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Benton Lane Pinot Noir First Class 2010
Benton Lane Pinot Noir First Class 2010  
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Benton Lane's First Class is produced only when they have a particular lot of wine that is very, very special, and the 2008 First Class Pinot Noir is such a wine. To start, they look to their favorite vineyard sites for the most balanced, flavorful and concentrated Pinot Noir. They ferment these lots in small fermenters called “pots”. They baby them every step of the way and move the best wine into new French oak barrels for sixteen months of ageing. As the wines develop, we select the best barrels to eventually become “FIRST CLASS” - the best of the best.

The 2008 First Class Pinot Noir is a deep ruby colored wine that exhibits classic aromas of cherry, blackberries and wet earth, with complex underlying flavors of mocha, anise and blueberries. Very ripe, fine tannins and balanced acidity create a rich, velvety texture that leads into an extremely long finish. The First Class Pinot Noir represents the "best of the best" individual lots from a given year and is produced in small quantities only in vintages of optimal quality.
mb1341035$41.76
Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve 2013
Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve 2013  
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A blend of Beringer’s northernmost Chardonnay vineyards – this chardonnay is a mixture of the most expressive lots and blended to create an intensely aromatic and flavorful wine featuring citrus, tropical notes of fresh pineapple and mango, crème brulée, brown spice and butterscotch that come together for a seamlessly long, plush finish. This wine is truly the chardonnay lover’s chardonnay!
rws23667Regular price: $37.83Sale price: $21.99
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut Champagne
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut Champagne  
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The Special Cuvee Brut represents the most straightforward expression of the Bollinger house style. The blend includes up to 10% reserve wines, which may be up to fifteen years old. This gives the special cuvee complexity and structure.
rws6239$60.00
Bond Winery Melbury 2006
Bond Winery Melbury 2006  
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MELBURY originates from a spectacular property on the slopes north of Lake Hennessey, in the hills east of Rutherford.

The name Melbury is in homage to an historic area in London, where the estate owners reside much of the year. Since its debut with the 1999 vintage, the consistent hallmarks of Melbury have been plush red fruits (currants, bing cherries), redolent with spice and the scent of violets. Elegance and a supple texture define the structure of this wine. The particular exposition of this rocky 7-acre hillside vineyard is southerly overlooking Lake Hennessey, allowing the vines to capture the morning sun yet moderating afternoon temperatures.

SOIL: Ancient sedimentary soil with compressed clay. Eastern and Southeastern Exposure.

ELEVATION: 348-522 feet
rws41969$312.94
Bond Winery Quella 2008
Bond Winery Quella 2008  
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QUELLA is the name for the wine from a 9-acre site located in the eastern hills overlooking the heart of the Napa Valley.

Making its debut with the 2006 vintage, the name is derived from the German word for a pristine source or an artesian aquifer. This property is steeply sloped facing southwest. The site is an ancient riverbed composed of cobble and rocks interwoven with pockets of tufa (volcanic ash) that were uplifted during the last volcanic activity in the area. Quella displays an almost ethereal quality of blue fruits, graphite, and a vibrant, subtle finish.

SOIL: Ancient uplifted riverbed covered with Tufa (volcanic ash). Southwest Exposure.

ELEVATION: 433-595 feet
rws41970$312.94
Brancaia Il Blu
Brancaia Il Blu  
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The top-product of the Brancaia brand. The Supertuscan IL BLU proves the performance of Brancaia in terms of elegance, complexity and intensity. As a rule, food with pronounced taste, dark meat such as beef or lamb, roast or braised game, darkfeathered game such as pigeon or pheasant.
mb2668269$64.70
Bryant Bettina 2010
Bryant Bettina 2010  
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The Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Wine is a gorgeous blend of Bordeaux varietals sourced from three of David Abreu’s own exceptional estate vineyards – Madrona, Thorevilos, and Lucia Howell Mountain. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, and made with the same attention to detail as Bryant, this wine is beautifully layered and complex.
rws49346Regular price: $572.66Sale price: $429.99
Bryant Cabernet 2010
Bryant Cabernet 2010  
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Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from a 13-acre estate vineyard atop Pritchard Hill, overlooking Lake Hennessey. This First Growth vineyard is meticulously farmed by David Abreu, with whom Bryant has worked closely for over 12 years. This wine is a beautiful expression of our unique terroir and a testament to the dedication of Bryant's winemaking and vineyard team to produce the finest possible wine from this site.
rws49344Regular price: $572.66Sale price: $479.99
Ca'marcanda Promis 2013
Ca'marcanda Promis 2013  
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Promis, from the Latin abbreviation, promissio, meaning promise truly lives up to its name. The grapes are grown in the terre brune (rich, dark soils) of the Ca'Marcanda vineyard. The soil consists primarily of loam and clay. The climate--hot summer days, freshened by brisk sea air and cool nights--is ideal for the grapes grown here.

Color: Light garnet
Aroma: Bright and fruity with a jammy nose.
Taste: A delightful wine that combines the elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese. Balanced, almost musical, its a pleasure to drink from an early age and also has an aging potential of 5-8 years.
mb7312524$44.11
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  
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rws26325$67.64
Charles Krug Generations 2012
Charles Krug Generations 2012  
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The Peter Mondavi Family Generations is a tribute to family tradition and commitment to quality. A selective blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 1% Syrah creates a balanced wine that showcases its strength and elegance. This blend was aged for 23 months in French oak barrels. Aromas of espresso and nutmeg lead to the rich, plush red fruit flavors of black cherry and blueberry jam before finishing with grace and style.
pa27494$49.40
Chateau Beausejour Becot 2003
Chateau Beausejour Becot 2003  
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rws29975$44.99
Chateau Cheval Blanc Bordeaux 1996
Chateau Cheval Blanc Bordeaux 1996  
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rws24299$699.99
Chateau Clos du Marquis 1.5L 2003
Chateau Clos du Marquis 1.5L 2003  
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rws30087$119.99
Chateau Clos du Marquis 375ml 2003
Chateau Clos du Marquis 375ml 2003  
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rws30115$24.99
Chateau d'Armailhac 1.5L 2003
Chateau d'Armailhac 1.5L 2003  
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rws30086$79.99
Chateau Gruaud Larose 2003
Chateau Gruaud Larose 2003  
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The grounds of the Saint Julien Appellation lie on the graves massif and colluvions formed during the two episodes of the Mindel era, just like at Pauillac. This partly explains the strong presence of Grand cru classified châteaux in Saint Julien. One often says that, for climatic reasons and from its geographical position, the wine from Saint-Julien is being in-between the force of Pauillac and the finesse of Margaux. The history of the grounds confirms this assertion as Saint-Julien differs from other names of the Medoc by its terraces of average altitude from Mindel era and also by the relative balance between the two types of graves from this era.
rws30011$64.99
Chateau L'Arrosee 2000
Chateau L'Arrosee 2000  
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rws25133Regular price: $100.16Sale price: $64.99
Chateau le Gay 2003
Chateau le Gay 2003  
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rws29985$49.99
Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2011
Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2011  
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rws56223Regular price: $173.33Sale price: $149.99
Chateau Peby Faugeres 2003
Chateau Peby Faugeres 2003  
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rws29995$59.99
Chateau Pontet Canet 2011
Chateau Pontet Canet 2011  
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rws56224Regular price: $100.00Sale price: $94.99
Chateau St. Dominique 2000
Chateau St. Dominique 2000  
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Saint Domingue, another marvel from the same owner as Saint Dominique in Saint-Emilion. Situated next to Cheval Blanc on the edge of the Pomerol. This Saint Emilion village has all the class of a Grand Cru. Deep purple in colour. Intense aromas of stewed black berries and creme de cassis. Soft Oaky tones with hints of roasted coffee, caramel and vanilla. Powerful and rounded on the palate, with a creamy finish.
rws25192Regular price: $76.41Sale price: $59.99
Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz Vineyard 2003
Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz Vineyard 2003  
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A very consistent vineyard, which always has very dark colour and black plum fruit with a gamey, leathery background. This has more to do with Cornas or Hermitage.
rws37324$61.90
Clarendon Hills Syrah Piggots Range 2004
Clarendon Hills Syrah Piggots Range 2004  
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Situated in a natural ampitheatre with 360 degree aspects, this vineyard is dry grown and produces small crops of deeply concentrated Syrah with high tannin levels.

The yield here rarely exceeds two tonnes/acre and is often much lower. This old gone ungrafted Syrah vineyard has a unique character which I describe as 'the full meal followed by the cigar'!

This wine is made in the same manner as all the Syrah vineyards and shows it's individuality purely due to vineyard influences.

This wine develops slowly and positively for a most complete tasting experience.
rws36707$100.00
Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino 2010  
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Born to be a wine, Brunello has become a legend. It was created by some winemakers of Montalcino, in the heart of Tuscany, toward the end of the 19th century. They were looking for a red wine of exceptional quality and a long ageing period to accompany wild game, roasted meats, red meat and aged cheeses. And they obtained a wine which was destined to enter into the enological hall of fame, overflowing the chalice of Bacchus with joy. In the last decades, Brunello di Montalcino has undergone a general evolution in quality, and has made a name for itself throughout the world. In fact, Brunello di Montalcino was the first Italian wine to obtain the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) designation. It is exclusively produced, aged and bottled within the confines of the town of Montalcino in the province of Siena, using grapes from the Sangiovese species, locally called Brunello.

Ruby red colour with slight garnet hues resulting from ageing; intense and persistent perfume, with notes of red fruits jam; a smooth, velvety flavour with evenly balanced tannins, intense and persistent with spice notes and a hint of liquorice; harmonious and elegant on the whole.
rws43198$39.99
Concha Y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Concha Y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  
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Chile’s 2009 season was quite warm in general, and Puente Alto was no exception, although its proximity to the Andes Mountains and its very cool nights, even in this vintage, produce very well-balanced fruit that enables the wine to maintain the personality of Don Melchor with its tremendous freshness, balance, and ripe tannins.

VARIETY: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc.

VINEYARD: Puente Alto.

HARVEST: Manual, from April 14 through May 20.

SOIL: Alluvial.

CLIMATE: Semi-Arid Mediterranean.

AGING: 15 months in French oak barrels.

COLOUR: Deep cherry red.

AROMA: Black currants and blackberries with chocolate notes.

PALATE: Well-balanced and fresh, with silky tannins and excellent structure.

Alcohol: 14,7 %

pH: 3,5%

Total acidity: 3.72 (Sulfurous acid)
gz3921417$59.99
Dom Perignon Brut Champagne 2006
Dom Perignon Brut Champagne 2006  
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This product does NOT include a gift box

As legend has it, the Benedictine Monk, Dom Periginon invented Champagne. That is not the whole story.

A few facts first. Champagne is 3 different things; First, it is a sparkling wine made in France. Second, It is a geographic area in France about 1 hour from Paris, and the only area where Champagne, the wine, can be produced. Finally it is a name associated with large deposits of limestone (chalk) in the earth. This deposit is present in the Champagne region, but is also found in Cognac. The Cognac region has an area referred to as Fine Champagne. These Cognacs are not made with Champagne (the drink), but the grapes used in production comes from an area which also has a large Limestone layer.
The first commercial sparkling wine was produced in the Limoux area of France about 1535. They did not invent sparkling wine, no-one knows who first made it.

Dom Perignon, the man, was born about 1638. His full name was Pierre Perignon. He was a Benedictine Monk at the Abbey of Hautville near Riems in France. Wine was already being made in the Champagne region before Pierre was born. Dom Perignon's legacy to the world was a procedure for production of Champagne. This included riddling the ageing bottles so the sediment can be removed, adding a dosage for a secondary fermentation, and use of corks to seal the bottles. These steps combined with the availabilty of stronger bottles which could hold the added pressure, allowed the commercial production of Champagne to begin in about 1700. Dom Perignon died in 1716. His famous statement "I see stars" was uttered upon his first taste of Champagne.

Dom Perignon, the Champagne, was first produced in 1936. Moet et Chandon which purchased the Abbey of Hautville 120 years earlier produced a super cuvee which celebrated the Monk's exploits. The Champagne is only produced in exceptional vintages; in 2 styles, the Brut and the Brut Rose and in 2 sizes, 750ml bottle and 1.5Liter bottle. The name has become synonomous with class and stature. A gift of Dom Perignon will express that only the best will do.
rws14792$139.99
Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tilden 1.5L 2013
Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tilden 1.5L 2013  
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The Sorì Tildìn vineyard was acquired by the Gaja family in 1967. It was first produced as a single-vineyard wine in 1970. The word "sorì" is the Piedmontese word for a hilltop with a southern exposure. "Tildìn" was the nickname of Angelo Gaja's grandmother, Clotilde Rey.

Color: Deep purple.
Aroma: Complex aromas of toast, minerals, sour cherries, cedar and spices.
Taste: Displays the roundest tasting profile of all Gaja single-vineyard wines. The rich body, subtle texture and fine, ripe tannins are typical for this wine of great finesse, the quintessential expression of the land and the Nebbiolo grape. This wine has extraordinary aging potential--more than forty years in outstanding vintages.
mb7317068$51.16
Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Valley  
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Gary Farrell's Chardonnays are crisp and fruit–focused, with generously balanced acidity in the true Russian River Valley tradition. When selecting vineyards for Chardonnay, they look for fruit that will ripen at peak acidity for their targeted brix. They find these wines to have the characteristic fruit profile and generous acidity that make them great wines to pair with food.
gz1017315$31.17
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2003
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2003  
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Produced only in the best years and in limited quantities, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003 Vigna Paganelli is made exclusively with Sangiovese grapes sourced from the eponymous vineyard, planted in 1964. An austere, "classic" and aristocratic Brunello, it is a wine that honors the blazon and the image of the wine symbol of Montalcino

Dense ruby red color with garnet hues

The nose is rich of warm tones, red fruit, spices, liquorice

On the palate it is a thoroughbred, with a flavorful weave of silky tannins that are greeted with the freshness and structure that is typical of a great vintage. With a very long and overwhelming finish, it is a wine that will further evolve in the years to come.
mb7319034$105.88
Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Ste Claire 2014
Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Ste Claire 2014  
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rws42595$17.69
Lamarca Prosecco Sparkling Wine
Lamarca Prosecco Sparkling Wine  
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La Marca Prosecco is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of Italy's Prosecco region, where its grapes are grown. Founded more than 40 years ago, the La Marca winery joins tradition and innovation, ensuring the highest quality product.

In 2007, the winery was awarded a "Top 100 Wines of the Year" by Wine Spectator1. La Marca is the only Prosecco producer from the Veneto region to be awarded this honor.

Enjoy as apéritif or pair with mild cheeses, light hors d'oevres, salads, seafood linguine in garlic butter sauce, a lighter fish, such as sole, snapper and mahi-mahi.

To open, remove foil, untwist wire cage and loosen the base. With one hand on the base and the other grasping the cork, tilt the bottle to a 45° angle and twist the bottle slowly to loosen the cork.

Always serve La Marca Prosecco chilled between 46-50°F. A versatile Italian Sparkling wine, La Marca Prosecco can be served in sparkling flutes or white wine glasses. A full bottle serves approximately 5-7 glasses. After pouring the first round, seal the opened bottle with a bottle stopper to keep remaining wine fresh and effervescent and keep the wine chilled to 46-50°F. An opened bottle should last about 3-4 hours with the bottle closure.
rws42683$12.34
Lanson Rose Label Brut Rose Champagne with Glasses
Lanson Rose Label Brut Rose Champagne with Glasses  
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Lanson has been making rosé champagnes for more than 60 years and their Rose Label is one of the most sought-after around the world. True to Lanson's distinctive house style, this Champagne does not see malolactic fermentation, which results in a rosé of supreme delicacy and purity. The delicate pale salmon colour is produced through the careful addition of a small amount of Coteaux Champenois Bouzy Rouge, a still red wine produced from Pinot Noir grapes. The result is a lightly hued, fragrant and delightful rosé champagne perfect for any occasion.

Aromas of roses and fruit predominate, with discrete notes of red berries. On the palate, the wine is tender, well-rounded and fresh, with excellent balance and good length on the finish.

Set Includes Champagne and two glasses.
rws51198$39.99
Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne
Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne  
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Brut non-vintage is always the expression of the House style and, as such, it is the signature champagne. Laurent-Perrier Brut’s style is defined by its very high proportion of Chardonnay which provides a natural purity, freshness and elegance. These essential characteristics, expressed in all our champagnes, are a good introduction to the spirit of Laurent-Perrier.

The Laurent-Perrier Brut also benefits from ideal ageing in the cellars: three years minimum. Its balance and natural freshness are enhanced by a light dosage. After the dosage, the wines are kept in the cellar to rest for several months before shipment.
rws17584$37.04
Mt. Veeder Reserve Red Wine 2012
Mt. Veeder Reserve Red Wine 2012  
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Mount Veeder was the first winery in California to have one vineyard planted to all five Bordeaux varietals. The Mount Veeder Reserve is an elegant statement of the winemaking philosophy that blending creates a wine more than the sum of its parts. Crafted from small lots of exceptionally concentrated fruit from our three ranches, this distinctive red wine is the essence of power and finesse.
mb2491904$70.00
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne  
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The quintessential cuvee from Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, this extraordinary wine unites fruit, power, balance and pure expressions of the terroir into one delicious Champagne. 20% Chardonnay grape elegance and delicacy. 40% Pinot Noir for roundness and structure. 40% Pinot Meunier for fruitiness. Blended from 100 to 150 single cru vineyards. Aged for 3 years even though only 15 months are required by law.

APPEARANCE: Pale straw-gold in color, with an abundance of delicate bubbles. NOSE: Floral and fruity with a subtle predominance of white fruits; pear, apple, quince, fig and hazelnuts. PALATE: Perfectly balanced, fruity yet dry. FOOD PAIRING: This wine is an ideal accompaniment for Chicken, Salmon, Shellfish, Sushi, Soft Cheeses, Fruit and Desserts.
rws24291$32.99
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne Gastronomique
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne Gastronomique  
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Quintessential Nicolas Feuillatte style. A delicate, structured and fruity Champagne, offering boundless elegance and finesse. Appearance: Pale yellow with silver tinges, brilliant and crystalclear revealing a persistent ribbon of delicate bubbles. Nose: Initially restrained, fresh white fruit aromas of apple, pear and peach intermingle with curry and turmeric spices. As the bouquet becomes more expressive, ripe fruit notes jostle for position. Palate: Clean on the attack, elegant and complex, a delicate bead imparts freshness on the finish. As an aperitif, best served at 7 - 8°C. With food, best served at 10 - 12°C.
RWS33934$43.88
Orin Swift Cellars the Prisoner 2014
Orin Swift Cellars the Prisoner 2014  
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The Prisoner is an innovative red blend that takes its stylistic cue from the drinkable “mixed blacks” first made by Italian immigrants who originally settled the Napa Valley. In the late 90’s there were a handful of Napa producers beginning to make this style of wine again. The blend soon began to incorporate not only Zinfandel, but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache.

The wine has a dense red and black hue that is framed in vibrant crimson. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. Soft, integrated tannin chains allow the wine to be approachable now and provides for a pleasant finish.

Vineyards: Heitz Ink Grade, Rodgers, Somerston, Mabel Tiedemann, Solari, Korte, Page Nord, York Creek, Tofanelli, Luchtel, Rancho Chimiles, Black Sears, Stagecoach

46% Zinfandel
22% Cabernet Sauvignon
18% Petite Sirah
12% Syrah
2% Charbono
Alc/Vol 15.2%
rws39610$44.20
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Gift Set 2007
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Gift Set 2007  
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"In true romantic fashion, Belle Epoque is a marriage of the very best that Champagne can produce: wines from Cramant, Avize, Ay, Mailly and Verzenay, the region's most highly-rated vineyards. One half of the blend is Chardonnay of surpassing finesse and delicacy. The other half is Pinot Noir of noble richness and complexity. The blend of these wines yields a Champagne of ravishing fragrance and style, offered in the famous "Flower Bottle". The combination of wonderful Champagne and a beautiful package make Fleur the perfect partner to your most romantic encounters."

The PJ Belle Epoque set is among the most tasteful and recognizable gifts in the world of wine. The Set includes one bottle of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne and two glasses, all beautifully gift-boxed. This famous "flower bottle" was formerly known as Fleur de Champagne in the US.
rws25388$171.37
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne  
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Connoisseurs judge a champagne house by the quality of its non vintage brut wine . It is on its brut, created in the mid-19th century, that Perrier-Jouët has built its reputation. The House style is distinguished by the extensive use of chardonnay. Perrier-Jouët owns 161 acres of vineyards with an average cru rating of over 99% including 99 acres in the most renowned villages for Chardonnay (Cramant and Avize.) The wines show lightness and sweetness, as well as a rounded and fruity character.

Great balance and a lingering finish mark this zesty, full-flavored brut as something special. Rich in fruit flavor, crisp in balance, with an underlying tangy quality that begs for another sip.

French it may be, but in 1861, Champagne Perrier-Jouët was the favorite of Queen Victoria, and the House became not only the official supplier of the British monarchy, but also of the Swedish royal family and the King of Belgium.
rws15432$39.99
Peter Michael Chardonnay la Carriere 2013
Peter Michael Chardonnay la Carriere 2013  
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La Carrière, “the quarry,” was named for its bowl shape and tremendously rocky soils. It typically offers the leanest most citrus like fruit profile of our Chardonnays.

L a Carrière is the steepest rockiest vineyard on our Knights Valley estate. Situated between 1,200 and 1,700 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes, some exceeding forty percent in grade, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. Shallow rocky soils provide excellent drainage, low fertility and the lowest average yields on the estate. Typically La Carrière offers the leanest most citrus like fruit profile of any of our Chardonnays coupled with vivid “liquid minerality” that speaks of sea salt and wet stones.
rws43846$108.99
Pio Cesare Barbera D'alba
Pio Cesare Barbera D'alba  
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Family owned vineyards in Serraluga d’Alba (Ornato and Colombaro), in Sinio, Diano d'Alba and Grinzane Cavour together with other vineyards belonging to “historical suppliers” who have been selling their grapes to Pio Cesare for generations, working their vineyards according to their directions and strict quality controls.

The Barbera grapes grown in the Barolo area, give full structure, plummy and complex flavour, with spicy and ripe fruit, blackberry aroma and a hint of toasted tobacco. It ages quite well.
pa74824$22.94
Roederer Brut Premier Champagne
Roederer Brut Premier Champagne  
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Brut Premier characterizes the timeless Louis Roederer style with the combination of fresh, youthful fruitiness and the vinous qualities of a fully matured wine. It is a structured wine with a lively attack and a smooth palate. Beginning in 2010, Brut Premier now comes in antique-colored bottles that filter out nearly 100 percent of light.

The blend is composed of harvests from four different years, including three different years from the Louis Roederer reserve wines cellar. The reserve wines mature in oak casks for an average of two to five years. The percentage of reserve wines included in the Brut Premier blend varies from 6 percent to 10 percent. The 'liqueur de dosage' is prepared with the greatest of care from a selected blend of eight to 10 of the very best crus from the Louis Roederer vineyard and then left to age in oak casks.
rws14402$51.76
Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne 2005
Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne 2005  
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Cristal, the ultimate Champagne to be produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon the 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer French Champagnes amongst the most sought-after in the world. For connoisseurs the world over, there is nothing finer than Cristal. Jewel in the Louis Roederer crown, cuvée CRISTAL remains faithful to the value which inspired it in 1876 when, especially created for Tsar Alexander II, it sought to epitomize the elegance and purity of Champagne.

Twenty percent of the wines were matured in wood (oak barrels) with weekly batonnage. There was no malolactic fermentation. Cristal is made from grands crus from the Reims mountains, the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs. Matured for an average of 5 years in the cellars, it is left to rest for 8 months after disgorging to complete its maturation. Dosage is adapted to each vintage, at between 8 and 10 g/l. 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay.

The 2005 vintage was a year of marked contrasts between seasons and regions. Following a fairly harsh winter, 2005 had a mild spring with relatively warm temperatures all year long. There was above-average sunshine and a slight water deficit, as had been the case throughout the dry cycle of 2005/2004 and 2003. The heat and humidity in July produced larger grapes and bunches, rather unusual for the Champagne region, while the cooler weather in August, followed by a very sunny month of September, led to favorable ripening in spite of heavy parasite pressure. The harvest dates were typical of those of the decade: September 12th for Chardonnays and the following day for Pinots noirs.


rws14375$219.99
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2011
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2011  
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From its first years of production Riserva Ducale has become synonymous with fine Chianti, and it has played a leading role in the development of the privileged position which Tuscan quality wines hold throughout the world today. In many markets this Riserva has in fact transcended its category and become known simply as "Riserva Ducale". It has managed to preserve its excellent reputation through time, thanks to Ruffino's commitment to cultivating the finest Sangiovese grapes on the slopes of the Chianti Classico hills.

Colour: Intense ruby red.
Aroma: the 2006 Riserva Ducale is characterised by particularly fragrant, fruity notes, typical of this vintage. Sweet cherries and red berry fruits meet with delicately spicy hints of cigar box and white pepper grains and elegant scents of red roses and flint.
Tasting profile: Fruity, soothing, and well-balanced, the taste reveals velvety tannins and a enjoyable spicy sensation. The ageing in oak enriches the fruity core with hints of cacao and cloves. The long-lingering aftertaste adds intriguing notes of rosemary and figs.
rws14067$22.04
Ruffino Modus IGT 2010
Ruffino Modus IGT 2010  
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On the label of Modus the rose of the winds is intertwined with the elements which form the soul of a great wine:

the vine - the sun - the soil - the life

the time - the fruit - the manner - the wine

In this special wine the Sangiovese from the Chianti hills encounters two international grape varieties which have found a new home in Tuscany, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
mb2403454$20.28
Siduri Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard 2010
Siduri Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard 2010  
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The Rosella’s Vineyard is in the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation of Monterey County. It is west of the town of Gonzales and was planted in 1999 to multiple clones of Pinot Noir (and some Chardonnay and Syrah). The vineyard is owned by Gary and Rose Franscioni. Siduri has been purchasing grapes and making a Vineyard-Designated Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir since the innagural 2001 vintage. They purchase 5 different clones of Pinot Noir from the Rosella’s Vineyard, fermenting them separately and then combining the best barrels for the final blend.
rws45715$39.70
Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon
Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon  
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After a cold and wet beginning, the 2005 vintage developed into a wonderfully moderate growing season that had plenty of sun and some decent hot temperatures, but contained no really aggressive heat spikes. This helped the grapes to mature very evenly and deeply with beautifully ripe flavors and rich, round tannins and allowed us to pick the vineyard calmly over several weeks when each block had reached its peak.

This wine jumps from the glass with an animated nose of flowers, black cherries and ripe plums liberally inflected with aromas of cedar shavings, cigar box, wet river rocks and graphite. It cascades across the palate revealing rich layers of black cherries, Crème de cassis and blueberries intermixed with generous hints of black tea and cardamom, leading to a reverberant exit of spiced plums and kola nuts followed by a lengthy mouth coating finish. While drinking well now, it will benefit from and open up more fully with some additional time in bottle and should continue to develop more weight and complexity over the next 10+ years.
gz8341517$157.05
Taittinger Champagne Brut La Francais
Taittinger Champagne Brut La Francais  
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COMPOSITION The Taittinger "brut reserve" is a blend of some 30 chardonnay and pinot crus, respectively 40% and 60% of the total, from several harvests of perfectly ripened grapes. This high proportion of chardonnay is very rare in high quality champagne. It has thus been the privilege of a highly reputed brand to blend an outstanding non-vintage brut.

TASTING NOTE Sight: colour is a brilliant golden straw-yellow. It has small, fine bubbles and the froth is both discreet and persistent. Smell: the nose is very expressive and developed, full of fruit and brioche. It includes aromas of peach, white flowers (hawthorn, acacia) and vanilla pods. Taste: on the palate, this fresh, lively wine is equally harmonious. It is a delicate wine with a predominance of fresh fruit and honey. Overall quality: this wine has highly developed aromatic potential. After three to four years' cellaring, it has now reached full maturity.

DRINKING SUGGESTIONS Can be drunk as an aperitif or with food, preferably with an evening meal. . It is a perfect accompaniment for white meat (lamb with chanterelles), crayfish or mushroom-based quiche.

PROFILE A wine of great charm, combining the power of body and the intelligence of spirit.
rws15737$41.16
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc 2005
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc 2005  
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs was created to commemorate Thibaud IV, Comte de Champagne, who planted the first Chardonnay vines in France in the 13th century. First released in 1957 with the 1952 vintage, it is produced exclusively from the delicate first pressing of costly Chardonnay grapes grown to greatest perfection in the vineyards of the communes of the Côte des Blancs, named for the suitability of its microclimates to that vine variety. Champagne Taittinger's extensive vineyard holdings of 600 acres include several parcels in the 100 percent-rated villages of Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs, and assure the consistent supply from year to year of the most exceptional Chardonnay grapes available.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is elaborated and brought to maturity in the 13th century chalk cellars once the property of the Abbey of Saint Nicaise, where each step of the méthode champenoise is performed traditionally. Following harvest, the grapes are pressed immediately in press houses located among the vineyards, yielding a first pressing, referred to as the "cuvée," which is followed by two more pressings, referred to as the first and second "tailles." The greater part of the juice, and that of the finest quality, is extracted in the "cuvée;" neither of the "tailles" are used in Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. In all, no more than 100 litres (approximately 26 gallons) of juice per 160 kilograms (approximately 350 pounds) of fruit may be extracted from the combined three pressings. The must is then transported to the vinification facility, where a cool fermentation takes place under temperature controlled conditions. Following this, a small portion of the wine, usually approximating five percent, is matured for a few months in small, 225-litre, new oak casks. Blending takes place in the early spring, followed by a slow secondary fermentation at 45 to 50 F in Taittinger's cool cellars from which the wine acquires complexity and the fine, pinpoint bubbles characteristic of its sparkle. Prior to dégorgement, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is aged four to six years, twice the legal minimum for vintage champagne, to fully capture the subtle bouquet, complexity and body of the Chardonnay grape.

This superb Champagne, produced only in years exceptional enough to declare a vintage, is appropriately presented in an antique-style bottle of XVIIIth century design. Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is the ultimate expression of the Taittinger style, a Champagne of great refinement, elegance and delicacy. The clean, aristocratic Chardonnay fragrance is offset by warm, toasty nuances, which carry onto a palate of finely- balanced, generous white fruit flavors underscored by a fine, crisp acidity and subtle mineral notes. The refined, toasty finish is lasting and complex.
RWS27502$178.23
Tenuta Monteti Toscana Caburnio 2010
Tenuta Monteti Toscana Caburnio 2010  
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Tenuta Monteti is in Tuscany in the southern part of the Tuscan Maremma, in the surroundings of the small town of Capalbio, on the hills, just behind the hill named Monteti. The Tenuta Monteti is a family owned property. Caburnio is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Alicante, and 20% Merlot. It sees 12 months aging in a combination of stainless steel, 2nd use, and new oak.
rws44065$15.88
Terrabianca Campaccio 2008
Terrabianca Campaccio 2008  
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#36, Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2011

Owner / Winemaker Roberto Guldener began making wine at Terrabianca in the heart of Chianti Classico in 1988, realizing his dream to make wine in Chianti. Obsessed with making a contemporary terroir-driven product, he set out immediately planting new vines, and clonal selection has since been a driving force in his work. He currently has 126 acres under vine. Campaccio, a blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese, was Guldener's first wine at Terrabianca, and remains the winery's flagship offering.

Growing area: 40% Chianti Classico, 60% Maremma. Yield per vine: 1.7 kg. Density: 6,000 vines per hectare
rws44859$20.58
Terrazas Cheval de Andes 2005
Terrazas Cheval de Andes 2005  
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Wine critics and enlightened enthusiasts from around the world have raved about the Cheval des Andes. The nose opens out on to warm notes of tobacco, red berry fruit macerated in brandy, cherry stones and home-made jam, with aromas of cedar-wood, and bay leaves coming through. The attack on the palate is full, rich and warm. Silky tannins mingle harmoniously with the oak, making this wine a truly great vintage, beautifully rounded off by a full, long finish.
gz5943917$62.23
Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella TB  500ml. 2000
Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella TB 500ml. 2000  
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rws38494$94.11
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 - Silhouette Gift Box
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 - Silhouette Gift Box  
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This unique wine is housed in a bottle whose elegant lines recall the hand-blown shapes of ages past. In smoked glass stamped with the anchor and comet emblems of the House, each bottle bears a leaden seal around its stopper, a birth certificate guaranteeing its noble lineage. A thing of such beauty should not arrive wrapped simply in paper. Packaged here in a lacquered wooden box, La Grande Dame is a timeless gift.
gz1944617Regular price: $171.24Sale price: $109.99