Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Chile    South America   
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Merino Syrah 2012
Merino Syrah 2012
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep and brilliant dark purple introduces a rich nose of ripe blackberries and raspberries. The main personality is ruled by a floral quality on top of a meaty background. Finishes with minerality along with spicy violets and wild berries. Recommended pairings include lamb or herb-based sauces.
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About Merino:

Rene Merino is a physician who got into the wine business through his family's agricultural background. The winemaker is Jose Pablo Martin, one of the most excitng young winemakers in Chile who has worked with top Chilean and French producers.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Chile    South America   
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Montes Twins Red Blend 2012
Montes Twins Red Blend 2012
(search item no. 128544)
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Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It's a sensational double bill: wonderful richness, structure and fruit from the Cabernet, with smooth, velvety texture from the Malbec, adding up to a wine that's greater than the sum of its parts. A wine of vibrant acidity with layers of plum skin, blueberry and blackberry fruit while the oak aging contributes with subtle notes of vanilla and liqueur and its soft tannins provide a specially elegant finish.

Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Malbec.

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About Montes:

With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. Their premise, a clear belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, made them a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Its original four partners' total involvement and the continuous help of the angels that decorate their labels was key to their success. Two decades later, Montes is the fifth most important winery of Chile where Aurelio Montes continues leading the winemaking area with the same passion as the first day. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and breaking new grounds in wine.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Kendall-Jackson Summation Red Blend 2010
Kendall-Jackson Summation Red Blend 2010
(search item no. 127298)
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $14.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

This beautifully layered wine is rich, complex and offers a sumptuous texture. It displays alluring fragrances and flavors of raspberry jam, dark chocolate, black cherry and pomegranate. Smooth tannins envelope the mouth and linger beyond each sip.

Blend: 36% Syrah, 34% Zinfandel, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Other varietals

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About Kendall-Jackson:

Back in 1974, Jess Jackson saw in the fine vineyards of California's cool coastal regions fruit with a variety of outstanding flavors. What if there was a way to produce from this abundance, a single outstanding "cuvée" that offered both quality and value? The result, first released in 1983, was Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, a rich, round and flavorful wine, made with hand-crafted methods. That same year, Grand Reserve was introduced, a line of ultra-premium wines that represented the full potential of California's finest vineyards and winemaking. Today, over 5,000 acres of vineyard in California's coastal regions are farmed by Kendall-Jackson. Four separate wineries house what is possibly the single largest barrel-fermentation project in the world. But perhaps most important, is that Kendall-Jackson remains a family-owned winery.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Montes Alpha Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Montes Alpha Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 120294)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A ruby red, deep-colored wine. On the nose its an elegant, complex and intense wine with violets and red fruits evocations of blackberry, chocolate, black pepper and cigar box aromas while its affinity with oak lends vanilla and coffee notes, producing a wine in perfect balance of real finesse and class, a really outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon.

Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

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About Montes:

With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. Their premise, a clear belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, made them a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Its original four partners' total involvement and the continuous help of the angels that decorate their labels was key to their success. Two decades later, Montes is the fifth most important winery of Chile where Aurelio Montes continues leading the winemaking area with the same passion as the first day. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and breaking new grounds in wine.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Luce Della Vite Lucente 2010
Luce Della Vite Lucente 2010
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James Suckling rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Lucente 2010 impresses with a dark-toned yet shimmering purple-red. A lush, seductive bouquet offers silky impressions of raspberry and blackberry, both fresh-picked and preserves, followed by roast espresso, white chocolate, and pungent hints of mint and sage. Warm and well-rounded in the mouth, it boasts supple, glossy tannins that are perfectly integrated into the structure, and in alcohol appropriate to a noble wine. A near-endless finale conveys tasty fruit, finishing with a pleasant hint of nutmet. Lucente 2010 is an elegant wine in a thoroughly contemporary key.

Blend: 75% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese

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About Luce Della Vite:

In 1995, Robert Mondavi of California and Vittorio Frescobaldi of Tuscany joined hands to create an Italian wine of extraordinary quality. Their partnership was the first of its kind in Italy, and their premier offering was Luce della Vite. The name means light of the vine in Italian, and was inspired by the morning sunlight on the way from Florence to the renowned winemaking region of Montalcino.

Aptly named, Luce shines brightly as the very first blend of Sangiovese and Merlot from this highly-regarded Tuscan winemaking region. Montalcino lies approximately 20 miles south of Siena, and is considered the birthplace of the richest and most intense Tuscan wines. The Luce vineyard—adjacent to Marchesi de' Frescobaldi's Castel Giocondo estate—sits at elevations of 1300 to 1500 feet, the highest vineyard site in Montalcino. Sustainable agriculture honors the unique slate and rocky limestone soils, yielding elegant Sangiovese and round, supple Merlot.

Luce inspired a second label, Lucente, a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot sourced throughout Tuscany. A third label, Danzante, produces Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese/Chianti, and Merlot sourced throughout other important Italian wine regions.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Apex The Catalyst Red Blend 2010
Apex The Catalyst Red Blend 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $14.39

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark purple in color, the 2010 Catalyst has a Cabernet-driven nose of cassis, forest floor and eucalyptus; cigar tobacco, cocoa dust and pepper. Rich, elegant and inviting, with dark fruit, brown spice and toasty oak flavors, the tannins are extremely silky and approachable allowing the fruit to shine on the palate whilst adding weight and structure.

Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Syrah

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About Apex:

Washington Hills Cellars is one of Washington's largest and most respected independent wineries. Our three brands, Washington Hills, Bridgman, and Apex cover the spectrum of wines. From the beginning, the concept behind Apex wine has been to produce a limited quantity of reserve wines so special and so outstanding that they represent the ultimate in winemaking, "ne plus ultra."


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Tyler Florence Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Tyler Florence Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Tyler Florence Cabernet Sauvignon has opulent rich cherry dark berry and cassis cherry, character perfectly balanced by supple tannins and hints of toasted vanilla and toffee — a classic expression of this world-famous Cab region.

Enjoy with rack of lamb, tender beef fillet or rich, roasted vegetables.

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About Tyler Florence:

"On December 11, 2009, I met with Michael Mondavi and his family at their beautiful winery in Carneros, at the southern tip of Napa Valley. Michael, his son Rob Mondavi, Jr., and his daughter Dina and I sat around a table and conducted our first blending session for Tyler Florence Wines. One of the things I love best about putting together my recipes Is experimenting with different ingredients in order to combine flavors in perfect balance. Turns out, it's one of my favorite things about wine making, too."

- Tyler Florence



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Novelty Hill Royal Slope Red Blend 2007
Novelty Hill Royal Slope Red Blend 2007
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Delicious ripe, red raspberry along with black cherry aromas and flavors combine with a hint of warm vanilla and spice. The mid-palate is juicy and full, the finish balanced and lengthy.

Blend: 35% Syrah, 26% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Sangiovese, 6% Mourvèdre, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec

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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.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Zolo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Zolo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 122832)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Zolo strives to achieve a Cabernet with powerful and complex aromas of cassis, plums, and red fruit, and hints of vanilla and chocolate.
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About Zolo:

Fincas Patagonicas, parent winery to Zolo and Tapiz vineyards, is one of the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina and marries Argentina's best vineyards with winemaking expertise. Fincas Patagonicas vineyards are located in the Valle de Uco and Agrelo regions, province of Mendoza. Mt. Plata (6100 meters) and Tupungato volcano (6800 meters), overlook the state-of-the-art Fincas Patagónicas Winery providing a magnificent scenery.

The signature wine of Fincas Patagónicas is Malbec. One of the five Bordeaux blending grapes, Malbec has flourished in Argentina since the middle 1800s, producing intense wines of great value. Fincas Patagónicas’s Tapiz Malbec was recognized as the "Best overall Malbec" by
Wine & Spirits
in its annual buying guide for 2000 and the Malbec 2002 was listed as Best Value by Wine Spectator in 2004 .



Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Veneto    Italy   
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Villa Sandi Il Fresco Rose
Villa Sandi Il Fresco Rose
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of fresh berries and a hint of spice lead to a palate of crisp acidity and a creamy mouthfeel. This delightful sparkler is dry, fresh and zesty.
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Villa Sandi, an exquisite Palladian-style villa dating back to 1622, is located at the foot of the Marca Trevigiana hills, a renowned winemaking area in the heart of the Province of Treviso. The Villa represents the combination of art and agriculture, which characterized the Venetian landscape in centuries past. The Moretti Polegato family, owners of the Villa, has a longstanding viticultural tradition for producing premium quality wines. Villa Sandi refrigerates the Prosecco must upon crushing, keeping it fresh and fermenting on demand. This unique method guarantees Villa Sand Prosecco is always fresh and lively and has ensured Villa Sandi’s standing as Italy’s leading Prosecco.