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Acustic 2009  
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MB2921015$9.50
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$8.82
Cambria Pinot Noir Julias Vineyard 375ml 2012
Cambria Pinot Noir Julias Vineyard 375ml 2012  
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Julia’s 2005 Pinot Noir offers dark ripe Bing cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors that open into an underlying earthiness. A round mid-palate leads to vanilla and cinnamon spice on the silky finish.


mb5280226$10.74
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 Charmail 2003
Chateau Charmail 2003  
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rws29670$16.99
Chateau Charmail 3L 2003
Chateau Charmail 3L 2003  
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rws30848$69.99
Chateau Clos du Marquis 375ml 2003
Chateau Clos du Marquis 375ml 2003  
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rws30115$24.99
Chateau Clos l'Eglise 2003
Chateau Clos l'Eglise 2003  
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The Sainte Colombe plateau, the highest point in the Côtes de Castillon, is an extension of the Saint Emilion limestone plateau, and shares the same essential characteristics: excellent clay-limestone soil, fine south-facing sun exposure, good drainage due to its slope location, an excellent water regime because of the limestone substrate, and early ripening thanks to white clay soil which retains warmth remarkably well. Château Clos l'Eglise is just a few kilometres (as the crow flies) from Château Pavie.

The vineyards are green harvested, with an initial leaf thinning on the eastern side of the vines in late June and a second in mid-August on the western side. Alcoholic fermentation is triggered by indigenous yeast in temperature controlled cement vats. The wine stays on the skins for 4 to 5 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. Clos l'Eglise ages in oak barrels for 18 months. It is racked every 3 months with final blending just before bottling (no fining or filtering).
rws29824$14.99
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 Franc Maillet 2003
Chateau Franc Maillet 2003  
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rws29331$17.99
Chateau Franc Maillet Cuvee Jean Baptist 2003
Chateau Franc Maillet Cuvee Jean Baptist 2003  
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rws30073$29.99
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 Haut Mazeris Fronsac 2003
Chateau Haut Mazeris Fronsac 2003  
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rws30081$15.99
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
Chateau La Tour Mallet 2000
Chateau La Tour Mallet 2000  
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rws25120$29.99
Chateau Larmande 2000
Chateau Larmande 2000  
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rws25130$29.99
Chateau Mont Perat 2003
Chateau Mont Perat 2003  
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rws29415$12.49
Chateau Potensac  1.5L 2003
Chateau Potensac 1.5L 2003  
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rws30091$59.99
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$11.45
Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche 2003
Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche 2003  
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rws29804$17.99
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
Colome Torrontes 2010
Colome Torrontes 2010  
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The most popular white wine from Argentina, the Torrontés grape is a cross of Muscat of Alexandria and the Mission Grape of Galacia. Grown on the traditional Parral System, Colomé Torrontes is highly distinctive with its muscat character - always refreshing, never cloying. The wine exhibits a high fruit nose with muscat and tropical notes that lead to a rich mid-palate and clean, crisp finish. Serve lightly chilled.
rws39612$11.16
Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2009
Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2009  
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Aromatics of slight mineral, apple, pear, smoke and Horse Heaven Hills dust open this elegant yet racy, medium-bodied Chardonnay. A balanced palate of fruit and French oak leads to a seductive, creamy vanilla finish.
rws25353$9.69
Columbia Crest Merlot 2 Vine 2010
Columbia Crest Merlot 2 Vine 2010  
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Aromas of cola, cream soda and caramel lead to expressions of vanilla and strawberry jam on the smooth palate, flavors of spice round out the silky finish.
pa89964$6.16
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
Cousino Macul Chardonnay 2008
Cousino Macul Chardonnay 2008  
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This unoaked Chardonnay is delightfully fresh and expressive, with vibrant aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. In the mouth it is crisp, full-flavoured and refreshing. Delicious as an aperitif and also a perfect match to seafood.
rws40498$8.82
Di Majo Norante Sangiovese IGT Terre degli Osci 2007
Di Majo Norante Sangiovese IGT Terre degli Osci 2007  
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Dry wine with a soft red color, aroma is fresh and yielded with rumors of violet and forest fruits, with a light note of leather. It accompanies well with hors d'oeuvres, game, meats and cheeses.
rws36669$8.23
Lafond Pinot Noir 2008
Lafond Pinot Noir 2008  
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A tremendous amount of effort has gone into fine tuning the vineyard to coax this fickle grape into producing the exotic, elusive flavors only pampered Pinot Noir will reveal. Bruce chose 8 clones from 15 vineyard lots picked at ripeness over a four week period. The wine was aged in French oak from Burgundy (18% new oak). The nose has an earthy presence, with damp soil and nutmeg that accent tangy strawberry fruit. Frost damage affected yields, leading to a tremendous dark berry fruit concentration that adds weight to the red fruit vibrancy. This Pinot Noir took Gold medals at both the Los Angeles International Wine Competition and the Riverside International Wine Competition. The complexity of flavor makes for a classic match with grilled salmon or mushrooms
mb9393314$7.05
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
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.
rws25388$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
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
Rutherford Hill Merlot 375ml 2009
Rutherford Hill Merlot 375ml 2009  
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Rutherford Hill’s Merlot is an elegant, refined blend of classic Bordeaux varietals that create its rich aroma and flavor. The winery is perched high atop a hill overlooking Napa Valley, where the grapes are nurtured by deep volcanic soil and longer afternoon sun. An abundance of cherry and plum fruit flavors are backed by a rich, balanced structure for an intensely complex Merlot. Silky, full-flavored, firm, and built for today’s enjoyment with smooth tannins and lush layers of flavor.

Color: Brick Red
Aroma: Cherry, chocolate, anise, soy, clove, cocoa
Flavor: Round, smooth tannins, with flavors of cherries and plums and hints of anise, cocoa and clove
mb7324536$11.52
Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon [+] 2011
Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon [+] 2011  
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Santa Julia [+] represents their strong commitment to Sustainability, the people and the land. This wine has a nose mainly of black cherries, prunes, blackberries and spcies. It is full-bodied and rich, balanced with fine tannins and has a long and persistent finish.
mb9395754$10.40
Santa Julia Malbec [+] 2012
Santa Julia Malbec [+] 2012  
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Santa Julia + represents their strong commitment to Sustainability, the people and the land. This wine has good complexity in the nose with typical Malbec aromas of ripe fruits such as figs, plums and blackberries. Notes of vanilla, tobacco, coffee and chocolate. This Malbec is a full-bodied red wine with sweet tannins, good structure and a long finish.
mb9395794$10.40
Santa Julia Malbec Organica 2012
Santa Julia Malbec Organica 2012  
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100% organically grown Malbec from Santa Rosa and Maipu vineyards in Mendoza. It has a complex nose with varietal notes of ripe fruits, figs, prunes, jam and raisins. The body is good, with sweet tannins. The wine is well balanced by acidity and has a lingering and complex finish.
mb9395854$9.81
Segura Viduras Brut Reserve Cava
Segura Viduras Brut Reserve Cava  
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A Reserve Cava which perfectly accompanies any meal from start to finish. Pale straw yellow in color. Elegant and harmonious on the nose. Fresh and well balanced on the palate; ample flavors; the predominance of Macabeo is obvious. Very persistent fine mousse.
mb4587684$10.63
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
Woop Woop Shiraz 2012
Woop Woop Shiraz 2012  
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It’s deep in colour with great intensity, bursting with blackberry fruit juice, blueberry jam and masses of clean varietal Shiraz fruit. It’s well balanced with black liquorice, pepper and spice giving tremendous flavour and length. It weighs in at 15% alcohol! This wine was matured in French and American oak.
rws34344$10.58
Wyndham Estate Shiraz Bin 555 2010
Wyndham Estate Shiraz Bin 555 2010  
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George Wyndham became the father of Australian Shiraz after planting Australia’s first commercial Shiraz vineyard in 1830. His innovative spirit is a proud legacy that endures to this day at Wyndham Estate.

Wyndham Estate BIN wines are multiregional blends, with fruit sourced from amongst Australia’s premium viticultural regions. Created to be enjoyed now, BIN wines will also reward short term cellaring. The BIN range of wines reflect the full, intense fruit style for which Wyndham Estate is famous.

Colour: Deep crimson red with vibrant purple hues
Bouquet: The nose displays rich plum, blackberry and spicy fruit aromas complexed by subtle vanillin oak.
Palate: A rich, full bodied wine showing powerful berry fruit flavours; plums, dark cherries with slight lifted spice characters are evident. It is soft on the mid palate, with fine tannins and with a generous balance of integrated oak, all of which contribute to a finish of good persistence.
mb740254$10.04