Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Fronsac    France - Bordeaux   
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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Chateau la Vieille Cure  2009
Chateau la Vieille Cure 2009
(search item no. 116237)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wines produced at Chateau la Vieille Cure are, as has been the tradition for centuries, fine wines meant for careful consumption. While they can be enjoyed young, they are best appreciated at 4 years of age and more. With a perfect balance of fruit, aromas and tannins, they are made to be appreciated with meals but can be enjoyed at any time.
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About Chateau la Vieille Cure:

With its twenty hectares in one single plot, Chateau La Vieille Cure already appears on a famous map of the Guyenne region, known as the Belleyme map, dated 1780. The vines grow on plateaux and slopes that are lucky enough to be turned to the south west. The estate runs along the River Isle at a height of 65 metres and not only drinks up the sun, but also enjoys good drainage. This situation makes the grapes that grow here generously ripe and in perfect condition.

The property has been greatly renovated since it was bought by American friends at the end of 1986, who are great Bordeaux lovers and who recognised the exceptional potential of the estate.



Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    South Africa    South Africa   
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Graham Beck Brut Rose
Graham Beck Brut Rose
(search item no. 83877)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale silver-pink. Aromas of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary whiffs of minerality. A lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavors enlivened by bright acids. Brisk on the palate, showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it's perfect for all seasons and settings.
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About Graham Beck:

Graham Beck wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the Western Cape town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region. The success of the Robertson winery has been extended to the second Graham Beck cellar in Franschoek, one of the oldest winemaking regions in South Africa.

The vineyards are located on four diverse farms in the Western Cape province, enabling the Robertson and Franschoek Cellars to have access to grape varietals grown in the climactic conditions and soils to which they are best suited. Marco Ventrella, Graham Beck's viticulturist, oversees the 4 farms. However, each farm is individually tended by its respective vineyard manager.

An extensive renewal program has resukted in premier red and white varietals on all of the farms. Great care has been taken to match the obliging micro-climates and rich variety of soils with the most suitable varietal. This ensures that the winemakers have access to optimum quality fruit from which to make their specific wines.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Sierra Cantabria Rioja Tinto 2010
Sierra Cantabria Rioja Tinto 2010
(search item no. 119509)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby-red color. Aromas of red fruit and spices. A balanced wine. Barrel-aged 6 months. An ideal wine for daily consumption.
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About Sierra Cantabria:

Founded by Guillermo Eguren, who is a self-made "bodeguero", coming from a family tradition of vine growers. Today, the fourth generation of the Eguren family, Marcos Eguren, is the winemaker and director of the winery. Sierra Cantabria has come to the forefront of Spanish wineries in the last 15 years. This is from the extreme care that they give to their vineyards, located in the best terrain of Rioja, the savoir-faire of Marcos Eguren, and his price-conscious policies. Vineyards are located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, one of the most famous towns in Rioja, known for the quality of its grapes. The grapes are sourced on 267 acres (108 ha), from 1,440-1,740 ft. above sea level (480-580 m), spread among the towns of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Labastida, and Laguardia. The proportions of grapes are 91% Tempranillo, 3% Malvasia, and 6% Viura. 75% of the production comes from their own vineyards, the rest they buy from local growers. They have been doing ecologically conscious agriculture in their own vineyards for the last 12 years. Average production 0.5 t/acre (hectare is 5,000 kg). The soil is composed of Clay-lime, the best soil of Rioja. The climate is Continental, with the influence of winds from the Atlantic, but protected from more severe weather by the Sierra Cantabria Mountains


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero
Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero
(search item no. 112338)
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PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Prosecco Spago Nero is an effusively fruity, light bodied offering bringing terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence and a clean delicate finish. There is perfect body and weight in this crystal clean, pure sparkling wine. It is an ideal aperitif to enjoy any day of the year. It is simply amazing.
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About Cantine Riondo:

In the heart of the Soave production zone, where grapes are history and tradition, Cantine Riondo offers a range of still and naturally fermented sparkling wines that express all the virtues of the territory under several different brands on both the domestic and export markets. For Riondo wine is a real passion, where years of patience, experience and dedication are combined to give one result: the gift of moments of sheer pleasure.