Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2009
Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2009
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Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A serious yet easy-drinking red blend, loaded with deep black cherry and brambly blackberry fruit flavors, surrounded by cocoa powder, fresh tobacco and black spice accents. Juicy, lush and round mouthfeel with soft tannins supporting generous fruit. The long finish is full of dense berry and cocoa. A rich, fruit-forward wine intended to be enjoyed within five years of vintage.

Blend: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Zinfandel, 3% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec


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About Gundlach Bundschu:

Gundlach Bundschu Winery is a family-owned, sixth-generation producer of distinctive wines of site-specific character. The winery's 320-acre Estate Vineyard, christened Rhinefarm in 1858, is located at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley AVAs, at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range.

Gundlach Bundschu approaches its vineyards, wines, business and the world with spirit, creativity and dedication to excellence. When you open a bottle of Gundlach Bundschu, you uncork not only the Estate's unique ability to produce profound wines, but also a rich, personal relationship between the Gundlach Bundschu family and the land on which the family lives.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This goal with the Columbia Valley Cabernet is to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is our inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food--try it with beef, pork or pasta.
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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.

Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft, fleshy-textured Shiraz displaying blueberries and spice, supple tannins and stylish French oak influence.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Margaret River    Australia   
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Robert Oatley Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Robert Oatley Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A full-flavored yet finely structured Cabernet of great appeal: black berries, dried leaves and fine gravelly tannin, reflect an outstanding year.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Santa Cruz Mountains    California   
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Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2010
Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 119238)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $13.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Vine Hill wines exhibit spicy flavors of white pepper and coriander. Blackberry and tart cherry are the dominant fruit characteristics of the Pinot Noir.
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About Vine Hill Winery:

There is something really satisfying about seeing a long-held dream unfolding before your eyes. Such is the circumstance in which Nick Guerrero, Managing Partner of Vine Hill Winery finds himself. Nick and his team have embarked on a journey that continues a long tradition of winemaking in the historic Vine Hill Wine District. Established in 1867 by George and John Jarvis the wine district housed the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Company of which John Jarvis was the president until his death in 1892. Jarvis also founded Union Vineyard in 1877. It is this historic site that is today's Vine Hill Winery.

Nick sees himself as the team's "coach." He lets each individual create their own template for success and is always there to lend a guiding hand as needed. "Putting other's first" was not always Nick's mantra, but as he has evolved, so has his opinion on managing people. He believes that the winery environment engenders an individual's reach for excellence and the ability to collaborate for the common good. Nick understands that this opportunity cannot always be seized in larger, corporate environments, or on the manufacturing room floor. That is why he feels extremely lucky to be surrounded by such outstanding individuals in an environment where their greatest success is celebrating great winemaking and all the efforts that support this goal.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Castle Rock Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Castle Rock Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 120185)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $9.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from grapes grown on the beautiful south-facing vineyards in the prestigious Columbia Valley, which shares the same latitude as the Bordeaux region of France. To soften and add complexity, it has spent 18 months aging in French oak barrels.

This full-bodied wine offers layers of concentrated flavors of cassis, blackberry, black cherry, and ripe plum, with a hint of light oak. All these flavors unite to form a long, smooth, and harmonious finish.

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About Castle Rock Winery:

Since its inception in 1994, Castle Rock Winery has built an enviable reputation for producing high quality wines at affordable prices for discerning wine lovers. This winning formula is highly successful, as proven by an increasing number of customers and members of the wine press, who have given the wines glowing reviews.

Castle Rock's wines are carefully made from grapes grown in the most prestigious areas of the West Coast states - California (Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Monterey County, Alexander Valley), Oregon (Willamette Valley), and Washington (Columbia Valley). The company has always focused on making wines with specific appellations in order to allow the local qualities of the wine to be appreciated by connoisseurs.

The wines are made and bottled at wineries boasting state-of-the-art equipment, located in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Oregon's Willamette Valley, and Washington’s Columbia Valley. Distribution throughout all states of the United States is through a comprehensive network of fine wine distributors.



White Wines    Gruner Veltliner    Austria    Other Europe   
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Jurtschitsch Gruve 2010
Jurtschitsch Gruve 2010
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PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This Gruner Veltliner is the lightest of all the Jurtschitsch Estate wines. With its light-hearted spicy aromatics, freshening acidity, alcohol lightness and yet still full on the palate, this Gruener Veltliner has gathered fans from all over the world.

The Gruner Veltliner 2010 also turns out to be a wonderful aperitif, a gorgeous refreshment on a hot summers day, a pick-you-up after strenuous activities and a savory accompaniment to poultry and salads, smoked delicacies and pasta.

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About Jurtschitsch:

This splendid estate, which is referred to as the "house by the monastery", served as a winery for the monks of the neighboring Franciscan order well into the 18th century. Since 1868, the Sonnhof has been in the possession of the Jurtschitsch family.

As early as the 1930's the Sonnhof estate was renowned for its pioneering efforts in viticulture and in winemaking – efforts that drew well-deserved praise in the following decades, especially from the 1960's on. At that time the estate of Josef Jurtschitsch was the most highly awarded winery in Langenlois.



Red Wines    Nero d'Avola    Sicily    Italy   
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Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola 2010
Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola 2010
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PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

An intense, inky red, the Nero d'Avola seductively reveals a gorgeous perfume of blackberry liqueur, white flowers, vanilla, and a hint of figs delivered in a leather basket. On the palate, this wine is opulent, full-bodied, and viscous, with a great intensity, superb purity, and a layered, seamless personality that would convince most tasters that this is New World personified.

This wine is the perfect accompany-ment to hearty stews and roasted lamb and beef.

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About Villa Pozzi:

The Pozzi Family is originally from Cremona, in Northern Italy. Cremona is a small but culturally rich city. Here, people have always enjoyed a relaxed lifestyle, lots of great food and of course, excellent wine.

Growth, like the vine, knows no boundaries. Therefore, several years ago the family decided to export wines worldwide. In the United States they joined with the Deutsch Family, an importer, and together consistently increased Villa Pozzi's presence in the U.S. Daniele Pozzi - the 4th generation family winemaker - continues to catapult the inspiring legacy and tradition of the Pozzi family wine business into the future.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Tahbilk Shiraz 2008
Tahbilk Shiraz 2008
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Shiraz is everything you would be looking for in an Estate release from a very good year for reds. Rich aromas and full bodied palate of dark berries and pepper, ripe red berry fruits, liquorice, plums and chocolate characters, and a finish that lingers.

Linger over a Tahbilk 2008 Shiraz alongside a Lamb Stew or some Meaty Italian Sausages.

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About Tahbilk:

Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful & historic wineries, located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne) one of the nation's premium viticultural areas.

The property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks.

The vineyard comprises 168 hectares of vines which include the rare Rhone whites of Marsanne, Viognier & Roussanne, along with classical varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc & Verdelho.