, or "seven bridges," refers to the seven bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence. Erected in the mid 13th century, it took nearly forty years to build, and is perceptible in the right far background of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa.

Tenuta Sette Ponti, is, like many Tuscan estates, multi-faceted. The 750-acre property supports livestock and mixed agriculture, and although viticulture is not new to the estate, winemaking is; the yield of the property's vineyards was until 1997 sold to various respected Tuscan wine producers, among them Piero Antinori. Dr. Moretti's enjoyment of wine led him to ask Antinori if the estate vineyards could produce great wines, and Antinori thought they could. The estate has since been transformed through the consultation of respected oenologist Carlo Ferrini and his assistant, Gioia Cresti; Gilbert Bouvet, one of France's most skilled viticulturalists; and agronomist Benedetto d'Anna.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 116625)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fragrant boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, cassis and Mission fig aromas comprise the fresh, fruitful nose of the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The first sip of the wine reveals a big, boldly structured Cabernet with deeply concentrated black fruit flavors and intriguing dusty, loamy and mineral-y tones that add wonderful dimension and complexity. Boasting an undercurrent of soft, plush fruit that will emerge further with aging, this sophisticated, yet approachable Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will reward another 5-7 years' cellaring.

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot

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About Cakebread Cellars:

Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while there, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born.

As the Cakebread family reflects upon the many profound changes in the wine industry over the last 33 years, such as innovative farming techniques and new methods of reaching out to consumers, they note that their key values have remained the same. Dedication to making the highest quality wines and a commitment to family has followed a continuum as their first small vineyard has grown into a thriving internationally distributed wine company.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Alta Vista Classic Malbec 2010
Alta Vista Classic Malbec 2010
(search item no. 119930)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Shows intense aromas of plum, black cherry and exotic spices, with notes of coffee and vanilla from the oak barrels. The flavors on the palate are fresh, with good structure and soft tannins, and the finish is full and concentrated, with spice notes.
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About Alta Vista:

Founded in 1997 and owned by the d'Aulan family, former owners of the Piper-Heidsieck Champagne house, Alta Vista is guided by the philosophy of expressing the best terroirs of Argentina and highlighting the typical Argentine varieties: Malbec and Torrontes. The winemaking team's system of terroir management led Alta Vista to produce the very first single-vineyard Malbecs in Argentina. Alta Vista has gained the respect of other wine professionals both in Argentina and in other wine-producing countries on the basis of the quality of its wines, which have been internationally classified as being among Argentina's finest.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2007
(search item no. 118162)
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James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a deep, ruby-red color and intense, complex aromas of red fruits and spices, with toasty oak notes. On the palate, the wine has a silky texture, great finesse and profound flavors framed by noble, velvety tannins. Though impressive now, this wine will benefit from aging.
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About Tenute Silvio Nardi:

Tenute Silvio Nardi consists of 80 hectares of vineyards in an unspoiled part of central Tuscany: Montalcino, whose symbol is its great red wine, Brunello. Silvio Nardi founded the estate here at Casale del Bosco; since 1985 it has been run by his youngest daughter, Emilia.

Emilia Nardi knows she can depend on Casale's special and distinctive territory to produce a contemporary and elegant Brunello. She has invested single-mindedly in the vineyards in this harmonious natural setting - as any tasting of her fine wines will attest. Each of her signature wines expresses the differing character of Sangiovese when it is grown at Montalcino.

The estate's vineyards are situated between 140 and 420 meters above sea level: some extend north-west of Montalcino on the hills around Casale del Bosco, while others are located to the north of it at Tenuta di Bibbiano and to the south-east at Manachiara, where the precious cru of the same name originates.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Foley Estate Winery Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2010
Foley Estate Winery Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 119536)

PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $36.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich, concentrated, dark, black fruit opens to aromas of sandal wood and toasty oak. The palate displays blueberries, blackberries and spicebox. This is a rich, fleshy wine held together with a solid backbone of silky tannins and firm natural acidity.

It pairs beautifully with duck, turkey, grilled chicken and tuna or salmon.

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About Foley Estate Winery:

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery at Rancho Santa Rosa is the realization of vintner Bill Foley's dream to produce world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County. A historic parcel located in the Santa Rita Hills region of the Santa Ynez Valley, Rancho Santa Rosa was formerly a thoroughbred horse ranch. In 1998, Bill purchased the 460-acre property and planted to 230 acres of vineyard. Devoted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, the vineyard has been subdivided into 59 micro-blocks with each being farmed, harvested and vinified separately. The handsome stables have been refurbished to house the winery, with tremendous detail going into the planning of a modern facility, while honoring age-old winemaking tradition. Highly regarded by leading wine critics and sommeliers, Foley’s Burgundian-influenced portfolio has become a flagship property in the South Central Coast.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Hawkes Bay    New Zealand   
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Craggy Range Winery Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels 2010
Craggy Range Winery Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels 2010
(search item no. 115002)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels is dark color and has bold aromatics of black fruits. Boysenberry, blackberry and plum dominate the subtle varietal aromatics of fresh mint and thyme with some cinnamon showing from its time in oak. The palate is fresh and lively. Lovely fine tannins surround a ripe core of sweet fruit with good acidity providing balance and length.

Blend: 80% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Malbec

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About Craggy Range Winery:

From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Martinborough    New Zealand   
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Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 115001)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $46.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A medium ruby color. Bright aromas of cherry, raspberry, dried sage and a hint of smoke make for an enticing nose. On the palate the taut, focussed fruit tannin sits seamlessly in this medium weight wine with a silky savory finish.
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About Craggy Range Winery:

From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Martinborough    New Zealand   
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Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116797)
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale straw color streaked with vibrant green hues. Aromatic, lime and nectarine fruit combine with flint, jasmine and dried herbs for an intense and complex bouquet. The palate's sweet fruited core is framed by citrus like acidity and gains textural interest via a chalky finish.

This wine pairs well with seafood.

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About Craggy Range Winery:

From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people.


Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Carneros    California   
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Domaine Carneros Brut 2008
Domaine Carneros Brut 2008
(search item no. 118395)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1994 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vintage dated each year, the Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée represents the best of Carneros pinot noir and chardonnay made into a classic sparkling wine. The appellation is 100% Carneros. The Brut was aged in the bottle for three years before release. It will continue to develop further depth and complexity as it ages.

This cuvée has aromas of meadow flowers, pears and citrus peel enhanced with notes of toast, vanilla and spice. The wine is elegantly structured, rich, round and flavorful with the long creamy finish that is the hallmark of Domaine Carneros wines.

Lovely served with double or triple cream cheeses, it also matches especially well with oysters, shellfish, fish, poultry, Asian and California cuisine.

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About Domaine Carneros:

A joint venture between Champagne Taittinger and Kobrand Corporation, partners who are perfectionists in their fields, Domaine Carneros has established itself since its inception in 1987 as one of California's finest producers of premium quality, methode traditionelle sparkling wines. The inspiration for Domaine Carneros belongs to Champagne Taittinger; the first glimmerings of the concept were shaped in the mind of Claude Taittinger in 1947. The 138 acre estate is situated in the Carneros appellation of Northern California, a 36,900 acre viticultural area which straddles the border between the Napa and Sonoma counties at their southern extremity. The estate's vineyards extend up a slope rising to a crest overlooking San Francisco and San Pablo Bay, with an elevation of 120 to 260 feet above sea level.