Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Other California    California   
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HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
HandCraft Petite Sirah 2010
(search item no. 120631)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Jammy fruit from beginning to end—starting with aromas of blueberry pie, nutmeg and pepper. In the mouth, flavors expand to include boysenberry, plum, blueberry and spice. This full bodied wine has a bold tannin structure and balanced acidity that lead to a long finish. This big wine is anything but "petite."
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About HandCraft:

Cheryl Indelicato’s life reflects a joyful meeting of her inspiring, bounteous California home and her cherished Italian heritage.

As part of one of California’s oldest winemaking families, Cheryl has been in the wine industry since she was a little girl, doing odd jobs at the winery and in the vineyards with her siblings and cousins. Today, that group of hard working kids represents the current leadership of DFV Wines: the third generation of the family owned and operated vineyards and wineries.

Originally built on the hard work of patriarch Gasparé Indelicato, the company went from farming grapes to making its first vintage of wine in 1935 after Prohibition ended. “We have such a strong family tradition with wine, and that’s important to me,” Cheryl explains. “My grandfather, Gasparé, learned winemaking from his father. And my Dad and his brothers learned it from Gasparé. I knew I would work toward continuing that legacy.”

Although Cheryl grew up working at the winery, her parents insisted that all of “Generation Three” graduate from college and gather outside experience by working elsewhere for at least three years before coming back to the family business. Taking this sage advice, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business in 1989 from California State University, Stanislaus and a Registered Nursing degree in 1985.

It did not take long for Cheryl to return to the winery. Launching her official career in 1990, she worked in various facets of the business; from sales and marketing to human resources to public relations and is now proprietor for HandCraft wines.

HandCraft wines provide Cheryl with the opportunity to recreate the fruit forward, delicious wines that she remembered on the family table when she was growing up. A dash of Italian varietals are added to the final wine blends and the result is simply delicious. It’s what makes HandCraft wines easy to enjoy, distinctive and memorable.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Black Stallion Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Black Stallion Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 119201)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage is full-bodied and balanced with a savory nose of blackberries, cassis, spice and a hint of peppermint. Flavors of rich black cherry, mocha espresso, brown spice and caramel unfold gracefully across the palate with smooth, silky tannins and a long elegant finish.

Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon Composition: 5% Merlot, 5% Petite Sirah, 2% Cabernet Franc

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About Black Stallion Winery:

Located on the grounds of a historic equestrian center, Black Stallion Winery is the latest addition to the distinguished collection of wineries in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Each of the varietals we produce is handcrafted and carefully blended from small vineyard lots. Each lot is fermented and aged separately in our cellar until just prior to bottling when we carefully blend these lots together to achieve wines of balance with layers of complex flavors. Black Stallion Winery is dedicated to crafting high quality wines that are elegant and distinctive yet approachable.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Black Stallion Winery Estate Chardonnay 2010
Black Stallion Winery Estate Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 119534)
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PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright lemon zest, green apple and hazel nut aromas rise out of the glass followed by a lovely hint vanilla cream soda. The medium-bodied palate echoes the aromas with additional flavors of citrus, almond and spice. A creamy texture wraps.

With its rich texture and citrus, nut character, Black Stallion Estate Winery Chardonnay is a wonderful aperitif, just perfect for sipping on its own. At the table, try pairing with full-flavored dishes like lobster rolls, roasted pork loin, and semi-soft cheeses like Gouda and Havarti.

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About Black Stallion Winery:

Located on the grounds of a historic equestrian center, Black Stallion Winery is the latest addition to the distinguished collection of wineries in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Each of the varietals we produce is handcrafted and carefully blended from small vineyard lots. Each lot is fermented and aged separately in our cellar until just prior to bottling when we carefully blend these lots together to achieve wines of balance with layers of complex flavors. Black Stallion Winery is dedicated to crafting high quality wines that are elegant and distinctive yet approachable.


Red Wines    Merlot    Napa Valley    California   
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Irony Napa Valley Merlot 2009
Irony Napa Valley Merlot 2009
(search item no. 110316)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Irony Merlot is a classically styled Merlot with medium body and firm tannins. Rich aromatics of black cherry, currant and plum intermingle with hints of vanilla and cedar. Well-balanced with a lingering finish, flavors of blackberry, licorice and sweet oak compliment the wine's bright acidity and structure.

Pairing suggestions are roasted beef, hearty pasta dishes or grilled pork chops.

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About Irony:

Most of us didn't imagine where we would be right now. Sure, we dreamed of being firemen, astronauts, rock stars and superheroes, but life often takes you where you didn't expect it to.

My brother and I worked every harvest from the time we could ride our bikes. After college, our careers took us beyond the land our grandfather planted in 1924.

Ironically, today we are more fulfilled, working side-by-side at the family vineyard & winery. We didn't plan it or expect it, but we are enjoying this strange twist in our lives.

That's Irony - a bottle full of life's strange twists and a celebration of our family's life-long commitment to producing the finest quality wines.
-- Chris & Jay



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Other California    California   
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Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2010
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 113627)
Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Gnarly Head 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel is made from gnarled 35 to 80 year-old head trained vines. Fruit from these unruly branches is intense and powerful, and as some of the oldest in California, these brash old vines produce exceptional, full flavored grapes. The intrepid Old Vine Zinfandel has a gnarly core of rich, dark raspberry and black cherry flavors with layers of spice and chocolate balanced by complex French and American oak toast. Try pairing this wine with braised short ribs, chicken enchiladas, or dark chocolate.
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About Gnarly Head:

My first impression, as the truck pulled up to the eighty year old Zinfandel vineyards, was, "Wow, those vines sure have some gnarly heads!" Thus began a fifteen year love affair with the Old Vine Zinfandel.

The older Zin vineyards in California were planted before the use of modern trellising techniques and were "head pruned", meaning the shoots that eventually produce the grapes grow directly out of the head of the trunk. The resulting vines look more like a bush than the normally well-manicured rows of neatly trained along posts and wires – and they do have "Gnarly Heads".



Red Wines    Merlot    Other California    California   
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181 Lodi Merlot 2008
181 Lodi Merlot 2008
(search item no. 108571)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

181 is classic Bordeaux style Merlot, elegantly opening with aromas of black cherry, vanilla and toasty spice. Fresh fruit flavors of currant and cherry mingle gently with spicy cedar and vanilla. 181 Merlot is supple in texture, full bodied, long and well-balanced on the palate, with a lingering finish. With balanced tannins and acidity, it is the perfect companion to pasta with sausage and roasted peppers or a pan seared steak with mushrooms and parsley.
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About 181:

The 181 Merlot clone traces its origins to Pomerol in Bordeaux, where it is highly valued due to its suitability to the red clay soils of the region. Clay soil retains water well and stays cool longer in spring, thus delaying bud break which is a desired outcome for Merlot. The red soils of our Clay Station Vineyard in Lodi are similar to the red soils in Pomerol, making 181 the perfect clone to grow rich, luscious Merlot.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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337 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
337 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 113035)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $12.97

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage exhibits appealing aromas of black cherry, ripe currants and lightly roasted coffee. Supple tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis, intertwined with sweet herbs and accents of black pepper spice. 337 Cabernet Sauvignon can be enjoyed on its own or with pork loin stuffed with spinach and herbs, grilled baby back ribs, or roasted chicken with spicy Italian sausage.
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About 337 :

Named for the French vine clone, 337 is an alluring expression of a California Cabernet Sauvignon with prestigious Bordeaux roots. The vines are cultivated for structure and flavor in the cobblestones of Lodi’s Clay Station Vineyard, making a wine that exudes seductive aromas of mocha and dark cherry. An explosion of spice and blackberry unwinds to a velvety, luscious finish.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Black Stallion Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Black Stallion Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 116685)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage is medium-bodied and balanced with an enticing nose of black cherry, blackberry and nuances of vanilla spice. On the palate, rich dark fruits of plum, black currant, cassis and cherry combine wine well-integrated tannins followed by a pleasant, lingering finish.

This rich, fruit-forward wine calls for succulent, flavorful dishes such as grilled steak with frites, creamy blue cheeses, pepper-rubbed pork chops, duck breast with grilled plums - or even a juicy burger with caramelized onions.

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About Black Stallion Winery:

Located on the grounds of a historic equestrian center, Black Stallion Winery is the latest addition to the distinguished collection of wineries in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Each of the varietals we produce is handcrafted and carefully blended from small vineyard lots. Each lot is fermented and aged separately in our cellar until just prior to bottling when we carefully blend these lots together to achieve wines of balance with layers of complex flavors. Black Stallion Winery is dedicated to crafting high quality wines that are elegant and distinctive yet approachable.