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Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra 2011
Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra 2011
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright crimson in color, this wine is very expressive with notes of red fruits and minerals that leap from the glass. Plenty of fruit on the palate, a touch of complexity and sweet tannins.

Pairs well with grilled meats, cabrito, and lamb.

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About Herencia Altes:

Herencia Altès is a project a long time in the making. For generations Nuria Altes and his family have been grape growers, with vineyards dispersed around the village of Batea. Now, Nuria have decided to give these grapes their own personality in the form of these handcrafted wines. While Terra Alta is not yet a well-known region - tucked away in the southeastern corner of Catalonia it borders Aragón and Valencia - it is one of the largest areas in Catalonia under vine. Built upon Roman and Moorish foundations it preserves a beautiful historical center and its grand church is testament to its past glories. In terms of viticulture, it is the most important village in Terra Alta accounting for over 50% of its entire grape production. Most of the grapes are sold to cooperatives or large companies outside the region. Herencia Altes is Nuria Altes' dream to put Terra Alta on the map and show the true quality of these wonderful old vines.


Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Errazuriz Single Vineyard Carmenere 2010
Errazuriz Single Vineyard Carmenere 2010
(search item no. 115363)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep violet-ruby-red in color, the 2010 Single Vineyard Carmenere shows notes of black fruits, sweet spice, and black pepper on the nose. In addition to the palate's intense flavors and excellent typicity, notes of roasted red peppers, soy sauce, and blackberries are complemented by a touch of tobacco and graphite. The tannins are very sweet, mild, and ripe, and the firm, refreshing acidity ensures a long life in the bottle.
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About Errazuriz:

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, north of Santiago. This valley has cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes--ideal for growing grapes. Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant, Eduardo Chadwick--the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines, dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009
Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009
(search item no. 119483)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a vivid ruby red color and good concentration. Intense fragrant aroma with evident fruity notes among which wild black cherry, violet and vanilla. Full balanced flavor with noticeable but discreet tannic component.

This wine can be served with appetizing first courses with meat and mushroom sauces, grilled meats and roasted white meats and medium aged cheese.

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About Fattoria del Cerro:

Fattoria del Cerro is not only Montepulciano's largest private estate, it is also the one with the finest and most complete line of wines, fruit of years of work on the part of its directors, first Guido Guardigli and now Guido Sodano, and most of all to the inspired winemaking of Lorenzo Landi, who first revealed his formidable talent with their wines.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Montebuena Rioja 2010
Montebuena Rioja 2010
(search item no. 118778)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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. Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard.
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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    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Catena Malbec 2010
Catena Malbec 2010
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 vintage of this wine was ranked #58 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2011

The 2010 Catena Malbec shows a deep violet color with purple tones. The nose offers concentrated aromas of ripe red and dark fruits with delicate floral notes like violets and lavender, and traces of vanilla and mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and concentrated, with blueberry and blackberry notes and a touch of leather and cinnamon. The finish presents well-integrated tannins with bright acidity and a flinty minerality that gives the wine exceptional length.

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Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. The Catena family began making wine in Mendoza in 1902. Nicolas Catena, third generation family vintner, was one of the first to see the potential of Mendoza's mountain vineyards for producing high quality Malbec. In 1994, he became the first Argentine to exprot a world-class bottling of Malbec under the Catena label. Nicolas is joined by his daughter, Dr. Laura Catena, in their relentless pursuit of world-class quality from the family's high altitude vineyards. Laura has done extensive work in introducing Malbec and other varietal plant selections, soil and climate analysis, and sustainable practices throughout Mendoza. Head winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, has been at Catena Zapata since 2002 and works with Laura and Nicolas to make wines that express the family's vineyards and palate.


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Emilio Lustau Solera Reserva los Arcos Dry Amontillado Sherry
Emilio Lustau Solera Reserva los Arcos Dry Amontillado Sherry
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#82 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

A text book Amontillado of great maturity. Naturally dry and soft, its palate gives a hint of wood and smoky raisins. A powerful and distinctive nutty bouquet. A better Amontillado would be difficult to find.

The Los Arcos Amontillado is ideal as a warming aperitiff, with tapas, especially nuts and meats. It can also be served with a meal or any type of cold meat platter or richly flavored seafoods.

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About Emilio Lustau:

What is now Emilio Lustau SA was founded in 1896 by Don José Ruiz-Berdejo. It was a modest beginning: Don José cultivated the vines of his estate of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza on the outskirts of Jerez de la Frontera, stored the wines in his vineyard house and later sold them to one of the big exporting bodegas. He was, in fact, an Almacenista. In the 1940s, his son-in-law Don Emilio Lustau Ortega moved the bodega to the ancient Santiago district in the heart of the old city. There, in buildings which formed part of the historic Moorish walls of the city, he expanded the business slowly, still retaining his role as an Almacenista. From the 1950s onwards the firm became Emilio Lustau SA, and its size enabled it to join the prestigious ranks of the select group of exporters of Sherry. In the 1970s, the company expanded. First there were new cellars constructed at the old family estate of Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza. Later, from the early 1980s, Emilio Lustau SA, now under the management of the late Rafael Balao, became one of the most creative companies in Jerez.

Rafael Balao realised that Lustau's place had to be at the forefront of quality. His ideas, combining tradition with innovation, paved the way for Lustau to become, today, "The Definitive Quality Sherry House." A collection of Almacenista Sherries, drawing on rare and marvellous wines held by the stockholders, were chosen and offered to selected customers. These wines are some of the finest Sherries made. The Lustau Solera Reserva range of fine old Sherries was created, drawing on stocks of wines held by Lustau since its beginnings as an almacenista. The tradition of the East India Solera was revived, blending rich, sweet Sherries much sought after in the 19th century and made in similar conditions to Madeira wines by maturing the casks of wine in a warm, humid environment. In 1986, stocks for a unique single vintage Sherry, Vendimia Cream, were laid down. This was first released in 1992.

In 1990, the fortunes of Emilio Lustau SA changed dramatically, when the famous El Puerto de Santa Maria Sherry and.spirits company of Luis Caballero SA, producer of Ponche Caballero, Spain's largest selling liqueur, took a major shareholding. This gave Emilio Lustau considerable and secure financial backing, and the chance to develop and expand. It also brought into the company 170 hectares of fine Albariza vineyard land at Montegilillo in the Jerez Superior region to the north of Jerez. The involvement of Luis Caballero SA in the firm of Emilio Lustau has meant that further emphasis is being placed on fine Fino Sherries. All the Sherry interests of the Caballero group are now under the Lustau banner. That includes the considerable stocks of Puerto Fino held in the bodegas at El Puerto de Santa Maria, which form the basis of Lustau Finos. Here, in the Caballero bodegas, more innovation is in progress. A unique Double Flor system of refreshing the wine just before bottling preserves the freshness of Fino in the bottle. This means that the Puerto Fino of Lustau is now one of the most reliable - and freshest - Finos on the market.

Since 1988, Lustau have used a new bottle shape for all their wines. The elegant, dark bottle, with sloping shoulders is unique to the company, setting Lustau Sherries apart from others and reflecting the very special quality of these wines.



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Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Seleccion de Familia Crianza 2008
Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Seleccion de Familia Crianza 2008
(search item no. 113686)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#59 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

The bouquet consists of mature red berries, with hints of smoke, vanilla, and spice. Well-structured in the mouth, this Crianza is expressive and meaty and possesses a good balance of red fruit and toasted flavors. The tannins are mature and lead to an elegant, long finish. While this wine can be enjoyed now, it will also keep for 5-10 years.

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About Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco:

The Dinastia Vivanco Bodega is located in Briones, a privileged enclave of the Rioja Alta, in the foothills of the Cantabrian mountain range and on the banks of the River Ebro. It is an area with a mild microclimate and extraordinary calcareous-clay soils that take in old vines with a reduced and selected yield.

The Dinastia Vivanco wines are made exclusively from these family vineyards that are overseen by Rafael Vivanco and his team. This intimate knowledge of the vineyards, their unique characteristics and potential, improves the ability to make the best selection of grapes for each wine.



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Spy Valley Riesling 2011
Spy Valley Riesling 2011
(search item no. 116636)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Spy Valley Riesling 2011 is pale gold in color. On the nose, ginger, lime and floral notes with a hint of flint. The palate is full and rich with ripe citrus and wet-stone flavor spectrum, and the finish is persistent and dry.
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About Spy Valley:

The brand name Spy Valley is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station within a few kilometers of the winery. Situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka River are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Established in 1993 by the Johnson family, Johnson Estate was one of the pioneering vineyard companies in the Marlborough sub-region and remains family-owned. Eight varieties of grapes grow over 380 acres of free-draining, stony soils producing exceptional fruit for Spy Valley Wines. In ten years, production has risen to place Spy Valley as one of Marlborough's leading family-owned companies. Youthful and exuberant wines are crafted using modern winemaking techniques by winemaker Paul Bougeois and his team.


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Ravines Wine Cellars Dry Riesling 2011
Ravines Wine Cellars Dry Riesling 2011
(search item no. 120299)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ravines Dry Riesling is a unique and elegant expression of the brilliant Finger Lakes terroir. The bouquet of the wine is delicate with intricate aromas of white flowers mingled with pear, apple and citrus notes followed by a lingering mineral finish and a vibrant acidity.
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About Ravines Wine Cellars:

Ravines Wine Cellars is a boutique winery in an emerging world-class wine region, the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. It is the dream and passion of Morten & Lisa Hallgren, a European Winemaker/Oenologist and his Chef/Foodie wife. Together they have created a small, distinctive winery crafting elegant and food friendly wines using Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovation.


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Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116761)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine shows flavours of passionfruit and blackcurrant with underlying notes of wet stone and thyme. The palate displays good weight and texture, with a focused mineral acidity which delivers fantastic length to the wine. An amazing match with goats cheese salad, poultry dishes and seafood dishes such as freshly shucked oysters, prawns, green lip mussels and creamy scallops.
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About Yealands:

Stretching over 2,400 acres of prime viticultural land, the Yealands Estate is New Zealand's single largest vineyard under private ownership. Located in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough, the Seaview Vineyad is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in the country: low rainfall, high sunshine, cool nights and strong winds. The result is a smaller, thicker-skinned berry and lower yielding vines which create wines of intensity, purity and complexity.

The hallmark of the Yealands Estate is an absolute commitment to sustainable wine production, an undertaking we have made from the vine to the bottle. This commitment to premium sustainable wine production has resulted in a number of notable achievements.

The Yealands Estate Winery was created to operate sustainably at every level.

As a result we have already achieved a high industrial sustainability rating. We have also been awarded carboNZeroCert™ status, joining a select group of wineries around the world who have earned this recognition.