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Acustic 2009  
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MB2921015$17.29
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 2012
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Meiomi 2012  
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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$19.23
Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve
Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve  
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“Reserva” is made from carefully selected grapes from vineyards more than 30 years old. The wine is aged in French oak barrels and then additionally in bottles before release. The harmonious coexistence of fruit and wood over time has made this a great wine, characterized by elegance and complexity.

Deep red colour with hints of purple. Expressive on the nose with notes of ripe black fruits, violets, and tobacco. Long finish.
pr41540654$17.94
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 Romanico 2010
Bodegas Teso la Monja Romanico 2010  
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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
Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2007
Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2007  
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The property is situated in the village of Capcanes and served for several years as the village cooperative. In the 1990’s, the co-op began making kosher wines for the Jewish population of Barcelona, and from that exposure in the much larger city, the property began to attract a greater level of interest. Eric Solomon approached Capcanes and asked for a custom cuvee to be made from some of the better vines of the property. This was just the beginning of a strong partnership!

Medium ruby with flecks of violet; exotic aromas of liquor like cherry, spicy cake; vanilla; toast; ripe and nicely concentrated but not over-matured; very Garnacha in character; a lot of fruit; medium finish with ripe, sweet tannins.
rws37528$10.58
Chapoutier Cote Rotie La  Modoree 1998
Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Modoree 1998  
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rws23769$149.99
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 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 La Tour Blanche 375ml 2003
Chateau La Tour Blanche 375ml 2003  
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rws29436$29.99
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  
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rws25352$12.34
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
Cristom Vineyards Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve 2009
Cristom Vineyards Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve 2009  
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Deep ruby color. The Sommers Reserve has brooding-deep strawberry aromas and higher notes of lavender and talc. On the palate it has a savory component that shows black licorice, mocha and Asian spices. All together the wine reminded me of the last time I checked into the ‘Mandarin Oriental’ in Miami. The wine has layer upon juicy layer of flavor with supple and silky textures that are very appealing. This wine will gain some complexity with short to mid-term cellaring. It would be enjoyable for dinner tonight with a variety of Pork and Poultry dishes that should foil its youthful exuberance.
mb93801164$19.76
Edmeades Zinfandel Mendocino 2011
Edmeades Zinfandel Mendocino 2011  
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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$17.45
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$18.51
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
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
Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2008
Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2008  
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An enticing, rather pronounced ruby red, edged with garnet. Its suite of fragrances exhibits considerable complexity, opening to dark fruit such as plum and blackcurrant, then enriched by a pungent spiciness that betrays cinnamon and clove. The attack offers dense, impressive pulp, and fine-grained tannins that marry beautifully with its alcohol; the result is a solidly-built, but not heavy or extractive, wine with a seamless, long-lingering finish.
rws9148$18.42
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$19.69
Paitin Langhe 2008
Paitin Langhe 2008  
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Fermentation on the skins in steel rotary fermentors for 8-9 days with temperature control, aging in French barriques for 12 months. Concentrated, complex, ripe red fruit, mint, vanilla, and sweet oak on the nose. On the palate: soft, velvety, fresh, sweet tannins, and very long.

Paitin traces it's history to 1796 when Benedetto Elia purchased the farmstead with outlying wine cellar and vineyards from Luigi Pellissero . His son Giuseppe later extended the vineyards and acquired the underground cellar, which dates to the 15th century.

Barbaresco del Sori Paitin was first produced in 1893, and was first exported in 1898. Secondo Pasquero-Elia took over management in 1965, building a new wine cellar, gradually replanting vineyards, and acquiring new vines.
rws42175$18.82
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
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
Punto Y Coma Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2009
Punto Y Coma Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2009  
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rws48866$10.58
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$34.89
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 2010
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2010  
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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$19.22
Rust en Vrede Merlot 2010
Rust en Vrede Merlot 2010  
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Specialising in the production of red wine only, Rust en Vrede has established itself as one of South Africa’s premium red wine estates. Full-bodied and complex, Rust en Vrede wines reflect the uniqueness of the Stellenbosch terroir. Rust en Vrede is proud to be part of a remarkable three hundred year old wine tradition and continues to pursue the excellence synonymous with wines produced by Stellenbosch’s private estates.

Colour: Ruby red.
Aroma: Rich plum and chocolate aromas infused with a soft spiciness and hints of blueberries.
Palate: The initial impression gives rise to fresh berry flavours, this is backed up by rich plush tannins on the mid palate.
mb7324284$16.29
Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008
Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008  
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Silver Oak's 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and layered expression of California Cabernet. The wine has a dark garnet color and is bursting with fruit even as it is poured. On the palate, it has an extraordinarily rich attack, a satin texture and an exuberant expression of fruit on the mid-palate that comes from picking grapes at the peak of their ripeness. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2032.
rws27561$89.99
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$13.35
Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis 2010
Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis 2010  
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ARTEMIS, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, is a wine that truly reflects its name. It’s the culmination of our hunt for the finest grapes from Napa Valley which, when combined with estate-grown fruit, combine to create a Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the regional character of Napa Valley with the signature style of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. This approach results in a wine of lush fruit flavors balanced by extraordinary structure and elegance. Whereas our Estate Cabernet Sauvignons showcase the distinctive characteristics of each vineyard, ARTEMIS demonstrates how astute grape selection and skillful blending can create a wine that represents the sum of Napa Valley’s best Cabernet Sauvignon parts.

Imagine taking an aerial tour of Napa Valley, flying over the patchwork of vineyards that have made the valley and its wines famous. The grapes for ARTEMIS are sourced from a unique collection of these sites. The 2010 blend is derived from a spectrum of fruit grown for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars by independent growers from across the Napa Valley. Each site lends its personality to the aroma, flavor, structure and texture of the finished wine. Twelve percent Merlot was blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon for another layer of complexity. The wine was aged for 18 months in a combination of new and used French oak.

A perennial favorite on restaurant wine lists, ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon offers pleasing aromas of black cherries, red plums, violets, nutmeg and sandalwood along with a hint of dried herbs. The cherry and plum notes carry over onto the palate and combine with ripe, mixed berries. The wine has a smooth, supple entry with good mid-palate structure with fine-grained tannins that lead to a lingering berry-cherry finish.
rws30698$42.99
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$14.70
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  
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rws43218$8.23
Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011  
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rws48167$7.94
Tilia Merlot 2012
Tilia Merlot 2012  
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rws48168$7.94
Veramonte Primus 2010
Veramonte Primus 2010  
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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$16.40