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Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2010
Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2010
(search item no. 118237)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A core intesity of red fruit flavors and lifted violet aromas remain the signature of Malbec from our Remolinos Vineyard. This is exquisitely balanced by freshness of acidity and an elegant integration of French oak which adds complexity to the rich mid palate of this vintage.
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About Finca Decero:

Decero, meaning 'from scratch,' was born of a bare patch of land and a family's love affair with wine. Winemaking in Thomas Schmidheiny's family goes back to his grandparents in Switzerland and, just as Napa had inspired his mother Adda in the 1970s, so too did the Agrelo sub-appellation in Mendoza capture the heart and mind of Thomas when traveling over the Andes into Argentina 20 years later. In Agrelo, perhaps now considered the source of Argentina's finest red wines, Thomas instinctively knew that he had found the place to continue the family legacy and to handcraft wines whose allure would lie in being true to their origin. Once a desolate piece of land in the foothills of the Andes, absent of everything but shrubs, Finca Decero is now a one-of-a-kind vineyard where each vine is nurtured by hand and the winemaking is without compromise.

The estate has followed an 'amano,' or 'by hand,' approach that is sensitive to natural differences, sustainable, and human. Their philosophy is to tread lightly in an environment they have come to know intimately, almost inch-by-inch, and allow the unique natural attributes of the Remolinos vineyard and of Agrelo shine to through in the wines. The vineyard at the estate is named "Remolinos" after the tiny whirlwinds in the area that thread their way along the vines, keeping the grapes dry and in perfect condition. The 110 hectare estate was planted in 2000 to Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot (unusual for Argentine producers) and Tannat. All the Decero wines come from this single vineyard, all from hand-picked fruit.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Volver Paso A Paso Tinto 2010
Bodegas Volver Paso A Paso Tinto 2010
(search item no. 116066)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Paso a Paso Tinto is 100% Tempranillo sourced from vineyards averaging 40 years of age. The color is a saturated purple with fragrant aromas of mineral, scorched earth, and blackberry.
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About Bodegas Volver:

The Spanish enologist, Rafael Cañizares seeks to achieve the maximum expression of the Tempranillo grape grown in the environment. This winery is located in the best terroir of La Mancha found in the eastern region of the Denomination of Origin. The soil is the reason that the winery committed themselves to purchasing 228 acres of vineyards with an average age of 40 years. The sandy soils (up to 1 meter in depth) has an underlayment of large river stones.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 117276)
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Concentrated aromas of dark stone fruits and toast burst from the glass. Classic Cabernet Sauvignon flavors of black cherries with subtle hints of baking spice dance across the palate, bolstered by fine, round tannins. This medium bodied wine is soft in mouth feel, yet long on fruit character and finish.

Recommended with tomato-basil bruschetta, eggplant parmesan, herb crusted prime rib, grilled beef steak or hearty venison stew.

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About 14 Hands:

The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high - a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then - would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze upon the luscious waist high grasses along the riverbank, and then retreat back up into the hills to cool off at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and were revered around the world.

This unique and beautiful landscape that gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity now feeds our vines. With loamy-sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine, and our 14 Hands vines revel in this unique and world class terroir. With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.

14 Hands celebrates the spirit of these wild horses, and the rich and unique history of Washington wines not only in our wines, but also in the vibrant colors and images on our popular varietal labels and our new Hot to Trot red and white blend wines. Whether you enjoy 14 Hands by the glass in your favorite restaurant, or share a bottle with family or friends, our wines are the quintessential Washington wine experience – fruit-forward, easily enjoyable with any meal or on any occasion, and delivering a superb value for the price. Bringing this bottle of wine to the party is more than bringing just a wine – it’s a delicious wine with a unique story that’s sure to spark up a memorable conversation.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    Other Bordeaux    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Timberlay Bordeaux Superieur 2009
Chateau Timberlay Bordeaux Superieur 2009
(search item no. 121530)
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PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

One of the oldest Chateau in Bordeaux, originating in 1366, Chateau Timberlay produces estate grown Bordeaux wines with an ecological and terroir driven philosophy. Their offerings combine tradition and authenticity with an approach that makes Bordeaux accessible. This appellation Bordeaux Superieur combines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown in a single block, 125 hectare estate with soils with a mix of clay, limestone and sand perfectly suited to these varietals.

This wine is an intense, brilliant ruby red color. It offers a complex fruity bouquet (blackberries, black currants and strawberry) and elegant notes of oak and spice. Well-structured and fresh flavored – the wine is rich and round, with soft, subtle tannins; Long finish has hints of vanilla and cinnamon.

Blend: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

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About Chateau Timberlay:

One of the oldest Chateau in Bordeaux, originating in 1366, Chateau Timberlay produces estate grown Bordeaux wines with an ecological and terroir driven philosophy. Their offerings combine tradition and authenticity with an approach that makes Bordeaux accessible. The Chateau Timberlay estate is farmed under the ecologically friendly guidelines of Terra Vitis. This includes practices such as jachere in which vineyard plots are planted with annual flowers to invigorate and enhance the soil’s organic structure and attract good predators. Beehives enhance the practice, helping to pollinate the flowers and encouraging a thriving, diverse ecosystem. Grasses are grown between the vines, eliminating the need for chemical herbicides and stimulating deep rooting and healthy soils.


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Chateau Timberlay Blanc 2011
Chateau Timberlay Blanc 2011
(search item no. 121531)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

One of the oldest Chateau in Bordeaux, and first awarded for quality in 1893, Chateau Timberlay brings authenticity and tradition to its wines, but also crafts its Bordeaux wines to be approachable and accessible for every occasion. Attention to detail is a hallmark of this legendary winery through hand-picking and hand-sorting the grapes to the beehives on the estate that help cross-pollinate the flowers that are planted in the vineyards to enhance soil quality.

Their meticulous approach shines through in this Bordeaux Blanc blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. With its light straw color and hints of green, it showcases a subtle floral bouquet; well-balanced and full of character. Crisp yet soft flavors and very round and fruity with a touch of citrus. Enjoy with soft cheeses, fish and roast chicken.

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About Chateau Timberlay:

One of the oldest Chateau in Bordeaux, originating in 1366, Chateau Timberlay produces estate grown Bordeaux wines with an ecological and terroir driven philosophy. Their offerings combine tradition and authenticity with an approach that makes Bordeaux accessible. The Chateau Timberlay estate is farmed under the ecologically friendly guidelines of Terra Vitis. This includes practices such as jachere in which vineyard plots are planted with annual flowers to invigorate and enhance the soil’s organic structure and attract good predators. Beehives enhance the practice, helping to pollinate the flowers and encouraging a thriving, diverse ecosystem. Grasses are grown between the vines, eliminating the need for chemical herbicides and stimulating deep rooting and healthy soils.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Other Washington    Washington   
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14 Hands Chardonnay 2010
14 Hands Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 117277)

PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright apple and floral aromas are complemented by light notes of vanilla and sweet butterscotch. Juicy pear and apple flavors give way to subtle touches of toast and spice and ends with a soft finish.
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About 14 Hands:

The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high - a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then - would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze upon the luscious waist high grasses along the riverbank, and then retreat back up into the hills to cool off at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and were revered around the world.

This unique and beautiful landscape that gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity now feeds our vines. With loamy-sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine, and our 14 Hands vines revel in this unique and world class terroir. With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.

14 Hands celebrates the spirit of these wild horses, and the rich and unique history of Washington wines not only in our wines, but also in the vibrant colors and images on our popular varietal labels and our new Hot to Trot red and white blend wines. Whether you enjoy 14 Hands by the glass in your favorite restaurant, or share a bottle with family or friends, our wines are the quintessential Washington wine experience – fruit-forward, easily enjoyable with any meal or on any occasion, and delivering a superb value for the price. Bringing this bottle of wine to the party is more than bringing just a wine – it’s a delicious wine with a unique story that’s sure to spark up a memorable conversation.



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Vina Eguia Reserva 2007
Vina Eguia Reserva 2007
(search item no. 114571)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a bright, ruby red color, with brick red hints. The aromas are intense and complex, with vanilla, spiced and aromatic herbs perfectly blended with mature red fruit. The mouth shows very balanced, fine, elegant and rounded structure. It has a long, very pleasing finish.

Ideal for all types of grilled and roasted meats. It also matches well with strong fish and all kind of cured cheeses. Tasty with chocolate desserts and puddings.

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About Vina Eguia:

Vina Eguia was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua revived his father's (Jose Murua) winery, which dates back to 1926 in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa.


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El Coto Crianza 2008
El Coto Crianza 2008
(search item no. 116169)

PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 vintage of El Coto's entry level Crianza is a blockbuster! This 100% Tempranillo shows layers of fresh raspberries, cherry, cedar and spice typical of a classically styled Rioja. This is all wrapped up in a vanilla and leather laiden package that is medium in body and sports a long, soft finish. Always a good value!
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About El Coto:

The first wines of El Coto de Rioja were introduced to the Spanish market with the 1970 vintage in 1975. So great was their success that two years later, the decision to double the capacity of the wine maturing in their cellars was taken in order to export part of the production. Their growth has continued unabated for 25 years, and now El Coto has been launched in the United States market through Frederick Wildman and Sons. Today, the world is looking for wines with character and elegance; moderate in alcohol content, well balanced and harmonious with refined cuisine. El Coto is an excellent example of a new generation of quality Spanish wines, which conforms to prevailing tastes.


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Mano a Mano La Mancha 2007
Mano a Mano La Mancha 2007
(search item no. 100515)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $9.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark cherry-red, with an intense purplish color round the edges. Aromas of ripe forest fruit, cocoa, violets and a balsamic flourish against a smoky background. Flavorsome, fresh, balanced and meaty, with good fruit on the palate. Forest fruits take the lead for the overture.
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About Mano a Mano:

This winery is located in the terroir of La Mancha found in the eastern region of the Denomination of Origin. The soil is the reason that the winery committed themselves to purchasing 95 hectares (228 acres) of vineyards, located at an altitude of 660 meters (1980 ft) above sea level, with an average age of 40 year old vines.

The sandy soils (up to 1 meter in depth) have an underlayment of large river stones, with a lot of iron, clay, and chalk. The vines produce very low yields of 1-2 kgs of grapes per vine. Winters are very cold; summers are hot with cool nights and it is a very arid climate.

The Spanish enologist, Rafael Cañizares seeks to achieve the maximum expression of the Tempranillo grape grown in this environment. After very careful vineyard selections, only the best vines of Tempranillo grapes are hand harvested.



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Conde de Valdemar Rioja Reserva 2005
Conde de Valdemar Rioja Reserva 2005
(search item no. 113889)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright cherry color with sweet vanilla, cedar and spice on the nose. Rich and mouth filling, this outstanding Reserva is balanced by excellent acidity, medium tannins and a long silky finish. A great match for roasted meats, grilled game and medium cheeses.
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About Conde de Valdemar:

The Martinez Bujanda family, producers of Valdemar wines, founded their original winery in 1889. They own 820 acres of vineyards, which makes Valdemar one of the largest estates in the Rioja. A new winery was built in 1984 to take advantage of modern technologies, integrating both new and time-honored traditions of winemaking.