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Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 97552)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
The Wine News rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine News rating: 96 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine News rating: 93 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep-ruby red. Ripe plums, cassis, chocolate and tobacco, accompanied with notes of vanilla on the nose. Elegant, full-bodied with mature tannins, which make the wine complex and pleasant.
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About Vina Concha y Toro:

Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


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Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2009
Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2009
(search item no. 121680)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Cinq Cepages is a complex and layered wine. Its deep garnet color meets vibrant aromas of blackberry, black plum, clove spice and rich mocha notes in the glass. Secondary aromas of raspberry and cherry mingle with notes of violet and pomegranate. The aromas lead to a juicy palate with flavors of blueberry and blackberry. Nuanced notes of roasted coffee, black tea and a distinct dark chocolate component add to the complexity. The full-bodied wine has smooth, silky tannins that offer solid structure but do not overwhelm. This 20th Anniversary vintage wine is well-balanced and delicious tasting now but powerful enough to reward with cellaring.

Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

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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."


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Santa Rita Triple C 2008
Santa Rita Triple C 2008
(search item no. 127983)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#47Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

The 2008 Triple C begins deep, intense ruby red color. On the nose, the wine has a well-developed bouquet with a rich combination of blackcurrant and the floral nuances associated with delicate undertones of graphite, tar, chocolate and vanilla. Elegant and well structured, this wine has an excellent balance and wonderful persistence.

Delicious with wild game and fowl, ripe cheeses, and spicy red meats. The wine is unfiltered in order to completely maintain its character, therefore we recommend decanting it before serving

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About Vina Santa Rita:

Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile's premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile's Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile.

In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Ricardo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile's most successful and innovative estates. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series of wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real and Triple C. Wide-ranging enhancements embrace the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Today Santa Rita exports to more than 70 countries worldwide. The property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations - the Maipo Valley; Casablanca; Rapel; Apalta; Leyda and Curico - enabling access to diverse climates and terrain.



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Veramonte Red Blend 2012
Veramonte Red Blend 2012
(search item no. 127021)
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PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

To create a Red Blend that reveals layer after layer of rich flavors and luscious textures, we combined five distinct varietals from our three estate vineyards in Chile. Merlot from our cool climate Casablanca estate adds bright notes of cherry and raspberry; Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from our Apalta estate adds dark notes of fig, blackberry and black current, as well as richness and structure; Carmenere and Cabernet Franc from our Marchigue vineyard in Colchagua Valley completes this blend with roundness, earthiness and a hint of spice. To create a seamless blend of superior character, we co-fermented several varieties together, such as Carmenere with Cabernet Franc, and Merlot with Syrah. The result is a beautiful blend with richness and depth.
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About Veramonte:

Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



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Ladera Sagrada A Portela Mencia 2011
Ladera Sagrada A Portela Mencia 2011
(search item no. 121237)
green wine
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fragrant aromas of graphite, damp earth, Asian spices, and black raspberry lead to a complex, sweetly-fruited, savory offering that is an outstanding value.
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About Ladera Sagrada:

Ladera Sagrada has the largest holdings of vineyard land in the Valdeorras appellation, and the bodega makes wine using only the best 20% of its grapes. The rest of the given year’s harvest is sold in bulk to other neighboring producers. Ladera Sagrada can source the best quality of grapes in Valdeorras and it has the ability to make the best wine values because it doesn’t need to buy grapes from other growers. The mineral character of Papa gives the wine a special identity. Godello has a rare ability to age well compared to other Spanish white wines.


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Santa Rita Triple C 2007
Santa Rita Triple C 2007
(search item no. 120802)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, intense ruby red. There is a well-developed bouquet with a rich combination of blackcurrant and the floral nuances associated with delicate undertones of graphite, tar, chocolate and vanilla. Elegant and well structured, this wine has an excellent balance and wonderful persistence.

Delicious with wild game and fowl, ripe cheeses, and spicy red meats. The wine is unfiltered in order to completely maintain its character, therefore we recommend decanting it before serving.

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About Vina Santa Rita:

Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile's premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in Chile's Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile.

In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Ricardo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile's most successful and innovative estates. Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series of wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real and Triple C. Wide-ranging enhancements embrace the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Today Santa Rita exports to more than 70 countries worldwide. The property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations - the Maipo Valley; Casablanca; Rapel; Apalta; Leyda and Curico - enabling access to diverse climates and terrain.



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Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2010
Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2010
(search item no. 118577)
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Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby color. Rich and concentrated with complex black fruit aromas. Complex bouquet resulting from the diversity and balance of the grape varieties (black and red berries with subtle spices, vanilla and roasted aromas). Full body texture and well rounded wine with a solid structure and elegance lingering into a long 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."



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Penalolen Cabernet Franc 2009
Penalolen Cabernet Franc 2009
(search item no. 118000)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $16.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

This cool-climate Casablanca Valley wine has aromas of red currant, cherry and blueberry with hints of herb and subtle floral notes. The texture is juicy and elegant thanks to well integrated spicy tannins. The finish has red berries and spicy dried fruit.
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About Vina Penalolen:

This winery was founded by the superstar winemaker of Chile, Ignacio Recabarren, and vineyard owner Ricardo Peña. The wine is estate grown and bottled with all the fruit harvested from the winery's own two vineyards. Viña Peñalolén is dedicated to producing the best expression of fruit and soil from the Maipo and Casablanca Valley's, resulting in wines of pedigree and complexity.


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Monte Antico Rosso 2009
Monte Antico Rosso 2009
(search item no. 121604)
screw cap wine
green wine
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James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby color with garnet reflections, its elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, licorice and plums preludes a medium to full-bodied palate where ripe red fruit, gout de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violets that harmonize and linger.
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About Castello di Monte Antico:

Neil Empson and renowned oenologist Franco Bernabei conjunctly orchestrate this all-Sangiovese varietal from Tuscany's very finest vineyard sites. Having access to the region's top crus and ideal microclimates means they can pick and choose according to harvest conditions, achieving consistent excellence with each vintage.

The superlative characteristics of chosen locations and strict quality parameters make for the wine's depth, structure, character and longevity.

Terrain includes compact, very fine-textured limestone, at an altitude of 400-450 meters above sea level; rocky, clayey/calcareous areas, also at altitudes around 400 meters; and clayey/siliceous/calcareous soil, at an altitude of 250-300 meters: a cross-section of Tuscany's best.