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Castillo de Monseran Old Vine Garnacha 2007
Castillo de Monseran Old Vine Garnacha 2007
(search item no. 116469)
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PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a deep red color. It is aromatically, intense, with great complexity. Smoky, red fruits (red currant, strawberry) with tones of vanilla and spice. The texture is lush, soft tannins with long flavors of red fruits and vanilla. Great served with all-meat dishes marinated or coked, pasta dishes and perhaps best after a meal.
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About Castillo de Monseran:

Castillo de Monseran is located in Carineña in Spain. Cariñea is frequently cited as the birthplace of Grenache/Garnacha. Only later did the varietal migrate to southern France, where it gained fame as a Rhone varietal, especially in the big, peppery Chateauaneuf de Papes of the southern Rhône. The terroir in Carineña holds similarities of the southern Rhône.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011
(search item no. 116153)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tilia Malbec has a dark, blackish purple color. The nose offers ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Bibi Graetz Casamatta Rosso 2011
Bibi Graetz Casamatta Rosso 2011
(search item no. 119405)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
0 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Casamatta," or "crazy house," is Bibi Graetz's creation of a Tuscan-style house wine that is, contrary to its whimsical name, consistently refreshing and seriously delicious. Characterized by balanced acidity and bright, forward fruit, these are uncomplicated, natural wines that are meant to complement foods, require no further aging and are totally accessible and enjoyable upon release.

Shows the earthy side of Sangiovese, with loam, iron, cherry and plum flavors. A juicy wine, with upfront fruit and light tannins.

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About Bibi Graetz:

Bibi Graetz, the iconic Italian winemaker, took an unconventional route to his winemaking career. Growing up in Fiesole, near Florence, in an artistic family, surrounded by the impressive metal sculptures created by his father, Gidon Graetz, and his own canvases and paint brushes, Bibi graduated from Accademia delle Belle Arte in Florence as a promising young artist. His increasing passion for wine had become evident while he was still an art student, however, and he began studying all he could find on enology. It was in the late 1990s, when Bibi was in the process of renewing his family’s contract to grow grapes for other producers that he impulsively decided to use the grapes to make his own wines.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz 2009
Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 113059)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Thomas Hyland Shiraz, a buoyant, fresh style contains plenty of juicy blackberry fruit aromas and flavors, chocolaty, ripe tannins and some savory oak nuances.

It is the consistency of this style and the stamp of individuality that makes the easy-drinking Thomas Hyland Shiraz a favorite among wine experts, collectors and sommeliers.

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About Penfolds Wines:

Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.



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Fattoria Viticcio Toscana Bere 2009
Fattoria Viticcio Toscana Bere 2009
(search item no. 113682)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a brilliant red. Aromas of red-berried fruit, and violets are present. On the palate excellent balance, freshness and pleasantness accompany notes of soft fruit and cherry, hints of violet. Iideal with pasta and pizza, it is recommended as an everyday wine.
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About Fattoria Viticcio:

Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini.

The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically. Additionally, seven of those hectares are farmed biodynamically. Alessandro strongly believes that in order to produce high-quality wines you must first respect the land in which the vines are planted. To this end he uses no pesticides in his vineyards and fertilizes by planting things such as fava beans and barley between the rows of vines, allowing them to flower, and then plowing them back into the soil to add important nutrients. A handful of wines see some time in the smaller barriques, but the large majority is aged in large botti. The wines of Viticcio represent an important combination of traditional, time-honored techniques with modern-day technology and respect for the environment.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 115945)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby color with hints of purple. Classic Cabernet aromas of rich red fruits, red pepper, plum, tobacco leaf, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of fresh mint. The aromas are echoed on the palate, with layers of fruit and spice pushing on and on. It's a full-bodied wine that has incredible length and purity of flavor—it really keeps you coming back for more. If Cabernet Sauvignon dreamed at night, this is what it would dream about!

Pairs well with a wide range of foods from beef and pork to lamb, quail and other game birds, and cream-based sauces. This wine will age very well, so don't forget some bottles for the cellar too.

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Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Warre's Warrior Port
Warre's Warrior Port
(search item no. 10295)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red color, with intensely rich aromas of ripe red fruits and spices. On the palate well balanced and full-bodied, with a long and complex finish.

Superb with cheese, nuts or dried fruit after a meal.

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About Warre's:

Founded in 1670, Warre & Co. is the oldest British company in Portugal and one of the most highly esteemed port shipping firms in the world. It was the first Port company to build a lodge in Gaia for the proper ageing of its Ports. For the last 65 years, Warre's has made the wine at Quinta do Bom Retiro Pequeno. All the wine is made in the traditional stone lagares by treading and has been a fundamental part of all great Warre's Port.


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Vinos Sin-Ley Graciano GRA2 2010
Vinos Sin-Ley Graciano GRA2 2010
(search item no. 118432)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This Graciano is one of the very few, if not the only, un-oaked 100% Graciano wines made in the world. This wine displays the great charm of this nearly extinct grape variety. One of only a few 100% Graciano wines made in Spain, it shows tremendous complexity for its humble price. Graciano possesses two key attributes: color and spice.

The wine is bright ruby colored, with aromas of cassis, raspberry and graphite. Fresh and spicy, the wine shows sweet red and dark berry flavors and firm minerality on the palate. Finishes with a strong jolt of candied flowers and lingering spiciness.

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About Vinos Sin-Ley:

In translation, Vinos Sin-Ley means "Wines Without Law". The objective of Vinos Sin-Ley is to create "new wines" that are value oriented. The concept, driven by creative innovation using nonconventional methods of harvesting, fermenting, blending, aging and labeling, results in wines exhibiting new fresh fruit driven flavors that are different from those achieved in the past.

Composed of a group of young winemakers from different regions in Spain, the wines crafted at Vinos Sin-Ley are value oriented, driven by experimentation, innovative insight and the shared philosophy of the winemakers. They meet twice a year to put into effect new projects of mutual interest and shared knowledge of the winemaking techniques implemented.



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Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico 2008
Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico 2008
(search item no. 116468)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This ruby red Chianti Classico has aromas of soft fruit, pomegranite, and violet. The impact on the palate is satisfyingly mouth-filling, pleasurably balanced between acidity and alcohol, with a cherry aftertase. Serve with Tuscan cured meats or pork.
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About Fattoria Viticcio:

Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini.

The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically. Additionally, seven of those hectares are farmed biodynamically. Alessandro strongly believes that in order to produce high-quality wines you must first respect the land in which the vines are planted. To this end he uses no pesticides in his vineyards and fertilizes by planting things such as fava beans and barley between the rows of vines, allowing them to flower, and then plowing them back into the soil to add important nutrients. A handful of wines see some time in the smaller barriques, but the large majority is aged in large botti. The wines of Viticcio represent an important combination of traditional, time-honored techniques with modern-day technology and respect for the environment.



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Vinos Pinol Portal Nuestra Senora del Portal 2007
Vinos Pinol Portal Nuestra Senora del Portal 2007
(search item no. 105237)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A rich, well-crafted wine with delicious ripe berry fruits and aromas of ripe peach, plum and apricot. A harmonious and exciting wine with refreshing acidity, a full red colour and smoky mineral and balsamic elements. Good, long and rich with the added dimension of ripe fruit. Ideal as a partner to goat cheese, meat dishes, spicy stews.

15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Garnatxa, 25%Merlot, 20% Syrah, and 10% Tempranillo.

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About Vinos Pinol:

The winery Vinos Piñol is located in the town of Batea. This town is 45 miles south of Barcelona in the high mountains of Tarragona. 1300 ft above the Mediterranean Sea, the Terra Alta region is located next to Priorat, enjoying the same climate conditions and altitude as the Priorat wine region.

Vinos Piñol enjoys a high Mediterranean, with very hot days and cold nights with moderate rains. This climate allows the grapes to ripen very well during the day and slowly during the night, allowing the acidity and the skin-to-juice ratio to build up to the necessary level to have a well-balanced wine. The vineyards are well-protected by the high mountains surrounding Batea.

Limestone on the surface layer and clay on the inside layer, the soils of Vinos Piñol are poor in organic matter. This causes the vines produce lower yields, creating more concentrated grapes. With old family-owned vineyards, small production, organic farming, and the same climate conditions as Priorat, Vinos Piñol has become known for a beautiful selection of wines.