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Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tilia Malbec has a dark, blackish purple color. The nose offers ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Rosé Wine    Rose    Provence    France - Other regions   
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Miraval Rose 2012
Miraval Rose 2012
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Decanter rating: 91 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#84 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

Beautiful light pale pink color. On the nose, fantastic bouquet with delicate aromas of white fruits, just-picked strawberries and floral notes. The mouth is complex with raspberry and wild strawberry notes, wild herbs, citrus and wet stone flavors. It has a refreshing acidity, thanks to the altitude of the vineyards, and a round, long, vibrant finish.

Miraval is a joint venture between Famille Perrin and Hollywood A-listers, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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About Chateau Miraval:

Tucked away in its own private valley in the ancient village of Correns – the first organic village in France – Miraval covers 500 hectares of land in the heart of Provence. The magnificent Château is set in a cirque surrounded by ancient woods, olive trees, vi­neyards and abundant water supply. Lush wildlife combines with the beautiful Provencal climate and quality Mediterranean lifestyle to reveal an enchanting oasis.

Miraval's exclusive valley location embodies an exceptional terroir. Terroir is the expression of the soil, the climate and the history of the land – the essence of the wine. At an altitude of 350 meters the vines are privileged to enjoy warm, sunny days and cool nights, bringing freshness and balance to the wines.

Miraval is a joint venture between Famille Perrin and Hollywood A-listers, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Nine Walks Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Nine Walks Sauvignon Blanc 2012
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Winemaker's Notes:

Nine Walks captures the essence of Marlborough's magic with fruit sourced from our estate-owned vineyards in the Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley sub-regions of NZ.

The fruit from the Wairau Valley delivers the more tropical and herbaceous elements, while the fruit from the Awatere Valley provides a more mineral-infused and restrained streak that gives Nine Walks its distinct texture and palate weight.

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About Nine Walks:

The creation of Nine Walks Sauvignon Blanc was inspired by The 9 Great Walks of New Zealand, one-of a kind walking and hiking trails unsurpassed in their natural beauty and ability to transport you to a more peaceful, balanced state of mind.

Grapes for Nine Walks were grown in the Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley sub-regions of Marlborough, NZ. The fruit from the Wairau Valley delivers the more tropical & herbaceous elements, while the fruit from the Awatere Valley provides a more mineral–infused and restrained streak that gives Nine Walks its distinct texture and palate weight.



White Wines    Torrontes    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Torrontes 2011
Tilia Torrontes 2011
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose offers delicate floral notes of jasmine and magnolia intermingled with bright hints of citrus. In the mouth the flavors are full and ripe with concentrated flower, pear and fig. It finishes bright and crisp.

Pairs well with cold salads, shellfish, sushi or serve as an aperitif.

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About Tilia:

Named after the Tilia (Linden) tree commonly found throughout Argentina’s wine country, Tilia wines possess true varietal character and embody the rural Mendozean lifestyle. For years vineyard workers have used the flowers of the Tilia to make an herbal tea for enjoyment after a hard day’s work. The name Tilia is chosen in honor of this wine country tradition.

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda, a Catena family winery in the Eastern region of Mendoza that is dedicated to making value wines for the Argentine domestic market. Tilia wines offer a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern region and the dynamic Southern region of Mendoza. The Eastern region of Mendoza enjoys warm, sunny days and cool desert nights. The grapes have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. Bright sunshine and low temperatures of the Southern region lend a cool freshness. The fruit from this area shows clean acid balance and soft, supple tannins.

Tilia is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many practices and programs throughout the community to implement sustainability. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication. Furthermore, the entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They take this training into the field to share and implement with their grower partners.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Napa Valley    California   
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Maroon Napa Valley Reserve Zinfandel 2009
Maroon Napa Valley Reserve Zinfandel 2009
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Winemaker's Notes:

Planted in 1928, these Old Vine Zinfandel vines are recognized as some of the oldest in all of Napa. Its rich distinct peppery blackberry and anise flavors combined with incredible balance make these vines widely sought after.

Paul Maroon and winemaker Chris Corley had the pleasure to tour these vineyards back in 2009 and it was clear to them this plot of land was very special. Quiet turnover of California wine history happens all the time - so when old vineyards can be converted to more lucrative fare like Pinot Noir or Cabernet, the past is uprooted. Knowing this, the two jumped at the chance to craft wine from these scarce and celebrated vines

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About Maroon:

Owner/vintner Paul Maroon became interested in winemaking over 40 years ago while as a young man helping his uncle make wine in Pennsylvania. In the back of his mind he always knew that for him Napa Valley was the place to be. Paul visited as often as possible throughout the years and finally in 2000 realized his dream and relocated to the Napa Valley. Here he began his life as a vintner and Paul has been growing grapes and making fine wines ever since.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other California    California   
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Mirassou Pinot Noir 2012
Mirassou Pinot Noir 2012
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ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 PinotReport rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Mirassou Pinot Noir displays fresh fruit flavors of pomegranates, cherries and currants with complementing aromas of strawberries, pomegranates and cherries. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within a year of release, but can age in the bottle for up to three years if carefully cellared.
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About Mirassou Vineyards:

Since 1854 the Mirassou family has dedicated itself to mastering the art of winemaking. 150 years later, their passion and optimism are stronger than ever. In 2004 the 6th generation of this winemaking family celebrated the launch of a new line of crisp, fruit-focused wines honoring their 150th anniversary as a California winery.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Chile    South America   
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Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Good clarity with light straw color. Medium-bodied with tropical and citrus fruit flavors of white grapefruit and lime with a long crisp finish and some minerality.
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About Veramonte:

Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.

The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.

Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.

Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2010
Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2010
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate 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.



Champagne & Sparkling    Rosé    Champagne    France - Other regions   
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Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut Rose
Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut Rose
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $39.99

Winemaker's Notes:

With its delicate, pinkish hue, Canard-Duchene Brut Rose stands apart for its intense, fresh fruit aromas of strawberries, with a subtle hint of grenadine, against a backdrop of mineral notes for enhanced freshness.
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About Canard-Duchene:

1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of "vignerons" met and fell in love. They got married, and started to make their own champagne.

Success came quickly, so they then decided to set up their own Champagne house. They joined their names together, in the true Champagne tradition, and Canard-Duchêne was born. The year was 1868.

In 1890, their son, Edmond Canard took over. He was young, bold, loved champagne, and really understood the new world which was coming up. Under his guidance, Canard-Duchêne became international champagne, especially as one of the Champagnes supplied to the court of Tsar Nicholas II.

The relationship has left its mark: from then on, the Canard Duchêne coat of arms has borne the two-headed eagle, emblem of the Russian Imperial Family. Another symbol was added later. The sabre, in memory of a tradition which is intimately linked with champagne, celebration and reward. For the last hundred years, the eagle and the sabre have been our coat of arms.

The Third generation continues on the same tracks. Since 1930, Victor Canard, the founder's grandson, gives a new life of the son. After the recent integration of Canard-Duchêne in the privately-owned group Alain Thiénot, it now occupies a strong position on the French market. At the same time, the House is developing its international markets. Long a Symbol of enjoyment and elegance, Champagne is a gift from nature. From the 300 "crus" in the Champagne region, Canard-Duchêne has chosen 60 of them, blending Pinots and Chardonnay, in order to create year after year fruity, balanced and rounded wines.



White Wines    Torrontes    Argentina    South America   
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Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2011
Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2011
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, lightly floral with hints of peach pit, honeydew rind, white pear, and tangerine. On the palate, it has beautiful structure and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc along with beguiling fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed.

Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood (especially sushi!). Keep one in the fridge at all times.

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About Crios de Susana Balbo:

After 22 years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios."

Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. These wines are produced under Dominio del Plata's code of sustainable agriculture.

Like Susana's own crios (a boy and a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The artifact illustrates the interconnectedness of every generation, and the irony that we will be both the parent and the offspring at different times in our lives.