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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$19.23
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
Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2009
Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2009  
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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$10.97
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 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 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$13.98
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
Concha Y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Concha Y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  
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Chile’s 2009 season was quite warm in general, and Puente Alto was no exception, although its proximity to the Andes Mountains and its very cool nights, even in this vintage, produce very well-balanced fruit that enables the wine to maintain the personality of Don Melchor with its tremendous freshness, balance, and ripe tannins.

VARIETY: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc.

VINEYARD: Puente Alto.

HARVEST: Manual, from April 14 through May 20.

SOIL: Alluvial.

CLIMATE: Semi-Arid Mediterranean.

AGING: 15 months in French oak barrels.

COLOUR: Deep cherry red.

AROMA: Black currants and blackberries with chocolate notes.

PALATE: Well-balanced and fresh, with silky tannins and excellent structure.

Alcohol: 14,7 %

pH: 3,5%

Total acidity: 3.72 (Sulfurous acid)
gz3921417$59.99
Cuatro Pasos 2007
Cuatro Pasos 2007  
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mb1790934$9.62
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$17.45
Familia Zuccardi Q Malbec 2010
Familia Zuccardi Q Malbec 2010  
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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$19.72
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$9.87
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
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
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Gift Set 2006
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Gift Set 2006  
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"In true romantic fashion, Belle Epoque is a marriage of the very best that Champagne can produce: wines from Cramant, Avize, Ay, Mailly and Verzenay, the region's most highly-rated vineyards. One half of the blend is Chardonnay of surpassing finesse and delicacy. The other half is Pinot Noir of noble richness and complexity. The blend of these wines yields a Champagne of ravishing fragrance and style, offered in the famous "Flower Bottle". The combination of wonderful Champagne and a beautiful package make Fleur the perfect partner to your most romantic encounters."

The PJ Belle Epoque set is among the most tasteful and recognizable gifts in the world of wine. The Set includes one bottle of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne and two glasses, all beautifully gift-boxed. This famous "flower bottle" was formerly known as Fleur de Champagne in the US.
rws25388$114.99
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
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
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$17.64
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
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$17.64
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$8.23
Tilia Merlot 2012
Tilia Merlot 2012  
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rws48168$7.94
Veramonte Primus 2011
Veramonte Primus 2011  
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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