Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2009
Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2009
(search item no. 108083)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $11.79

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
2010 The Wine Advocate 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, sourcing fruit from high elevation vineyards in the village of Atea, from the Greek word for aroma.

100% old vine 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.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
has fluid
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes

Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2009
Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2009
(search item no. 107317)

PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep crimson with sharp candy red highlights. Upon swirling, jazzy notes of blackberries and sour cherries develop into fine traces of smoke and spices. Bright and generous, a lively mouthful of ripened plums and boysenberry, with chewy tannins and a violet scent building up to a refreshing finish.
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About Terrazas de los Andes:

At the end of the 1950s, the famous French Champagne house, Moët & Chandon, realized there was an enormous potential for growth in South America. They sent their wine analyst, Renaud Poirier, to study the possibility of expansion. Monsieur Poirier finally proved that Luján de Cuyo, a region within the province of Mendoza, was the best place for the birth of fine wines. In 1960, Chandon Argentina was established, the first subsidiary of Moët & Chandon outside France.

To make the Terrazas de los Andes wines, Chandon Argentina took the initiative to restore this building, located in the heart of Perdriel and at the foot of the imposing Cordón del Plata (a section of the Andes Mountain Range).

In the past, Chandon Argentina made only sparkling and generic still wines, however at the beginning of the '90s fueled by a political system more orientated towards an international market, a varietal wines project was born, to which Terrazas has now become the reality. Situated in Perdriel there is an old Spanish style winery that was used by Pedro Domecq to create his brandy. Renaud Poirier asked Domecq if he could use his equipment to make the first experimental vintages, between 1957 and 1959. Thirty years later Terrazas de los Andes was born, a tributary of Chandon Argentina dedicated exclusively to the production of varietal wines.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Domaine de Nizas Coteaux du Languedoc 2006
Domaine de Nizas Coteaux du Languedoc 2006
(search item no. 101292)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The domaine's « Flagship » wines, evoking the Mediterranean in aroma and taste.

Possessing a beautiful garnet dress, this wine develops a bouquet of mature blueberry, spices and the scents of Garrigue evoking the Mediterranean in its perfumes and its flavors. Fresh in mouth, the wine then evolves with volume and roundness in a very beautiful balance. The finish is long, ending with a silky structure of perfectly ripe tannins. Ready to drink this wine will be, however, reach its height in 5 years.

Composed of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache Noir.

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About Domaine de Nizas:

Domaine de Nizas is the new winemaking collaboration from John Goelet and Bernard Portet, co-founders in 1972 of Clos du Val in Napa Valley, California. John Goelet is also the owner of Taltarni Vineyards (Victoria, Australia) and Clover Hill (Tasmania).

On a manually tended 200 acre vineyard, they've created handcrafted limited-production wines since 1998. Their goal is to serve as a model in terms of elegance, complexity, balance and aging ability among Mediterranean wines.



White Wines    Bordeaux White Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Bonnet Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 2010
Chateau Bonnet Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 2010
(search item no. 109205)
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PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Sauvignon Blanc 50%, Sémillon 40%, Muscadelle 10%.

The wine is brilliant and luminous to the eye, while on the nose Château Bonnet 2010 shows its personality once again with intense aromas of grapefruit, boxwood, and acacia flowers. On the palate, the attack is fresh and lemony, is in perfect balance with the rich fully body that is well-structured and has a long finish. The aromatic persistence is remarkable, and the notes of citrus fruits and yellow peaches linger on the palate. This wine, already delicious, is a perfect match with fish tartars, shellfish and summer salads.

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About Chateau Bonnet:

The vineyards of Chateau Bonnet were planted during the 16th century, by the Reynier family, wealthy merchants from Libourne. In a mere 30 years, the landscape around the house was transformed, as vines replaced forest on the surrounding slopes.

Château Bonnet lies to the North of the Entre-Deux-Mers, on the clay-chalk slopes of the commune of Grézillac, overlooking the Dordogne valley some 10km south of Saint Emilion. The estate dates back to the 17th century; when André Lurton took over in 1956, it comprised 30 hectares of vineyard, which he immediately undertook to renovate and develop.

Today, half Bonnet's production is devoted to a highly popular dry white (AOC Entre-Deux-Mers), a blend of Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes, carefully vinified to preserve the freshness and bouquet of these varietals.

The other half is composed of classic red varietals - Merlots, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet Sauvignons - producing noteworthy clarets widely held to be superior to the general run of the appellation.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Palin Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Palin Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 96900)
green wine


PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Elegant and deeply concentrated, our selection of Cabernet Sauvignon from the heart of Chile's historic winemaking area captures not only the character of this river valley region but also the serious purity of organic viticulture. Excellent concentration; the mouth is awash in notes of dark chocolate, cassis and ripe red/black fruits. Aromas of forest floor, licorice and blackberries abound. A perfect balance of lush fruit and freshness; the finish is very long and lightly spiced. Aged for six months in barrique.
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About Palin:

There is little space between earth and heaven—or so it seems—in the Limarí Valley in northern Chile. With its endless blue skies and liquid sunlight, the region's organic vineyards appear like an oasis amid this semi-arid desert valley. But it's certainly no illusion, as Limarí is just one region of Chile that is perfectly suited to organic viticulture. Our partners at Palin are at the forefront of this exciting organic movement.

Palin's philosophy is “compromise and care for the environment,” a unique (and historically unusual) stance for Chilean viticulture. Turning away from long-standing traditions of mass and mechanical cultivation in the country, Palin seeks to encourage what Chile is already preternaturally capable of—the production of organic wines. To “compromise” suggests viticulture that is not forced or unnaturally manipulated, allowing the vine to reach its full potential in each region. To “care” is to strike a balance between the demands of agriculture and the stewardship of the soil—in using natural composts and beneficial crops, as just a few examples. Chile's temperate weather, suitable soils and generally healthy vineyards equal pure wines at their pinnacle of terroir expression.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Sherry    Other Spain    Spain   
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Osborne Pedro Ximenez 1827
Osborne Pedro Ximenez 1827
(search item no. 60190)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from the grape of the same name, this is desert in a glass! Deep dark rich color with a sweet nose and long lingering sweet finish. Try this aged wine with a blue veined cheese, some toasted almonds or over vanilla ice cream.
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Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2004
Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2004
(search item no. 102652)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dow's 2004 Late Bottled Vintage is a wine of a single year but it is not a "declared" Vintage Port. Whereas Vintage Port spends only two years in oak cask and then matures in bottle, LBV is aged in seasoned oak casks and then bottled, when it is between four and six years old. At the time of bottling, Dow's LBV has completed its maturation and is ready for drinking without the need for decanting.

Dow's LBV 2004 has an intense and bright red colour. With a marvellous nose of intense red and black berry fruit aromas. The palate is very well rounded and the rich ripe blackberry fruit flavours lead to a long and lingering finish.

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Dow's has been producing top Ports for over two centuries. One of the first companies to establish its own vineyards, Dow's acquired Senhora da Ribeira, located in the remote Upper Douro, in 1890 and Bomfim, which lies in the heart of Alto Douro, in 1896. Their respective wines, Ribeira with its soft fruit and violet aromas, and Bomfim with its concentrated intensity, provide the backbone to the recognized drier style of Dow's Ports. In 1912, Andrew James Symington became a partner in Dow's and today, five members of the fourth generation Symington family own and manage this historic house.


Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007
Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007
(search item no. 105249)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $15.29

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

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Petite Sirah, Conservancy has fantastic depth and character. It exhibits a rich nose of fresh berry fruit, and the flavorful palate shows blackberries, chocolate, mocha and plums. Subtle notes of molasses, cedarwood, and ripe mulberries are complemented by soft, creamy oak tones and a smooth, silky finish.
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A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Perrin et Fils Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008
Perrin et Fils Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008
(search item no. 99500)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 50% Grenache blanc, 20% Viognier, 15% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne.

A fine bright straw-gold colour. An elegant nose that shows touches of toast. Good balance with no excess of alcohol, full-bodied and long.

Serve with fine or gently spiced dishes (saffron), grilled fish or fish soup (bouillabaisse).

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About Perrin et Fils:

Jean-Pierre, François and Pierre Perrin are proud to present their fine wines, inspired by the memory of their grandfather, Pierre Perrin. Using the same techniques employed at Château de Beaucastel, the Perrins have added some interesting appellations to their already impressive list of wines.

"Jean-Pierre and François Perrin - chosen among the Most Influential Wine Personalities of the last 20 Years. The Perrins believe in natural winemaking, unfiltered wines, and routinely produce long-lived classics that are among the finest in the world." -Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate