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Antinori Guado Al Tasso 2003
Antinori Guado Al Tasso 2003  
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Estate-grown single-vineyard Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Guado al Tasso, meaning literally "Badger's Ford", takes its name from a common sight at the estate of Tenuta Guado al Tasso, Bolgheri, where it is produced. The vineyard is at an elevation between 44 and 58 metres (145 and 190 feet) above sea-level on stony, slightly calcareous soils. Tenuta Guado al Tasso is located 60 miles southwest of Florence, near the medieval village of Bolgheri, in an area known as the Maremma. The 900 hectares (2,223 acres) estate stretches up from the shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the hills, and aside from extensive vineyards, also grows wheat, corn, sunflowers, tomatoes and olive trees. Guado al Tasso was first produced in 1990.

Extraordinary intense ruby red in colour. Fruity, more of cherry than cassis, with hints of toast, coffee and dark chocolate. Finely structured and complex; balanced, with soft tannins and a lingering finish. Displays unmistakable varietal flavor while retaining strong regional character.
rws24453$74.11
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
Benton Lane Pinot Noir First Class 2010
Benton Lane Pinot Noir First Class 2010  
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Benton Lane's First Class is produced only when they have a particular lot of wine that is very, very special, and the 2008 First Class Pinot Noir is such a wine. To start, they look to their favorite vineyard sites for the most balanced, flavorful and concentrated Pinot Noir. They ferment these lots in small fermenters called “pots”. They baby them every step of the way and move the best wine into new French oak barrels for sixteen months of ageing. As the wines develop, we select the best barrels to eventually become “FIRST CLASS” - the best of the best.

The 2008 First Class Pinot Noir is a deep ruby colored wine that exhibits classic aromas of cherry, blackberries and wet earth, with complex underlying flavors of mocha, anise and blueberries. Very ripe, fine tannins and balanced acidity create a rich, velvety texture that leads into an extremely long finish. The First Class Pinot Noir represents the "best of the best" individual lots from a given year and is produced in small quantities only in vintages of optimal quality.
mb1341035$48.64
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
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut Champagne
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut Champagne  
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The Special Cuvee Brut represents the most straightforward expression of the Bollinger house style. The blend includes up to 10% reserve wines, which may be up to fifteen years old. This gives the special cuvee complexity and structure.
rws6239$45.37
Bond Pluribus Red Wine 2007
Bond Pluribus Red Wine 2007  
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rws44069$354.66
Bond Winery Melbury 2006
Bond Winery Melbury 2006  
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MELBURY originates from a spectacular property on the slopes north of Lake Hennessey, in the hills east of Rutherford.

The name Melbury is in homage to an historic area in London, where the estate owners reside much of the year. Since its debut with the 1999 vintage, the consistent hallmarks of Melbury have been plush red fruits (currants, bing cherries), redolent with spice and the scent of violets. Elegance and a supple texture define the structure of this wine. The particular exposition of this rocky 7-acre hillside vineyard is southerly overlooking Lake Hennessey, allowing the vines to capture the morning sun yet moderating afternoon temperatures.

SOIL: Ancient sedimentary soil with compressed clay. Eastern and Southeastern Exposure.

ELEVATION: 348-522 feet
rws41969$312.94
Bond Winery Quella 2008
Bond Winery Quella 2008  
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QUELLA is the name for the wine from a 9-acre site located in the eastern hills overlooking the heart of the Napa Valley.

Making its debut with the 2006 vintage, the name is derived from the German word for a pristine source or an artesian aquifer. This property is steeply sloped facing southwest. The site is an ancient riverbed composed of cobble and rocks interwoven with pockets of tufa (volcanic ash) that were uplifted during the last volcanic activity in the area. Quella displays an almost ethereal quality of blue fruits, graphite, and a vibrant, subtle finish.

SOIL: Ancient uplifted riverbed covered with Tufa (volcanic ash). Southwest Exposure.

ELEVATION: 433-595 feet
rws41970$312.94
Brancaia Il Blu 2008
Brancaia Il Blu 2008  
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The top-product of the Brancaia brand. The Supertuscan IL BLU proves the performance of Brancaia in terms of elegance, complexity and intensity. As a rule, food with pronounced taste, dark meat such as beef or lamb, roast or braised game, darkfeathered game such as pigeon or pheasant.
mb2668269$64.35
Bryant Bettina 2010
Bryant Bettina 2010  
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The Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Wine is a gorgeous blend of Bordeaux varietals sourced from three of David Abreu’s own exceptional estate vineyards – Madrona, Thorevilos, and Lucia Howell Mountain. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, and made with the same attention to detail as Bryant, this wine is beautifully layered and complex.
rws49346Regular price: $572.66Sale price: $544.99
Bryant Cabernet 2010
Bryant Cabernet 2010  
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Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from a 13-acre estate vineyard atop Pritchard Hill, overlooking Lake Hennessey. This First Growth vineyard is meticulously farmed by David Abreu, with whom Bryant has worked closely for over 12 years. This wine is a beautiful expression of our unique terroir and a testament to the dedication of Bryant's winemaking and vineyard team to produce the finest possible wine from this site.
rws49344Regular price: $572.66Sale price: $549.99
Ca'marcanda Promis 2011
Ca'marcanda Promis 2011  
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Promis, from the Latin abbreviation, promissio, meaning promise truly lives up to its name. The grapes are grown in the terre brune (rich, dark soils) of the Ca'Marcanda vineyard. The soil consists primarily of loam and clay. The climate--hot summer days, freshened by brisk sea air and cool nights--is ideal for the grapes grown here.

Color: Light garnet
Aroma: Bright and fruity with a jammy nose.
Taste: A delightful wine that combines the elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese. Balanced, almost musical, its a pleasure to drink from an early age and also has an aging potential of 5-8 years.
mb7312524$43.94
Cabreo Il Borgo Sangiovese & Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabreo Il Borgo Sangiovese & Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  
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This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of black cherry, plum and black currant followed by aromas of blueberry, violet, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, leather, pink pepper and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and black currant. Cabreo Il Borgo ages for 16-18 months in barrique followed by at least 6 months of aging in bottle.
GZ6018417$48.64
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  
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rws26325$62.74
Cardwell Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2008
Cardwell Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2008  
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Cardwell Hill Cellars is a family- owned Oregon boutique winery producing just over 5000 cases per year. They use sustainable agriculture practices to achieve premium quality fruit. These practices are certified Salmon Safe and LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) by the parent organizations.

The 2008 season promises to be one of the best for Oregon Pinot Noir. A warm July and August was followed by a cool September. The fall rains came late to the valley, which gave more hang time and higher sugar levels. The gorgeous ripe berries were harvested in the cool weather of mid - October. The fruit was processed in via gravity flow within two hours of harvesting. Following destemming, which yields about 80% full berries, the juice was cold soaked for 48 hours and then inoculated. Fermentation was achieved at cool temperatures not exceeding 85F. The straight run and press wines were gravity fed to the barrel room located below the fermentation deck/crush pad. A combination of new and used Seguin Moreau barrels were used for aging over the next 10+ months. The wines were racked from the lees in April. Later the wine was racked into the blender, settled and then gravity - fed into the filler corker.

Thanks to our cool climate on the Western side of the Willamette valley, this Pinot Noir has a bracing backbone of acidity. Note the low alcohol. Cardwell Hill Cellars wines are known for balanced alcohol and acidity due to the coolness of our vineyard site. This garnet red Pinot Noir has an elegant nose of black cherry, ripe raspberry and a little blueberry/currant. There is a note of cloves and cardamom from the Dijon clones. The mouth has bright raspberry and cherry flavors showing good acid. The soft finish has a bit of spice which fades into raspberry. This wine pairs beautifully with salmon, all white fish and shell fish. Pair it with pheasant, duck and other fowl. It is great with venison, buffalo and lean pork. Bon Appétit!

Vineyard: 100% Cardwell Hill Cellars Estate Pinot Noir
Viniferia: Wadensvil, Pommard, Dijon 115 and Dijon 777 clones
Alcohol: 13.2%; pH: 3.35; Aged: 10 months; Produced: 2504 cases
rws42655$21.76
Chateau Beausejour Becot 2003
Chateau Beausejour Becot 2003  
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rws29975Regular price: $55.77Sale price: $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 d'Armailhac 1.5L 2003
Chateau d'Armailhac 1.5L 2003  
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rws30086$79.99
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 L'Arrosee 2000
Chateau L'Arrosee 2000  
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rws25133Regular price: $100.16Sale price: $64.99
Chateau La Tour Blanche 2003
Chateau La Tour Blanche 2003  
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rws30863$70.00, 3 for $199.50, 6 for $378.00, 12 for $714.00
Chateau La Tour Blanche 375ml 2003
Chateau La Tour Blanche 375ml 2003  
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rws29436$29.99
Chateau le Gay 2003
Chateau le Gay 2003  
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rws29985Regular price: $80.00Sale price: $49.99
Chateau Peby Faugeres 2003
Chateau Peby Faugeres 2003  
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rws29995Regular price: $78.87Sale price: $59.99
Chateau St. Dominique 2000
Chateau St. Dominique 2000  
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Saint Domingue, another marvel from the same owner as Saint Dominique in Saint-Emilion. Situated next to Cheval Blanc on the edge of the Pomerol. This Saint Emilion village has all the class of a Grand Cru. Deep purple in colour. Intense aromas of stewed black berries and creme de cassis. Soft Oaky tones with hints of roasted coffee, caramel and vanilla. Powerful and rounded on the palate, with a creamy finish.
rws25192Regular price: $76.41Sale price: $59.99
Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz Vineyard 2003
Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz Vineyard 2003  
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A very consistent vineyard, which always has very dark colour and black plum fruit with a gamey, leathery background. This has more to do with Cornas or Hermitage.
rws37324$61.90
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.
rws36707Regular price: $119.10Sale price: $100.00
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  
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rws25352$12.34
Concha Y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Concha Y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  
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The Puente Alto Vineyard in the Maipo Valley has the perfect combination of climate and soils for producing world-class wine: the climate is ideal and predictable, and the soil is poor and gravelly to reduce yields and increase concentration naturally. After fermentation, the wine is matured in the finest French oak barriques for 14 months, followed by another year in the bottle before release. Ripe fleshy fruit and berries lead off this highly aromatic wine. Later, the tobacco and chocolate come through and marry with the vanilla. Agreeable, mature tannins elegantly convey the best expression of the Puente Alto vines. The pleasant, long finish displays great harmony and balance.

The result is a rich, full-bodied wine with unmistakable character in the bouquet and on the finish. Drink with any hearty dish, lamb, steak, and strong cheeses.

Don Melchor has been hailed the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile by both the Wine Spectator and Robert Parker.
gz3921417Regular price: $68.80Sale price: $59.99
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
Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace 2010
Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace 2010  
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RWS24127$168.25
Dom Perignon Brut Champagne 2004
Dom Perignon Brut Champagne 2004  
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This product does NOT include a gift box

As legend has it, the Benedictine Monk, Dom Periginon invented Champagne. That is not the whole story.

A few facts first. Champagne is 3 different things; First, it is a sparkling wine made in France. Second, It is a geographic area in France about 1 hour from Paris, and the only area where Champagne, the wine, can be produced. Finally it is a name associated with large deposits of limestone (chalk) in the earth. This deposit is present in the Champagne region, but is also found in Cognac. The Cognac region has an area referred to as Fine Champagne. These Cognacs are not made with Champagne (the drink), but the grapes used in production comes from an area which also has a large Limestone layer.
The first commercial sparkling wine was produced in the Limoux area of France about 1535. They did not invent sparkling wine, no-one knows who first made it.

Dom Perignon, the man, was born about 1638. His full name was Pierre Perignon. He was a Benedictine Monk at the Abbey of Hautville near Riems in France. Wine was already being made in the Champagne region before Pierre was born. Dom Perignon's legacy to the world was a procedure for production of Champagne. This included riddling the ageing bottles so the sediment can be removed, adding a dosage for a secondary fermentation, and use of corks to seal the bottles. These steps combined with the availabilty of stronger bottles which could hold the added pressure, allowed the commercial production of Champagne to begin in about 1700. Dom Perignon died in 1716. His famous statement "I see stars" was uttered upon his first taste of Champagne.

Dom Perignon, the Champagne, was first produced in 1936. Moet et Chandon which purchased the Abbey of Hautville 120 years earlier produced a super cuvee which celebrated the Monk's exploits. The Champagne is only produced in exceptional vintages; in 2 styles, the Brut and the Brut Rose and in 2 sizes, 750ml bottle and 1.5Liter bottle. The name has become synonomous with class and stature. A gift of Dom Perignon will express that only the best will do.
rws14792$139.99
Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne
Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne  
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The Drappier Carte d’Or expresses all the aromas of the noble grape variety Pinot Noir. This in fact constitutes at least 80% of the blend. A red grape producing white juice, it is sought after not only for its structure but also for its very characteristic fine notes of red fruits.
rws37320$41.76
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010  
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mb89897537$66.29
JL Chave Crozes Hermitage Silene 2010
JL Chave Crozes Hermitage Silene 2010  
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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
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 Black Label Brut Champagne Gift Box with Glasses
Lanson Black Label Brut Champagne Gift Box with Glasses  
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Lanson is a truly uplifting non-vintage brut champagne, with an exceptional purity of fruit. For 250 years this house has chosen to avoid malolactic fermentation - a decision that preserves Lanson's naturally crisp and fresh taste. They also insist on at least 3 years' cellar ageing, wellin excess of the minimum required for nonvintage Champagne. Black Label's fresh aromas combine the impression of vitality and spring-time scents, together with hints of ‘toast’ and honey.

Set Includes Champagne and two glasses.
rws51196Regular price: $53.60Sale price: $34.99
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.
rws51198Regular price: $66.32Sale price: $40.99
Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne
Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne  
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Brut non-vintage is always the expression of the House style and, as such, it is the signature champagne. Laurent-Perrier Brut’s style is defined by its very high proportion of Chardonnay which provides a natural purity, freshness and elegance. These essential characteristics, expressed in all our champagnes, are a good introduction to the spirit of Laurent-Perrier.

The Laurent-Perrier Brut also benefits from ideal ageing in the cellars: three years minimum. Its balance and natural freshness are enhanced by a light dosage. After the dosage, the wines are kept in the cellar to rest for several months before shipment.
rws17584$36.88
Mendel Unus
Mendel Unus  
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COLOR: Strong and deep red, with some violet highlights.

NOSE: Very complex nose expressing the combination between the Malbec, such as black cherries, prunes, raisins and some violets. After swirling more fruits appear, such as cassis, raspberries and blackberries. Also chocolate, vanilla, toast and caramel notes appears very soft and integrated due to its aging in new French oak barrels.

MOUTH: Full-bodied wine. The tannins are quite present, but very mature, rounded and sweet which end in a velvety whole. The Cabernet Sauvignon gives the tannic structure and body, and the Malbec contributes with the fleshy, round flavors, which characterize it. The mouth aromas, are plums, cassis jam, raisins. It is a very long ended, complex and elegant wine.
pr39335454$45.29
Mollydooker The Boxer 2011
Mollydooker The Boxer 2011  
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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$22.66
Montes Alpha Syrah
Montes Alpha Syrah  
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From Montes Alpha's 'La Finca' Estate, in the Apalta Valley. They included it in their ALPHA range because they believe its present merits and future potential so recommended. The scarcest of their ALPHA line, it shows how promising the Apalta Valley slopes are. Yield is very low, only 6 tons per hectare. It has been aged in French oak barrels for one year and had only one soft filtering. In the purest of Rhône styles, Aurelio has added a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, also originating from Apalta, and some Viognier to the final mixture. Of intense ruby red color, it has a great aroma with floral, tobacco and leathery notes. Strong and full bodied to the palate, with soft and mature tannins. A very long, elegant and satisfying after taste. A superb Syrah.
pr41530464$23.23
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$24.70
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne Gastronomique
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne Gastronomique  
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Quintessential Nicolas Feuillatte style. A delicate, structured and fruity Champagne, offering boundless elegance and finesse. Appearance: Pale yellow with silver tinges, brilliant and crystalclear revealing a persistent ribbon of delicate bubbles. Nose: Initially restrained, fresh white fruit aromas of apple, pear and peach intermingle with curry and turmeric spices. As the bouquet becomes more expressive, ripe fruit notes jostle for position. Palate: Clean on the attack, elegant and complex, a delicate bead imparts freshness on the finish. As an aperitif, best served at 7 - 8°C. With food, best served at 10 - 12°C.
RWS33934Regular price: $43.52Sale price: $27.99
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
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Gift Set 2004
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Gift Set 2004  
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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.
rws25388Regular price: $187.68Sale price: $114.99
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
Quinta di Noval Tawny Port 10 year old
Quinta di Noval Tawny Port 10 year old  
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This is a Port with an indication of its average age, aged in oak casks and taking on characteristics of walnuts, dried fruits and spices, showing increasing intensity of colour, complexity, concentration and depth of flavour.

Truth vive tawny color. It is the youngest of the Noval tawnies with age indication. In its complex aroma, the vibrant young fruit lovely blends with the attractive and characteristic dry fruits aromas like nuts. Rich and smooth on the palate it as an elegant structure and a long finish. It can be served slightly chilled as an aperitif, as a digestive at the end of a meal, or in any occasion during the day on its own.
rws14416$26.09
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
Taittinger Champagne Brut La Francais
Taittinger Champagne Brut La Francais  
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COMPOSITION The Taittinger "brut reserve" is a blend of some 30 chardonnay and pinot crus, respectively 40% and 60% of the total, from several harvests of perfectly ripened grapes. This high proportion of chardonnay is very rare in high quality champagne. It has thus been the privilege of a highly reputed brand to blend an outstanding non-vintage brut.

TASTING NOTE Sight: colour is a brilliant golden straw-yellow. It has small, fine bubbles and the froth is both discreet and persistent. Smell: the nose is very expressive and developed, full of fruit and brioche. It includes aromas of peach, white flowers (hawthorn, acacia) and vanilla pods. Taste: on the palate, this fresh, lively wine is equally harmonious. It is a delicate wine with a predominance of fresh fruit and honey. Overall quality: this wine has highly developed aromatic potential. After three to four years' cellaring, it has now reached full maturity.

DRINKING SUGGESTIONS Can be drunk as an aperitif or with food, preferably with an evening meal. . It is a perfect accompaniment for white meat (lamb with chanterelles), crayfish or mushroom-based quiche.

PROFILE A wine of great charm, combining the power of body and the intelligence of spirit.
rws15737$36.99
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
Terrabianca Campaccio 2008
Terrabianca Campaccio 2008  
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#36, Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2011

Owner / Winemaker Roberto Guldener began making wine at Terrabianca in the heart of Chianti Classico in 1988, realizing his dream to make wine in Chianti. Obsessed with making a contemporary terroir-driven product, he set out immediately planting new vines, and clonal selection has since been a driving force in his work. He currently has 126 acres under vine. Campaccio, a blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese, was Guldener's first wine at Terrabianca, and remains the winery's flagship offering.

Growing area: 40% Chianti Classico, 60% Maremma. Yield per vine: 1.7 kg. Density: 6,000 vines per hectare
rws44859$25.88
Terrazas Cheval de Andes 2005
Terrazas Cheval de Andes 2005  
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Wine critics and enlightened enthusiasts from around the world have raved about the Cheval des Andes. The nose opens out on to warm notes of tobacco, red berry fruit macerated in brandy, cherry stones and home-made jam, with aromas of cedar-wood, and bay leaves coming through. The attack on the palate is full, rich and warm. Silky tannins mingle harmoniously with the oak, making this wine a truly great vintage, beautifully rounded off by a full, long finish.
gz5943917$62.23
Tikal Amorio Malbec
Tikal Amorio Malbec  
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Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella TB  500ml. 2000
Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella TB 500ml. 2000  
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rws38494$94.11