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Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2005
Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazarron 2005
(search item no. 94694)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2005 Venta Mazzarron is one of the finest values in Spanish wine. Made from 100% Tinta de Toro, it offers up a smoky, complex bouquet with notes of mineral and blackberry. Ripe, sweet, forward, and altogether pleasurable, it can be enjoyed over the next 6-8 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
91 Points
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About Vinas del Cenit:

Tierra del Vino de Zamora is a historic region that goes back much further than other regions which posses DO status. No other wine-producing region in Spain has a similar title, and in fact some of the 56 towns that are located within the area include 'del vino' in their title: Morales del Vino, Corrales del Vino, El Cubo del vino...

The Tierra del Vino is dissected by the famous Vía de la Plata, which dates back to the Roman Empire. It originally ran through the cities of Mérida and Astorga, serving as a route used by Roman troops and merchants. The region's climate is unique within the northern plateau, its temperature being the highest on average in Castilla y León.

Viñas del Cénit's vineyards are organised in small parcels of land planted with a substantial amount of old Tempranillo vines, some of which are over a hundred years old and ungrafted. The soil is calcareous, gravel and sand-based, with a layer of red clay underneath.

The young oenologist Almudena Alberca from Salamanca has had ties to Viñas del Cénit since its inception in 2003. She is in charge of supervising the vineyards and also of the vinification processes.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Napa Valley    California   
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Paraduxx Z Red Blend 2009
Paraduxx Z Red Blend 2009
(search item no. 115509)
has fluid
has fluid 360


PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The aromas are complex and inviting, with lifted red fruit elements of raspberry and plum, as well as deeper bramble fruit notes and layers of vanilla, cream, nutmeg and cinnamon. A smooth, rich entry leads to sweet plum and lingering spice notes, with hints of cedar and clove. The wine's lush texture is supported by resolved tannins that lead to a full, ripe finish.

62% Zinfandel, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot

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About Paraduxx:

Paraduxx is an uncommon blend of Zinfandel, California's resident grape, and the classic Bordeaux varietals of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Following in the tradition of "Super-Tuscan" wines of Italy, Paraduxx showcases the excellence of Napa Valley grapes in a unique way. Zinfandel has a history of success in Napa Valley's temperate climate and well-drained soils. We source our Zinfandel fruit from warmer growing regions with mature vines that produce concentrated, flavorful berries.

Paraduxx is an ideal wine to pair with a variety of foods, particularly, traditional Mediterranean-style fare of light pasta dishes and grilled meats. We use French and American oak cooperage for the Zinfandel to accentuate the fruitiness and to add a dimension of toast and vanilla. The Bordeaux varieties are aged in traditional French cooperage.

Paraduxx and Duckhorn Wine Company support conservation of the wetlands of the Pacific flyway.



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Capcanes Costers del Gravet 2006
Capcanes Costers del Gravet 2006
(search item no. 98207)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $17.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

50% Cabernet, 30% Garnacha (Grenache), 20% Carinena (Carignan)

Deep red ruby color; Complex aromas of ripe cherry fruit; plums; small black berries; vanilla; smoky, toasty oak flavors; full bodied; soft tannins; wonderful fresh acidity; ripe but not overripe; fine Glycerin sweetness; good length.

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About Capcanes:

High up in the hill, roughly 30 miles inland from Tarragona and 100 miles to the south of Barcelona, lies the village of Capcanes, in the sub-zone of the Tarragona DO called Falset. Essentially, this sub-zone is continuous with the Priorat DO, and the wines from this area have more in common with the wines of Priorato than they do with those from the plains around Tarrragano itself.

Viticulture
At Capcanes, the altitude ranges from 300 meters to 700 meters, and natural rainfalls is low at around 450 mm. The average temperature in this Mediterranean region is around 15 C and rises to 35 C in the summer. Soil in the lower vineyards is deep, rich and fertile; the higher vineyards and all the terraces are on poor, mineral , stony soils with a granite or slate base. Under the guidance of the two winemakers, Angel Teixado and Antoni Alcover, owner/winemaker of Fra Fulco. Capcanes has progressed to a level of serious quality among Spanish reds, and offers tremendous value.

Vinification
New cellars were built to accommodate new temperature controlled stainless fermentation tanks and 600 new oak barrels, of which about 30% are French. Along with the introduction of a new bottling line, the packaging has been updated, reflecting the new breed of wine produced at Capcanes.



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Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah 2010
Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah 2010
(search item no. 114700)
boutique wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $12.95

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark and persistent with layers of red and black fruit, baking spice and earth. THIS WINE IS THE BOMB!
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About Charles Smith:

First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically either simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. 'Modernist Project' wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin.


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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 4/20/2014: $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).



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Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2009
Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2009
(search item no. 108898)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet, licorice and spices. It has a full, rounded palate with delicate tannins. Saint-Esprit is a unique wine in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation and can be paired with Provençale-style cuisine, game, stuffings and mixed grills.
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About Delas Freres:

Founded over 160 years ago, Delas Frères was acquired by Champagne Deutz in 1977.

Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region's most prestigious appellations. Additional grapes are supplied through long-term agreements with southern Rhone growers dedicated to providing only top quality grapes.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.



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Numanthia Termanthia Toro 2007
Numanthia Termanthia Toro 2007
(search item no. 106850)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $199.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Tinta de Toro.

Extremely rich and complex, the nose is showing a multitude of ripe red and black fruits (redcurrant, raspberries, cassis, blackberries) with notes of liquorice, truffle, balsamic and spices (cedar, nutmeg and black pepper), all perfectly integrated. The intense aromas evolve nicely in the glass, slowly opening up to more intense and complex notes.

On the palate, Termanthia is an incredible expression of the Toro terroir which requires patience in its appreciation. First the wine offers an impressively round, velvety and simply delicious mouth feel. Then the sensation of power and strength grows even more perfectly balanced with concentrated, firms and silky tannins, offering an experience of both weight and liveliness on the palate. The finish is extremely long and complex with a wide range of aromas, including dark fruits, chocolate, truffle, mineral and toasted notes.

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About Numanthia:

Numanthia is located in the Toro region of Spain. Its four vineyards are located along the south bank of the Duero River.

The wine is named after a legendary Spanish city that was destroyed (after 20 yrs of resistance) by Roman legions. It is to Spain what the hilltop village of Masada is to Israel: a monument of history. Its 40 hectares of land are covered with an abundance of elements derived from the disintegration of Pliocene grit, clay and limestone.

Numanthia's first vintage was produced in 1998 and received a 95-point rating from Robert Parker. Since then, the Toro region has been producing wines that have begun to rival those of Spain's richest wine-producing regions of Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Priorat.