Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Mitolo The Jester Shiraz 2006
Mitolo The Jester Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 92283)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $19.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An animated and bright nose showing flashes of black pepper and stone fruits. Rich and full bodied on the palate with flavours of blackcurrant, anise and mixed spice. The palate is multilayered and finishes with supple tannin.
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About Mitolo:

In a short period of time Mitolo has become recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale. Mitolo is a family owned business, started by and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitolo's vision to create a range of wines of individuality, integrity and utmost quality. Whether it is in the vineyard, or in the winery, or the work of the different coopers who source and shape the diverse barrels which are used at Mitolo, each wine is nurtured and developed with a zealous passion that spares no effort to ensure that the best of everything is brought together to make wines of purity, elegance and power.

Italian family roots inspired Frank's early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine. With three earlier generations of his family working as agriculturists and entrepreneurs, it is not surprising that (while heading an international horticultural business), Frank found the energy and passion to pursue his dream of creating world-class wines. The business was established in 1999 and a year later the first Mitolo wine was launched. It was called G.A.M.; named after Frank’s three children and the next generation of Mitolo’s, Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

Acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer is a partner in the business and the combination of his winemaking skills and Frank’s vision have led Mitolo to international recognition and acclaim. What started out as a dream is becoming an exciting reality, and Mitolo Wines has only just begun on its journey.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2005
Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2005
(search item no. 94822)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:


#34 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008

Intense red color. Flavors of blackberries in their purest form. Intense with agreeable aroma of vanilla which makes for and integrated wine.

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About Condado de Haza:

In 1972, Alejandro Fernández and his wife Esperanza Rivera of Pesquera de Duero initiated the renaissance of Spain's Ribera del Duero appellation with the area's first modern wire-trained vineyard, their Viña Alta in Pesquera. In the mid-1980s as Tinto Pesquera was assuming its place among the most intriguing and powerful icons in the world of wine, Alejandro spied a neglected slope along the Duero River which had the appearance of being the most ideal vineyard site in the region, perhaps in all Spain: One full kilometer of southfacing mountain slope leading right to the river's edge. Ideal soils in the full range preferred by the Tempranillo variety, from gravel to clay with a chalky base, suggested the potential for a multitude of styles from this difficult grape, essential for creating the desired complexity and balance.

Abandoned for years, the slope consisted of hundreds of small parcels with separate and stubborn ownership. Three years of continuous negotiation beginning in late 1986 resulted in the first planting of just over 100 acres in 1989. Today the contiguous estate includes over 500 acres of prime Tempranillo vines. Encompassed within the historic county of the hilltop village Haza high above the opposite bank of the Duero, the estate was christened Condado de Haza.

Condado de Haza reflects the bold and brilliant winemaking style of Alejandro Fernández, unrivaled master of Spain's Tempranillo variety. Bottled after malolactic fermentation and 15 months in American oak, like Tinto Pesquera it can be enjoyed early yet will reward patient cellaring.