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Clarendon Hills Clarendon Grenache Old Vines 2004
Clarendon Hills Clarendon Grenache Old Vines 2004
(search item no. 99230)
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This vineyard is situated in the hills above the township of Clarendon, planted in 1920. The wine from here is always very aromatic, lovely scents of cherry, plum with lavender and basil notes in the background. The wine is always one of the most attractive wines in the portfolio.
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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Vinos Pinol Ludovicus 2010
Vinos Pinol Ludovicus 2010
(search item no. 117456)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ludovicus offers a glass-coating deep crimson hue with an expressive nose of cherry, blueberry, and blackberry. Mouthfilling, succulent, and flavorful, this tasty effort is a sensational value for drinking over the next 1-2 years.

This ripe, juicy, vibrantly big-fruited red wine is a real crowd pleaser, and Ludovicus's easy drinking nature makes it a versatile wine, either with meat and pork main courses or with more casual tapas or small plates. Of course, this wine is also a great sipper on its own.

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About Vinos Pinol:

The winery Vinos Piñol is located in the town of Batea. This town is 45 miles south of Barcelona in the high mountains of Tarragona. 1300 ft above the Mediterranean Sea, the Terra Alta region is located next to Priorat, enjoying the same climate conditions and altitude as the Priorat wine region.

Vinos Piñol enjoys a high Mediterranean, with very hot days and cold nights with moderate rains. This climate allows the grapes to ripen very well during the day and slowly during the night, allowing the acidity and the skin-to-juice ratio to build up to the necessary level to have a well-balanced wine. The vineyards are well-protected by the high mountains surrounding Batea.

Limestone on the surface layer and clay on the inside layer, the soils of Vinos Piñol are poor in organic matter. This causes the vines produce lower yields, creating more concentrated grapes. With old family-owned vineyards, small production, organic farming, and the same climate conditions as Priorat, Vinos Piñol has become known for a beautiful selection of wines.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Sonoma County    California   
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Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2011
Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116212)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Fumé Blanc displays an aromatic symphony that leaves one pondering the truly magical characters of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The initial aromas fill the senses with a cacophony of pungent grassy, kaffir lime, citrus, white pepper and classic olive aromas. The palate is framed by refreshing citrus and mineral notes that mingle in wonderful harmony with Meyer lemon, Granny Smith apple and orange zest flavors. The grassy elements repeat on the finish with acidity that is both refreshing and brisk. This incredible new vintage is an ode to our founding and reminds us of how we got our start – a wine that is classically styled and immediately food friendly at an unbelievably fair price.
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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Portugal    Portugal   
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Quinta do Vallado Douro Tinto 2009
Quinta do Vallado Douro Tinto 2009
(search item no. 115689)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Quinta do Vallado Douro Red is dark red, with crimson highlights and an intense, mature red fruit nose, with hints of violets and "esteva" (a local Portuguese herb). The palate shows great structure and a full- bodied elegance, with mature, round tannins, leading to a long, persistent finish.
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About Quinta do Vallado:

In the heart of Portugal’s most famous wine region – the Douro Valley – near the historical center of Regua, the Quinta do Vallado vineyards, winery and guest house spread across both banks of the Corgo River at the very point where it meets the Douro. With winemaking references that date back to 1716, the Quinta belonged to the legendary Portuguese vintner D. Antonia Adelaide Ferreira, and has remained in the family through modern times.

The current owners, Joao Ferreria Alvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and Francisco Olazabal, are the sixth generation of this remarkable family, and the family’s mission to produce some of the best still wines of this fertile valley continues with the red blends and varietals that are exported worldwide. Of the 38-hectare Estate, 26 hectares are filled with vines 60 years and older. It is from these vines that Quinta do Vallado’s Red Reserve and Touriga Nacional wines are made, so it is no wonder that the wines are often found to be rated and reviewed among the best wines from the Douro.



Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Priorat    Spain   
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Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2009
Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2009
(search item no. 110965)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A monumental vintage, with the ripeness of 2003 and the balance of 2008.

The evolving seriousness of Terrasses eventually left room for a new wine, as Alvaro had never wanted to be known solely for expensive "trophy"" wines, and with Camins, he found the opportunity to create something special. Drawing on his wealth of vineyard sources, Alvaro is aiming to produce a wine that is affordably priced, but which also stays true to his vision of Priorat - powerful but elegant, approachable but restrained.

Blend: 30% Garnacha, 60% Cariñena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

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About Alvaro Palacios:

The son of the owners of Rioja's Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacios spent his early 20s working and studying winemaking outside of Spain. His experience abroad - particularly in Bordeaux - instilled in him a deep passion for great wines and led him to return to Spain. With the ambition to make wines that could be world-class. To achieve this dream, Palacios was drawn to the historic hillsides of slate soil and its traditional grape varieties of Garnacha and Carinena. Now widely considered to be among the more important new Spanish wineries in a generation, Alvaro Palacios embodies the spirit of "The New Spain."


White Wines    Riesling    Margaret River    Australia   
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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2009
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2009
(search item no. 112516)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

wine of brilliant clarity, which has a very pale straw color with lime green tinges. The nose shows lifted aromas of citrus blossom, green apple, lime and quince mixed with a mineral edge. A wine of exceptional length, the palate displays classic Rieslings flavors of lime, grapefruit and green apple. The palate finishes with clean crisp succulent acidity.
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About Leeuwin Estate:

After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the production of premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Esate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as a consultant and mentor. The initial vineyards were planted by hand over a five year period from 1975, with the state-of-the-art winery opened in 1978. In 1979, Leeuwin Estate had their first commercial vintage. Today, Leeuwin Estate maintains a team of highly-skilled and dedicated winemakers, under the direction of two generations of the founding family, exporting to over 30 countries.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111056)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Strawberry, cherry and cola aromas and flavors harmoniously flow into the silky and soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 2% Merlot

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About Two Vines:

From vineyard to crush, the Two Vines brand speaks to the method of vine trellising which positions grape clusters for optimum sun exposure. The result is approachable wines of richer flavor, deeper color and brighter fruit expression for popular appeal and immediate enjoyment.

A longtime leader, Two Vines earns consistent "Best Value" and "Best Buy" designations from leading wine publications.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
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Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2009
Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2009
(search item no. 111418)
collectible wine

James Suckling rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $109.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 vintage of this wine was ranked #5 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2005

An internationally-styled, super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine's dense aromas of cassis and black stone fruit are offset by notes of herbs, spice and sweet oak which carry onto a ripe palate marked by firm tannic structure.

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About Tenuta Setti Ponti:

The estate of Sette Ponti lies in the heart of the Chianti zone, fifteen miles northwest of the city of Arezzo just past the village of San Giustino Valdarno. The Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti, leads into a beautiful hidden valley and to the estate. The name Sette Ponti, or "seven bridges," refers to the seven bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence. Erected in the mid 13th century, it took nearly forty years to build, and is perceptible in the right far background of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa.

Tenuta Sette Ponti, is, like many Tuscan estates, multi-faceted. The 750-acre property supports livestock and mixed agriculture, and although viticulture is not new to the estate, winemaking is; the yield of the property's vineyards was until 1997 sold to various respected Tuscan wine producers, among them Piero Antinori. Dr. Moretti's enjoyment of wine led him to ask Antinori if the estate vineyards could produce great wines, and Antinori thought they could. The estate has since been transformed through the consultation of respected oenologist Carlo Ferrini and his assistant, Gioia Cresti; Gilbert Bouvet, one of France's most skilled viticulturalists; and agronomist Benedetto d'Anna.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Testarossa Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2009
Testarossa Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 110078)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $22.95

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale yellow color. Aromas of fig, honey, butterscotch, orange blossoms, and vanilla bean first come to mind in this first ever Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. Upon taste, elements of fig, apple, and citrus freshen up the palate. The texture is well focused and has lively acidity. The finish of the wine is smooth and supple leading to immediate enjoyment. Drink now through 2015.
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About Testarossa:

Testarossa Vineyards, located in the historic 19th century Novitiate winery of Los Gatos, was founded in 1993 by husband and wife team of Rob and Diana Jensen. The name Testarossa (Italian for "red-head") was a nickname given to Rob Jensen when he was a university student in Italy. It was there, also, that the Jensens further developed their passion for good food and wine. Along with their winemaker, Ed Kurtzman, the Jensens are dedicated to making small lots of vineyard desgnated wines from only the best vineyards in the cool, ocean-influenced counties of Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma.


Red Wines    Tempranillo    Ribera del Duero    Spain   
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Vina Mayor Reserva 2004
Vina Mayor Reserva 2004
(search item no. 106943)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#38 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

Deep, dark cherry red color.

Aroma: Complex mixture of intense ripe black fruit and fine oak character.

Taste: Elegant, well structured and full bodied. Rich, long and satisfying on the palate

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About Vina Mayor:

The Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor project began in Quintanilla de Onésimo (Valladolid) in 1986 in the wake of the birth of the official Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero certification.

With a track record of more than 20 years of success, Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor is known as an innovative highly positioned brand with regards to the quality of our range of wines from the regions of D.O. Ribera del Duero, D.O. Toro and D.O. Rueda.

VIÑA MAYOR's position as an industry leader has been consolidated through the crafting of wines with personality, modern style and elegance. Our wines have repeatedly been awarded prizes by the world's most prestigious wine guides and top competitions.