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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 & Chardonnay 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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CHALK HILL 2012 CHARDONNAY SONOMA COAST

Similar to the Cabernet, our Top Chardonnay under $20 is a wine that we take extra special care in selecting. In fact, we didn’t even do this last year because we didn’t think anything was worthy of this spot. But this year….this year there was a clear winner! Since its founding, Chalk Hill has been producing artisan wines from their estate vineyards in the hills of northeastern Sonoma County. For four decades they have studied, prodded and coaxed our complex terroir to ensure that their estate wines deliver vivid aromatics, commanding flavors, great character and regional accuracy. While their 300+ acres of vineyards surrounding the winery will always be the cornerstone of Chalk Hill’s identity, starting with the 2011 vintage, in addition to their estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill started producing their first Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. This 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay comes from extraordinary vineyards throughout Sonoma County consisting primarily of Foley Family estate vineyards. This Chardonnay features fruit from some of the best sites in Carneros, Chalk Hill, lower Sonoma Valley and the Alexander Valley. Chalk Hill’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is light golden in color and displays expressive fruit aromas of yellow apple and tropical fruit complexed by toasty vanilla and crème brulée. The bouquet is pure and direct with guava, nectarine, golden delicious apple and pears. The palate is rich, full and citrusy with traces of butterscotch and vanilla in the finish. The fruit is reined in by great acidity and has a persistent roasted almond flavor.

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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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Another Excellent Achievement from Our Old Friends!

Our staff has always been extremely enamored with the delicate and super elegant wines of Oddero. Upon tasting the 2010 Barolo, we are glad to inform you this is another excellent achievement from our old friends. Bravo!

The Oddero family released its first bottle of wine in 1878. Since then, the winery was handed down six generations, father to son. That tradition changed with the seventh generation. Today, sisters Mariacristina and Mariavittoria (daughters of Giacomo Oddero) own the winery and 35 hectares of vineyard spread across the townships of Serralunga d'Alba, La Morra, Monforte d'Alba and Castiglione Falleto.

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

ODDERO 2010 BAROLO
#39 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 OF 2014

WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Lushly textured, this red cuts a rich swath of spicy plum and cherry flavors, with accents of leather and tobacco, until the beefy tannins corral all the elements on the finish. Balanced on the tannic side, this should find equilibrium with time. Best from 2018 through 2033. 3,000 cases made."

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "Very pretty aromas and flavors of dried strawberries and plums follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and an intense finish. ItÍs all in the finish here. Needs at least five years to come together. Impressive structure. Best blended Barolo ever from here."

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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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A Very Special First Release!

This is the first release of the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard wines and marks the debut of the US-Australian winemaking team of Chris Carpenter and Charlie Seppelt. Of course, many of you know Chris Carpenter as the winemaker behind some of Napa Valley's most prestigious wineries, including Cardinale, Lokoya, La Jota and Mt. Brave where he has earned a reputation for producing legendary wines. The Clarendon vineyards sourced for these wines have been a significant part of Australia’s wine heritage, supplying fruit for many of Australia’s greatest wines, including Penfold’s Grange.

In tasting the Hickinbotham wines, a common thread is apparent; they have beautiful aromatics, delicious purity of fruit and are exceptionally well balanced. All are aged in French Oak barrels, adding polish and finesse. This is a great debut for this new winemaking team, which has crafted wines which are compelling and complex.

These wines are very limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

HICKINBOTHAM 2012 BROOKS ROAD SHIRAZ

Dark purple in color with floral aromatics and dark fruit dominating the nose. On the palate, black currant, cassis, blackberries and dark cherry mingle nicely with sweet pipe tobacco. The tannins are subtle and smooth.

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HICKINBOTHAM 2012 TRUMAN CABERNET

Deep ruby with purple highlights, with notes of black currant, dark cherry and blueberry. The wine is dry, full bodied and nicely balanced with moderate tannins. This would pair beautifully with filet mignon.

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HICKINBOTHAM 2012 THE PEAKE CABERNET/SHIRAZ

The flagship wine is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from the very best parcels with vines more than 40 years old. The bouquet is loaded with black and red fruits, cedar and a pleasant earthiness. The palate is complex and powerful with impressive balance and length, displaying gorgeous blackberry and currant fruit with subtle notes of licorice and savory spices. This wine showcases a combination of power and finesse and impresses with its’ depth and purity of fruit. Stunning!

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Huge Scores for the "Best New Winery of the Last Ten Years"!

Growing up just outside of Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Charles Smith began craving worldly travel at a young age due to his Welsh mother and French father. As soon as he had the chance, Charles decided to move to Denmark. While in Scandinavia, Charles spent the next nine years managing rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe, including the famed Danish duo, The Ravonettes. Wining and dining while on the road became a catalyst for his passion of wine, which ultimately triggered the career he has today.

A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and a pioneer in the wine world. In 2008, K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. In 2009 Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles “Winemaker of the Year” and in 2010 Seattle Magazine recognized Charles as their “Winemaker of the Year.”

Theses wines are very limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

K VINTNERS 2011 "THE HIDDEN" SYRAH WAHLUKE SLOPE

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Aged in 100% new 500 liter barrels, the 2011 Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard is an incredible Syrah that gives up pure aromas and flavors of blackberry, ground pepper, minerality, and dried spices and hints of vanilla in its full-bodied, elegant and seamless profile. Slightly more mid-weight than prior vintages, yet with beautiful concentration and solid mid-palate depth, it has enough tannin and richness to evolve gracefully for over a decade as well."

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K VINTNERS 2011 NORTHRIDGE MERLOT COLUMBIA VALLEY

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "About as sexy and voluptuous as they come in the vintage, the 2011 Merlot Northridge Vineyard gives up loads of plum, violets, cassis, graphite and hints of spring flowers to go with a full-bodied, hedonistically styled profile on the palate. Possessing no hard edges, yet solid concentration and sweet tannin, it will put a smile on anyone’s face over the coming 7-8years."

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K VINTNERS 2011 "CLIFTON" SYRAH WAHLUKE SLOPE

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2011 Syrah Clifton Vineyard gives up loads of wood smoke, tobacco, olive and black currant, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, solid mid-palate depth and sweet tannin that emerges on the finish. It still has some oak to integrate, so give it a year in the cellar and enjoy bottles over the following 7 to 8 years."

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K VINTNERS 2011 "THE DEAL" SYRAH WAHLUKE SLOPE

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The most northern Rhone-like in the lineup, the 2011 Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineyard exhibits gorgeous blackberry and cassis-styled fruits, olive, pepper and underbrush in its juicy, medium to full-bodied, nicely focused personality. Seamless and elegant, with solid mid-palate depth, it, too, will over a decade of prime drinking."

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K VINTNERS 2009 "THE HUSTLER" SYRAH
WALLA WALLA VALLEY
*This bottling has not been rated yet*

“The Hustler ”is from the oldest Syrah vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. I’ve only made this wine three times in  the past tenyears. 35 months in barrel. Great depth and concentration, aromas of cool campfire ash, game and  roasted herbs. Silky and plush with a lot of “WOW,” seamless and complete, this is the last Hustler of the decade. - Charles Smith

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K VINTNERS 2012 "MILBRANDT" SYRAH COLUMBIA VALLEY
*This bottling has not been rated yet*

Dense and chewy, a multi-layered explosion of cassis, wild blackberry, sandal leather and Asian spice. The power is all in the flavor and the texture is pure satin. The most rich Milbrandt to date!

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A Stunning, Beautifully Textured Italian Red!

The Podere San Lazzaro is a family-owned company and they work organically as much as possible to respect the environment and the vineyards. The craftsmanship is very important, from the birth of the first buds until the harvest of the grapes. The philosophy is simple, total respect of nature without the use of pesticides in the vineyard. All the work is done by hand by founder and winemaker Paolo Capriotti and his father.

The vineyards are located along gentle rolling hills in between the Apennines and the coastline of the Adriatic Sea in the rising region of Marche becoming known for its exuberant value reds. The name "Podere72" is a nod to year that the vineyard was planted in 1972 by Paolo and his father with a clone of Sangiovese grosso (biotype Montalcino) and Montepulciano (Ap Mp1) one of the historic clone of Montepulciano.

PODERI SAN LAZZARO 2011 "PODERE 72"
ROSSO PICENO SUPERIORE

This is one deeply expressive wine with 50% Sangiovese and 50% Montepulciano. Dense in color with layers of dark fruit, juicy ripe black cherries, tobacco, cocoa and grilled meat all coming together with structure, elegance and a lingering finish. A beautifully textured wine loaded with personality. A great crowd pleaser through the holidays! Savor with braised steak, wild boar ragu, tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and stuffed olives.

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A WS 93 Point Single Vineyard Pinot Noir from Belle Glos!

The 2013 Belle Glos Pinot Noir “Las Alturas” is produced by the Wagner family whose roots as farmers and winemakers in the Napa Valley date back to the 1880’s. Joseph J. Wagner, A 5th generation winemaker, leads the winemaking team on this project as well as all the Meiomi / Belle Glos wines. As a child, Joseph spent his spring and summer breaks in the vineyard and cellar at Caymus and still works alongside his father Chuck at Caymus handling a role in viticulture and winemaking.

The Las Alturas Vineyard is located in one of the highest plant-able sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. This pristine bench offers the Las Alturas cool, coastal days with consistent sunshine and a foundation of Gloria sandy loam soil. The high elevation, up to 1200 feet, and southern locale of Las Alturas Vineyard is slightly warmer by day and cooler by night with abundant sunshine and less wind than the northern portion of the appellation. All of these favorable conditions work to enhance the phenolic profile of each berry. When planting this vineyard, various Pinot Noir clones and rootstocks were matched to the most fitting soil types and slopes. Yields are deliberately kept low in order to augment the fruit’s intensity.

BELLE GLOS 2013 "LAS ALTURAS" PINOT NOIR
SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS

WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Spares no expense, with lavish smoke and black licorice–scented oak framing a rich core of dark berry, anise, boysenberry and savory herb notes. Full-blown and expressive through a persistent, mouthcoating finish. Drink now through 2024.—J.L."

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A Slam Dunk 95 Point Chardonnay Under $16!

Chile is a land of soaring Andes mountains, a mild Mediterranean climate, and fine wines. From the premium wine producing regions of Chile come the best grapes, and it is here that Viña Errázuriz has been producing the highest quality Chilean wines for more than 130 years.

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard.

Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernization of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines. Dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality, Errázuriz has built a reputation as the “Best of Chile”.

ERRAZURIZ 2013 WILD FERMENT CHARDONNAY

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "This is a phenomenal white with sliced apple, papaya, and chalk with hints of slate. Turns to limes. Full body, with bright acidity and a racy acidity that goes on for minutes with the fruit. Dry austerity at the end gives it incredible character. This was fermented and aged in second and third year oak. Ten months. A triumph. A reductive structured style. Screw cap. Drink now."

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Back in Stock, Wine Spectator 92 Point Cabernet Under $11!

Columbia Crest has wowed us with this $11 Cabernet since we featured their 2009 vintage as our wine of the month. The quality of each vintage since has been on par or better than the previous vintage and the fact that the price really hasn’t changed over the years makes this one of the highest “bang for your buck” North American Cabernets produced!

COLUMBIA CREST H3 2012 "HORSE HEAVEN HILLS"
CABERNET SAUVIGNON

WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER 92 POINTS - "Dark and spicy, billowing with plum, currant and white chocolate flavors, picking up pear and white tea notes as the finish lingers with refinement. The tannins are submerged. Drink now through 2018"

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Fantastic New Rums for a Steal!

In much of the world, rum is worshiped as the pinnacle of civilization. Yet too many Americans associate the sugarcane spirit with cartoon pirates, cruise ship blenders and hangovers. Selvarey (in Spanish, Selva = Jungle and Rey = King), is determined to change what you expect from your rum.

SELVAREY WHITE RUM

Co-founded by musician Bruno Mars, Selvarey (pronounced Sel-vuh-ray) is far from just another celebrity brand. Rather, Mars worked with legendary master blender Don Francisco “Pancho” Fernandez, the former Cuban Minister of Rum and thirty-five year veteran of Havana Club, to create a new standard of white rum. In the midst of sugarcane fields on the coast of Panama, Don Pancho crafts Selvarey White from a blend of three and five-year-old rums, distilled in 1922 copper column stills, aged in American oak and carbon filtered to remove the color without losing the deep flavors imparted in the aging process. The 3 year-old rum brings the youth and vibrancy which is rounded off by the full-bodied richness of the mature 5 year old. Unlike many white rums, Selvarey has been painstakingly designed with the distinct goal of being fine enough to sip on the rocks. But it has garnered an incredible amount of press for its prowess as a mixer in high-end cocktails. It's already earned numerous accolades including a 94 rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine, the highest rating ever awarded to a white rum in the history of the publication.

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SELVAREY CACAO RUM

With Selvarey Cacao, Don Pancho hand selects a rich five-year-old rum whose inherent flavor is brought out by the infusion of natural chocolate. The result is a spirit that elevates coffee cocktails, mudslides, or chocolate martinis into a luxury experience yet it's an absolute a pleasure just to sip on its own. Selvarey Cacao has quickly become one of the most awarded new spirits in recent memory, receiving an astounding 95 rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine as well as winning the gold medal at the 2014 Miami Rum Fest and the coveted Chairman's Trophy at the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York City, the first flavored rum ever to do so.

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Big Score for A Very Different, Very Savory and Totally Delicious Red!

Victor de la Serna has spent his career as a journalist writing about food & wine for El Mundo newspaper in Madrid—he is one of the foremost wine-critics in Spain. In 1988 he followed a dream buying land in a high altitude area of Manchuela, a little known area east of La Mancha. De la Serna was particularly fascinated about the potential of Syrah in Mancheula and he imported top-quality cuttings from France. The Syrah at the core of “Salia” has the aromatic intensity of the best French Syrahs—black pepper, smoked meats, sage, sweet tobacco leaf and blue plum. With an elevation of 3,400 feet on the estate, the coolness of the mountain shows through. The wine gains added ripeness and a more identifiably “Spanish” flavor profile on the mid-palate thanks to healthy amounts of Garnacha in the blend. We were fascinated when we tried the wine . . . very different, very savory and totally delicious.

FINCA SANDOVAL 2010 "SALIA"

ROBERT PARKER 90 POINTS - “The 2010 Salia, a blend of 49% Syrah, 30% Garnacha Tintorera and 21% Garnacha Tinta, was aged 11 months in French and American oak, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. This beautiful, dense purple-colored 2010 exhibits a meaty note of beef blood intermixed with attractive, round, supple black fruits, bouquet garni and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, distinctive and complex with a heady finish, its Syrah component no doubt provides the beefy character. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.”

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A Truly Great Find for So Little Money!

We were floored by this truly sophisticated tasting wine that costs so little money. Old word fans, take note! You will want this at hand as the Fall season approaches.

The wine comes from Alicante, a charming harbor town in southeastern Spain. It is a lesser-known wine region compared to Rioja, but it brings excellent value and amazing quality wines. The winemaking family “Primitivo Quiles” (not to be confused with the grape primitivo) has been around wine for over 200 years, and looking at their label, not much has been changed since then!

This thick-skinned heavy-duty grape has been growing, uninterrupted, in southeast Spain since the 15th century. The Quiles family make their youngest (Joven), the "Cono 4" from 100% Monastrell (a.k.a: Mouvedre) from vines ranging in age from 50 to an incredible 110 years old. The Primitivo Quiles “Cono 4” was fermented and aged in 80 year old oak foudres. Monastrell can be big, dense and tarry, but this is a gentleman’s Monastrell with elegant fruit and lacking in harsh edges.

Think of this wine as a cross between an aged French Bandol, and a traditionally styled Rioja with a core of dusty plum, figs, and cherry fruit. It is rustic, with mild dark fruit and a seamless finish. The most impressive and memorable thing about of this wine is its texture. It is both rustic and velvet, the tannins are present and provide structure, but are so gentle and soothing. A truly great find!

PRIMITIVO QUILES 2013 "CONO 4" MONASTRELL

Garnet color with a pinkish rim, this is a medium-bodied wine with aromas of dark chocolate, raisins, figs, fall leaves. On the palate is brambly fruit, wild herbs, and earth, with dark plum, figs, and warm berry compote. Although aromatically this wine has many sweet characteristics, this a dry wine. The savory dark-fruited palate also boasts balanced acidity, good minerality, and subtle orange peel on the finish. Super-soft tannins and medium acidity, provide this wine with a gentle pleasing finish. This is a comforting wine to be had with braised meat, roast pork, Cassoulet or English Cheddar.

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