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ANGELINE & GOTT GIFT BASKET
ANGELINE & GOTT BASKET
Item: #802210
Bottle Size:Basket 1-2
$74.99
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This basket contains a 750mL bottle of Angeline 2015 Chardonnay Reserve, a 750mL bottle of Joel Gott 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon #815, and assorted gourmet food items.

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BORDEAUX 2 BOTTLE GIFT PACK
BORDEAUX 2 BOTTLE GIFT PACK
LA FREYNELLE & PEZAT
Item: #200234
Bottle Size:750ml **
$27.95
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LA FREYNELLE 2013 BORDEAUX BLANC
This delightful blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Sémillon was made from 25-year-old vines by Veronique Barthe. Her family has owned ChâRead More...
teau La Freynelle, located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, since 1789. This white has a lovely bouquet of white peaches with a hint of lemon peel. In the mouth the wine is round and flavorful and it has a long, smooth dry finish. This will be perfect with or without food on a hot summer afternoon!

PEZAT 2011 BORDEAUX SUPERIOR RESERVE GRAND VIN DE BORDEAUX
"It is wines such as this that will ultimately save the lesser properties from extinction. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from a humble appellation with a great price tag, this inky/purple-colored 2011 reveals copious amounts of black fruits. Straightforward and powerful, this sleeper of the vintage will offer a serious mouthful of wine over the next 3-4 years." -Robert Parker

The kernel for Pezat is a vineyard planted literally a pace outside of the Saint Emilion Appellation – towards the river from Château Teyssier near to Branne. Previously this large vineyard consisted of high trellised vines planted 3 meters apart – the norm in Entre-des-Mers where grapes are machine picked. Planting down the middle of the rows gave the same density as a vineyard in Saint Emilion. Additionally, on the original vines, a sucker-per-vine was allowed to grow. At which stage the original vine was cut off, almost halving the height of the vines down to what one would expect from a hand-picked vineyard in Saint Emilion. The vines are now pruned on the ‘double guyot’ system. The secondary shoots are removed and the vines deleafed and bunch-thined. The grapes are handpicked and vinified as the other wines of the Chateau – to the standard of a Saint Emilion Grand Cru.

We enjoyed this 'big/little' wine, a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cab Franc-- it offers a ton of flavor and big tannins for not a lot of dough. The nose is filled with bright cherries and berries, vanilla spice and nighttime florals. The sweet cherry with a touch of kriek lambic continues in the palate as more mixed red and blue berries see a touch of earthiness round out the mid-palate. Forward acidity and fairly big tannins blaze a beautiful trail on the palate to a fruit-filled finish. Fire up the grill (from burgers to tri-tip, ribs or bison) and let this big red get to work.
CALIFORNIA COLLECTORS BASKET
CALIFORNIA COLLECTORS BASKET
Item: #802075
Bottle Size:Basket 5-6
$199.99
Quantity

This collectors basket contains a 750mL bottle of Frank Family 2012 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, a 750mL bottle of Rudius 2011 Hyde Chardonnay, and assorted gourmet food items.

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CALIFORNIA LOVERS BASKET
CALIFORNIA LOVERS BASKET
Item: #802090
Bottle Size:Basket 1-2
$79.99
Quantity

This basket contains a 750ml bottle of Rock Garden 2013 Grenache, 750ml of Hahn 2014 Monterey Chardonnay, and assorted gourmet food items.

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basket are subject to change depending on availability. Replacement items will be of equal or greater value than the original item.
CHALK HILL GIFT BASKET
CHALK HILL GIFT BASKET
Item: #808790
Bottle Size:Basket 1-2
$54.99
Quantity

This gift basket includes a 750ml Chalk Hill 2013 Sonoma Chardonnay, and assorted gourmet food items.

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on availability. Replacement items will be of equal or greater value than the original item.
CRAFT BREW GIFT BOX
CRAFT BEER GIFT BOX
Item: #802421
Bottle Size:Basket 3-4
$59.99
Quantity

This beer box contains a 12oz of Davy Brown Ale, 12oz of Ballast Point Grunion, 12oz of Lagunitas Daytime IPA, 12oz of Anchor Liberty Ale, 12oz of Bell's Two Hearted Ale, 12oz of Saint Read More...
Archer White, and assorted gourmet food items.

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GIFT PAC 2 BTLE WINE INSULATED
$59.95
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HAHN FAMILY 2013 PINOT NOIR SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS This Pinot Noir highlights the qualities and beneficent properties the grape can attain in our great state when listened to Read More...
in the vineyard and allowed to yearn toward Elysian climes. It'Read More...s difficult enough to make great Pinot Noir-- but great Pinot under $10? Amazing. The nose is quite attractive with light spice, peppered plums, black currant and other mixed red fruit notes. The palate is silky and lush while uplifted by fresh acidity as flavors of sweet red and black fruits and berries, raspberry and boysenberry, intertwine with a touch of earth, cola berry and vanilla bean.

POPPY 2013 CHARDONNAY SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 750mL The grapes for this wine came from a hillside vineyard located in the very cool Santa Lucia Highlands. Though in the past they've harvested grapes from several coastal vineyards, this year they decided to focus on a single and acclaimed appellation. The hand-harvested grapes were gently pressed as whole clusters. The juice was then racked to jacketed stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels for fermentation. The barrel-fermented portion adds a rich mouth feel that enhances the fruit-forward, cold fermented component. Some of the wine goes through malo-lactic fermentation to balance the acidity (higher acidity being one of the characteristics of fruit grown in the SLH).And the wine itself? Awesome: balanced, clean, lush, tasty. The nose invites the world with beautiful tropical fruit notes and gorgeous florals (orange blossom) with a touch of citrus and wood spice. Upon tasting, the viscous palate weight leads to a nice mélange of tropical and stone fruit flavors (touches of pineapple, white peach and guava) that are uplifted in the mouth thanks to generous but balanced acidity. The finish is clean with hints of lemon grass and mountain stream while the fruit and flower flavors fold slowly, resolving like a sunset, her colors splayed across the sky that, with time, fade nicely.
GIFT PACK CHARD/CAB 2BTL
$49.95
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MATANZAS CREEK 2013 CHARDONNAY SONOMA VALLEY 750mL
Earlier this year while on a trip to Sonoma, we stopped by Matanzas Creek winery and their Sonoma Chardonnay completely Read More...
blew us away! So much, in fact, that it became our nightly “go to” wine of the trip. Located on the site of a retired dairy farm, the first vintage picked up a native malolactic bacteria strain (which gives Chardonnay its creaminess), and since being isolated, this strain is used around the world in winemaking

ARROWOOD 2011 SONOMA CABERNET SAUVIGNON - Richard Arrowood started his winery several decades ago, and he was quick to show that he was interested in wine quality over profits. This mentality worked very well for him, as he ended up achieving both! While Richard Arrowood has since sold the winery, it is good to see that the new owners are carrying on his same attention to detail that Richard had, and the winemaking staff work hard to keep Arrowood Winery at the top of its game! The grapes come from primarily organic or sustainably-farmed vineyards along the benches, hillsides and mountains of Sonoma County (Monte Rosso is one of those vineyards). Fruit forward, bright aromas of raspberries and cherries are intermixed with cola and subtle oak. On the palate, the tannins are full yet velvety, and the wine shows flavors of cocoa, raspberries, black currants, anise and a hint of minerals. This wine shows a remarkable balance for the pricepoint!
GIFT PACK EXTREME ULTRA PACK
GIFT PACK EXTREME ULTRA PACK 95 POINTS PLUS
Item: #200231
Bottle Size:750ml
$439.95
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ROBERT MONDAVI 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVE NAPA VALLEY 750mL
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "An iron fist in a velvet glove, this wine begins Read More...
with a supple, rich core of currant, black cherry, anise and sage, firming up with tannins from oak and grape. Glides along gracefully, never losing the core fruitiness, while the tannins and gravelly earth accents lend the flavors tension and traction. Drink now through 2029. 7,269 cases made."

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "A dark, sumptuous beauty, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon Vineyard boasts marvelous depth and pure texture. Hints of mocha, espresso, cloves, new leather and menthol wrap around a core of dark, pliant fruit. The 2012 has just been bottled, but it is already hugely expressive. In particular, the addition of 7% Cabernet Franc is quite noticeable in the wine's super-expressive, resonant aromatics."

MEMENTO MORI 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Memento Mori translates to "Remember you will die". However, the creators of Memento Mori wine use that statement so that they "Remember to Live. In 2007, Adriel Lares, Hayes Drumwright, and Adam Craun dove head first into Memento Mori with a goal to create a winery that would use all of Napa as its estate. For three years, they tasted and researched, combining a respect for tradition with their unique entrepreneurial energy.

The backbone of this wine is comprised of three of the best vineyards in Napa Valley; Beckstoffer Dr. Crane & Beckstoffer Las Piedras in St. Helena, and another killer vineyard in Oakville right next to Phelps' Backus Vineyard. In addition, they've got one of the hottest new winemakers in the Valley, Sam Kaplan. No matter how much they lose in the process of blending, they will never compromise on quality. Life is too short.

ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS - "Not surprisingly, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is deeper, richer and more opaque purple-colored than the 2011, displaying lots of blueberry, crème de cassis, licorice, camphor, barbecue smoke and a touch of wood. Full-bodied and ostentatious with great density, purity and palate presence, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years."

KATHRYN HALL 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY
ROBERT PARKER 97+ POINTS - "Kathryn Hall’s winery is certainly one of the more dramatic as well as up-and-coming superstars of Napa Valley. It seems every effort is made to propel these wines into the very top echelon of quality. There is not a lot to criticize with the multitude of bottlings, all of which offer considerable character and appeal."

"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall is largely sourced from their Sacrashe Vineyard. The color is dense ruby/purple. The wine is very young, and less evolved than many of its peers, but bursting with potential. Lots of blueberry and black raspberry fruit with a hint of mocha and background oak are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, absolutely spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a long-distance runner, although not so much because of the tannic structure, because the fruit seems younger and more primary than some of its siblings. Nevertheless, it is loaded with potential promise, and as Kathryn Hall says so frequently, “Magic.” This full-bodied, classic Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa should hit its prime in 4-5 years and last at least two decades or more."
GIFT PACK OREGON PINOT 2BTL
$54.95
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THE FOUR GRACES 2013 PINOT NOIR WILLAMETTE VALLEY 750mL
Grapes for this cuvée are sourced from the Black Family Estate in the Dundee Hills, and the winery's Doe Ridge Estate Read More...
in the Yamhill Carlton AVA. Their estate vineyards are Salmon Safe and L.I.V.E. certified. Several lots were blended from the estate vineyards to craft this elegant wine. All lots were aged in center of France French oak barrels for nine months with approximately 25% new oak and the balance one to three year old used barrels.

On the nose the 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is earthy and elegant. It shows expressive tannins and dark red fruit, bearing all the hallmarks of a great New World Burgundy. The palate is soft with swarming notes of bramble fruits, cherry pie, and cranberries. While it is vibrant and delicious in its youth the focused tannins suggest aging with grace. French oak has contributed a velvety softness without masking the lovely red and black fruit characteristics.

SINEANN 2013 PINOT NOIR OREGON 750mL
From the winery: "A stunning blend of our best vineyards. When first assembled, the wine shocked us with its depth and complexity. The finish of this wine is very, very long and deep." -- Peter
GIFT PACK ORNELLAIA
GIFT PACK ORNELLAIA
Item: #800830
Bottle Size:750ml****
$289.98
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ORENLLAIA 2012 LE SERRE NUOVE
A true ‘Second vin’ of Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia was first introduced with vintage 1997, resulting from the decision to carry Read More...
out an even more rigid selection during the blending phase of the base wines which give life to Ornellaia. Produced primarily from the younger vineyards, the wine combines the pedigree of the flagship wine with freshness, accessibility and softness together with a structure, balance and intensity typical of the great terroir of the Estate.

TENUTA DELL'ORNELLAIA 2012 ORNELLAIA
We are pleased to present the 2012 vintage of Ornellaia, a truly remarkable cuvee crafted from the exceptional terroir of their estate in Bolgheri. Considered one of the Italian ‘First Growths’, Ornellaia has a pedigree and grace, which set it apart. The Cabernet-based Bordeaux blend is always on the must have list for wine collectors or those looking for a bottle to enjoy on a special occasion. The 2012 vintage was characterized by an abundance of sunny, dry weather resulting in an even, consistent ripening process which yielded a generous, full-bodied wine with enticing aromatics.

This wine is remarkably appealing and seductive. In fact, the winemaker is so taken with this vintage, he chose to define it with the word, Incanto (Enchantment). This year, for the first time on the 750ml bottle, Ornellaia commissioned an artist to create a special label for its wine. Contemporary Swiss artist John Armleder was selected to interpret L’Incanto with a unique design which includes his signature. This brilliant crimson-splashed adornment is applied to one bottle in each wooden 6-pack of Ornellaia. This makes this world class wine even more collectable and we suspect this first edition will be followed by different artwork in subsequent years. Purchasing 6 bottles in the wooden box will guarantee you will receive the special Enchantment bottle.

JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "A tight and silky red with compacted fruit and tannin texture featuring blackcurrant, mushroom and bark undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a minerally finish. Excellent structure and mouthfeel. A cooler style of Ornellaia, bringing it back to the classicism of this celebrated region. Bordeaux blend. Better in 2018."

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia was founded in 1981, in a beautiful, unspoiled part of Tuscany. From the outset, their mission was to produce outstanding wines. Since then passion and dedication, coupled with a unique terroir and an extraordinary microclimate, has brought the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's prestigious labels great success and recognition as one of the most important wineries in the world.

ORNELLAIA 2013 "LE VOLTE"
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "Dark flavors of black cherry and blackberry pick up a pleasant leafy edge as this juicy red stretches out on the finish. Needs time to integrate, with a long aftertaste of fruit and mineral. Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2018 through 2026."
GIFT PACK RED/WHITE BURGUNDY
GIFT PACK RED/WHITE BURGUNDY
Item: #800800
Bottle Size:750ML GIFT
$49.95
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PAUL PILLOT 2013 BOURGOGNE ROUGE
Pure and pretty, this is one of our most sought after and loved Bourgognes. The fruit comes from two sites on the southern outskirts of Chassagne, Read More...
nearby Chagny and Remigny, on clay and limestone soils. The vine age is an average of 35 years. The grapes are handpicked and fully destemmed before being fermented and aged on lees in a mix of small stainless steel vats and large barrel for 12 months. It's racy, juicy and mineral fresh Bourgogne, with vibrant red fruits and a kiss of anise that scents the breath after swallowing. Burgundy is supposed to be serious, but this is just juicy deliciousness.

CLOS DES ROCS 2014 MACON-LOCHE EN PRES FORET
Sourced from a small 0.5ha parcel of 25-year vines, with a southeast exposition and clay-limestone soil. Fermentation and elevage are split between roughly 75% steel cuve and 25% neutral oak. The wine is fresh and clean, with pleasant aromatic concentration, citrus notes, and an airy finish. As with the series of Macon-Villages produced at Cheveau, this surprisingly complex, satisfying wine offers compelling value.
GIFT PACK RED/WHITE GUIGAL
GIFT PACK RED/WHITE GUIGAL
Item: #800801
Bottle Size:EACH
$30.98
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GUIGAL 2010 COTES DU RHONE
ROBERT PARKER 89 POINTS
- " There are 3.5 million bottles of the 2009 Cotes du Rhone red, which represents an amazing value. Read More...
A blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, it comes primarily from the Plan de Dieu (Plain of God), which is situated northeast of Chateauneuf du Pape. This tank-aged, deep ruby/purple-colored, concentrated, fleshy, medium to full-bodied, supple offering reveals plenty of pepper, kirsch and black currant fruit intermixed with a notion of flowers. It is meant to be consumed during its first 2-3 years of life although I have tasted 10-year-old bottles that are still holding together."

GUIGAL 2012 COTE DU RHONE BLANC
eROBERT PARKER 88 POINTS
- "The 2009 and 2010 Cotes du Rhone Blancs are blends of 55% Viognier and the rest Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc, all aged in tank. While there are multiple bottlings given the massive production, they are consistent from bottling to bottling. The freshness, exotic tropical fruits, fragrant bouquets, dry, fleshy mid-palates and crisp finishes of these wines will be admired by consumers. These wines over-deliver in every sense, and they should drink well for several years."
GIFT ROMBAUER CH/ZN/ME 3BTL
GIFT PACK ROMBAUER CHARDONNAY, MERLOT
& ZINFANDEL
Item: #200233
Bottle Size:750ml ***
$115.00
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ROMBAUER 2013 ZINFANDEL CALIFORNIA 750mL
Coming from several key vineyards in the Sierra Foothills and other regions in Northern California, this juicy, jammy Zinfandel Read More...
is deep purple in color with powerful aromas of wild berries, clove and plum that emerge from the glass. Luscious, juicy layers of black cherry, blackberry and boysenberry integrate with nuances of allspice and burst on the palate. The berry flavors linger for an extended finish. Dark plum color with a hue of crimson red, this has an opulent bouquet of blackberry, red currant, plum and dark cherry fruit. Black currant, cherry and spice intertwine for an exceptionally balanced palate. Smooth tannins help build depth on the back palate for a lengthy finish, rich with creamy vanilla and blackberry.

ROMBAUER 2012 MERLOT CARNEROS 750mL
If Merlot has dropped out of favor, why the heck do we sell so much of this? It’s because you can’t stop a good-- make that great-- thing! Rombauer has earned an insatiable following for their reds and whites, but this new vintage of Merlot might be their best Merlot release ever! The grapes are pulled from several well-respected vineyards in Napa Valley’s Carneros region, including the famed Sangiacomo Vineyard! Aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak for that perfect balance of structure and opulence, this delicious Merlot is crafted from cool-climate grapes with a warm climate personality.The wine bursts with cherry, ripe plum and spice aromas. The soft tannins are deftly interwoven through a core of plum, with layers of dark berries shaded with hints of cocoa. The wine lingers on the palate with fruit and moderate tannins. It drinks well now, but it will improve with a few years in the cellar

ROMBAUER 2014 CHARDONNAY
Juicy peaches, pineapple and citrus greet the nose, followed by vanilla and toasty oak. Ripe tropical fruit, pear and apple flood the lush, silky palate. Soft spice, vanilla and nectarines mark the lengthy finish, and fresh, mouthwatering acidity leaves you longing for another glass." Reviewed by: Winery
GIFTPACK CHARDONNAY CABERNET
EXPEDITION CHARDONNAY & JOEL GOTT CABERNET
Item: #200225
Bottle Size:750ml **
$29.95
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JOEL GOTT 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON "#815" CALIFORNIA 750mL
Sourced from Napa Valley, Mendocino, Paso Robles, and Lake County, Joel makes the wine with the guiding eye of Read More...
his wife, Sarah (who has worked at Gloria Ferrer, Joseph Phelps, and Quintessa). The dark garnet colored wine starts off with a big nose of cherry, currant, and vanilla, leading to similar flavors on the palate, with spicy oak joining the mix. This Cab balances ripe, rich fruit with good tannin, and is able to be drank on its own, or paired with a variety of foods. Simply put, it’s quite a value for Cabernet!

CANOE RIDGE 2012 CHARDONNAY "THE EXPEDITION" COLUMBIA VALLEY 750mL Canoe Ridge is one of Washington State's most recognized wineries, with an estate in the Horse Heaven Hills region along the state's southern border. Their well-drain soils, cool nights, and low rainfall (about 6-8" annually) translates to excellent flavor concentration. The vineyard's latitude and south- and north-facing orientations help vines soak up more than 17 hours of sunshine per day at the peak of summer, resulting in rich, fully mature flavors and supple tannins.

Canoe Ridge's "The Expedition" lineup of wines was inspired by explorers Lewis & Clark. The mindset here was to explore the possibilities of blending some of the extra wine after crafting their flagship wines. Now, while we taste hundreds of "value" wines during the course of the year, there are very few that standout as having high quality to price rations. When we tasted these Expedition wines, we had to do a double take with the vendor; these wines absolutely rocked! The Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were the stars of the show, and we had to immediately bring them in and share this find with our customers!

Light gold / butterscotch in color, this wine has a rich nose of lemon cream, butter, and philo dough. Flavors of roasted nuts, citrus, lemon curd, butter, and a tough of oak greet you upon entry. Rich and expressive on the palate, this wine has weight, yet still retains mouth-watering acidity to keep things fresh and lively. This really taste like it should cost more…but don't tell the winery!
GREY GOOSE GIFT BASKET
GREY GOOSE GIFT BASKET
Item: #802005
Bottle Size:Basket 1-2
$84.99
Quantity

This basket contains a 750mL bottle of Grey Goose and assorted gourmet food items.

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Note: This basket may/may not contain Grey Goose promotional items depending on availability. There is no additional charge for any promotional items included in the basket.
HARTFORD GIFT BASKET
HARTFORD GIFT BASKET
Item: #802623
Bottle Size:Basket 1-2
$84.99
Quantity

This baskets contains a 750mL bottle of Hartford 2013 Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, and assorted gourmet food items.

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IMPORTED BEER GIFT BOX
IMPORTED BEER GIFT BOX
Item: #805349
Bottle Size:Basket 3-4
$59.99
Quantity

This wooden gift box contains a 11.2oz of Leffe Blonde Begian, 12oz of Paulaner Hefeweizen, 12oz of Einstok White Ale, 12oz of Moretti Birra, 12oz of Asahi Black, 12oz of Quilmes Cerveza, Read More...
and an assortment of gourmet food items.
ITALIAN GIFT BASKET
ITALIAN GIFT BASKET
Item: #810021
Bottle Size:Basket 1-2
$89.99
Quantity

This basket contains a 750mL bottle of Castello di Volpaia 2011 Chianti Classico Reserva, and assorted gourmet food items

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to change depending on availability. Replacement items will be of equal or greater value than the original item.
ITALY 2BTL GIFT PACK
GIFT PACK ITALIAN RED & WHITE
Item: #857291
Bottle Size:750ML GIFT
$28.95
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ALOIS LAGEDER 2014 PINOT GRIGIO
Brilliant straw yellow with a green shimmer. Quite pronounced and expressive aroma with flowery and somewhat spicy notes. Rich flavoured Read More...
in the mouth, with a slight smokiness at the back and a good, fresh finish. When properly cellared, this will drink well for 2 to 4 years.

MELETO 2011 ROSSO TOSCANO
The lands of Castello di Meleto extend around the medieval town for about 2,470 acres: of these, 300 are reserved for growing grapes. Sangiovese is the main varietal used in the production of the Chianti Classico DOCG. Other varietals planted in the 1980s include Merlot and Cabernet, but since the late 1990s there has been a process of replanting aimed at enhancing the traditional heritage of grapes in Tuscany, also introducing some white varieties such as Vermentino.

This Borgaio, mostly Sangiovese with some Merlot, is from grapes grown in the Fonti and Meleto vineyards (for the Sangiovese) and San Piero (for the Merlot). The vineyards are from 360 to 380 meters above sea level and were planted between 1974 and 1997. Aging is primarily in stainless steel tanks with 10-12 months spent in 2nd or 3rd fill barriques. With Fall approaching we wanted to jump into a red wine for our wine of the month but needed a special one as September is still a very warm month. This Borgaio is the one-- it's all about the fresh fruit, while retaining excellent acidity; it's not a heavy wine but has rounded tannins and a lush mouthfeel; it has a subtle complexity about it yet is very approachable and user-friendly. The nose leads with sweet berries, strawberry and raspberry, adding in scents of violets, underbrush, hickory and spicebox. In the mouth, the sweet berry fruits are joined by orange rind and a dash of red plum, all ensconced in a nice viscous package loaded with lush tannins and kept clean and uplifting by acidity-- refreshing yet rich, a good lead-in to the cooler months and an all-around fantastic September red.
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