Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Mitolo The Jester Shiraz 2011
Mitolo The Jester Shiraz 2011
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2011 Jester Shiraz is a bright crimson color. The nose is a true reflection of a cooler year in McLaren vale with cranberry, blueberry, a hint of cracked black pepper, and quality spicy oak. Medium to full bodied, again a reflection of a cooler year with bright flavors of red berries, subtle herbal character and an overall savory quality to the finish, perfect for food.
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About Mitolo:

In a short period of time Mitolo has become recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale. Mitolo is a family owned business, started by and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitolo's vision to create a range of wines of individuality, integrity and utmost quality. Whether it is in the vineyard, or in the winery, or the work of the different coopers who source and shape the diverse barrels which are used at Mitolo, each wine is nurtured and developed with a zealous passion that spares no effort to ensure that the best of everything is brought together to make wines of purity, elegance and power.

Italian family roots inspired Frank's early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine. With three earlier generations of his family working as agriculturists and entrepreneurs, it is not surprising that (while heading an international horticultural business), Frank found the energy and passion to pursue his dream of creating world-class wines. The business was established in 1999 and a year later the first Mitolo wine was launched. It was called G.A.M.; named after Frank’s three children and the next generation of Mitolo’s, Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

Acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer is a partner in the business and the combination of his winemaking skills and Frank’s vision have led Mitolo to international recognition and acclaim. What started out as a dream is becoming an exciting reality, and Mitolo Wines has only just begun on its journey.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Middle Sister Wild One Malbec
Middle Sister Wild One Malbec
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PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Every family has one. The wild one. The girl who zigs when everybody else zags…who likes skydiving better than square dancing…who has horse-trekked across Mongolia and played polo with the Prince…the sister who posts photos of herself on the yacht…the crazy, beautiful one who always keeps you on your toes. For those of you who know and love a wild one, this spicy and delicious red wine may just inspire you to break some rules. Maybe even pair red wine with fish!

Also yummy with barbecued beef ribs, spicy chili, grilled lamb kabobs.

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About Middle Sister:

The Wine Sisterhood believes wine should taste good, be a fair value, and make life more enjoyable for anybody who chooses to partake. Before we launched Sweet and Sassy Moscato, we brought her picture across the country and asked women of all backgrounds and ethnicities what they thought of her. Our wine sisters unanimously agreed that is was important to recognize the diversity of women who love wine. That’s why we have made a sister of color the face of our new wine.


Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Restivo Malbec Reserve 2010
Restivo Malbec Reserve 2010
(search item no. 118693)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

From the cool, dry climate of the beautiful Patagonian landscape comes a wine with deep and intense violet-red color and a fruity and spicy character. There are notes of ripe plum, leather and some vanilla. Medium-bodied with firmed tannins, Restivo Malbec Reserve is an elegant wine with great structure and persistent finish.
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Red Wines    Carmenere    Chile    South America   
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Santa Ema Selected Terroir Carmenere 2010
Santa Ema Selected Terroir Carmenere 2010
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PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a deep red color with violet nuances. Its aroma consists of intense black fruits such as black and blue berries with a touch of tobacco and red bell pepper and black pepper. The well-balanced palate presents mild, ripe tannins with a pleasant and middle acidity.
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About Santa Ema Winery:

Over the years, Santa Ema has been recognized by the most important national and international organizations and has earned numerous medals in competitions such as the Concours Mundial de Bruxelles and distinctions in the prestigious international trade magazines. It was recently added to Wine Spectator's list of Top 20 World's Finest Value Brands, Wine Advocate rated four Santa Ema wines above 90 points, and Wine & Spirits named it Value Winery of the Year. But for Santa Ema, the most important distinction of all is the preference of its consumers around the world to appreciate the work of three generations dedicated to the production of consistently high quality wines.


Red Wines    Grenache    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Ateca Honoro Vera Garnacha 2012
Bodegas Ateca Honoro Vera Garnacha 2012
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PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Honoro Vera Garnacha is a ripe cherry color. It has an intense nose with dominating notes of red ripe fruits, such as raspberry and red currant, balsamic sensations and mineral aromas. It is a fruity wine, very fresh and easy to drink.
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About Bodegas Ateca:

Bodegas Ateca is a joint project between the Gil winery family and the well-known importer, Jorge Ordonez. The bodegas is located in the Calatayud region of northeastern Spain. The majority of the vineyards are grown in highly permeable and healthy soils with a high amount of limestone. The soils are rocky, loose and low in nutrients. The climate in this region varies vastly from day to night, allowing for more balance between acidity and alcohol.

The main varietal here is Garnacha grown from old-vines up to 80-100 years old.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Chile    South America   
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Santa Alicia Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Reserva 2011
Santa Alicia Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Reserva 2011
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PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant and deep ruby red color. With aromas of ripe fruit, bitter chocolate and spices. Good structure and concentration with round tannins.

Red meats, barbecue and a large array of cheese.

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About Santa Alicia:

In 1954, on fertile lands close to the capital of Chile, an important politician and businessman, Mr. Maximo Valdes, founded the vineyard "Houses of Pirque". With extensive experience in the wine business, he begins planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

After half a century and four generations, the Valdes family has turned these vineyards in the best example of love for the land, and perfection in the quality of its products.

Today, identified as "Santa Alicia", as a way of honoring the women that in each generation carry this name, the vineyard continues with its tradition of excellence and prestige, expressed in each bottle are the decades of experience, high technology, and the privileged fruit which results from a marvelous environment.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
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Winemaker's Notes:

Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir is rich in both color and fragrance. With aromas of violet, cherry and Earth, this medium-bodied wine is very food-friendly. Balanced by warm spice accents of cloves and cinnamon, this wine finishes elegant and supple.
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About Concannon:

A historic and once-famous Livermore winery, Concannon was bought and sold several times in the 1980's by large conglomerates that were purchasing each other. Each sale resulted in a loss of focus, and the brand suffered. In 1992 Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards saved it from the jaws of destruction by assembling a group of eight investors to buy the winery. However, Concannon Vineyard is a totally separate company in both ownership and operation from Wente Vineyards.

Nestled amidst the vineyards and rolling hills along the Livermore Valley, Concannon has been widely recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex and award-winning wines. Ocean air pours through the Golden Gate each afternoon cooling the influence of the sun, and enabling the grapes to develop both the ripe sugars and firm acids that fine wine demands.

Concannon is perfectly positioned geologically, atop a 600-foot-deep bed of gravelly soil. These rocks require the vines to drive their roots deep into mineral-rich deposits, and it also keeps the grape and cluster size in moderation.

More than 140 of Concannon's 200 Livermore estate acres are Petite Sirah plantings grafted onto improved rootstocks. Over the decades, they have carefully tuned their planting and trellising to take full advantage of the unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored, memorable wines vintage after vintage.



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 9/19/2014: $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.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon showcases lush texture and bold dark fruit flavors with a slight hint of oak and spice. Cedar and tobacco aromas complement integrated lively tannins and fill out your palate, allowing the wine to be consumed on its own or with your favorite food. The Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be one of our shining stars because of the wine's balance and intensity of flavors.
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About Spellbound:

Spellbound was born when Rob Mondavi and Paul Hoffman decided to craft wines that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day yet special enough to celebrate milestone events. In honor of California's rich winegrowing heritage, this winemaking team sources fruit from established and emerging wine regions throughout the state, including Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara and Lodi.

Currently Spellbound makes Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. All three wines are approachable and food-friendly, perfect for causal dinners and black tie functions alike. Because Spellbound wines pair so well with food, they've become a favorite choice of fine restaurants.



Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 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.

Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

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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.