Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Cantine Maschio Prosecco Brut
Cantine Maschio Prosecco Brut
(search item no. 117200)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Light straw yellow in color with a lively froth. Bouquet of white peach and orange blossoms. Fruit forward, with peach and almond flavors.

Prosecco Brut makes an ideal aperitif and also pairs wonderfully with antipasto and hors d'oeuvres, light fish dishes, sushi and sashimi, fresh fruit, and pastries. Serve chilled.

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About Cantine Maschio:

Cantine Maschio is one of Italy’s leading producers of stellar quality Prosecco, known for delivering a fresh and lively Prosecco taste – which stands up even to the discerning palates of the Italians themselves. The Prosecco grape, which thrives in northeastern Italy’s Veneto region, delivers soft peach and melon flavors and is luscious from tantalizing start to refreshing finish.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Montebuena Rioja 2009
Montebuena Rioja 2009
(search item no. 105253)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard.

Brilliant deep ruby red color, fruity aromas. Montebuena Red has a spicy vanilla bouquet and is smooth and fruity in the mouth with some well-integrated secondary nuances, full-flavored and a persistent pleasant finish.

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About Montebuena:

Montebuena is produced by Bodegas Burgo Viejo that were founded in 1987 by six families of farmers. Burgo Viejo's main asset has always been the exquisite winemaking process of grapes collected from its own vineyards throughout the years, back to the times when they were just a wine cellar selling in bulk (they started as a cooperative in the 1950's). Young Gorka Etxebarria is the leading winemaker and has been working with Burgo Viejo since December 2003.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Buena Vista Pinot Noir Ramal Vineyard Estate 2007
Buena Vista Pinot Noir Ramal Vineyard Estate 2007
(search item no. 108603)

PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir shows a great combination of fruit intensity, structure and ageability. The color is deep purple with aromas of blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit, anise, allspice and mushroom. It has bright raspberry and deeper plum flavors with cinnamon, vanilla and toast notes on the long, silky finish. Pair this rich Pinot Noir with beef tenderloin and sautéed spinach.

Bold enough to pair with a roasted rosemary rack of lamb along with new spring red potatoes.

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About Buena Vista Winery:

Founded in 1857 as California's first premium winery, Buena Vista, under the direction of winemaker Jeff Stewart, is a leader in cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Straddling Sonoma County in the southern end of the Carneros appellation, the 523-acre Ramal Vineyard Estate is broken up into 167 small blocks, with 21 different clones of Chardonnay and 13 different clones of Pinot Noir, and is set along rolling south-facing hillsides overlooking the San Pablo Bay. The Ramal Vineyard is the crown jewel of all Carneros.

Most winemakers will agree that cool-climate wines like Pinot Noir are the most difficult to produce. And most will agree that Jeff Stewart does so with unparalleled success. Jeff comes to Buena Vista with over 15 years of achievement in cool-climate viticulture and his focus on gentle handling of the grapes and temperature moderation produces wines with complexity, character and depth.