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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2008
Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2008
(search item no. 118616)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant aging aromas with fruity notes. It develops a good balance at the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins.

Serve with cold starters, pasta and cheeses.

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Vina Eguia Reserva 2007
Vina Eguia Reserva 2007
(search item no. 114571)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a bright, ruby red color, with brick red hints. The aromas are intense and complex, with vanilla, spiced and aromatic herbs perfectly blended with mature red fruit. The mouth shows very balanced, fine, elegant and rounded structure. It has a long, very pleasing finish.

Ideal for all types of grilled and roasted meats. It also matches well with strong fish and all kind of cured cheeses. Tasty with chocolate desserts and puddings.

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About Vina Eguia:

Vina Eguia was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua revived his father's (Jose Murua) winery, which dates back to 1926 in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa.


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Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition Rioja 2009
Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition Rioja 2009
(search item no. 118418)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense dark cherry-red with a garnet rim. Complex aromas to the nose, redolent of prunes in liqueur, ripe blackberries and fine, exotic woods (sandalwood). Elegant and voluptuous in the mouth, with considerable persistence and a pleasant mineral finish. A powerful wine whose complexity will continue to grow over time. Drink now or cellar.
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About Bodegas Ramon Bilbao:

Our winery, which has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic in Rioja.

At Bodegas Ramon Bilbao we produce the highest quality matured wines, thus increasing both the Denominacion de Origin's and our founder's prestige. Our daily work is based on using the best prime materials, which we choose with the greatest care: grapes from the best estates and vineyards and barrels made of the best oak from European and American woods.

Our aim is to obtain the best matured wines so that you can enjoy a wine for drinking, savouring and tasting again.



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Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio (375ML) 2007
Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio (375ML) 2007
(search item no. 123343)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

If you visit only one winery, Castello di Brolio should be it since this is not only one of the oldest wineries the world, but also where Chianti wine was "born." Although the production of wine in Tuscany dates back to Etruscan times, the enormously wealthy Ricasoli family, owners of the Castello di Brolio since 1167, are responsible for the special blending of grapes we now consider "Chianti Classico." At one time the enormously powerful Ricasoli family owned most of the land and castles lying between Florence and Siena. The remote family castle, Castello di Brolio, had largely been abandoned when Bettino Ricasoli decided to move into it (so the story goes) after becoming jealous at a winter ball in Florence when his young bride danced a bit too closely to one of her young admirers. Thinking it best to take his wife away from temptation, he rebuilt the huge, remote, crenellated castle, replanted the vineyards, and experimented with the blending of grapes, coming up with the original formula that forms the basis of what is known today as Chianti Classico.
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About Ricasoli:

The House of Ricasoli has had an indelible impact on the history and quality of Chianti. According to Burton Anderson, "it is the world's oldest winery," having produced wines since 1141. Not only did an early Baron help create the appellation system, but in 1874, Baron Bettino Ricasoli (The "Iron Baron") developed the Sangiovese-based formula that came to be known as the official blend for Chianti.

After a few years of foreign ownership in the 60s and 70s, the Ricasoli winery is back in Italian hands -in fact, Francesco Ricasoli, the 32nd Baron of the original family, gained control in 1993. He has replanted several vineyards with improved clones, has improved the vinification technology, and has invested in new cooperage.

Barone Ricasoli is a commercial group that owns several estates throughout Tuscany. At its winery, it vinifies its own and other estates' wines, including those of Castello di Brolio. The Ricasoli family continues to show its commitment to quality and innovation. It was a leader of the Super Tuscan movement, with the production of its award-winning Casalferro. It produces a full range of Tuscan wines, ranging from Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG to the newest addition to the line, Formulae, a 100% Sangiovese aged in American oak casks.