Chairman's Selection Wines

Hand-selected by wine buyer Steve Pollack, Chairman's Selection® wines are an ever-changing mix of highly rated favorites and undiscovered gems at unbeatable prices. But don’t wait! These great deals are only available in limited quantities while supplies last at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection stores with additional offerings online. Just look for the Chairman’s Selection seal.


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Alma Negra M Blend 2011: "Consists of Bonarda and Malbec, has a very fine, slightly estuarine note that turns into a more floral, rose petal scent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a nice fatness to the tannins. It seems to have a little more extraction, but it remains pure and balanced with an elegant, satisfying finish of dark plum, red currant and minerals that sing harmoniously together. Excellent. Drink 2013-2020.” *90 Points Wine Advocate, October 2012. $13.99

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Aura Chardonnay 2011: "Is a uniquely smooth Chardonnay that trades dry and oaky for light and creamy, a perfectly unexpected twist on the ordinary. Aura is everything you never expected from a Chardonnay. A silky, toasty indulgence, Aura Chardonnay offers something more with its creamy flavors and velvety mouthfeel. Flavors of baked apple pie and sweet vanilla meld with hints of viscous caramel and rich velvety oak nuances for a luxurious Chardonnay wine.” *Winemaker’s notes. $6.99

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Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2011: "“Lemon meringue and marmalade notes are concentrated, succulent and juicy, with plenty of pear, nectarine and melon flavors. Reveals spicy, floral details on the finish. Drink now.” *89 Points Wine Spectator, December 15, 2013. $15.99

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Bonny Doon Contra 2012: “The 2012 Contra marries the fresh blackberry and cranberry aromas of old vine Carignane with the classic old vine Mourvèdre character of licorice and leather. This vintage provided a bright acidity with black cherry, blackberry, and a mix of spice on the palate. The silky tannins provide this wine with a texture to savor.” *Winemaker’s notes. $9.99

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Fetzer Mendo Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2011: “The garnet color belies the depth of this wine. But strawberry and cherry aromas entice you to look deeper. Round, soft tannins provide the framework for the rich candied cherry fruit. Drink now or before 2020. Food recommendations: duck, turkey (with cranberries and all the fixin’) or ham.” *Winemaker’s notes. $12.99.

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Greg Norman Malbec 2011: “A gorgeous, deep crimson color with bright purple red hues. The inviting aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and spice lead to a palate where the nose rings true. The juicy fruit flavors mingle with notes of vanilla, clove spice and violet candy. The wine is powerful yet smooth with a fine balance between fruit, structure and acid. The finish is long with a pleasing yet typical Malbec ‘grapey’ flavor.” *Winemaker’s notes. $9.99

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Marimar Estate La Masia Don Miguel Vineyard Chardonnay 2010: “There’s a lot of lees influence on this wine, which gives it a sourdough taste and creamy mouthfeel. It’s dense in tropical fruit, citrus, green apple and honey notes, with a touch of sweet, smoky oak. A dry, complex, multilayered wine, this will gain traction with 2–4 years in the cellar.” *94 Points Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2012. $19.99

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Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2012: “Vibrant, juicy and intense, offering lemon, peach and grapefruit flavors, with notes of fresh-cut grass and jalapeño. Mouthwatering finish. Drink now.” *88 Points Wine Spectator, June 15, 2013. $12.99

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Monchiero Carbone Recit Roero Arneis 2013: “Intense, engaging aromas of ripe peach, honeysuckle, and pear are rounded by hints of almond. The palate is distinguished by long, well-balanced acidity and an opulent, creamy finish. An ideal match for fish and appetizers, it can also be recommended to be served as either an apéritif or with full flavored fish and pork dishes.” *Winemaker’s notes. $13.99

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Roth Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012: “Features a fresh, grassy profile, with bright lemon, lime and grapefruit notes. Light and crisp on the finish. Drink now.” *86 Points Wine Spectator Online, 2013. $9.99

Roth Estate Sauvignon Blanc Alexander Valley 2012

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Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin 2011: “Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, toffee, peppercorn, and honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, nut and roasted apple and citrus accented finish. A nice dry, claret-style zin that shines at the table.” *90 Points (Exceptional) Beverage Tasting Institute, September 6, 2013. $11.99

Alexander Valley Vineyard Sin Zinfandel 2011

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Villa Marchesi Pinot Grigio 2012: “From Friuli, one of the best wine growing regions in Italy. Subtle notes of ripe peach and pear. Light, crisp and dry.” *Winemaker’s notes. $9.99

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Wild Horse Central Coast Chardonnay 2012: "Our 2012 Chardonnay has delicious aromas of lemon and a hint of pineapple. Flavors of green apple and vanilla unfold on the palate with a crisp refreshing finish. Small lots of Verdelho and Malvasia contribute bright acidity and heightened aromatics to the blend. This Chardonnay pairs well with citrusmarinated chicken breast, calamari, or aged cheeses.” *Winemaker’s notes. $9.99

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Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot 2010: “Looking for an affordably elegant Merlot to drink now with steak? Try this juicy one. It’s dry and richly tannic, with a pleasant spectrum of cherries, plums and sandalwood.” *88 Points and ‘Editors’ Choice’ Wine Enthusiast, October 1, 2013. $10.99

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Roth Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011: “Fragrant and easy-drinking, offering subtle raspberry, black cherry, anise and spice notes that gain depth and traction, ending with a touch of black licorice. Drink now through 2019.” *89 Points Wine Spectator, September 30, 2013. $17.99

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Beringer Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012: "“The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is a real winner, and at this price point...it’s a steal. Delicious caramelized citrus and melon notes emerge from this pure, fresh, lively white. Medium-bodied with terrific fruit intensity and harmony, it can be enjoyed over the next several years.” *89 Points Wine Advocate, October 2013. $10.99

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Domaine François Millet Empreinte Sancerre Loire, France 2012: “Colour: Pale yellow-gold with a hint of green. Nose: Intense and complex. Mineral and light flint notes which are very pleasant and mixed with very ripe fruit aromas (plum, peach, banana). The finish reveals subtle vegetal notes for a fresh and delicate wine. Palate: At first, this wine is supple and round with ripe aromas. Then it shows plenty of expression to end with a well-balanced finish.” *Winemaker’s notes. $16.99

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Château Lanbersac Puisseguin St.-Emilion Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Bordeaux, France 2010: “This has a healthy dose of roasted fig and mocha up front, followed by notes of baker’s chocolate, dark currant preserves and steeped plum. A cocoa edge emerges on the finish, leaving a firm edge, but there’s plenty of stuffing for short-term cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2018.” *90 Points, Wine Spectator Online, 2013. $18.99

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Château de Roquebrune Lalande de Pomerol Cuvée Reine Bordeaux, France, 2009: “This is a lush wine that oozes with the super ripe flavor of sweet blackberry. The firm tannins and dense structure act as a counterbalance and push the wine into a more structured sphere. The fruit quality and overall balance promise 4–5 years of aging.” *90 Points & Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast Online, March 1, 2013. $16.99

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Château Ambe Tour Pourret St.-Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux, France 2010 “Initially, this is tight, minerally and structured, but as the wine opens, intense dark fruits and rich tannins surface, creating an opulent, juicy character. The vineyard is planted with 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, and it’s the combination in 2010 that gives such a vital, rich and structured selection.” *92 Points & Editors Choice, Wine Enthusiast Online, March 1, 2013. $22.99

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Doña Paula Selección de Bodega Malbec Mendoza, Argentina 2007: ““Dona Paula’s 2007 Seleccion de Bodega Malbec is a glass-staining opaque purple. It was fermented with native yeasts and aged in new French oak for 24 months. The nose reveals an aromatic array of pain grillé, pencil lead, spice box, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. Dense, layered, and full-bodied, it has enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years.” *91 Points Wine Spectator, February 28, 2011. $29.99

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Louis Latour Pouilly-Vinzelles En Paradis, Burgundy, France, 2011: “Golden yellow in colour, this Pouilly-Vinzelles is characterised by its heady aromas of Williams pear and peppered mango. Round, fat and very full in the mouth with liquorice notes. Finishes with attractive balance.” – Winemaker’s notes, $15.99

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Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California, 2010: “…Initial aromas provide a symphony of citrus, guava and fresh pear characters along with very evident minerality. After several minutes in the glass, luxurious aromas of melon and honeysuckle come forward. On the palate, the wine has a wonderful delicacy with fresh apricot, pineapple and vanilla notes all carefully dancing along with seamless acidity....” – Winemaker’s notes, $12.99

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Silver Palm Chardonnay, North Coast, California, 2009: This “debut Chardonnay glistens in the glass and greets the nose with the perfume of apple blossom and pear. On the palate, ripe flavors of white peach, Gravenstein apple and Meyer lemon glide seamlessly like a silk ribbon. A near flinty finish provides balanced acidity and leaves the palate yearning for another sip.” – Winemaker’s notes, $9.99

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Robert Hall Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2010: “Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of dried cherry and cassis, with smoke and licorice accents. Rich and supple in texture, offering deep dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied licorice. Finishes weighty and slightly jammy, with a bit of heat and a lingering note of bitter chocolate.” – 87 Points, International Wine Cellar, November/December 2012, $14.99

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Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, California, 2010: “An earthy wine with red berry fruits and underlying holiday spice on the nose, notes of green sweet peppers and a hint of black currant. On the palate, this wine has lots of red earth flavors and a refreshing minerality. Prominent oak presence lends to a solid body to support these supple fruit flavors. Juicy fruit with some spice and pepper.” – Winemaker’s notes, $12.99

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De Martino Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2012: “This estate Sauvignon Blanc is made with organic grapes and the bottle and packaging are made from recycled materials…This Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with citrus aromas accented by herbal notes…A smooth, easy-drinking wine intended to be enjoyed in its youth: De Martino organic Estate Sauvignon Blanc can stand on its own as an aperitif or complement lighter fare nicely.” – Winemaker’s notes, $8.99

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Buena Vista Estate Vineyard Series Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir, Carneros, California, 2006: “A pretty, polished and silky Pinot Noir, nice for drinking now with lamb or grilled steak, especially with some char to play off the wine’s smoky oak. Shows rich flavors of raspberries, red cherries, cola, vanilla and sandalwood, in an elegant texture.” – 89 Points, Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2009, $19.99

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Bernardus Marinus, Carmel Valley, California, 2008: According to the winemaker, the aromas of the 2008 Marinus are classic for a Bordeaux style wine: spicy red fruits with toasty oak notes. The palate is full and rich with similar flavors accented with hints of earth. The finish is supported by fine-grained tannins, which promise excellent ageability in a proper cellar. $14.99

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