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

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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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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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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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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Casa Castillo Monestrell Jumiilla 2011 Product #28881 (In Stock)
Casa Castillo Monestrell Jumiilla 2011 Casa Castillo Monestrell Jumiilla 2011

A fine value in rich, earthy, but nicely focused Monastrell.

"Dark ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry, star anise and candied rose, with a touch of orange zest. Smells like a ripe pinot noir. Fleshy and seamless, offering sappy red fruit flavors and a bitter note of rhubarb. Subtle vanilla and licorice notes linger on the smooth, gently tannic finish. Lots of wine for the money."International Wine Cellar 90 points

"Made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre), Casa Castillo’s 2011 Monastrell comes from incredibly low yields (16 hectoliters per hectare). It reveals abundant flavor along with a chalky minerality, dense blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with a hint of spring flowers, medium body and a supple texture. This is an amazing red wine for such a lowly price."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2011 Product #29454 (In Stock)
Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2011 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2011

Another fine vintage for this deep South Italian red that is always robust, but never cooked or heavy. 100% Negromaro done all in tank for freshness.

"Firm and savory, this opens with aromas of ripe berry, clove and graphite. On the palate, notes of clove and black pepper add depth to ripe Morello cherry and crushed raspberry flavors. Supple tannins offer support."Wine Enthusiast 89 points

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Finca Sobreno Crianza Toro 2011 Product #29191 (In Stock)
Finca Sobreno Crianza Toro 2011 Finca Sobreno Crianza Toro 2011

This has been a Spanish value staple for years now, and the 2011 is yet another fine Toro Tempranillo.  The wine is 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), hand harvested from vines 30+ years-old. There’s plenty of ripe Temparnillo fruit here – cherry, blackberry and plum – and very nice doses of wood spice and the grape’s exotic sandalwood fragrance.  But cool nights on the vine and careful treatment in the winery leave a bright, refreshing, acidity in place as well and the smooth, refined, tannins don’t get in the way of solo sipping pleasure.  A lot of wine for a very  modest price.

"Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and roasted coffee on the nose, with attractive floral and spicecake notes. Lush and expansive in the mouth, offering broad cherry and cassis flavors and a hint of licorice. A suave, gently sweet and open-knit wine, with a spicy element emerging on the long, gently tannic finish."International Wine Cellar 90 points

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Begali Valpolicella Ripasso Classico La Cigia 2011 Product #29637 (In Stock)
Begali Valpolicella Ripasso Classico La Cigia 2011 Begali Valpolicella Ripasso Classico La Cigia 2011

A stunning Ripasso, very much in line with the wines of the most famous producers in the region at a fraction of the cost.  It’s explosively aromatic, with layer upon layer of dried fruit, sweaty saddle, clove, herb, and more lifted by Ripasso’s characteristic hint of volatility.  Drinking very nicely now, although you can certainly enjoy this over the next few years.

"If you can name but two producers in Valpolicella (I’m betting they are Dal Forno and Quintarelli), it’s now time to add a third: Lorenzo Begali. Lorenzo and his children Giordano and Tiliana make the most exciting wines in the region today. These are inaugural reviews (Begali has never been reviewed by The Wine Advocate). Having now tasted this beautiful collection of new releases, I am a true Begal-iever.

The 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore La Cengia is exceptionally beautiful and balanced. There’s a lot going on: background tones of balsam herb, rosemary and black olive follow straightforward aromas of dried fruit and prune. A pretty touch of eucalyptus springs forth. The wine is incredibly light, buoyant and lively despite the elaborate Ripasso process. Drink 2014-2018."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Fairhills By Mendoza Vineyards 1907 Malbec 2011 Product #29878 (In Stock)
Fairhills By Mendoza Vineyards 1907 Malbec 2011 Fairhills By Mendoza Vineyards 1907 Malbec 2011

Start with the Fairhill Vineyard, a high-altitude site just outside of the city of Mendoza that was planted by German immigrants in 1907.  Take the ripe fruit quickly to an ultra-modern winery and put it in the hands of talented winemaker Richard Bonvin.  Ferment slowly with labor-intensive pump-overs 4 times daily during fermentation and then age the wine a full year in French and American oak for smoothness and extra intensity.  Then, hold it back at the winery for a bit longer in bottle to let it keep maturing, opening, becoming more delicious. If all this sounds like the recipe for an expensive wine, it is – which is why this was supposed to be a $42 bottle on release. Outstanding value here!

“I tasted a strong quartet from Mendoza Vineyards that are relatively expensive, but certainly do deliver in terms of quality. The 2011 “1907” Malbec, also from Medrano, undergoes four daily pumpovers and is aged in new French and American oak for 12 months. It has a tightly coiled bouquet with blackberry, soy and singed leather emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh, lively dark berry fruit infused with bay leaf and tobacco. It is nicely balanced with a fresh mocha-tinged finish with keen acidity. This has the edge over the Unsung Hero [another MV wine] in terms of tension and length and comes recommended. Drink now-2017."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Tenuta I Gelsi Ofanto Gelso Rosso 2011 Product #29643 (In Stock)
Tenuta I Gelsi Ofanto Gelso Rosso 2011 Tenuta I Gelsi Ofanto Gelso Rosso 2011

Aglianico is southern Italy's great red grape, but you can make a fun, festive, fine value wine from it, too!  Basilicata Aglianico is a bit riper and softer than in Campagnia, and Tenuta I Gelsi captures a remarkable amount of fresh fruit and juicy texture in this all tank, young vines, red.  Cherry and blackberry fruit are framed by notes of leather, mineral, licorice and bitter chocolate.  Fresh and juicy with grippy (but ripe) tannins, the plummy fruit and structure suggest a lighter version of California's Petite Sirah. A fine cookout or salami (or even pizza) red

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Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2011 Product #29154 (In Stock)
Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2011 Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2011

One of the most consistently popular Chianti reds comes from the hills around Florence.  As always, it's a round, black-fruited, wine loaded with soft black cherry and plum flavors and just the right touch of earthy spice.  Juicy and a touch tangy on the finish, it's a solid choice for burgers, pasta, pizza or just to sip on its own. Nicely priced, too!

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Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Product #29416 (In Stock)
Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

A stylish, elegant, bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with good fruit and fine tannins.

"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-crafted, well-balanced, textbook, ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas and flavors of dark plums, cherries, blackberries, cassis and touches of tobacco and dark chocolate. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with round, ripe tannins, good balance and a cocoa-tinged finish. Drink now."Wine Advocate 87 points

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Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2011 Product #29456 (In Stock)
Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2011 Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2011

Simple?  Yes - Simply delicious! Pizza/pasta Chianti at a fine value price.

"Renzo Masi is a second brand owned by Fattoria di Basciano's Masi family. The emphasis here is on value wines with vibrant territorial personality. The family has been making wine for three generations. The 2011 Chianti Riserva opens to a plush, dark color and midnight black consistency. The wine shows simple lines without too much in terms of complexity or underlying dimension. It takes a soft and easy approach with no blemishes or extraordinary points of excitement. Ripe cherry fruit and soft tannins make an appropriate curtain call."Wine Advocate 87 points

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Dom De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 2011 Product #29216 (In Stock)
Dom De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 2011 Dom De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 2011

There’s a lot going on in this complex  Cotes du Rhone, with a texture and shapely feel that you  normally have to pay much more for.  From one of Chateauneuf’s – if not France’s – very best estates, this is ready to drink but will improve for 2-3 years more.

“55% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan, 5% cinsault and 5% mourvedre. Deep ruby. Fresh dark berries and lavender on the spice-accented nose and in the mouth. Fleshy and open-knit, with slow-building sweetness and smooth tannins shaping the finish. Quite suave and ready to drink.”International Wine Cellar 89 points

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Clos Siguier Cahors 2011 Product #29262 (In Stock)
Clos Siguier Cahors 2011 Clos Siguier Cahors 2011

Lots of classic Cahors' character here with just enough modern winemaking to make it accessible now.  A blend of 90% Malbec and 10% Tannat from 60 year-old vines that's fermented in tank and allowed to rest and soften in old casks.  Dark, tangy, and honest with sour cherry fruit, crushed herb, and loads of minerality.  Not Mendoza fruity, but not the impenetrable "black wine" that made Cahors famous in the 1300s. Firm on the finish and perfect for stew or roasts.

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Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico 2011 Product #29840 (In Stock)
Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico 2011 Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico 2011

A stellar value from the great 2011 Chianti vintage.

"Tenuta di Capraia's 2011 Chianti Classico is sexy and voluptuous from start to finish. Juicy red berries, rose petals, anise and spices all flow from this effortless, totally gracious Chianti Classico. Soft and perfumed throughout, the 2011 is drinking beautifully today. I would prefer to enjoy the wine in its youth, but it also has more than enough fruit to develop nicely in bottle for a number of years. This is a winner." Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 90 points

"Rich and vibrant, with earthy undertones supporting the cherry and cranberry flavors. Firm and juicy, presenting a long, almond- and mineral-tinged aftertaste."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Sardus Pater Nur Carignano Del Sulcis 2011 Product #28606 (In Stock)
Sardus Pater Nur Carignano Del Sulcis 2011 Sardus Pater Nur Carignano Del Sulcis 2011

If you know the wines of Sardinia at all, you probably think of crisp, refreshing, Vermentino or the Island’s own version of Grenache, called Cannonau.  But on island of St. Antioco, just west of Sardinia proper, the combination of rockier, mineral-rich, soils and cooling sea breezes are perfect for robust Carignano (the French Carignan or Spanish Carenena grape).  In this winery’s entry-level, all tank, example, the aromas show Carignan’s classic ripe blueberry and spice notes with a whiff of crushed stone.  Then you’ll find a big mouthful of really ripe and rich blueberry, blackberry, and black plum fruit with tangy red raspberry notes coming up on the back.  The finish is fantastic, long and full of juicy fruits, crushed stones, and dusty, meat-friendly, tannins.  My note ends “How can you not like this?”  Even more true if you grill up a little lamb.

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Salvano Fosco Dolcetto Di Diano D'alba 2011 Product #29315 (In Stock)
Salvano Fosco Dolcetto Di Diano D'alba 2011 Salvano Fosco Dolcetto Di Diano D'alba 2011

Diano d'Alba is one of a handful of DOCGs devoted to this often overlooked Piemonte grape. Salvano makes a beauty, robust and loaded with black plum and blackberry fruit and a touch of berry blossom.  Creamy in texture and very flavorful, this finishes with firm, grippy, tannins, plummy fruit, and a hint of classic almond.  Fresher than some Dolcetto and a fine match for sausage or just to sip.

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Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011 Half Bottle Product #28285 (In Stock)
Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011 Half Bottle Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011 Half Bottle

HALF BOTTLE.  From 40+ year-old vines in the heart of Fourchaume, proper, harvested the first 3 days of September, just before the rain that caused so many problems with rot for others.  The fruit came in just under 12.5% alcohol with vibrant acidity that benefited from 12 months in neutral oak.  As estate manager Lyne Marchive says of her 2011s overall, “It's classic in style but not unduly austere plus it should drink well early if someone prefers it."  Don’t miss the chance to get some in half-bottles and magnum, too!

"A very slight chew to give texture, plus plenty of bright green apple fruit. Great intensity on the mid-palate – certainly has ageing potential."  Jancis Robinson Purple Pages 17/20 points

"Sweet Spot Outstanding. A dense nose of ripe white orchard fruit, floral notes and a hint of tidal pool character precedes the very rich and suave flavors that possess good power and excellent depth and length. This is a relatively big yet refined Fourchaume that displays plenty of mid-palate dry extract."Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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