Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Odfjell Armador Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Odfjell Armador Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 99959)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $10.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This deep red-purple colored wine has a rich nose with aromas of black fruits such as blackberries. Additional notes of cloves, dried plums, almonds, tobacco leaves, a touch of vanilla and liquorice, traditional to Odfjell's terroir, add complexity. Full bodied, juicy, with firm, ripe, velvety tannins and a long finish.
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About Odfjell:

Our unique gravity flow winery, designed by Laurence Odfjell, the son of the founder, allows for extremely gentle handling of the grapes and the fine wines. The winery is situated on a slope above the vineyards. Carved into the slope, over 60% of the winery is under ground.

This subterranean environment achieves naturally low and stable temperatures for storage. The design incorporates a number of passive cooling strategies such as, optimizing solar orientation and using 30cm thick concrete walls as thermal mass.

Gravitational wineries ensure that during the winemaking pumping is reduced to an absolute minimum, thus avoiding unnecessary agitation of the wine. This gentle handling allows us to preserve all the subtle fruit characteristics from our vineyards to the final bottle.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Trentino-Alto Adige    Italy   
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Girlan Filadonna Pinot Grigio 2008
Girlan Filadonna Pinot Grigio 2008
(search item no. 107007)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $8.97

Winemaker's Notes:

A dry white wine with a pale-yellow color; clean, intense aroma and dry flavor with elegant body and a velvety feel on the palate. Excellent as an aperitif, ideal accompaniment to seafood salads, fish and shellfish-based pasta and rice courses; perfect with white meats and boiled or grilled fish and with soufflés.

Girlan's grapes grow on the rolling hills of the sun-drenched Oltradige region of Italy, where the soil is particularly permeable to water. Situated on ideal altitudes ranging from 400 to 500 meters above sea level, the soil here is enriched with the valuable nutrients necessary for the healthy growth of sun-ripened grapes. Due to its privileged climate, this area is able to produce great wines, a fact first discovered by the Romans. The magnificent climate and distinctive soil types, as well as tradition and savoir-faire, make these wines ideal for the enjoyment of wine lovers.

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About Girlan:

Innovation and pioneering spirit led to the foundation of the Girlan Winery in 1923. Thanks to these two characteristics, the first winery of Girlan has always played a leading role and has taken new ways in terms of cultivation and marketing. The Girlan Winery was one of the first wineries to pay producers not just for the quantity delivered, but also for the quality of the grapes. Today, the Girlan Winery with its 240 members produces approx. 15,000 hectoliters of red and 8,000 hectoliters of white wine. Their vineyards are in the north in one of the best white-wine-regions of Italy. It's a North to South valley and it's protected in the North from the Alps. It is open in the South and at an altitude between 1000 and 1550 feet where the temperature ranges widely between day and night.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Trentino-Alto Adige    Italy   
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Tramin Pinot Grigio 2009
Tramin Pinot Grigio 2009
(search item no. 106454)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright yellow in color with coppery reflections and clear fruit aromas of pear, citrus, honeysuckle, tropical fruits and light spices. Firm, velvety and rich on the palate, with well-integrated acidity. A very round and satisfying wine. Recommended with fish antipasti, risotto with asparagus, omelets and pasta
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About Tramin:

Frequently called "Europe's most beautiful wine growing region," Alto Adige is home to traditions that extend back to the days of the Roman Empire. Tramin is one of the oldest wineries in Alto Adige, and among the richest in tradition. In 1898, Pastor Christian Schrott founded the winery in the heart of the Termeno region on the south side of the Alps. Today, the Tramin numbers 290 members who raise grapes on a total of approximately 575 acres in the communities of Tramin, Neumarkt, Montan, and Auer. Tramin’s winemaker, Willi Stürz, was named "winemaker of the Year" in 2004 by Italy's most important wine publication, Gambero Rosso.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Navarro Correas Colección Privada Malbec 2008
Navarro Correas Colección Privada Malbec 2008
(search item no. 107869)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $11.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Malbec is one of Mendoza's most important and impressive grapes, delivering intense, well-structured wines. Our 2008 Malbec opens with an attractive rich-purple hue, followed by bright aromas of fresh cherries, red currant, plum and violets. The red fruit maintains its vibrancy through the long, broad palate, flanked by warm notes of vanilla, cocoa and smoke. Round tannins lend structure to the palate, holding the fruit into the finish. This wine makes an excellent companion to dishes with good fat content, such as beef tenderloin with butter or cream sauce and potatoes.
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About Navarro Correas:

The Navarro Correas family descends from the Correas family, an old and prestigious name related to the production and manufacturing of high-quality wines. The family history dates back to 1798, when Sir Juan de Dios Correas planted the first vine seeds in the lands of Mendoza at the foot of the Andes ridge. Sir Juan De Dios also played an active role in the public life of Mendoza, where he served as Municipal Councillor in the year 1814 and as governor in 1824. Since mid 1800, and for more than a century, the family used to sell the Winery's grapes and wines to other producers. Finally, in 1974 Sir Edmundo Navarro Correas, a direct descendant of Juan de Dios Correas, started to manufacture wines bearing his own name.

With the purpose of finding high-quality grapes for the production of noble wines, Navarro Correas sought selected microclimates in Mendoza, located 830 m above sea level, to grow special Grapes for wine production, such as the Tunuyan, Tupungato, Maipu, Ugarteche, Pedriel and Agrelo areas, that are irrigated by mineral-rich waters from the Melted snows coming down the Andes slopes. Navarro Correas stands out for the careful selection of grapes and the use of a special vinification process, including techniques that respect the traditional methods while combining them with state-of-the-art technologies to produce world-class wines.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Chile    South America   
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Maycas del Limari Syrah 2005
Maycas del Limari Syrah 2005
(search item no. 104960)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Maycas Reserva Especial Syrah is an intense ruby red with purple hues. Lush aromas of blueberry and blackberry mix harmoniously with hints of black pepper and toast. Full-bodied and smooth with dense black fruit flavors that highlight the overall elegance.
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About Maycas del Limari:

Located 250 miles north of Santiago, in the rapidly developing Limari Valley, Concha y Toro has developed an exciting new project, Maycas del Limarí. Maycas, means "croplands" in Quechua. This land was the foundation of the Inca Empire, the most powerful civilization in South America. Limarí takes its name from the Franciscan monk who first planted grapes here in 1548. The Limarí valley benefits from a strong coastal influence - more so than Chile's other coastal areas such as Casablanca, Marchigüe and San Antonio, as the coastal range of mountains which hugs the shoreline starts in Limarí, and features lower elevations than the rest of the range as it heads southward. That means more of the ocean breezes make their way up into the valley. The wines produced here reflect the luminosity of the zone, the minerality of the rich marine soils and the extraordinary coastal breezes. The Limarí area represents one of the longest growing seasons in the world for wine grapes. Maycas del Limarí Reserva Especial wines draw their inspiration from the Inca solar calendar, prominently displayed on each label.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Castle Rock Pinot Gris 2009
Castle Rock Pinot Gris 2009
(search item no. 106831)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $14.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Castle Rock Pinot Gris is produced from grapes grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Sheltered by the Cascade Mountains, this area is on the same latitude as France's Burgundy region, and it saw the first introduction of this grape to the New World a quarter century ago. Since then it has gained international recognition as one of the most prestigious appellations for this cool climate varietal.

Our Pinot Gris is crisp and light with good texture and acidity, offering subtle floral aromas and delicate flavors of pear, peach, and apple. This versatile wine can be paired with many foods, but makes an especially fine accompaniment to fish, soups, vegetarian dishes and salads.

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About Castle Rock Winery:

Since its inception in 1994, Castle Rock Winery has built an enviable reputation for producing high quality wines at affordable prices for discerning wine lovers. This winning formula is highly successful, as proven by an increasing number of customers and members of the wine press, who have given the wines glowing reviews.

Castle Rock's wines are carefully made from grapes grown in the most prestigious areas of the West Coast states - California (Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Monterey County, Alexander Valley), Oregon (Willamette Valley), and Washington (Columbia Valley). The company has always focused on making wines with specific appellations in order to allow the local qualities of the wine to be appreciated by connoisseurs.

The wines are made and bottled at wineries boasting state-of-the-art equipment, located in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Oregon's Willamette Valley, and Washington’s Columbia Valley. Distribution throughout all states of the United States is through a comprehensive network of fine wine distributors.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 105748)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark purple color with ruby red tones. The nose is full of ripe red fruits, sweet spice and a touch of tobacco. The mouthfeel shows red currant and cassis fruit layered with notes of cedar and espresso bean. The finish is soft and sweet, with finely grained tannins adding structure and length.
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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    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2008
Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 102693)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A wine of great depth of color reflecting the splendid 2008 red wine vintage. The bouquet has tantalizing aromas of dark plums and black fruits with just a hint of oak in the background. It is a seamless wine with an excellent structure, its rich fruit reined in by firm tannins. A beautiful expression of Barossa Shiraz, it will continue to develop in the bottle for five plus years.

This wine is a perfect accompaniment with steak, roast beef and lamb and excellent with pizza and meat based pasta dishes. It is delightful with aged cheddar or pecorino cheeses.

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


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Maycas del Limari Syrah 2008
Maycas del Limari Syrah 2008
(search item no. 108168)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Maycas Reserva Especial Syrah is an intense ruby red with purple hues. Lush aromas of blueberry and blackberry mix harmoniously with hints of black pepper and toast. Full-bodied and smooth with dense black fruit flavors that highlight the overall elegance.
My Notes:

About Maycas del Limari:

Located 250 miles north of Santiago, in the rapidly developing Limari Valley, Concha y Toro has developed an exciting new project, Maycas del Limarí. Maycas, means "croplands" in Quechua. This land was the foundation of the Inca Empire, the most powerful civilization in South America. Limarí takes its name from the Franciscan monk who first planted grapes here in 1548. The Limarí valley benefits from a strong coastal influence - more so than Chile's other coastal areas such as Casablanca, Marchigüe and San Antonio, as the coastal range of mountains which hugs the shoreline starts in Limarí, and features lower elevations than the rest of the range as it heads southward. That means more of the ocean breezes make their way up into the valley. The wines produced here reflect the luminosity of the zone, the minerality of the rich marine soils and the extraordinary coastal breezes. The Limarí area represents one of the longest growing seasons in the world for wine grapes. Maycas del Limarí Reserva Especial wines draw their inspiration from the Inca solar calendar, prominently displayed on each label.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2007
Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2007
(search item no. 102773)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#90 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

Deep red color with hints of purple. Expressive on the nose with notes of ripe black fruits, violets, and tobacco. Long finish.

100%, 12 months in first and second use french oak barrels 10 months before release.

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About Bodega Norton:

Astonished at the features of the place, and pushed by his visionary spirit, in 1895, an English Engineer, Mr. Edmund J. P. Norton planted the first vines importing them from France, thereby giving origin to what was the first winery in the area.

Almost 100 years later, Austrian businessman, Mr. Gernot Langes–Swarovski, travelled to Mendoza and experienced the same fascination for the region beauty, the warmth of its people, and the excellent conditions for vine growing. Supporting his decision in his intuition and in the fact that he was convinced of the high potential the vitiniculture represented in Argentina, in 1989, he acquired the Winery with the following firm aim: to make wines recognized worldwide for their quality. While executing this project, he appointed his son Michael as the person responsible for the management of the company, who, jointly with a team of local professionals started a new phase of investment, revamping and growth.

In that way, the incorporation of top-notch technology together with the knowledge and passion of people, have caused Norton to be the leading brand in exports and one of the country´s most important Wineries.

Our 5 farms have over 1200 ha fit for growing vine, 680 ha out of which are currently cultivated. Over 150 families of vineyard workers live and work there, sharing secrets and experiences from generation to generation. This knowledge and passion for the work, combined with the professionalism of our team of agricultural engineers result in products with excellence.