Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Argentina    South America   
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Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 113122)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense, dark ruby color with enticing aromas of ripe, black plums and black currants. The richly textured plum and currant flavors are joined by accents of dark chocolate and some vanilla-scented oak. The ripe, vibrant tannins give the wine beautiful structure and an amazingly long finish. This is a big wine for just a little money. Drink it now or over the next few years to enjoy the fruit flavors at their best. It will pair well with traditional Cabernet-friendly foods like grilled or roasted meats.
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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.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Punto Final Malbec Classico 2011
Punto Final Malbec Classico 2011
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PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red in color with notes of black berry, blueberry and cassis. On the palate, the wine is balanced and round, with a jammy mouthfeel and a long finish.

Pair with steak , pasta with meat sauce, risotto, lamb and cheeses.

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About Punto Final:

From Bodegas Renacer. Mendoza, Argentina is a privileged place in the world because of its winegrowing and winemaking conditions. These excellent conditions are bottled into the great wines that have been reaching the world's markets in recent years. Robert Parker has proclaimed that Malbec, the region's emblematic variety, has a very auspicious future.

The winery, located at Perdriel, at the foot of Los Andes Mountains, combines a medieval tower built of rocks with state of the art technical equipment. In the limey soils surrounding the winery grow the best Malbec grapes of the world. Punto Final Clásico and Reserva are modern, fruity, elegant wines with a distinctive personality. Their labels show a unique style focused in the typical aromas of Argentina's emblematic variety.

The philosophy is to attain the highest quality within the highest international standards. This goal is achieved through scrupulous care of the vineyards and devotion to wine and the winemaking process.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2010
Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2010
(search item no. 117169)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $13.59

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Saturated ruby color. This wine has a strikingly aromatic nose that offers a pungent array of fruit, floral and herbal scents. Sweet cherry-vanilla and cola flavors coat the palate and are enlivened by juicy acidity. Supple tannins gain strength on the finish, which strongly repeats the cola and floral qualities. 100% Tempranillo.
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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    Other Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2009
Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2009
(search item no. 110854)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is all about fresh, bright fruit and spicy flavors. The color is youthful and red/purple. Fresh berry coulis, crushed white pepper and dark mulberry scents on the nose. Pure red berry flavors flow onto a smooth palate with some crisp acid and tannin backbone delivering a smack of lively berry flavors wrapped up in the slightest hint of vanilla.

Great with gourmet pizza with rocket, sunflower seeds and pumpkin, beef goulash.

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About Edgebaston:

Edgebaston wines are made by David Finlayson on the Finlayson family vineyards in Stellenbosch. The range of wines is made to reflect the personality and winemaking philosophy of the region and the Finlayson family. Quality and a holistic approach to the production of our wines is our ethos. We strive to farm the land, grow the grapes and make the wine in an environmentally friendly manner whilst ensuring that each wine is world class. It is the Finlayson family's firm belief that Stellenbosch has always and will remain South Africa's finest winemaking region, this is where we wish to continue to create wonderful wines for the discerning wine collector. Koopmanskloof is set in the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch, with a wine tradition dating back to 1777. We are proud of this heritage, and our wines prove it.


Red Wines    Mourvedre    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Volver Tarima 2011
Bodegas Volver Tarima 2011
(search item no. 120791)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 100% Monastrell shows extraordinary expression of the variety.

It will pair well with fish in sauce, various meats and cheeses.

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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    Pinot Noir    Central Coast    California   
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Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
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Winemaker's Notes:

Our medium-bodied Pinot Noir is bursting with aromas of violet, cherry, earth and spice with an elegant and supple finish.

Enjoy with macadamia-crusted halibut or a decadent chocolate souffle.

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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    Tempranillo    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2009
Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2009
(search item no. 108934)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very dark purple with lots of black hues. Big sweet nose (some may call it candified) of dark plums, black cherries, sweet smoky oak, tobacco, and funky tree bark. Forward gush of dark fruit that also has some helpful tangy red currants along with tobacco, smoke, and earth. Medium-low acid, soft tannins.
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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.