Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2011
Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2011
(search item no. 119433)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#66 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

The color is a lively and brilliant dark ruby-red. The perfume is fresh and intense with clean scents of wild berries, currants and sour black cherry. A light hint of vanilla and toasted oak. The flavor is warm and robust, full-bodied, pleasant and balanced.

This Barbera's sensory attributes make it an outstanding accompaniment for imposing first courses and main-course, meats boiled or roasted.

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About Marchesi di Barolo:

Setting precedents is a characteristic of Piedmontese winemaking and Marchesi di Barolo, one of the region's premier producers of Barolo, is no exception. In the mid-1800s, Marchesi di Barolo became the first estate in Italy to vinify its red wines in a dry style, a revolutionary concept at the time, but one with enduring and immensely beneficial consequences for the entire Italian wine industry.

In contrast to its noble French counterparts, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, which flourish in various corners of the world, Nebbiolo rarely thrives outside its native Piedmontese habitat. While relatively resistant to frost, damp and mist, it is highly sensitive to terrain, faring best in the Langhe district's chalky, marly soil of maritime origin.

Producing majestic red wines of phenomenal depth, complexity and longevity, Nebbiolo is the earliest red grape variety in Piedmont to bud and the last to ripen. Its name derives from the early morning mists, or "nebbia," that shroud the lower slopes of the Langhe hillsides during the fall harvest period.

The Marchesi di Barolo estate takes pride in the international reputation it has established for its fine Barolo DOCG and two superb single-vineyard crus, Barolo Cannubi DOCG and Barolo Sarmassa DOCG, all made from 100% estate-grown Nebbiolo grapes.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 115324)
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Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of black fruit and vanilla, loaded with flavors of ripe and juicy black fruit, combined with creamy tannins. Beautiful structure and texture framed with touches of chocolate and toffee from the oak aging. The wine will continue to develop and improve for up to 5 years.

A stealthy, silky wine, perfect for stewed and braised meats, grilled vegetables, and righteous thievery.

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About The Seeker:

The Seeker is a global brand brought to market by a family company with 65 years of experience and relationships with family wineries spanning the globe, seeking out top-quality wines from the regions that grow them best.

The Seeker crosses time zones and continents in a relentless quest for the world’s best wines, bringing the thrill of adventure and discovery with each sip.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Vina Mayor Reserva 2004
Vina Mayor Reserva 2004
(search item no. 106943)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#38 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

Deep, dark cherry red color.

Aroma: Complex mixture of intense ripe black fruit and fine oak character.

Taste: Elegant, well structured and full bodied. Rich, long and satisfying on the palate

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About Vina Mayor:

The Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor project began in Quintanilla de Onésimo (Valladolid) in 1986 in the wake of the birth of the official Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero certification.

With a track record of more than 20 years of success, Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor is known as an innovative highly positioned brand with regards to the quality of our range of wines from the regions of D.O. Ribera del Duero, D.O. Toro and D.O. Rueda.

VIÑA MAYOR's position as an industry leader has been consolidated through the crafting of wines with personality, modern style and elegance. Our wines have repeatedly been awarded prizes by the world's most prestigious wine guides and top competitions.