Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Feb. 25 – March 4, 2015: CA, AR, FR, NZ

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“These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich

Saracina Pinot Noir 2011 California Red Wine
Saracina Pinot Noir 2011 California Red Wine

91 Points – International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013
“Bright ruby-red. Seductive aromas of cherry, black raspberry, candied rose and spicy oak. Lively and precise on the palate, with tangy acidity adding lift to the sweet red fruit and floral flavors. Shows alluring sweetness and energy on the clinging, incisive finish, with sneaky tannins adding grip.” -Stephen Tanzer
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 2013
“This is an elegant Pinot Noir, aromatic in cherry and raspberry with juicy acidity and a memorable finish, understated in alcohol and too-ripe flavors. Earthy, enjoy it with lamb or pork smothered in mushrooms and herbs.” -Virginie Boone

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Bogle Phantom 2011 California Red Wine
Bogle Phantom 2011 California Red Wine

“A spectre of rubies sparkles in the glass, awaiting with its first impression. Bright red cherry fruit and black pepper tempt you to take that sip, with hints of brawny juniper, rich blackberry and briary boysenberry in the background. Succulent in mouthfeel, the wine showcases its versatile grape varietals: Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre. Aged for over 24 months in 1 and 2 year old American oak, tones of spicy vanilla and toasted coconut moderate the firm tannins and create a focused and intense finish. Enjoy this passionate and commanding red wine, yet another vintage impossible to ignore.” -The Winery
Blend: 46% Petite Sirah, 40% Zinfandel, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Mourvedre

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2012 Red Spanish Wine
Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2012 Red Spanish Wine

91 Points – Vinous
“Catena’s consistently excellent cabernet sauvignon is suave and plush yet light on its feet in 2012, showing a restrained sweetness to its sappy redcurrant, plum, mocha, graphite and spice flavors. Fine-grained tannins will not get in the way of enjoying this outstanding value now.” -Antonio Galloni

Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2013 Red Rhone Wine
Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2013 Red Rhone Wine

89 Points – Wine Spectator, Nov. 2014
“Very ripe, with loganberry and blueberry reduction notes backed by anise hints, a light briar thread and a coating of sweet toast on the finish. Stays fresh, with a violet accent rippling throughout. Syrah. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported.” –JM
88 Points – Wine Advocate, Jan. 2015
“Tasting like a Northern Rhone Syrah, the 2013 Cotes du Rhone has lots of peppery herbs, olive, violets and dark fruit on the nose. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, balanced and textured, with beautiful precision and purity. It’s a classy, well-made red to drink over the coming 5-6 years.” -Jeb Dunnuck

Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc 2013 New Zealand White Wine
Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc 2013 New Zealand White Wine

89 Points – Wine Spectator, Oct. 2014
“Smooth and silky, giving off an air of sophistication, with succulent notes of ripe melon, lemon, tangerine and grapefruit zest. Focused and persistent on the juicy finish. Drink now. 6,800 cases made.” –MW
89 Points – Wine Enthusiast, July 2014
“Not a flashy, highly aromatic rendering of Sauvignon Blanc, this is instead somewhat restrained and grapefruity, with modest hints of struck flint and passion fruit to add interest. It’s crisp and citrusy, with a long finish. A solid performance by any measure.” -Joe Czerwinski

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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier 2013 California White Wine
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier 2013 California White Wine

90 Points – Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
“Light to medium straw color, some spritz showing; fresh honey dew aroma, smells like springtime, fine depth of fruit, charming, some flowery notes; light to medium bodied, perky and tingly on the palate; off dry to medium sweet, nice acidity, good balance; ripe honey dew, peaches and floral accents in the flavors, excellent depth; lingering finish, an explosion of fruit in the aftertaste. As usual, this is a very delightful white wine, fun yet serious enough for serious food matching.”
Gold Medal, 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2014 The Dallas Wine Competition

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Feb. 18-25, 2015: Old & New World Wines

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so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich

Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012 White California Wine

Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012–$30.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.25.15)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2014
“The 2012 Chardonnay Russian River (nearly 14,000 cases produced) reveals leesy notes in addition to wet pebbles, white peach, delicate pineapple and caramelized citrus. Medium to full-bodied and pure, it is best consumed over the next 2-3 years.” -Robert Parker

Raventos I Blanc Silencis 2013 Spanish White Wine

Raventos I Blanc Silencis 2013–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.25.15)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, Feb 2014
“The 2013 Silencis is pure Xarello from a cold vintage harvested on September 25, which is the date when Xarello used to be harvested 30 years ago. They introduced some big changes in 2013, like not filtering or clarifying the wine, so it-s very cloudy, and retains some of the gas, which gives a fresh sensation. Other than that, it feels very pure, lively and may I say? authentic. It-s like night and day between 2012 and 2013. Apple notes, smoky, flinty, bread dough and a salty, mineral finish with superb acidity and freshness. Pure acid, fruit juice with an electric feeling in the palate. A superb Mediterranean Xarello that should develop well. Very good price for what it is. Drink now-2018.” -Luis Gutierrez
90 points – International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2014
“Spice-tinged aromas of nectarine, pear, ginger and jasmine. Lively and taut on entry, then fleshy and chewy in the mid-palate, showing very good cut to its orchard fruit, melon and floral flavors. Finishes long and lively, with vivid citrus zest and honeysuckle notes lingering.” -Stephen Tanzer

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Salvatore Molettieri Irpinia Aglianico Cinque Querce 2010 Italian Red Wine

Salvatore Molettieri Irpinia Aglianico Cinque Querce 2010–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.25.15)
“This house will be a prime source of superior aglianico for years to come… Salvatore Molettieri and his sons take risks for greater ripeness and quality… Molettieri owns some of the best-located vineyards in Taurasi and his wines are textbook, uncompromising examples of what Aglianico can do here.” –- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
Distributor’s Notes:
Colour: very intense purpleish ruby red with purplish reflections
Nose: Fresh, clean, with notes of ripe black fruit, underbrush, chocolate, coffee
Flavour: Warm, structured, fresh, with earthy, incisive tannins, elegant and intense finish

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Joel Gott Zinfandel 2012 California Red Wine

Joel Gott Zinfandel 2012 California Red Wine–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.25.15)
“The 2012 California Zinfandel has aromas of roasted plum and blackberry jam with hints of sweet spices. On the palate, the wine’s bright red fruit flavors and acidity are complemented by a soft, round mouth feel and a long finish.” -Winemaker’s Notes

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Terroir 2011

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Terroir 2011–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.25.15)
90 Points – Wine Spectator, October 2012
“A dark red, with bright acidity supporting juicy blackberry, currant and blueberry notes that pick up hints of wild flowers, hot stone and tar. Shows nice range and cut. Drink now. 4,000 cases imported.” -Nathan Wesley
88 Points – International Wine Cellar, March/April 2012
“Bright ruby-red. Crushed blackberry, menthol and licorice plus a whiff of reduction on the nose. Juicy, brisk and quite dry, in a distinctly savory, uncompromising style. On the lean side but well-made. And the tannins are suave.” -Stephen Tanzer

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Alvaro Castro Dac Tinto Dao Portuguese Red Wine

Alvaro Castro Dac Tinto Dao Portuguese Red Wine–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.25.15)
93 Points – Wine & Spirits Magazine, Jan. 2015
“Dão was once famed for light-bodied, elegant reds like this, only this wine is fresher, brighter and more graceful on release than the old guard used to be. Its refinement starts in the scent of crushed herbs and cracked green peppercorns, tickling the tongue like a strawberry leaf, lasting on cool red fruit and all that peppery spice. It’s a blend of Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Roriz and Alfrocheiro, grown with care so it has the stamina to improve over the course of several days after the bottle is opened.”

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Feb. 11-18, 2015: Vinos for Valentines

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so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich

Muga Rioja Reserva 2010 Red Spanish Wine

Muga Rioja Reserva 2010 Red Spanish Wine–$23.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 02.18.15)
93 Points – Decanter
“Textbook reserva from a top producer in Haro’s historic Station district. Succulent red fruits with vanilla overlay, finely textured oak tannin; long, elegant finish. Top value.”
92 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
“Opaque ruby. Musky, deeply pitched aromas of ripe red fruit, game, lavender and roasted coffee. Shows very good spicy lift in the mouth, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and an undercurrent of smoky minerals. Finishes with excellent focus and thrust; the slowly building tannins meld smoothly with the wine’s dense fruit. Age this wine for at least another five years, with confidence.”
90 Points – Wine Spectator, Sept. 2014
Wine Spectator – “Juicy and expressive, this lively red shows coffee and licorice notes that frame black cherry and currant flavors. The tannins are a bit chewy but resolve gracefully on the fruity finish.” -TM

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Llopart Cava Rose Brut Reserva 2011 Spanish Sparkling Wine

Llopart Cava Rose Brut Reserva 2011 Spanish Sparkling Wine–$19.54 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.18.15)
“Cavas Llopart ‘Leopardi’ Cava Brut Rose is an intriguing blend of Mouvedre, Grenache and Pinot Noir, which was aged for eighteen months in the bottle prior to being released. A bright, fruit-forward bouquet leads to a dry, pleasantly crisp palate offering vibrant notes of fresh strawberry, cherry and blueberry. A subtle minerality emerges on the finish.”

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Jorge Ordonez #1 Seleccion Especial Moscatel 2012 375mL Spanish Dessert Wine

Jorge Ordonez #1 Seleccion Especial Moscatel 2012 375mL Spanish Dessert Wine–$17.84 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.18.15)
95 Points – Wine Advocate, Nov. 2013
“Even more spectacular is the 2012 Seleccion Especial No. 1, which has the same amount of residual sugar, but is thicker and richer. This pioneering project of the Ordonez family in Malaga reflects the visionary aspects of Jorge Ordonez and his family. Jorge Ordonez and his sister, Victoria, are behind this project, but one should not discount the influence and consulting work of Gerhart Kracher, a member of Austria’s well-known Kracher family. These amazing wines must be tasted to be believed.” – Robert Parker

Tres Picos Garnacha 2012 Red Spanish Wine

Tres Picos Garnacha 2012 Red Spanish Wine–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.18.15)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, November 2013
“The terrific 2012 Tres Picos is one of the finest inexpensive, Grenache-based wines made in the world. This full-bodied beauty boasts a deep ruby color as well as loads of strawberry and black cherry fruit, hints of lavender and crushed rocks, sweet tannin, and a broad, savory mouthfeel…The harvest is all done by hand, and the wine is aged in a combination of stainless steel and French oak for ten months prior to bottling… It, too, should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.” -Robert Parker
92 Points – International Wine Cellar
“(half fermented in French oak and half in stainless steel): Bright purple. Heady aromas of blueberry, cherry compote, white pepper and woodsmoke, plus an exotic cinnamon note. Fresh and seamless, offering vibrant blueberry and black raspberry flavors and suave floral notes. The spicy quality lingers seductively on the tenacious finish.” -Stephen Tanzer

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Bodegas Teso la Monja Romanico 2012 Red Spanish Wine

Bodegas Teso la Monja Romanico 2012 Red Spanish Wine–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.18.15)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, Nov. 2014
“The 2012 Romanico (1,500 cases produced) is made from 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo), and is aged for six months in a combination of new and used French oak. Malolactic is done in oak, and the result is full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with superb richness as well as lots of blackberry, charcoal and cassis intermixed with licorice, new saddle leather, pepper and bouquet garni. This nearly viscous red should drink beautifully for 7-10 years.” —Robert Parker
91 Points – International Wine Cellar, Oct. 2014
Brilliant ruby. Expansive, highly perfumed aromas of black and blue fruits, allspice, vanilla and woodsmoke. Spicy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet boysenberry and cherry compote flavors given bite by a suggestion of black pepper. A sexy floral note comes up on the finish, which hangs on with excellent focus and persistence.” —Josh Raynolds

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Bodegas Ordonez Nisia Verdejo Old Vines 2012 Spanish White Wine

Bodegas Ordonez Nisia Verdejo Old Vines 2012 Spanish White Wine–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.18.15)
90 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2013
“Pale, green-tinged yellow. Pungent citrus and melon aromas are complicated by talc, mineral and fresh herb nuances. Light-bodied and gently sweet, offering intense orchard fruit and honeydew flavors and a touch of salty minerality. Finishes on a sappy nectarine note, with very good focus and cling.” —Josh Raynolds
89 Points – Wine Advocate, Nov. 2013
“A killer project from importer Jorge Ordonez, the 2012 Nisia from Rueda is made from 100% old vine Verdejo. This 5,000-case cuvee was fermented in stainless steel and large format French oak, and aged sur lie prior to bottling. Coming from sandy soils and ungrafted vines (some of which are 120+ years of age), the wine offers crisp notes of tangerine skin, honeyed grapefruit and assorted citrus as well as a flowery character. Fresh, medium-bodied, beautifully fruited and textured, this is one of the finest naked, dry white wines readers will find. Consume it over the next several years.”

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Feb. 4-11, 2015: Argentina & Portugal!

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Pocas Junior Vintage Port 2009

Pocas Junior Vintage Port 2009–$51.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 02.11.15)
95 Points – Wine Spectator, July 2012
“Elegant, with a deep purple color and complex, refined flavors of dark currant, ginger, blackberry and dark plum. Boysenberry and licorice notes chime in as well, lingering on the suave and silky finish. Fruity and complex. Best from 2016 through 2034. 12,000 cases made.” -Kim Marcus
91 Points! – Wine Enthusiast, April 2012
“A big, bold, black vintage Port, already enticingly perfumed, packed with as much rich fruit as tannin. It’s in the sweet vintage Port arena, an immediately attractive wine, yet layered with enough structure to keep it maturing for many years. The final sense is all richness.” -Roger Voss

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Finca la Luz Callejon de Crimon Malbec Gran Reserva 2008

Finca la Luz Callejon de Crimon Malbec Gran Reserva 2008–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.11.15)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011
“The 2008 Callejon del Crimen Malbec Gran Reserva exhibits a similar personality with loads of black cherry fruit and a sense of elegance. It, too, will evolve for several years and drink well through 2023.” -Jay Miller

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Nelson Neves Merlot Reserva 2009

Nelson Neves Merlot Reserva 2009–$16.14 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.11.15)
Deep ruby color. Fragrant with intense notes of green vegetable (green peppers). On the palette the vegetable note is smoother and appears with some distant red fruit. Almost imperceptible wood. It finishes is medium to short, with soft tannins and tobacco notes.

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Offley Porto Late Bottled Vintage LBV 2005

Offley Porto Late Bottled Vintage LBV 2005–$18.39 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 02.11.15)
88 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2010
“Big, bold fruity wine, with plenty of black berry and sweet jam flavors. The wine has some tight tannins, but the velvet fruits are prominent, giving both density and directness.” -Roger Voss

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Mendoza Vineyards 1907 Malbec 2011

Mendoza Vineyards 1907 Malbec 2011–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.11.15)
90 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2012
“The 2011 1907 Malbec, also from Medrano, undergoes four daily pumpovers and is aged in new French and American oak for 12 months. It has a tightly coiled bouquet with blackberry, soy and singed leather emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh, lively dark berry fruit infused with bay leaf and tobacco. It is nicely balanced with a fresh mocha-tinged finish with keen acidity. This has the edge over the Unsung Hero in terms of tension and length and comes recommended. Drink now-2017.” -Neal Martin

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Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida White 2013

Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida White 2013–$10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 02.11.15)
“The grapes are processed at the famous Cartuxa Winery, a former Jesuit house that was designated a national treasure in 1755. A wine press was already there in operation in 1776. In this historic setting the Eugenio de Almeida Foudation has invested in quality as well as preserving its heritage and the house boasts a sizeable modern winery. Continuous research and development devoted to acquiring knowledge of the vines, the grape varieties and wine making techniques have resulted in wines with character and a distinctive style.” – The Winery