Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva 2001
Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva 2001
(search item no. 124179)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/25/2014: $31.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Bodegas Muriel Gran Reserva has a medium ruby-brick color. Aromatic explosion of fine oak (vanilla, fine herb and spices), very mature fruit such as raisins, as well as caramel and subtle bottle ageing sensations (leather and tobacco). These aromas become more intense and complex as the wine begins to breathe. On the palate the wine is perfectly assembled, full of velvet silkiness. A classic Rioja that is only produced in superior vintages.

Ideal with all types of grilled and roasted meats. It also matches well with strong fish and all kind of cured cheeses. Tasty with chocolate desserts and puddings.

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About Bodegas Muriel:

Bodegas Muriel was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua revived his father's (Jose Murua) winery, which dates back to 1926 in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa (one of the three sub-regions that make up Spain's Rioja appellation). The cellars are in the quaint, historic village of Elciego, which is renowned for being surrounded by some of the best "terrior" in Rioja.

The name "Muriel" comes from the combination of the family name (Murua) and the name of the town itself (Elciego). Today, Julian and his son Javier run the winery with the mission to meld the long-held winemaking traditions of the region with new technologies and techniques in order to make wines that express the "best qualities" of the grapes coming from these fertile Riojan vineyards.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Central Coast    California   
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Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Vineyard 2008
Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Vineyard 2008
(search item no. 123995)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/25/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Hillside Estate Syrah shows notes of black pepper, raspberries, cola and Proven├žal herbs. The flavors round out into friendly accents of sweet French oak. This is a high-quality wines that could benefit from a few years in the cellar.
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About Qupe:

Qupe was founded in 1982 by Bob Lindquist. Located at the Bien Nacido Vineyard in northern Santa Barbara County, Qupe's current production is about 25,000 cases. Varietals produced include Chardonnay, Syrah, Marsanne, Viognier, a Syrah/Mourvedre blend, a Viognier/Chardonnay blend and Roussanne.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Antinori Villa Toscana 2009
Antinori Villa Toscana 2009
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 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:

Intense ruby red in color. The wine opens with intense aromas of ripe cherries, spice, chocolate and hints of mint. The wine is full-bodied with a palate of rich fruit and spice. The tannins are round and velvety and lead to a lingering finish.
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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.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Clare Valley    Australia   
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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2010
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/25/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage has a deep black red color and excellent clarity. It displays lifted notes of pepper spice, nutmeg and caraway seed with lashings of boysenberry mixed with spearmint. The palate is medium bodied and seamless with an abundance of choc-mint, raspberries and black cherries, all wrapped up in integrated, well seasoned oak. This wine is ideally suited to good food, good friends and good conversation.
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About Jim Barry:

From the heart of South Australia, Jim Barry was a legendary and beloved Clare Valley identity. Since 1959, Jim Barry Wines reflect the Barry family's commitment to making table wines with an emphasis on quality and enjoyment. Jim Barry's philosophy of winemaking was very simple: own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavors possible and retain these flavors during winemaking. The rich, full-bodied Jim Barry wines distinctly embody this simple winemaking philosophy.