Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Haraszthy Family Cellars Amador County Zinfandel 2009
Haraszthy Family Cellars Amador County Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 114281)

PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Alluring spicy aromas of raspberry, vanilla, nutmeg and white pepper. Nicely balanced on the palate, good fruit concentration and acidity. The wine exhibits a beautiful lingering finish.

This wine is an excellent compliment to red-sauce pasta dishes, grilled beef and roasted chicken with Mediterranean herbs.

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About Haraszthy Family Cellars:

The Haraszthy family has been in the wine business in Sonoma for six generations. Today, Haraszthy Family Cellars specializes exclusively in the production of hand crafted Zinfandels.

Solus Sto is Latin for "Stand Alone." It has been the Haraszthy Family Motto for many generations and served the family as a guiding winemaking directive. During their lives in Hungary, the Haraszthy's financial health was tied directly to the health of their vines. Funny how some things don’t change much. Solus Sto was passed down to each generation and spoke to the power of regular visits to each vine in the vineyard – this being truly the best fertilizer. It was important to biologically commune – to inspect the plants and to absorb their vibrations. Solus Sto was insurance against a bad crop.

Today's grape growers utilize state of the art vineyard management techniques and scientific modern advances developed to help maximize quality and production. This is why wine quality has improved in our day. But back then in Hungary it was old school and stood alone. To all its friends, Haraszthy Family Cellars continues to embrace Gypsy based viticultural practices. And yes, they also solute the tremendous strides science and technology have provided us as well. Haraszthy Family Cellars stands alone behind Zinfandel and produces no other grape variety.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
(search item no. 109773)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.
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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Montebuena Rioja 2009
Montebuena Rioja 2009
(search item no. 105253)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard.

Brilliant deep ruby red color, fruity aromas. Montebuena Red has a spicy vanilla bouquet and is smooth and fruity in the mouth with some well-integrated secondary nuances, full-flavored and a persistent pleasant finish.

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About Montebuena:

Montebuena is produced by Bodegas Burgo Viejo that were founded in 1987 by six families of farmers. Burgo Viejo's main asset has always been the exquisite winemaking process of grapes collected from its own vineyards throughout the years, back to the times when they were just a wine cellar selling in bulk (they started as a cooperative in the 1950's). Young Gorka Etxebarria is the leading winemaker and has been working with Burgo Viejo since December 2003.