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Atalaya La Atalaya 2008
Atalaya La Atalaya 2008
(search item no. 105095)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $11.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby in color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, red plum, raspberry, red cherry, strawberry, sweat, leather, spice, white pepper, chalky dusty soil, with some oak. On the palate, dry, medium tannin, medium body, very pretty spices and fruit, with a sweaty component that is distinctly sexy in it's exoticness, with nice balance, and a solid finish.
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About Atalaya:

The winery was founded in 2003, but the family has 3 generations in vine cultivation. The main building is in the midst of vineyards, so the quality of the grapes remain intact in its short trip from vine to press.

This winery has 25 hectares of vineyards, which use the trellis system and drip-irrigation. The bodega cultivates Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,Monastrell and produces about 50,000 bottles a year. It has 100 oak barrels, 80 American oak and 20 French, as well as stainless steel tanks with a capacity for 125,000 gallons.The premiere wine of this here is the Atalaya Crianza and its can be tasted in a tasting room that offers winery visits.



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Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico 2006
Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico 2006
(search item no. 105950)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $11.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red in color with violet towards the rim. Shows aromas of red fruit and light vanilla. Full red fruit with hints leather and spice on the palate. Medium-bodied with good acidity,soft tannins and medium oak on the lingering finish. Great southern Italian red for sipping, rich first courses, meat, or anything grilled.
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About Vesevo:

The Vesevo estate is the final and most poetic project of Valentino Sciotti (also of Caldora, and Feudi di San Marzano). The name Vesevo is meant to pay homage to Mount Vesuvio and the special microclimate of the area which is rich in minerals fundamental for growing fine grapes with a unique complexity. Vesevo's straight varietal bottlings of Campania's traditional Falanghina, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, and Aglianico are some of the most expessive in the region, showing that great fruit concentration and floral nuance can live hand in hand with the region's structured mineral reputation.


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Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2007
Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2007
(search item no. 107314)
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant ruby red. Intense, rich aroma of red berries from wild strawberries to notes of cherry and spice. An overall sensation of freshness. Soft and balanced, with flavors of cherries and strawberries leading into a smooth finish.
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About Feudi di San Gregorio:

A modern expression of a centuries-old tradition of passion and dedication to the land, Feudi di San Gregorio is Campania's premier winemaking estate. Situated in the village of Sorbo Serpico in one of Italy's most exciting and innovative wine regions, Feudi di San Gregorio was established in 1986 in a joint venture between the Ercolino and Capaldo families of Irpinia. The proprietors of this family-run estate have selected the finest vineyards in which to nurture this region's unique, indigenous varietals.

The results have been remarkable – the wines of Feudi di San Gregorio have met time and again with stellar reviews and have garnered international critical acclaim. Owner and winemaker Enzo Ercolino works closely with consultant Riccardo Cotarella, one of Italy's foremost enologists.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2005
Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2005
(search item no. 107144)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#52 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

90% Tempranillo, 6% Mazuelo, 4% Graciano.

Dense bright cherry color. Atrractive and intense nose where aromas of red fruits stand out with notes of bakery and fine wood. Very full in the mouth, fresh and fruity with sweet and powerful tannins. A reserve that will improve with time.

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About Bodegas Beronia:

Bodegas Beronia is found in the Rioja Alta area of the region which is situated to the west. In this area the soil is mainly calcareous clay soil and the vineyards are on average at an altitude of 600 metres. This area’s climatic infl uences are from the Atlantic however due to the Cantabria and Demanda mountain ranges it is sheltered from the worst Atlantic infl uences. It also boasts the Ebro river which creates a series of microclimates and provides much needed water for the vines. The situation of Bodegas beronia is considered to be a unique place for the creation of wines of high quality.

The grapes used at Beronia come from vineyards from within a tenmile radius of the cellars, ensuring that only the highest quality grapes enter the winery. A close relationship is maintained with the 150 vinegrowers who supply the grapes, guaranteeing that only the best quality grapes are selected and that the process is done so in the most natural way. Our technical experts frequently visit the estates to ensure that the use of fertilisers and chemicals are kept to a minimum. It is our priority to maintain healthy and high quality grapes.

Beronia, true to its tradition, produces a classic line of fi ne and well-balanced wines, crianza, reserva and gran reserva. In addition to these two white wines, a young Viura and a barrel fermented Viura. However they satisfy their innovative and avant-garde side with an interesting range of single variety wines, special production Tempranillo and Beronia Mazuelo reserva, making them the only winery in Rioja to produce a reserve wine from the Mazuelo grape.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 2000
Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 2000
(search item no. 88943)

PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Sangiovese

Traditional in its complexity, roundness, and elegance, yet modern in its intense fruitiness, accessibility and soft tannins. Deep dark cherry color, with concentrated cherry, chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Badia a Passignano Riserva is produced exclusively from the finest, most highly selected grapes grown on the estate of the same name situated in the Chianti Classico area. The abbey, which is located in an area that has been inhabited at least since the Etruscan period, is one of the finest fortified abbeys in the area. It has been renowned for its wine production for over 1,000 years. The Antinori family bought the 325 hectares' estate around the abbey (which is own by Vallombrosian monks)in 1987, including the use of the monastery cellars.

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About Antinori:

The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.


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Antinori Villa Toscana 2003
Antinori Villa Toscana 2003
(search item no. 83901)

PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Syrah

Antinori has produced Chianti Classico, one of the most widely known wines in the world, for centuries. This particular wine was introduced in 1928 by Niccolò, Piero Antinori's father, as the first Chianti produced specifically to improve with age. Villa Antinori Riserva, which has become the bench-mark for Chianti Classico Riserva, is only produced in good vintage years. The wine's label, which had remained unchanged since 1928, was slightly restyled with the 1990 vintage.

Intense ruby red colour. Fruity hints on the nose blend well with the toasty, chocolate and vanilla notes from ageing in wood. A complex, harmonious and well-structured wine with smooth tannins and persistant fruity hints.

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About Antinori:

The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.


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Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2004
Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2004
(search item no. 91851)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Impressive dark ruby color. Expressive aromas of blackcurrant, plum, mint and cigar box, all lifted by a mineral element. Dense and rich, combining Pinot Noir-like texture and refinement with Syrah-like flavors of rare meat and raspberry liqueur. This boasts a wonderfully tactile feel and a remarkably long, palate-staining finish. A great Chianti with loads of personality."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
95 Points

Brilliant, rich ruby red. Spicy nose with floral notes and wild berry nuances. Spice continues in the mouth, nicely complemented by a dense, soft fabric of youthful tannins; excellent structure and superb overall character.

If there is exceptional location to gaze out over all of Fèlsina and its surrounding areas, that place is the vineyard on the ancient Rancia estate, at over 410 metres altitude. Its grapes are vinified and bottled separately. The vineyard lies completely within the Chianti Classico zone; its climate and soils are characteristic of the entire valley centred on Siena and bear witness –not only ideally- to its close relationship to the areas of Montalcino, of Montepulciano, and of the Maremma.

From 1983 on, Rancia' s 100% sangiovese has consistently reflected its own terroir, demonstrating a lengthy progression, a liveliness, and an elegance truly rare and distinctive.

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About Fattoria di Felsina:

In the 17 published editions of Gambero Rosso, Italy’s acclaimed wine rating guide, this Tuscan estate has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award 17 times. They are a favorite of IWM, Robert Parker, and any Tuscan wine enthusiast. And they did it by revealing the true essence of the Sangiovese grape and the Chianti Classico terroir. What this tells us is that this is a winery of consistency, producing Chianti Classicos with the ability to age up to two decades for the right vintage. Much like the great Brunello estates, it is the marriage of an ideal microclimate and the uncompromising commitment of a dedicated staff that educes the full character of Tuscany's noble grape, even in off vintages. Even more importantly, this is a producer who creates compelling wines and releases them at contained prices, making Felsina accessible to all wine enthusiasts and one of Italy's greatest values!


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Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 2005
Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 93720)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright and lively, this medium-bodied Chardonnay offers inviting aromas of lemon, yellow nectarine and mango. This beautiful fruit carries over on the palate with yellow stone fruit flavors and lightly-toasted oak characters of caramel and toffee. Rich, ripe and perfectly balanced, this wine lingers in the mouth with hints of hazelnut and nutmeg.

Planted in the heart of Alexander Valley and cooled by fog from the nearby Russian River, Belle Terre Vineyard ("Beautiful Land") captures the classic essence of this premier Chardonnay appellation. This wine is 100% fermented in French oak barrels and goes through secondary malolactic fermentation.

"The 2005 Chardonnay Belle Terre Vineyard exhibits abundant notes of honeysuckle, white peaches, and apricots in its medium to full-bodied personality. With terrific freshness, purity, and length, it should drink well for 4-5 years."
-Wine Advocate

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About Chateau St. Jean:

Chateau St. Jean is a winemaking estate located at the foot of the Sugarloaf Ridge in Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California. Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in Vineyard Designated wines. Winemaker Steve Reeder has built a reputation for making wines of power and elegance. With over 20 years of vineyard and winemaking experience, his knowledge of Sonoma makes him a master in highlighting the best of each vineyard. Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious "Wine of the Year" award from Wine Spectator for its 1996 Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style blend of "five varieties."


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz 2006
Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 91126)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The name Woodcutters stems from when David Powell spent several years working in the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack or woodcutter in the Torbreck forest.

The Woodcutters Red, like all Torbreck wines, sources fruit from hand harvested and hand tended, low yielding vines. It is fermented and gently pressed, then aged for 12 months in large format seasoned barrels and foudres.

Although this wine is constantly praised for being succulent and rich, perhaps the best features of Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz are its complexity and texture which are rarely found at this price.

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About Torbreck:

Torbreck, founded in 1994 by David Powell, is situated at Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa. Since that time he has produced some of the world?s finest 'Rhone varietal' wines, exclusively from Barossa fruit; this has been acknowledged by the wine press in Europe, America and Australia. The overwhelming majority of his vines are dry-grown, nearly all are 80 - 125 years old and are tended and harvested by hand.

The wines have an extraordinary combination of power, intesity, complexity and great finesse, and bearing in mind the age of the vines and the laughably low yields, no Torbreck wine could ever be accused of being heavy, cloying or over-extracted.



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R Wines Boarding Pass Shiraz 2005
R Wines Boarding Pass Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 93169)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2005 Shiraz was aged in French and American oak for 12 months. Purple-colored, it is very expressive, with a nose of smoke, spice box, blackberry, and blueberry jam. Layered, supple-textured, sweet, and full-bodied, this seamless, crowd-pleasing wine offers a remarkably long finish for its humble price. Drink this awesome value over the next 6-8 years. The Boarding Pass label is just that, a dead ringer for an airplane boarding pass. According to Dan Philips, it is like going on a trip to Australia without leaving home while the First Class is a luxury upgrade. Aside from the humor, these two wines have more in common with Fed-Ex, delivering the goods right on time. R Wines is a new company founded by importer and marketing genius, Dan Philips, along with co-owner, renowned winemaker, Chris Ringland."
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About R Wines:

Based in Australia, R Wines produces wine from vineyards all over Australia including Riesling from Western Australia, Pinot Noir from Victoria, Shiraz from McLaren Vale and the Barossa just to name a few. R Wines was founded in 2005 by partners Dan Philips, and Chris Ringland. Chris is one of world's leading and most gifted winemakers. He leads teams of winemakers and viticulturalists managing vineyards Australia wide. R Wines that make it to the shelf are not merely sound and well-made, but are stylish, compelling, hand-crafted and peerlessly delicious. We believe that what goes on the bottle is as important as what goes in the bottle and work with world-class designers to create innovative, loud, brilliant labels that speak to consumers in ways unique to the wine world. The best Grenache in the world is in Australia. The Chateau Chateau project is a study of the effects of soil and place. Five icon vineyards and one blend with distinct expressions, soils and locations in the Barossa and McLaren Vale. There is no illusion, this project includes the world's best Grenache.