Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Peter Lehmann Art Series Shiraz-Cabernet 2010
Peter Lehmann Art Series Shiraz-Cabernet 2010
(search item no. 117989)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $8.25

Winemaker's Notes:

A deep red color leads to a bouquet of dark chocolate with a hint of blackcurrant. The palate is satisfyingly rich with a firm, long finish. A uniquely Australian blend. Shiraz provides layers of ripe plum and dark chocolate while the mint and blackcurrant of Cabernet Sauvignon combine to create a wine of great balance and flavor.

Beautifully complementary with steak, rare roast beef or mature cheddar.

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About Peter Lehmann:

The history of Peter Lehmann Wines is intrinsically linked to the events that made the Barossa famous. Formed in 1979 by Peter Lehmann to assist the grape growers of the region who at the time were facing financial ruin, they now enjoy the rewards of longstanding friendships and loyalty. Each vintage, over 160 grape growers supply Peter Lehmann with the best fruit from over 900 of the best vineyards located throughout the Barossa. These amazing resources enable them to craft wines for every occasion, including their flagship, Stonewall. Peter Lehmann Wines has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most respected, energetic and innovative premium wine producers and today, the team continues to create wines that delight wine lovers around the globe.


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Bodegas Y Vinedos del Jalon Las Pizarras 2008
Bodegas Y Vinedos del Jalon Las Pizarras 2008
(search item no. 106414)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% old vine Garnacha, (70-100 years) sourced from the villages of Acered, Alarba and Castejón de Alarba from mountainside slate vineyards 3000 feet high. These slate vineyards give the wine a pronounced minerality and structure. Yields were limited to a maximum of 1 ton per acre.
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About Bodegas Y Vinedos del Jalon:

Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalón S.A. is a bodega within the Denominación de Origen "Calatayud", whose production is a reference point for this region of Aragón.

Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalón S.A. couldn't achieve it's objectives for the production of high quality wines without access to high quality vineyards. Fortunately, it has around 1000 hectares in production. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of families of grape growers and to the huge advances in winemaking and technology, the wines of Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalón S.A. are continually improving and gaining recognition in the competitive international wine market.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Tilia Malbec 2011
Tilia Malbec 2011
(search item no. 116153)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $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.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Chile    South America   
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Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007
Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007
(search item no. 107329)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Decanter rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very bright color; elegant nose with black pepper and floral notes. Medium-full bodied with very soft tannins and good balance. Great length and fruity after taste.
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About Falernia:

Viña Falernia is located in the Elqui Valley between La Serena and Vicuña, 520 km (323 miles) to the north of Santiago and it is at present Chile's northernmost wine estate.

The soils in our vineyards are composed partly of rubble which has eroded from the Andes mountains and deposited by glaciers and wind, and partly of alluvial sand and silt deposited by the river. While stony, gravely soils are regarded as poor for most crops, their excellent drainage qualities make them perfect for wine growing. The climate is semi-arid (average annual rainfall is 80-100 mm) making drip irrigation indispensable during the spring and summer months.

Climatic factors have a crucial influence on the quality and flavour of wine. With the majestic Andes as a backdrop, their peaks gleaming white all through the summer, the vineyards benefit from currents of cold air which descend from the high mountains at night. They cool the vineyards, causing a dramatic contrast between day and night time temperatures during the ripening season, from 27-32°C (80.6-89.6°F) to 10-12°C (50-53.6°F). This has the result of reducing respiration via the leaches and thereby furthering the accumulation of sugar in the grapes as well as the synthesis of polyphenols (tannins and coloring matter) along with the aroma and flavour substance.



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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
(search item no. 109773)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 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.
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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.


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Tormaresca Neprica 2009
Tormaresca Neprica 2009
(search item no. 110210)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense ruby red in color with violet hues. Aromas of red fruits and black cherry dominate the nose, complimented by light floral notes. Soft and flavorful on the palate with balanced acidity and subtle tannins.
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About Tormaresca:

Tormaresca is the fruit of the Antinori family's investment in the Puglian region since July 1998.

The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties: one in Minervino Murge (Bari) a 100 hectare (247 acre) estate located in the Castel del Monte D.O.C. region, 40 miles from the Adriatic Sea; the other property is a 500 hectare (1,235 acre) estate near San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi), closer to the sea in the Salento DOC region.

The new cellar is located at Minervino Murge while the commercial and administrative offices are in the city of Bari, halfway between the two properties.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Napa Valley    California   
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Ravenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2006
Ravenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 96303)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

88 Points

"Ruby-red. Rich, spicy aromas of ripe cherry and blackcurrant, with a whiff of heat. Fleshy dark fruit flavors are deep and warm, with gentle tannins providing shape on the back end. Finishes juicy and warm, with good cling and persistence. The warmth knocked my score down a couple of pegs." Steven Tanzer's
International Wine Cellar

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About Ravenswood:

Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful – gothic – character with which the winery has come to be associated.

A key to Ravenswood’s success is our long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, we are devoted to working with growers who share our philosophy about high quality.

Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what winemaker Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes.



Red Wines    Gamay    Beaujolais    France - Other regions   
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Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2009
Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2009
(search item no. 106337)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $14.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Fleurie has a deep garnet color and offers a complex, intense nose, with a delightful harmony and balance between floral (iris, peony) and red and dark berry aromas. Smooth and clean on the palate, with an impression of sweetness and mellow, racy tannins. Good length on the finish. Delicious: a promise of pleasure!

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz 2008
Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 110652)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep crimson red with vibrant purple hues, the 2008 Bin 555 Shiraz shows a bouquet of lifted aromas of plum and blackberry supported by subtle spicy oak. On the palate, it is a rich, full-bodied wine showing intense berry fruit flavours; plums, dark cherries with lifted spice characters. The wine is soft and generous on the mid palate, with fine tannins and balanced with subtle oak nuances, all of which contribute to a finish of good persistence.

BIN 555 will reward medium term cellaring and complement most red meats, game and cheeses.

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Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2010
(search item no. 111394)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Evodia is an exciting new project in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud, hailed as one of Spain's most progressive and promising wine growing regions. It is here, in the vineyards of Atea, that Altovinum sources their Garnacha grapes for Evodia. In addition to the remarkable climate due to elevation, the property is comprised of pure schiste soils, known as pisara in the local area. Aficionados familiar with the wines of the Priorat and the Roussillon are well acquainted to this soil type and its extraordinary influence on the wines.

Blend: 100% Garnacha

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About Evodia:

Altovinum is a new project - a joint partnership between Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Sourcing fruit from high elevation vineyards in the village of Atea, the debut wine is EVODIA, from the Greek word for aroma.