Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2009
Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 108658)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color has a black core with red/brick red rim. On the nose, it has elegant red and black fruits coupled with fine spice, floral and cedary oak. This wine is from a near perfect vintage and is quite closed, but will really open up in the next few months. The palate is tight and full of restraint. The red fruits build slowly, creating a wonderful juicy richness through the palate, yet is extremely focused at the same time, supported by well handled oak. The flavors are long and juicy, balanced by firm but fine tannins and vibrant acid. This wine is from probably our best vintage to date and will need a few months to settle down, but will age over the medium to long term and will drink well for at least the next decade if cellared well.
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About Two Hands Wines:

Two Hands Wines was founded in 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz. Their aim was, and still is, to produce the best possible wines from prized Shiraz growng regions throughout Australia. "Quality without compromise" is a core value that drives all decisions from fruit and oak selection to packaging and promotion. Winemaker Matt Wenk has been with Two Hands since 2002 and, together with Michael Twelftree, oversees every aspect of the winemaking process. Their flagship Shiraz, Ares, represents the very best parcels in each vintage and is sselected through an intense barrel classification process. This blend of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale Shiraz displays the incredible depth of flavor and balance that are hallmarks of this wine.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Jumilla    Spain   
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Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2006
Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2006
(search item no. 94331)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $12.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Garnet-purple, violet rim

Aroma: Mature fruits, blackberry, plum, hints of vanilla, roasted coffee, balsamic

Palate : Ample, mineral notes, mature tannins, sweetness, round and polished, long finish

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About Finca Luzon:

The estate was founded by the Gil family in 1916. For almost a century now they have strived to create wines that not only reflect the terroir of Jumilla but have an intense expression of the fruit and represent a good value in the market. They have achieved this goal through meticulous vineyard management and by adopting the latest technologies of winemaking available. The winery is located west of the town of Jumilla.

The grapes are sourced from the family-owned estate of 216 acres. The estate is surrounded by small mountains, 60 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyards are at the altitude of 1,500-2,100 ft. The soils are a combination of sand and chalk covered with chalky gravel and stones. Jumilla has a continental climate due to the high altitude of the region, despite the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea; there are large fluctuations in temperature from day to night during the growing season and cold winters. Rainfall is scant.



Red Wines    Grenache    Navarra    Spain   
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Vega Sindoa El Chaparral Grenache 2008
Vega Sindoa El Chaparral Grenache 2008
(search item no. 106673)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Decanter rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a wine made from old vines between 60 to more than 100 years old from 40 parcels on the hills that surround the town of Añorbe and are full of Chaparro trees (a type of Spanish oak tree). Total surface is 40.8 acres. The vineyards are oriented to the south-southeast. They are trained in the vaso system and yield 1.25 t /acre. The purpose of this project is to recover vines and small plots that were abandoned by the old winegrowers because of their low yields. They are also the closest Garnacha vineyards in Spain to the Atlantic Ocean.

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About Vega Sindoa:

Although the Valley of Valdizarbe has always been considered one of the best areas of production in Navarra and viticulture there is centuries-old, it almost disappeared due to the depressed prices of grapes and extreme weather conditions. This winery is one of the first to bring the vineyards back to the valley by the hands of an energetic winemaker, Concha Vecino, and an innovative vineyard manager, Jose Manuel Urricelqui.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Gerard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir 2007
Gerard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir 2007
(search item no. 108399)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Enthusiast's 2011 Wine Star Award Winner: European Winery of the Year

Blend: 50% Grenache - 35% Syrah – 15% Carignan

Tautavel produces a wine with exceptional style and a bouquet of ripe fruit (blackcurrants, blackberries), crystallized fruit and spices. The wine offers depth on the palate and a pleasant sweetness ccompanied by ripe tannins with spices lingering on the finish.

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About Gerard Bertrand:

Gerard Bertrand was born and raised in the South of France. Making wine with his father, Georges, since the age of 10, Gerard Bertrand offers the full range and diversity of wines from the region – red, white, rose, varietal, appellation, estate, still, sparkling, and dessert.

Every wine evokes the image and emotions from the South of France; "Art de Vivre" – the "art of life." Committed to producing quality wines of great value, Gerard is hands on in every facet which bears his name… and has been fortunate to receive great accolades from World Wide press reinforcing his dedication.

"I welcome all to experience the South of France; here at Chateau L'Hospitalet or at your own home or favorite restaurant."



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz 2008
Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 110652)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep crimson red with vibrant purple hues, the 2008 Bin 555 Shiraz shows a bouquet of lifted aromas of plum and blackberry supported by subtle spicy oak. On the palate, it is a rich, full-bodied wine showing intense berry fruit flavours; plums, dark cherries with lifted spice characters. The wine is soft and generous on the mid palate, with fine tannins and balanced with subtle oak nuances, all of which contribute to a finish of good persistence.

BIN 555 will reward medium term cellaring and complement most red meats, game and cheeses.

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Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
(search item no. 102894)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The mostly old vines that make up our Teldeschi are Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah, a mélange typical of older vineyard plantings in California. The three varieties are fermented separately and blended to taste. Native yeast fermentation, small open-top fermenters, manual punching down of the cap, minimal processing, and aging in small French oak cooperage all contribute to a style that brings out the best of the vineyard—power and big flavors. Teldeschi Vineyard is always the highest quality of the Zinfandel vineyards that Ravenswood crushes from the Dry Creek Valley.

The 2007 Teldeschi Zinfandel is richly perfumed with scents of black raspberry, apricot, and aromatic spices. Subtle tobacco flavors mingle with flavors of plum and cherry. Red and dark berries dominate the flavor, where they are joined by the typical Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel characters of vanilla, cherry, and sweet plum-like fruit.

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About Ravenswood:

Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful – gothic – character with which the winery has come to be associated.

A key to Ravenswood’s success is our long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, we are devoted to working with growers who share our philosophy about high quality.

Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what winemaker Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes.