White Wines    Torrontes    Argentina    South America   
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Tomero Torrontes 2010
Tomero Torrontes 2010
(search item no. 111618)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright yellow color. Deep flower aromas like roses, blossoms and jasmine. Fresh in the mouth with some mineral notes.
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About Tomero:

The winery was built in the year 2002 on a family farm in the heart of Vistalba (Lujan de Cuyo). The architecture style is "criollo" or Argentine native style. This blends perfectly into the classic Mendoza terroir. Following the heritage of his ancestors and the traditional winemaking that the first Italian and Spanish immigrants brough to Argentina, this is where Carlos Pulenta developed his personal undertaking of blending wines involving members of his family, advisors, enologists, and a highly-esteemed group of people who knew the land well.


Red Wines    Mourvedre    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Castano Monastrell 2010
Bodegas Castano Monastrell 2010
(search item no. 111099)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This cuvée from Castaño is made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) from 30 year old vines. It is released young and is meant to be an easy drinking, everyday wine. It has a bright, fresh raspberry bouquet with dense, textured, cherry flavors on the palate. It is well structured with supple, integrated tannins.

This wine is a great match to simple, bistro-style fare but has enough body to hold up to hearty dishes including beef, game, and strong cheeses.

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About Bodegas Castano:

There are only a handful of wineries remaining in Yecla since the phyloxera plague, and they are led by the forward-thinking Bodegas Castano, which has helped to reinvigorate the winemaking in the region.

Created by Ramon Castano Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castano is not nearly as old as the vines it owns. Starting quite small, the family has nurtured these old plantings and re-planted other parcels and now owns 350 hectares of some of the prime vineyard land in Yecla. Today, Daniel Castano, one of Ramon's sons, runs the winery with the help of other members of the family.

The extremely talented Mariano Lopez has taken over the winemaker reins at the Bodega, and has turned the focus toward more balanced bottlings of older vine Monastrell. Both traditional and carbonic maceration techniques are used and all wines pass through malolactic fermentation. Daniel believes that the fruit and tannin structure of the Monastrell varietal stands up well to the use of oak, and as such, many of the wines pass (in varying degrees) through a barrel regime.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2010
Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2010
(search item no. 117165)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The aromas are perfumed, peppery, spicy, smoky and exhibit ripe red fruit notes. As always the palate texture of this style of wine is supple, smooth on the entry but with enough grip to end dry and refreshing. In the mouth, the texture and fineness of fruit tannin and drinkability of the wine is immediately evident.

Blend: 74% Shiraz, 10% Cinsault, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Grenache, 1% Carignan, 1% Mourvedre

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About Badenhorst:

AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. The 28 hectares of old bushvines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain.

The property is owned by the dynamic and good-looking cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst. They are originally from Constantia. Their grandfather was the farm manager of Groot Constantia for 46 years. Their fathers were born there and farmed together in Constantia, during the days when people still ate fresh vegetables and Hanepoot grapes, drank Cinsault and there were a lot less traffic lights and hippies still had a presence. Together these two have restored a neglected cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930s to make natural wines in the traditional manner.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Jumilla    Spain   
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Bodegas Carchelo C 2010
Bodegas Carchelo C 2010
(search item no. 113373)
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $12.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The three varieties that make up this wine (40% Monastrell, 40% Syrah, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) come together to shape a well structured, concentrated, and intensely aromatic blend. Good structure, mouth filling, powerful, black fruit and spiciness from Syrah, juicy and fresh.
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About Bodegas Carchelo:

Bodegas Carchelo dates from the early 1980s and pioneering efforts to modernize viticulture in what had been a backwater viticultural region. Founding partner Juan Sierva's nearly 700 acres of prime vineyards are widely distributed in the region, at widely varying altitudes and exposures. Varieties grown feature Monastrell (in France Mourvèdre, both ungrafted head-pruned and wire-trained vineyards) plus Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011
(search item no. 117974)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Meiomi (May-oh-mee) is a Pinot Noir that gets its fruit from the most noteworthy coastal areas in California. The wine is crafted, lush, balanced and luxurious. Three of the California's most sought after coastal growing regions brilliantly meld together in this deeply flavored, stylish and truly balanced Pinot Noir; at its most fundamental core, it is an approachable, food friendly wine with a style and place all its own.
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About Meiomi:

The name Meiomi means "coast" in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes, and best pays tribute to and symbolizes the origin of this Pinot Noir. Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Joseph J. Wagner is a fifth-generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since the 1880's. In his youth, he worked many spring and summer days in the vineyard and cellar of Caymus, learning the basics from pulling leaves, to dragging hoses. Then he began to focus his efforts on what was to become his passion and career in the wine business. He is the owner of Belle Glos and Meiomi wines and has been overseeing vineyard operations and winemaking since 2002. Joseph has a perpetual goal of crafting Pinot Noirs that exude their origins and represent the best of their class in any vintage. Along with his passion for Pinot Noir, he continues his role at Caymus in viticulture and winemaking alongside his father, Chuck. When not at work, he spends time with his wife and 5 children constantly grooming the next generation in farming philosophy and practices, winemaking and the enjoyment of nature's bounty and the outdoors.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2010
(search item no. 116607)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet, licorice and spices. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins. Saint-Esprit is a unique wine in the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation and can be paired with Provençale-style cuisine, game, stuffings and mixed grills.
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About Delas Freres:

Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977.

Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.



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Bodegas Castano Hecula 2009
Bodegas Castano Hecula 2009
(search item no. 113299)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red cherry color. Complex aromas of raspberry, mulberry and liquorice. Intense juicy blackberry flavours. Squashy acidity and long aftertaste.
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About Bodegas Castano:

There are only a handful of wineries remaining in Yecla since the phyloxera plague, and they are led by the forward-thinking Bodegas Castano, which has helped to reinvigorate the winemaking in the region.

Created by Ramon Castano Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castano is not nearly as old as the vines it owns. Starting quite small, the family has nurtured these old plantings and re-planted other parcels and now owns 350 hectares of some of the prime vineyard land in Yecla. Today, Daniel Castano, one of Ramon's sons, runs the winery with the help of other members of the family.

The extremely talented Mariano Lopez has taken over the winemaker reins at the Bodega, and has turned the focus toward more balanced bottlings of older vine Monastrell. Both traditional and carbonic maceration techniques are used and all wines pass through malolactic fermentation. Daniel believes that the fruit and tannin structure of the Monastrell varietal stands up well to the use of oak, and as such, many of the wines pass (in varying degrees) through a barrel regime.



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Menage a Trois Red Blend 2010
Menage a Trois Red Blend 2010
(search item no. 113181)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Ménage à Trois exposes the fresh, ripe, jam like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. Forward, silky and soft, this delicious dalliance makes the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats or chicken.
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About Menage a Trois:

Given the choice, would you rather be a party of one…or a Ménage à Trois? In a blended wine, the different varietals each bring something to the table, making for a more complex, delicious wine. As a master chef uses different ingredients to achieve the perfect recipe, a winemaker skillfully selects and blends different grape varieties to create harmonious and intriguing wines. With each of our playful blends of three, there's no doubt that the whole is greater (and more fun) than the sum of its parts.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Tuscany    Italy   
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Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 118301)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Cabernet Sauvignon has a vivid ruby color with a dark purple tinge. The nose is rich, displaying aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of oak and cinnamon. This is a smooth wine with good structure and a long finish tasting of red fruit.
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About Prelius:

Prelius is the name given by the Romans to the ancient costal lake of Prile. Already with the Etruscans the land surrounding the lake was a flourishing community dedicated to fishing and to the commerce of salt. The coastal lake used to lay from the Argentario peninsula to Castiglione della Pescaia, separated from the sea by a sandy strip that is now the marvelous pine-wood of Grosseto. Prile, where our vineyards are located, is 2 miles away from Castiglione della Pescaia along the slopes of the hilly amphitheater surrounding the ancient lake.

In this hilly amphitheater called Prelius, the vineyard is organically farmed by the Stianti Mascheroni family flourishes. This vineyard, also called Prelius, is the first venture outside of Chianti Classico for the Stianti Mascheroni family, leaders in Tuscany's organic viticultural movement.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Margaret River    Australia   
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Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107341)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon is mid to full depth in color, showing a purple-crimson hue. The nose displays fully ripened fruit with red berries, curry leaf, cassis and oak barrel spiciness. This wine is generous and inviting, opening to plush red fruits building to a full mid palate fleshiness then leading to a complex meld of fruit, briar and edgy tannins. This modern styled Cabernet and, though the palate sensations are long, they are refreshing. Enjoy with Tapas!
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About Ringbolt:

Western Australia's rugged southwest coastline is littered with shipwrecks – the wreck of the Ringbolt being one of them. Sunk in the late 1800s in what is now known as Ringbolt Bay, located on the southern tip of the Margaret River wine region, adjacent to Cape Leeuwin.

Defined by the oceans, the Margaret River region enjoys a temperate, maritime climate with high winter rainfall and pristine, robust sea breezes to cool the precious fruit – wonderful conditions for growing superior Cabernet Sauvignon. The name Ringbolt honors the heritage of the Margaret River wine region.

Senior Red Winemaker Peter Gambetta has over 20 vintages of winemaking experience which have seen him working in some of the world's premium wine-growing regions, most recently spending the 2005 European vintage in Bordeaux. This international perspective is part of what makes him an invaluable asset to Ringbolt. Working extensively in Coonawarra and Wrattonbully vineyards has given him an intimate understanding of premium Cabernet Sauvignon and outstanding red winemaking experience and skills.

Having always taken a meticulous approach to his winemaking, Peter believes in attention to detail at every stage. From harvesting at optimal ripeness and fruit flavor, barrel maturation and to continuing to monitor the wine once in bottle - ensuring they are released only at their most enjoyable.