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Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2009 Product #26941 (In Stock)
Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2009 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2009

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri and “Best Value of the Year”!  The highest honor awarded by the Italian’s guide to Italian wine doesn’t often go to wines from Puligia, much less wines that sell for this price.  From vineyards around the little Pulgia town of Salice Salentino, this is intended to be 100% Negromaro – although the vineyard is old and 5-10% of the vines planted years ago were probably Malvasia Nero.  Ripe fruit is picked in early September, rushed to the winery, and fermented cool in stainless steel.  Two years aging in one and two year-old small barrels rounds off the edges without adding oak flavors.

If you know Salice Salentino, you’ll recognize the aromas and flavors here.  The black color tells you this is a ripe, deep, wine, and the aromas of dark black plum and cherry, warm licorice root, savory spice, and purple flowers reinforce that impression.  In the mouth, the flavors are bold, warming and ripe – blackberry, black cherry, hot earth, roasted meat, spice and cocoa powder – with plenty of the meaty, earthy, complexity that Salice Salentino is known for.  But, it’s the purity, clarity, and wonderful freshness of flavor and texture that take this to another level.  Ripe, not roasted.  Powerful, not rustic.  Absolutely delicious with grilled sausages, roasted meats, or just nuts and olives, at a value price hard to resist.

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De Angelis Rosso Piceno Superiore 2009 Product #27458 (In Stock)
De Angelis Rosso Piceno Superiore 2009 De Angelis Rosso Piceno Superiore 2009

Italian fans know the grapes here – 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese – but may be new to the Italian wine region called Rosso Piceno.  We’re in Marche here, east of Rome and bordering the Adriatic Sea.  The DeAngelis vineyards sit between the sea and the mountains, and you’ll find both influences in this juicy, complex, red.  Earthy, bacon-like, aromas and flavors on top of sweet red fruit and earthy base notes. Velvet textured with crisp tannins, this is a stunner with everything from smoked fish to cured meats and sausages.

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Lorca Monastrell 2009 Product #28185 (In Stock)
Lorca Monastrell 2009 Lorca Monastrell 2009

The DO of Bullas, higher up than Jumilla with a bigger contrast in daytime vs. nighttime temperatures and a bit more freshness in the wines.

"The DO of Bullas has the highest elevation Monastrell vines in Spain, more so than neighboring Jumilla, providing a bigger contrast in daytime vs. nighttime temperatures. The purple/black 2009 Lorca Monastrell offers up intriguing aromas of underbrush, brier, game, and blueberry. In the glass it exhibits ample spicy fruit, a bit of underlying structure, and 1-2 years of aging potential. Drink this crowd-pleaser through 2019."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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Finca Sobreno Toro 2009 Product #26865 (In Stock)
Finca Sobreno Toro 2009 Finca Sobreno Toro 2009

The best vintage in a while for this always excellent Toro Tempranillo value!  Plenty of ripe blackberry and plum, chocolate, and a nice touch of spice on the nose and palate.  Gently marked by well-integrated American oak, this is still a touch firm on the finish, so better with food.  Very nice value!

"Bright violet color. Smoky perfume of candied cherry and dark berries with a spicy overtone. Pliant and velvety in texture, offering gently sweet cherry and blackberry flavors that put on weight in the glass. Ripe and lively on the powerful finish, showing gentle tannins and persistent sweetness."International Wine Cellar 90 points

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Ch Recougne Bordeaux Superior 2009 Product #27389 (In Stock)
Ch Recougne Bordeaux Superior 2009 Ch Recougne Bordeaux Superior 2009

What a steal in rich, delicious, and ready to enjoy Bordeaux from the 2009 vintage! Mainly Merlot plus 20% or so Cabernet Franc, this is dark, chocolatey and plush.

"This is liberally toasty up front, with a mocha edge giving way to notes of espresso and spice, yet pure red currant, black cherry and plum fruit emerges from behind, with a roasted cedar edge inlaid on the finish."Wine Spectator 88 points

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Quinta Dona Matilde Tinto 2009 Product #26554 (In Stock)
Quinta Dona Matilde Tinto 2009 Quinta Dona Matilde Tinto 2009

This family-owned Port producer in the Douro Valley alsm makes terrific dry wines, like this blend of old-vine Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Amarela. Ripe, almost boisterous, aromas of blackberry, black plum and raspberry with pretty accents of violets and a touch of eucalyptus.  In the mouth still youthfully compact but loaded with juicy black plum, raspberry and a hint of dark chocolate.  Softly textured with with terrific drive and lingering tangy plum and spice flavors over ripe, silky, tannins.

"A pretty and balanced red with a plum and berry character plus hints of new wood. Medium to full body with integrated tannins and a fresh finish."  James Suckling 90 points

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Clua El Sola D'en Pol Barrica Tinto 2009 Product #27287 (In Stock)
Clua El Sola D'en Pol Barrica Tinto 2009 Clua El Sola D'en Pol Barrica Tinto 2009

Xavier Clua is among the most celebrated wine makers in the up-and-coming Terra Alta region, just southwest of Priorat. Born into a family with over four generations in wine making, Xavier is producing outstanding wines from carefully tended old-vine vineyards and a judicious blending of modern technology (temperature control, stainless) and wine making tradition (old basket presses and minimal intervention).  The Mas d'en Pol Negre Barrica is a blend of Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot that receives about eight months aging in French oak barrels.  Aromas of black raspberry and balsamic with just a touch of slate lead to a rich, black-fruited, palate  with a nice red raspberry tang.  Sweet/sour berry fruit turns tangier on the juicy finish.  Great energy and freshness here to go with the rich aromas and flavors.

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Fowles Are You Game Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Product #27987 (In Stock)
Fowles Are You Game Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Fowles Are You Game Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

From Victoria, Australia's coolest growing region, the Fowles family crafts food friendly wines that show especially well with the game Matt Fowles likes to bring home from the outback. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon shows off aromas of cassis, black cherry, and blackberry with a touch of Australia's classic eucalyptus and menthol on top. Bright red currant and plum flavors get accents of spice and keep on pumping over chewy tannins.  A fine burger companion, although it will certainly work with venison or, possibly, kangaroo.

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Ch De Casenove La Garrigue 2009 Product #28104 (In Stock)
Ch De Casenove La Garrigue 2009 Ch De Casenove La Garrigue 2009

This is the kind of ripe, hearty, well-structured, red that the rocky vineyards of Rousillon should turn out by the truckload, but somehow rarely do.  Certainly, the grapes that thrive in this dry heat – Grenache, Syrah, and especially Carignon – are not easy to tame, especially in ill-kempt fields full of shaggy vines groaning under the weight of humongous crop loads.

Etienne Montes and his friend/consulting winemaker, the Rhone’s Jean-Luc Colombo, succeed by taking a different path.  Where others use carbonic maceration, new oak barrels, or other tricks to soften Rousillon’s rustic edges, Montes simply works day after day in the vineyards to grow perfectly ripe grapes.  As the harvest nears, he prowls his three plots – including the largest full of 50 year old vines and the next largest planted 70 years ago – tasting, tasting, and tasting grapes.  When he can feel the ripeness in his mouth, the softness of tannin, the maturity of minerality – that’s when Montes starts to make wine.

"Years ago I met Etienne Montes when he first began running his family’s vineyard holdings called La Casenove. Montes gave up a career as a photo journalist to guide this domaine into the upper-echelon of Roussillon producers. The stunning 2009 La Garrigue (40% Carignan, 40% Syrah and 20% Grenache aged 7 months in tank) is a terrific example of how much wine one can buy for under $20 a bottle. An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by notes of cassis, blackberries, lavender, licorice, pepper and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich and heady, this beauty is capable of drinking well for 5-6 more years. However, as with most of these wines, what’s the point of waiting?”Wine Advocate 92 points

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Fowles Are You Game Shiraz 2009 Product #28051 (In Stock)
Fowles Are You Game Shiraz 2009 Fowles Are You Game Shiraz 2009

From Australia's coolest growing region, all Fowles wines are made with food in mind - specifically the game Matt Fowles likes to hunt. This is delicious with pretty purple berry fruit and accents of chocolate and lavender.  Juicy, easy to drink, and a great complement to anything from pizza to venison.

"Juicy, succulent, deftly balanced and focused, offering a lively mouthful of ripe blackberry and spice flavors, hinting at meat as the finish lingers well, with polish. Drink now through 2015."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Ch Unang Ventoux 2009 Product #28181 (In Stock)
Ch Unang Ventoux 2009 Ch Unang Ventoux 2009

Ventoux is usually a source for ripe, if rustic, reds and fleshy whites.  But, James King's vineyards running up and down steep sloped hillsides and surrounded by forest are a touch cooler than most and give wines of much more freshness, class, and finesse than normally found here.  His tank-raised Grenache (60%), Syrah (30%) and Carignan blend is a beauty.  Raspberry, strawberry, red licorice, and plum notes jump from the glass and coat your palate.  The expansive juicy fruit is complemented by a touch of damp earth and warm stone minerality.  Very pure and refreshing from first glass to last.

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Jason Stephens Merlot 2009 Product #28148 (In Stock)
Jason Stephens Merlot 2009 Jason Stephens Merlot 2009

The perfect California Merlot should be rich, round, and really smooth - and that's what this unexpected find from California's Central Coast delivers from first to last!  Candied black cherry and black raspberry puree fruit flavors and aromas with plenty of smoky French oak for spice.  The fruit is sweet, deep, and mouthfilling and the texture full, fleshy, and without hard edges.  A great solo sipper or match for bbq and other grilled foods.

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Conceito Contraste Tinto 2009 Product #28094 (In Stock)
Conceito Contraste Tinto 2009 Conceito Contraste Tinto 2009

"The 2009 Contraste red is a Douro blend, including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz and Sousao, aged 70% in 3rd year barriques of French oak. This is never terribly concentrated, but it is quite luscious this year. Despite the modest oak treatment, it still has a certain creamy nuance on opening. But you pay the price of admission here for the flavorful fruit. Softly textured, sexy, ripe and easily approachable, with moderate tannins, this goes down easy and just plain tastes great. Yet, it does have character, too; it just needs an hour of air to show it. With air, some herbal nuances pop up, it comes together well, becomes silkier and displays increasingly fine balance. I liked this more and more, despite a relatively straightforward beginning. Drink now-2019."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Au Bon Climat Hildegard White Blend 2009 Product #28061 (In Stock)

Developed as a hommage to very old-fashioned white Burgundy - from the days before Chardonnay was the dominant grape - this is an exotic blend of 55% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc, and 5% Aligote all aged in new French oak.  Wild aromas of stone fruit, orange zest, lemon, and smoky oak that gets spicier with air.  It's rich and complex on the palate with flavors of juicy nectarine, pear, and candied citrus with baking spice notes that turn smoky on the long, sweetly fruited, finish.  Brilliant with rich, buttery, poultry or shellfish - and a steal at almost half off!

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Dom Du Pre Semele Sancerre Rouge 2009 Product #28280 (In Stock)
Dom Du Pre Semele Sancerre Rouge 2009 Dom Du Pre Semele Sancerre Rouge 2009

An absolutely lovey example of Pinot Noir from the flinty hills of Sancerre, all the better for having had a couple of extra years in bottle to mellow and unfold.  Cool, elegant, aromas of dark red cherry, crushed raspberry and wild strawberry swirl in the glass, accented by touches of cocoa, warm stone and spice.  Very pure and bright on entry before the black and red berry fruit fans out across your palate and notes of fresh flowers, bitter chocolate, baking spice, and baked strawberry add complexity and interest.  On the finish, pie cherry acidity and fine, supple, tannins provide support as fruit, spice, and mineral flavors linger on.  Great wine to sip or enjoy with all kinds of food – even Easter lamb or ham!

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Dom La Tour Penedesses Faugeres 2009 Product #26900 (In Stock)
Dom La Tour Penedesses Faugeres 2009 Dom La Tour Penedesses Faugeres 2009

Just what red wine from Faugères (Languedoc-Roussillon) should be but almost never is.  A blend of Syrah, Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, this bursts with blackberry, black olive, floral and piney garrigue aromas.  In the mouth, round, almost creamy, and mineral with more blackberry/black raspberry fruit, dark earth, and a touch of wood spice flavors.  For all the fruit, this is savory, rather than sweet, and finishes firmly tannic and mineral with complex, lingering, flavors.  Outstanding with any herbed meat or bean dish now and the next few years.

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Buil & Giné Montsant 17XI 2009 Product #27008 (In Stock)
Buil & Giné Montsant 17XI 2009 Buil & Giné Montsant 17XI 2009

Lovely blueberry and ripe blackberry fruit with just a touch of spice here in a wine that's easy enough to drink solo but that will work well with robust roasted and grilled foods.

"Made from a blend of garnacha, carinena and tempranillo that was aged for six months in French and American oak. Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of dark berries and dried flowers, with a spicy nuance building in the glass. Youthfully taut on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering ripe dark fruit flavors and a hint of cracked pepper. Picks up brighter red fruits on the long, tangy finish."International Wine Cellar 90 points

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Ch La Cardonne Medoc 2009 Product #27116 (In Stock)
Ch La Cardonne Medoc 2009 Ch La Cardonne Medoc 2009

Nicely in the drinking window now with miles to go in cellar  yet.

"This is a major sleeper of the vintage and the best wine I have ever tasted from La Cardonne, which is in the northern end of the Medoc, near the town of Blaignan. A blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, this 2009 offers up notes of tobacco leaf, cassis, and loamy soil with underbrush nuances. With excellent texture, impressive purity, and medium to full body, this is a rich, over-achieving cru bourgeois to drink over the next decade."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Il Molino Chianti Classico 2009 Product #27658 (In Stock)
Il Molino Chianti Classico 2009 Il Molino Chianti Classico 2009

The “Il Molino de Grace” name refers to a 19th Century windmill on the Grace property and suggests how Frank and Tim Grace seek to keep their wines firmly anchored in Tuscan tradition.  Their 2009 Chianti Classico embraces Sangiovese’s lighter, prettier, style of fruit and concentration over the darker, more oak-influenced, styles more common today.  I love the bright and cheerful fruit and hints of violet here, but there’s plenty of stuffing and intensity, too.

“Violet, black currant, black cherry, cedar and black tea flavors hold court in this sleek, supple red, with a lingering spicy aftertaste. Drink now through 2020.”Wine Spectator 90 points

“The Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico is 100% Sangiovese and offers pleasant aromas of dried cherries and earth. It is soft and velvet smooth with good density of sweet red fruit on the palate. Aged for 11 months in stainless steel, French barriques and tonneaux, it shows good acidity and overall structure with a long finish.”i-Wine Review 90 points

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Basel Cellars Claret Walla Walla 2009 Product #27297 (In Stock)
Basel Cellars Claret Walla Walla 2009 Basel Cellars Claret Walla Walla 2009

Plenty of ripeness from this Washington State Bordeaux blend, but also a sense of freshness and clarity to the fruit and spice flavors to go along with overt oak barrel notes.  Great for beef or lamb on the grill.

"Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and syrah. Bright red-ruby. Briary dark raspberry, smoke and underbrush on the nose, with a subtle floral quality as well as some superripe suggestions. Fat, sweet and quite ripe on the palate, but a bit sullen and youthfully medicinal today. Has the stuffing to support its serious tannins, but nonetheless shows a slight green edge on the back."International Wine Cellar 89 points

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