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Luigi Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca 2007
Luigi Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca 2007
(search item no. 113355)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $29.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is an intense garnet red, limpid and dense. On the nose it is spicy with fruity notes and fine hints of dried flowers and rose petals. On the palate it has a warm tannic mouthfeel, with well-integrated spicy notes.

Perfect with beef, braised meats, game and mature cheeses.

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About Luigi Ferrando:

Luigi Ferrando has long been the leading winemaker of the Canvese where his family's winemaking tradition goes back to 1900. Like many of Rosenthal's producers, he has strong ties to his local region. His attachment and commitment run deep, and have led him to collaborate with other winemakers and academics. They are responsible for discovering and preserving local winemaking traditions that might otherwise have been lost. His sons, Roberto and Andrea, now work with him on the estate, thereby assuring the continuation of the Ferrando tradition.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 108048)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Juicy berry fruit aromas lead into concentrated flavors of raspberries and blackberries. Well-balanced with firm tannins. Hints of vanilla, cocoa and sweet oak appear on the finish.
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About Trumpeter:

Bodega La Rural was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Rutini. From Italy, he brought with him his oenological degree and the vast experience he had acquired from his father's vineyards. The first vines were planted in Maipu, Mendoza and the winery was installed with French Oak barrels and the best in modern machinery. Under his work ethic, "Labor and Perseverance," four generations of the Rutini family continued his legacy. They brought together hard work and the most advanced technologies in viticulture in the search for excellence in oenology.

Today, the winery boasts stainless steel tanks, two pneumatic presses, imported crushers, vacuum pumps and filters, in addition to 500 new French Oak barrels. Over the last couple of years, the Trumpeter wines have soared to new heights in popularity in the United States. Offering four varietals: a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Malbec, Bodega La Rural has crafted new wines with attractive new labels that have created quite a stir in the media. These wines have received praise in many respected publications ranging from Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits magazine to the Washington Post daily newspaper.



Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Chile    South America   
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MELI Carignane 2008
MELI Carignane 2008
(search item no. 113552)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $9.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This lesser known varietal is planted extensively in southern France. Although it doesn't usually take a leading role, there's star power in Meli's 90% Carignane-10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Aged in both used oak barrels and stainless steel, this wine is concentrated and unique, with an distinctive balance of earth and fruit.
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About MELI:

Meli is the dream of celebrated winemaker Adriana Cerda. Adriana had already been a respected winemaker for 30 years when she decided it was time to make her own wine.

In 2005, she and her three adult sons bought a property with 60-year-old Carignane and Riesling vines in the Maule Valley. Using dry farming, Meli produces two unique wines — both unusual for Chile. These varieties, Riesling and Carignane, are well-suited to the cooler Maule Valley, where the growing season is long, with cool nights and warm days.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Carneros    California   
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Etude GBR Estate Red 2006
Etude GBR Estate Red 2006
(search item no. 103030)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Winegrowing: GBR is a proprietary red blend sourced from Etude's Estate Vineyards at Grace Benoist Ranch, for which the wine is named. The vineyards are tucked away in the far northwest corner of the esteemed Carneros Appellation in Sonoma Valley. The Merlot, Malbec and Syrah that comprise the blend are ideally suited to the diverse microclimates and rocky soils of the site and offer a unique expression of the land.

Tasting Notes: his inaugural vintage of GBR is a blend of Merlot (71%), Malbec (17%) and Syrah (12%). The wine is deep ruby in color with luscious aromas of crushed berries, fruit compote, anise and black olive. A rich, dark fruit entry leads to flavors of cassis, black plum, coffee bean and cedar. The wine is dense and well-balanced with a hint of minerality and a lingering finish.

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About Etude Wines:

The underlying philosophy at Etude Wines is that winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested. Winemaker, Jon Priest, believes that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker and results in a wine that is grown, not made. Etude specializes in two classic red varieties: Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though modeled on the best from Burgundy to Bordeaux, these wines speak clearly of their contemporary California origins, combining rich, ripe fruit with an elegant and opulent mouth feel.


Red Wines    Mourvedre    Jumilla    Spain   
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Finca Luzon Verde 2008
Finca Luzon Verde 2008
(search item no. 100516)
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PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 100% organic Monastrell. Red cherry in color with a violet rim. Mature red fruit combined with slightly nutty aromas. Meaty on the palate with great fruitiness. This is a structured and well balanced wine.
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About Finca Luzon:

The estate was founded by the Gil family in 1916. For almost a century now they have strived to create wines that not only reflect the terroir of Jumilla but have an intense expression of the fruit and represent a good value in the market. They have achieved this goal through meticulous vineyard management and by adopting the latest technologies of winemaking available. The winery is located west of the town of Jumilla.

The grapes are sourced from the family-owned estate of 216 acres. The estate is surrounded by small mountains, 60 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyards are at the altitude of 1,500-2,100 ft. The soils are a combination of sand and chalk covered with chalky gravel and stones. Jumilla has a continental climate due to the high altitude of the region, despite the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea; there are large fluctuations in temperature from day to night during the growing season and cold winters. Rainfall is scant.