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Il Bastardo Sangiovese Toscana 2015 Product #30909 (In Stock)
Il Bastardo Sangiovese Toscana 2015 Il Bastardo Sangiovese Toscana 2015

Another outstanding 2015 from grapes grown near Rufina in Chianti. Bursting with ripe cherry and red berry fruit that get surprisingly dark and rich with air and keep on pumping right through the easygoing finish.  It's bright enough to sing with pizza and pasta and smooth enough to enjoy on its own. This tasty, easygoing, Sangiovese is just about the perfect casual Italian spaghetti night red.  And, at this great price, you can put it in the spaghetti, too and pop, pour, and enjoy with a crowd.

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Dom De Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2014 Product #31603 (In Stock)
Dom De Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2014 Dom De Eguren Protocolo Tinto 2014

Bargain Tempranillo!

"Aged for three months in three-year-old French and American oak barrels. Bright ruby. Fresh cherry and dark berries on the nose, with hints of vanilla and woodsmoke building with air. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry flavors and a touch of mocha. A floral nuance come up on the gently tannic finish, which lingers with good spicy persistence. Lots of bang for the buck here."  Vinous (Raynolds) 88 points

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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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Terre d'Almeramo Barbera Del Monferrato 2015 Product #31208 (In Stock)
Terre d'Almeramo Barbera Del Monferrato 2015 Terre d'Almeramo Barbera Del Monferrato 2015

Serious wine value fun alert here!  This is one of those wines you'll want on hand to pair with any meal, to serve with a chill on a warm day or to let warm up and gain richness on a cool autumn evening.  It's 100% Barbera, the juicy, low tannin, cherry and earth-laden grape of Piemonte to the south of Turin.  This example from Monferrato is just bursting with juicy black cherry fruit with accents of violets, leather, and spice.  There's a richness and depth here that many $20 Barberas lack and a sweet/tangy cherry and cherry pit finish that will keep you coming back for more.  A wine that screams "Italy" but will also please a crowd.

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Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir Monferrato 2015 Product #30859 (In Stock)
Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir Monferrato 2015 Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir Monferrato 2015

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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Finca Antigua Tempranillo La Mancha 2011 Product #30618 (In Stock)
Finca Antigua Tempranillo La Mancha 2011 Finca Antigua Tempranillo La Mancha 2011

A classic Spanish red with plenty of gutsy fruit and a just right touch of oaky vanilla.  Finishes chewy and fun!

"Pungent aromas of redcurrant and dried cherry. Peppery and nicely focused, offering bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors and a sweetening touch of vanilla. Dusty tannins give shape to the rather rigid finish, with the cherry note echoing."  Vinous (Reynolds) 87 points

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Herencia Altes Garnacha 2015 Product #31353 (In Stock)
Herencia Altes Garnacha 2015 Herencia Altes Garnacha 2015

100 year-old vine complexity at a steal of a price. A regular "Best Buy" and 90 point winner, the not yet reviewed 2015 is especially delicious.  Big aromas of red currant, strawberry, blood orange and crushed flowers lead to juicy, fresh, flavors of ripe fruit and dark chocolate.  Finishes silky and pure with fine tannins and length.  As Josh Raynolds said of the 2013, "Finding a wine with this much clarity and precision is a tough job at double and even triple the price of this one."

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Dom Brunet Pinot Noir Pays D' Oc 2015 Product #31504 (In Stock)
Dom Brunet Pinot Noir Pays D' Oc 2015 Dom Brunet Pinot Noir Pays D' Oc 2015

A whole lot of Pinot Noir for the money here, marrying French elegance with New World ripeness.  Sweetly fruited with notes of baked cherry and dark raspberry plus added complexity from doses of earthy mineral and warm spice.  Spiced raspberry and black cherry flavors linger on the soft, supple, finish with just enough bite for shape and structure.  In 2015, shows even more weight and richness but stays fresh and easy-drinking from beginning to end. Fun stuff and great value!

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Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva 2013 Product #31638 (In Stock)
Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva 2013 Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva 2013

If you enjoy juicy Cotes du Rhone, fruit-forward California Rhone Rangers, and plummy Spanish Tempranillo, then do not miss this spectacular Portuguese value. You’ll love the sophisticated aromas of graphite, crushed berry, fresh mint, smoke and black plum.  Sweetly fruited and supple on the palate with more currant, blackberry, and raspberry fruit accented by notes of baker’s chocolate, spice, licorice, and berry blossoms.  The flavors are very clear and delineated and the texture much more suave than you’d expect from such a young wine – especially one made from 10 different Old World grapes.  The tannins have softened since the review below, so enjoy right now with grilled foods and warm weather!

"Six months in a mix of French and Portuguese oak has given this wine a rich, smooth character. Produced from a field blend of more than 40 different varieties, the wine is stylishly structured and ripe with blackberry fruits."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Castil Harria Reserva Navarra 2005 Product #31655 (In Stock)
Castil Harria Reserva Navarra 2005 Castil Harria Reserva Navarra 2005

The ability of even pretty modest Tempranillo-based Spanish wines to age well is on display here in spades.  On release, this was a nice little $15 red from a good co-op in Navara, not far from Rioja.  The co-op's members grow mainly Garnacha, but this wine takes advanage of some plots of rich and dark-fruited Temparnillo given extra lift from dashes of Garnacha, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  At age 11, the wine has held onto its fruit - bright cherry with a hint of Grenache-y strawberry - nicely and shows layer upon layer of mellow oak spice.  Fine and dusty tannins give support but certainly don't get in the way of casual sipping. And as the wine has gained age and complexity, the price has just gone down.  Well worth a try!

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Vignamato Rosso Piceno 2015 Product #31699 (In Stock)
Vignamato Rosso Piceno 2015 Vignamato Rosso Piceno 2015

A truly delicious everyday, anytime, anywhere red from an 8 acre vineyard in the Marche hills not far from the sea, this is a robust blend of Montepulciano (80%) and Sangiovese (20%), all from the great 2015 vintage. Plump and chocolatey, it's full of dark berry and plum fruit with just a touch of typical salty mineral on the back.  A red you can drink with seafood, pizza, burgers, or all by itself!

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Bobal De Sanjuan Vinas Viejas 2012 Product #29655 (In Stock)
Bobal De Sanjuan Vinas Viejas 2012 Bobal De Sanjuan Vinas Viejas 2012

Big and rich with plenty of power and a nice floral note, too.

"This 100% Bobal (60 to 80-year-old vines), aged four months in concrete, represents a terrific buy. It possesses excellent delineation as well as lots of blueberry and sweet and sour cherry fruit intermixed with notions of chalk and strawberries. Medium-bodied and fruity with attractive texture as well as purity, it should drink well for several years."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Ch Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2011 375ml Product #29814 (In Stock)
Ch Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2011 375ml Ch Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2011 375ml

Half Bottles!  Perfect for an evening sip. 

"A winner from the Milhade family, Chateau Recougne has a reputation for lasting 20-30 years in the bottle in many vintages. I do not think the 2011 has that much staying power, but it over-delivers in body, richness, density and length. It is a shockingly good effort displaying a dark ruby color as well as abundant notes of earth, licorice and black currants, surprising body, richness and depth. A major sleeper of the vintage, it should drink well for 7-8 years."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Le Chaz Rouge Pays d'Oc 2015 Product #31323 (In Stock)

A great French "country wine" from Languedoc, this blends Grenache, Cabernet Sauivignon, Cinsault and Merlot. It's a quaffer, full of juicy blackberry and black raspberry fruit with fresh acids and lightly dusty tannins.  Give it a light chill and it makes perfect pre-dinner or lunch sipper.  Let it warm up and the fruit comes to the fore and the wine just sings with anything from pizza to burgers or sausages.  Fun, tasty, stuff.

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Laurent Miquel Syrah Grenache 2015 Product #31474 (In Stock)
Laurent Miquel Syrah Grenache 2015 Laurent Miquel Syrah Grenache 2015

Exactly the kind of fun, friendly, great value wine that France's  Languedoc region should pump out by the boatload - but somehow doesn't.  This is a great drink, blending 75% Syrah for richness with 25% Grenache for red fruit and lift.  Plenty of dark fruit - plum, blackberry, black raspberry - on the nose and palate with accents of creamy chocolate, warm earth, and spice.  Finishes big and rich with just a dusting of tannins for support.  A fine, delicious, value.

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Cheval Noir Saint Emilion 2013 375ml Product #31784 (In Stock)

Alas, this doesn't have anything to do with Ch Cheval-Blanc, but it is a very tasty, drink me now, Bordeaux!  From purchased fruit, it's a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc aged in tank.  Classic Bordeaux aromas and flavors of red currant, cherry, cedar and crushed herb with medium-bodied weight and a touch of dusty tannin at the end. A great match for lighter foods and lean meats.

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Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Schiava 2015 Product #30795 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Schiava  2015 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Schiava  2015

Schiava (also called Vernatsch or Trollinger) was actually the region’s most planted grape for many years – with 60% of total vineyard area – until Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay began to supplant it.  That’s too bad, because the light, crisp, and juicy red wines this local grape makes are fun to drink and pair well with a wide range of foods.

Reflecting the cultural and linguistic diversity of Alto Adige, the Schiava grape is called “Kalterersee” in the local dialect of the region around Lake Caldaro.  Grapes for this beauty grew on loamy, limestone gravel soils at 230-450 meters above the Lake and were fermented and aged entirely in tank. A delicious farmhouse red, loaded with red berry fruit, a hint of smoke, and a bright gentle finish.  Kind of like a ripe Chinon (but without the herbal notes), this is delicious with a light chill and shines with everyday foods and cured meats.  A tad more rich and round in the warm 2015 harvest, but still a refreshingly great value!

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Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon Thracian Valley 2012 Product #30857 (In Stock)
Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon Thracian Valley 2012 Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon Thracian Valley 2012

This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the broad, warm, Thracian Plain in Bulgaria's south, just north of Greece and west of the Black Sea.  Ripe Cabernet fruit reaches the winery cool and receives just the right amount of time on the skins before finishing aging in tank.  Plenty of chocolaty richness here, with big black raspberry and currant fruit and accents of tobacco and cedar.  Michel Rolland consults here, and his touch with tannins shows in the smooth, velvety, finish.  A fantastic value you'll enjoy with anything roasted or grilled.

"Dark garnet to the eye, this wine has aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, coffee and freshly ground black pepper. Flavors of height-of-summer cherry, raspberry and baking spice persist on the palate through a finish that is awash in silky tannins."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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Vinicola Corellana Camara Alta Navarra Garnacha 2015 Product #31418 (In Stock)
Vinicola Corellana Camara Alta Navarra Garnacha 2015 Vinicola Corellana Camara Alta Navarra Garnacha 2015

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 d'Ourea Tire Bouchon Vin De France 2015 Product #31175 (In Stock)
Dom d'Ourea Tire Bouchon Vin De France 2015 Dom d'Ourea Tire Bouchon Vin De France 2015

"Tire Bouchon" is the French phrase for a corkscrew, but the literal translation is better:  Cork Puller.  And you're going to pull a lot of these corks this fall and winter! This is a throw-back (in terms of both time and how you'll drink it!) red made from Grenache, Syrah, and 10% old-timey Aramon and Oeillade Noire.  While it's all grown in Adrien Roustan's Vacqueyras vineyards, the old grapes aren't allowed, so it's bottled as Vin de France.  The winemaking is pretty old school, too.  All the grapes are tossed into the vat together, covered with some dry ice, and allowed to start fermentation as they will.  10 days in the fermenter, a few months resting in tank, and then ready for you to slurp!

It's friendly from the first sniff, with open, generous, aromas of crushed black raspberries, sweet cherry, violets, and a hint of ripe black olive.  Take a sip and let the party begin!  This wine just oozes sweet, fresh, very ripe red and black cherry/berry fruit with a touch of cracked pepper, lavender and rich loamy earth for complexity.  Juicy and mouthwatering, but not at all tart, with a bit of Black Forest cake (chocolate and sweet cherry) coming up on the supple, lingering, finish.  Sure, it's going to go swell with all kinds of casual foods - burgers, hot dogs, pizza, stews - but it will shine most brightly when shared with (soon to be very happy) friends!

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