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Bodegas Castano Hecula 2009
Bodegas Castano Hecula 2009
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red cherry color. Complex aromas of raspberry, mulberry and liquorice. Intense juicy blackberry flavours. Squashy acidity and long aftertaste.
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About Bodegas Castano:

There are only a handful of wineries remaining in Yecla since the phyloxera plague, and they are led by the forward-thinking Bodegas Castano, which has helped to reinvigorate the winemaking in the region.

Created by Ramon Castano Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castano is not nearly as old as the vines it owns. Starting quite small, the family has nurtured these old plantings and re-planted other parcels and now owns 350 hectares of some of the prime vineyard land in Yecla. Today, Daniel Castano, one of Ramon's sons, runs the winery with the help of other members of the family.

The extremely talented Mariano Lopez has taken over the winemaker reins at the Bodega, and has turned the focus toward more balanced bottlings of older vine Monastrell. Both traditional and carbonic maceration techniques are used and all wines pass through malolactic fermentation. Daniel believes that the fruit and tannin structure of the Monastrell varietal stands up well to the use of oak, and as such, many of the wines pass (in varying degrees) through a barrel regime.



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Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2010
Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2010
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine, distinguished and supple with the fragrance of violets, has all the features of a Fleurie.
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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.



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Matteo Correggia Barbera d'Alba Marun 2009
Matteo Correggia Barbera d'Alba Marun 2009
(search item no. 114683)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Matteo Correggia's Barbera d'Alba DOC comes from a vineyard in Canale d'Alba in the Roero. The south facing vineyard sits at a 310 meter elevation, and soil composition is roughly sixty percent sand, thirty percent silt and four percent clay. The vine density in this vineyard is significantly higher than the vineyards that produce the Anthos and Arenis, at five thousand vines per hectare, but the per hectare yield is much lower than allowed by the Barbera d'Alba DOC rules due to extensive green cropping. After harvest there is a six to eight day maceration period with frequent punch downs and delestage; fermentation is finished in barrique. Correggia's Barberra is aged for 18 months in sixty percent new barrique. About 1000 cases are produced each year.
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About Matteo Correggia:

The Roero district is located in the lower-altitude, rounded, sandy hills north of the Tanaro River and northwest of the Langhe. Young Nebbiolo and Barbera from this region have a particularly fresh and lively character. In 2001, Matteo Correggia tragically passed away just as he entered Piedmont's winemaking elite. With the help of Giorgio Rivetti (of the famous La Spinetta estate), Matteo's wife Ornella took over the estate, carrying on her husband's passionate desire to expand the reputation of the Roero. The elegantly powerful cult wine Roero "Rocche d'Ampsej" comes from a tiny plot of 50 to 60-yr-old Nebbiolo vines, and is the culmination of Matteo’s life’s work. Barbera "Bricco Marun" is varietally pure, vibrant, and concentrated, with intense personality. Nebbiolo "Val dei Preti" is also classic Roero: from 30 year old nebbiolo vines planted in three hectares of sandy-limestone soil, the wine ages 12 months in new French oak. "Anthos" is the estate's dry, still Brachetto, a great value with a nose of rose petals and licorice, while the Arneis, an incredible summertime thirst-quencher, has an ever-growing following. Correggia's Nebbiolo "Roero," aged for 12 months in used barriques, and an additional 8 months in stainless steel, provides access to their stunning line-up at an incredible value!

The estate defines the agricultural management as "natural and sustainable whenever possible". Only manure is used as fertilizer. Spontaneous cover crops (grass cover) are left between the rows of vines, the grass is mowed and the soil is tilled so to work the plant substance (green manure) into the ground. No chemical weed-control products are used. There is a very limited use of SO2 in the wine.