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Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud 2011 Product #27497 (In Stock)
Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud 2011 Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud 2011

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.

With another year’s aging, this has just gotten better, richer, and more delicious.  The aromas are pretty 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 frit and hints of dark chocoalte 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.

“Bright purple. Exotic aromas of dark berry preserves, plum and dried flowers Supple and jammy on the palate, offering plush black and blue fruit and a hint of white pepper. Finishes with soft tannins and warm, lingering blue fruit and spice qualities.” International Wine Cellar 88 points

"With a hint of rubber and asphalt, the bouquet on this value wine is generous and topped with blackberry and dark plum aromas. The palate is grabby, with clampy tannins and black-fruit flavors mixed with chocolate and spice. The earthy, lightly herbal finish with rubbery nuances is nice."Wine Enthusiast 89 points

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Villa Botanica Cabernet Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011 Product #28466 (In Stock)
Villa Botanica Cabernet Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011 Villa Botanica Cabernet Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011

For everyone who wants rich Cabernet Sauvignon flavors and texture without California's elevated alcohols (and very elevated price tags!).  From 25 year-old, sustainably farmed, vines grown along the Canal du Midi in France's Languedoc region, not far from Carcassonne. The fruit achieved wonderful ripeness in 2011, with the Cabernet Sauvignon delivering blackcurrant, fresh herb, and spice notes and the 30% Syrah dark blackberry, blueberry, and smoke aromas and flavors. No oak here, but plenty of smoked mineral and earth complexity to go with he gushing blueberry/blackberry juicy on the soft, lush, finish. A great grilling, party, and sipping Cabernet with just the right touch of French flair!

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Bodega Benegas Malbec Juan Benegas 2011 Product #27674 (In Stock)
Bodega Benegas Malbec Juan Benegas 2011 Bodega Benegas Malbec Juan Benegas 2011

This little gem WAY over delivers for its modest price.  Winegrower/maker Federico Benegas Lynch is a master of getting perfectly ripe fruit from his old-vine vineyards and, with help from master consultant Michel Rolland, turning out honest wines of great depth and character.  Here you'll find a fun, fruity, wine with earthy blackberry, blueberry, spice and coffee aromas and flavors.  An iron ore minerality adds complexity and the round tannins and bright acids just the right support.  It's fruitier and not quite as complex as Frederico's Estate Malbec, but just perfect for parties or pairing with everyday meals.

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14 Hands Merlot 2011 Product #27756 (In Stock)
14 Hands Merlot 2011 14 Hands Merlot 2011

One of the top 20 wine-by-the-glass offerings in US restaurants, 14 Hands Merlot is also a big favorite in the store!  This soft, almost juicy, Merlot is packed with cherry and red berry fruit and just a dash of wood spice and classic Merlot herbs.  The wine is round and well-focused, and a perfect match with just about any weeknight meal.

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Giuggiolo Toscana Rosso 2011 Product #28153 (In Stock)
Giuggiolo Toscana Rosso 2011 Giuggiolo Toscana Rosso 2011

Here is my actual tasting note from the first time I tried this:  “This is just stupid delicious.”  A few more details – this is 100% Sangiovese made in staeinless steel that opens with fresh and lovely aromas of violets, purple fruits and crushed cherries.  In the mouth it’s juicy and ripe with loads of pretty fruit and a dark, earthy, streak.  Bright and clean through the end with a delicious note of coffee and cocoa dust emerging at the end.  Drink it with a little chill with pizza and pasta or warmer with anything off the grill.  Like I said:  Stupid delicious.

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Le Paradou Grenache 2011 Product #28179 (In Stock)
Le Paradou Grenache 2011 Le Paradou Grenache 2011

A project of importer Eric Solomon and Ventoux's Frederic Chaudiere, this comes from 40-60 year-old Grenache growing in high-altitude vineyards named for a 400 year-old farmhouse.  Bursting with ripe, juicy, strawberry and cherry fruit with rich accents of damp earth and cracked black pepper.  It's full in texture and flavor, but with plenty of body but also a nice sappy freshness.  A bold bistro red to enjoy with or without food.

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Osel Ruche Monferrato 2011 Product #28190 (In Stock)
Osel Ruche Monferrato 2011 Osel Ruche Monferrato 2011

You may never have heard of Ruche, but if you like aromatic grapes like Pinot Noir, and are searching for something that will sing with everything from Indian food to pizza, you've found your new best friend.  A traditional grape from Italy's Piedmont region, this is a soft, easygoing red with intriguing aromas of cherry, plum, lavendar, and floral notes.  Delicious and unique.

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Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2011 Product #28669 (In Stock)
Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2011 Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2011

Here's our single best-selling Italian wine of the past five years - a fantastic value that tastes like it costs twice as much as it does. The wine is mainly (70%) Sangiovese and delivers plenty of that variety's juicy black cherry fruit. But, the 20% Merlot in the blend rounds out the mid-palate and keeps the wine soft while the secret ingredient -- 10% Sagrantino -- adds spice and complexity uncommon in Umbrian wines. Sure, it goes well with pizza and robust pasta sauces, but there's enough going on to handle game and hard, salty, cheeses and a soft enough finish just to drink at a party. Fantastic value.

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Egret Chardonnay California 2011 Product #26883 (In Stock)
Egret Chardonnay California 2011 Egret Chardonnay California 2011

Here's a versatile and delicious California Chardonnay built to satisfy a crowd - and you!  Ripe, creamy, and fresh, the aromas and flavors feature juicy apple, pineapple, peach, citrus, and salty caramel. Mostly made in stainless steel for brightness and fruit, the 15% aged in oak delivers just a hint of smoke to complement the buttery notes on the back.  Lots of lees stirring gives it a creamy, round, mouthfeel and the juicy apple and sweet butter caramel flavors linger nicely on the fresh finish. A fine party or everyday Chardonnay and outstanding value.

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Clos Robert Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Product #28169 (In Stock)
Clos Robert Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Clos Robert Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Bob Stack is best known as an importer of fine value wines from around the world (his Chapoutier Bila-Haut wines have been favorites for years).  He named his California negotiant venture Clos Robert to clearly indicate his preference for French-styled Cabs, and that’s what he delivers here.  Although how he managed to find such high-quality fruit in the difficult 2011 vintage is a mystery!

The 2011 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Petite Sirah and 10% Petit Verdot, all aged for a few months in used french oak.  It's full of lush currant, cassis, and black plum fruit with just the right accent of Bordeaux-like fresh herb.  Full-bodied and nicely ripe, the touches of oak spice and bitter chocolate add more complexity and the fine tannin will handle a steak easily - but there's no reason not to drink this all by itself. Hands down, the best value we've seen in California over the past two years.

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Dom Vincent Dampt Chablis 2011 375ml Product #27035 (In Stock)
Dom Vincent Dampt Chablis 2011 375ml Dom Vincent Dampt Chablis 2011 375ml

This is stony, pure, Chablis with plenty of crisp fruit and slatey mineral and just a touch of roundness from limited use of neutral oak.  Creamy without any sign of heaviness and very nice length for a Village wine.

"A solidly complex and reasonably refined nose features notes of dried flowers, lemon zest, mineral reduction and a hint of iodine. There is good energy to the racy and well-detailed middle weight flavors that possess a seductive texture before terminating in a persistent, clean and moderately dry finish. This harmonious effort should mature quickly. Outstanding Top Value."Allen Meadows 89 points

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Bielsa Campo De Borja Garnacha 2011 Product #28229 (In Stock)
Bielsa Campo De Borja Garnacha 2011 Bielsa Campo De Borja Garnacha 2011

As Steve Tanzer said about the 2010, "This wine isn't shy about the fruit." From dry-farmed, old vines, grown in the scrubby vineyards of Campo de Borgia, this delivers a huge mouthful of intense Garnacha flavors:  black and red raspberry, black and Bing cherry, licorice, white pepper and more.  Plenty of ripeness, especially on the back where a kirsch-like flavor emerges, but it's also savory black pepper and fine lift and energy. Finishes dry and even a little floral with dark berry lingering on.  Fun to sip; great with any rustic food.  A steal.

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Egret Pinot Noir California 2011 Product #27273 (In Stock)
Egret Pinot Noir California 2011 Egret Pinot Noir California 2011

Here's a very fine value in California Pinot Noir with excellent ripeness, balance (just 13.5% abv) and varietal character (i.e., it actually tastes like Pinot!).  Fruit from across the North Coast ferments cool and ages 10 months in mostly new oak.  Bright, ripe, black and Bing cherries take center stage with attractive accents of fresh earth, mushroom, and gentle oaky spice.  Soft and easygoing, it's a fine party or back porch Pinot that will work well with salmon, grilled pork, and mushroom-flavored dishes.

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Gini Soave Classico 2011 Product #27613 (In Stock)
Gini Soave Classico 2011 Gini Soave Classico 2011

The 2010 "basic" Soave from the region's most dependable top-quality estate is gentle in the mouth with yellow fruit and a touch of nutty anise that grows on the expansive finish.  There's a floral note present this vintage, but more than enough bright, apple and lemon, acidity to keep things fresh and refreshing.  Great wine for fresh water fish!

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Damilano Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe 2011 Product #27970 (In Stock)
Damilano Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe 2011 Damilano Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe 2011

The past three vintages of this “baby Barolo” have impressed, and the 2011 edition keeps that string going.  Sixteen months in small barrel (mostly used) soften Nebbiolo’s hard edges without diminishing the pure fruit and secondary flavors delivered by 30-50 year-old vines.  If you don’t mind a bit of grip, you can drink this on its own right now, but it will really sing with any dish loaded with earthy mushroom, duck, or roast pork dishes.  Value here is pretty staggering.

"Damilano's 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Marghe blossoms in the glass with a generous, inviting melange of dark red and black fruits, cloves and new leather. The precocious vintage has filled out the Marghe nicely, adding considerable volume, texture and depth. There is a lot to like in this serious, expressive Nebbiolo."  Antonio Galloni 88 points

"The 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Marghe is a terrific wine that shows the bright intensity of the Nebbiolo grape framed by fresh notes of cherry fruit, rosebud, polished stone and licorice. The wine goes down easily and refreshes the palate thanks to its balanced acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2011 Product #28533 (In Stock)
Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2011 Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2011

When you're the son and assistant winemaker for Napa legend Ric Forman, you really ought to know a thing or two about making great Chardonnay.  And, when you're married to another third-generation grape grower, you really ought to be able to bring in excellent fruit, too.  So, the only thing really surprising about the outstanding Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 from Toby and Dawn Forman is the price - sure tastes like $40 Chardonnay, but carries a very attractive sub-$20 price tag!

Made from fruit grown and purchased from around the North Coast, this gets a touch of oak and about 30% goes through malolactic fermentation for a touch of buttery creaminess. The aromas and flavors feature plenty of ripe apple, pear, pineapple and citrus fruit with a nice dose of spice.  The texture is creamy and rich, but the bright acids keep things fresh and pure. A terrific wine, especially at this price!

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Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner Bergdistel 375ml 2011 Product #27456 (In Stock)
Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner Bergdistel 375ml 2011 Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner Bergdistel 375ml 2011

Intense, delicious Gruner Veltliner from the lower terraces of Tegernseerhof's holdings in the Wachau.  Its Smaragd designation means the grapes got ripe enough for the equivalent of Spatlese in the German system, but this wine is vinified dry.  Aromas of stone fruit and herbs, and a steely, driving minerality on the palate.  Try it with sushi and Asian fusian cuisine - or grilled sausages!

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Josh Cellars Merlot 2011 Product #27529 (In Stock)
Josh Cellars Merlot 2011 Josh Cellars Merlot 2011

From Joseph Carr, this great value Merlot delivers a lot more than it's modest price suggests. Classic Merlot aromas and flavors of soft red plum, blackcurrant, and a touch of dried herb get a little boost of oak spice and mellow chocolate.  Plenty of fruit in this balanced, easygoing, Merlot that finishes softly with lingering fruit and herb.

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Hedges CMS Red 2011 Product #27560 (In Stock)
Hedges CMS Red 2011 Hedges CMS Red 2011

Washington state winery has its roots in Old-World winemaking, eschews scores, and is all about showcasing the potential of the terroir in Washington. Devoid of flash, pretention, or inflated prices, this winery represents the kind of honest winemaking and independent spirit that we love to support.  It doesn't hurt that the wine's delicious!

In 2011, the CMS is once again a blend of Cabernet and Merlot with a dash of Syrah. You'll find plenty of dark fruit, earth, and baking spices on the nose. On the palate the fruit flavors are even richer and more satisfying than last year, but the structure and juicy acidity keeps it all in balance. A screaming value that's fabulous for a grilled steak or a big, juicy burger!

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Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros 2011 375ml Product #27647 (In Stock)
Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros 2011 375ml Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros 2011 375ml

Nice value in this half-bottle!

"A fine, brisk Chardonnay, marked by acidity and minerals and a certain elusiveness. But at its core are amazingly ripe tropical fruit, honey and vanilla flavors, with additional richness from oak. Good price for a Carneros Chard of this elegance and complexity."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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