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Vintages Release May 22, 2007

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Red Wine

Long Flat Merlot 2004, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Simple but delicious with aromas of ripe red fruity. The tetrapak makes it convenient for camping and poolside. Long Flat Merlot food pairings: grilled meats, hamburgers. 24802 13.5% 0 1000 mL $13.15 Score: 86/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. & J. Gallo Winery Napa Valley Vineyards Merlot 2002, California, United States: Medium-bodied and balanced with notes of chocolate, plums and black cherries. A soft jazz kind of wine and an incredible price for a Napa merlot. 29983 13.6% 0 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Grant Burge Barossa Vines Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2006, South Australia, Australia: Great price for this robust, delicious red with aromas of black cherries, mint and smoky oak. 619379 14% 750 mL $16.15 Score: 88/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Stone Cellars Merlot 2003, California, United States: A simple, pleasant red like mellow jazz. Red fruit aromas. Stone Cellars Merlot food pairings: duck, pork loin, chicken. 462473 13.5% 750 mL $14.15 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sincerity Merlo-Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Colchagua, Chile: This producer makes wines from certified organically-grown grapes. A solid, robust red with dark plum notes. Sincerity Merlo-Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat and game dishes. 9050 14% 2 750 mL $20.95 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

King Fish Merlot 2005, California, United States: Juicy, plummy and purply. Simple but satisfying. Can't beat the price. King Fish Merlot food pairings: hamburgers, pizza. 620807 13% 750 mL $10.15 Score: 86/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Osborne Solaz 2004, Rueda, Spain: A blend of cabernet sauvignon and tempranillo. Mouth-watering acidity, needs food. Full-bodied with aromas of cherries and plums. Osborne Solaz food pairings: hamburgers, meat dishes. 610188 13.5% 750 mL $10.25 Score: 86/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Lathevalle Morgon 2005, Burgundy, France: Lovely and lively medium-bodied red with ripe cherries. Domaine De Lathevalle Morgon food pairings: salmon, cold chicken. 420257 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2003, California, United States: Gorgeous! All that merlot should be from this region. Smooth, velvety with rich plum and berry notes. It's worth visiting this lovely winery in Sonoma. Ferrari-Carano Merlot food pairings: beef, pork, chicken. 325597 14% 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mcwilliams Hanwood Estate Shiraz 2004, Australia, Australia: Mouth-watering with purple-red ripe fruit. Cries out for barbecued hamburgers and other meats. Aromas of dark cherries. 610683 13.5% 750 mL $14.15 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tempranillo Riscal 2005, Spain: Notes of chocolate and black plums. Full-bodied and a touch tannic. Tempranillo Riscal food pairings: barbecue, hearty meat dishes. 620898 14% 750 mL $11.80 Score: 86/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Los Molinos Crianza 2001, Spain: Made from the tempranillo grape and aged 6 months in oak. Notes of bright red fruit. Full-bodied. Los Molinos Crianza food pairings: barbecue. 620047 13% 750 mL $10.65 Score: 86/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Punta Nogal Shiraz 2006, Rapel Valley, Chile: An oaky, jammy, full-bodied red that's perfect for casual barbecues. Great value. Punta Nogal Shiraz food pairings: duck, lamb, beef, barbecue. 619197 14% 750 mL $10.15 Score: 88/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot 2005, Chile, Chile: Rich and complex aromas of cassis, black plums and raspberries. A touch tannic so decant for an hour or two. Full-bodied. Aged 12 months in French and American oak. Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot food pairings: hearty meat dishes, steak, lamb. 16170 14.9% 750 mL $18.15 Score: 90/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penascal Tempranillo Castilla Y Leon 2004, Rueda, Spain: Medium- to full-bodied with a round texture. Balanced with lovely dark fruit notes and plum aromas. 349795 13% 1500 mL $17.15 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils La Vieille Ferme Cotes Du Ventoux 2005, Rhone, France: Grapes are grown on the slopes of Mount Ventoux by the Perrin family, famous for their line of wines including Chateau Beaucastel. This is a gorgeous wine for the money, with ripe red cherry and plum notes, cedar and spice. Full-bodied and balanced. 263640 13.5% 750 mL $10.30 Score: 89/100. May 2007. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Columbia Valley, United States: Full-bodied and round with ripe dark red fruit aromas of black cherry and vanilla and toasty oak. 332320 13% 750 mL $16.15 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Vinicola Gerardo Cesari Cesari Mara Vino Di Ripasso Valpolicella 2005, Veneto, Italy: Notes of chocolate, plums and other dark fruit. Round with a velvety texture and medium-bodied. The grape for this wine are dried on grates and then fermented on amarone lees for added richness. It's aged in oak for 6-12 months. Cesari Mara Vino Di Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: grilled meat, game, pasta in tomato sauce. 506519 13.5% 750 mL $15.20 Score: 88/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2004, New Zealand: A full-bodied, juicy wine with pleasant aromas of sour cherries. Mouth-watering, needs food. Food pairings: rack venison with cranberry confit. 610964 13% 750 mL $16.15 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palandri Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, Western Australia, Australia: Classic blackcurrant, cassis and blueberry aromas. A touch tannic so decant for an hour or two. 23614 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fish Eye Shiraz 2004, California, United States: Simple and delicious with aromas of dark cherries and other berries and chocolate. Fish Eye Shiraz food pairings: barbecued meats and vegetables. 35113 12.6% 750 mL $10.15 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roy's Hill Cabernet Merlot CJ Pask, Hawke's Bay 2004, New Zealand, New Zealand: Medium-bodied with bright red fruit and mouth-watering acidity. Spicy notes. Bottled with a screwcap, yay. Roy's Hill Cabernet Merlot Cj Pask, Hawke's Bay food pairings: salmon, pasta. 24760 12.9% 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Amity Vineyards Amity Vineyards Pinot Noir 2005, Oregon, United States: An elegant pinot with spicy notes and black cherry aromas. Medium-bodied and balanced. Amity Vineyards Pinot Noir food pairings: salmon, chicken, pork. 124594 12.5% 750 mL $28.10 Score: 89/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Torres De Casta Rosado 2006, Penedes, Spain: Full-bodied with rich red fruit aromas. Dry rose that you should serve chilled at 10 degrees Celcius for maximum refreshment. Torres De Casta Rosado food pairings: tapas, cured and smoked meats, vegetables. 619916 13% 750 mL $11.15 Score: 89/100. May 2007. Favorite Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Julian Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva 2001, Navarra Province, Spain: Tasty black fruit fruit aromas. Full-bodied with a real grip. A blend of tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. 479014 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Dopff & Irion Gewurztraminer La Cuvée Rene Dopff 2004, Alsace, France: Lovely balance and packed with flavor but not heavy. Exotic aromas of rose petal, lychee nuts and mango. Dopff & Irion Gewurztraminer La Cuvée Rene Dopff food pairings: light to medium curries, seafood, pasta, chicken. 21352 13% 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Enoitalia spa Voga Pinot Grigio 2004, Veneto, Italy: This funky bottle looks like the designer bottle water Voss. This is a good, refreshing white with aromas of lime and other citrus. Voga Pinot Grigio food pairings: seafood, salads. 669226 12% 750 mL $13.85 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Grange Of Prince Edward County Riesling Trumpour's Mill 2005, Ontario, Canada: A lovely off-dry, simple and refreshing white. Light-bodied and as free-spirited as the summer breeze. This winery opened in 2002 in what is one of Canada's emerging wine regions with lots of potential. The Grange Of Prince Edward County Riesling Trumpour's Mill food pairings: salad, seafood, shellfish, pasta, vegetarian, pork, ham. 28258 11.5% 750 mL $16.30 Score: 87/100. May 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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