Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
James Suckling rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 vintage of this wine was ranked #31 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2011

This Chianti Classico Riserva is ruby red tending towards garnet. The bouquet is rich, intense and complex with notes of black cherry and spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors complimenting a backbone of tannin.

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About Castello di Monsanto:

In 1961 Fabrizio Bianchi, a successful textile manufacturer from Milan, purchased Castello di Monsanto and, in so doing, realized a long-held dream. Captivated by the beauty of Tuscany and convinced of the property's winemaking potential, Bianchi undertook the complete restoration of the vineyards and winery, while his wife, Giuliana, oversaw the restoration of the villa. Bianchi has relentlessly pursued the highest standards of quality, with particular emphasis on grape selection, natural vinification and a judicious use of technology.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 121945)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beringers Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted to reflect the Napa Valley appellation. This wine is evocative of the rich terroir of the vineyards, but is still immediately approachable and appealing. Ripe dark fruits are accented by hints of cedar and dark chocolate aromas. The mouthfeel is dense and lush, with juicy red and blue berries and a rich structure.

Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot

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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Convento de las Claras  2011
Convento de las Claras 2011
(search item no. 122015)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep, opaque cherry color, with strong purple hues. The nose has a very high fruit intensity of blackberries, raspberries, blackberries and black licorice, which are combined with roasted and spicy flavors typical of aging in French oak. On the palate, it is very fleshy and dense, very broad. It has balanced acidity, soft tannins and long, fruity and spicy finish. A treat to the palate and the senses... In short, a sip of Ribera del Duero.
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Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Cameron Hughes Lot 316 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cameron Hughes Lot 316 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A multi-faceted collage of black and red fruit aromas with notes of rose petal, mocha and graphite. Fine grained tannins gently sweep to the far reaches of the palate. A lingering nish is punctuated with lavish red fruit.

Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc

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About Cameron Hughes:

With an obsession for quality and innovation, Cameron Hughes Wine, founded by Cameron Hughes and partner Jessica Kogan, is dedicated to building a reputation for delivering the best domestic and international wine values in the marketplace today. Our focus is on buying at the high-end, small available 'Lots' of super premium wine. Because not all wine at the high-end is bottled, we rescue those 'Lots' do some stylistic blending and get it to you at a great price.

Our company was founded on the concept that exquisite wine should be available at everyday prices. Cameron is a wine négociant who travels the world in search of exceptional wines to share with wine lovers in select markets. Our wines are sourced from the finest growers and winery partners who must remain anonymous as they produce wines for much more expensive projects.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Italian    Italy   
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Fonterutoli Mazzei Badiola Toscana 2010
Fonterutoli Mazzei Badiola Toscana 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Badiola, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, is a deep, inky purple color. It has an intense aromas of dark fruits and cocoa. Soft and smooth on the palate, with flavors of wild blackberries and raspberries. It's well balanced, with great depth and a long finish.
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About Castello di Fonterutoli:

Castello di Fonterutoli, source of some of Italy's most prestigious wines, is an historic property embracing an entire tranquil, centuries-old hamlet just south of Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico. The estate has been in the hands of the Mazzei family – devoted to winemaking for 24 generations – since 1435 and is today led by Lapo Mazzei and his sons, Francesco and Filippo.

This dynamic family has carefully safeguarded the inherent beauty and rich heritage of Fonterutoli, while simultaneously implementing measures to ensure cutting-edge quality in the vineyards and cellars. An exciting example of this dedication to quality is the in-progress construction of a stunning new cellar that operates via gravity and clean energy, and has already been defined as "the most impressive in the entire Chianti region" by Steven Spurrier of Decanter Magazine.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.

Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Priorat    Spain   
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Mas Doix Salanques 2006
Mas Doix Salanques 2006
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#53 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

From looking at and tasting Salanques, you'd never know that it is a "second label" to Mas Doix. Its deep purple color speaks to how highly concentrated and extracted this wine is, and the floral aromas, black fruit and chalky minerality speak to the pedigree of the vineyards.

On the palate, the wine is completely balanced, with full body, good acid, ripe tannins, and a velvety mouthfeel.

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About Mas Doix:

The Celler Mas Doix was created by the Doix and Llagostera families in 1998. It is the reinitiation of a tradition that began in 1850. The gold medal obtained in the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1888 and the silver medal won in the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1878 remind the Doix family of the passion with which Juan Extrems Doix, Juan Doix's grandfather, used long ago to look after the vineyards and produce his wines.

The phylloxera outbreak did not mean the end of the family's vineyards. They were replanted with the Garnacha and Carinena varieties, native to the Priorat region, thereby maintaining the growth of the vineyards while the production was sent to the cooperative in Poboleda until it was able to be produced in Mas Doix's winery. Nowadays, the family labors with love and passion for the fruit grown in their hundred-year-old vineyards so they can produce great wines.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Victoria    Australia   
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Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 2011
Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 2011
(search item no. 123626)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A spicy Shiraz from the vineyards of Central Victoria brightens with a boost of Viognier for aroma and balance, as often practiced in France's most highly regarded appellation of the Northern Rhone Valley, Côte Rôtie. The grapes grown in this Austrialian vineyard where planted on 19th century French rootstocks, another nod to the French tradition & influence in this new world wine. This wine is a collaborative effort between two renowned wine families; Chapoutier from the Rhone Valley in France, and Terlato family of Napa Valley in California.

Blend: 95% Shiraz, 5% Viognier

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About Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier:

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier combines the vision of Anthony J. Terlato, the founder of luxury importer and marketer Terlato Wines International, and Michel Chapoutier, the esteemed Rhône grower and vintner whose compelling wines have been exalted by critics around the world. The origin of the Terlato & Chapoutier partnership in Australia dates back to 1998, when Chapoutier enthusiastically told Terlato about a top vineyard site in Australia. Located on an eastern-facing slope on the southern edge of the Pyrenees Hills in western Central Victoria, the region’s unique iron-rich and schist soils could produce “great wines,” according to Chapoutier, and the resulting single-vineyard Shiraz from the "Malakoff" vineyard and Shiraz-Viognier blend have been highly lauded since their release in 2006.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Primus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Primus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 118868)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, dark opaque red. Aromas of ripe black berry fruit with a subtle hint of toasty oak. Flavors of red and black berry fruit flavors with hints of dried plums, fresh acidity and a long finish with fine, elegant tannins.

Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah

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About Primus:

Primus wines are produced by the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Clarendon Hills Bakers Gully Syrah 2006
Clarendon Hills Bakers Gully Syrah 2006
(search item no. 117769)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Black, deep midnight purple. Liqueur coffee edge with ‘Black Kat' licorice, tobacco leaf, lifted spicey leather, sweet earthiness and Kalamata skin. Superb clarity and brightness of traditional elements expected in a classic Australian Syrah. Black fruit and savory components mingle on a weighted, meaty structure. Expressive, bright characters are counter-weighted by restraint exhibited in this elegantly positioned and lineated example.
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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.