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Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2009
Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2009
(search item no. 108694)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

As its namesake, this wine embodies the distinctive spirit of our vineyards, spanning the foothills of the Andes. Llama is a rich ruby-purple color, and boasts elegant flavors of black berries, ripe plum and robust spices with good balance and structure.
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About Belasco de Baquedano:

Belasco de Baquedano is the Agrelo district of Lujan de Cuyo. The vineyards soar up to 3,346 feet, where the conditions are excellent to produce elegant yet powerful premium wines. Warm days are offset by cool nights with as much as a 45°F diurnal swing, which produces aroma and flavor, while holding acidity.

We have 222 acres of 100 year old Malbec from the original French clones and our viticultural methods are green, with irrigation fed by snow melt.

The wines are gravity driven table to tank, using délestage (submerged cap) tanks in fermenting red wine with skins and seeds for excellent fruit, soft tannins and deep color. Our wines are bottled unfiltered and unstabilized in the traditional artisan style to preserve subtle aromas and flavors, while promoting richness, body and color.



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Duboeuf Morgon Cote Du Py 2009
Duboeuf Morgon Cote Du Py 2009
(search item no. 106341)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $10.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Garnet with slight amber highlights. The nose is intense and aromatic, jammy with notes of kirsch. The palate is frank, with fine tannins, stylish and well presented. Harmonious with a beautifully long finish.

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.



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Vina Zaco  2008
Vina Zaco 2008
(search item no. 109422)

PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense cherry color with violet hues… a bouquet of wild flowers and ripe red fruits. Medium-bodied and structured with rounded tannins. On the palate the wine has an abundance of red fruits blended with the toasty, wood notes.
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About Vina Zaco:

Viña Zaco is the rebellious new Rioja from Bodegas Bilbainas—a Rioja with a contemporary twist. Zaco takes its name from one of the oldest vineyards in Bodegas Bilbainas in the Rioja Alta. But that's where Zaco's links with the past begin and end. With its abundance of fresh red berries, notes of liquorice and faint undertones of spice, Zaco is the ultimate modern expression of Rioja.


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Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccionada 2008
Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccionada 2008
(search item no. 113727)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#42 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Blend of Alfrocheiro (early ripening Dão grape with good color, rich tannin, and balance of strawberry-like fruit and acidity), Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo in Spain, an early ripening varietal which produces good yields and flavors reminiscent of red fruits, plums, strawberries and blackberries. It has firm tannins and responds well to oak aging) and Touriga Nacional (One of Portugal's signature grapes, indigenous to the Dão. It has firm, rich color and complex aromas of raspberries, ripe blackcurrants, savory herbs, violets and licorice.).

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About Quinta de Cabriz:

In 1989, in the heart of the Dão wine region, in the village of Carregal do Sal, Dão Sul is born. Inspired in Quinta de Cabriz, a property with a magnificent manor house and chapel of the XVII Century, Dão Sul has become a reference of winemaking in the Dão.

Of the vineyards surrounded by pine trees, the grapes produced in integrated production give way to wines with balanced acidity and delicate aromas of the brand Cabriz. With a portfolio that ranges from Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada to Cabriz Four C, from Spirits to sparkling wines, the white and red grape varieties are vinified in a modern cellar with the support of a modern laboratory and a fully equipped tasting room.



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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
(search item no. 109773)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.
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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


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Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
(search item no. 111394)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Evodia is an exciting new project in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud, hailed as one of Spain's most progressive and promising wine growing regions. It is here, in the vineyards of Atea, that Altovinum sources their Garnacha grapes for Evodia. In addition to the remarkable climate due to elevation, the property is comprised of pure schiste soils, known as pisara in the local area. Aficionados familiar with the wines of the Priorat and the Roussillon are well acquainted to this soil type and its extraordinary influence on the wines.

Blend: 100% Garnacha

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About Evodia:

Altovinum is a new project - a joint partnership between Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Sourcing fruit from high elevation vineyards in the village of Atea, the debut wine is EVODIA, from the Greek word for aroma.


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Guardian Peak Frontier 2009
Guardian Peak Frontier 2009
(search item no. 108720)

PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Shiraz, 16% Merlot.

The wine is deep garnet with a fruit driven aroma of plums and black cherries. This is complemented by hints of tobacco and cedar. The palate contains black cherry and plum flavors with hints of vanilla.

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About Guardian's Peak:

Guardian Peak is designed to compliment those who enjoy a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle, and the wines are crafted to be accessible and enjoyed anywhere at any time. Lifestyle is always a priority in the Cape Winelands, and the Guardian Peak range is flexible and dynamic to enhance any lifestyle activity imaginable. Fine wine, superb food and magnificent panoramic views are the signature feature of the new Guardian Peak winery which opened in December 2005. These fruit driven wines include three red blends and three single varietal wines which embody the new-world style of winemaking allowing them to be enjoyed at an early age.


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Protocolo Tinto 2008
Protocolo Tinto 2008
(search item no. 104362)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $9.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 100% Tempranillo, this traditional red table wine from Spain is medium-bodied with flavors of black cherry with undertones of vanilla and oak.
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About Protolcolo:

Ownership under the Eguren family. Vineyards are located on the northeast edge of the D.O. La Mancha. The grapes come from vineyards that are 2,700 ft. in elevation. They are oriented to the southwest and are planted in traditional vaso and cabeza systems. The soil is calcareous clay soils. The climate is continental climate with high daytime temperatures during the growing season moderated by cool nights. Winters are cold, summers are hot and dry.


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Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2007
Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2007
(search item no. 101763)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Varieties: 85% Garnacha & 15% Syrah.
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About Capcanes:

High up in the hill, roughly 30 miles inland from Tarragona and 100 miles to the south of Barcelona, lies the village of Capcanes, in the sub-zone of the Tarragona DO called Falset. Essentially, this sub-zone is continuous with the Priorat DO, and the wines from this area have more in common with the wines of Priorato than they do with those from the plains around Tarrragano itself.

Viticulture
At Capcanes, the altitude ranges from 300 meters to 700 meters, and natural rainfalls is low at around 450 mm. The average temperature in this Mediterranean region is around 15 C and rises to 35 C in the summer. Soil in the lower vineyards is deep, rich and fertile; the higher vineyards and all the terraces are on poor, mineral , stony soils with a granite or slate base. Under the guidance of the two winemakers, Angel Teixado and Antoni Alcover, owner/winemaker of Fra Fulco. Capcanes has progressed to a level of serious quality among Spanish reds, and offers tremendous value.

Vinification
New cellars were built to accommodate new temperature controlled stainless fermentation tanks and 600 new oak barrels, of which about 30% are French. Along with the introduction of a new bottling line, the packaging has been updated, reflecting the new breed of wine produced at Capcanes.



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Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2008
Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2008
(search item no. 101184)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Sangiovese exhibits a fresh bouquet of violets, woodland berries, spices and leather. Deliciously smooth, plush and juicy on the palate with loads of ripe fruit, Di Majo Sangiovese is recommended with pasta, pizza, sausages, parmigiana and grilled meats. A tremendous value!
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About Di Majo Norante:

The Di Majo Norante winery is located to the north of the Gargano in Molise on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina. This estate has been dedicated to the cultivation of vines since the 1800's.

In the 1960's a modern cantina was constructed and vines were replanted. Optimal exposure, constant breezes during the summer, excellent soil composition and a slope toward the Sciabolone and Madonna Grande valleys, blend together to create a particularly favorable environment for the production of wine.

Alessio Di Majo has hired renowned enologist, Riccardo Cotarella, as a consultant in order to ensure consistent, high quality production for all their wines. The Di Majo family is dedicated to producing quality wine at an outstanding value and practicing environmentally sound agriculture.