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Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
(search item no. 103379)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Ruby red tending towards garnet.

Bouquet: Rich, intense and complex.

Taste: Dry, soft, gently tannic with good structure.

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About Rocca delle Macie:

When the late Italo Zingarelli, a former boxer and film producer, bought Rocca delle Macìe in Tuscany's Chianti Classico district back in 1973, he embarked on a new career as one of Tuscany's more unlikely wine producers.

It was certainly not intended to be a hobby... it was a vocation, a desire to return to the soil." Zingarelli, who passed away in the spring of 2000, was always quick to point out.

Working closely with his son Sergio, Zingarelli set about restoring the property that Sergio together with his wife Daniela, who plays an active role in the day-to-day management of the estate, and their two children now call home. Then a tumbled down 14th-century farmstead near the village of Castellina in Chianti, it was surrounded by acres of neglected vines. Vineyards were replanted from scratch; further property, was acquired, and a state-of-the-art cellar built and installed with the latest winemaking equipment. The Zingarellis left nothing to chance in their quest to create a stellar Tuscan wine estate.

Organic fertilization, careful pruning, the introduction of small oak barrels for aging and harvesting by hand are just some of the practices Sergio and his father instituted at the estate. Rocca is an active member of the Chianti Classico growers' consortium, which takes the black rooster as its symbol.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2009
Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2009
(search item no. 111095)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red color with violet tones. Very intense bouquet with notes of sappy cherry, currant, and baking spice. More red fruits fill the palate and the wine finishes with impeccable balance and silky tannins.
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About Fabre Montmayou:

Hervé Joyaux Fabre, owner and director of Fabre Montmayou, was born in Bordeaux, France to a family of wine negociants. When he arrived in Argentina in the early 90’s looking for opportunities to invest in vineyards and start a winery, he was impressed by the potential for Malbec in Mendoza, and shocked by the number of neglected top notch old vine vineyards available for purchase. At this time pulling out old vines and replanting with new higher yielding more predictable clones was all the rage. Hervé Fabre knew he needed to act immediately. Within months he purchased the first of what would be many old vine, high elevation vineyard sites under his control - An impeccable 37 acre spread in Vistalba planted with original rootstock Malbec vines in 1908. Shortly after, Herve built a Chateau style winery on the property and continued purchasing old vine parcels throughout the country. A Patagonian winery was constructed in the Rio Negro region ten years later. At present the family owns 217 acres of vineyard land in Mendoza (Vistalba, Compuertas, Tupungato) and 122 acres in Patagonia (Allen, General Roca). All wines are estate grown, farmed using traditional methods without the use of herbicides, and fermented with native yeasts.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Don Rodolfo Malbec 2010
Don Rodolfo Malbec 2010
(search item no. 108367)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense red color with violet undertones. Very fruity 0n the nose, with hints of plums, peppers and spices. Good volume in the mouth, structured and with a well balanced finish.
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About Don Rodolfo:

Cafayate Valley is home to but a handful of wineries, producing only about 4% — but some of the very best — of Argentina's wines. Don Rodolfo is one such winery.

The Valley's isolation and high altitude make it ideally suited for winemakers dedicated to the limited production of premium wines. Cafayate Valley enjoys wider temperature ranges than any other part of Argentina, with warm summer days offset by cool nights plunging by as much as 45°F. This extraordinary variance is key to Don Rodolfo wines, preserving acidity, enhancing richness of aroma/flavor, and increasing superior varietal expression.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Brancaia Tre 2008
Brancaia Tre 2008
(search item no. 105123)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Decanter rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 vintage of this wine was ranked #10 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2009

Brancaia TRE is a wine full of character giving you drinking pleasure already at the moment of release. TRE stands for the three grape varieties Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and for our three Tuscan estates - the basis for this wine. This elegant and well structured wine ages in oak casks, is easily accessible and matches every cuisine. TRE is our third label, so we have three good reasons to name it Brancaia TRE.

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About Brancaia:

La Brancaia, encompassing the two estates Brancaia and Poppi, has been owned by the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. It is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area and saw a vertical take-off when it's vintage 1983 won first place at a major Chianti Classico tasting. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality and a strong own identity, the continuous recognition of BRANCAIA was built up - spearheaded by the estates top-wine Brancaia IL BLU, being already a classic for many wine lovers all over the world. The wines come from a state-of-the-art cellar. The estate is managed by the oenologist and daughter of the owners, Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer, together with her husband Martin Kronenberg. They enjoy consulting support by the brilliant oenologist Dr. Carlo Ferrini. La Brancaia is one of Tuscany's top wine-growing estates, winning national and international awards every year. Its wines are sold - and bought - all over the world.


Red Wines    Nebbiolo    Piedmont    Italy   
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Travaglini Gattinara 2005
Travaglini Gattinara 2005
(search item no. 108500)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine shows a deep ruby red with garnet reflections. On the nose, aromas of red fruit, blackberry, plum and licorice with hints of vanilla and leather, which lead to a taste which is full-bodied, with intense flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice culminating in a long and smooth finish.

The wine is outstanding with red meat, game and hard cheeses.

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About Travaglini:

Travaglini is a family-owned wine estate in the tiny Gattinara appellation within north Italy's renowned Piedmont region. Established in the 1920s by Clemente Travaglini, the winery is Gattinara's most esteemed producer of traditional, limited-production wines from the Nebbiolo grape (known locally as "Spanna").

The family's passion for winemaking has not diminished through the generations; Cristina and Cinzia Travaglini, great-granddaughters of Clemente, manage day-to-day operations at winery. Cinzia's husband Massimo Collauto is chief winemaker, a role he inherited from his late father-in-law and beloved mentor, Giancarlo Travaglini (winemaker at Travaglini for 45 years). Giancarlo's wife, Lilliana, oversees vineyard operations.

Travaglini wines are easily recognized by their distinctive bottle shape, featuring a unique curve that fits naturally in the palm of the hand and serves to catch sediment during decanting. Designed by a glassmaker to celebrate the excellent 1952 vintage, the bottle was so well received that family decided to keep it as their trademark.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
(search item no. 109773)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.
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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


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Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2009
Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos 2009
(search item no. 113550)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#26 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Petalos del Bierzo is assembled from old hillside and hilltop vines across from Bierzo's western edge. The wine is vinified for immediate appeal, but it retains the estate's signature finesse and restraint.

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About Descendientes de Jose Palacios:

During the late 1980’s, Alvaro Palacios travelled his native Spain selling French barriques to winemakers. But his journeys had a second purpose: to find the best place to achieve his goal of making Spain's greatest wine. He ultimately decided, in 1990, on Priorato, where he would achieve worldwide fame with "L'Ermita" and "Finca Dofi." But there had been a close contender: Bierzo. It had all the ingredients that Alvaro wanted—incredibly steep hillside vineyards, distinctive terroirs and, most importantly, ancient vineyards of Mencía—a unique red grape believed brought by French pilgrims during the Middle Ages.

In Pursuit of the Dream. The idea of making great wine from old-vine Mencía never left Alvaro, and his experience in Priorato—particularly with L'Ermita—convinced him of Bierzo's enormous potential. Meanwhile, his nephew Ricardo Perez had finished enological studies in Bordeaux and was travelling across France—absorbing everything he could about great wines. He worked the harvest at Château Margaux, and did internships at other Bordelais firms like Moueix (Pétrus, Trotanoy, etc.). He also visited Alvaro frequently and came to share a belief in Bierzo's potential. In 1998, the two decided on a joint venture and set out in search of the region’s finest old vineyards.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 113321)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sandalwood, hazelnut, and powdered cocoa spicy aromas waft around a core of plum and dark stone fruit. Lively black plum and blueberry flavors transition seamlessly to a walnut, toasted almond finish. This elegantly balanced will continue to bring pleasure for years to come.
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About Conn Creek Winery:

Conn Creek was founded in 1973 and immediately established itself as one of Napa Valley's premier Cabernet houses with the release of its 1974 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery name comes from its location, next to Conn Creek near the Rutherford Crossroad that connects the Silverado Trail with Highway 29. Conn Creek specializes in limited production Bordeaux varietal wines exclusively from Napa Valley’s best vineyards. Present production remains at fewer than 6500 case per year.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz 2008
St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 114906)
boutique wine
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

As St. Hallett's reserve Shiraz, Blackwell is big and bold. It exudes all the power and brooding density that the Barossa has to offer. A big, bold Shiraz bound to impress.
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About St Hallett:

As one of the founding wineries of the region and in the strength, warmth and honesty of its wines, St Hallett has come to be regarded as quintessential Barossa.

In the heart of the Barossa Valley, Australia's best known wine region, lies St Hallett, one of the country's premier wine producers. Established by the Lindner Family in 1944, for many years St Hallett's winemaking focus was, like many local wineries, on producing fortified wines. However, during the seventies and eighties, St Hallett turned to explore the true potential of the Barossa through premium table wines. This has resulted in St Hallett's status as one of Australia’s best producers.

St Hallett is renowned for crafting full-flavored, textured wines entirely from Barossa Valley fruit and is credited with producing benchmark wines of the region such as the iconic St Hallett Old Block Shiraz, made from vines aged up to 100 years old.

Winemaker and General Manager, Stuart Blackwell spearheaded the commissioning of the new winemaking facilities in 1988 and the installation of some of the world's most advanced fruit processing and handling equipment. Despite this modern approach, traditional winemaking techniques prevail at St Hallett as they are best suited to the winery's classic style.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Rosemount Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre G.S.M. 2006
Rosemount Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre G.S.M. 2006
(search item no. 103398)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Crimson with ruby hues. Displays intense berry fruit aromas with a deep underlying smoky spice. Savory oak is also evident, underlying the primary fruit characters. On the palate, the wine displays a fine depth of deep, spicy fruit flavor, rich in cinnamon and licorice characters with a background of dusty, soft ripe tannins. The rich core of dark fruit is supported by a long, elegant finish.
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About Rosemount Estate:

Established in 1969 by Robert Oatley and family in Upper Hunter Valley, Rosemount Estate has grown to include vineyards in the Mudgee, Orange, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills regions, as well as the Upper Hunter Valley. Winemaker Philip Shaw works with the Oatleys. The company's best-known wines are the Roxburgh Chardonnay, Balmoral Syrah and Mountain Blue Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon.