Rosé Wine    Rose    Victoria    Australia   
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Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato (375ML half-bottle) 2010
Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato (375ML half-bottle) 2010
(search item no. 106538)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2014 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Traditionally a sweet wine with a little frizzante (meaning light fizz), Moscato is known for its aromatic qualities and low alcohol content. Australians have been charmed by this frivolous sipper as it pairs perfectly with brekky, as well as dessert!

Innocent Bystanders pale pink 375 ml. serve of Moscato is a refreshing sipper, offering delicious aromas of watermelon, musk and rose petals alongside red apples and Hubba Bubba. On the off-dry palate, strawberries and sherbet ice cream are lifted by a fresh acid zing and a gentle mouth-tingling fizz. The classy bottle flaunts a crown seal to maintain absolute freshness and a lively spritz. Enjoy immediately or cellar up to 12 months.

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About Innocent Bystander:

The idea behind Innocent Bystander is to produce great value, food friendly wines that are not your run of the mill varietal blends. Taking fruit from various sources in Central Victoria (in particular Sangiovese, Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Viognier) the team at Innocent Bystander is inspired to utilize and showcase the natural qualities of each region in their unique blends.

As a group of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance increasingly exerted by the large corporate winemaking groups, the folks behind these wines see themselves as innocent bystanders. They remain accountable to their craft, not shareholders.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve
(search item no. 12927)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $38.99

Winemaker's Notes:

It is composed of 20% of the Chardonnay grape variety, for elegance and delicacy, 40% of Pinot Noir, for roundness and structure and 40% of Pinot Meunier for fruitiness.

Pale gold in color, abundance of delicate bubbles.

Floral aromas of fruit with subtle predominance of white fruits: pear, apple, almonds and hazelnuts. Fresh opening, smooth, pleasant and balanced.

Food Pairing: This wine is an ideal accompaniment for Breton lobster and cream sauce, sole morel mushrooms, chicken brochettes with citronella.

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About Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte:

Nicolas Feuillatte created Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in 1976 as an exclusive Reserve Champagne that today remains the guardian of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte's quality and style. In 1986, Nicolas Feuillatte created a partnership with the Centre Vinicole de la Champagne, the largest association of growers in Champagne, situated in the heart of the vineyards, near the small Grand Cru village of Chouilly on the outskirts of Epernay.

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes are the exclusive issue of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards and all cuvees are distinguished by the rich full expression of Champagne's unique terroirs.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2008
Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2008
(search item no. 110111)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Each component brings its own unique qualities to this classically styled blend. This unique vintage displays lots of prune and berry compote aromas as well as peppermint chocolate and Sandalwood in the background. The Pinotage is soft and sweet while the Merlot and Shiraz offers a subtle spicieness. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of the blend with well balanced and focused tannins that will do well with cellaring. This blend brings the best of Pinotage to the classic French varieties in a complex and approachable style.

Serve with a spicy tomato stew made with sun-ripened tomatoes or a black mushroom risotto.

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About Warwick Estate:

Warwick Estate lies in a valley enclosed by the Simonsberg, Kanonkop and Klapmutskop. Originally part of a vast piece of land known as "Good Success", this eighteenth century farm belonged to Colonel Alexander Gordon who renamed his portion in honour of the Warwickshire regiment which he commanded during the Boer War.

Years later in 1964, Stan Ratcliffe bought Warwick, where, with considerable foresight he began planting the precious Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which are still a major part of the production today. These vines produced high quality grapes and became highly sought after by wholesalers and other wineries. However, it took the arrival of Norma Ratcliffe, Stan's beautiful and energetic wife, in 1971 for the family to begin making a few experimental wines from Cabernet Sauvignon. The early results were very encouraging and served to extol the virtues of what is surely some of the best terroir in South Africa.

Michael Ratcliffe, Norma's son, has now taken over as proprietor in Stan's retirement and has wasted no time in stamping his personality on the Estate. A host of new innovative techniques, learnt during his postgraduate wine studies in Australia, are being implemented aimed at maximizing the potential of the Warwick terroir. Under Michael's leadership, the Warwick team is striving to take the next step in quality.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2007
Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2007
(search item no. 107941)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense, ruby red color. Expressive nose with notes of raspberries, bilberries and cherries, enlivened by a touch of spice and a depth of vanilla. Charming fruit in the mouth with good structure that highlights concentrated flavors and fleshy tannins. Nice complexity on tasting resulting in good length. Thanks to a rigorous selection from our best "cuvees" for 2007 Crianza, this wine retains in full the character from top quailty grapes.

A perfect accopaniment to Mediterranean cuisine, fried food, grilled vegtables, pulses, pallea and other rice dishes, pasta fish in tomato sauce, ham, chorizo, pate, beef(roast stewed or grilled) and cheese(mild or medium matured).

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About Marques de Caceres:

Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqués de Cáceres the Rioja bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.

The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother Elysée bought and restored two abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon. These châteaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux. When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta.

Emile Peynaud, former professor and chief wine researcher at the University of Bordeaux, was initial consultant to the winery. Today, Michel Rolland is wine consultant at Marqués de Cáceres and Henri and his daughter, Christine, are at the helm. The vinification methods at Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres are similar to those used in Bordeaux. Thus, French winemaking techniques and expertise have been applied to native Spanish grapes to produce one of the finest modern Riojas.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106463)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This age-worthy but ready to drink Cabernet Sauvignon boasts generous blueberry and cassis fruits tempered by savory notes of cedar, ink and black tea, as well as hints of anise and cinnamon. Tannins are ample but ripe, giving the wine balance and structure.
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About Lake Sonoma Winery:

Established in 1977, Lake Sonoma Winery follows a "best of the best" philosophy to produce wines that showcase Sonoma County character at its finest.

Lake Sonoma Winery focuses on the individual appellations in Northern Sonoma County where California’s top grape varieties achieve their ultimate expression of character. Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc come from Dry Creek Valley, where gravelly soils and a climate of warm days and cool nights produce intense fruit and impressive balance. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are grown in the very cool, often foggy Russian River Valley, where they develop rich, crisp character. Cabernet Sauvignon is drawn from Alexander Valley, where fertile soils and very warm climate result in mouthfilling character and smooth texture. The intrinsic excellence of these regions is enhanced by sustainable faming techniques in the vineyards, which uses natural amendments and controls to enrich the soil and combat pests.

To preserve and complement the extraordinary character of these grapes, Lake Sonoma Winery meticulously handcrafts each wine. Vineyard lots are kept separate until blending and aging in small oak barrels is tailored to each individual wine. Lake Sonoma Winery produces less than 25,000 cases annually, but every Lake Sonoma wine – through its bold flavors and intriguing complexity - makes a statement.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2006
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2006
(search item no. 101753)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Classique, Glen Carlou's signature wine, displays a rich ruby red color with a youthful cherry skin hue. Aromas of young black fruit and oak, with traces of pencil shavings flavor. Tobacco and black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and spice finish. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond. Enjoy with lamb cutlets or braised pork belly. The Classique possesses great ageing potential that will show rounder flavors and tannins with bottle age.
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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    Other Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2007
Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2007
(search item no. 107206)
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage, Shiraz.

Each component brings its own unique qualities to this classically styled blend. This vintage displays lots of prune and berry compote aromas as well as peppermint chocolate and Sandalwood in the background. The Pinotage is soft and sweet while the Merlot and Shiraz offer a subtle spiciness. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of the blend with well balanced and focused tannins that do well with cellaring. This blend brings the best of Pinotage to the classic French varieties in a complex and approachable style.

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About Warwick Estate:

Warwick Estate lies in a valley enclosed by the Simonsberg, Kanonkop and Klapmutskop. Originally part of a vast piece of land known as "Good Success", this eighteenth century farm belonged to Colonel Alexander Gordon who renamed his portion in honour of the Warwickshire regiment which he commanded during the Boer War.

Years later in 1964, Stan Ratcliffe bought Warwick, where, with considerable foresight he began planting the precious Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which are still a major part of the production today. These vines produced high quality grapes and became highly sought after by wholesalers and other wineries. However, it took the arrival of Norma Ratcliffe, Stan's beautiful and energetic wife, in 1971 for the family to begin making a few experimental wines from Cabernet Sauvignon. The early results were very encouraging and served to extol the virtues of what is surely some of the best terroir in South Africa.

Michael Ratcliffe, Norma's son, has now taken over as proprietor in Stan's retirement and has wasted no time in stamping his personality on the Estate. A host of new innovative techniques, learnt during his postgraduate wine studies in Australia, are being implemented aimed at maximizing the potential of the Warwick terroir. Under Michael's leadership, the Warwick team is striving to take the next step in quality.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Central Coast    California   
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Bonterra Organically Grown Syrah 2007
Bonterra Organically Grown Syrah 2007
(search item no. 105702)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Syrah vineyards, including the newer biodynamically-farmed Butler Ranch, which ranges upwards to 1,600 feet above sea level, are quite young, just teasing their prime growing years. You can see youth well-served in the wine's brilliant crimson color and intense, heady aromas of black cherry and blackberries before giving way to bitter-sweet, vanilla chocolate. The tannins are velvety smooth and supple. The oak is wonderfully integrated, with complementary flavors of white pepper and toasty oak spice. This is a distinctive Bonterra Syrah, more fruit-forward than previous vintages, more distinctive and unique. It's a wine I believe you'll truly enjoy!

At Bonterra, we passionately believe that organic grapes make better wine. Bonterra has been producing wine from 100% organically-grown grapes since 1993. All of our grapes are grown using certied organic practices, such as composting, cover crops, and biodiversity. these organic practices give us grapes that oer a quality of fruit and vibrancy of taste that allow us to create wines that express the purity and intensity of each varietal's unique character. In every sip of Bonterra, you can taste our natural commitment to producing wines of great taste and excitement, which is why we believe they are among the very best wines you'll experience.

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Bonterra wines are a natural expression of the unique climate and soil of the Mendocino coast. The name "Bonterra" means good earth. All of their wines are nurtured from organically grown grapes. Bonterra relishes the re-discovery of age-old traditions of viticulture, working in harmony with Nature, to create wines with pure, concentrated flavors.

THE BONTERRA PHILOSOPHY
We honor the land by farming organically, creating rich soils that provide healthy vines the opportunity to deliver wonderfully flavorful fruit. With every sip of Bonterra wine, you can taste our natural commitment. There's no other way to fully capture the expression of our Mendocino terroir.
David Koball, Vineyard Manager