Dessert, Sherry & Port    None    Various Regional   
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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
ChocoVine Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Wine
ChocoVine Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Wine
(search item no. 108278)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

ChocoVine Original took America by storm and has swept millions of consumers off their feet across the country. Now there is a new flavor, ChocoVine Raspberry. This tantalizing blend features a blissful and complex flavor profile for a variety of applications. ChocoVine Raspberry can be enjoyed on the rocks or as the main ingredient to an array of sinful cocktails. Additionally, the subtle, yet rich, chocolate and raspberry flavors can be used to create or update scrumptious recipes. Simply try ChocoVine Raspberry over ice cream or add to your favorite dessert.
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About ChocoVine:

ChocoVine is blended in Holland by one of the oldest and most respected cream manufactures in the world. Chocolate and wine can be paired in a way that features the best and the most interesting aspect of each flavor profile. But they are also both incredibly complex and pairing them has always been a daunting process, often leading to dreadful results. After years of research, however the perfect union on wine and chocolate is not only a reality but the outcome is a true match made in heaven! With ChocoVine, the two concepts are blended to perfection to create pure bliss. ChocoVine is gluten free.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast    California   
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Monthaven Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2009
Monthaven Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2009
(search item no. 110442)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $22.99

Winemaker's Notes:

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 6% Grenache

This full-bodied garnet wine exhibits aromas of dark cherry and mocha and dark fruit fl avors. Given that the majority of the wine is aged in barrels for at least six months, the wine finishes in a characteristically Cabernet style, with firm but still accessible tannins and a long, lingering finish.

Monthaven Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from select vineyards throughout California's diverse Central Coast, with a focus on fruit from Paso Robles and Monterey. The heat of Paso Robles delivers ripe fruit with depth, which is then balanced by the cooler-climate Monterey grapes that deliver a unique complexity to the wine. Monthaven fruit is fermented colder than average - with a long, cold soak at 50°, starting fermentation at 65° and ending before the wine hits 75° - to create a juicy wine with well-managed tannins.

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About Monthaven Winery:

With almost 30 years of experience working exclusively at wineries in California's Central Coast, artisan winemaker JeffYamamoto knows a thing or two about the area's dozens of microclimates. Starting in quality control roles, moving into the cellar, then onto general management responsibilities, Jeff's hands-on experience in every step of the winemaking process has created a stickler for the details. Crafting Monthaven at California's "largest small-lot winery" allows Jeff to keep grapes from different microclimates and vineyard blocks separate. He then uses his decade of cellar management experience to customize his barreling approach for each wine. Based on their individual characteristics, specific lots are selected for barrel fermentation or barrel aging to maximize the distinctiveness of each blend. Jeff largely prefers American oak for Monthaven wines to assure that the fruit flavors shine through, accented by balanced oak notes and agreeable tannins. The winemaking techniques applied to Monthaven wines are usually reserved for wines over $20 bottle. "My goal with these wines is to balance the fruit, acid and oak components in a way that allows the fruit to shine in the best possible light, reflecting the Central Coast expression of each varietal's nature."


White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2009
Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 109894)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Chardonnay possesses a wonderful elegance due to the coolness of the vintage. While the wine still has the abundant orchard fruit flavors typical of Sonoma County Chardonnay, it also displays more citrus, acidity and minerality than we have seen in the past. The oak profile is also subdued to better match the wine's intensity, but there is still plenty of inherent texture and ripeness thanks to the Indian summer and frequent stirring of the lees. Overall, this is one of the most balanced, complex and delicious Sonoma County Chardonnays we've produced in years.
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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    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111056)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Strawberry, cherry and cola aromas and flavors harmoniously flow into the silky and soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 2% Merlot

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About Columbia Crest:

Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.