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El Ganador Malbec Mendoza 2014 Product #30098 (In Stock)
El Ganador Malbec Mendoza 2014 El Ganador Malbec Mendoza 2014

Many of you have enjoyed the custom cuvees of Spanish wines developed by Wine Enthusiast Importer of the Year Fran Kysela in the past.  Here, Fran works his magic on Malbec. It's 100% Malbec from old-vines (some planted 1912) growing at 3,000 feet in Mendoza's prime Lujan de Cuyo sub-region. Grown at low yields and harvested 100% by hand - a rarity in Malbec at this price point - it's crushed in an old-style basket press to bring out plenty of color and flavor without hard tannins.  Fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks keeps the fruit front and center, while 10% of the wine picks up subtle notes of toast, smoke, and spice from six months in new French oak.

The pedigree belongs to a much more expensive wine, and you’ll find a lot more class and quality here than the modest price suggests.  It serves up big aromas of chocolate, smoke, mulberry and black cherry that carry on through the lush, rich, and very supple palate. The ripe cherry/berry flavors keep on pumping through the soft, broad, finish.  Drink it with pizza, with burgers, with cheese or just with friends – at these prices, you can drink it anytime you'd like!

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Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud 2012 Product #29496 (In Stock)
Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud 2012 Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud 2012

Here's an outstanding value from little-known Calatayud in Spain that will do just as well on the bar for a party as it will with roasted meats or robust sausage.  It's based on 85% Garnacha from 40-50 year old bush-trained vines that have to dig deep into their non-irrigated soils for water and nutrients.  About 7% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo add structure and some black fruit notes and a dash of Syrah give meaty spice.

The 2011 edition was one of our best-selling red value favorites of both 2013 and 2014, and the new vintage cranks up the intensity and depth even more.  The aromas are robust and fresh, with generous dollops of raspberry, violet and spice (just from the grapes - no oak used at all!).  The flavors follow with more raspberry and sweet cherry fruit, hints of dark chocolate and more spice.  With air, the fruit gets darker and richer, but a touch of citrusy acid and light, crisp, tannins keeps things fresh even as complex flavors of balsamic and baked strawberry linger.  Supple enough for a party, structured enough for most anything you’ll pull off the grill, and a steal of a deal, too!

"A very honest, fresh and fruit-driven red with aromas of cherries, garrigue and thyme with a medium-bodied palate, some weight and tannins that would do better with food. This is a red that sells for a song."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Gatao Vinho Verde NV Product #17328 (In Stock)
Gatao Vinho Verde NV Gatao Vinho Verde NV

The Gatão is one of the most emblematic wines of the Vinhos Verdes Region. Young and fruity. Smooth, delicate, and fresh; a fun medium-dry wine meant to be enjoyed on the in the dog days of summer.

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Portada Winemakers Selection Tinto Douro 2011 Product #29373 (In Stock)
Portada Winemakers Selection Tinto Douro 2011 Portada Winemakers Selection Tinto Douro 2011

Number 8 on Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys of 2014!   The grape blend here is a good example of why folks find Portuguese wine intimidating:  Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc, Castelão, Pinot Noir, and Touriga Nacional are in there somewhere!  The winemaking is pretty straight ahead, with fermentation in tank and just a little time in barrel and bottle before release.  But there’s a nice touch of complexity to the plump, juicy, aromas and flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, and tangy plum fruit and accents of crushed violets and lavender.  At just 12.5% abv, you can enjoy this solo with a chill or pair it everything from fried chicken to grilled tuna or burgers.

"A dark colored, dense wine that is rich and firmly structured. Aged in wood, it holds flavors of plum and berry fruits balanced with a fresh acidity. This is a wine for aging, its structure a powerful statement. Drink from 2014.”Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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Les Vigneaux Chardonnay Pays D' Oc 2014 Product #29849 (In Stock)
Les Vigneaux Chardonnay Pays D' Oc 2014 Les Vigneaux Chardonnay Pays D' Oc 2014

This ripe and fresh no-oak Chardonnay comes from stony vineyards deep within the heart of France's Languedoc region, not far from the famed Mas de Daumass Gassac.  The vineyards lie in a valley northwest of Montpellier where warm sunshine promotes ripening and cool nighttime breezes from the Mediterranean help retain freshness and fruit flavors.

Fresh aromas of juicy pear, golden apple and a hints of peach and honeysuckle lead to a nice, generous, mouthful of fresh fruit, toasted nut, and honeysuckle.  The crisp, fruity, acids build from the middle to the back to give this a lip-smacking, mouthwatering, finish as pear, apple and floral notes linger nicely.  A fine all-around Chardonnay for fish, chicken, or simply sipping.

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Les Vigneaux Merlot Pays D' Oc 2014 Product #29850 (In Stock)
Les Vigneaux Merlot Pays D' Oc 2014 Les Vigneaux Merlot Pays D' Oc 2014

Merlot isn't the first grape you think of when looking at a bottle of wine from Languedoc, but the famed Mas de Daumas Gassac proved years ago that Merlot can do very well in the stony, sunny, vineyards around the town of Gignac.  Here, the local co-op, Les Vignerons de la Vicomté, has turned out an easy-drinking Merlot treat!

It's a clean, fresh, fruity Merlot with pretty red currant and berry fruit and accents of chocolate and spice.  Smooth and easy on the palate and supple and clean on the fruit and chocolate finish where just a touch of fresh herb adds interest.  Fun stuff!

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Alexander Valley Gewurztraminer Mendocino 2014 Product #29940 (In Stock)
Alexander Valley Gewurztraminer Mendocino 2014 Alexander Valley Gewurztraminer Mendocino 2014

A delightful, very aromatic, treat from a winery better known for Cabernet and Zinfandel.  From a tiny vineyard in Medocino, this serves up extravagant aromas of white fruit, lychee fruit, ginger, and baking spice.  On the palate, it's rich and loaded with grapefruit and pear flavors to go with the gingery spice and then turns very dry, even crisp, on the finish with ginger and rose petal notes lingering behind.  Fun stuff and a terrific value.  Try it!

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Moulin De Gassac Guilhem Rose 2015 Product #30530 (In Stock)
Moulin De Gassac Guilhem Rose 2015 Moulin De Gassac Guilhem Rose 2015

Our first 2015 rosé is a winner!  It’s equal parts Syrah and Carignan, grown and harvested fresh just for rosé.  After a few hours of fermentation, the juice is pressed off the black grape skins, giving it a just-right amount of color and structure while allowing the juice to retain all of its natural freshness and vibrancy.
 
As soon as you see this in your glass, you know you’re in for a treat.  It’s a beautifully transparent salmon pink that almost sparkles in sunshine.  Aromas of fresh picked strawberries and crushed red fruits – raspberries and cherries – get a lift from floral accents and a hint of citrus rind.  In the mouth, it’s bright and crisp with loads of berry fruit and just a touch of mineral, showcasing 2015’s extra dose of body and richness but still light and fresh.  The acids come up on the finish and make your mouth water, leaving you looking for a little bite to eat or another refreshing sip.  Drink this on its own anytime you like, or pair it with anything from smoked salmon to fruited chicken salad.  “Berry” delicious!

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Villa Dria Gascogne Blanc Colombard Sauvignon 2014 Product #30562 (In Stock)
Villa Dria Gascogne Blanc Colombard Sauvignon 2014 Villa Dria Gascogne Blanc Colombard Sauvignon 2014

The motto here is “Gascony seen by a feminine point of view.”  Other than the fact that the estate is led by women, I’m not sure what that really means, but this is a heck of a delicious white for Spring and Summer sipping.  The blend is 80% Colombard – the main white grape in Gascony – for bright acidity and round texture and 20% Sauvignon Blanc for a big burst of fruit and touch of fresh hay.  The fruit flavors coat your palate with ripe green melon, golden apple, and orange/tangerine flavors set off by lemony acids, a dash of minerality, and a whiff of fresh cut grass.  A great summer sipper that delivers Sauvignon Blanc-like flavors that have been softened and tamed by the Colombard.  Yummy with salads, asparagus, shellfish, or just to sip on its own.

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Ch La Roche St. Jean Bordeaux Rouge 2014 Product #30639 (In Stock)
Ch La Roche St. Jean Bordeaux Rouge 2014 Ch La Roche St. Jean Bordeaux Rouge 2014

For years you’ve loved the ‘little’ Bordeaux that Ch La Roche St Jean have been pumping out – proving that there’s much more to Bordeaux than eye-wateringly expensive reds that need to be cellared for decades. This large region in Southwest France makes oceans of wine, most of it at very reasonable prices like the wines from Ch La Roche St Jean.  This is a classic blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon done without oak, making it a lighter take on traditional Bordeaux flavors.

The aromas are of ripe plums and blackberries, with just a hint of something floral or powdery. A little whiff of cedar reminds you you’re smelling Bordeaux varieties from their homeland and not warmer climes like California or Argentina. There’s a little Bing cherry in there, too. On the palate, that cherry flavor really carries through, and the midpalate is surprisingly rich with lovely, ripe plum flavors – a lot of wine for the money! A little chalky tannin cleans up the finish.

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Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2015 Product #30665 (In Stock)
Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2015 Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2015

The 2015 growing season and harvest was monumental across most of Europe - and if you have doubts, just one big sniff and deep sip of this 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Carignan blend from the heart of the Southern Rhone will convince you.

Super deep aromas of roasted raspberries and cherries with earthy, chocolaty, undertones really burst from the glass. The palate is more like an old-school Chateuaneuf du Pape than Cotes du Rhone, with layers of rich raspberry, black plum and blackberry fruit accented by sweet and savory spice and a deep, rich, earthy/meaty depth. The tannins are fine-grained and sweet and the acidity shockingly fresh for such a ripe, rich, flavorful Rhone. It's a ton of wine for the money right now, but as it gains fleshy richness over the next few years, it will become about a fine a Rhone buy as we've ever seen. Do not miss.

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Bodega Nino Jesus Figaro Tinto 2013 Product #30784 (In Stock)
Bodega Nino Jesus Figaro Tinto 2013 Bodega Nino Jesus Figaro Tinto 2013

The 2013 Figaro is a great introduction to the old vines of Spain's Calatayud and just an all-around great “House Red” to enjoy this year.  The low-yielding old Garnacha vines give this wonderful ripeness and concentration, with big aromas and flavors of baked strawberry, dark black cherry, dried flowers, and cracked pepper.  The cool nights and fermentation in steel tank lock in the fruit and keep it fresh and vibrant, while a short stay in oak barrels rounds off the edges and adds a lovely burst of sweet spice on the juicy, lightly chewy, finish.  

Drink it cool and you’ll love the almost sangria-like fruitiness.  Let it come up to room temperatures, and watch this fill your mouth with generous fruit and spice and pair perfectly with most any meat, fish, or vegetable coming off the grill.  A great all-purpose red to enjoy anytime!

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Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir Monferrato 2014 Product #29656 (In Stock)
Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir Monferrato 2014 Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir Monferrato 2014

You've got to be willing to think a bit outside the box to find real, honest, Pinot Noir selling for less than $10 these days.  Here we head to Italy's Piemonte region - more famous for Barolo and Barbaresco - to a small family-owned estate run by Brothers Antonio and Paolo Sperone.  The climate here is closer to Burgundy than you'd expect, and it lets the Sperones harvest ripe, juicy, Pinot Noir fruit and then give it 6 months in barrel to soften and gain complexity.  Black cherry and strawberry fruit hold center stage here with accents of smoke and fresh earth.  Juicy in the middle and supported by light, fine, tannin, this is a steal in value Pinot Noir that tastes like...well, Pinot Noir!

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Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tinto 2014 Product #29984 (In Stock)
Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tinto 2014 Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tinto 2014

Robert Parker called the 2011 edition of this perennial favorite value red, “Possibly the single greatest dry red wine value in the world.”  The 2014 edition harkens back to the extra layer of richness, ripeness and power that elevated the ’11 to 90 point status (vs. the “regular” 89 points Parker gives it).  As always, it’s a blend of 85% Garnacha and 15% Tempranillo, all grown on the dusty, barren, soils of Spain’s Campo de Borja region.  Naturally grown, hand harvested, and fermented and aged all in tank, it’s a perfect blend of rich, ripe, fruit and stylish, refreshing, structure.

In 2014, the fruit returns to the darker shades found in the 2011, with loads of juicy black raspberry and cherry aromas and flavors with accents of crushed violets, white pepper, and sweet spice. It's smooth and supple on the palate with mouthfilling heft and juicy, mouthwatering, freshness.  It finishes smooth and with light, ripe, tannins, leaving notes of blackberry, pepper, and spice lingering behind. A whole lot of wine - and fun - for the money!

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La Bastarda Bianco Toscana 2014 Product #30511 (In Stock)
La Bastarda Bianco Toscana 2014 La Bastarda Bianco Toscana 2014

As the whimsical label suggests, there's no reason to take this fresh and fruit-filled Trebbiano (70%) and Chardonnay blend too seriously.  Big, juicy, white peach, apricot, and lemon fruit sings out here with more zesty peach fruit and a touch of bitter almond on the finish.  A fine sipper and even better companion for trout, scampi or white fish. Very hard to beat at this price!

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Gabriella Veneto Pinot Grigio 2015 Product #30804 (In Stock)

Just what you hope for - but don't often get - in good value Pinot Grigio. You'll find clean, fresh, aromas of passion fruit, lemon, and green pear that lead to crisp and juicy flavors of pear, apple, peach and lime.  There's a nice note of tangy lemon zest and tart pineapple at the end to keep the finish refreshing and interesting.  A fine value Grigio for easygoing fun.

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Portium Cava Brut Nature NV Product #29658 (In Stock)
Portium Cava Brut Nature NV Portium Cava Brut Nature NV

Cava is always good value, but you'll look long and hard to find any sub-$10 sparkling wine that's this good. It's a blend of traditional Cava varietals - Xarel-lo, Macabeu and Parellada - with 30% Chardonnay and fermented in bottle, just like Champagne.  It's rich, yeasty, showing off caramalized apricot flavors, fine bubbles, and finishing zesty and dry.  ** from the Washington Post, too!

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Lopez De Haro Rioja Crianza 2010 Product #29747 (In Stock)
Lopez De Haro Rioja Crianza 2010 Lopez De Haro Rioja Crianza 2010

There's no one named "Lopez" involved with this project and the winery isn't located in the town of Haro.  But the quality from this relatively new project has bee nothing short of astounding through its first set of releases.  The 2008 Rioja Crianza (all Tempranillo) was very nice, but this 2010 takes a clear step up in complexity and satisfaction.

"The 2010 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza feels quite classical in its style, lightly-colored, with clean red spicy fruit, a touch of leather and a polished, soft palate that makes it very pleasant and easy to drink. At this price level this wine is a steal! Drink 2014-2018."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Vinicola Corellana Camara Alta Navarra Garnacha 2014 Product #30198 (In Stock)
Vinicola Corellana Camara Alta Navarra Garnacha 2014 Vinicola Corellana Camara Alta Navarra Garnacha 2014

As more than one expert has said, seeing the Thomas Calder Selection note on a wine's back label is a close to a guarantee of quality as you're going to get.  Here, Tom heads south from his normal French turf to uncover a gem of a winery from Spain's Navarra region.  North of Rioja and note far from the French border, Navarra was Spain's most important wine region in the 1700-1800s, so much so that the King had to ban new vineyard plantings for fear not enough food would be grown to feed the local population!

The sandy soils of Ribera Baja, in Navarra's south, are perfect for getting traditional grapes like Garnacha fully ripe without going over the top, and that's what we have here.  Done all in tank, Garnacha grapes from 50+ year-old vines delivers direct strawberry and cherry fruit with dashes of herb and spice for extra interest.  Easy drinking, fresh, and fun, this over-delivers for the price and will be a great everyday red for casual food and entertaining.

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Dom De Creve Coeur CdR Villages Sablet 2013 Product #30209 (In Stock)
Dom De Creve Coeur CdR Villages Sablet 2013 Dom De Creve Coeur CdR Villages Sablet 2013

Young Pablo Hocht learned to make wine as part of his day job at leading Gigondas estate Dom Saint Cosme, and is now venturing out on his own - but in a very small way.  He has just 5 acres of old vines - 60+ years for his Grenache - on the western side of the Ouveze River in Sablet.  Because he has only a few rows of Mourvedre, and AOC rules require Sablet to be at least 20% something other than Grenache (and Pablo prefers 40%), he uses the best Grenache for this wine and bottles the rest as Cotes du Rhone.

The 2012 edition of this wine earned 90 points from Wine Advocate, but the not-yet-reviewed 2013 is clearly better.  It’s a blend of 60% old-vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, all organic/biodamically farmed on the rock-covered sand and clay soils of Sablet, just under the hill of Gigondas.  The aromas here are just exactly why we love the big, gutsy, wines of the Southern Rhone.  Powerful scents of crushed black cherry, raspberry liquor, black licorice, olive, and a hint of lavender burst from the glass.  On the palate, the generous, rich, dark fruit flavors gain complexity from notes of fresh earth, warm stones, and dried thyme.  Mouthfilling and long on the palate, the finish remains surprisingly refreshing and bright as tangy raspberry, licorice, and herb flavors linger over mineral dust and fine-grained tannins.  Just 133 cases made (in Pablo’s parents’ basement), and delicious now for stews and autumnal feasts with at least 4-6 years of cellar potential, too.

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