White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 116761)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine shows flavours of passionfruit and blackcurrant with underlying notes of wet stone and thyme. The palate displays good weight and texture, with a focused mineral acidity which delivers fantastic length to the wine. An amazing match with goats cheese salad, poultry dishes and seafood dishes such as freshly shucked oysters, prawns, green lip mussels and creamy scallops.
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About Yealands:

Stretching over 2,400 acres of prime viticultural land, the Yealands Estate is New Zealand's single largest vineyard under private ownership. Located in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough, the Seaview Vineyad is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in the country: low rainfall, high sunshine, cool nights and strong winds. The result is a smaller, thicker-skinned berry and lower yielding vines which create wines of intensity, purity and complexity.

The hallmark of the Yealands Estate is an absolute commitment to sustainable wine production, an undertaking we have made from the vine to the bottle. This commitment to premium sustainable wine production has resulted in a number of notable achievements.

The Yealands Estate Winery was created to operate sustainably at every level.

As a result we have already achieved a high industrial sustainability rating. We have also been awarded carboNZeroCert™ status, joining a select group of wineries around the world who have earned this recognition.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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High Note Elevated Malbec 2010
High Note Elevated Malbec 2010
(search item no. 115895)
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PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark violet in color. Floral notes and spice on the nose with intense blackberry aromas lead to exceptional levels of concentrated fruit and complexity with flavors of cassis, ripe red cherries, hints of black pepper, mocha and persistent vanilla. Smooth, round tannins highlight the creamy texture and lengthy finish.

Blend: 91% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Bonarda

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About High Note:

The grapes for High Note are sourced from four vineyards with sandy loam soils, ranging in elevation from 3,700 feet to 5,000 feet above sea level. Vistaflores vineyard has flavors of spices, red fruits, and minerality. La Consulta vineyard adds black fruit and mid-palate weight, while Altamira vineyard's fruit has notes of violets. The Gualtallary vineyard, at the highest altitude, brings deep purple color, additional floral and black fruit notes balanced with acidity. High Note's varietal blend is 83% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gualtallary region balances the wine's tannic structure and gives a hint of spice in the nose. The Cabernet Franc from the Altamira region adds sweet spice notes, and the Petit Verdot provides aromas of red currants and berries.


White Wines    Albarino    Rias Baixas    Spain   
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Licia Albarino 2010
Licia Albarino 2010
(search item no. 110552)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vibrant lemon-green in color, the Lícia Albariño exhibits a classic expression of the Albariño grape: intense and layered aromas of grapefruit, candied lemons, quince jelly, fresh herbs, green apples and a streak of minerality. On the palate it is full-bodied and well-balanced, with a long and persistent finish. This wine pairs deliciously with grilled fish—or any kind of seafood—Asian cuisines, rice dishes, salads and grilled vegetables.
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About Licia:

The Lícia label is a project between Winebow and winery owner Jose Limeres, a native of the Galician town of Pontevedra. Limeres, owner of several successful restaurants in Madrid, entered the wine business when he was searching for a reliable supplier of quality wines for his restaurants. He bought his first property in O Rosal and planted native varieties that flourished in its unique climate and soil. The resulting wines proved a hit, particularly his Albariño which strikes just the right balance of sugar and acidity. The vineyards for Lícia's wine are located in the O Rosal and Condado de Tea subzones of DO Rías Baixas. The vineyards of O Rosal run inland as far as Tuy and are terraced into the sides of the River Miño where it opens into a wide estuary. The topsoil is correspondingly alluvial, with clay and sand over granitic topsoil. Condado de Tea stretches from Tuy along the Miño Valley to meet the Ribiero DO. The area is made up of complex small river valleys. Here granite bedrock and slate come to the surface. This combination of terroirs gives Lícia a refreshing complexity that sets it apart.


Red Wines    Other Red Wine    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2006
Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2006
(search item no. 97756)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $13.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 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: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red colored, tending to garnet. The nose flaunts rich, clean edged toasty oak from traditional aging, plus flowers and blueberries, ending with raspberry and strawberry. Full and dense in the mouth with vigorous tannins and a delicately spicy, full-flavored finish. Pair with filet of beef, free-range chicken alla cacciatora and baked capon.
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About Monti:

Monti is a small estate in the region of Abruzzo. Since its inception, the Monti family winery had been operated by brothers Antonio and Elio until Elio passed away in 2002. The brothers had always been traditionalists in the production of Abruzzo's noble varietal, Montepulciano.

The Monti estate is located near Teranio, approximately 100 miles east of Rome. Here the mix of southern sun and Adriatic winds create prime conditions for the practice of viticulture. They have successfully cultivated the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape, a big, berry redolent fruit with moderate in tannin. All Monti wines undergo complete malolactic fermentation and are unfiltered. The red wines are aged in Slavonian oak, but it is bottle aging, not barrel aging that is the key to Montepulciano's greatness.



Red Wines    Nero d'Avola    Sicily    Italy   
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Morgante Nero d'Avola 2009
Morgante Nero d'Avola 2009
(search item no. 114675)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color with supple aromas of ripe black cherry and blackberry, and hints of charcoal, vanilla and black pepper. On the palate, bursting flavors of ripe fruit and exotic spice are balanced by pleasant acidity and silky tannins.

Delicious with roasted meats, eggplant parmigiana, pasta, grilled pork chops and veal casseroles.

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About Morgante:

The Morgante winery is located in the pristine countryside of southern Sicily. The winery represents one family's initiative to employ five generations of viticultural experience and for the first time, make their own wine from the fruit of their vineyards. In 1994, Antonio Morgante and his sons, Carmelo and Giovanni, decided to vinify their own grapes. This decision represented the beginning of a strong commitment to achieve the best results with indigenous grapes while keeping an eye towards innovation.

In 1997, the family hired Riccardo Cotarella as their winemaker. Cotarella, widely recognized for his work crafting compelling wines from Italy's native varietals, shares the Morgante passion for producing great red wines from Nero d'Avola. In Sicily, Nero d'Avola is indisputably the red grape for wines of excellence. And it is the vine that the Morgante family has always cultivated. All aspects of production from vineyard to cellar are rigorously controlled by every member of the family, each one dedicated to making wines of the highest possible quality.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Other Australia    Australia   
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Campbells Isabella Rare Rutherglen Tokay (half-bottle)
Campbells Isabella Rare Rutherglen Tokay (half-bottle)
(search item no. 60370)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is deep mahogany brown, with olive hues. The bouquet is a combination of malt and honey, with hints of raisins and the unmistakable scent of tea leaves, which is the hallmark of Rutherglen tokay. There is real lusciousness and weight on the palate with full, mellow honeyed flavors, lingering complex ratio characters and drying tannins on the finish to balance the sweetness and prevent it from cloying.
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About Campbells:

Campbells produces some of the world's finest dessert wines. This family-owned vineyard and winery uses the "solera" method of blending and maturing new and old wines over a period of years. (Some of the material used for blending is 70, 80, even 90 years old.) The solera, originally made famous by the Spanish and Portuguese, is a series of up to seven casks, each containing wine at successive stages of maturation. The result is a uniformity of quality, age and character that elevates the Campbells brand into a class of its own. Today, when you see the Rutherglen symbol on a bottle of wine, you have a virtual seal-of-authority that it will be very special.

With a 130-year history of winemaking, the fourth generation of Campbells own and manage the vineyards and winery at Rutherglen. The founder of the winery was a Scottish immigrant, John Campbell, who arrived in 1860. A decade later, he began making fortified wines that rivaled the best Europe had to offer. The family still uses the same winemaking methods handed down over successive generations, while incorporating modern viticultural technology. The vineyard now consists of 157 acres, and many of the vines are a century old. Malcolm Campbell is in charge of the family vineyards and farmlands, and his brother Colin is responsible for making the wines



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Victoria    Australia   
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Campbells Tokay Rutherglen (375ML half-bottle)
Campbells Tokay Rutherglen (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 3820)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep brilliant, burnished gold with a nose displaying toffee, honey and cold tea characters. The toffee and tea leaf characters predominate in the front palate with a bracing hint of spirit and mellowed oak on the finish.
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About Campbells:

Campbells produces some of the world's finest dessert wines. This family-owned vineyard and winery uses the "solera" method of blending and maturing new and old wines over a period of years. (Some of the material used for blending is 70, 80, even 90 years old.) The solera, originally made famous by the Spanish and Portuguese, is a series of up to seven casks, each containing wine at successive stages of maturation. The result is a uniformity of quality, age and character that elevates the Campbells brand into a class of its own. Today, when you see the Rutherglen symbol on a bottle of wine, you have a virtual seal-of-authority that it will be very special.

With a 130-year history of winemaking, the fourth generation of Campbells own and manage the vineyards and winery at Rutherglen. The founder of the winery was a Scottish immigrant, John Campbell, who arrived in 1860. A decade later, he began making fortified wines that rivaled the best Europe had to offer. The family still uses the same winemaking methods handed down over successive generations, while incorporating modern viticultural technology. The vineyard now consists of 157 acres, and many of the vines are a century old. Malcolm Campbell is in charge of the family vineyards and farmlands, and his brother Colin is responsible for making the wines



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Victoria    Australia   
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Campbells Muscat Rutherglen (375ML half-bottle)
Campbells Muscat Rutherglen (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 3819)
screw cap wine
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright amber gold with copper hints. The nose reveals fresh raisin fruit backed by a hint of fortifying spirit and aged oak characters while the palate is luscious and mouthfilling with raisin fruit followed by a long finish.
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About Campbells:

Campbells produces some of the world's finest dessert wines. This family-owned vineyard and winery uses the "solera" method of blending and maturing new and old wines over a period of years. (Some of the material used for blending is 70, 80, even 90 years old.) The solera, originally made famous by the Spanish and Portuguese, is a series of up to seven casks, each containing wine at successive stages of maturation. The result is a uniformity of quality, age and character that elevates the Campbells brand into a class of its own. Today, when you see the Rutherglen symbol on a bottle of wine, you have a virtual seal-of-authority that it will be very special.

With a 130-year history of winemaking, the fourth generation of Campbells own and manage the vineyards and winery at Rutherglen. The founder of the winery was a Scottish immigrant, John Campbell, who arrived in 1860. A decade later, he began making fortified wines that rivaled the best Europe had to offer. The family still uses the same winemaking methods handed down over successive generations, while incorporating modern viticultural technology. The vineyard now consists of 157 acres, and many of the vines are a century old. Malcolm Campbell is in charge of the family vineyards and farmlands, and his brother Colin is responsible for making the wines



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    South Australia    Australia   
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2 up Shiraz 2010
2 up Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 112116)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep violet in color with blackberry and soft vanilla notes on the nose. The palate opens with ripe, dark berries, hints of spicy red plum and black cherries. Dark berry fruits lead to a long lingering finish with fine tannins and complex spices. Enjoy now over the next 5 years.
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About 2 up:

2 up is sourced from vineyards located in Southern Fleurieu and McLaren Vale. The vineyards of the Southern Fleurieu contribute color together with a signature blackberry and spice. The McLaren Vale vineyards give depth and texture together with the complex spice, dark plums and cherry always associated with this region. Together the two regions provide depth, complexity and a powerful mid-palate. Two-up is a popular, centuries old, Australian game of chance played in the back of pubs using two pennies and a paddle called a "kip." Bets get placed, coins get tossed, and everyone goes wild till the pennies land… either both heads—a "two-up," tails or odds—a "one-up." If you get a two-up, you double your money. Odds, you simply throw again. If you get two tails, you lose and it's the next thrower's turn.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Anima Negra aN/2 2008
Anima Negra aN/2 2008
(search item no. 111154)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $16.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Description ÀN/2 is a perfect introduction to the wines of Mallorca. This unique red is made from old vine Callet, Mantonegre, Fogoneu and Syrah fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete— macerated only briefly to retain the freshness and flavors of the fully ripe fruit. Aged for just over one year in a combination of French barriques and American oak, of which about one third is new.

Tasting Notes Deep ruby red in color, ÀN/2 has complex aromas of savory spices, wild raspberries, dark cherry fruit and a hint of violets and smokiness. On the palate the wine is silky and elegant with intense flavors of mature fruit. Well balanced with a long finish, this wine pairs excellently with stuffed pork chops, rabbit ravioli or roast leg of duck.

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About Anima Negra:

The cultivation of vines, with all of its advances and setbacks and with an important supporting role in the economy, has become a traditional part of our culture. Current wine making is nothing more than a continuation of our ancestral activity and it is against this background that ÀN Negra was born. The first production initially made the most of the infrastructure of the old estate buildings. Since then, the improvement of our buildings has been constant and considered to be an indispensable condition for the making of quality wines.

Born of the unique symbiosis of the climate, the land and the indigenous varieties, our inimitable wines are honest and distinctive and challenge the current trend of producing impersonal wine. It is this premise, together with the aim of offering a product of the highest quality, that marks the day-to-day running of ÀN Negra.