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Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2007
Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2007
(search item no. 115579)
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby-red in color with garnet highlights, Corbaia offers jammy aromas of black currant, cherry and cassis backed by hints of tobacco, chocolate and coffee. On the palate, Corbaia is supple and layered with rich texture and well-integrated tannins. The perfect choice for wild boar, game, steaks and roast beef.
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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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Las Rocas Garnacha 2005
Las Rocas Garnacha 2005
(search item no. 91538)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $9.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 59 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"The unoaked 2005 Las Rocas Garnacha is sourced from low yielding vineyards ranging in age from 70-100 years. It gives up attractive aromas of kirsch, raspberries, pepper, and damp earth. This is followed by a broad, full-flavored wine with a supple texture and no hard edges. Drink this pleasure-packed wine over the next 2-3 years."
-Wine Advocate

One of our most popular value wines. This Garnacha is a special project of importer Eric Solomon, who discovered these ancient high altitude Grenache vineyards (70-100 years old), and brand named the wine Las Rocas.

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Additional wines from Las Rocas de San Alejandro:

About Las Rocas de San Alejandro:

Las Rocas de San Alejandro is located in the region of Calatayud, about 150 miles northeast of Madrid, and is centered around the rivers of Jiloca and Jalon. Although there are still few wineries in the zone, the ones which are beginning to show with their wines why this region is so special.

Although the D.O. is quite young, vines have been grown in the zone for some time. About one eighth of the vineyard land’s production has been bottled at one of Spain’s best and most progressive cooperatives, San Alejandro. With an abundance of amazing raw material, Eric Solomon was able to commission several bottlings of very old vine fruit into what has become one of the most sought-after estates in the portfolio. Calatayud benefits from a continental climate with vast temperature differences between night and day. Harvests are much later than in other parts of Aragon, and the acidity/maturity/alcohol ratios tend to be more balanced.

As most of the vineyards lie on what was (thousands of years ago) an old river basin, the soil is comprised of brown limestone and loam over slate and gypsum. This particular soil is also ideal for production of olives, cherries, and other fruits. Jean-Marc Lafage (of Domaine Lafage in France’s Roussillon) is responsible for the Las Rocas cuvees.



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Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 92981)

PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $8.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Clear skies and the cool dry influence of La Nina resulted in a long growing season and a late harvest for this vintage. Perfectly ripe grapes yielded a beautifully colored, complex Cabernet.

Rich ruby in color with dark cherry, black current, toffee and mocha notes. Silky tannins and good structure lead to a long and complex finish accented with vanilla notes.

Pair with brie, gruyere, Italian dishes, steak, ribs or chocolate.

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About Root 1:

The grapes for Root:1 are hand picked from two of Chile's most well known viticultural regions, Maipo and Colchagua. The wine is grown, harvested, blended, and bottled to create a balanced, fruit forward, expressive Cabernet true to the terroir of Chile's best viticultural regions.