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Jakoby-Mathy Kinheimer Rosenberg Riesling Spatlese 2009
Jakoby-Mathy Kinheimer Rosenberg Riesling Spatlese 2009
(search item no. 117700)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a salty corn fritter of a wine, with an applesauce dip. Trust me, that nails it.
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About Jakoby-Mathy:

In the big loop of the Moselle between Traben-Trarbach and Bernkastel, you find the wine-village Kinheim, an officially recognized village for resting. The vinyards here are steep and the village snuggles up to them. The apparent narrowness offers plenty of romantic corners, worth seeing half-timbered houses and old wine courts. This is where Jakoby-Mathy is found.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco
(search item no. 75299)
has fluid
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Nino Franco's non-vintage sparkling Rustico Prosecco is unquestionably the world's finest value in a high quality, Champagne look-alike. The non-vintage, light-bodied Prosecco di Valdobiaddene Rustico offers gorgeously elegant, fresh, lively fruit, notes of bread dough and citrus, and persistent effervescence.
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Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Veneto    Italy   
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Mionetto Cuvee Sergio Prosecco
Mionetto Cuvee Sergio Prosecco
(search item no. 58520)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $15.97

Winemaker's Notes:

A cuvée that successfully introduces emotions and the special unmistakable flavor of wine skillfully produced to enhance the characteristics of the native grape varieties of a unique area, at the foot of the Pre-alps of Veneto, where Mionetto has been based since 1887. These flavors and aromas have disappeared over the years but now Mionetto are reintroducing them in this excellent cuvée.

A delicate pale yellow color, with a characteristic aroma that blends with hints of honey and crab apples. It is dry and pleasantly slightly bitter on the palate. Lean due to the right level of acidity, it is moderately full-bodied with a fine and intense perlage.

A balanced, smooth and refreshing sparkling wine that is ideal for any occasion, thanks to its moderate alcohol content and versatility. It is best served with simple light fish or vegetable dishes. It is an excellent aperitif accompanied by savory tarts or more delicate finger food such as shrimp vol-au-vent.

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About Mionetto:

Founded in 1887 by Francesco Mionetto in the small village of Valdobbiadene, Mionetto has an established reputation for quality, tradition and innovation. In the heart of the Prosecco region, Mionetto produces exceptional wines with consistent national and international acclaim.


Red Wines    Barbera    Piedmont    Italy   
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La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2007
La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2007
(search item no. 94421)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Big blackberries and flowers on the nose. Long, complex flavors -dark berries and chocolate with a little bit of oak that transitions to a full, lasting, and slightly, pleasantly fruity finish. It's a perfect wine to break out for a meal to linger over in good company.
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About La Spinetta:

The Rivetti family story begins in the 1890s, when Giovanni Rivetti, left Piedmont for Argentina. Like many Italians then, he dreamed of returning rich man, perhaps even one day able to make great wine in his homeland. He never did, though his son, Giuseppe “Pin” did. Pin married Lidia, bought vineyards and began to make wine. In 1977 the family took up residence at La Spinetta (top of the hill) in Castagnole Lanze. It was the heart of the Moscato d’Asti country, a rather light and simple dessert wine. But the Rivettis believed that Moscato had the potential for greatness and set out to prove it by making Moscato Bricco Quaglia and Biancospino.

Eventually though the family’s vision was even grander. In 1985 La Spinetta made its first red wine, Barbera Cà di Pian. After this many great reds followed: In 1989 the Rivettis dedicated their red blend Pin to their father. From 1995 to 1998 they started to make their first Barbaresco Gallina, Barbarescos Starderi, Barbera d'Alba Gallina, Barbaresco Valeirano, and the Barbera d'Asti Superiore. In 2000 the family began making a Barolo and built a state of the art cellar, Barolo Campè.

In 2001 LA SPINETTA expanded over the borders of Piedmont and acquired 65 hectares of vineyards in Tuscany, between Pisa and Volterra to make three different 100% Sangiovese wines, as Sangiovese to us, is the true ambassador of the Tuscan terrain.



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Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico 2007
Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico 2007
(search item no. 106564)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $17.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#47 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

The wine offers a brilliant ruby red color. As time passes, the hue is enriched with garnet tones that, as the years go by, lighten further toward orange with an ochre tint typical of Tuscan wines. The aroma is satisfyingly intense, fine and elegant, with light scents of ripe fruits and violets. As it evolves, the wine develops an appealing bouquet that is full and complex. It possesses a pleasant fullness and an outstanding balance of body and structure. Somewhat austere in its youth, the wine softens with age, becoming velvety and developing prolonged and appealing aromatic persistence.

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About Castello D'Albola:

The Castello d'Albola estate is situated above the town of Radda, nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in the province of Siena, Tuscany. Established in the 11th century, Castello d'Albola was initially owned by the Monterinaldi family. Over the centuries it was transferred to the Samminiati, Pazzi and Ginori-Conti families, and finally to the Zonin family.


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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2007
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2007
(search item no. 102700)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It appears a deep, purple-edged ruby red, of impressive brilliance. Solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially on the nose, gradually yielding to more pungent impressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon. That spiciness segues onto the palate, and then into a finish that ends with a flourish of balsam, black pepper, and cocoa powder. The mid-palate shows alcoholic warmth and roundedness, while the tannins and acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine's overall harmony.
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About Frescobaldi:

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines.



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La Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
La Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
(search item no. 108170)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Inviting aromas of black cherries, plums and sweet spices, with notes of roses and black pepper, elegant and lush on the palate with ripe round tannins and a long finish.
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About La Maialina:

La Maialina celebrates the history, culture and cuisine of Chianti, prized since antiquity for its rich soil and favorable climate. Rolling hillsides lend themselves to the optimal cultivation of the Sangiovese grape, ripening to perfection during the dry, warm summers. The La Maialina wines express the essence of Tuscany and the tradition of quality that defines this historic region. The name La Maialina (little pig) references the Cinta Senese heirloom breed that originated in the Siena area during the 1300’s and is the only Tuscan native pig to survive extinction. Produced by the revered Attilio Pagli, La Maialina Chianti, Chianti Classico, and Chianti Classico Riserva are crafted to express the essence of the territory and tradition of quality of this historic region. Settled first by Etruscan then the Romans, the earliest documentation of a “Chianti wine” dates back to the 13th century when viticulture was known to flourish in the “Chianti Mountains” around Florence. The Chianti denomination was first delimited in 1932 by ministerial decree and its boundaries have remained unchanged.


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Castellare Chianti Classico 2009
Castellare Chianti Classico 2009
(search item no. 113008)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We use only native vines, without Cabernet and Merlot, to maintain the typical formula of the famous italian wines. Without following the fashion, using even South wines, our grapes make the beautiful ruby red of Sangioveto red and black. A wine that wants to reach, with its uniqueness, the maximum elegance.
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About Castellare:

The vineyards of this 46 acre estate are found in a natural amphitheater in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico region. The story of Castellare is the story of Paolo Panerai, who entered the world of winemaking at age 37 after a career in Italian journalism. Panerai feels it is important to understand and respect the experience of the world's best wineries and to apply this understanding to viticulture in Italy. He has great respect for technology from other winemaking regions and chooses to utilize this technology to move forward while rediscovering and reshaping some of the great traditions of Tuscany.

The birds on Castellare's labels symbolize Panerai's commitment to environmentally sound cultivation. Herbicides are not used, nor are any systemic pesticides. Chemical treatment of any kind is shunned. Hunting is also prohibited on the property. As a result of these practices, the property has become a virtual refuge for wildlife, including many of the birds pictured on the labels.



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Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2007
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2007
(search item no. 106480)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, luminous ruby-red in color, this Chianti Classico offers aromas of ripe cherries and plums, with nuances of toasted oak and violets. On the palate, the wine displays a superb, full-structured character, all of which unfolds into an intensely savory finish. Pair with bean stews, pastas and roasted or barbecued meats.
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About Castello di Bossi:

The Bossi Castle is located in the town of Castelnuovo Berardenga, the southernmost appellation of Chianti Classico, amidst evergreen woods and long rows of vines. With a history dating back to the 9th century A.D., the estate embraces modern technology, while at the same time respecting the traditional character of the lands of Chianti. This balance has been a key part of Marco Bacci's vision as he has brought Castello di Bossi to the highest ranks in the realm of international wine.

The estate is led by a dynamic team that never shies from technological innovation, while also remaining true to the terroir of Chianti. Marco Bacci is the mastermind of Castello di Bossi, following with careful attention to detail all the operations from beginning to end.



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Clean Slate Riesling 2010
Clean Slate Riesling 2010
(search item no. 110761)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The fresh, balanced taste of clean slate is achieved by carefully selecting grapes from vineyards throughout the Mosel. The steep blue slopes of the Lower Mosel give the wine its minerality while the Middle Mosel provides a hint of spice to complement the characteristic fresh peach flavors of the Upper Mosel.

In this wine, ripe peach flavors balance lively acidity, hints of lime and characteristic minerality.

Pairs beautifully with Asian dishes, spicy foods, sushi, fish, poultry and pork.

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About Clean Slate:

Clean Slate was born of a partnership between Moselland of Bernkastel-Kues, Germany and the Click Wine Group of Seattle, Washington. Moselland is the largest vineyard owner in the world-class region of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer and one of Germany's top exporters of Riesling. Known for its innovation and consumer insight, the Click Wine Group owns and imports unique wine brands that take the intimidation out of the wine buying process.

Credited with producing the finest Rieslings in the world, the slate soil of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is where the long-ripening Riesling grape finds its most perfect grwoing conditions. Prolonged ripening allows for maximum flavor development from the terroir and a crisp, refreshing acidity with mineral notes. The result is a truly unique and elegant Riesling that is simply not possible to produce in warmer, early-ripening climates.