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Bodegas Landaluce Fincas de Landaluce Crianza 2007
Bodegas Landaluce Fincas de Landaluce Crianza 2007
(search item no. 118436)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark cherry red. There are wonderful and rich aromas, combining rich red fruits with some spice and hints of vanilla. On the palate, the wine has a roundness to it with lots of layers of red fruit and some smoky characthers; savory and complex with fine tannins and freshness on the finish.
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About Bodegas Landaluce:

Building on decades of family wine-growing tradition, in 2000 Goyo L. Landaluce decided to embark on a new phase, founding Bodegas Landaluce to make his own wines. Bodegas Landaluce is located in Laguardia, at the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region; at the feet of the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range, on the road leading to the ancient settlement of La Hoya, in an area known as Piñuelas.


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Chateau de Reignac Bordeaux Superieur 2006
Chateau de Reignac Bordeaux Superieur 2006
(search item no. 116255)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The symmetrical 17th century Chateau de Reignac sits atop a gravelly plateau in the peninsular town of St. Loubes, but a stones throw away from the Gironde River. The 200 acre vineyard is planted on rolling hills in clay and gravel soil. Through pruning and green harvesting, yields were limited to just 35 hls/ha (2 ton/acre) The fruit was hand harvested in mid September, the fruit was table sorted twice, before and after destemming to eliminate any less than perfect grapes. The final blend is 75% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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About Château de Reignac:

Château de Reignac sits atop the highest point in the parish of Saint Loubes, overlooking a 135-hectare clay and gravel rise that includes a single 80-hectare block of vines.

The original château was built by Seigneur Baude de Peyron in the 16th century. It was remodeled in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the late 1800s, a central courtyard was added that features his signature wrought iron railings and in 1868, a remarkable greenhouse was designed by Gustave Eiffel.

The present owners, Yves and Stephanie Vatelot, purchased Reignac in 1990 and have worked continuously ever since to restore the estate to its former glory while introducing numerous innovations. The world-renowned Michel Rolland is their consulting oenologist.

"Reignac is the standard bearer for what can be achieved by a passionate proprietor who cuts yields to a minimum, and does everything right in the cellar. Reignac is the leading candidate for the finest generic Bordeaux produced year in and year out. It can compete favorably with classified growths..."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate



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Chateau Maris Syrah La Touge Minervois 2006
Chateau Maris Syrah La Touge Minervois 2006
(search item no. 111962)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah is a beautiful purple color. It is a rich and elegant wine with blackberry flavors and cassis and blueberry on the nose. Full bodied with good extraction and well balanced acidity, the tannins are silky smooth. Blueberry flavors lead to a long finish with subtle herbes de Provence and refreshing mocha and vanilla notes.

100% Syrah

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About Chateau Maris:

Château Maris is the vision of Englishman Robert Eden, who emigrated to France over 20 years ago to pursue his dream of crafting wines that reflect, rather than mask the land on which the grapes are grown. Robert's approach to winemaking is based on the fundamental premise that wine is "grown", not "made".

To craft wines that reveal the true character of the land, Château Maris strictly adheres to biodynamics, which is in effect a supercharged system of organic farming. Similar to organic farming, biodynamics adopts a holistic approach that views the entire vineyard as a living system that is impacted by its surroundings. Biodynamics seeks to encourage vitality in the vineyard by introducing live matter into the soil through intensive composting. In addition, biodynamics places a strong emphasis on harnessing naturally occurring cycles.



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Dom. du Pere Pape Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau de Ma Mère 2005
Dom. du Pere Pape Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau de Ma Mère 2005
(search item no. 114024)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Comes from a selection of very old vines located on the "Crau". One of the plots was planted after the phylloxera outbreak of 1866. The owners' father named the wine in memory of his mother. Until the 2003 vintage, this cuvée was a blend of 80 % Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Since the 2004 and 2005 vintages more Mourvèdre have been used, up to 20%, from younger vines. This cuvée is aged in new foudres for 12-18 months.
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Chateau Maris Syrah La Touge Minervois 2005
Chateau Maris Syrah La Touge Minervois 2005
(search item no. 94686)
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Château Maris La Touge Syrah is a beautiful deep purple color. The La Touge Syrah is rich and powerful, with layers of blackberry, crème de cassis, and dark plum on the nose. Moderate tannins and blueberry flavors lead to a long finish with soft, lingering spice notes.
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About Chateau Maris:

Château Maris is the vision of Englishman Robert Eden, who emigrated to France over 20 years ago to pursue his dream of crafting wines that reflect, rather than mask the land on which the grapes are grown. Robert's approach to winemaking is based on the fundamental premise that wine is "grown", not "made".

To craft wines that reveal the true character of the land, Château Maris strictly adheres to biodynamics, which is in effect a supercharged system of organic farming. Similar to organic farming, biodynamics adopts a holistic approach that views the entire vineyard as a living system that is impacted by its surroundings. Biodynamics seeks to encourage vitality in the vineyard by introducing live matter into the soil through intensive composting. In addition, biodynamics places a strong emphasis on harnessing naturally occurring cycles.



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Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2004
Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2004
(search item no. 88702)

PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $10.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: A captivating ruby red

Bouquet: Fresh and intense; infused with scents of wild berries and hints of vanilla.

Taste: Medium-full-bodied; on the palate it expands into a warm, robust flavor that is attractively assertive and well-balanced.

Serving Suggestions: Outstanding with flavorful first courses and appetizers and a natural companion to red meat entrées.

One of the great names in Piedmontese winemaking, Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo dates back as far as the 12th century, when the land-owning Falletti family of Piedmont's Barolo district was granted titles of nobility. Today the estate owns about 100 acres of vineyard in the Langhe, including some of the finest vineyards in the district.

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About Marchesi di Barolo:

Setting precedents is a characteristic of Piedmontese winemaking and Marchesi di Barolo, one of the region's premier producers of Barolo, is no exception. In the mid-1800s, Marchesi di Barolo became the first estate in Italy to vinify its red wines in a dry style, a revolutionary concept at the time, but one with enduring and immensely beneficial consequences for the entire Italian wine industry.

In contrast to its noble French counterparts, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, which flourish in various corners of the world, Nebbiolo rarely thrives outside its native Piedmontese habitat. While relatively resistant to frost, damp and mist, it is highly sensitive to terrain, faring best in the Langhe district's chalky, marly soil of maritime origin.

Producing majestic red wines of phenomenal depth, complexity and longevity, Nebbiolo is the earliest red grape variety in Piedmont to bud and the last to ripen. Its name derives from the early morning mists, or "nebbia," that shroud the lower slopes of the Langhe hillsides during the fall harvest period.

The Marchesi di Barolo estate takes pride in the international reputation it has established for its fine Barolo DOCG and two superb single-vineyard crus, Barolo Cannubi DOCG and Barolo Sarmassa DOCG, all made from 100% estate-grown Nebbiolo grapes.



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Alamos Malbec 2007
Alamos Malbec 2007
(search item no. 94770)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $8.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Alamos Malbec has a dark, blackish purple color. The nose shows ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
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About Alamos:

From the vineyard to the winery, the Alamos wines are made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang time, preserving the fruit's full spectrum of aromas and flavors.

At the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled and two to four year old barrels are used to age the wines.



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Ruffino Il Leo Chianti Superiore 2006
Ruffino Il Leo Chianti Superiore 2006
(search item no. 93345)

PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $11.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Ruby red

Aroma: Vibrant and generous. The first, flowery impressions are reminiscent of sweet violet, followed by hints of cherry and red berries with delicate spicy tones of vanilla and cloves, due to the aging in wood. The finish is elegant and impressive with notes of nutmeg.

Tasting profile: The attractive smoothness of the taste is a result of a good balance between tannin profile, alcohol and fruity body. The length on the palate is noteworthy with fragrant fruity notes.

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About Ruffino:

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.



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Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2005
Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 91049)

PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $19.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Pinot Noir Jadot is a pure varietal wine produced from Pinot Noir musts and wines selected from village-level vineyard sites throughout the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise. As with several of their smaller wines, Maison Louis Jadot practices a "réplis" to improve the quality of the wine by declassifying some wines of higher appellation to be incorporated into the blend. The final lots are carefully chosen, and, depending on the vintage, aged for a number of months in oak casks to evoke the clean, ripe red berry flavors and earthiness of the grape mellowed by a subtle touch of wood.

Reflective of the Jadot style, Pinot Noir Jadot is harmonious and balanced, with a plump fruitiness and silky texture offset by round, gentle tannins in a wine of medium body and elegant structure. The very typical, fragrant varietal bouquet is complemented by a delicious, lingering finish.

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About Maison Louis Jadot:

The House of Louis Jadot has been producing exceptional Burgundy wines since its founding in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot. For the past 150 years Louis Jadot has continued as one of the great names of Burgundy and has gained international reputation for its superb red and white Burgundy wines. Louis Jadot is not only one of the largest producers of estate Burgundies of the Cote d'Or, it is one of the most celebrated exporters of premium Burgundies, owning close to 140 acres of vineyards from 24 of the most prestigious sites in Burgundy.


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Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2005
Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2005
(search item no. 93450)

PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 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:

Color: Brilliant ruby red.

Bouquet: Intense, rich aroma of red berries and spice

Taste: Soft and balanced, with flavors of cherries and strawberries leading into a smooth finish.

Serving suggestions: Enjoy with red or white meats, pâtés and hard cheeses.

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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.