Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2008
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2008
(search item no. 113265)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Enticing aromas of blackcurrant and spice lead to bright, juicy flavors of ripe plum and blackberry, enhanced by a spicy nutmeg and clove character with signature Bordeaux notes of tobacco and forest floor.
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About Mulderbosch:

Widely recognized as one of South Africa's most iconic producers, Mulderbosch is well-known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Rose and its Bordeaux blend - The Faithful Hound - and is located east of Cape Town in the Stellenbosch Hills. Stellenboxch has a Mediterranean climate that is largely impacted by the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with long, warm summers and cool windy afternoons. Recently acquired by Charles Banks, an American, Mulderbosch has entered an exciting new era of quality. A newly-assembled team promises to re-introduce wine lovers to the many charms of this approachable, easy-drinking, collection of affordable, fun wines. South Africa provokes an unbelieveable platform for making some of the best white wine values in the world.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Vina Mayor Crianza 2006
Vina Mayor Crianza 2006
(search item no. 113886)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, dark ruby red with open and expressive aromas of ripe black fruits, balanced by well-integrated oak. It is full-bodied and complex, with a seductive ripe tannin style, balanced by fine oak nuances and a multi-layered finish.

Serve with grilled red and white meats and spicy dishes.

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About Vina Mayor:

The Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor project began in Quintanilla de Onésimo (Valladolid) in 1986 in the wake of the birth of the official Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero certification.

With a track record of more than 20 years of success, Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor is known as an innovative highly positioned brand with regards to the quality of our range of wines from the regions of D.O. Ribera del Duero, D.O. Toro and D.O. Rueda.

VIÑA MAYOR's position as an industry leader has been consolidated through the crafting of wines with personality, modern style and elegance. Our wines have repeatedly been awarded prizes by the world's most prestigious wine guides and top competitions.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 113321)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sandalwood, hazelnut, and powdered cocoa spicy aromas waft around a core of plum and dark stone fruit. Lively black plum and blueberry flavors transition seamlessly to a walnut, toasted almond finish. This elegantly balanced will continue to bring pleasure for years to come.
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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek was founded in 1973 and immediately established itself as one of Napa Valley's premier Cabernet houses with the release of its 1974 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery name comes from its location, next to Conn Creek near the Rutherford Crossroad that connects the Silverado Trail with Highway 29. Conn Creek specializes in limited production Bordeaux varietal wines exclusively from Napa Valley’s best vineyards. Present production remains at fewer than 6500 case per year.


White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Pacific Rim Riesling 2010
Pacific Rim Riesling 2010
(search item no. 110470)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Portrays bright crispness, subtle sweetness and aromas of jasmine, pear and apple, this wine exemplifies the harmony of Riesling.

The sweetness plays wonderfully with fiery fare (from Thai to Mexican), while the natural acidity stands up to richer foods (from French to German).

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About Pacific Rim:

Riesling, simply, is the most versatile, complex and food-friendly of all the noble grapes. if you enjoy inspiring your palate, then Riesling is your ideal wine. No other varietal so purely expresses terroir. Washington's Columbia Valley - home of Pacific Rim - provies the ideal soils and climate for growing Riesling. Purity is at the core of Pacific Rim's winemaking philosophy. They exclusively use stainless steel tanks, allowing the true character of Riesling to speak for itself, they do not use malolactic fermentation and their wines are fermented only with native yeasts. Pacific Rim produces 10 different Rieslings from bone dry to sticky sweet, and Riesling represents 95% of all the wines they produce. Pacific Rim is an Organic and Biodynamic certified winery.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County    California   
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Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 110364)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Recently, we've been moving towards a less extractive and more elegant style of Pinot that emphasizes perfume, balance and complexity. Consequently, our 2009 Sonoma Coast is more aromatic than previous vintages. It exudes Maraschino cherries, strawberries, vanilla, sandalwood and Oriental spice. While it drinks beautifully now, it will continue to improve over the next two years. I highly recommend serving all of our Pinots in large, wide stemware to amplify the beautiful, haunting aromas. Serve with grilled salmon and Asian food.
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About Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Cellars:

With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County, becoming one of California’s most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals.

With the spotlight on single vineyards and specific sub-appellations such as Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros and Russian River Valley, Sebastiani produces wine under the Sonoma County, Appellation Selection and Proprietary Selection designations. Founded in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani, the winery is best known for its Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Sonoma County's most coveted wines. The winery is located just blocks from Sonoma's historic downtown plaza and offers historical tours as well as extensive picnic grounds and hospitality venues.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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A to Z Pinot Noir 2009
A to Z Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 108054)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Super sexy and spicy on the nose with aromas of apricots, blueberries, Bing cherries, blood oranges, gingerbread, white pepper, sweet Eastern spices, violets, tea and sweet pipe tobacco. In the mouth, the wine has refreshing acidity with silky tannins and rich flavors mirroring the aromatics. The 2009 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir restrains power while balancing richness and purity with a clean and refreshing finish. Classically proportioned and built for midterm aging, the wine will continue to build weight and structure with cellaring.
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About A to Z:

Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.

A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 105354)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding dark ruby red wine with bell pepper, smoke and eucalyputus aromas. The wine is aged for 18 months in one-, two and three-year-old French oak barrels, and then aged a further 2 months after bottling. It is an appetizing, smooth, well-rounded and tasteful wine. Black currants flavors, well-balanced with a long finish. Enjoy this fine Cabernet Sauvignon with red meats, cheeses and pasta.
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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Russian River    California   
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Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2009
Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106285)
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Supple in texture, with rose petal, earth and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged in 100% French oak, which adds a subtle, toasty vanilla character.
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About Rodney Strong Vineyards:

Founded by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong, in 1959, Rodney Strong Vineyards is now owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein began the endeavor that today brings together excellent vineyards, the industry's finest winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, focusing on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vinyeard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and coming carbon neutral in 2009.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Stoller Vineyards JV Pinot Noir 2008
Stoller Vineyards JV Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 108134)
green wine
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of ripe red raspberries, Bing cherries, floral notes of lilac and violets, barrel spices of cinnamon and clove, and herb de Provence (lavender and green herbal tones/tea leaf). The palate features bramble berry flavors, bright acidity and medium tannins with a real purity of red fruit flavors.
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About Stoller Vineyards:

Located in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley in the Dundee Hills AVA, Stoller uniquely offers world class wines and genuine hospitality in a stunning setting. Owners Bill and Cathy Stoller purchased the nearly 400 acre property, which was originally his family’s turkey farm, in 1993 and crafted the winery’s inaugural Pinot Noir in 2001. Their vision of innovation blending vineyard stewardship with environmental sustainability was recognized in 2006 when Stoller became the first LEED® certified winemaking facility in the United States attaining the rare Gold level certification. Today, the winery features panoramic views including Mt. Hood, ample outdoor space for relaxation and guest houses.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106890)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage was particularly smooth from start to finish. Budbreak arrived on schedule in the spring, and we saw lower than average rainfall. Healthy flowering led to a very even set, with few heat spikes during the season. Timely veraison and cooler weather later in the season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and spend additional time on the vine. The Pinot Noir in Monterey lasted a full 8 weeks, beginning in September and lasting all the way into October. By all accounts, 2009 appears to be an outstanding vintage.

In the glass, brooding, earthy aromas meld with juicy ripe plum, punctuated by lovely notes of black tea. The palate echoes the plum-filled nose, joined by black licorice and cocoa powder. A subtle earthiness leads to a generous, fleshy mid-palate and a smooth, mineral-laced finish.

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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.