Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 116230)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Luxurious, rich and concentrated aromas of black cherry, currant and blueberry are just the start of this 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The harmonious flavors of black cherry, anise and plush cassis explode through your mouth. This classic Napa Valley Estate Cabernet is elegant and wonderful young but also has everything it needs to age beautifully.
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About St. Supery Estate Vineyard & Winery:

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery is a family-owned, sustainably-farmed, estate winery in Napa Valley, California, with more than 515 acres of certified Napa Green and California Sustainable Winemaking vineyards. All of the grapes for St. Supery Esates' wine portfolio, including the highly-regarded Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Dollarhide and Rutherford vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignon, are grown in two estate vineyards. The Skalli family, owners of St. Supery Estate, has a long history of winemaking. They planted their first vineyard in 1920 and carry this tradition on through the generations with their ownership of St. Supery Estate today.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Segura Viudas Aria Brut Cava
Segura Viudas Aria Brut Cava
(search item no. 4101)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Aria Estate Brut is a dry, lively refreshment appropriate for any occasion. Its flavor is dominated by fresh pineapple, almonds, honey and straw, with hints of pears and fresh bread.
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About Segura Viudas:

Segura Viudas was established in 1954 in the heart of Spain's Penedes region, one of the world's best sites for growing and producing grapes for production of sparkling wine. Segura Viudas has become one of the top Spanish sparkling wine producers and is noted for its high production standards of traditional Methode Champenoise.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Chile    South America   
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Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 111141)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2013 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A pale yellow color with greenish tints, this wine offers elegant fresh tropical fruit notes with touches of quince and honey that evolve into white floral notes accompanied by a hint of truffle. The fruit reemerges on the palate, accompanied by a subtle minerality that adds complexity, elegance, and a lively acidity that adds a refreshing and juicy mouthfeel. Moderate in volume and body, this wine offers great elegance. Its intense fruit and acidity ensure its great cellaring potential.
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About Errazuriz:

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines, dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mira 2006
Bodegas Sierra Salinas Mira 2006
(search item no. 118816)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep garnet-red in color with purple edges. The nose is intense with ripe fruit and a mineral, balsamic background (licorice). The mouth blooms aromas of damp soil and sweet spices (cocoa, nutmeg) that develops into an elegant ripeness with a very silky and balanced texture. The finish is long and voluminous. Pairs well with very structured game dishes, such as grilled deer loin with cranberry sauce and semi-hard cheeses, especially Manchego and Zamorano.

Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Garnacha Tintorera, 10% Monastrell

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About Bodegas Sierra Salinas:

In 2000 the Castano family acquired and re-organized old vineyards located at the foot of the Sierra Salinas Mountains, between the provinces of Murcia and Alicante, and built the Bodegas Sierra Salinas. The vineyards are situated at diverse altitudes with a range of soil types and arid micro-climates characterized by cold winters and warm summers.

Five different grape varieties are grown on the property including: non-irrigated Monastrell bush vines (50% of the total density of the plantation) and irrigated Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Tintorera and Petit Verdot.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Perrin et Fils Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge 2009
Perrin et Fils Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge 2009
(search item no. 107685)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby color, with purple reflections. Intense nose of macerated cherries and licorice. In the mouth the wine is full-bodied with a generous attack, a pleasant freshness and elegant tannins. This well-balanced wine shows a typical expression of southern Rhône wine with thyme and rosemary aftertaste.
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About Perrin et Fils:

Jean-Pierre, François and Pierre Perrin are proud to present their fine wines, inspired by the memory of their grandfather, Pierre Perrin. Using the same techniques employed at Château de Beaucastel, the Perrins have added some interesting appellations to their already impressive list of wines.

"Jean-Pierre and François Perrin - chosen among the Most Influential Wine Personalities of the last 20 Years. The Perrins believe in natural winemaking, unfiltered wines, and routinely produce long-lived classics that are among the finest in the world." -Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve
(search item no. 12927)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $38.99

Winemaker's Notes:

It is composed of 20% of the Chardonnay grape variety, for elegance and delicacy, 40% of Pinot Noir, for roundness and structure and 40% of Pinot Meunier for fruitiness. Pale gold in color, abundance of delicate bubbles. Floral aromas of fruit with subtle predominance of white fruits: pear, apple, almonds and hazelnuts. Fresh opening, smooth, pleasant and balanced.

This wine is an ideal accompaniment for Breton lobster and cream sauce, sole morel mushrooms, chicken brochettes with citronella.

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About Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte:

Nicolas Feuillatte created Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in 1976 as an exclusive Reserve Champagne that today remains the guardian of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte's quality and style. In 1986, Nicolas Feuillatte created a partnership with the Centre Vinicole de la Champagne, the largest association of growers in Champagne, situated in the heart of the vineyards, near the small Grand Cru village of Chouilly on the outskirts of Epernay.

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes are the exclusive issue of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards and all cuvees are distinguished by the rich full expression of Champagne's unique terroirs.



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Ayala Brut
Ayala Brut
(search item no. 113698)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $49.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#77 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Pale gold in color with a fine mousse, the wine is aromatic on the nose. On the palate, it is well balanced and shows great finesse and complexity.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the best grand- and premier crus bring vinosity and delicacy together in a very harmoniously balanced blend. The complement of Pinot Meunier adds a charming touch of fruitiness and liveliness.

Delicious as an aperitif, Brut Majeur is also the perfect wine to serve throughout a meal. It will pair perfectly with sea food, scallops, lobster, crab, fresh or grilled fish, fish terrines, salmon or beef carpaccio, as well as with sushi and Asian cuisine.

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About Champagne Ayala:

Colombian by birth, in 1850 Edmond(o) de AYALA settled in the Champagne region - in the Château d'Aÿ to be exact. The château was the property of the Viscount of Mareuil, who soon taught Edmond the subtleties of the champagne business. In due time, Edmond married the Viscount's niece, whose fabulous dowry included both the Château d'Aÿ and the superb vineyard around it. All the conditions were in place for the creation of a Champagne House. Thus Champagne AYALA from the Château d'Aÿ came to be. Its notoriety spread fast, and quickly reached the shores of England.

When Edmond died, his three sons took over the business. In 1911 they suffered the "Vinegrowers Rebellion" - a revolt against the practices of certain unscrupulous Houses, who brought in grapes from outside of the region to be vinified and sold as "champagne". Even though Ayala was not on the blacklist (being totally innocent), it and the other Houses on the Boulevard du Nord in Aÿ were burned to ground by the angry mobs because there were no troops to defend them. The House was completely rebuilt and functioning by 1913. A public liability company was formed in 1922 that still exists today under the name "Champagne AYALA, Société Anonyme". Unabled to cope with the global economic crisis of the 1930s, then House was sold to an English bank before being bought by a Champagne vineyard owner: René CHAYOUX.

René CHAYOUX so trusted and respected Jean-Michel DUCELLIER, his partner since 1948, that he appointed DUCELLIER as his successor at the head of his businesses and estate. An estate that was made all the more impressive by the acquisition in 1961 of the illustrious Château LA LAGUNE, a Médoc Classified Third Growth in Bordeaux's Haut-Médoc region. Since 1968, Jean-Michel has with both affection and intelligence cared for the fortunes of Champagne AYALA and Château LA LAGUNE. The House of AYALA, a family business, is one of the few to have remained independent. Jean-Michel and his son Alain DUCELLIER who is today at the head of the company, both run it with energy and enthusiasm. They devote themselves to the status of the House's name worldwide, and they proudly receive their clients at their superb Château de Mareuil-sur-Aÿ.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2009
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 113264)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This crisp and fresh Chardonnay opens with aromas of orange blossom, lemon oil and toasted brioche with sweet cream apple butter. "Medium" on the richness scale, KARIA charms with its balance of ripe fruit, understated barrel spice, mouth-filling texture and refreshing acidity. The palate is loaded with flavors of ripe stone fruit and apple blossom that lead to a persistent citrus and spice infused finish.

Try pairing this wine with a fresh goat cheese salad drizzled with honey and toasted almonds, Dungeness crab cakes or garlic-studded roast chicken.

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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


Champagne & Sparkling    Vintage    Sonoma County    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs 2006
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs 2006
(search item no. 107805)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
0 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An abundant mousse and enticing aromas of delicate orange blossoms, ripe Gravenstein apple, vanilla and brioche announce this elegant Blanc de Blancs. Its full, creamy entry on the palate reveals complex flavors of ripe pear, lemon meringue and hints of white chocolate along with mineral notes that persist on a fresh, lasting, precisely balanced finish.

A versatile accompaniment to a wide variety of appetizers from fresh oysters to toasted almonds, mussels to grilled prawns and, yes, caviar, this wine also matches superbly with a variety of cheeses like triple creams, Brie and Fontina.

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About Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards:

Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.


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Celler Besllum  2008
Celler Besllum 2008
(search item no. 109964)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Besllum has a deep dark color with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, exotic spices, lavender, mineral, and pain grille. Concentrated with a full body and flavors reminiscent of sweet fruit. There is just enough acidity to carry the flavor through the long, supple finish.

Composition: Carinena 45%, Garnacha 45%, Syrah 10%

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About Celler Besllum:

Joan Carles Estivill is the third generation from his family to be tending to their family vineyards. The vineyards are located in Cornudella del Montsant, the highest village in the appellation. He is passionate about his vineyards and he only founded his bodega after the region received denomination of origin status. He leaves the wine making skills to his young winemaker, Ramon Valls, and his boutique bodega only produces about 5,000 cases per year. Joan Carles developed a circular metal retainer that he puts around each of his old vines to provide a trellis effect for the vine. He finds that the retainer helps the grapes remain very small for better concentration. Joan Carles also lets the grass grow in the vineyards to absorb the spring rains in order to further stress the vines. Besllum means "a ray of bright light coming through a small opening in a dark background."