Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
(search item no. 119237)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of red fruit, sweet spice and a touch of fresh mint. It is full and soft with layers of red currant and cassis with notes of clove and black pepper. The wine finishes with finely grained tannins that add structure and length. Made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Traditional pairings such as steak, grilled or roasted beef dishes, wild game, chocolate and cheeses are perfect with this wine.

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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117070)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Catena Cabernet Sauvignon shows a dark violet color with shades of rubies. On the nose it offers aromas of ripe black currant, sweet spice, red fruits and cassis. On the palate it displays layers of cassis, tobacco and black pepper. This cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine with tannins that provide structure and a long, persistent finish.
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About Catena:

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2009
Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2009
(search item no. 108981)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Decanter rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is deep, dark red with a magenta hue. This wine is layered on the nose with blackberry, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and spices. The flavors are rich with layered fig paste, plums, cassis and blackberry fruit. Subtle French oak flavors are well balanced and fully integrated through the mid-palate and well into the finish, which is long and round.

85% Malbec, 8% Tannat, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot

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About Bodega Colome:

Bodega Colome is nestled in the Calchaqui Valley, 2300 meters (7500 feet) above sea level, in the Argentine northwest. Founded in 1831, it is one of the oldest existing wineries in Argentina. In 2001, it was acquired by the Hess Family Estates. Those who enjoy their wines recognize in them the true taste of wines made with grapes of the highest quality and grown in the highest vineyards in the world (7218-10,207 feet above sea level) reflecting the soul of its terroir. Bodega y Estancia Colome's philosophy consists in the commitment to implement biodynamic agriculture, whose principles were outlined by the researcher Rudolf Steiner.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Other California    California   
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Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2010
Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 121112)
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PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This hugely popular wine spends 12 months in both French and American oak. Sexy and endearing, it offers a deep ruby/purple color, full-bodied, corpulent flavors and abundant berry fruit, pepper and spice notes. Drink this seductive, full throttle, classic Zinfandel over the next several years.
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About Michael David Winery:

Michael and David Phillips represent the fifth generation of growers in Lodi, and things are changing. With 500 acres of premium wine grapes, there is plenty of room for experimentation and innovation.

The vineyards are irrigated by the Mokelumne River, which carries crystal-clear water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, depositing minerals into the rich soils upon which the grapes thrive. Though not certified organic, Michael~David Winery strives to use all natural methods including integrated pest management, beneficial insects for pest control, trellising, leaf pulling and natural mined sulfur for mildew control. We are six generations of winegrowers specializing in hand-crafted Rhone varietals as well as Lodi's famous Old Vine Zinfandels.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Layer Cake Shiraz 2010
Layer Cake Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 111551)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Layer Cake Shiraz is outstanding due to virtually perfect growing conditions and rigorous vineyard selections. The wine is incredibly layered and richer than in past years. Bold spice, black plums, dark chocolate, mocha and cherries and black berries abound with a hint of red soil and a faint trace of anise with layers of spice box. Loaded with glycerol mouth feel and capped off with a long creamy finish that just hangs on your palate.
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About Layer Cake:

Layer Cake is a wine that was inspired by my Grandfather and Grandmother. Every Sunday, my Grandmother would bake a huge layer cake for dessert. My Grandfather would pour me a little glass of wine and place it at the table for me. He explained wine in terms of that cake. 'The vines,' he would say, 'live in layers of soil just like the layers in Grandma’s cake; each layer bringing a different flavor.' My grandfather taught me that everything in life is about layers and complexity. I loved those words and when I was a cake-focused boy, it made perfect sense… in fact, it still does.

Since those early days I have been all over the wine world time and again. I have tasted thousands of different wines and there are only a few places that haunt me, always come back to mind, occupy my dreams and have drawn me back again to taste some more.

I started Layer Cake because I wanted to make a wine at a price that could be enjoyed everyday with abandon, yet made by hand (not in a giant factory) and made in some special places in the world that I have always loved. The mission was simply to shock people about how good wine could be at a very affordable price.

While the Layer Cake wines were not intended to be compared with Hundred Acre, they are rich and taste like they should simply cost a lot more. This is due to our rigorous fruit selection and small winemaking style. The same team of winemakers that work with me at Hundred Acre, work with me all over the world to craft a rich Shiraz in South Australia, fabulous Malbec in Argentina, spicy old vine Primitivo, aka Zinfandel, in Puglia, Italy, sleek Syrah in the Cote du Rhone, France and of course, some Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Each is very special in its own way and a phenomenal value.

With the making of each Layer Cake wine my Grandfather’s words and my Grandmother’s cakes come back to me. Layer Cake is a simple black and white label with, of course, my Grandmother’s giant layer cake on the front and my Grandfather’s words on the back…ENJOY!!



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 110785)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep dense ruby color, this sumptuous Cabernet explodes with expressive aromas of black cherry and cassis complimented by notes of black pepper, mocha, and vanilla. The palate is a mouthful of juicy ripe berries and spice, seamlessly integrated into a long finish of fine grained tannins. The classic steakhouse wine, pair with well marbled rib eye, a New York steak or rack of lamb.
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About Geyser Peak Winery:

One of California's oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.

The winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturalists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Yakima Valley    Washington   
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Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2007
Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2007
(search item no. 103482)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The balance between fruit and structure is well played out in this vintage. The classic and austere qualities that this vineyard has each year are well drawn out. As with most American wines, this wine projects more fruit in its youth than its European reflections. Over time we will see this difference shrink as the wines move (hopefully) into more complex incarnations of themselves. We would like to see this wine well stored for three or four years. As is almost always true with Andrew Will wines you can enjoy them now, but they will provide greater complexity over time.

15% Cabernet Sauvignon; 45% Cab Franc; 40% Merlot

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About Andrew Will Winery:

Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched out of a love for wine that Chris developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after his son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor in putting Washington State on the map as a world-class wine-producing region.

Andrew Will wines are labeled by vineyard with each wine a different makeup of the Bordeaux varietals. These vineyards, all in the Columbia Valley, include Camarda's own estate Two Blondes. He is part owner of the Champoux Vineyard and sources from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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La Crema Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2010
La Crema Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 119909)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A late and even cooler-than-average season, the 2010 harvest yielded wines of elegant structure and finesse. The 2010 Los Carneros release is an excellent example of the region's dark, earthy style with a smooth, silky texture that emphasizes the juicy acidity and rich, savory quality of the vintage. The nose is highlighted by lovely forest floor elements, including hints of cedar and morels, while the palate is rich with dark plum, cocoa powder, espresso and clove.
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About La Crema:

Since 1979, La Crema Winery has been a pioneer in producing Burgundian varietals from the cool Sonoma coast. They handcraft their wine, one barrel at a time, at their family-owned estate located in the Russian River Valley. Balance, finesse and great fruit intensity come through in every glass of La Crema wine.

La Crema's location in the Russian River Valley is ideal for producing wines of uncompromising elegance and balance. To achieve this goal, several unique steps take place in getting fruit from the vineyards to the bottle. It begins in the vineyard, where careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure fully ripe, undamaged grapes are brought to the winery. At the winery, Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse uses artisan winemaking techniques to handcraft wines of distinctive flavor, elegance and balance.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Chateauneuf-du-Pape    France - Rhone   
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Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
(search item no. 88591)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 20 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre and others from 45 year-old vines. A deep dark red in the glass with aromas of spices and mature red fruits. In the mouth, round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. A very rich wine full of harmony and balance.

Serve with: Red meat, game bird and cheese.

"...the 2003 Chateauneuf-du-Pape fully deserves a place alongside its more renowned siblings, with elegant refinement and subtle, soil-driven intensity. Its dark, pungent flavors of black cherry and spiced plum are richly prominent..."
-Wine & Spirits

"...a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of new saddle leather, garrigue, pepper, kirsch, and blackberries. Dense, full-bodied, and tasty..."
-Wine Advocate

"Very rich and deep, with powerful, jammy raspberry and cherry flavors, dusty tannins and a long, chocolatey finish...
-International Wine Cellar

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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Vinifera Vineyards Vitis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Vinifera Vineyards Vitis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 107176)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $40.00

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 vintage of Vinifera Vineyards "Vitis" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits notes of white chocolate, bay leaf, tobacco and sweet tannins combined with fresh blue and black fruits. This wine is incredibly rich and multilayered and has a finish that stays on the palate for several minutes. On the nose, this wine tells a story of Rutherford Dust, and intensity not found in anything at this price point.
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About Vinifera Vineyards:

In the early 1970s there were no tasting rooms in the Napa Valley and prunes were the dominant crop, but there was a history of wine grape cultivation in the area and a handful of families, including my own, saw the potential. Back then the idea was to prove that we could make great wines here, wines to rival those of weightier pedigrees. The Beckstoffer family established Vinifera Vineyards in 1973, and we've been growing grapes ever since.

Fast forward 40 years, and this sleepy farming Valley is now readily acknowledged as a leading wine growing region. I've had my hands in the dirt here for practically my whole life, and when the siren's song of winemaking hit me, I knew I had a rare advantage. Great wine is the product of great grapes, and I just happened to know where to find some. In 2005, I launched the Vinifera Vineyards label as a nod to my family roots, and as an homage to the many pioneers who set out to share their passion for Napa Valley wine with the world.