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Vina Herminia Rioja Reserva 2006
Vina Herminia Rioja Reserva 2006
(search item no. 123325)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby color with ruby hints. Attractive red fruit aromas, like red current and cassis, with complex mineral, cacao and leather aromas. Smooth and subtle, perfect integration of elegant tannins with jammy fruit, creating a perfect balance. It also have a very long, nutty finish.

Reserva 2006 is excellent with roasted meats, game (wild boar, venison, etc) and cured cheeses. Decant the wine one hour before serving.

Blend: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 5% Graciano

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About Vina Herminia:

Located in the Rioja Baja, at the southeastern end of the Rioja, Viña Herminia belongs to the owners of Emilio Lustau. They offer a full range of Rioja wines, from vineyards on the slopes of Monte Yerga and Monte Argudo, up to an altitude of 700m. Together with the warmer climate, this ensures rich, generous, fruity wines of enormous appeal.


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Campo Viejo Crianza 2010
Campo Viejo Crianza 2010
(search item no. 119491)

PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby-red color with a golden rim. Bright and deep with complex aromas. There is a great balance between the fruit (cherries, black plums, ripe blackberries) and the clean nuances coming from the wood (clove, pepper, vanilla and coconut). The nose is further enriched by the aromas which develop during bottle aging. Smooth and balanced on the palate with a full, elegant feel and a long, lingering finish.
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About Campo Viejo:

The old Campo Viejo wine cellar, founded in 1967, has given way to the Juan Alcorta Bodega, named after its founder. Located in Logroño, on the old road to Fuenmayor, the bodega is built on a plateau planted with vines and has panoramic views of the Ebro Valley and the Sierra de Cantabria mountains. It is situated right in the heart of La Rioja, the most prestigious growing region in Spain.

Whole grape clusters are 100% gravity fed, without undergoing any type of pressure, which could adversely affect the quality of the wine. This gentle, painstaking winemaking process makes it possible to obtain smooth, harmonious wines, with lots of concentrated fruit aromas and flavors.



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Volteo Tempranillo 2008
Volteo Tempranillo 2008
(search item no. 107525)

PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Red violet color with purple hues. Subtle aromas on the nose of ripe blackcurrants and raspberries. On the palate, it is fresh, structured and fruit forward.
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About Volteo:

Volteo, also known as Vaulting, is a equestrian discipline described as gymnastics performed on the back of a moving horse in a circle. It is an art that requires the skill of a gymnast, the strength of a sport man and the balance, coordination and gentleness of an acrobatic dancer. The teamwork to obtain a perfect integration of the horse and the vaulter is also key.

With a history extending back to Roman sports it flourished in the Renaissance when it was considered an exercise for knights and noblemen, and also used as a symbol of status.

Volteo is located in the Tierra de Castilla region of central Spain. Noted for its hot, arid plains, there are 600,000 hectares of vineyards in this area, representing nearly 6% of the world's vineyards.



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Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Crianza 2009
Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Crianza 2009
(search item no. 118419)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright, deep, cherry-red. Intense aromas of ripe black berries to the nose accompanied with balsamic touches which are reminiscent of coconut and licorice. It is fresh and pleasant in the mouth with a noticeable texture where the smoky and fruit assembled nuances reappear. Long and enfolding finish.
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About Bodegas Ramon Bilbao:

Our winery, which has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic in Rioja.

At Bodegas Ramon Bilbao we produce the highest quality matured wines, thus increasing both the Denominacion de Origin's and our founder's prestige. Our daily work is based on using the best prime materials, which we choose with the greatest care: grapes from the best estates and vineyards and barrels made of the best oak from European and American woods.

Our aim is to obtain the best matured wines so that you can enjoy a wine for drinking, savouring and tasting again.