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 7/22/2014: $11.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sierra Foothills    California   
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Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2008
Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 108176)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Devious mischief abounds from these dry-farmed, head pruned, old vine vineyards in the Shenendoah Valley. This Sierra Foothill Valley is renowned for its old vine Zin vineyards which produce a wine that is chewy and spicy, rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvet vanilla oak. Blended with a touch of Syrah from the Bailey Vineyard. Maverick...The Jam Bomb...mischievous fun!
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About Four Vines:

In 1994 Four Vines Winery kicked into gear featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak "Naked" Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, The Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. The winery relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form. No matter the wine, Four Vines has always brought a refreshing, irreverent attitude to the industry. Today, the winery sources fruit from all over the state of California and crushes mainly on the Central Coast and in Sonoma County. This allows grapes to arrive at their peak of cool morning temperatures to the crush pad. It all starts in the vineyard…don't let anyone tell you anything else. In late 2010, Derek Benham acquired Four Vines from its founders and moved the winery operations back up north to Sonoma County where it originally started. Four Vines is now in a position to reach its full potential as a category leader in Unoaked Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The story continues...


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Protocolo Tinto 2006
Protocolo Tinto 2006
(search item no. 95007)

PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Tempranillo from Vino de la Tierra de Castilla. Vineyards are located on the northeast edge of the D.O. La Mancha and 2,700 ft in elevation.

Deep, bright ruby red. Soft, chewy berry fruit. Amazing presence of flavor and texture for the price. Consistently a top value.

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About Protolcolo:

Ownership under the Eguren family. Vineyards are located on the northeast edge of the D.O. La Mancha. The grapes come from vineyards that are 2,700 ft. in elevation. They are oriented to the southwest and are planted in traditional vaso and cabeza systems. The soil is calcareous clay soils. The climate is continental climate with high daytime temperatures during the growing season moderated by cool nights. Winters are cold, summers are hot and dry.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    South Australia    Australia   
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Wrattonbully Vineyards Tempranillo 2006
Wrattonbully Vineyards Tempranillo 2006
(search item no. 94073)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 growing season was ideal, with good rains filling the soils, and combined with cool nights the vines set to a moderate, even crop. Harvest was early (March 11 & 17) with ripe grapes having full color, and an abundance of flavour and tannin balance. The wine has a deep magenta colour. The nose is intensely savoury, showing cedar, spiced plums and an earthy richness. Powerful fruit flavours open the palate with the spiciness of Tempranillo shining through. Perfect with paella or tapas.

"Tempranillo is the most distinguished Spanish indigenous variety, popping up all over Australia. Bright and clear, this offers a delicious, fresh and supple panoply of red fruits, spices and tannins, uncomplicated and seductive."
James Halliday
92 Points

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About Wrattonbully Vineyards:

Wrattonbully Vineyards is an Estate established by the Hill Smith family in 1994. It is sited in the recently discovered region of Wrattonbully, a near-northern neighbour of Coonawarra within South Australia’s Limestone Coast. The vineyard site was chosen for its soil types (principally shallow red soils over limestone), undulating aspect and coolish, reliable climate.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Bodegas Conde Neo Sentido 2005
Bodegas Conde Neo Sentido 2005
(search item no. 92371)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $19.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 67 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

This beautiful 100% Tempranillo is from vineyards in Ribera del Duero that are over 50 years old. Aged for 10 months in oak barrels, it is bottled with minimal intervention.

The result - an incredible Tempranillo, darkly colored and richly perfumed with cedar, spice box, blueberry, plum and cherry notes. Fresh and spicy, with juicy dark fruit flavors, mineral and a touch of vanilla on the finish. Could be cellared for 10+ years, but really rich and tasty right now.

"The 2005 Neo Sentido is similarly styled but more layered and richer than the 2004. It should have a slighter longer lifeline than its older sibling."
-Wine Advocate

Wine Advocate note on 2004 vintage: "The 2004 Neo Sentido is 100% Tempranillo aged for 6 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it has an attractive perfume of cedar, vanilla, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry jam. Firmly structured, with good depth and concentration, this tasty wine can be cellared for several years but is rich enough to drink now through 2015."
-Wine Advocate 90 Points

"Inky violet. Deeply scented nose displays powerful cassis and blueberry, along with subtle floral qualities. Graceful, finely etched dark berry flavors deliver impressive purity and length. Finishes sweet and virtually tannin-free. This is drinking extremely well already."
-International Wine Cellar

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About Bodegas Conde:

Five years have passed since we started the exciting adventure which is Neo. Perhaps the first thing which may surprise you is to see three people still in the photo. We are not surprised, we are more united than ever, with our batteries thoroughly charged and ready to continue offering you the best of ourselves and our vineyards.

We invite you to continue on board this boat as we aim to make our wine one of the best in the world.

We continue to work with the best viticulturists from Ribera del Duero, we still obtain the best grapes from vineyards of more than 50 years old which are subjected to an exhaustive quality control system and quantity monitoring through the course of the year, only in this way can we obtain the necessary raw materials to make Neo. Our vines in the Estate of Cabarroso work better every day and are already incorporated in the production of some of our wines.

This year we have acquired a new vineyard which, for your interest, we will tell you is the highest in Aranda de Duero, with an approximate age of some 70 years; one more step towards attaining our goal, of having the very best grapes.



White Wines    Other White Blends    Rioja    Spain   
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Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco 2005
Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco 2005
(search item no. 86385)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $9.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Nearly clear in color, this light Rioja has clean, refreshing flavors of white fruit and spice. A touch creamy..."
-Wines & Spirits
 
Very clear and bright straw colour. Aromas of pears, white flowers and mineral notes come through on the nose. Very pleasant in the mouth where delicious flavours of pears and apples blend with finesse with this wine's fresh racy character. Very good length.
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About Marques de Caceres:

Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqués de Cáceres the Rioja bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.

The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother Elysée bought and restored two abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon. These châteaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux. When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta.

Emile Peynaud, former professor and chief wine researcher at the University of Bordeaux, was initial consultant to the winery. Today, Michel Rolland is wine consultant at Marqués de Cáceres and Henri and his daughter, Christine, are at the helm. The vinification methods at Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres are similar to those used in Bordeaux. Thus, French winemaking techniques and expertise have been applied to native Spanish grapes to produce one of the finest modern Riojas.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Ercavio Mas Que Vinos Roble 2006
Ercavio Mas Que Vinos Roble 2006
(search item no. 97598)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Tempranillo

Mas Que Vinos = 3 Winemakers & 3 Friends. Margarita Madrigal, Gonzalo Rodriguez, and Alexandra Schmedes met in 1998 in Rioja and began a "flying winemaker" consultant firm, taking them to projects across Spain. They were drawn to Gonzalo's home town of Dosbarrios where they saw great potential in the vineyards and decided to launch their own project, Ercavio, named for an old Roman settlement. They renovated an old family winery (from 1851) with typical tinajas (large clay wine vats: the traditional and antique method for fermenting in the region), located in the house of La plazuela in Dosbarrios. It is here that the wine la Plazuela is barrel aged.

The area of the village Dosbarrios, Huerta and Cabañas, with their vineyards is the Mesa de Ocaña, located about 60km east of Toledo. The continental climate is especially suited to growing grapes with cold, dry winters and hot summers, tempered by high altitude cooling.

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About Ercavio:

Mas Que Vinos is the brainchild of a group of friends, Margarita Madrigal, Gonzalo Rodriguez, and Alexandra Schmedes. Having renovated an old family winery which dates to 1851, the three sought to preserve as much as they could from the original property, including the old tinajas (clay amphors) which are still used today for the malolactic fermentation.

La Mancha is one of the few areas of Spain that benefits from one single climate instead of two or three such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero. This Continental climate favors the extremes, with very cold winters and very hot summers. In the summer, and because of the altitude (often over 700 meters), the nights are quite cool which is perfect for an grape maturation. Soils in the zone are usually clay and limestone, with small patches of granite.

Mas Que Vinos works with two varietals with which many American buyers may not be familiar. Cencibel, a red varietal, is simply another name for Tempranillo when grown in certain areas of Central and Southern Spain. Arien, equally as unknown, is Spain’s most widely planted white varietal. Bunches are large and very tightly packed and alcohol levels tend to be between 13% and 14%. Often it is added to a blend for texture, but as it tends to be lower in alcohol in the area near Mas Que Vinos and the aromatics quite interesting, the property has decided to make it the centerpiece of their white wine.



Red Wines    Petite Sirah    Russian River    California   
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Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah 2005
Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah 2005
(search item no. 96191)

PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Foppiano Vineyards Estate Petite Sirah was made entirely from estate Petite Sirah grapes, grown on the family's Russian River Valley Estate. The Pet is full-bodied and deeply colored. In the nose, the Petite offers black fruit aromas, which are well met on the palate with blackberry and blueberry flavors, as well as toasty vanilla, exotic spices, and hints of cocoa on the finish.

Best served with red meat dishes, hearty pastas, full-flavored cheeses, roasted pork, or our favorite roasted wild boar.

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About Foppiano:

Foppiano Vineyards was founded in 1896 by Giovanni Foppiano, a native of Genoa, Italy. Giovanni emigrated from Italy to San Francisco in 1864, walking across the isthmus of Panama en route. He hoped to find his riches in the gold fields of California.

It was Giovanni who founded Foppiano Vineyards after moving to Healdsburg, California when his search for gold was unrewarding. He purchased a working winery called "Riverside Farm" on the same land where today's Foppiano Vineyards still stands and operates.

Petite Sirah, the family's favorite wine, has become the winery's signature wine, and is known nationwide as one of the country's top Petites year-in and year-out.



White Wines    Viognier    Napa Valley    California   
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Jade Mountain Napa Valley Viognier 2005
Jade Mountain Napa Valley Viognier 2005
(search item no. 94159)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $11.49

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Viognier captures all the qualities that have made this grape variety prized for centuries in its native Rhone Valley. The aromas are perfumed with gardenia, honeydew melon, apricot and peach. The bright fruit character carries through in the opulent, beautifully balanced flavors, and then lingers on the finish. Most remarkable is the rich, silky texture of Viognier. It has a natural lushness on the palate that we have emphasized by barrel-fermenting and aging the wine in neutral, four-year-old French oak barrels. We gently stirred the yeast lees during the ten months of aging to contribute roundness and complexity, without pronounced oak character that would distract from the focused fruit expression. Lightly chill our Viognier and enjoy simply with creamy white cheeses and fresh fruit. Or match it with delicate crab cakes, grilled or smoked trout, pork roasted with rosemary or chicken salad with fresh pineapple, mango and macadamia nuts.

"Tastes sweet beyond ripeness, with a complex range of juicy apple, pear and mango flavors that are rich and mouthcoating."
-Wine Spectator

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About Jade Mountain:

Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of Rhône-style California wines. The winery was founded with the belief that carefully chosen California vineyard sites planted to Rhône grape varieties can achieve quality on a par with the best from France and Australia.

Paras Vineyard, Jade Mountain's flagship vineyard, rests on the upper slopes of Mount Veeder, overlooking the Napa Valley. With rocky vine terraces and eastern exposures reminiscent of the finest Northern Rhône vineyards, Paras Vineyard grows Syrah and other Rhône grapes of truly exciting quality. From this and other select vineyards, Jade Mountain creates Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier and a proprietary southern Rhône-style blend called La Provençale

Jade Mountain uses only the highest-quality grapes and practices traditional winemaking techniques to produce wines displaying intense fruit and spice and silky smoothness on the palate. These wines are appealing in their youth as well as eminently age-worthy.