Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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MontGras Reserva Carmenere 2010
MontGras Reserva Carmenere 2010
(search item no. 108117)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Deep violet red. With powerful aromas of spices, wild herbs and vanilla The palate is well-rounded, with subtle fruit flavors and soft tannins leading to a velvety finish.
Best served with spicy entrées, steak and rich cheeses.
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About Vina MontGras:

VIÑA MONTGRAS, located in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, was established in the early 1990s by brothers Hernán and Eduardo Gras, together with their business partner Cristián Hartwig. Santiago Margozzini serves as head winemaker, with renowned California winemaker Paul Hobbs serving as consultant.

Colchagua Valley, a serene sub-valley of Rapel, is situated in Chile’s Central Region at the heart of the country’s wine-producing zone. Nestled between the Pacific Coastal Range to the west and the snow-capped Andes to the east, this rustic valley is a protected environment with positive maritime influences that foster a terroir ideal for producing quality wines.

Five ranges of MontGras wines are available: Estate, Reserva, Quatro, Limited Edition, and Ninquén.

In 1996 MontGras, along with five other area wineries, founded the Colchagua Valley Wine Route to promote and facilitate tourism and educate the public about the traditions of Chilean winemaking. Guided tours and tastings at MontGras are available Monday through Friday year-round, by appointment only.



Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Borsao Tinto 2010
Borsao Tinto 2010
(search item no. 109247)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $7.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Delight in a spectacle of plum-raspberry aromas, very spicy and with a fruity retro-nasal aroma. With all of the sharpness and brilliance of its cherry red tones, and then in the mouth, this wine has a smooth and balanced passage with the great intensity of the fruit provided by its youth. Its aftertaste is long and pleasing.
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About Borsao:

Founded in 1958 in the town of Borja, called Borsao in the 4th century B.C., this winery represents what can be done with Garnacha, a grape that is not well appreciated by the Spanish press. Through meticulous selection, work in the fields and at reception time in the winery, modern winemaking produces this highly fruity wine. One of the best examples of the region known as "The Garnacha land of Spain", the lower part of the Ebro River.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 111262)

PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Full yet soft with an intense red ruby color and concentrated juicy berry fruit aromas that lead into flavors of blackberry and red currant fruit with well-balanced, smooth tannins. Hints of vanilla, cocoa and sweet oak appear on the finish.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Trumpeter:

Bodega La Rural was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Rutini. From Italy, he brought with him his oenological degree and the vast experience he had acquired from his father's vineyards. The first vines were planted in Maipu, Mendoza and the winery was installed with French Oak barrels and the best in modern machinery. Under his work ethic, "Labor and Perseverance," four generations of the Rutini family continued his legacy. They brought together hard work and the most advanced technologies in viticulture in the search for excellence in oenology.

Today, the winery boasts stainless steel tanks, two pneumatic presses, imported crushers, vacuum pumps and filters, in addition to 500 new French Oak barrels. Over the last couple of years, the Trumpeter wines have soared to new heights in popularity in the United States. Offering four varietals: a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Malbec, Bodega La Rural has crafted new wines with attractive new labels that have created quite a stir in the media. These wines have received praise in many respected publications ranging from Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits magazine to the Washington Post daily newspaper.



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Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
(search item no. 111394)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Evodia is an exciting new project in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud, hailed as one of Spain's most progressive and promising wine growing regions. It is here, in the vineyards of Atea, that Altovinum sources their Garnacha grapes for Evodia. In addition to the remarkable climate due to elevation, the property is comprised of pure schiste soils, known as pisara in the local area. Aficionados familiar with the wines of the Priorat and the Roussillon are well acquainted to this soil type and its extraordinary influence on the wines.

Blend: 100% Garnacha

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About Evodia:

Altovinum is a new project - a joint partnership between Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Sourcing fruit from high elevation vineyards in the village of Atea, the debut wine is EVODIA, from the Greek word for aroma.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107321)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A classic, full-bodied Cabernet with dark fruit aromas and a hint of spice. Generous layers of fresh currant, black cherry and ripe blackberry gain concentration across the palate before leaving a balanced, richly-textured impression that lasts.
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About Novelty Hill:

Novelty Hill is a small, independent winery crafting limited quantities of elegant wines from Washington State's finest vineyards. Committed to delivering consistent, high quality wines through careful nurturing from vine to bottle, they are dedicated to using innovative clonal selection, sound viticultural practices and gentle, artisan winemaking to produce wines of uncompromising character.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Spain    Spain   
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Beso de Vino Seleccion 2009
Beso de Vino Seleccion 2009
(search item no. 107960)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $8.79

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

Winemaker's Notes:

The Seleccion has an intense red color that borders to violet. Aromas of wild fruits and forest floor, black olives and spices. Full-bodied and concentrated with notes of cocoa, spice and fruits. Soft and long with well-balanced tannins.
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About Beso de Vino:

Antonio the Bull kissed this wine and he fell in love. Now he runs around the world and offers this wine to you. Beso de Vino, "Kiss of Wine."

What makes Beso de Vino special and unique is the magical time that happens from the moment you open the bottle right up until you drink the very last drop, on your own or in the company of someone you want to share the moment with. Loving, chatting, partying, laughing, savoring, dreaming, enjoying life... as only the Spanish can.