Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
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Winemaker's Notes:

Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir is rich in both color and fragrance. With aromas of violet, cherry and Earth, this medium-bodied wine is very food-friendly. Balanced by warm spice accents of cloves and cinnamon, this wine finishes elegant and supple.
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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Borsao Tinto 2012
Borsao Tinto 2012
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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
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate 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:

Unlike some of its Borsao stablemates, this bottling isn't gushing with fruit in the nose, but it has something more: balance. Black cherries and blueberries coincide with gentle vanilla and toast, and mineral and rock elements finish the wine, along with a whisp of citrusy crispness.
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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    Chile    South America   
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Llai Llai Pinot Noir 2010
Llai Llai Pinot Noir 2010
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ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, brillitant red color with a ripe, aromatic explosive nose showing intense red fruit expression An elegant palet with a good balance of alcohol and acidity, black and red cherry flavors, surrounded by sweet earthy notes that has a long, rich and smooth finish due to the very ripe and soft tannins.
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About Llai Llai:

We do not think of who we are and what we do in terms of Old World or New World. We think of ourselves as passionate people who want to make a difference in wine, with wine and around wine.

Exploring South America is our passion. Not content to continue growing grapes in the same regions we always have, we set out more than two decades ago to explore new lands, curious to see how different soils and climates would affect our favorite wine varietals.