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Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva 2012 Unfiltered
Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva 2012 Unfiltered  
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Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in oak vats. Aged for 24 months in barrels made from oak chosen in our cooperage. Before bottling the wine is fined using fresh egg whites. After bottling, the wine will undergo a refining process for at least a further 12 months in our cellar.

On the nose, it displays ripe, dark fruit, grape syrup, bitter chocolate and as it opens up, hints of spices such as pepper, vanilla and a little mountain scrub begin coming through.

On the palate, it is balanced, with a soft touch of acidity to give it good potential for cellaring. The attack is broad and long, with an evolution in the mouth which spreads silky and mineral sensations before concluding with sweet tannins which still have a bit of “grip” and will benefit from some “time out” for their full integration.

In the retro-olfaction the notes of oak and mountain scrub are more clearly defined, repeating the impressions noted in direct olfaction but with a greater preponderance. It is a vintage with “character”.
rws25439$21.99
Bodegas Teso la Monja Romanico 2012
Bodegas Teso la Monja Romanico 2012  
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rws48798$11.99
Brancott Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Brancott Sauvignon Blanc 2011  
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Sauvignon Blanc is grown almost everywhere in New Zealand, but it’s in Marlborough that this variety finds its finest expression of anywhere in the world. Winemaking influences are kept to a minimum. Slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel retains the crisp fruit flavours. Cellaring is normally avoided to retain the youthful freshness of the wine. Tastes like cut grass, gooseberry, capsicum/bell pepper, with riper styles displaying melon, nectarine or passionfruit. Enjoy with tangy food – avocado, oysters, trout, salmon, mussels, crayfish or salads.
gz7164515$9.04
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.

Blend: 73.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% Cabernet Franc, 12.5% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot

Donald L. Bryant, Jr., is driven by the pursuit excellence and realizing the full potential of his extraordinary Pritchard Hill estate. Investing in his passion for wine, the St. Louis businessman acquired the 13-acre vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessey in the late 1980s and replanted it with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon using modern viticulture practices. The first vintage was released in 1992, and soon after Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon won critical acclaim and became internationally recognized as a world-class wine. Don Bryant’s goal is to celebrate the first-growth vineyard terroir while paying homage to the great winemaking traditions of Bordeaux.
rws49346$429.99
Ca'Momi Rosso Di Napa
Ca'Momi Rosso Di Napa  
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An extroverted dry red wine that is light in body but deceptively rich in flavor. The nose exhibits fig, caramelized sugar, coffee and chocolate, while the palate brings ripe cherries, berries, dark plum together with cedar, sandalwood and coffee. Powerfully engaging and balanced with good acidity on the long finish. This is a satisfying blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Petite Sirah that can be enjoyed everyday.
rws52651$6.71
Castano Solanera 2013
Castano Solanera 2013  
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rws37622$12.99
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  
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The 2014 growing season was another great one in Napa Valley. The Caymus Cabernets are a blend of wines from eight of the sixteen sub-appellations – a bottling that represents complexity through judicious blending. Deep red and opulent in color with the vibrant scent of dark cherry and blackberry, subtly layered with warm notes of vanilla. The palate is explosive, bright and balanced with cassis at the center, with flourishes of cocoa and sweet tobacco.

As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).
rws14990$64.99, 6 for $330.00
Chapoutier Cote Rotie La  Modoree 1998
Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Modoree 1998  
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rws23769$149.99
Chateau Peby Faugeres 2003
Chateau Peby Faugeres 2003  
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rws29995$59.99
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
Colgin IX Estate 2013
Colgin IX Estate 2013   
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rws60348$479.99
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
Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2011
Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2011  
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The classic Malbec aromas of ripe plum and violets are evident in the nose, with hints of vanilla. The beauty of the Malbec in Argentina is its ability to combine a rich, weighty mouth feel with a soft silkiness normally associated with lighter wines. Elsa Malbec takes the promise of the nose through to the palate, with pleasing fruit that mimics the aroma. The soft, supple palate leads to a lingering finish.

Elsa Malbec is the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of foods, such as salmon or other flavorful fish, pork and beef.
rws34587$7.04
Finca Villacreces Pruno 2012
Finca Villacreces Pruno 2012  
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One of the most sought-after pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the estate of Villacreces sits next to Vega Sicilia, perhaps (historically) the most famous property in the region. It was owned for years by the Cuadrado family but in 2003 was sold to the Anton family, owners of a Rioja bodega Izadi and one of Spain’s most famous Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque country. All of the grapes for Pruno are grown on the estate, and aged 5 and 25 years old. The wine is aged 12 months in 2 year old French oak.

Deep, black cherry color. Aromas of red fruit embodied with toffee oaky hints from the aging in French barrel revealing a sweety and fruity wine on the mouth. Reminiscences of ripen fruit and liquorice. It offers a pleasant and soft aftertaste.
rws48808$14.99
Flegenheimer Paisant Red 2014
Flegenheimer Paisant Red 2014  
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As with Flegenheimer Reserve Red, Ben Glaetzer, is making this 96% Grenache/4% Shiraz blend. Cuttings were taken from a very old Grenache vineyard in McLaren Vale known for producing a delicate, perfumed expression of the varietal. When ready, the cuttings were planted as bush vines on the western slope of Hammerschlag’s property. This portion of the vineyard has the hardest soil and is quite windy. In short, it is the toughest spot on the property which is exactly where Grenache should be. The varietals were harvested, made and aged separately. The wine did spent a few months in neutral barrels but was largely matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve its elegant perfume and aromatic character. After 12 months, the wine was blended and bottled with only a very light filtration.
rws58496$14.99
Hazana Rioja Vendimia 2014
Hazana Rioja Vendimia 2014  
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Hazaña is a recently introduced custom cuvée made in partnership between Eric Solomon and Rafael de Haan. British born and educated, Rafael joined the UK wine trade in 2000 and early on realized that he rather have a career closer to the vine. In 2001 he moved to Barcelona, brokered some wine and opened a tapas bar before setting up his first property, Bodegas Abanico, in Rioja with his partner Nuria Altes.

Named for the ancient, poetic tales of heroism, Hazaña is made at Viñicola Real in the classical style of Rioja. The fruit comes from the vicinity of Logroño at 500 meters above sea level and on red clay and chalky limestone soils. A blend of Tempranillo with up to 15% Graciano, it is aged in French and American oak before release.
rws59805$9.99
Lamadrid Reserva Malbec
Lamadrid Reserva Malbec  
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An Agrelo terroir-driven Malbec that is complex with very concentrated berry, dark chocolate and spice. Full bodied, smooth tannis, and a flavorful finish.

Lamadrid is the name of the family of the owner and founder, Guillermo García Lamadrid.
rws48601$16.99
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.
rws51198$39.99
Mas Alta La Bassetta 2005
Mas Alta La Bassetta 2005  
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La Basseta vintage is the result of a blend from several plots of carignan, grenache and cabernet. The vines vary in age from 15 – 100 years. Bodegas Mas Alta's selection criteria for producing this wine is based on successfully expressing the terroir combined with a sensation of finesse and indulgence. Throughout the process of producing their vintages, they aim to obtain sensitive and complex wines. La Basseta is undoubtedly the most feminine wine in their range. The intensity of the fruit blended with a long and silky finish make for a feminine feel...

Selected by Michel Tardieu, their barrels originate from France’s most noble forests. Wines are matured for 14-18 months on fine lees enabling them to obtain the quintessential expression of each vintage. A key stage in the wine-making process, maturing adds that vital touch of personality to a great wine.
rws37523$45.56
Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  
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Deep ruby color. Intense dark fruit aroma of black currant, followed by wet earth, mushroom, and caramelized sugar. Hints of dried herb and the classic California bay that is a signature of Mt. Veeder round out the nose. Earthy flavors that evoke the mountain, along with dark chocolate, black olive, and sweet bay leaf. The palate is long and rich with classic cassis flavors that linger. The soaring structure and acidity ensure its ageability for years to come.

Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.

Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.

Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property.
mb2491864$24.97
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$34.99
Orin Swift Papillon Red Blend 2013
Orin Swift Papillon Red Blend 2013  
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From the creator of "The Prisoner", Papillon is a full and rich Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The fruit originates from some of Napa Valley's most celebrated appellations including Howell Mountain, Saint Helena, Rutherford, and Oakville. Marked with intensity and grip, the aim is to showcase a wine that's as fitting as the label photographed by the renowned Greg Gorman, and hand model Vince Tofanelli - a 3rd generation grape grower and friend. Papillon takes flight upon release with aging potential up to 8 years.

Composed of all five Bordeaux varieties, Papillon is a Cabernet based red wine. The goal was to make a stand alone wine that incorporates all the majesty of Cabernet Sauvignon with the subtleties of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and the power of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Winemaker Notes
The wine casts a dark shade of crimson with a tinge of magenta on the rim of the glass. Classic aromas of currant, cassis, and plum are instantly present along with soft French oak notes and some cedar box accents. Rich and opulent, flavors of Bing cherry, ripe blackberry, mocha, espresso, and black licorice welcome the palate. The density and concentration is succeeded with round and silky tannins providing an incredibly long finish.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

Aged 16 months in French oak, 15.1% Alc./Vol.
rws46760$54.99
Peter Michael Chardonnay ma Belle Fille 2012
Peter Michael Chardonnay ma Belle Fille 2012  
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A core of lean citrus and vivid minerality, layered with baked apple and nectarine. The name translates to “My Daughter In-Law” in honor of Emily Michael, Paul Michael’s wife.
rws42711$229.99
Rombauer Chardonnay 2015
Rombauer Chardonnay 2015  
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Enticing aromas of ripe apple, bright citrus and melon are layered with creme brulee, baking spices and a touch of butter. Vibrant flavors of tropical fruit, baked apple, citrus and white peach meld with vanilla, baking spices and toasted nuts on the creamy, smooth palate. The finish is juicy with mouth-watering acidity that makes you crave another sip.

"Over the last two decades, Rombauer and Chardonnay have nearly become synonymous. A consistent favorite in all of the wine channels—restaurant, retail and other—this wine often runs out of stock before the next vintage is released. In 2015, the winery simply made a beautiful wine. Full of sun-ripened fruits—apples, peaches, and citrus—this wine is so dinner table ready. Drinks well now. (Tasted: August 22, 2016, San Francisco, CA)"
-92 Points, Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
rws4244$29.99
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$10.81
Tessellae Carignan VV
Tessellae Carignan VV  
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rws57446$11.97
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  
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The nose is full of ripe black fruits with subtle notes of clove, black pepper, and sweet tobacco. On the palate, flavors of black raspberries and cassis yield to more subtle notes of cedar, vanilla, and sweet spice. The fine-grained tannins lend structure to the wine, which has a soft, lingering finish.
rws43218$7.94
Tilia Malbec 2014
Tilia Malbec 2014  
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Aromas of black cherries and plums are accompanied by notes of violets and vanilla. On the palate the wine is rich and full-bodied with flavors of juicy blackberries, cranberries, and black currants abound, followed by notes of vanilla and sweet spice.

Pair this Malbec with a meat dish that mirrors its tangy berry flavors like cranberry pot roast or roast duck with sour cherry sauce.
rws48167$8.23
Vina Pedrosa La Navilla 2009
Vina Pedrosa La Navilla 2009  
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rws57135$19.99