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Tatratea Tea Liqueur: Buy Two, Copper Mug For You!

From Slovakia's snowcapped High Tatra Mountain Range comes a spirited spin on the most traditional of beverages – tea. TATRATEA Original Tea Liqueurs unite the finest brewed black Assam tea with an undisclosed number of other hand-picked botanical ingredients in a unique fermentation process. The TATRATEA process begins with the careful selection of premium teas, herbs and other ingredients.

Each flavor of TATRATEA typically blends some 27 ingredients such as black or white tea, gentian, lemon balm, St. John’s wort, cinnamon and clove and others. After a long steeping process, the resulting tea and herbal base is blended with fruit extracts and distillates and allowed to mature further. Finally, the mixture is combined with the region’s justly famous smooth and balanced mountain spring water, along with a refined alcohol and inverted sugar concentrate. The mixture will again mature before a final filtration and bottling.

"The technical execution is impeccable, the flavors are balanced, and the exotic taste is something completely different from almost anything else we've tried." -Neal MacDonald, proof66.com

We have a special, limited offer (while supplies last, first come, first served):
Buy any two flavors and you will receive a pure copper Tatratea mug (pictured).

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A Fantastic Bang for Your Buck Wine!

Cantine Due Palme is a large cooperative cellar based in Cellino San Marco/Salento, deep in the heart of Apulia, the southerly heel of the Italian peninsula. Founded in 1989 from an idea of its President, Mr. Angelo Maci, Cantine Due Palme has grown over the years up to 400 growers – carefully selected on the grounds of their owning old vines situated in premium sites – and it is recognized today as one of the finest large-scaled cellars operating in the region. With over 2400 Ha of total vineyard holdings disseminated across the region’s foremost appellations, Cantine Due Palme offers a comprehensive lineup of classic Apulian wines made from native varietals, as well as a consistent quality level vintage after vintage.

Speaking of native varietals, this wine is made from a grape you may not be familiar with: Susumaniello. What? Yes! Of supposed Dalmatian origin, its epithet may mean "loaded as a donkey" thanks to its peculiarity for being productive at an early age. The grapes have high levels of sugar and excellent acidity which makes it an ideal wine grape.

CANTINE DUE PALME SERRE 2013 SUSUMANIELLO

The nose is rife with bright, ripe red fruits, plums and red currant, earthy spices and a woody incense note. In the mouth, the march of red fruits continues as we taste more plums and cherries that are supported by a level of earthiness, dark spices and leather, kept lively by fresh tannins and excellent acidity. This is ripe, fresh wine showing structural muscularity while retaining harmony from fruit and spice. This is a fantastic bang-for-the-buck wine-- enjoy it with hearty meat dishes, game, mature cheeses or eggplant parmigiana.

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Limited, High-Scoring Oakville Cabernet from Turnbull!!!

Turnbull has been rooted in the culture and history of the Napa Valley, making wine of exceptional quality since 1979. Operating their small, family business from the original estate winery in Oakville, they pay tribute to their heritage while rooted in the present. It starts with their estate-grown fruit, which they carefully tend to from the ground up through to the winery. Turnbull wines are crafted with integrity and without compromise.

This particular bottling of Cabernet comes from Napa Valley's Oakville District. This is one of the more prominent regions of the Napa Valley, and is home to several of the true cult Cabernet producers! Sourced from their acclaimed Fortuna and Leopoldina Vineyards, red volcanic soils on the eastern bedrock and alluvial soils of the world famous Oakville appellation provide for stunning fruit purity. The soil type in each of their vineyards contributes its individual character to our final estate blend. Hand-picked, and crafted using age old traditional techniques; Turnbull elevated this wine in French oak barrels for 20 months, before Estate bottling this gem.

TURNBULL 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON OAKVILLE

ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS! - "Turnbull's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, their least expensive wine in the portfolio is the most forward and precocious of the cuvées and shows what great winemaking and vineyard sources the Turnbulls are dealing with. The color is opaque purple, the wine shows slightly less tannins than its counterparts, with gorgeously intense blueberry and blackberry fruit, cedar wood, forest floor and spice box. It's full-bodied, opulent, rich and, while still young with a good 10 years of upside, this wine will still be drinking great 20 years from now."

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This Wine Will Knock Your Socks Off!

The Palacio Del Burgo Reserva is an astounding Spanish value that will knock your socks off. Just released, this fantastic Rioja from the renowned 2010 vintage benefited from its aging in barrels and bottle and is drinking really well. Wines from Rioja at this price-point will often get you a young and easy- drinking wine, but this is an opportunity to drink a complex, aged Reserva for about the same price. This wine is really nicely balanced, displaying freshness and purity of fruit while also showing off secondary characteristics and flavors from the winemaking.

Bodegas Burgo Viejo was formed when six families of farmers decided to pool their resources and bottle their own wine instead of selling off the grapes. The results speak for themselves and the quality is readily apparent. In fact, several customers were at the wine bar when we tasted this wine for the first time and heard us describing it in very glowing terms. They asked for a taste and we happily obliged. Soon we were fielding questions from the group, which had been teased with only a small sample. They all wanted to know when this wine would be available for sale. Now is that time, ladies and gentlemen. In a land of outstanding values, this wine stands out. Enjoy!

PALACIO DEL BURGO 2010 RESERVA

Deep ruby in color. Well perfumed notes of red and dark berries mingle with vanilla, mocha and spices. On the palate, the wine has well-integrated tannins giving the wine body and structure. The acidity provides lift and gives the fruit a fresh character. These include red currants, cherry, black raspberry and blackberry. Additional notions of spice, vanilla, cocoa, sweet tobacco and warm baking spices enchant. 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 5% Carignan.

WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Plum, blood orange, black olive, toast and mineral notes mingle in this tight, bright red. Juicy acidity keeps this lively, while firm tannins impart focus. Graceful, with good intensity. Drink now through 2025. Tasted twice, with consistent notes."

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A Delicious Italian Red Under $10!

Our wine of the month hails from Lazio, Italy, and is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot. The vineyards it comes from are located between Rome and Florence, overlooking Umbria, at an altitude of about 450 meters above sea level. With an aging regimen consisting of 3 months spent in stainless steel, Seiano really does showcase its area of origin, its terroir, without oak influence. Paolo and Noemia D'Amico started in 1985-- Paolo hails from a long tradition of ship-owning (three generations) and recalls time as a child walking through the family cellar; Noemia was born in Rio de Janeiro, of Portuguese origin, from the city of Porto, from where her grandparents brought their historical wine tradition to Brazil when they arrived. With wine in their 'roots' (as it were), their company was born.

PAOLO E NOEMIA D'AMICO 2013 SEIANO ROSSO LAZIO

Mulberry and pomegranate, dried strawberries, bramble, violets, tea and a touch of the regionally classic tomato leaf make for a beautiful nose, with the dried fruits leading the charge. Upon tasting, dried cherries and mixed red fruits meld with rose petal, earthy spice and a pinch of black tea. The dried fruits are quite elegant and stand out in harmony with the lush, forward tannins and brisk acidity that keep the mouthfeel lively, leading to a lengthy, resounding finish. This is perfect with lightly structured first courses, non-spiced red and white meats. And did we mention the value? This wine delivers way more juice than its price might indicate-- stunning value.

And speaking of the sense of place mentioned in the first paragraph, we definitely had a "...you're there" feeling when tasting this wine. It's like visiting the local osteria where they proudly pour their favorite red grown in the hillside vineyards above their town, wanting to show you, via the wine glass, just how beautiful it was to live there and how glad they were to share.

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Recently Released, Highly Collectible Glenmorangie!

Glenmorangie has recently released a highly collectible and limited product for Scotch connoisseurs: the 7th release of their Private Edition series. Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Whisky Creation and Distilling, sourced former red wine casks from Portugal-- these casks gave the whisky something of their power as well as their dark tarry fruit aromas. The casks from Portugal were flame toasted after having contained red wine and then filled with Glenmorangie which had been aged in former bourbon oak casks. And the result? A deliciously candied yet spicy whisky with exuberant flavors: Glenmorangie Milsean (Scots Gaelic for 'sweet things' and pronounced meel-shawn).

GLENMORANGIE MILSEAN PRIVATE EDITION 92PF
RE-TOASTED WINE CASK NON CHILL-FILTERED
Color: Copper beech
Aroma: At full strength, perfumed, sweet and spicy with hints of sugar cane, ripe fruits, candied lemon and fudge. With water, more candied sweetness (sugared plums, buttery coconut, sweet lemon and limes, exotic ripe melon).
Taste:
A thick buttery, oily texture with a hint of spices. Lucious candy-like flavor followed by a mix of tart plummy fruit, candied orange peel, cherries and then more fruits like peaches and nectarines.
Finish:
Long and spicy, always with sweetness in the background: ginger, brown sugar, sweet tobacco and cake mix flavors.
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A 95 Point California Chardonnay Under $30!

Foxen has been producing wines since the mid '80's in Northern Santa Barbara County. Founders Bill Wathen and Dick Dore's vision has always been the same since the start; sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking. The wines they produce always display beautiful balance, great texture with layers of nuances and this 2014 Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU Chardonnay fits that statement "To a T"!

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

FOXEN 2014 CHARDONNAY "BIEN NACIDO BLOCK UU"
SANTA MARIA VALLEY

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - "Foxen's 2014 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU is one of the quirkiest California Chardonnays readers will come across. The plant material here is Chardonnay grafted onto own-rooted Riesling rootstock that was originally planted in the early 1970s. Oddly enough, this wine often shows distinctly tropical, Riesling-inflected notes, as it does again in 2014. White peach, ash, slate, pear and crushed rocks show superb energy allied to power in a Chardonnay with searing intensity, fabulous balance and tons of personality."

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Parker 98 Point Dessert Wine For A Song!

While not getting near the attention given the famed dessert wines of France and Germany, some of the world’s most fabulous sweet wines are produced in an obscure corner of Spain’s Andalusia province-Montilla-Moriles. The district is home to Bodegas Alvear creators of Solera 1927 a mind boggling nectar that must be tasted to be believed. Throughout its 284-year long history, the Alvear family has managed to combine their eight generations of experience and long-term thinking to create Solera 1927. The PX (Pedro-Ximenez) grapes for this bottling are generally planted on exceptionally chalky soils that produce low yields (1.2 tons/acre) and optimally ripe grapes. Sugars are further concentrated by drying the berries on straw mats under the sun. A dense must is then obtained from the crushed raisins to produce a viscous “raisin juice”. The unique aging process of the Solera System, which in this case was inaugurated in 1927, ensures an intriguing mix of youthful and long aged flavors, as well as an amazingly high level of quality from bottling to bottling. Robert Parker awarded a prior incarnation this PX 96 points a few years back, and he has now awarded this edition a staggering 98 Points. Now that’s consistency! When one factors in its long aging along with the cost of fruit and the myriad of man-hours involved in maintaining the Solera, this under-the-radar find represents one of the most fantastic values in all the world of wine. In addition to a wide array of desserts, Solera 1927 is marvelous with blue-veined chesses and toasted almonds.

BODEGAS ALVEAR SOLERA 1927 PEDRO XIMENEZ 375ml

ROBERT PARKER 98 POINTS - "The NV Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 is non-vintage, but does have some 1927 material in it. This is totally dark brown/amber with notes of figs, toffee, caramel syrup, molasses and coffee. It is dense, super sweet, intense, rich and an amazingly, unctuously textured, thick beverage to consume slowly and introspectively after a meal. Drink now through 2050, or even longer. 98 points. (Nov 2015)."

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Delicious Wine, An Outstanding Value & Over-Delivers for the Price!

The Seleccion Especial from Abadia Retuerta is back at Hi Time. This wine quickly disappeared after being named #15 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2015 and we are thrilled to have it back in stock. This is a serious, well-balanced wine with a rich bouquet and deep fruit flavors. This fantastic red blend is from Sardon de Duero, a wine-growing area in northern Spain west of Ribera del Duero. It is part of the prestigious 'Golden Mile' (La Milla de Oro) of wineries located along the Duero River in the autonomous community of Castilla y Leon. La Milla de Oro has a special microclimate and is home to some of Spain's most renowned wineries including Vega Sicilia, Dominio de Pingus and Bodegas Mauro.

The Special Selection is produced from the best grapes from each of Abadia's vineyards. It combines the richness of Tempranillo with the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and gains additional complexity from the addition of Syrah and Merlot. This delicious wine is an outstanding value and over-delivers for the price!

In addition, we have two "Pago's" or single vineyard wines from Abadía Retuerta. Each of these single varietal wines offers a more focused example of what the estate is capable of. The Pago Valdebellon Cabernet Sauvignon is intense, very complex and one of the top Cabernet's produced in Spain while the Pago Negralada is a serious, age-worthy Tempranillo. Both are outstanding wines from a great producer and are extremely limited.

ABADIA RETURTA 2011 SELECCION ESPECIAL
#15 on Wine Spectator's Top Wines of 2015

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS -"Alluring for its plush texture and impressive for its depth, this red delivers plum, currant, licorice, tar and mineral flavors that are rich and focused. The firm tannins are well-integrated, kept lively by fresh acidity. Smoke and floral notes mingle on the long finish. Drink now through 2031. 30,000 cases made."

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ABADIA RETUERTA 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
PAGO VALDEBELLON

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2011 Pago Valdebellon, pure Cabernet Sauvignon, has the cassis and herbal aromas so typical from the variety, but in 2011 it ripened perfectly and also reveals showy, dark aromas of graphite, black pepper and smoke. It does have some aromas of dark chocolate and smoke, but the oak is perfectly integrated and makes those aromas of paprika come out and provide freshness. The palate is medium to full-bodied with classical dusty, grainy tannins, good acidity, and very good balance, a big, powerful and ripe Cabernet which really benefitted from the 2011 growing season. This has to be one of the top Cabernet Sauvignons produced in Spain. Drink 2015-2020."

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ABADIA RETUERTA 2012 PAGO NEGRALADA TEMPRANILLO

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The single vineyard Tempranillo is the 2012 Pago Negralada, a plot at 760 meters altitude on deep gravel soils covered with sand; it is a relatively warm soil that provides good homogeneous ripeness of the grapes, vintage after vintage. As with all of the single vineyards, it fermented with indigenous yeasts and went through malolactic fermentation in brand new French oak barrels, where it had an upbringing of 18 months before bottling after a clarification with egg whites. I found the character of orange peel that I frequently saw in the Ribera del Duero reds in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with some rusticity and a little dustiness, with character. There are fine-grained tannins, good balance and a dusty texture that fills your mouth. It has very good balance and it will age nicely."

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Best Value Priced Central Coast Red!

The Paring wines are a second label per say to the Jonata Winery which is owned by Stan Kroenke, the owner of Screaming Eagle. Much like the Screaming Eagle wine, Stan has an equally impressive wine making team behind his Central Coast projects - The Jonata and Paring Labels. Each vintage the wines OVER deliver for their respected price points and the top critics seem to love the wines as much as we do because the wines garner rave reviews and scores. This 2012, much like their incredible 2007 vintage, is back to being a blend of Noble Bordeaux Varietals. The wine is rich, supple with beautiful texture across the palate.

THE PARING 2012 PROPRIETARY RED

ANTONIO GALLONI 92 POINTS - "These are the first wines I have tasted from The Paring, the second label of Jonata and The Hilt. The four wines in this range are all absolutely delicious. Best of all, the wines are all priced at $25 a bottle, which makes them among the very finest values readers will find in California. A great choice for by the case purchases or glass pours, these new releases from The Paring deliver serious bang for the buck. It simply does not get better than this.

The 2012 Red Wine is superb. Supple, radiant and expressive, the 2012 graces the palate with exquisite dark fruit, mocha, plums, spices, raspberry jam and dark spices. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this supremely delicious Cabernet Sauvignon-based red. The 2012 Red Wine is easily one of the very best values readers will find in California."

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A Fantastic Shiraz from Two Renowned Wine Families!
This fantastic Shiraz-Viognier from Terlato & Chapoutier hits all the right notes. Grown in the cool climate of Central Victoria, this wine has ripe fruit and excellent concentration without being jammy. In fact, what stands out most about this wine is its remarkable balance and finesse with everything perfectly in its place. This wine is a collaborative effort between two renowned wine families; the Chapoutier's from France's Rhone Valley and the Terlato family of Napa Valley. With that pedigree, one would expect this to be a delicious wine and it definitely is. Wine Spectator Magazine agreed, naming it #66 on its TOP 100 Wines list of 2015.

As is the tradition of the great wines from the Cote Rotie in the Northern Rhone, this wine is brightened with a boost of Viognier for aroma and balance. The grapes grown in this Australian vineyard were also planted on 19th century French rootstocks, which also speaks to the French influence in this new world wine. The expertise of those involved in this project is evident. This is a delicious wine, which is available at an incredible price. Enjoy!

DOMAINE TERLATO & CHAPOUTIER 2013 SHIRAZ-VIOGNIER
Medium ruby in color. Nicely aromatic with notes of violets, red fruits and spice. On the palate, the wine is dry with fine acidity and is medium/full bodied. The tannins are ripe and well layered and the overall impression is one of impeccable balance. The fresh-picked red fruit flavors including cherry, currants and black raspberry are tantalizing and the wine culminates in a bright and lively finish.
#66 on Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015
WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Fresh and expressive, medium-weight but vivid, with black cherry and floral notes, balanced by a stony minerality that glides into the long finish against fine tannins. Drink now through 2020."
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Cakebread's Rare "Benchland Select" Cabernet Sauvignon!!!

Cakebread's single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon's are hard to come by. On top of their production being much smaller than their other Cabernets, the scores from the critics will often approach the triple digit mark...which makes them highly collectable! Their Benchland Select bottling is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from two exceptional vineyards in Napa Valley's gently sloping western benchlands, including Jack Cakebread's Hill Ranch in the heart of the famed Rutherford appellation not far from the winery. These sites enjoy ideal eastern exposures, well-drained soils and mild afternoon temperatures, resulting in uniform fruit ripening and wines that are simultaneously opulent and elegant.

In order to maximize color extraction, tannin structure and vineyard expression, winemaker Julianne Laks uses a mixture of small and larger fermentation tanks, carefully tailored yeast strains, fermentation temperatures, and maceration techniques to the attributes of each lot of grapes, which vary by location, ripeness level and clonal type. Such specialized fermentations, combined with lot-specific barrel aging regimens, ensure that the finest attributes of each vineyard are reflected in the final blend. This wine spent a total of 21 months aging in French oak barrels, 52% new, prior to bottling in July 2014.

CAKEBREAD 2012 "BENCHLAND SELECT"
CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS! - "One of the flagship wines of Napa Valley is Cakebread’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville (27%) and Rutherford (73%), and aged 21 months in 52% new French oak, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, lots of minerality, a hint of oak in the background, and abundant crème de cassis fruit. The wine is full-bodied with beautiful integration of acidity, tannin and wood. It is still youthful, but the opulent characteristic of the 2012s is well-displayed. This brilliant wine can be drunk early in life, or cellared for another 10-15+ years."

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A 98 Point "Masterpiece" Pinot Noir!

In only three decades, Martinborough has transformed from a sleepy colonial town to a world-class wine village. And Pinot Noir is the wine that really put this region on the map with its boutique Burgundian style. In 1980, owner Clive Paton sold his herd of cows and planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock. He became one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area and named his small plot of land Ata Rangi meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning." Obviously, he made the right decision and his wines are undoubtedly amongst the best Pinot Noir's crafted in the new world. Wine critic James Suckling reviewed this wine and awarded it 98 Points, proclaiming it is a "masterpiece." He also called it, "A significant Pinot Noir that displays immense quality, depth and completeness."

The 2013 vintage was stellar with a warm growing season followed by a cool autumn, which yielded fruit in pristine condition at picking time. The result is a very complex, structured wine with excellent texture and depth. The wine is beautifully perfumed, showing sweet exotic spices, notes of star anise, crushed red rose, violets and ripe, dark berry fruits. There's a tension and vibrancy on the entry, with a compelling, silky mid palate. Fine, layered tannins flow through to a seamless finish.

ATA RANGI 2013 PINOT NOIR

JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "A significant pinot noir that displays immense quality, depth and completeness. Very complex exotic spices, meaty charcuterie and game meats too. There's a whole array of different cherry fruit characters, hints of citrus zest and saffron, foresty bracken too. The palate has immense energy and depth yet treads lightly on balanced structure and even shape. Tannins wind out and around supple flesh; they gather and fan at the finish, acidity is bright throughout and the finish holds long. A masterpiece. Commanding and seductive pinot noir at its finest."

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Two Terrific 2013 Ports!

Though not a generally declared Port vintage, the 2013 growing season in the Douro Valley was a superb one for those favored quintas (vineyard sites) that were able to quickly harvest pristine, fully ripe grapes prior to September 27th when a period of heavy rain fall commenced. As savvy Port enthusiasts well know, the top-tier single quinta Ports from unheralded vintages can often rival the quality of traditionally constituted Vintage Ports while selling for much less. That is certainly the case here as we are offering two excellent, but distinctly different single quinta Port values for your consideration. The Senhora da Ribeira is prodigious and a real keeper with profound fruit depth and plenty of grip while the Vesuvio is more flashy and hedonistic with its tannins well concealed by the fruit. Together these bottles represent the cream of the 2013 Douro crop and make a smart cellar acquisition.

DOW'S 2013 QUINTA DE SENHORA DA RIBEIRA PORT

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2013 Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port comes in with 100 grams per liter of residual sugar and was bottled in May 2015. It is a blend of 35% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca, 15% Sousão and 10% Old Vines field blend. Showing very good concentration for the year and beautiful structure, this lovely Single Quinta Port is full in the mouth and very powerful in its youth. The beautiful fruit underneath announces its presence with some intensity--it tastes great, too. Palate coating and inky black, this should exceed expectations over the next couple of decades. After being opened for some five days, it sealed the deal. It became far more expressive, crisper and transparent. It also became remarkably delicious. It showed not a hint of fading or oxidation. It should age well. On the other side of the coin, you can approach it in several years with some decanting, but giving it about ten to 12 years from vintage date would be far better. Time will tell the whole story, but this seems pretty terrific right now and it still seems to have some upside potential as well. Notes: Part of Dow from 1890-1953 and reacquired in 1998, this Quinta is on the Douro's North Bank. There were 900 cases produced, plus some large format bottles. (12/15)."

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QUINTA DO VESUVIO 2013 VINTAGE PORT

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Quinta do Vesuvio's 2013 Vintage Port is a blend of 65% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Barroca, 12% Alicante Bouschet and 13% combined of Touriga Franca and Sousão. It comes in at 110 grams per liter of residual sugar. This was bottled in 2015 after 18 months in used oak vats. Seeming full bodied and quite dry in perception when opened, it kept getting sexier with air and time, the sugar and the sweet fruit eventually popping up. At the one day mark, it was irresistible and sensationally delicious. This inky black Vesuvio was probably my favorite Single Quinta in this report, although admittedly the beautiful Dow's makes it a close call and may have even more upside. If I had to pick one, though, this would likely be it. This is the sexier and more aromatic of the two. The Dow is more controlled and brooding, just a bit harder to read. They are both wonderful, though. On opening, this preened in its power, but its signature features will be the tasty fruit and powerful aromatics. That was, admittedly, not completely clear at first. Gripping and lingering on the finish, it is gorgeously constructed, nicely concentrated and it has more upside with cellaring than most of the 2013s I've been tasting. This needs some cellaring to become more expressive and softer. It should be worth the wait. (12/15)."

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This High Scoring Wine is Flat-Out Delicious and Simply Rocks!

Bodegas Muga is one of our favorite Spanish producers and we love just about anything with their name on it. Why is that? Is it because their winemaking skill has been honed and passed down through generations? Yes! Is it because they honor traditional winemaking while still being open to innovation? Yes! Is it because their wine is flat-out delicious? Absolutely! Simply put, this wine rocks and makes us happy when we drink it!

What makes this special selection so special are the Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano grapes which are grown at higher elevation in calcareous soils. In the sunny yet cooler conditions, the grapes ripen very slowly on the vine and achieve perfect ripeness and balance. The resulting wine is richer with a more intense purple color, greater purity of fruit and deeper flavors than the regular Reserva bottling.

MUGA 2010 RESERVA SELECCION ESPECIAL

JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "A round and silky red with deep and rich fruit and floral aromas. Wet earth too. Full-bodied, racy and beautiful. True Rioja. This comes from older vines of Tempranillo with an average age of 20 years or more. Maceration is a little longer. Six months in new French oak and then 24 months in old French and American oak barrels. One and a half years in bottle."

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High Scores for One of the Best Wineries in Napa & Sonoma!!!

When Robert Parker says "Run, don't walk – take your checkbook or credit card out and splurge for the Luc Morlet Wine Express", everybody takes note!

Luc Morlet has help to craft some of the most notable wines in both Napa and Sonoma, as he was the winemaker at Newton in Napa, then Peter Michael in Sonoma. You don't get those prestigious positions by luck...you've got to earn them! And you earn them by showing that you have the talent to produce some of the most memorable wines in California! Luc's mindset has always focused around meticulously farmed vineyards and low-intervention winemaking techniques to produce powerful yet refined wines. By taking old world principles and adapting them to California, the Morlet style results in wines which are harmonious in their intensity, richness, complexity and refinement.

We have been touting the wines of Luc & Jodie Morlet for several years. One of their Chardonnays were on our Top Wine list for 2015, and one of their Cabernets were on our Top Wine list for 2014. In the most recent issue of Wine Advocate, Mr. Robert Parker once again touted the wines from what is quickly becoming one of the more high-scoring and consistent producers in California's North Coast. Whether the region be Napa Valley, Knights Valley, Russian River Valley, or the Sonoma Coast, Luc and his wife Jodie know how to craft some of the most special wines from these prestigious regions!

Quantities are limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

MORLET 2013 PROPRIETARY WHITE
"LA PROPORTION DOREE" SONOMA COUNTY

ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS! - "One of the finest blends of its kind, the La Proportion Dorée (Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and a dollop of Muscadelle) reminds me of a California version of the limited production Château Haut-Brion Blanc, even though that wine has less Semillon and no Muscadelle. The 2013 Proprietary White La Proportion Dorée is composed of 67% Semillon, 31% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle from 29-year-old, dry-farmed vineyards. There is only a single cluster per shoot, which results in tiny yields. The wine is barrel-fermented with frequent lees stirring. A killer white, it is full-bodied with notes of caramelized lemon candy, honeysuckle, candle wax, flowers and tropical fruit marmalade. Crisp and fresh with the oak pushed to the background, this amazing white wine should drink well for at least 4-5 years, possibly longer."

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MORLET 2013 CHARDONNAY "MA PRINCESS"
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

ROBERT PARKER 98 POINTS! - "The 2013 Chardonnay Ma Princesse, which comes from the Goldridge soils that run through the Russian River and parts of the Sonoma Coast area, has plenty of white peach, poached pears, brioche, and crushed rock as well as quince. It is stunningly steely, rich, and full-bodied, coming from some of the older vines that Luc Morlet utilizes. The wet stone notes are a clear indication of minerality."

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MORLET 2013 CHARDONNAY "COUP DE COEUR"
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY


ROBERT PARKER 98+ POINTS! - "Lastly, the selection by Morlet of his favorite barrels is a five-barrel lot of 2013 Chardonnay Coup de Coeur. Pure orange marmalade, white peach, pineapple, mangos, subtle toast, great acidity and a liqueur of rocks underlie the wine's structure and intensity. This prodigious Chardonnay should age well for at least 10-15 years."
 

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MORLET 2012 PINOT NOIR "COTEAUX NOBLES"
SONOMA COAST

ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS! - "Luc Morlet produces between 450 and 650 cases of three cuvées of Pinot Noir, all of which come from the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard elevations range between 1,000 and 1,250 feet. All of them come from suitcase field selections of Pinot Noir, largely sourced from the most famous domaine in Vosne-Romanée. About one-third of the aging process is in the larger 500-liter wood pungeons, and the rest in smaller barrels. The wines are also bottled without fining or filtration. The 2012 Pinot Noir Coteaux Nobles displays meaty, spicy, clove, nutmeg and earthy notes intertwined with ripe plum and black cherry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of spice. Drink now-2025+."

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MORLET 2012 PINOT NOIR "JOLI COEUR" SONOMA COAST

ROBERT PARKER 92+ POINTS! - "The top Pinot Noir cuvée, as well as the smallest at 450 cases, is the 2012 Pinot Noir Joli Coeur (meaning Beautiful Heart). The most multidimensional of these three Pinots, it exhibits a deep ruby/plum/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of raspberries, black cherries and damp forest floor notes, a full-bodied, lush, round, generously endowed style, and beautiful purity, texture and length. It comes across as a grand cru from the Northern Côte de Nuits. It should drink well for a decade or more."

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MORLET 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON "COEUR DE VALLEE"
NAPA VALLEY

ROBERT PARKER 97 POINTS! - "Luc Morlet’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Coeur de Vallée is a 300-case blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. A mindblowing effort, it offers up notes of mocha, forest floor, blueberries, blackcurrants, asphalt and licorice. Full-bodied and opulent, this sensational 2012 is one of the vintage’s superstars. It should drink well for 20 years."

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Wine Spectator Top 100 Values!

Our customers often ask for recommendations for great "Everyday Wines" that offer good value and over-deliver for their price. Fortunately, we have a great range of possibilities from around the world to choose from. Some of these are included in the just released Wine Spectator Magazine list of "100 Top Values." We currently have the following Spectator "Top Values" in stock at Hi-Time:

YEALANDS 2014 PINOT NOIR MARLBOROUGH

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Plush and supple, with a juicy quality to the plum, raspberry and wild strawberry flavors. Fresh earth, cedar and spicy black licorice notes sneak in on the finish, along with a dried rose petal accent. Drink now through 2025. 18,000 cases made."

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COLUMBIA CREST 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
HORSE HEAVEN HILLS H3

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Supple, focused and distinctive, with a core of ripe plum, currant, sage and floral flavors, mingling effectively and harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2020."

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QUINTA DO CRASTO 2013 DOURO RED BLEND

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Powerful, with concentrated slate and mineral notes to the dark currant, dried berry and raspberry ganache flavors. Very lithe midpalate, offering flint and black olive hints on the long, focused finish. Drink now through 2020."

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VOLVER ALICANTE 2012 TARIMA HILL MONASTRELL

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Rich yet harmonious, this polished red delivers a core of black cherry and cassis, framed with smoke, mineral, licorice and espresso notes. Juicy acidity and well-integrated tannins lend structure. In the modern style. Drink now through 2022."

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This is Irresistible Wine and at this Price Point a No-Brainer!

Most of the southern portion of the Napa Valley tends to be on the cool side, and prime location for grapes such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But there are some warm pockets here-and-there where Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot thrive just as well as the rest of the valley. Jamieson Ranch sits in one of those pockets, and boy have they hit a home run with their Double Lariat Cabernet!

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards is the southernmost winery in the Napa Valley. The property's rolling hillsides and vineyards were formerly Part of General Mariano Vallejo’s Rancho Suscol in the mid-1800's. Today, the ranching tradition continues with cattle grazing the hillsides, an apiary, and of course, prime vineyards. The soils are clay loam, which means the grapes will help give rich fruit profiles to the finished wine. Also, the excellent water drainage in the ground means smaller berries which helps to intensify color, aromas, and flavors. Combine this with the owners being good stewards of the land, along with the help of a fantastic winemaking, and you have some of the ingredients for producing amazing wine!

JAMIESON RANCH 2013 "DOUBLE LARIAT"
CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS! - "A super-sexy, seductive style of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Double Lariat has sweet tannins, lush black cherry and a blackcurrant fruit, no hard edges and touches of chocolate and espresso in a complex, plump, plush style. This is irresistible wine and at this price point a no-brainer. Drink it over the next decade."

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One of the World's Most Collectible Wines!

We are excited to announce the arrival of our 2013 allocation from Clos Erasmus. This Spanish icon from Priorat is one of the world's great wines and always receives rave reviews from critics. In fact, Clos Erasmus scored at least 97 Points in 8 of the last 9 vintages in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate including two perfect 100 Point scores! Although this vintage has not yet been reviewed, Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate provided a glimpse of his review to come when he wrote, "The palate shows power, elegance and a special mineral savoriness." He also wrote that most vintners In Priorat regard the 2013 vintage as their best harvest ever. Our tasting confirmed Clos Erasmus is at the top of their game, showing tremendous concentration and purity of fruit.

One of the pioneers of Priorat's qualitative revolution, Daphne Glorian spent her life's savings on 17 terraces of hillside vines just outside the village of Gratallops. The sun-drenched vineyards of Clos Erasmus are planted in the famed llicorella soils. This special soil allows the old-vine Grenache to dig deep for nutrients and water and results in an extraordinarily rich and harmonious red wine. The blend is completed with the addition of 15% Syrah and the wine is then aged in French oak barrels for a period of 18-20 months. Only 2000 bottles of this amazing wine were produced for the world.

CLOS ERASMUS 2013 LAUREL

"Laurel" is the second wine from Clos Erasmus, it is composed of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  Laurel has the pedigree and family traits that make Erasmus so delicious, but at a more affordable price.

Deep purple in color with staining of the tears. Intense aromas of violets, blueberry, fresh blackberries, cherries, vanilla, toast, spice, and licorice. Full-bodied with nice acidity providing lift, the tannins are present, but satin-like. Ripe fruits and notions of blackberries, kirsch and Chambord are augmented by baking spice and a light earthiness. The finish is long and fresh.

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CLOS ERASMUS 2013

Deep ruby with purple highlights. Very expressive nose of purple and blue florals followed by notes of blackberry, black cherry and a touch of cedar. Outstanding concentration and depth on the full-bodied palate. The tannins are a mouth-coating and polished, showing pure silkiness with layers and layers of flavor revealing themselves. Blackberry, blueberry, anise and black licorice are evident along with Asian spices. The minerality from the Licorella soils is really evident here. The flavors are lush yet exhibit remarkable balance and finesse. Ageable, yet surprisingly approachable in its youth. Very limited availability.

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A Quality-to-Price Ratio That is Off the Charts!

What a great way to start the New Year! This amazing Garnacha (Grenache) with the eye-catching label offers so much for so little. The fruit is bright and fresh, the palate is silky smooth, and there is surprising complexity for a wine at this price-point. Enticing flavors of raspberry liqueur, black cherry, licorice, and exotic spices reveal themselves with each sip. Bodegas Ateca Honoro Vera is made by the Gil Family Estates who also make the famed El Nido Clio amongst other top values from Spain. They source grapes from the estate’s 60 year old Garnacha vines in Calatayud, Spain and the results speak for themselves. The quality-to-price ratio for the Honoro Vera Garnacha is off the charts and represents an incredible value in the world of wine. Delicious!

BODEGAS ATTECA 2014 HONORO VERA GARNACHA

ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS 90 POINTS - "Deep ruby. Powerful red fruit liqueur aromas are enlivened by sexy floral and Asian spice nuances. Fleshy, palate-coating raspberry and spicecake flavors show very good ripeness leavened by tangy acidity. At once rich and lively, this Garnacha wine finishes sweet, silky and long, with a hint of fine-grained tannins adding grip. An amazing value."

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Huge Score for One of California's Great Classic Chardonnays!

For quite some time, Newton Vineyards has been regarded as a benchmark for Napa Valley Chardonnays. Several notable, maybe even illustrious winemakers have had their hands in this Chardonnay program, including John Kongsgaard, Luc Morlet, and Michelle Rolland; each who have crafted wines that have earned 100 points from Wine Spectator or Robert Parker!

Dedicated to working in harmony with nature to produce remarkable artisan wines, Newton Vineyard transforms fruit of uncompromised quality into wines of distinctive character. They source their Chardonnay from two regions, Carneros and Knights Valley. The Carneros terrain is marked by well-drained, rolling hills sloping to San Pablo Bay. The proximity of the bay moderates the vineyard microclimate with morning and evening fog and afternoon breezes. Knight's Valley is an area also marked by cool marine influences that provide a long-growing season to develop even and optimal ripeness.

Unfiltered Chardonnay is 100 percent barrel-fermented using indigenous yeasts. The wine is then aged for a total of 15 months in French oak barrels, 30 percent of which are new. During maturation every barrel is hand-stirred weekly to re-suspend the sediment, a technique that protects the wine and creates added complexity. The individual lots are then blended and bottled unfiltered.

NEWTON 2012 "UNFILTERED" CHARDONNAY NAPA VALLEY

ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS - "This cuvee has been one of California's great classic Chardonnays for over two decades. It also has remarkable aging potential. In the early years, much of the credit went to some of the talented people who worked here, including John Kongsgaard, Luc Morlet and Michel Rolland."

"Newton's 2012 Chardonnay Unfiltered exhibits lots of honeysuckle, tropical fruit and marmalade, good minerality and excellent acidity that buttresses and provides uplift to the full-bodied, lavish, extravagant nature of this Chardonnay. As this wine ages, it will undoubtedly take on more Burgundy, Batard-Montrachet-like characteristics, but it is hard to resist young (which I know from personal experience). Enjoy it over the next 6-10+ years."

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Port Steal of the Year!

Our last find of 2015 is a real dusey. It’s not often that one can save 40% on a vintage Port that was already a good value at its original price. When a small Port producer has to compete against the likes of the Symington Family (Dow’s, Graham’s, Quinta do Vesuvio, Smith Woodhouse, Cockburn’s, and Warre’s) it is hard to make headway (even with lower pricing) in the US market. Which leads us to this vintage gem from Krohn which perfectly embodies the plush, silky demeanor that made the 2007’s so charming upon release. By rights this 2007 Krohn represents a smart buy at forty dollars. Now, thanks to a distributor liquidation, it is a down right steal at just $23.95.

Quantities are limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

KROHN 2007 QUINTA DO RETIRO NOVO VINTAGE PORT

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2007 Quinta do Retiro Nova Miso Vintage Port is a glass-coating opaque purple color. It sports an enticing bouquet of violets, spice box, mineral, licorice, and blackberry. This is followed by a supple, medium-weight, round, succulent wine with excellent depth and enough structure to develop for another 6-8 years. This lengthy offering will have a drinking window extending through 2027. It is a sleeper of the vintage." (02/10)

Quinta do Retiro Novo is in Sarzedinho, a small village in the Rio Torto valley. The secret to the superlative quality of Krohn’s Ports is a willingness to embrace traditional and modern winemaking techniques that is, traditional foot crushing in stone lagares as well as sophisticated robot crushing to achieve the utmost quality. The Quinta achieves more than 1200 points in the local Port classification - which takes into account grape varieties, vine age, density and other factors - to sit in the elite Class A of Port estates.

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The Fantastic New Vintage of Alto Moncayo has Arrived!

The long awaited wines from Alto Moncayo are here. This customer favorite has been one of our most asked for Spanish wines for years and always sell out quickly. The new vintage is fantastic and everything we’ve always loved about Alto Moncayo. These are big, full-bodied and loaded with ripe, opulent fruit. Surprisingly approachable upon release due to their smooth tannin structure, they are also capable of aging for many years due to their depth and concentration. These wines always garner high praise from critics with Robert Parker twice awarding perfect 100 point scores for Moncayo! These new releases have not been rated yet, but based on our tasting of the Moncayo and Veraton bottlings, we believe they will continue to receive accolades from the wine press.

Alto Moncayo is a joint project between Jorge Ordoñez and renowned Australian winemaker, Chris Ringland. The old vine Grenache vines produce tiny yields of intense, flavorful fruit. The wines are subsequently aged in oak for approximately 1 ½ years, giving them additional complexity and adding delicious notes of cocoa, vanilla and baking spice. Although Veraton is the entry level wine for Alto Moncayo, it is also full-bodied and generous and represents one of the world’s greatest Grenache values. It is packed with fruit flavor and definitely over-delivers for its price point.

Both the Alto Moncayo and Alto Moncayo Veraton are available now, but stock is limited so enjoy them while you can!

ALTO MONCAYO 2013 MONCAYO

Glass staining ruby with purple highlights. On the nose, ripe fruit including black raspberry and blackberry are followed by floral notes and notions of licorice, mocha, sandalwood and potpourri. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with sufficient acidity to provide lift. The tannins are mature and smooth with flavors of kirsch, black raspberry and blue plum along with cocoa, white pepper and warm baking spices. Mouth-coating viscosity leads to a very lengthy finish.

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ALTO MONCAYO 2013 VERATON

Medium ruby in color with significant viscosity. On the nose, the wine entices with notes of purple flowers along with red and black fruits. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and vibrant, displaying freshness and remarkable balance. Black cherry liqueur, vanilla and cardamom mingle together culminating in a harmonious, lengthy finish.

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