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Bodegas Castano Hecula 2005
Bodegas Castano Hecula 2005
(search item no. 92217)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Inky violet. Deep cherry and cassis aromas complicated by an array of floral, mineral and herbal nuances. Powerful dark fruit flavors are firmed by solid tannins and lifted by gentle minerality. Picks up smoked meat and anise notes on the long, chewy finish. This could be a Bandol. Is the average buyer at this price point ready for this? Another amazing value."
-International Wine Cellar

Dense, clean and brilliant color. Magnificent fruity display (plums, fig bread combined with red fruit), medium strong balsam aromas(mentholated) which are perfectly integrated. On the palate, it is smooth and silky with mature, polished tannins and a full, pleasant finish.

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About Bodegas Castano:

There are only a handful of wineries remaining in Yecla since the phyloxera plague, and they are led by the forward-thinking Bodegas Castano, which has helped to reinvigorate the winemaking in the region.

Created by Ramon Castano Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castano is not nearly as old as the vines it owns. Starting quite small, the family has nurtured these old plantings and re-planted other parcels and now owns 350 hectares of some of the prime vineyard land in Yecla. Today, Daniel Castano, one of Ramon's sons, runs the winery with the help of other members of the family.

The extremely talented Mariano Lopez has taken over the winemaker reins at the Bodega, and has turned the focus toward more balanced bottlings of older vine Monastrell. Both traditional and carbonic maceration techniques are used and all wines pass through malolactic fermentation. Daniel believes that the fruit and tannin structure of the Monastrell varietal stands up well to the use of oak, and as such, many of the wines pass (in varying degrees) through a barrel regime.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Trevor Jones Jonesy Port
Trevor Jones Jonesy Port
(search item no. 81892)
screw cap wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 70 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"What a sensational value! Made by Trevor Jones in partnership with importer Dan Philips, this is a blend averaging 46 years in age. Its light to medium ruby hue is accompanied by an extraordinary bouquet of sweet candied fruit intermixed with notions of maple syrup, earth, and hazelnuts. This gorgeous tawny delivers plenty of pleasure." --Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2004.
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About Trevor Jones:

Trevor Jones began his winemaking career in 1977 at Bernkastel Wines, with Rob O'Callaghan of Rockford Winery Basket Press Shiraz fame, and worked through two vintages, before accepting a position as assistant winemaker at Karrawirra Wines in 1979. In 1982, Trevor was appointed winemaker and remained in that position until 1986. During Trevor's time at Karrawirra, he also made wines for Kellermeister Wines and eventually became full time winemaker there. Additionally, Trevor has worked as a consultant winemaker for Anglesey Wines, St. Hallett Wines and Glenara Wines.

Trevor Jones received the distinction of being awarded two perfect 100 point scores (never before awarded) for the Old Barossa Tokay and the Barossa Liqueur Shiraz Tawny from Robert Parker Jr. of The Wine Advocate in February 2000.



White Wines    Other White Wine    Other Spain    Spain   
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Rafael Palacios Louro Do Bolo Godello 2006
Rafael Palacios Louro Do Bolo Godello 2006
(search item no. 98284)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $11.69

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Green-tinged yellow. Fresh peach and melon scents with an undercurrent of spice. Silky pit fruit flavors offer good density and subtle mineral lift, not to mention a fine-grained texture. Finishes with persistent spicy citrus zest flavors." 89 Points
International Wine Cellar
September/October 2007

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About Rafael Palacios:

Rafael Palacios began his wine project in Valdeorras in 2004, purchasing mature vineyards of the indigenous Godello variety from older local growers. His previous experience in the area as a consultant had motivated him to try and recuperate the unique sub-zone of the Bibei Valley in the Municipality of O Bolo.

The extreme topography and the low productivity of the soil had led to the almost complete abandonment of grape production in this tiny but historic county, cultivated traditionally on terraces. The predominance of small plots is the result of inheritances drawn by lot, often out of a hat, called "Sorte" in the Galician language and the inspiration for the name As Sortes.



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Falesco Vitiano Rosato 2007
Falesco Vitiano Rosato 2007
(search item no. 96055)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep coral in color, Vitiano Rosé delivers clean, juicy aromas of strawberries, plums, cranberries, and scents of roses and gardenias. Vitiano Rosé is the perfect wine for summer. Dry, medium-bodied and refreshing, it is delicious with salads, grilled vegetables, grilled fish such as salmon or tuna, and with mussels marinara.
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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $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.



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Almansenas La Huella de Adaras 2006
Almansenas La Huella de Adaras 2006
(search item no. 98196)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $11.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"(60% tintorera, 30% monastrell and 10% cabernet sauvignon) Opaque ruby. High-pitched cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by smoky bacon, rose oil, anise and minerals. Fresh and juicy, offering sweet raspberry and boysenberry flavors along with a bright mineral undertone. Finishes fresh, clean and precise, with very good persistence This wine, which saw no oak, was made by Ester Nin, who is the cellarmaster at Clos Erasmus. Great value."
International Wine Cellar
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About Almansenas:

Ester Nin Llort started her career in 2004 at Almanseñas in the La Mancha appellation of Almansa. There, together with Pep Aguilar and Patri Morillo, both oenologists from the Priorat, she takes charge of the viticulture and oenology for the estate where three wines are made from Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell.

The estate Venta La Vega (La Vega Inn) is on the "Royal Way" from Madrid to Valencia & Alicante, where an inn once stood and welcomed travelers’' tales. The vineyard fields are scattered with ancient rainwater troughs, pine trees and oak trees which abruptly meet with the cornfields on the Almansa plateau.