White Wines    Other White Wine    Rueda    Spain   
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Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2009
Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2009
(search item no. 107387)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $14.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Naia is crafted from the oldest ungrafted vines of Verdejo (90+ years) on earth, and aged for 8 months in French oak after its stainless steal fermentation.
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About Bodegas Naia:

Bodegas Naia is located about an hour north of Madrid in the province of Castilla y Lyon and within the Rueda D.O. region. The estate has three owners: Javier Alen, who owns Vina Mein winery in the Ribeiro D.O. region; Victor Rodriguez, formerly director of the highly acclaimed food and wine magazine Vino y Gastronomia, and Eulogio Calleja, a highly regarded winemaker in Rueda.

Bodegas Naia’s winery, Viña Sila, is situated along the southern bank of the Duero River in Rueda. The winery covers 40 hectares (about 96 acres) in the village of La Seca, which is referred to as Rueda’s "Grand Cru" village by local growers. The climate here is described as “extreme continental”, very dry with a low average annual rainfall. There are long, cold winters with frequent frost and short, hot summers.

Bodegas Naia makes tank-fermented, bright, zesty, crisp whites like Verdejo that possess ripe stone fruit notes, honeysuckle aromas and balanced acidity.



Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Manzone Barbera d'Alba 2008
Manzone Barbera d'Alba 2008
(search item no. 107842)
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $16.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Manzone's Barbera d'Alba comes from the Castelletto Cru on Monforte d'Alba. After harvest in the second week of September, the Barbera goes through a temperature controlled ten day fermentation. The resulting wine is then aged for two months in barrique and then 10 months in steel tanks before being bottled.
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About Manzone, Giovanni:

Gianpaolo Manzone is the sixth generation of his family involved in the wine industry in the heart of the legendary Piedmont region. Before Gianpaolo's father Armando started making Barbara d'Alba, Nebbiola d'Alba and Dolcetto d'Alba in 1970 in the village of Sinio, the family were well-known farmers and grape-growers.

In 1999, Gianpaolo bought vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba and began production of a Barolo Meriame and Barolo Serralunga. The age of the vineyards in Sinio have an average age of 20 to 25 years, while vines from the Serralunga property range from 25 to 60 years old (the grapes from the oldest vines go into the winery's flagship Barolo DOCG, which are situated in the best part of the famed Meriame area). Gianpolo is the winemaker and vineyard manage for the 10 hectares of vines the family owns in the two towns.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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MacRostie Pinot Noir 2007
MacRostie Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 104654)
PinotReport rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very dark garnet in color, this Pinot is a positive explosion of big ripe black cherry fruit. The aromas are enhanced by hints of cinnamon and clove. In the mouth the wine is full and luscious, soft and round, but with lots of impact. The balance is nearly perfect. Almost too delicious not to drink now, but should still age quite nicely.
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About Macrostie:

MacRostie Winery and Vineyards was founded by winemaker Steve MacRostie in 1987. As a believer in the unique character of Carneros fruit, and an innovative winemaker pioneering a more fresh and sophisticated style of Chardonnay, Steve dedicated himself to crafting wines embodying an authentic sense of place. In 1992, realizing the vast potential for producing stunning, age-worthy Pinot Noirs from Carneros fruit, Steve made MacRostie's first Carneros Pinot Noir.

In the 1990s, Steve discovered an amazing mountainside ranch possessing spartan volcanic soils over fractured andesite, located in the western borderlands of Carneros. This ranch enjoyed a unique microclimate that Steve believed would be ideally suited to producing profound Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. In 1997, inspired by a desire to cultivate his own great piece of land, Steve's adventurous spirit led him to enter into a partnership with Nancy and Tony Lilly to develop Wildcat Mountain Vineyard from this unplanted pastureland.

Steve handpicked Kevin Holt as his successor to take over winemaking responsibilities for MacRostie Winery and Vineyards in 2004. A gifted winemaker who has worked at such wineries as Quivira and Testarossa Vineyards, Kevin continues Steve's 20-year legacy for producing outstanding wines from the finest Carneros and Sonoma Coast fruit.



Rosé Wine    Rose    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero Rosado 2009
Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero Rosado 2009
(search item no. 110255)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $11.29

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About Vina Sastre:

Hermanos Sastre is a family-run winery located in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, in the town of La Horra. The DO of Ribera del Duero is located in the mountainous northern-central Spain. It's high alpine valleys of the Duero River provide respite from the hot Spanish climate and provide a long ripening season from the cool nights. Pedro Sastre is the winemaker in charge of overseeing all operations of the winery. The winery produces a range of wines -- from a "Tinto", with 7 months barrel age to Gran Reservas, all from Tinto del Pais (Tempranillo) grape. They also own a unique vineyard site called Pago Santa Cruz. Pago Santa Cruz has vineyards over sixty years old planted by Pedro's grandfather. In exceptional vintages, Pago Santa Cruz appears under its own label.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Poggio San Polo Rubio 2008
Poggio San Polo Rubio 2008
(search item no. 104821)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant ruby red with purple hues, this wine has an intense and persistent bouquet filled with fresh aromas of red cherries, violets and currants, followed by subtle spicy notes. Well structured and balanced with good tannin levels, Rubio is quaffable, yet notable for its intensity and elegance. This wine is excellent by the glass and ideal for barbecues. Also try it with prosciutto, salami, pasta dishes with tomato sauce, grilled sausages and meats and cheeses.
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About Poggio San Polo:

The vineyards at San Polo were planted between 1990 and 2000 with the goal of making the highest quality Brunello di Montalcino. With an altitude of 1350 feet above sea level, their southern facing vineyard receives optimal sun exposure and is the highest in Montalcino. The vineyard also has natural terraces facing the stunning Sant’ Antimo Valley and is entirely dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino.

In 2007, Marilisa Allegrini and Leonardo Locascio purchased the property, and with together with winemaker Nicola Biasi adhere to meticulous vineyard management, including environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture, and extremely low-yield crop management (approximately 2 tons per acre). The vines are traditionally trained according to the spurred cordon method, with south/south-east exposure. After being harvested, the grapes receive a long maceration in stainless steel at controlled temperatures (82-86° F) and are then immediately transferred to French barriques (10 months for the Rosso, 18 months for the Mezzopane, and 24 months for the Brunello).