Red Wines    Grenache    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2009
d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2009
(search item no. 115075)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is an inviting swirl of flowers, spice, earth and red fruits including strawberries and mulberries. The palate is a textural wonderland, slippery graphite then grainy, gritty fruit tannin flows into earthy grip betraying its old-vine concentration. All the while the ripe red fruits dance about, keeping everything fresh and zingy. This is an intense, structured Grenache worthy of aging to build upon its already complex character. This is real Grenache, at its best.
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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    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Cryptic Red Blend 2011
Cryptic Red Blend 2011
(search item no. 125210)

PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant and seductive, with red raspberry, cherry and blueberry flavors, notes of roasted coee bean, a hint of vanilla and a touch of mocha on the finish.

This wine's subtle toasty notes and ripe fruit flavors will be enhanced when paired with roasted or grilled meats, hearty pasta dishes, or wood-fire oven pizzas.

Blend: 45% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 23% Bordeaux Varietals (Cabernet & Merlot), 7% Other Red Varietals

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Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 121503)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $159.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark, layered and complex are the leading descriptors for the 2009 Cabernet. The wine is vibrant and focused with dollops of black licorice, brown tobacco, exotic tree essence, black and red fruits, cassis and minerals. Thee wine's thick texture and intense fruit flavors overshadow the well-integrated tannins.
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About Merus:

Merus is a small, ultra luxury wine brand in the Napa Valley that creates highly-coveted wine in small quantities. Hand-made, using the finest techniques and processes, this wine has been rated as one of the country's top Cabernet Sauvignons.

Merus was started in 1998 with the mission of producing handcrafted wine of uncompromising quality and distinction. Their objective is to produce small amounts of age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Stags Leap, and Coombsville vineyards. Merus views winemaking in a conservationist light, whereby optimizing vineyard quality is the single most important factor in achieving superlative wine quality. Therefore, they have established long-term relationships with only those winegrowers willing to work within the parameters of their rigorous vineyard demands. Merus is a labor of love that truly expresses the definition of great wine in the bottle.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Four Vines The Sophisticate Zinfandel 2010
Four Vines The Sophisticate Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 124239)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Of Four Vines' single-appellation Zinfandels, The Sophisticate best exemplifies its nickname: elegant in balance, refined tannins, and a charismatic rich berry profile.

A hearty addition of Petite Sirah and a splash of Syrah build on the juicy middle and brooding fruit tones. Aged in small French and American oak barrels for 14 months, this rustic country appellation shows surprising style and grace. Dark garnet in color with a nose of licorice, smoked meat, blackberries and chalky minerality with intriguing oak notes of cinnamon and butterscotch. On the palate, intense boysenberry flavors, supple tannins, a hint of vanilla and a great palate stain will keep you interested from start to finish.

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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...


White Wines    Riesling    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2012
Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2012
(search item no. 123487)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#51 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

So f***in' sexy! This wine kicks ass with tons of complexity, showing notes of white peach, Linden leaves and slate. Lovely focused acidity, finishing very long with mandarin orange and lots of minerality. Grab the chop sticks, crack a bottle....this will make you happy.

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About Charles Smith:

First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically either simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. 'Modernist Project' wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Lincourt Steel Chardonnay 2011
Lincourt Steel Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 119144)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

When we produced our first steel Chardonnay, we had no idea it would eventually become one of our most popular wines. From day one, the secret to our success has been the high quality of fruit from our estate Rancho Santa Rosa and Rancho Las Hermanas vineyards. This 2011 is both lively and concentrated, a rare vinous feat. The aromatics combine kiwi, mandarin zest and honeycomb. The palate is crisp and minerally with notes of lemons and green apples.

As with its predecessors, this Stainless Steel Chardonnay is perfect as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or fresh fish.

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About LinCourt Vineyards:

Founded in 1996 by Bill Foley, Lincourt is a producer of ultra premium wines from the Santa Barbara County. Named in honor of Bill and Carol’s two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney, the Lincourt winery is located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, on Alamo Pintado Road in the Santa Ynez Valley. Originally a dairy farm, the 30 acre property retains the rural charm and simplicity of an earlier era. The quaint tasting room is located in the former farmhouse, a 1926 Sears Craftsman kit home. The barns have been converted to a winery and barrel room, and equipped to allow for handcrafted, premium winemaking.

Great fruit, dedicated winemakers, incredible climate and a serene setting – Lincourt embodies the best of Santa Barbara wine country.



White Wines    Riesling    Other German    Germany   
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Bex Riesling 2010
Bex Riesling 2010
(search item no. 121043)
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Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Aaromas of lemon cream, orange marmalade and honeysuckle flowers. Enjoy fresh tangerine and apricot fruit notes with a hint of whipped cream essence and perhaps a note of cucumber. On the palate, it is refreshing, clean and shows lemon citrus with a slight sweetness. Faint lemon grass and mineral aromas may trigger memories of summer rains.

Enjoy as a perfect aperitif, accompaniment to light or spicy cuisine or as a finale served with dessert.

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About Bex Winery:

At the height of the 15th century European wine movement, a group of German artisans began cultivating what would come to be the most terroir-expressive varietal on the planet. Enamored with the fruits of their labor, wine enthusiasts traveled from far and wide to sample the newly christened, "Rissling."

In a style credited to those 15th century artisans, and using grapes sourced from Germany’s premier Nahe region, BEX Winery is committed to propelling the art of Riesling winemaking to new heights one glass at a time.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Argentina    South America   
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Catena Chardonnay 2011
Catena Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 118836)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Catena Chardonnay 2011 combines the unique expressions of three high-altitude vineyard sites. The wine shows an intense greenish color with yellow notes. The extraordinary combination of vineyards offers honeyed tropical fruit flavors with concentrated aromas and flavors of ripe fruits, including notes of peaches, pears and figs, hints of white flowers and notes of vanilla. It is a clean, fresh wine with a strong minerality and crisp acidity.

Pair with salmon, seafood, chicken, or pork chops.

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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.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Sonoma County    California   
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Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 119694)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

While the 2010 offers all the concentration and viscosity of previous Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blancs, it is decidedly more focused and pure in its fruit expression. Look for peach, guava, grapefruit and jasmine in the bouquet. The palate adds green apple and candied lemon peel to the mix.
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About Chalk Hill Winery:

Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery was purchased recently by Bill Foley, proprietor of Foley Family Wines, who will continue the time-honored traditions that Fred Furth began. Founded in 1972 by Fred Furth, the Chalk Hill Estate encompasses 280 acres of carefully positioned vineyards, including the valley floor, hillsides, and ridge tops of a 1300 acre estate. Perpetuating the time-honored traditions of the first land grant pioneers, the Chalk Hill Estate operates as a family farm with the daily tasks of sustainable viticulture flowing seamlessly through the growing season and ultimately to estate bottled wines. Chalk Hill is the only 100% estate winery in the Chalk Hill AVA nestled within the Russian River Valley. The passion for meticulous viticulture has resulted in elegant, world-class wines.