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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
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$11.03
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  
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My family is fortunate to have lived and farmed in the center of the Napa Valley for five generations, During my childhood, our farmhouse was surrounded by vines as my parents were grape growers who sold their crop to local wineries. My dad, Charlie was also known as a talented home winemaker, so it was no surprise when he planted Cabernet wines on our land. The home wine he produced from those vines was very impressive and the impetus behind our decision to start a family winery- which is now in its third generation. We chose the name Caymus, a historical name given to our area of the Valley during the 19th century. This wine exemplifies our style of Cabernet out of a great vintage-deep colour, rich, concentrated and balanced. 2012 celebrates 40 years of producing our pride and joy, Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. -CHUCK WAGNER, OWNER/WINEMAKER
rws14990$59.99
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 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 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 Lalande Borie 1.5L 2003
Chateau Lalande Borie 1.5L 2003  
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rws30953$59.99
Chateau Larmande 2000
Chateau Larmande 2000  
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rws25130$29.99
Chateau le Gay 2003
Chateau le Gay 2003  
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rws29985$49.99
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 Vrai Canon Bouche 2003
Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche 2003  
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rws29804$17.99
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
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
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
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
Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots 2010
Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots 2010  
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Peter Michael's flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals: typically two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with roughly equal parts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot and just a touch of Petit Verdot.
rws26097$159.99
Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Cote 2012
Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Cote 2012  
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rws32127$229.99
Peter Michael Chardonnay la Carriere 2012
Peter Michael Chardonnay la Carriere 2012  
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La Carrière, “the quarry,” was named for its bowl shape and tremendously rocky soils. It typically offers the leanest most citrus like fruit profile of our Chardonnays.

L a Carrière is the steepest rockiest vineyard on our Knights Valley estate. Situated between 1,200 and 1,700 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes, some exceeding forty percent in grade, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. Shallow rocky soils provide excellent drainage, low fertility and the lowest average yields on the estate. Typically La Carrière offers the leanest most citrus like fruit profile of any of our Chardonnays coupled with vivid “liquid minerality” that speaks of sea salt and wet stones.
rws43846$129.99
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$159.99
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
Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon [+] 2012
Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon [+] 2012  
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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
Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis 2012
Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis 2012  
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ARTEMIS, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, is a wine that truly reflects its name. It’s the culmination of our hunt for the finest grapes from Napa Valley which, when combined with estate-grown fruit, combine to create a Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the regional character of Napa Valley with the signature style of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. This approach results in a wine of lush fruit flavors balanced by extraordinary structure and elegance. Whereas our Estate Cabernet Sauvignons showcase the distinctive characteristics of each vineyard, ARTEMIS demonstrates how astute grape selection and skillful blending can create a wine that represents the sum of Napa Valley’s best Cabernet Sauvignon parts.
rws30698$42.99
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
Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011  
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rws48167$8.82
Tilia Merlot 2012
Tilia Merlot 2012  
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rws48168$7.94
Woop Woop Shiraz 2013
Woop Woop Shiraz 2013  
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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