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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

Regular Price (1) Price : $9.99/ea
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Castillo Ducay Rosado 2014 Product #29511 (In Stock)
Castillo Ducay Rosado 2014 Castillo Ducay Rosado 2014

Spain’s Cariñena region is scorching hot during the day, shockingly cool at night, and covered in layers and layers of fractured rock and pebbles – in other words, a great place to make great rosé!  The label here honors the local name for Cariñena wines - “el vino de las piedras” or  “wine of the rocks”  - while the wine in the bottle is a testament to how dedicated local growers are bringing this historically important wine region back to prominence.

It’s a blend of mostly Garnacha with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon for complexity and color.  And there’s plenty of color – the wine almost fluoresces in the glass with the brilliant pink taking on almost lavender highlights. The aromas are just as exuberant as the color – big scents of watermelon granite, ripe strawberry, blood orange, and even a little white pepper.  The wine dances across your palate with juicy lemon acidity carrying flavors of candied watermelon, red berries, and plenty of sweet/sour citrus.  It finishes dry and crisp, with a Jolly Rancher-like tang to the lingering watermelon, tangerine, and orange zest flavors.  There’s a lot of complexity – and even more fun! – here, especially at this very attractive price.

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Borsao Monte Oton Garnacha 2013 Product #29080 (In Stock)
Borsao Monte Oton Garnacha 2013 Borsao Monte Oton Garnacha 2013

The review pretty mush says it all

"Deep ruby. Spicy cherry and red berries on the perfumed nose, with a floral note adding complexity. Youthfully taut and nicely delineated, offering fresh red and dark fruit flavors and a touch of candied violet. Finishes with brisk cherry and anise qualities, dusty tannins and a touch of refreshing bitterness. Outstanding bang for the buck here."International Wine Cellar 89 points

"Another steal in terms of wine value is the 2013 Garnacha, which is a 15,000-case blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Tempranillo that is fermented and aged in stainless steel. This special cuvée has been a huge success commercially for many years. Lots of strawberry, black cherry and fruitcake aromas intermixed with hints of earthy, sandy notes jump from the glass of this 2013. It reveals vivid, exuberant fruit, medium body, super purity and a wonderful, fresh, lively, boisterous, satisfying style. This Grenache fruit-bomb should be drunk over the next several years."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Andre Brunel Grenache VDP 2012 Product #29394 (In Stock)
Andre Brunel Grenache VDP 2012 Andre Brunel Grenache VDP 2012

Here’s a big mouthful of easy-to-love Rhone red wine at a very attractive price. Brunel purchases Grenache (90%) and Carignan from vineyards to the North of Orange (mostly Cotes du Rhone, some outside the region).  The grapes are fully destemmed and raised in tank to let all of the juicy, ripe, fruit shine through.  Classic Rhone red aromas of ripe strawberries and dark raspberries jump from the glass and lead to soft, wide-open, flavors of red raspberry, cherry, and a touch of “garigue” – the resinous note similar to the wild rosemary and thyme that grow here.  Clean and juicy on the fruit-filled finish, this is easy to enjoy solo and will handle a wide range of foods at table.  Just delicious and pretty irresistible at the price!

Regular Price (1) Price : $11.99/ea
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Bodegas Filon Real Garnacha Calatayud 2012 Product #29816 (In Stock)
Bodegas Filon Real Garnacha Calatayud 2012 Bodegas Filon Real Garnacha Calatayud 2012

Another in a long line of stunning Spanish values from remote Calatayud, south of Rioja and east of Ribera del Duero.  At 2,500 feet altitude, these 50 year-old Garnacha vines grow slowly and give small crops of ripe, concentrated fruit.  Old-school, natural, farming gets a touch of modern magic in the winery as the powerful young wine ages 6 months in French oak for polish and an extra dose of spice.  It’s big, rich, and pumps out loads of dark, spicy, raspberry fruit from front to back before a juicy finish provides lift and refreshment.  As Josh Reynolds says, this “delivers incredible value.”

"All garnacha, from vines that were reportedly planted over 50 years ago. Aged in French oak for six months.  Saturated ruby. Fresh red berries, allspice and rose on the nose, with a lively mineral nuance adding vibrancy and lift. Offers intense fresh raspberry and spicecake flavors, along with notes of white pepper, candied flowers and smoky minerals. Supple and seamless and but nicely focused too, finishing with strong thrust and silky tannins that add gentle grip. Delivers incredible value, with the sort of finesse that I seldom find in any wine priced under $30, much less $20."  Vinous (Reynolds) 91 points

Regular Price (1) Price : $14.99/ea
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Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache Barossa 2013 Product #29251 (In Stock)
Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache Barossa 2013 Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache Barossa 2013

A great example of New World Grenache that delivers big, ripe, fruit flavors without getting candied or flat.

"Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas show good energy and focus. Energetic red fruit flavors gain sweetness with air, picking up a suave floral quality. Lively, appealingly pinot-like grenache with very good finishing lift and smooth, harmonious tannins arriving late."International Wine Cellar 90 points

Regular Price (1) Price : $21.99/ea
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Mas Estela Just Dolc Negre (500ml) Product #25259 (In Stock)
Mas Estela Just Dolc Negre (500ml) Mas Estela Just Dolc Negre (500ml)

Here’s a wildly delicious sweet red from one of our favorite artisanal producers in Catalonia.  This is 100% old vine Black Garnacha, organically grown and harvested late for super ripeness.  After fermentation (which leaves plenty of sugar), the wine seeps on its skins for 60+ days and then ages for a year in glass demi-johns – outside in the sun, wind, and cold.  The result is a lush mouthful of crushed black raspberry fruit with plenty of coffee and cocoa accents and a finish that goes on forever.

Regular Price (1) Price : $44.99/ea
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