Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Coonawarra    Australia   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111417)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Phoenix name recognizes the first winemaking company purchased by Douglas Tolley in South Australia in 1888, the 'The Phoenix Winemaking and Distilling Company.' The nose consists of violets, black currant leaf, ripe wild berry and integrated spice of the Cabernet grape. Mulberry and blackberry are the dominant fruit flavors enhanced by a tight palate with silky grape tannins and elegant complex cedar oak, so typical of Penley Style. A very generous mid palate with a hints of licorice and chocolate lingers on the finish.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Penley Estate:

About Penley Estate:

Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families – the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.

Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra rossa" soils – bright red top-soils overlaying soft free-draining limestone.

Critically acclaimed as one of Coonawarra's leading estates, and voted as one of the International Wineries of the Year 2001 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, while the Reserve Cabernet voted best wine of Coonawarra 2001, as judged by winemaking peers and critics.

The Penley Estate signature style comprises distinct, precise, terrior driven wines – not overly oaked or excessively alcoholic. They display ripe clean fruit with true regional character – the senior wines will age for many years.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Sonoma County    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2009
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2009
(search item no. 112081)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ripe black cherry/raspberry nose, with notes of pepper, licorice, chaparral, and tobacco. Rich black fruit on the palate. Full and viscous. Well-coated tannins and a long, layered finish.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Ridge Vineyards:

About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Terra d'Oro SHR Zinfandel 2007
Terra d'Oro SHR Zinfandel 2007
(search item no. 111333)
Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Terra d'Oro SHR Field Blend Zinfandel presents a beautiful deep, dark color in the glass. With classic Amador spice notes, the nose is rich with ripe dark fruit with hints of clove, warm vanilla, and violet perfume. Bold and rich flavors fill the mouth with ripe wild berries and mocha; another great example of the complexity and unique flavors and aromas that can only come from field blending.

The long and warm finish makes this wine a perfect companion to braised lamb shank with mushrooms or roasted quail with polenta.

Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 7% Barbera

My Notes:

Additional wines from Terra d'Oro:

About Terra d'Oro:

For more than 150 years, fortune seekers have been lured to California's rugged Sierra Foothills. Though they once came for the gold, these days they come for the wine—Terra d'Oro, to be more specific. Handcrafted from some of Amador County's most historic vineyards, Terra d'Oro wines are rich indeed, full of the character and intensity that perfectly captures the essence of this "Land of Gold."


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Shoofly Shiraz 2010
Shoofly Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 112610)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

On the nose, the 2010 Shiraz shows earthy gravel, spicy licorice and dense dark mulberries, while the sweet upfront berry fruit presented on tasting gives way to complex cedar, earth and spice notes, wrapping up with ample structure and grip. The vibrant, juicy fruit runs the length of the palate and lingers with a "have another glass" finish.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Shoofly:

About Shoofly:

Shoofly's winemaker Ben Riggs is a native of McLaren Vale and has been crafting some of the region's finest for two decades. Ben knows his stuff and where to get it – his roster of grape growers is one of the most sought after contact lists in the country. Premium regions produce the best fruit and the grapes come from a "who's who" of Australian growers and viticultural neighborhoods – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and Heathcote.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2009
Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 112787)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pleasantly devious mischief abounds from the dry-farmed, head pruned, old vine vineyards in the Shenendoah Valley. This Sierra Foothill valley is renowned for its old vine Zin vineyards, where fiery red volcanic soils produce fruit with intense, earthy character. The 100-plus-year old vines of the original Grandpere Vineyard, along with the 40-year old vines of The Deaver and Linstead Vineyards produce a wine that is chewy and spicy, rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvet vanilla oak. Blended with a touch of Syrah from the Bailey Vineyard. Maverick... The Jam Bomb... mischievous fun!
My Notes:

Additional wines from Four Vines:

About Four Vines:

In 1994 Four Vines Winery kicked into gear featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak "Naked" Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, The Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. The winery relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form. No matter the wine, Four Vines has always brought a refreshing, irreverent attitude to the industry. Today, the winery sources fruit from all over the state of California and crushes mainly on the Central Coast and in Sonoma County. This allows grapes to arrive at their peak of cool morning temperatures to the crush pad. It all starts in the vineyard…don't let anyone tell you anything else. In late 2010, Derek Benham acquired Four Vines from its founders and moved the winery operations back up north to Sonoma County where it originally started. Four Vines is now in a position to reach its full potential as a category leader in Unoaked Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The story continues...


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2008
Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 108176)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Devious mischief abounds from these dry-farmed, head pruned, old vine vineyards in the Shenendoah Valley. This Sierra Foothill Valley is renowned for its old vine Zin vineyards which produce a wine that is chewy and spicy, rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvet vanilla oak. Blended with a touch of Syrah from the Bailey Vineyard. Maverick...The Jam Bomb...mischievous fun!
My Notes:

Additional wines from Four Vines:

About Four Vines:

In 1994 Four Vines Winery kicked into gear featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak "Naked" Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, The Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. The winery relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form. No matter the wine, Four Vines has always brought a refreshing, irreverent attitude to the industry. Today, the winery sources fruit from all over the state of California and crushes mainly on the Central Coast and in Sonoma County. This allows grapes to arrive at their peak of cool morning temperatures to the crush pad. It all starts in the vineyard…don't let anyone tell you anything else. In late 2010, Derek Benham acquired Four Vines from its founders and moved the winery operations back up north to Sonoma County where it originally started. Four Vines is now in a position to reach its full potential as a category leader in Unoaked Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The story continues...


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Tait The Ball Buster 2010
Tait The Ball Buster 2010
(search item no. 115770)
screw cap wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep Black Purple. Intense aromas of blackcurrent, stewed plums, cherry, and chocolate. Full bodied berry palate with a sweet long lasting finish.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Tait:

About Tait:

Tait Wines is a family owned winery located in the famous Barossa Valley, in South Australia. The Tait name has been involved in the wine industry for more than 100 years, practising the art of cooperage. Tait Wines is continuing this involvement by producing premium quality wines.

The inspiration behind Tait Wines was Giovanni Tait (1927-1997). Giovanni Tait migrated to Australia from Italy in 1957 to take up work as a cooper in the Barossa. His high skill and craftsmanship in his chosen trade led him to B Seppelts and Sons where he took an active role in the production and maturation of wine in oak casks. He learnt cooperage from his father and grandfather before migrating to Australia.

It was not until his sons grew older that his dream came to reality. With his sons, he founded a small winery called Tait Wines. His vision for Tait Wines was to be a traditional winery using all the old winemaking methods to produce hand crafted wines that were powerful in depth, flavour and taste. Each year, the family acknowledges their fathers vision by dedicating the estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon in his honor. This wine reflects all of Giovanni's qualities of age, depth of character and full of life.

Now Bruno with wife Michelle and brother Michael continue to produce premium boutique wines.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Other California    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
ONEHOPE California Zinfandel 2009
ONEHOPE California Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 115532)
has video
charitable wine


PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $13.79

Winemaker's Notes:

ONEHOPE California Zinfandel, created in partnership with Rob Mondavi Jr., starts with the foundation of an all-American grape, then custom blended with Syrah from select vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast of California. ONEHOPE Zinfandel is a rich red color with loads of juicy dark fruit flavors including plum and black cherry, with hints of pepper and a spicy finish. This delicious wine is versatile and pairs well with dishes such as pizza, barbeque ribs and lamb.

ONEHOPE donates half of pro?ts from the sale of every bottle of Zinfandel to Team Rubicon, an organization that allows veterans the change to use their advanced skills and training to assist in natural disaster relief. 92% of recently returned veterans state that they would like to continue their service in some way, but don't know how. Team Rubicon gives vets an opportunity to stay involved in their communities while signi?cantly aiding in natural disaster relief

My Notes:

Additional wines from ONEHOPE:

About ONEHOPE:

In a short period of time ONEHOPE Wine has become one of the most recognizable cause brands in the United States of America. The charitable company has grown rapidly over the past three years due to a respected and positive presence in all charitable fields.

ONEHOPE has become the socially conscious wine of choice at several hundred premier events including the Grammy's, The American Red Cross Gala, the BAFTA’s, Sundance Film Festival and VH1 Save the Music.

The tireless efforts over the past three years from the dedicated ONEHOPE team have ensured that the brand is a familiar and respected concept in most households and businesses. This commitment and dedication to "making a difference" is what has spearheaded the astonishing company to great heights in such a short time. The hard-working and dynamic team strives without limits to create a global brand that promises to make a better future for all.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    North Coast    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2009
Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 111204)

PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel displays ripe blackberry, boysenberry and black raspberry aromas and flavors along with silky chocolate notes on the finish.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Edmeades:

About Edmeades:

Established in 1962, Edmeades is located in Mendocino County in Northern California, a place with long traditions in viticulture dating to the turn of the century when the gnarled vines they use in their Zinfandel wines were planted. While winemaker Van Williamson has great regard for time-honored methods, innovative winemaking takes place in this secluded Anderson Valley enclave. Being in close proximity to the ocean, cold climate plays a major part in producing award-winning wines of generous varietal character.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 10/21/2014
BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 110113)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $17.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful deep red color with perfumed aromas of ripe black cherries, strawberries and roasted cocoa beans. This wine is full-bodied and incredibly lush for a young Cabernet. It explodes on the palate with red and black fruits, then shows baking spices on its way to a mouthwatering finish. Pairs with a wide range of foods including beef, sausages, spiced or grilled pork, veal, rabbit, medium-strong cheeses, and meat-based pasta sauces.
My Notes:

Additional wines from BenMarco:

About BenMarco:

In 1999 Susana Balbo crafted a line of wines to showcase the ripe fruit expression of her sustainably-farmed Mendoza vineyards. The philosophy is a simple one: grow great grapes and make wines that are true to their place. Minimal intervention during the growing season and through harvest allows the true fruit character to develop. Combine this with Susana's winemaking skills and the result is wines that express the powerful fruit flavors, the ripe tannins and the incredible length and balance that can only come from this one place: Mendoza.