White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc 2010
St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 110522)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine exhibits brilliant hues of light yellow speared by vibrant streaks of green. Aromas of exotic grapefruit and green lime dominate with hints of caper, fennel and lemon zest. Flavors follow with tremendous ruby grapefruit, citrus, kiwi and guava through a crisp finish. This Sauvignon Blanc complements a wide variety of foods from mild cheeses and fish to boldly flavored Asian dishes. It's also a great sipper as an aperitif.
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About St. Supery Estate Vineyard & Winery:

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery is a family-owned, sustainably-farmed, estate winery in Napa Valley, California, with more than 515 acres of certified Napa Green and California Sustainable Winemaking vineyards. All of the grapes for St. Supery Esates' wine portfolio, including the highly-regarded Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Dollarhide and Rutherford vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignon, are grown in two estate vineyards. The Skalli family, owners of St. Supery Estate, has a long history of winemaking. They planted their first vineyard in 1920 and carry this tradition on through the generations with their ownership of St. Supery Estate today.


Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2009
Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2009
(search item no. 113532)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense red, with a bouquet of ripe fruit and an undercurrent of spices, such as pepper. Flavorful, pleasing and elegant with good persistence.

This is a wine suited for first courses and red meats.

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About Renato Ratti:

Located halfway up the hill dominating the principal valley of Barolo, buttressed by steep slopes lined by orderly vineyards, lies a precious jewel from the 15th century: the Abbey of Annunziata.

As the monks historically produced wine from the grapes of the surrounding hillsides, today, remembering their lessons, incomparable wines are produced.

From the 100 acres of vineyards, the Renato Ratti winery produces around 150,000 bottles from the traditional denominations of the area: Barolo, Nebbiolo d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba.

The modern and innovative philosophy of vinification introduced since the 60's by Renato Ratti, is today in the hands of his son Pietro and his nephew Massimo Martinelli.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010
Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 113930)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Every year, we bring in approximately 35 lots of Zinfandel averaging 25-30 years in age. Each of these lots is produced under the careful eye of our winemaker, Ted Seghesio. The best of these lots are selected to make Sonoma Zinfandel. A small amount of Petite Sirah is blended in the wine for added complexity. The result is a tantalizing black raspberry and classic briary flavored wine with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known.
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About Seghesio Family Vineyards:

Established in 1985, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Seghesio Family Vineyards' 300 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys represent some of the oldest vineyards and proprietary clones. With a passionate belief that wine is made in the vineyard, Seghesio pairs a century of experience on these treasured sites with aggressive farming techniques. True to their oldest plantings, Seghesio concentrates on Zinfandel, Italian varietals and Pinot Noir. Ted Seghesio is the winemaker.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Vignavecchia Chianti Classico 2008
Vignavecchia Chianti Classico 2008
(search item no. 112633)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $14.49

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Vignavecchia Chianti Classico is a brilliant ruby red color. Aromas include red fruit with flowery spicy notes. On the palate, it is medium-bodied and balanced.
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About Vignavecchia:

Vignavecchia estate is located at about one kilometer from Radda in Chianti. The cellar, completely surrounded by the vineyards, is an old country farmhouse which was completely restored and enlarged in 1997. In this modern cellar take place the complete vinification process and bottling of the whole production; one part of the building is destined to the aging of the wine in oak barrels.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107321)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A classic, full-bodied Cabernet with dark fruit aromas and a hint of spice. Generous layers of fresh currant, black cherry and ripe blackberry gain concentration across the palate before leaving a balanced, richly-textured impression that lasts.
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About Novelty Hill:

Novelty Hill is a small, independent winery crafting limited quantities of elegant wines from Washington State's finest vineyards. Committed to delivering consistent, high quality wines through careful nurturing from vine to bottle, they are dedicated to using innovative clonal selection, sound viticultural practices and gentle, artisan winemaking to produce wines of uncompromising character.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Efeste Feral Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Efeste Feral Sauvignon Blanc 2008
(search item no. 108059)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Feral Sauvignon Blanc is made using native, wild yeast for fermentation. Native fermentation occurs when no commercial yeast is added to the pressed juice. We love the flint and mineral tones that native fermentation brings out in Sauvignon Blanc. It also enhances truly distinct grapefruit aromas that are only found in Sauvignon Blanc fermented this way. The mouth-feel is luscious, with focus and crispness. This wine possesses a full mid-palate and a very long, delicious finish.

A well-balanced, true representation that showcases old-world Sauvignon Blanc's charm. Herbaceous grassy flavors of fresh dandelion juxtaposed with minerality and briny coastal air. With distinct citrus on the nose, this wine has a luscious mouth-feel of limes and Meyer lemons that complete this immensely structured wine. Serve this wine with oysters, sea urchin, or roe.

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About Efeste:

Wine monitoring, not wine making. Terrior and a minimal approach make the best wine. We work primarily with the old vines, bringing forth maturity and concentration while maintaining an elegance. Native fermentation encourages lovely earth tones without eclipsing the fruit that is unique to the vineyard, letting the fruit speak for itself. Not unlike art, where beauty and excitement are found in the unique natural abberations. We encourage character. Great wines have personalities.

Efestç, pronounced F-S-T is an acronym for Daniel & Helen Ferrelli – Patrick Smith – and Kevin & Angela Taylor. Daniel, a second generation Italian had been making wine in his garage forever,passing on the tradition of his family to his son-in-law Kevin Taylor. Daniel and Patrick met through business and their friendship blossomed through sharing their passion for wine. One evening Daniel was making dinner for his family at the Taylor house and invited Patrick too. A discussion of Kevin and Daniel’s wine making hobby came up. Patrick knew of some people in the wine industry and, why not start a project together!

They met with Chris Upchurch and Jay Soloff of DeLille Cellars and both decided to come on as consultants and Efestç was born. With a love for all wines but strong interest in Australian wines they took a trip there to discover what made the wine so unique. The Spirit of Australia was discovered and returned were three friends and the idea, not to take yourself too seriously, enjoy your family, friends and anyone else that would like to join you in a glass of wine, breaking of bread and a good laugh



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Masi Serego Alighieri Bello Ovile 2007
Masi Serego Alighieri Bello Ovile 2007
(search item no. 107679)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $13.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes for the red Poderi del Bello Ovile 2007 wine (particularly the Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Canaiolo grapes) were in excellent condition at the harvest, though quantities were limited thanks to the weather and to a light pre-harvest thinning. Favorable weather conditions helped the delicate harvesting process. The fermentation process is over and we can forecast a quality level for the vintage this year similar to the excellent levels of 2005 and 2006.

Deep, almost impenetrable, ruby red, with violet colored edges. Fruits of the forest, especially blueberries, on the nose, but liquorice and vanilla, too. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, but soft and velvety at the same time. Excellent balance between tannins and acidity.

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About Masi:

Masi's production strategy aims to emphasize the personality of each single product, while maintaining a recognizable Venetian style. In 1958, Masi was in the forefront of the work to identify the historic "cru" vineyard sites for Amarone. In 1964, Campofiorin was the first in a new category of wines, reinventing the technique of double fermentation and continually updating it. Masi has also updated the style of Amarone, using new appassimento and vinification technologies.

Masi wines are modern, attractive, well-balanced and easily identifiable; characteristics which have earned Masi recognition for having "revolutionized the art of wine-making in the Venetian region." Hugh Johnson defines Masi as "a touchstone for Veronese wines."



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2008
d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 104575)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Footbolt shows off a brooding nose of dark red cherries, rhubarb and cardamon spices, with underlying earthiness. The generous palate is well-structured, with juicy blood plums and mulberries on the mid palate, rounded out by cinnamon spice from seasoned oak and balanced acidity to keep the ripe fruit in check. Firm, powdery tannins provide a memorable finish.
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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    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2008
Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2008
(search item no. 99100)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for this wine are grown on estate-owned vineyards located on hillsides in the Monferrato and Langhe region of Piemonte. Ruby-red in color with purple highlights. The nose is packed with black fruit, especially blackberries and plums, with slight spicy overtones hinting at black pepper and cinnamon. Sweet, soft tannins come together in a closely-woven texture that merges with the fruit, while a crisp freshness provides a long, tasty finish.

This is a ruby-red wine with purple highlights. The nose is packed with black fruit, especially blackberries and plums, with slight spicy overtones hinting at black pepper and cinnamon. Sweet, soft tannins come together in a closely-woven texture that merges with the fruit, while a crisp freshness provides a long, tasty finish.

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About Fontanafredda:

Since 1878 Fontanafredda Estate & Winery, located in the heart of Piedmont's Langhe region, has been a benchmark for Barolo and Barbera wines that deftly balance deep aromas and concentration of fruit with elegance. Among the prized vineyard sites belonging to Fontanafredda are those in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba, a source of some of today's most distinctive and intriguing Barolo wines.

The history of Fontanafredda is a noble one. It began in 1858, when Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, purchased the Fontanafredda estate -a former hunting preserve- as a country home. Soon thereafter, he began to produce fine red wines from indigenous grape varieties dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. In 1878 King Vittorio II died and his firstborn son, Count Emanuele Alberto di Mirafiori, inherited Fontanafredda. Count Mirafiori created the commercial business of wine from the estate and released the estate's first nebbiolo labeled as Barolo with the vintage 1878. Beginning in 1932, the estate transferred to Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world's oldest bank, who retained ownership of Fontanafredda for 76 years.



Rosé Wine    Rose    Tavel    France - Rhone   
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Chateau D'Aqueria Tavel Rose 2007
Chateau D'Aqueria Tavel Rose 2007
(search item no. 95572)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The qualities of climate and soil allied to a controlled vinification and experienced assembly of each variety make Tavel unique among rosés in intensity of color, body and bouquet. Château d'Aquéria is the quintessential Tavel, vibrant salmon-pink in color, with a penetrating fruit fragrance offset by floral notes. Bone dry, full bodied and succulently fruity on the palate, its lush intensity and depth are balanced by an extraordinarily refreshing acidity carrying into a long, crisp finish with vibrant peppery nuances.

"Pale red color. Dried redcurrant and strawberry on the nose, with subtle herbal and floral character building with aeration. Jammy red berry flavors are a touch sweet but offer plenty of depth. Finishes broad and a touch warm. A real fruit bomb that would be good with lighter red meat dishes."
-International Wine Cellar

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About Chateau D'Aqueria:

Tavel is situated in the southern end of the Côtes-du-Rhône across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The distinguishing feature of the area's soils is that they are characterized by hillocks of sand over a chalky clay subsoil, very well-drained, arid and without limestone content. The long growing season and intense, sunny summers yield fruit of extraordinary ripeness, concentration and richness in sugar.

In 1595, the monks of the Abbey of Villeneuve-les-Avignon transferred a large portion of their landholding northeast of Avignon, on the right bank of the Rhône River, to a citizen and aristocrat of Avignon, Louis Joseph d'Aquéria. This district, known as the "puy sablonnier," or "sandy hill," covered the east-central quarter of what was then and is now Tavel. Aquéria planted vines there and built a residence at the beginning of the 1600s, and the area became known by his name. Over the next two centuries the vineyard remained productive, but was sold and subdivided many times; at the beginning of the 18th century the present château was constructed.

Château d'Aquéria is now owned by the son of Jean Olivier, Paul de Bez, and his sons Vincent and Bruno, who over the end of the 1980s renovated the vinification facilities and cellars with the addition of stainless steel fermentation tanks and exact temperature control over wines in storage.