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Acustic 2009  
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MB2921015$17.47
Altos de la Hormigas Malbec 2012
Altos de la Hormigas Malbec 2012  
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The destemmed and softly pressed grapes are vinified in stainless vats at 30º Celsius.

During the 15 days fermentation-maceration process the must is pumped and punched down for optimal extraction. The 50% of the wine stays in first use American oak and a 10% in second use French oak. The wine is the bottled without any form of stabilization or filtration, in order to not to alter quality, and is sold after three months of bottle age.

Yearly production is about 700,000 bottles.
rws36663$10.00
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Meiomi 2013
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Meiomi 2013  
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Belle Glos by Caymus showcases distinctive Pinot Noirs produced from some of California’s top wine-growing regions. The vineyard locations can all be described as coastal, but the climate differences are significant, depending on the amount of fog, wind, sunlight, and soil type at each site. Each wine is crafted to distill the purest essence of the vineyard into elegant expressions of California Pinot Noir. Winemaker Joseph Wagner chose the name Belle Glos (pronounced BELL GLOSS) to honor his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards.
gz8403915$21.17
Bodegas El Porvenir de los Andes Syrah Laborum 2005
Bodegas El Porvenir de los Andes Syrah Laborum 2005  
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Vineyards: estate grown at Finca Río Seco, Cafayate, located at 5,740 feet (1,750 meters) above sea level.
Yield: 5 tons per hectare.
Harvest Date: second half of March.
Fermentation: pre-fermentation cold maceration for 48 hours. Average temperature during fermentation 23º C, with final temperature of 28º C. Maceration for 15 days.
Aging: 12 months in new oak barrels; 50% French and 50% American.
Alcohol: 14,60%; Acidity: 5,25 g/l; PH: 3.52.
Production: 13.082 bottles

Color: attractive and elegant ruby red with black edges.
Nose: notes of leather with a secondary level of red fruits and spices.
Mouth: intense attack, medium structure with balanced acidity. The tannins are very sweet and smooth.
rws41744$20.00
Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez 2010
Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez 2010  
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The vines for Almirez, situated in Valdefinjas and Toro, are 15 - 65 years old, and yield a meager 20 Hls/Hct. Teso la Monja uses only organic fertilization, and strictly avoids the use of herbicides or other chemical products. All grapes are hand harvested and rigorously sorted. Aged 12 months in new French oak (30% new).
rws48799$22.05
Bodegas Teso la Monja Romanico 2011
Bodegas Teso la Monja Romanico 2011  
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rws48798$13.52
Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2011
Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill 2011  
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Bodegas Volver currently owns some 185 hectares in Alicante. Some of the vines are ungrafted. New acreage is currently under development.The vines age from 40 to 75 years old. Tarima Hill´s vines are planted in the Vaso system, in an all-natural (almost organic) process with no irrigation. The combination of soil profile and diverse altitudes within this very small area sets up a micro-climate that is predominately Continental along with some Mediterranean influence.
rws48797$12.99
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  
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My family is fortunate to have lived and farmed in the center of the Napa Valley for five generations, During my childhood, our farmhouse was surrounded by vines as my parents were grape growers who sold their crop to local wineries. My dad, Charlie was also known as a talented home winemaker, so it was no surprise when he planted Cabernet wines on our land. The home wine he produced from those vines was very impressive and the impetus behind our decision to start a family winery- which is now in its third generation. We chose the name Caymus, a historical name given to our area of the Valley during the 19th century. This wine exemplifies our style of Cabernet out of a great vintage-deep colour, rich, concentrated and balanced. 2012 celebrates 40 years of producing our pride and joy, Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. -CHUCK WAGNER, OWNER/WINEMAKER
rws14990$59.99
Chapoutier Cote Rotie La  Modoree 1998
Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Modoree 1998  
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rws23769$149.99
Chateau Beausejour Becot 2003
Chateau Beausejour Becot 2003  
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rws29975$44.99
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 Clos les Lunelles 2003
Chateau Clos les Lunelles 2003  
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rws29801$27.99
Chateau d'Armailhac 1.5L 2003
Chateau d'Armailhac 1.5L 2003  
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rws30086$79.99
Chateau Destieux 2000
Chateau Destieux 2000  
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rws25080$29.99
Chateau Du Tertre 1.5Liter 2003
Chateau Du Tertre 1.5Liter 2003  
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rws30122$89.99
Chateau Du Tertre 3.0Liter 2003
Chateau Du Tertre 3.0Liter 2003  
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rws30123$189.99
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 Haut Mazeris Canon Fronsac 2003
Chateau Haut Mazeris Canon Fronsac 2003  
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rws30080$24.99
Chateau Issan 1.5Liter 2003
Chateau Issan 1.5Liter 2003  
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rws30133$89.99
Chateau le Gay 2003
Chateau le Gay 2003  
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rws29985$49.99
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  
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Ste. Michelle's goal with this Columbia Valley Cabernet was to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. It is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity, structure and silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food--try it with beef, pork or pasta. Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards. Aged 16 months in American and French oak, 32% new.
gz18704$13.16
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
Columbia Crest Riesling Grand Estates 2010
Columbia Crest Riesling Grand Estates 2010  
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Bright aromas of orange zest and apples are complimented by a hint of minerality. Rich, lingering flavors of pear and mandarin orange are accentuated by crisp acidity, leading to a lively, vibrant finish.
gz6093115$7.05
Edmeades Zinfandel Mendocino 2012
Edmeades Zinfandel Mendocino 2012  
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The 2007 Mendocino is a little different from past vintages. Instead of being dominated by cherry aromas, this leans more towards a mixed bowl of berries. The other interesting point is an aroma like a rustic mountain cabin with fresh red meat and spices being prepared for dinner and then freshly baked wild berry pies for dessert - of course the wood stove damper is not working well so there is a little smoke in the room...

The tannins are soft and supple, but the acidity comes through with a bit more acid structure than in past vintages and stays with you till the cows come home. We always add a little Syrah and Petite Sirah for the mid palate, filling in the hole of the donut, but this year it is a little more pronounced in the flavors and aromas, hence the gamey and meatiness underneath all the mixed fruits.

With aging the wine should evolve into a very layered and complex Zinfandel, with toast and spice from the oak picking up in intensity and the creaminess becoming more apparent after a few years.
mh131984$17.63
Familia Zuccardi Q Malbec 2012
Familia Zuccardi Q Malbec 2012  
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Zuccardi Q Malbec is the blend of three unique vineyard sites. It shows a red violet color, with bluish hues. Intense red and black fruits aromas. Spicy, violet and chocolate nuances. Silky entry with great structure, soft and mature tannins. Intense fruity flavors and a persistent finish.
mb9396304$19.90
JL Chave Crozes Hermitage Silene 2011
JL Chave Crozes Hermitage Silene 2011  
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The vineyards for Silène are hillside vineyards located in Larnage and Gervans. It is rare for Crozes to come from hillside granitic soil as most Crozes is situated on the alluvial valley floor. The granite soil produces a wine with more backbone and structure. The idea behind this Crozes is to balance the fruit of Syrah without compromising the tightness given by the granite. 50% of the Crozes comes from a parcel of young vines planted in 2003 and owned by Domaine Jean Louis Chave. The parcel sits on a beautiful terroir on the rear east-facing flank of the Hermitage hill.

The grapes are vinified at the Domaine using indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in 600 liter oak casks. The result is a wine of balance and pleasure and a great introduction to Crozes.
rws43655$22.94
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2010
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2010  
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These grapes are from various vineyards in the Marlborough region. The grapes were predominantly machine harvested with a portion being hand picked. They were destemmed and cold soaked for up to five days then warmed and inoculated. Hand plunged, grapes were warm fermented and pressed at dryness. Post malolactic fermentation the wine was aged in a mixture of tank and older barrels for just over five months.

Colour: Medium depth of colour with purple and crimson notes.
Aroma: An aromatic wine with black cherries and red currants on the nose, complexed with integrated oak and a smoky bacon character.
Palate: A nice combination of dark cherries and red fruit abound. This is underscored with a hint of oak and firm tannins. Persists well.
Cellar: Up to five years.
Food Match: Ideal with smoked salmon or pork chops. Suited to most rest meats and not bad as a wine to enjoy all on its own.
mb3784385$18.22
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
Mas Alta La Bassetta 2005
Mas Alta La Bassetta 2005  
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La Basseta vintage is the result of a blend from several plots of carignan, grenache and cabernet. The vines vary in age from 15 – 100 years. Bodegas Mas Alta's selection criteria for producing this wine is based on successfully expressing the terroir combined with a sensation of finesse and indulgence. Throughout the process of producing their vintages, they aim to obtain sensitive and complex wines. La Basseta is undoubtedly the most feminine wine in their range. The intensity of the fruit blended with a long and silky finish make for a feminine feel...

Selected by Michel Tardieu, their barrels originate from France’s most noble forests. Wines are matured for 14-18 months on fine lees enabling them to obtain the quintessential expression of each vintage. A key stage in the wine-making process, maturing adds that vital touch of personality to a great wine.
rws37523$45.56
Mollydooker The Boxer 2012
Mollydooker The Boxer 2012  
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This is Shiraz at its best. This wine has a sumptuous aroma, revealing deep chocolate, lifted violets and blackcurrant fruit. With an amazing fruit expression reminiscent of strawberries dipped in chocolate, the palate is rich and robust, with licorice and spice fruit intermingled with lovely hints of oak. Its massive structure will explode in your mouth and finished velvety smooth with lively, exuberant fruit.
rws33326$27.05
Mollydooker The Violinist 2009
Mollydooker The Violinist 2009  
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The only white wine produced by Mollydooker, it offers ripe fruit with lovely pineapple and citrus flavours.
rws37966$24.50
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$21.56
Novelty Hill Syrah 2010
Novelty Hill Syrah 2010  
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The 2006 Syrah relies heavily on grapes from Novelty Hill's estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek (70%). The soil here is mixed with large pieces of fractured basalt; and visitors often remark on its similarity to the Rhone Valley, perhaps one reason why Syrah from here is so outstanding. The balance of the wine relies on Lewis Vineyard (30%) grapes. Known for its low yields and concentrated grapes, Lewis is one of Mike Januik’s favorite Syrah vineyards in the state.
rWS31254$19.87
Pillar Box Reserve Red Wine 2009
Pillar Box Reserve Red Wine 2009  
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In an age instant gratification, the Pillar Box is a stoic reminder of the virtues of patience. The act of writing and sending a letter is matched by the anticipation of the receiver. Their best parcels of Shiraz were selected to create this special wine. Pillar Box Reserve can be enjoyed in its youth, but will reward the patient.

They hand selected some outstanding parcels of Shiraz from the Pillar Box project to create this reserve blend. The colour shows red-black and a scarlet rim, with an attractive mocha, native mint and ripe pomegranate aroma. Tempting cedar, spice and cocoa are incorporated into a complex structure. The fine, rounded silky tannins develop into a luscious, prolonged finish.
mb9104034$19.23
Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Heritage Vines 2010
Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Heritage Vines 2010  
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Rancho Zabaco, one of the original Mexican land grants in Northern Sonoma, crosses over portions of Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley – one of the areas in Sonoma County from which these grapes are sourced. Sonoma Heritage Vines delivers an abundance of black fruit and spice aromas, demonstrating the classic and distinctive characteristics of Zinfandel. The soft, plummy, and jammy flavors and textures make this wine not only approachable, but also versatile, allowing it to be paired with a wide range of foods.
gz8311315$10.69
RL Buller Fine Tawny Port 375ml
RL Buller Fine Tawny Port 375ml  
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Maturation has changed this wine from bright red to tawny. With this slow transformation in colour has come a change in flavour to the complex, rich and satisfying characters of a mature tawny.

Colour/appearance: Deep mahogany-tawny.

Aroma/bouquet: Bouquet of rich fruit cake with a touch of rancio.

Palate: Complex rich spicy fruit flavours. Hints of cherry syrup and sweet tobacco. Good palate length leading to a smooth finish with notes of rancio.
rws34438$14.34
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
Schild Estate Shiraz 2009
Schild Estate Shiraz 2009  
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Totally full and rich southern Barossa fruit, slightly ripe summery plums with an underlayer of vanillin oak, soft and generous on the palate.
rws33347$16.47
St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc 2013
St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc 2013  
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Bright with intense aromas of lime juice, ruby grapefruit, guava and a hint of clover. This 2007 Sauvignon Blanc is a showstopper. Following with exquisite flavors of focused lemon, lime and grapefruit one can’t ask for a more enjoyable wine. Drink Now.
mb1451124$13.52
Telegram du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape 2006
Telegram du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape 2006  
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Le Telegramme is Vignobles Brunier’s second-label wine in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC area, a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Cinsault grapes from young vines and terroirs “of little character”. These terroirs, combined with vines aged 30 years on average, yield fresh and elegant fruit, a certain minerality and appealing balance, Le Telegramme is thus best enjoyed in the early years of its life.
rws25323$28.99
Tenuta Monteti Toscana Caburnio 2009
Tenuta Monteti Toscana Caburnio 2009  
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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
Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  
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100% Cabernet Sauvignon. An age worthy Cabernet from the heralded Thelema estate has become a benchmark South African bottling. Sleek and stylish, it abounds with alluring flavors of blackberry and blackcurrant intertwined with complex notes of coffee, cedar, tobacco, and eucalyptus.
mb1590904$29.29
Tikal Patriota 2012
Tikal Patriota 2012  
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Deep reddish purple with aromas of bright berry/cherry fruit. Like swallowing a whole bowl of mixed ripe berries at once. Big body yet very balanced, with luscious layers of raspberry, cherry, and cocoa flavors. Just a hint of baking spice at the end brings it all together. Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink! Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink!
rws37366$16.45
Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011  
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rws48167$8.82
Tilia Merlot 2012
Tilia Merlot 2012  
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rws48168$7.94
Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo 2011
Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo 2011  
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ROMPICOLLO vineyard has southern exposure, volcanic soil rich in “tufo” (tuff) and is densely planted (6500 vines/hectare) for maximum fruit quality. Sangiovese 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%. 10 days fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; 12 months maturation in Slavonian oaks 65Hl. Intense bouquet of mature red berries fruits. Well-balanced with good structure and nice length with fruity flavours.

** Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014: #31 **
rws53263Regular price: $16.07Sale price: $13.99
Two Hands Shiraz Angels Share 2009
Two Hands Shiraz Angels Share 2009  
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Angels Share refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from oak barrels during maturation. Mediaeval winemakers assumed that angels watched over the wines, and that they took their share. Selected from parcels of exceptional McLaren Vale fruit, this wine is made in a true Australian style and will appeal to both angels and mortals alike.

The grapes were crushed into and fermented in open top potters with regular pump overs; three daily during peak fermentation to extract color and tannin. Following 6 to 12 days of maceration the dry free run is drained to tank. The skins are then pressed and the pressings transferred to the same tank, the wine is then racked to barrel where malolactic fermentation takes place. Minimal fining and non filtered. It is then aged 10 months in new and old American oak hogsheads.

Colour: Deep black with a slightly purple rim
Aroma: An aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits such as cherries and blackcurrants, with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper.
Palate: The palate starts out quite thick and very smooth. A layered density emerges across the palate leaving a fresh mouth feel. Whilst the tannins are quite firm, they are balanced with a good amount of fleshy fruit weight. This wine finishes with excellent precision and persistence.
rws36261$23.18
Veramonte Primus 2012
Veramonte Primus 2012  
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Primus is a racy blend of Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon made from the highest quality grapes at the Veramonte Estate. It showcases the rare Carmenère variety, a distinctive grape that has found its home in Chile.

Appearance: Deep, dark opaque garnet.

Aroma: Exotic spice, toast and hints of tobacco and mint.

Flavour: Massive and mouthfilling with exotic spice and ripe fruit. Lush, with blackberry and cherry notes and smooth, powerful tannins.
mb2492014$18.22
Yangarra Estate Grenache 2012
Yangarra Estate Grenache 2012  
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The soil from 60 million year old geological formation, that looks like a beach, like white beach sand, the locals nicknamed it "the beach". Old gnarly vines, tough as nails, produce incredibly rich and intense flavors of dark fruits, with velvety tannins, yet with inviting perfume of fresh roses.
mb5285774$24.68
Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2011
Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2011  
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Yangarra 2006 Shiraz walks the tightrope between finesse and concentration. It has a stylish perfume of lemon pith (unusual for Shiraz), lipstick, raspberries and juniper. The aromas are vibrant and explosive. The palate is concentrated and seductively lush with black fruits, spicy dark chocolate, hints of vanilla bean and soft, grainy tannins.
MB5285785$24.81