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Borsao Tinto 2006
Borsao Tinto 2006
(search item no. 91188)
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 80% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo from Campo de Borja

Refined nose of red fruit with a hint of blueberry. Spicy with vibrant acidity. Has a sense of both elegance and verve. Great food wine.

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About Borsao:

Founded in 1958 in the town of Borja, called Borsao in the 4th century B.C., this winery represents what can be done with Garnacha, a grape that is not well appreciated by the Spanish press. Through meticulous selection, work in the fields and at reception time in the winery, modern winemaking produces this highly fruity wine. One of the best examples of the region known as "The Garnacha land of Spain", the lower part of the Ebro River.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Priorat    Spain   
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Vall Llach Embruix 2004
Vall Llach Embruix 2004
(search item no. 91583)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $51.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sourced primarily from 6-8 year-old vines, Embruix (Catalan for "bewitching") presents an enchanting deep cherry red color and cardinal hue, with aromas of minerals, mature red and black fruit, and a range of toasty notes which include freshly roasted coffee. The flavors of the wine mimic its aromas, with soft, elegant tannins that are very persistent in the mid-palate. It is deeply enjoyable when it first enters the mouth and its complex flavors develop into a long, satisfying finish.

35% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena, 20% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot

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About Vall Llach:

From its founding in the early 1990s, by famed Spanish singer Lluís Llach and notary Enric Costa, Vall Llach winemaking has been governed by a commitment to rigor and quality. The winery lies in the tiny village of Porerra, in southern Catalonia, in the highly-acclaimed D.O.Q. Priorat. Here, the magnificent century-old vineyard estates of Vall Llach are home to 60- to 90-year-old Cariñena and Garnacha vines.

Old vines naturally produce low yields, and Vall Llach reduces yields even further through careful vineyard management for densely concentrated wines. Vineyards climb steep slate hillsides, receiving optimum sun exposure and beneficial water deprivation, further concentrating the fruit. Newer plantings of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah add complexity to the old-vine character, and the resulting wines - Vall Llach, Idus, and Embruix - have received high critical acclaim.



Red Wines    Mourvedre    Jumilla    Spain   
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Wrongo Dongo Monastrell 2005
Wrongo Dongo Monastrell 2005
(search item no. 87562)
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby/violet. Medium nose of blackberry, meat, German chocolate cake and earth. Round, rich mouth of berries, spice, leather and brown sugar. Fantastic wine for the price.
 
"The 2005 Wrongo Dongo (named after one of America's great wine personalities who made this expression infamous) is a beautifully tank-fermented and aged, full-bodied red offering abundant quantities of blue and black fruits, surprisingly silky tannin, and an up-front style. Some may call it internationally styled, but at $8, who's complaining?"  The Wine Advocate

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About Wrongo Dongo:

This winery originated in 1916, when Juan Gil Gimenez, great-grandfather of the present generation, started getting involved in the world of wine, building a winery in the heart of Jumilla. His son, Juan Gil Guerrero, dedicated his life to this world. But the ones who really consolidated the project were Juan Gil González and his brother Paco, the founder's grandsons. They forged an image of quality, efficiency and reliability which the present generation is trying to maintain and improve as much as possible.

At present, the Gil Vera family, Juan Gil Lencina's great-grandchildren, are the owners of Bodegas Juan Gil. They decided to start a new cellar on the property that the family owns in Jumilla, in order to get it adapted to the market. This new cellar is situated in "Termino de Arriba" in the northwest of the city. It is so called because it is the highest point in Jumilla. It has been a winegrowing area for centuries and yields grapes of extraordinary quality.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes

Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.