Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Cune Vina Real Crianza 2004
Cune Vina Real Crianza 2004
(search item no. 91198)
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Viña Real was developed by Cuné in the 1940s. Sixty years later, Cuné took the decision to finally give Viña Real its real home, where not only is the wine produced but also aged and bottled. Viña Real is located on the "Cerro de la Mesa" hill, Rioja Alavesa. The soils of this area are composed of the best properties for the growing of the Tempranillo grape variety together with an optimum microclimate. The vineyards run from the Cantabria mountains all the way to the river Ebro, with southern exposed slopes. José Ryan Murua is the resident winemaker of Viña Real, a connoisseur of the region and direct descendent, giving him knowledge and an advantage to source grapes of excellent quality.

Blend: 90% Tempranillo; 10% Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha

Full, morello cherry, ruby red, good intensity. Ripe autumn red and purple fruit, raspberries. Well structured on the palate with plenty of fine, lingering rich fruit and a lively note of tannin. The finish is elegant and long.

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About Cune:

Cvné, is situated in Rioja in the traditional neighborhood of the station, where the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves, for the main reason of transporting their goods to the port of Bilbao.

In 1879, two brothers decided to set up a business in the recently flourishing trade of the wine business. C.V.N.E., Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) or la Cuné, as it is commonly known in Haro, was created. This cellar still reflects the origins of the company and is kept in the traditional neighborhood of the Haro station.

The Cune winery in Haro, is made up of a group of buildings, mostly from the 19th century and arranged around a courtyard surrounded by pavilions for the purpose of wine production, aging, and bottling.



Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Borsao Tinto 2008
Borsao Tinto 2008
(search item no. 99663)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $8.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby-colored, the nose delivers aromas of mineral, cherry, and earth notes. This is followed by a medium-bodied wine with excellent depth, ripeness and a lengthy finish.

80% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo

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About Borsao:

Founded in 1958 in the town of Borja, called Borsao in the 4th century B.C., this winery represents what can be done with Garnacha, a grape that is not well appreciated by the Spanish press. Through meticulous selection, work in the fields and at reception time in the winery, modern winemaking produces this highly fruity wine. One of the best examples of the region known as "The Garnacha land of Spain", the lower part of the Ebro River.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Les Tours Pinot Noir 2007
Les Tours Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 96439)
green wine


PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich Burgundy color with a distinctive nose of wild strawberries and rose petals. Teh palate follows with ripe flavors of rhubarb and black cherries leading to a soft smooth finish.

This wine shuold be served cool (about 55 to 60 degree F). Delicious on its own, it will also pair perfectly with roast chicken or pork, grilled salmon, a veal ragout or blanquette or a creamy, ripe cheese such as Camembert.

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Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Alamos Malbec 2009
Alamos Malbec 2009
(search item no. 103105)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $9.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt observed flavors of dark cherry and blackberry fruit in this 2009 Alamos Malbec, with integrated spice and vanilla oak characteristics. The wine has a full structure and a long, lingering finish which makes it enjoyable now, or for years to come.
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About Alamos:

From the vineyard to the winery, the Alamos wines are made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang time, preserving the fruit's full spectrum of aromas and flavors.

At the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled and two to four year old barrels are used to age the wines.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 103307)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A beautifully intense and lively wine, overflowing with aromas of ripe gooseberry, melon and passionfruit with hints of grapefruit, lime and nettles. The wine is mouth-filling and juicy with vibrant fruit and fantastic mid palate richness and weight, finishing rich and racy with excellent length and crispness. Enjoy now and until 2012.
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About Villa Maria:

In 1960, George Fistonich, the son of a Croatian immigrant, founded Villa Maria in Mangere, Auckland. Voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year in 1993, George is today the managing director of the Villa Maria Group, which also includes Vidal and Esk Valley Wineries, together forming the third largest wine company in New Zealand.

Winemaker Michelle Richardson has been with Villa Maria since 1992. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Australia and in 1991 assisted flying winemaker Hugh Ryman with the French vintage. In 1997, Michelle, like George Fistonich, was voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year. Her 1996 wines have taken Villa Maria to new peaks in quality. Michelle is a graduate of the highly regarded Roseworthy College in Australia. She heads the Villa Maria winemaking team.

This team of dedicated vintners has placed its emphasis on high quality and good value. Grapes are either estate-grown or carefully sourced, and the winery was the first in New Zealand to initiate payment for grapes by quality. Villa Maria has won awards for its wines in competitions across New Zealand and Australia and has been honored for its high standards of customer service and environmental responsibility.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Sherry    Other Spain    Spain   
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Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 92464)
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $25.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyards, located at an elevation of 1,050 feet, are comprised of the famous chalky soil called Albariza and the 40-year-old vines produce extremely low yields. The grapes were hand-harvested at the peak of maturity and dried on mats in the sun. This is one of the oldest wines in the cellar since the Solera was started at the beginning of the last century.

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About Alvear:

Alvear S.A. was established by Don Diego de Alvear in 1729, and since that time has remained under control of the Alvear family. This is the oldest winery in the region and its fino is today one of the three most popular fino wines in Spain. Located in the town of Montilla, in the province of Cordoba, in the interior of Andalucia. Grapes are sourced from their own vineyards, of 307.2 acres. They also buy grapes and wines from local growers. The area is dominated by small parcels. The terrain is formed by undulating hills and slopes of a singular whitish color. There are two basic types of soil: Albero and Arenas. Albero is a whitish, chalky soil, found on the higher ground in the Sierra de Montilla and Moriles Alto, both of which are classified as superior zones and produce finos of good, clean character. This type of soil is highly absorbent and can supply the vines with needed water during the long, dry summers. The sun bakes the surface to a hard crust, reflecting the heat and preventing the moisture from evaporating. Arenas is found in the Ruedos made up of largely sand, with some stony clay and a small proportion of limestone. The climate is Southern continental, with hot summers, reaching at times temperatures of 120°F, resulting in early harvests. The temperature drops sharply at night, cooling the fermenting musts. Winters are cold.


White Wines    Riesling    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009
(search item no. 102092)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich and intensely flavored wine. Classic fruit aromas of talcum, crushed stone and limes, with a hint of overlaying dried herb. The palate shows great length and depth with lemons and limes. The wine finishes with a soft but fresh natural acidity which balances the flavor intensity and a minerality that will reward medium to long-term cellaring.
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About Pewsey Vale:

Pewsey Vale Vineyard was first planted to Riesling by Joseph Gilbert in 1847. The site was later purchased by well known grazier Geoff Angas-Parsons whom in 1961 invited his friend Wyndham Hill Smith to jointly develop the historic vineyard site. They believed the site could produce "delicate Rieslings in the Germanic style".

With an altitude varying between 485 metres and 500 metres, Pewsey Vale sits 250 metres above the Barossa Valley floor. The cooler temperatures found at this height encourage a longer ripening period which extends well into autumn. This longer ripening period is essential for producing superior quality grapes with exceptional flavour and character - hallmarks of Pewsey Vale wines. Block to block variation enables winemakers to select from separate parcels of fruit to tailor wines to the Pewsey Vale style, ensuring consistency from vintage to vintage.



White Wines    Gewurztraminer    Umpqua Valley    Oregon   
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Brandborg Cellars Gewurztraminer 2008
Brandborg Cellars Gewurztraminer 2008
(search item no. 105379)
boutique wine
screw cap wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $15.79

Winemaker's Notes:

We source our gewürztraminer from the Bradley Vineyard in Elkton, which is proving to be a world class terroir for this varietal. The wine is shimmering pale golden color with hints of green around the edges. The nose is a complex blend of floral, spice and fruit characters consistent to this exotic variety. There is evident leeche, tea rose, pink grapefruit and pie spices in the aromas. The mouthfeel and textures are an intriguing blend of sweet tropical fruit with a pithy grapefruit acidity keeping the whole impression in balance. The finish is long and the mouthfeel is full and rich.

595 cases Bottled cork free September 2009 Alcohol 12.7% by Vol. RS 2.38% 3.07pH 0.80TA – off dry to semi-sweet

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About Brandborg Cellars:

At Brandborg Cellars, founded in 1986, we produce fine handcrafted varietals in limited bottlings using old world techniques. Devoting careful attention to every stage of a meticulous winemaking process and optimizing the unique contributions of site, soil, and climate, we strive to preserve the distinct character of the vineyard. We suggest you enjoy these outstanding vintages in the company of good food and good friends.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    South Africa    South Africa   
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Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 104346)
screw cap wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $9.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This delicious, crowd pleasing Cabernet – consistently named a Wine Enthusiast "Best Buy" – is packed with lip smacking flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry and plum with subtle hints of dark chocolate and spice. Perfect for parties and for everyday sipping, this tasty bargain is a home run with grilled meats, pizza, and hearty pasta dishes.
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About Excelsior:

The picturesque Robertson Valley is nestled between two rugged mountain ranges near the Breede ("Broad") River. It was here that the De Wet family purchased a large tract of land in 1859, subsequently channeling the river and planting the region’s first vineyards. Today the estate is owned by Freddie and Peter De Wet, the fourth and fifth generation of De Wets to farm the property.

Robertson’s limestone-rich clay soils are ideal for quality wine production, and Excelsior boasts over 200 hectares planted to noble grape varietals, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz. The wines consistently receive "Best Buy"/ "Best Value" accolades, and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate recently noted that Excelsior "represents another of those South African instances where one wonders how the wines can possibly be well-made, distinctively-packaged, exported to the States, and still sell for a mere ten dollars."

The De Wets have always embraced innovation, and in 1969, Excelsior became the first wine estate in South Africa to install drip irrigation. In 1981, a modern, state-of-the-art winery was constructed with capacity to allow for future expansion. In addition to producing a series of delicious and approachable value wines, Excelsior also has a long history of horse breeding. The estate’s longstanding horse breeding tradition is reflected in the equine theme on the Excelsior labels.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Rolling Shiraz 2005
Rolling Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 91355)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Medium red with a deep hue

Aroma: Shows strong vanillin and chocolate characters with a touch of spice

Palate: The mid palate has good weight and softness and the soft berry characters carry through to the finish. Deliberately light on tannins or oak, the wine shows lovely balance and bright fruit flavors.

Food pairings: Tomato-based pasta sauces, roast lamb, venison

"Attractive palate; clear, cool-grown but supple fruit with spice, licorice, pepper and blackberry flavours all intermingling."
-James Halliday

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About Rolling:

The passion behind Rolling is driven by winemaker Philip Shaw. With over 40 years experience in Australian wine, including 15 in Orange, Philip understands that great wines can only come from nurturing vineyards which have natural raw talent. We created Rolling wines to reflect the personality of the region and celebrate the people who love the land and work in union with its seasons.