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An Exceptional Single Malt Whisky on Sale!

Caribbean Cask has been matured in traditional oak whisky casks for 14 years, and then ‘finished’ in casks that previously held Caribbean rum.

To create the ideal finish, Malt Master David Stewart filled American oak casks with his own blend of select West Indian rums. When he judged the casks to be ready, the rum was replaced with the 14 year old spirit and the wood was put to work adding the final touches.

The result is an exceptional single malt whisky with the traditional smooth, honeyed character of The Balvenie, married with notes of toffee and a hint of fruit, with a warm, lingering finish.

Sale price valid through Tuesday, Jan. 27th, 2014.  While supplies last, no rain checks.

BALVENIE CARIBBEAN CASK 14 YEAR
NOSE - Rich, sweet and creamy toffee on the nose combines with fresh fruit notes
TASTE - Rounded with vanilla and sweet oak notes, with a fruity character that develops with time
FINISH - Soft and lingering
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Don't Miss this Blockbuster, High Scoring California Chardonnay!

Go talk to any Sommelier in Southern California, ask them who some of their favorite California Chardonnay producers are, and it’s likely that Justin Willet and his Tyler lineup of wines will be at the top of their lists! Winemaker Justin Willet and his winemaking staff make their wine in the classic Burgundian style, meaning they focus on cool-climate vineyards that showcase minerality, freshness and verve. The use of oak is kept to a minimum, as they want you to truly taste the fruit of the vineyard, so that each wine has nuance and individuality. This bottling comes from the Bien Nacido Vineyard, arguably one of the best vineyards in California for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. We tasted this without knowing any score and we felt this is one of the best expressions of Chardonnay from this vineyard we have ever tasted!

TYLER 2012 CHARDONNAY "ZOTOVICH VINEYARD"
SANTA RITA HILLS

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "“The 2012 Chardonnay Zotovich Vineyard comes from beach sand-like soils and has a structured, medium-bodied and layered feel on the palate. Showing plenty of mint, leafy herbs, mineral water and clean stone fruits, it builds nicely in the glass, has vibrant, beautifully defined aromas and flavors and a seamless texture. Enjoy this beauty over the coming 3-5 years.

Justin Willett continues to knock it out of the park with these new releases, and few people in the Central Coast are doing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay better than this guy. These all lean toward the more focused, energetic end of the spectrum, yet they have solid mid-palate depth, vibrant fruit and classy profiles that keep you coming back to the glass.”

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Wine Spectator 92 Point 'Smart Buy' Pinot Noir!

“The first vintage of this Pinot noir was in 1979. Their objective in producing this wine has always been a classic, intense and elegant wine that pairs well with the foods we like to eat. By blending the diverse flavors and textures of multiple vineyards, clones and elevations, they produce a richly supple and focused wine that typifies what Pinot noir can achieve each vintage in the northern Willamette Valley. With this wine, our 34th vintage, our experience shows - we’ve long been acknowledged as producing a reference standard for the 'Oregon style'.

 

Ninety-four percent of the grapes used in this wine were sourced from 10 of our estate vineyards: 53% from the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), 16% from Yamhill Carlton, 22% from the Eola-Amity Hills, and 3% from the Dundee Hills. The remaining 6% was derived from non-estate vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley.” - Winery notes

With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays red aromas (candied cherry, pomegranate and raspberry) on the nose and the palate. In addition, one finds a light touch of brown spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice). True to our house style, it is elegantly textured with seamlessly integrated, silky, polished tannins. Pair it with salmon or ahi, veal or pork, poultry (think duck) or beef, or hearty vegetarian entrees.

ADELSHEIM 2012 PINOT NOIR WILLAMETTE VALLEY

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS 'SMART BUY' - "Taut, tart and surprisingly generous, blooming with juicy, cranberry-accented blackberry, cherry and spice flavors that linger easily on the sharp-edged finish. Best from 2016 through 2020."

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Huge Scores for the Vintage of a Lifetime!
The 2010 vintage marks an unprecedented year for Tuscany’s much beloved sangiovese-based red, Brunello di Montalcino. Winemakers, the wine press, and seasoned wine professionals unanimously agree that this is the Brunello vintage of a lifetime, even outclassing the outstanding 2006 and 1997 vintages.
 
The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner writes of the 2010 vintage, “possibly reaching iconic status. Montalcino has some great wines in store for us and the barrel tasting I did while visiting estates was nothing short of exhilarating. Rest assured: The hype and the buzz … is not hyperbole. Many vintners I spoke with describe it as a ‘dream vintage.’”
 
This is a pre-sale with the wines expected to arrive in the spring of 2015.
 
CASTELLO ROMITORIO 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
CRU 'FILO DI SETA'

JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "The purity of fruit and saline undertones with hints of gravel and stones are impressive on the nose, which turns to violets and roses. It's full-bodied with ultra-fine tannins and a cool, sleek texture and style. It builds on the palate. So much here. Mind-bending. Better in 2018 but already exquiste."

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SAN FILIPPO 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "Extremely complex aromas of mushroom, stone, chalk, dark fruit and lightly dried bark or tea. Full bodied, with powerful and layered tannins. Muscular and intense. It needs loads of time to soften. Better in 2017."

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CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "A ripe and rich intense wine with blackberry, plum and mineral character that goes to mushroom and peppermint. Full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. So long and beautiful. Absolutely delicious now. But will be even better in three or four years."

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Great Scores for this Perennial Favorite!

The Bodegas Alto Moncayo, along with its sister property El Nido in Jumilla, combines the talents of local growers and winemakers with Australia’s super-star winemaker, Chris Ringland. The partnership has the ability to cherry-pick the best parcels of old vine Garnacha from Borsao’s extensive holdings in the region, nearly 2,000 acres.

The Garnacha grape is one of the varieties that best expresses its terroir. Thus, the Garnacha of Alto Moncayo is different from the rest of the Campo de Borja Denominación de Origen (DO) area. This is due to the very strict selection made from the vineyards, the type of soil in which they are grown, the microclimate and the age of the vines. As these vines are very old, the strains are very well-balanced, with a very deep root system.

All of these factors, together with the location of the vineyards, between 500m and 800m in height, where the maturity is very slow, leads to wines of great fruitiness and minerality. In the mouth they are rich and fulsome, with pleasant, mature tannins and highly aromatic persistence.

The native Garnacha grapes of Alto Moncayo, together with the microclimate to which they are subjected, the type of soil, the orientation and rigorous handling combine to make the authentic native terroir, producing wines which are highly distinctive and unique in the world.

 

ALTO MONCAYO 2012 VERATON

ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS - "Bodegas Alto Moncayo started in 2001 as a collaboration between importer Jorge Ordoñez, American importer Dan Phillips, Australian winemaker Chris Ringland and others. Located near the town of Borja, the 210 acres of vineyards are head-pruned, old Grenache vines planted at 3,000 feet above sea level in poorly nourished soils of slate, clay, chalk and quartzite. They make a number of cuvées, the most famous being the more expensive Alto Moncayo and the Aquilon. Their inexpensive offering is the 2012 Veraton, a 100% Grenache aged in 60% new French and 40% American oak for 17 months before being bottled without filtration. It is a powerful, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal red boasting a dense purple color, and a sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, lavender, licorice and earth notes intermixed with a touch of new oak. Stylistically, this is a modern, massively intense, rich wine that over-delivers in many ways. However, it is not for consumers looking for shy, restrained and delicate wines. It should drink well for a decade."

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ALTO MONCAYO 2012 MONCAYO

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2012 Alto Moncayo, pure Garnacha from a warm, extremely dry and early vintage is extremely young and oaky with a nose full of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and smoke along with ripe blackberries, some cereal hints and notes of café au lait intermixed with quite a lot of toasts aromas from the barrel. The bottled wine is 16% alcohol but feels quite balanced, it has some grainy tannins to be resolved, and some oak flavors to be integrated. A ripe, rich Garnacha that should age well in bottle. There were 55,200 bottles produced in 2012."

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"Best of the Best Bourbon" - Whisky Magazine!

Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old is a true Small Batch premium Bourbon, and had that distinction before the term even existed.

In 1789, Rev. Elijah Craig, the "Father of Bourbon," became the first to age his whiskey in charred oak barrels. Their Master Distillers, inspired by his innovative spirit, have been perfecting the "small batch" process before it even became a name. They select a limited number of barrels of 12-year-old Bourbon that have matured to their exact specifications, then mingle them in limited quantities as Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Small Batch Bourbon.

Elijah Craig consistently win enthusiastic praise and prestigious awards: Whisky Magazine’s “Best of the Best” Bourbon, Whisky Advocate’s “Best Buy Whiskey of the Year”, Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and “Best Bourbon Aged 10-12 Years” from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

ELIJAH CRAIG 12 YEAR OLD SMALL BATCH BOURBON

"Nose: About as complete a Bourbon aroma as you are likely to find...Near miraculous: one of the most beautiful noses found anywhere in the world today. Taste: A bourbon to keep in the mouth forever...Comments: Perhaps one of my favorite five or six bourbons and ... perhaps at its best just before bed. Brilliant." - Jim Murray, Classic Bourbon, Tennessee, & Rye Whiskey

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An Unbelievable Deal!

Tenuta Sant'Antonio is one of the emerging producers from the Veneto region in Northeastern Italy. Its “Scaia” wine is made from the Corvina grape, which is famously known as the principal grape in Valpolicella and Amarone wines. This particular bottling is exceptionally fresh, easy drinking and a great, “Everyday Drinker.” It is secured with a glass VinoLok cork, which is simple to remove and looks nicer than a screwcap.

This wine is light/medium ruby in color. The nose is greeted with aromas of cherries, violets and light baking spices. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with supple tannins and fresh fruit including cherries and redcurrants. Overall, this is a beautiful, high toned, lower alcohol wine which is a delight to drink by itself or with cheese, first courses, pasta, sausage or poultry.

TENUTA SANT'ANTONIO 2012 SCAIA ROSSO

WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2012 Corvina Scaia is an unbelievable deal, and a wine that can be purchased by the case-load for those informal occasions at home when a simple glass of red wine accompanies you as you cook dinner or watch television. This is the ultimate downtime wine. The fruit is fresh and bright with white cherry, cassis, sweet almond and freshly milled white pepper. It's appearance is compact with a light ruby hue."

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Huge Scores for the Dream Vintage!

The 2010 vintage marks an unprecedented year for Tuscany’s much beloved sangiovese-based red, Brunello di Montalcino. Winemakers, the wine press, and seasoned wine professionals unanimously agree that this is the Brunello vintage of a lifetime, even outclassing the outstanding 2006 and 1997 vintages.

The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner writes of the 2010 vintage, “possibly reaching iconic status. Montalcino has some great wines in store for us and the barrel tasting I did while visiting estates was nothing short of exhilarating. Rest assured: The hype and the buzz … is not hyperbole. Many vintners I spoke with describe it as a ‘dream vintage.’”

The Perfect Storm

All in all, it was a perfect growing year for 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. The mild Spring of 2010 with frequent rains, followed by a warm, stable summer, a late veraison, and just a few rains in August brought relief to the heat, making for an exemplary harvest. The grapes displayed an excellent alcohol level, combined with extremely high amounts of total polyphenols, anthocyanins and extract rarely found in this variety. To be a good winemaker is to be part farmer, chemist, cook, meteorologist, historian, and artist. This provided the optimum setting for winemakers to guide and transform the Sangiovese Grosso grape into their greatest masterpiece.

"It really is a historical year that show such amazing character and intensity," says Giacomo Neri, the owner of Casanova di Neri, one of the legendary Brunello producers in modern times. "It's the best vintage I have experience in my winemaking career and I started making wine in the early 1980s."

At the Fuligni Estate, Maria Flora Fuligni, who has watched over the family estate for 50 vintages says, “These were the finest grapes I’ve ever seen.”

Writer James Suckling, (who spent 30 years as Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief for The Wine Spectator), marked this as “The Vintage of a Lifetime” and goes on to say, "The year 2010 for Brunello di Montalcino is the greatest modern vintage of Italy’s most famous red wine region. Never have the wines been so profound in quality, character, and quantity from the best hillside vineyards of Montalcino. They represent a new paradigm for Tuscany’s unique sangiovese-based red.

“This is not a vintage to miss…Vintages like this don't come along very often. As I wrote, 1997 is a year that had such unique greatness of the 2010. However, the viticulture and winemaking of today can't be compared to two decades ago. The Brunellos of today are superior, especially in a great year like 2010. Moreover, there are many more producers, both large and small, that are making superb quality wines.”
I tasted slightly more than 100 2010 Brunellos in a blind tasting in Tuscany a few months ago and I was amazed by the beauty, balance and intensity of the wines. They showed such energy and intensity yet were rich and deep on the palate. And most have a fascinating savory, almost salty character that makes them succulent and incredibly satisfying to taste." says Suckling.

If there is a certain Brunello estate you love, by all means, seek out these wines first because they will be the greatest expression from that estate you might ever see.
The 2010 vintage made great wines. There is no doubt about it. As they say in Italian, “Batti il ferro finché è caldo!” (Strike while the iron is hot!).

This is a pre-sale with the wine expected to arrive in the spring of 2015. Click HERE to see all our 2010 Brunello di Montalcino offerings.

 
LE CHIUSE DI SOTTO 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A rich and intense wine with blueberry, lemon and sliced mushroom character. Mahogany and cedar undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Gorgeous finish. Better after 2017."

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SAN FILIPPO 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "Extremely complex aromas of mushroom, stone, chalk, dark fruit and lightly dried bark or tea. Full bodied, with powerful and layered tannins. Muscular and intense. It needs loads of time to soften. Better in 2017."

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SAN FILIPPO 2010 LE LUCERE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
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UCCELLIERA 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "A red with lots of dried berry, dried tomato and mineral character on the nose. Full body very chewy and structured. A dense and chewy wine that needs time to soften. Big and powerful. Better in 2017."

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CASATO VOLIERO 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "A Brunello with dark fruits such as plum and cherry with hints of flowers and chocolate undertones. Full body, fine tannins and dried citrus fruit. Tangy and spicy. Very long and intense. Better in 2017."
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Click HERE to see all our 2010 Brunello di Montalcino pre-sale offerings

A Very Limited 96 Point Napa Valley Chardonnay!

Chardonnays produced by DuMOL always rank near the top end of the spectrum in terms of quality but it seems this 2012 Chloe bottling is flirting with perfection! Rich on the palate, this Chardonnay displays a beautiful array of stone fruits and great texture, but it’s the integrated, zippy acidity that balances the richness; that is what really makes this wine shine!

This wine is very limited so don't hesitate to order. First come first served.

DUMOL 2012 CHARDONNAY "CHLOE"
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

ROBERT PARKER 96 POINTS - "There are 1,020 cases of the 2012 Chardonnay Chloe (14.2% natural alcohol) which is sourced from the Ritchie Vineyard and represents the oldest vines, having been planted in 1972. It sees about 45% new French oak but you would never know that based on the sensational richness, texture and flavor profiles where the oak plays a minor role. Copious notes of white peach, apricot marmalade, honeysuckle, brioche and subtle hazelnuts jump from the glass of this beauty. Good acidity buttresses the wine’s broad, powerful mouthfeel, providing freshness as well as delineation. It should drink well for a decade or more."

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Supplies are limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served. No rain checks.

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A Glorious Wine in a Legendary Year:
2010 Valdicava Rates 99 Points with James Suckling!

The consistently brilliant Brunello di Montalcinos from Valdicava have earned a permanent place in our hearts and in our cellar. Valdicava makes some of the most focused, intricate, and richly flavored wines coming out of Montalcino that we know of today.

Valdicava’s success stems from their meticulously maintained vineyards, dauntingly cared for by owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese. Vincenzo practices organic farming and emphasizes low yields. His philosophy is to work more in the vineyards and let those efforts show for themselves. In keeping with his noninterventionist farming practices, the winery at Valdicava is minimalistic, and the wines are aged in large neutral oak barrels. The fruits of his labor are wines that come alive with intense aromatics, powerful fruit, and an elegant, velvet palate.

“The 2010 vintage represents a new point for Brunello di Montalcino,” says owner Vincenzo. “The wines have a unique style that make them incredibly attractive when young but also structured and beautiful for aging. They will be the new standard in quality to judge all Brunello.”

Our latest offering of Valdicava is also our greatest. Wine critic James Suckling calls 2010 Brunello di Montalcino “the vintage of a lifetime,” and rates Valdicava’s 2010 Brunello a highly impressive 99 points.

Suckling speaks on the vintage: “Never have the wines been so profound in quality, character, and quantity from the best hillside vineyards of Montalcino… I tasted slightly more than 100 2010 Brunellos in a blind tasting in Tuscany a few months ago and I was amazed by the beauty, balance and intensity of the wines. They showed such energy and intensity yet were rich and deep on the palate. And most have a fascinating savory, almost salty character that makes them succulent and incredibly satisfying to taste…They are incredibly drinkable yet structured at the same time – a true sign of great wine. This is why I continually wrote "drink or hold" in tasting notes, meaning you can enjoy them now but they will age gracefully and improve for decades ahead.”

This wine is exceptional every year, and the 2010 vintage especially deserves the attention of every serious Brunello lover.

This is a pre-sale with the wine expected to arrive in the spring of 2015.

VALDICAVA 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS - "Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Licorice and mushroom It's full body, with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal. Better in 2016."

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A Must Have Wine Advocate 95 Point French White!

Considered by many to be the greatest dry Chenin-Blanc-based wines in the world, Savennieres enjoys a certain cult status among discerning aficionados and collectors. Profound, unique, and often mind-bogglingly complex, the best examples—such as this one—can improve for decades in the cellar.

Monique and Tessa Laroche, the mother and daughter team who run this pocket-sized (2,500 cases made) domaine in La Roche Aux Moines (an appellation in Savennieres with all of five proprietors), evidently have little need to make a living. They make exactly one wine—a dry, vintage wine from Chenin Blanc—and offer several vintages back to 1992 in commercial quantities, all with the exemplary quality and typicity the best of the appellation has to offer. Now, after a gushing, 95-point review from The Wine Advocate’s new man, Stephan Reinhardt, everybody wants them. We’re privileged to obtain just a few cases.

This wine is very limited so don't hesitate to order. First come first served.

DOMAINE AUX MOINES 2011 SAVENNIERES
ROCHES AUX MOINES

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The golden colored 2011 Savennieres Roche Aux Moines is richer and even more intense than the 2012 but – at least initially – less brilliant when I tasted it in August this year. The (dried) fruit is less upfront here, since there are smoky as well as spicy biscuit aromas dominating the nose instead. Several minutes later there are refreshing lime and floral aromas, too. This wine would definitely benefit from some hours in the decanter also because it is an enormously powerful, fiery, and structured wine with a richness and salinity that almost reminds of Pineau de Charentes, white Port or other fortified wines. The palate is rich, intense, and round, quite glycerin-like, and the finish is outstanding, intense and long but also elegant and vivacious. This is a great and potent wine for many years and any Chenin supporter should have some bottles in the cellar."

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Last Call on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2014!
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#5 LEEUWIN CHARDONNAY 2011 ARTIST SERIES MARGARET RIVER
WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS
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#6 CASTELLO DI AMA 2010 CHIANTI CLASSICO SAN LORENZO
WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS
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#7 CLOS DES PAPES 2012 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE
WINE SPECTATOR 97 POINTS
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#9 CONCHA Y TORO 2010 DON MELCHOR CABERNET SUAVIGNON
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS
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#10 CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2011 ST JULIEN
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS
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#11 MOUNT EDEN 2011 CHARDONNAY ESTATE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS
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#14 FONTODI 2011 FLACCIANELLO
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS
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#16 TWO HANDS 2012 BELLA'S GARDEN SHIRAZ BAROSSA VALLEY
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS
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#19 LUCA 2012 MALBEC UCO VALLEY
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS
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#21 CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA 2010 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS
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#22 PODERE SAPAIO 2011 BOLGHERI VOLPOLO
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS
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#28 CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL 2011 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE
WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS
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#39 ODDERO 2010 BAROLO
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS
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#45 TIKAL 2012 PATRIOTA MENDOZA
WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS
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#47 LUCE DELLA VITE TOSCANA 2011 LUCE
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS
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#49 TRIMBACH 2012 RIESLING ALSACE
WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS
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#53 PONZI PINOT NOIR 2012 TAVOLA WILLAMETTE VALLEY
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS
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#54 MUMM NAPA VALLEY BRUT PRESTIGE
WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS
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#62 BODEGAS MONTECILLO RIOJA VINA CUMBRERO 2010 CRIANZA
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS
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#63 BUITENVERWACHTING 2013 SAUVIGNON BLANC
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS
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#65 ORNELLAIA 2011 BOLGHERI SUPERIORE
WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS
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#76 VIETTI 2012 BARBERA D'ASTI TRE VIGNE
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS
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#84 MARQUES DE MURRIETA RIOJA 2005 GRAN RESERVA ESPECIAL
WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS
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A High Scoring Spanish Favorite!

During the late 1980’s, Alvaro Palacios travelled his native Spain selling French barriques to winemakers. But his journeys had a second purpose: to find the best place to achieve his goal of making Spain's greatest wine. He ultimately decided, in 1990, on Priorato, where he would achieve worldwide fame with "L'Ermita" and "Finca Dofi." But there had been a close contender: Bierzo. It had all the ingredients that Alvaro wanted—incredibly steep hillside vineyards, distinctive terroirs and, most importantly, ancient vineyards of Mencía—a unique red grape believed brought by French pilgrims during the Middle Ages. Old vineyards lined the precipitous hillsides there, and the local soils were extremely poor-composed mostly of schist-but with incredible diversity. The minute variations in soils and exposures across this zone immediately reminded the two of Burgundy's Côte d'Or, or Piedmont's Langhe hills.

DESCENDIENTES DE JOSE PALACIOS 2012 PETALOS

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "One of my sure values, I thought the 2011 Pétalos could not be surpassed so I opened a bottle next to the 2012 Pétalos del Bierzo, and I was wrong. The 2012 is extremely aromatic, with flowery aromas of violets, lilies and roses, really fresh, with notes of red fruit (acid strawberries), no traces of oak whatsoever, subtle, really Burgundian with hints of blood oranges, denoting freshness. The medium-bodied palate is extremely balanced, elegant, round, with volume and incredible freshness. For a young, entry-level wine there is incredible complexity, developing notes of fennel and aromatic herbs, all of it very harmonious and subtle. For Ricardo there is a change to a cycle of Atlantic vintages (2012, 2013 and 2014 so far), but 2012 was a special vintage, shorter and dried, but at the same time fresh. This could very well be the best Pétalos ever, and I cannot recommend enough. 310,000 bottles of this prodigious wine were produced, showing you can do quantity and quality at the same time. Bravo!"

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An Excellent Bordeaux at a Fantastic Price!

"MAUCAILLOU" means "mauvais cailloux", the French for bad stone, as the term was understood by the farmers of the middle ages, given that this type of gravel plot was not suitable for growing cereal, the main source of livelihood at the time. It was later discovered that such gravel outcrops constituted an ideal terroir for highly expressive vineyards. Such were the beginnings of MAUCAILLOU, an exceptionally talented vineyard, given that since 1889 its wines have constantly been in the limelight throughout the world, during contests and "blind tastings" among professionals.

LE MAUCAILLOU 2011 BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR

This is one serious bargain -- the juice is excellent and the price is, too! On the nose, mixed red fruits blend seamlessly with light spice, sandalwood, red plum reduction and fruit leather. The palate keeps the red fruit theme with raspberry and cherry cola in the foreground. This is forward and easy-drinking, light in acidity with gentle tannins. The dominant sweet fruits mesh with warm flavors of carob and light earthiness; the finish is relaxed with a focus on, again, sweet fruit. This is very tasty wine and a great way to introduce your friends to Bordeaux at a quite reasonable price (i.e. great for holiday gatherings, celebrations, etc.).

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Hi-Time's Best Cab Under $20!
It's that time of the year - when we look back and select our favorite wines from the various regions of the world. These are seriously great wines for fans everywhere....

BON ANNO 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

Next to our wine of the month, this is typically our 2nd most popular wine in December. With that in mind, we always take special care and look extra hard to be sure that the quality of this wine exceeds its price point. Hey, if that’s what we want in the wines we take home, that’s what we should find for you… right? Bon Anno means “good year” and the Italian saying heralds the celebration of good times, and is a fortuitous play on Vintner Matthew Bonnano’s last name. But considering all the hype of the amazing 2012 vintage, there could not be a better time for Matthew to release this wine! Matthew sourced quality fruit from key vineyards in some of Napa Valley’s prime growing sub-appellations, like St. Helena, Oakville, and Stags Leap. He blended in small amounts of Merlot and Malbec to craft an even better wine, then aged the wine for 20 months in French oak barrels. When we got a “first glance” of this wine a few months ago, we just knew we found the best 'Under $20 Cab' of the year-- and carrying a Napa Valley designation, this wine is a righteous bargain! A deep ruby red color, this seductive wine shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well-integrated tannins for structure, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth. It is well balanced across the palate showcasing flavors of dark fruit, currants and hints of mineral and anise. Crafted to be enjoyed upon release, this wine will also stand the test of time for those who can wait!

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The Perfect Holiday California Cabernet Under $10!

California Cabernet is a natural focus for us at Hi-Time, with our heritage in the Golden State, and a great grape to highlight during December, when family gatherings, office parties, end-of-the-year celebrations and lots more is going on. For this, our wine of the month, we wanted something not only very good but very reasonably priced; Woodwork Cab, like Santa, delivers!

WOODWORK 2012 CENTRAL COAST CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Central Coast fruit and a balanced use of American White Oak make for a good marriage. The nose is full of ripe red berry fruits, cherries and raspberries with a hint of strawberry, balanced by light spice and a touch of cocoa. Upon tasting, the sweet red berries are supported by subtle acidity and soft tannins. The finish shows a touch of cherry cola and black cherry as the flavors last and last. This is a crowd-pleaser, an easy-drinker and just plain tasty-and will fit just about any situation during this busy season.

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The Perfect Introduction to an Italian Classic!

Amarone della Valpolicella, usually known as Amarone, is a dry red wine made primarily from Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes. According to tradition, the grapes are allowed to dry on straw mats, which concentrates the sugars and flavors in the grapes. The grapes are then pressed and fermented, before being aged in oak barrels. The wine resulting from this labor-intensive process is very flavorful.

The 2007 Le Bessole is voluptuous and generous in the mouth with remarkably fresh fruit including mulberry, cherry, kirsch, raspberry and baking spice. This medium-bodied Amarone is very approachable with soft, supple tannins. It is the perfect introduction for those wanting to try this classic Italian wine-at an affordable price rarely seen in Amarone.

IGINO ACCORDINI 2007 "LE BESSOLE" AMARONE

WINE ENTHUSIAST 92 POINTS - “This dense and concentrated Amarone offers an intense bouquet of marinated cherry, blackberry and tobacco. The palate delivers rich flavors of blackberry, prune, licorice and a touch of carob, along with round tannins and soft acidity. It has layers of flavor and nice depth. Drink through 2017."

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WA 96 Points, At This Quality Level the Price is Superb!

The story begins on July 10, 1890. That day, five Riojan and Basque families who shared a passion for wine, founded the ‘Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta’. Thus beginning an exciting business venture whose founders enthusiastically shared the dream of making and ageing top-quality Rioja wines. This region, with a winemaking tradition dating back thousands of years, benefited from the arrival in the late 19th century of French winemakers who had been affected by the devastating phylloxera.

Quality, elegance, innovation, evolution... These are the pillars on which the five founding families erected the winery in 1890 and built a way of living, feeling and producing wines of the highest quality. This is how the permanent pursuit of excellence started; a pursuit that continues into the 21st century with identical enthusiasm.

LA RIOJA ALTA 2004 GRAN RESERVA 904

WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The 2004 Gran Reserva 904 is Tempranillo from Brinas, Labastida and Villalba balanced with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were fermented and macerated in inox vats for 14 days at 28º C, and malolactic fermentation lasted 28 days. The wine aged for 4 years in used American oak barrels averaging 4 years old, during which time it was manually racked 8 times. 150,000 bottles were filled. This 2004, from a superb vintage shows a beautiful light red color with a brick rim and a superb nose redolent of balsamic woods, spices, leather, well-hung meat, incense and truffles. The light to medium-bodied palate shows fully resolved tannins, great acidity and pure, pungent flavors that linger in the mouth forever and that can only be Rioja. This is a wine to smell over and over again. It might sound like an exaggeration, but this wine is still too young and you should wait a little bit and drink the superb 2001 vintage which should still be available on the market while this one matures in bottle. At this quality level the price is superb especially considering that the wine is being released 10 years after the vintage. Drink 2016-2024."

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"It is Almost Impossible to Believe that Something Like this
Could Have Been Achieved in this Vintage."

The southern Rhone has seen some very good vintages over the past few years. Robert Parker rates 2007 as a 98 point vintage, 2009 a 93 point and 2010 another 98 pointer. Clos Saint Jean has been one of the top performers in all of those vintages. They have been given outstanding scores for their 3 top bottling's. Sanctum Sanctorum, Deus Ex Machina, and La Combe Des Fous have grabbed an amazing nine 99 or 100 point scores from 2007 thru 2010 combined. Unfortunately there is never enough wine to go around (only 1 case and a few mags for the entire year).  When we tasted the 2008 La Combe Des Fous, there was only one thing to say “we’ll take it all!”

Lost between the 100 point 2007 and the 99 point 2009 is the absolutely stunning 2008 La Combe Des Fous. This Cuvee is made from a single plot of mostly Grenache in tank and 20% Syrah in demi-muids. This is a pure, clean, full bodied beauty. Don’t miss your chance to treat yourself to one of Chateauneuf Du Pape’s finest wines. Take one home for the upcoming holiday feast.

CLOS SAINT JEAN 2008 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE
"LA COMBE DES FOUS"

ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS - "Another shocker in the best sense is the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous. As I wrote last year, this is one of the most complex and concentrated wines of the vintage. An extraordinary perfume of white chocolate, roasted Provencal herbs, lavender, licorice, black cherries and sweet black currants is followed by a broad, expansively flavored wine with a superb full-bodied texture, terrific purity and a 40+ second finish. In fact, the tannins are such that 1-2 years of bottle age may be beneficial. This 2008 should evolve for 15 years. It is almost impossible to believe that something like this could have been achieved in this vintage.

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Unique and Delicious Perfect for Your Turkey Day Extravaganza!

This Pinot Noir is the product of our successful bid at the legendary Carneros Wine Alliance Annual Auction! By winning this lot, Hi-Time was able to taste through numerous barrels at the historic Buena Vista winery alongside the winemaker, to ensure that we would come up with a unique, distinctive, and delicious Pinot Noir for the money! Our wine buyer, Dan Williams, was so meticulous in his process that winery owner Jean-Charles Boisset was impressed, and commended him on his barrel selection and the final product!

BUENA VISTA 2011 PINOT NOIR “HI-TIME’S CUVÉE” CARNEROS

Fresh off the cork, the aromatics of this “Hi-Time Cuvee” Pinot Noir are very warm and inviting. Focused on red fruit, notes of an array of different types of cherries literally pop out of the glass and within minutes the bouquet was developing, showing what we could describe as a bowl of fresh red berries including strawberries, cherries and raspberries with hints of baking spices at the end. Upon first sip the aromatics pull through showcasing the red fruit that was once popping out of the glass but is now dancing across the palate. Beautifully integrated acidity balances and keeps this wine very focused! Our mouths were salivating as we tasted and in that instant we knew this would be Hi-Time worthy for your Turkey Day extravaganza!

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