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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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Last Call on a WS 94 Point Hedonistic Masterpiece!

Winemaker Chris Ringland and partner Jorge Ordonez have set out to make an explosive, rarified bottlings twice before, with Alto Moncayo & El Nido “Clio.” Triga is the newest of these partnerships, this time centered on a local partnership with Tarima/Tarima Hill in Alicante, Spain. The blend is very similar to the early bottlings of El Nido “Clio,” made primarily of extremely low-yielding Monastrell (aka Mourvedre), with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon added to the blend. The Triga has not been scored yet by Robert Parker, but we’re quite sure it will score big.

 

Triga is the hedonistic luscious masterpiece that fans of Alto Moncayo and El Nido “Clio” would expect. Look for an inky, purple black color; ripe blueberry and liqueur-like blackberry fruit complimented by a range of exotic spices. Triga overflows with richness and power, but the vineyard sits on a mountain of fossilized chalk. This limestone influence shows with added minerality and a vibrant, red currant-like raciness underlying the fruit. This impressive first vintage is worth the attention of any lover of Spanish wine!

 

BODEGAS VOLVER 2011 TRIGA

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Expressive flavors of black cherry, mulled plum, dark chocolate, licorice and mineral mingle in this harmonious red. Offers a sleek texture and a solid structure, matching power with elegance. Impressive, in the modern style. Drink now through 2021. 975 cases made. -TM"

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Two Fantastic and Limited New Whiskies!
Supplies are limited so don't hesitate to order. First come, first served.

JEFFERSON'S OCEAN AGED BOURBON

Jefferson’s Bourbon has been busy, busy of late. Besides recently unveiling some 25- and 30-year old bourbons, it has also begun bringing to market a second batch of its rather unique ocean-aged whiskey. Known in general as Jefferson’s Ocean, this updated offering, Ocean II, will have more bottles available for purchase then the first release did at just 250.

Jefferson’s Ocean II is said to be made up of seven and eight year old bourbon, resting in more than 62 barrels, that were sent out on a container ship that went all around the globe and stopped at over 40 ports of call. An experiment to see how ocean aging might impact bourbon, Jefferson’s founder Trey Zoeller’s idea was “inspired by watching a bottle of bourbon rock back and forth while sitting on the bow of a ship.”

Zoeller, said Jefferson’s, believed this movement “could be replicated inside barrels that would enhance the aging process. The constant rocking of the ocean, fluctuation in temperature and saline-rich air help mature the whiskey faster and add depth to the bourbon. The resulting bourbon has a dark brown hue with big flavors, specifically caramel. The result is a thick, dark bourbon that showcases complex flavors reminiscent of other spirits; the almost black color and caramel flavors resemble a dark rum as the sugars within the barrels caramelized; the briny, savory taste from the barrels breathing the sea air is reminiscent of Islay Scotch; but at its core, it’s a true bourbon.” - thewhiskeywash.com

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KININVIE 23 YEAR SINGLE MALT WHISKY BATCH 2 375ml

If you've been wondering about the whisky from the Kininvie Distillery here is your chance to get a taste of their single malt! This is the first official release under the Kininvie name for the UK, a 23 year old whisky matured in a combination of bourbon and Sherry casks, presented in 375ml bottle.

Nose: Sweet, sugary fruits and deep syrupy goodness. Spicy, ripe peaches being torn open, vanilla, a little kiwi, hints of that Sherry.

Palate: More peach, with cream at first like a Campino sweet, before becoming more removed from the central sweetness with gentle oak building. All fairly light, but full of flavor.

Finish: A little bigger and longer than expected with more sweet syrup notes.

Overall: Wow! That combination of 80% bourbon and 20% Sherry along with the 23 year maturation is the mutts nuts - no wonder they chose to finally release a Kininvie!

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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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Last Call on the Top 3 Wines of the Vintage, Partake and Enjoy!

Many of the 2009 Brunellos are very approachable now and will drink well over the next couple of years, perhaps while waiting on the the powerful 2006s and 2007s to mature. They are rich in fruit, fleshy, with soft tannins. For those who are not into cellaring wines, this is your vintage. Partake and enjoy!

 

SAN FILIPPO 2009 "LE LUCERE" BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

WINE ADVOCATE 93+ POINTS - "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere is aged in both small barrel and larger oak casks. This combination of wood stands up nicely to the natural density and thickness of San Filippo's fruit. This is one of the wines of the vintage, not just for its sheer confidence and personality, but moreover for the elegant nuances it offers at the back. As the wine evolves in the glass, it slowly imparts dark cherry, campfire, smoke, licorice, root beer and balsam herb. It shows the powerful side of Brunello with ample inner grace."

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CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA 2009 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a standout expression with long and polished notes of dried fruit and tobacco presented in a smooth and seamless fashion. It shows good structure and balance but an even prettier nose with ethereal balsam herbs, tar, licorice and pressed violets that emerge as the wine evolves in the glass. The wine hints at a greater evolution to come."

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COSTANTI 2009 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS - "From the Colle al Matrichese location east of Montalcino’s city walls, the 2009 Brunello di Montalcino shows a rich fabric that is woven tight with evident strands of black fruit, mesquite smoke, crushed black pepper, licorice, rosemary oil and root beer. The wine leans away from the sweet side of Brunello to the savory side and that is ultimately what makes it so attractive. It is put together thanks to masculine and muscular touches with evocative shadings of smoke and mineral that shift and change as the wine opens in the glass. This bouquet is a moving target that keeps your fixed attention for as long as you have the wine in front of you. And, considering the general quality here compared to many of its peers, that won’t be very long at all. The mouthfeel feels a bit shorter than past vintages and that’s why this wine didn’t score higher."

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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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Elegance, Finesse, Charm and WS 92 Points Under $16!

On a recent trip to Italy, our Italian wine buyer Patty Quick had an opportunity to visit the exquisite Relaisil Falconiere hotel and Michelin rated restaurant nestled between the old groves and vineyards of the Baracchi estate. This beautiful property dates to the 17th Century and is located on a slope just east of Cortona in picturesque Tuscany. While enjoying dinner at the property, Patty was fortunate to be served the BARACCHI O'LILLO red wine. Needless to say, this wine made a big impression on her! Upon her return, she was on a mission to track down the importer and see if we could bring it into Hi Time. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending as our buyer also loved the wine and was able to bring it into the store where we can now share it with you. This wine has elegance, finesse and charm and will pair beautifully with a range of foods, including Italian favorites and meat dishes.

RICCARDO BARACCHI 2012 O'LILLO TOSCANA

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "Round, vibrant and juicy, packing plenty of cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. Broad-shouldered and powerful, this remains focused on the fruit. Shows fine length, echoing cherry, spice and mineral notes. Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2016 through 2025."

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South American Beauties, Big Scores for Superb Wines!
Laura Catena is an amazing person. Not only is she the president of Bodega Catena Zapata in Argentina but she is also an emergency room doctor in San Francisco, wife and the mother of two children, Luca and Dante.

She had a vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. Under the Luca label, Laura makes wines with impeccable balance, excellent concentration and extraordinary grace. Luca wines are among the top three wines our customers request and once you taste the wines we think you will agree with us that her vision has definitely been achieved.

LUCA 2010 BESO DE DANTE

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - “The 2010 Luca Beso de Dante is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Vista Flores, Altamira and Agrelo that is aged for 14 months in French oak, 70% new. It has a billowing bouquet of dark cherries, cassis, bay leaf and a hint of espresso that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied, with tobacco infused black fruit tinged with black pepper and a touch of green bell pepper. There is a welcome touch of austerity towards the finish that begs another sip, with tobacco then lingering on the aftertaste. This is superb.

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LUCA 2011 CHARDONNAY

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - “The 2011 “G” Lot Chardonnay is barrel-fermented and undergoes 70% malolactic before being aged for 14 months in 30% new oak. It offers an attractive nose of brioche and almond that is well-defined and neatly envelops the oak. The palate is medium-bodied, with subtle notes of wild honey, Turkish Delight, almond and hazelnut. The finish is crisp and focused with a long tail. This is excellent. Drink now-2016.”

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LUCA 2012 MALBEC

WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Very suave and polished, with ripe, pure flavors of blackberry, hoisin sauce and black pepper. Finely textured, this is packed with tar and roasted plum notes, showing plenty of licorice snap and dark chocolate accents on the powerful finish. Best after 2020."

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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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Huge Score for Tensley "Colson Canyon" Syrah!

In 1998 Joey Tensley launched Tensley Wines with one hundred cases and one single goal – to make wines that let the unique and little-known vineyards of Santa Barbara County speak for themselves. Thirteen years later Tensley is a 4,000 case-a-year business with Syrahs in the Wine Spectator's Top 100, a history of high scores with Robert Parker, and a Food and Wine Magazine award for producing the "Top Syrah in America Over $20."

This 2013 release marks their 15th vintage and its obvious Joey took advantage of the phenomenal growing season because across the board, all of his new releases are outstanding!

TENSLEY 2013 SYRAH "COLSON CANYON"
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

WINE ADVOCATE 94-97 POINTS - "The largest-scaled Colson Canyon to date, the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon is classic cassis, black raspberry, graphite and toasty notes to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and layered profile on the palate. This got a big “Wow” in the notes, and while it doesn’t pull any punches with regards to fruit or texture, it stays lively and elegant. It will have 10-15 years of longevity."

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From Start to Finish, A Superb Pinot Noir!

Bill Wathen and Dick Doré have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Vineyards & Winery at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in Northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time their dedication has remained the same: the creation of small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking. They seem to be doing all the things right, as they now have an amazing following, and their tasting room has become a Santa Barbara Wine Country destination! This bottling comes entirely from the La Encantada Vineyard. This “charmed place” was planted by Richard Sanford in 2000. It is located on the western fringe of the Santa Rita Hills appellation, where its northern exposure makes it one of the coolest sites in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. Yields are minuscule, as Foxen typically gets less than 2 tons per acre, but scores tend to be high. This year’s release earned 94 points from Antonio Galloni!

 

FOXEN 2012 “LA ENCANTADA” PINOT NOIR SANTA RITA HILLS

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - “The 2012 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard is another of the many highlights in this range. Here the flavors are dark, smoky and gamy. Dark red cherry, plum, tobacco and cured meats flesh out in a resonant, highly expressive Pinot endowed with notable depth, especially within the context of the vintage. Hints of dried rose petal and violets linger on the finish. From start to finish, the Encantada is superb.

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A Great Italian Red for a Song!

This is a relatively new wine in the Moroder stable. The vineyard sits about 200 meters in altitude and is heavily influenced by the sea being less than one mile away. Soils are Clay and Calcareous Marls. Ferment temperatures reach about 25 degrees with the wine fermented and aged in cement. 100% Montepulciano.

We’ve long been fans of the Montepulciano grape-- it makes for fantastic wine on the tasting front (climate, terroir and winemaking acumen permitting) and tends to not break the bank. Great wine for a song? We’re constantly on the lookout for that scenario. And this month, Aión delivers, capturing our Wine of the Month 2 slot.

MORODER 2011 ROSSO CONERO AION

Spicy bright red fruits, cherries, dried strawberry, black tea and touches of floral perfume, cedar and smoke fill the nose with velvet ease. The tannins on the palate are as smooth and lush, backed up by excellent, zippy acidity. Upon tasting, a nice mix of fruits and spices stand out: more forward red fruits, cherries, cranberries, red plum and pomegranate, meet up with clove and brown spices and a dash of black pepper. These flavors meld with a rich earthiness and stoney minerality, leading to a fruit-filled lengthy finish. Great bang-for-the-buck wine, Aión drinks way out of its niveau. Enjoy with pizza or Italian braised meats/meat sauces: Bolognese, carbonara, osso buoco, etc.

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Halloween Steal!
Prices are good while supplies last. First come, first served.
 
CRYSTAL HEAD ROLLING STONE 50th EDITION

Crystal Head vodka has teamed up with the Rolling Stones to commemorate their 50th anniversary. This limited edition package comes with an exclusive double CD. This will make a great gift for dad with Father’s Day coming up next month. Grab them before they’re gone as this gift set is very limited and will not be around long.

Crystal Head Vodka is a quadruple-distilled ultra-premium spirit. It is filtered three times through charcoal and another three times through Herkimer diamonds. Unlike many vodkas on the market today, Crystal Head does not use any additives making it a purer spirit. It uses a proprietary mash and the deep glacial aquifer Newfoundland water. It has a distinct vanilla note with a velvety smoothness on the palate and a crisp, dry finish. It is the perfect choice for connoisseurs of fine vodka.
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Excellent Juice at a Great Price!

Guenoc is part of the Langtry Estate, purchased by well-known personality and actress Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) in 1888. The Langtry Estate is located in the picturesque Guenoc Valley of Lake County, CA. With over 23,000 acres of land (Lillie’s initial purchase was for 4,200 acres), Langtry’s vast property spans throughout Lake County and into the northern tip of Napa Valley.

The Guenoc Lake County Wines are produced at their Lake County Winery from primarily estate grown fruit. Known as perennial “best buys”, these wines deliver the goods when it comes to quality-- and once the wine buyers tasted it, we knew we had "the one” for October (we’re suckers for excellent juice at fair prices!).

GUENOC 2013 CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The nose on this California Cab is classic California-- plenty of ripe red fruits, cherries, redcurrant, with a layer of carob/chocolate and earthy dust. In the mouth, the fruit flavors are quite forward, with sweet cherries again in the lead, as cherry cousins (cola, lambic, Kirsch) tag along. Acidity is ample and keeps the sweet fruit honest as a hint of rose petal and more loamy earth and a brush of cocoa expands the profile. This is both an easy-drinker and comfy quaffer-- but it also keeps one foot in the erudite row of wine profiles with depth and range of flavors, full frontal acidity and smooth tannins.

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A Gem and a Steal from the Heel!!!

The 2010 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva follows in the footsteps of the 2009, which, incidentally, won the coveted Gambera Rosso ‘Tre Biccheri’ award ( the ‘Oscars’ of Italian wines)! And it did for under $10 a bottle, incredible! Think ‘The Big Fat Greek Wedding’; low budget flick with an incredible return on the investment! Now we have that same talent at work in this latest rendition. Pure Negroamaro (red grape varietal indigenous to the Puglia region, or, ‘heel of the boot’), 100% worth of deep, dark and savory flavors without compromising on those earthy, rustic and meaty characteristics we know to be Salice Salentino (the town within Puglia for which the grape is best known). Originating from vines planted in 1962 and aged for a minimum of 24 months in French barriques. Ideal choice with Pizza, Pasta (red sauce, of course), steak and hamburgers among others. The ‘Go To’ wine if you will. If you don’t, you’ve insulted your palate (and probably your pocket as well)!

CANTELE 2010 SALICE SALENTINO

STEPHEN TANZER 90 POINTS - "Good full ruby-red. Dark cherry and graphite aromas are lifted by an enticing spicy character. Supple, spicy and sweet, offering an uncanny combination of vibrancy, fat and density. Finishes suave and long, with fine, sweet tannins and very good lift.

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High Scoring, Exceptionally Well-Made Wines for a Song!

Maipe is produced in a state-of-the-art winery, Chakana, built with the purpose of achieving outstanding quality.  Chakana winery was founded by Juan Pelizzatti on May 2nd, 2002. Juan was driven to enter the wine industry first and foremost by his passion for wine, and also by the desire to invest his time and money on a product of agriculture. Although Juan did not know it at the time, the company was founded on the same day the Chakana was celebrated on the Andes highlands: on that same day, the Southern Cross (the Chakana for the Inca people) becomes vertical in the night Andean sky.

Juan's mission is to create an integral experience to introduce world consumers to the taste and culture of the Andes. His vision is to become one of the top 20 exporters of wine from Argentina, by consistently offering outstanding value for money.

We thoroughly enjoyed these wines-- they reflect well the kind of quality you can find coming out of Argentina... with the right people, terroir and philosophy, and why we are excited for this part of the wine world.

MAIPE 2012 MALBEC RESERVE

With a nose of spice, cured meats, cherry, blackberry and pomegranate, light floral perfume, we tasted cherries and berries, a touch of vanilla, all enwrapped in silky tannins.  Acidity comes in at the mid-palate as the finish adds hints of earth, wood and roses, cherry cola.

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "The same can be said for the 2012 Malbec Reserve, a 100% hand-harvested Malbec from the estate’s finest vineyard parcels. Aged 12 months in French oak, it possesses a softer style than the Cabernet Sauvignon with more minerality as well as lots of blackberry, white chocolate, incense and graphite characteristics. Deep ruby/purple-hued, rich and full-bodied, it is a full-throttle, stunning Malbec to drink over the next 4-5 years."

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MAIPE 2012 BONARDA RESERVE

In the nose, notions of blackberry, vanilla cream, dark spices, cassis fruit and cured meats swirl. Inky dark in hue, the palate is quite lush and big with fine tannins and strutting acidity lending plenty of balance. Blue and black fruits dominate the palate, excellent acidity keeps it uplifting.

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - “The 2012 Bonarda Old Vine Reserve is about as good an example of this varietal that one will find. Its saturated purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of mulberry jam, spring flowers and loads of berry fruit. Although it was aged 12 months in French oak, there is no hint of oak, only super fruit, medium to full body, and a terrific mouthfeel as well as aromatics. This crowd-pleaser should drink nicely for another 2-3 years.”

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A New Release that Over Delivers at the Price!

Over the last 4 or 5 years Columbia Crest wines along with their H3 (Horse Heaven Hills) line up have really performed quite well against our California wines in that value price tier. The wines just seem to strike the perfect balance of structure, fruit and oak without ever being heavy handed or overtly big.

Harmoniously styled, this new release called Amitage (a combination of the prefix ami or love and the word heritage) is a blend 63% Merlot, 33% Syrah and 4% Cabernet Franc that seamlessly glides across the palate in an elegant fashion. You won’t find any obtrusive, sharp or angular characteristics in this easy drinker making it a perfect “pop and pour “red for all occasions.

Scoring an 89 point score and Best Buy award from Wine and Spirits, the wine maker notes, “This complex red exhibits layer flavors of blackberries and plums with a subtle spiciness and silky mouthfeel that leads to a long, elegant finish.”

COLUMBIA CREST 2009 RED "AMITAGE"

WINE & SPIRITS 89 POINTS "BEST BUY" - "This blend of merlot, syrah and cabernet franc over-delivers at the price, a plush, dark plum-scented wine with sweet oak accents. The flavors are cool and fine, the tannins possessing a peppery bite that screams for a charry cut of meat off the grill."

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We Were Blown Away by this Delicious Wine!

Some of you may remember this wine from last year when we were able bring it into the store in a very limited quantity. It quickly sold out and we were unable to satisfy our customer's demand for more-until now! The 2012 vintage is in and it's another winner.

This wine is a beautiful Bordeaux style blend from the premiere winegrowing region of Stellenbosch on the western cape of South Africa. When the buyer and other Hi Time staff tried it, we were blown away by this delicious wine!

In a blind tasting, one would be hard pressed to guess where this wine hails from. The balance, complexity and length of this delicious wine represents an astounding value, which competes very favorably with other red wines from around the world.

DELAIRE GRAFF 2012 BOTSMASKOP

This wine begins to draw you in with its deep ruby color and stained tears on the stemware give a preview of the nicely extracted wine. On the nose, dark fruit, red fruit and cassis are framed by well-integrated French oak, which is complementary rather than obtrusive. Baking spices, sweet pipe tobacco, and a dusting of cocoa are evident. A floral element and freshly tilled earth add to the complex bouquet. On the palate, a perfect union of fruit and tannin lay the groundwork for a marriage of flavors with enough acidity to provide lift and definition. The silky tannins envelop the Kirsch and dark berry flavors and caress the tongue, leading to a long finish. This is a wine with structure, but also elegance and finesse which can be enjoyed now or over the next five to eight years.

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Petit Chablis for Under 10 Bucks? YES!!

Even in difficult vintages, when the weather may not be overly cooperative, good, even great wines can still be made. Of course, the reverse is true but the proof comes out soon enough in the bottle. Fortune favored us when our rep asked us try this Petit Chablis. The Domaine Laroche Petite Chablis is a delicious wine! It would be an ideal candidate for our wine of the month based on its quality-to-price ratio, but we couldn't wait-- so we are sending this out now! At $20.00 per bottle, the Domaine Laroche Petit Chablis would represent an excellent value, but at less than $10.00 it is a no-brainer!

DOMAINE LAROCHE 2011 PETIT CHABLIS

This wine is crisp, clean and dry with aromas of yellow apple, pear blossom and a hint of Macadamia Nut. On the palate, the wine has considerable textural richness and is nicely balanced with cleansing acidity and subtle minerality. As it evolves in the glass, the flavors of apple and pear are augmented by notes of lanolin. This wine will pair well with fish, scallops and chicken or drink wonderfully on its own. Enjoy!

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One of Our Top Cabernets Under $20 is Back in Stock!

Last December, we brought you a gem of a Cabernet from Paso Robles called Cane & Fable. This wine was one of the biggest hits this store had ever seen. In fact, while this wine was sold out since early spring, we were still getting requests for this wine well into summer! Well, we are pleased to announce the second release of Cane & Fables Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon!

Two talented Paso Robles winemakers joined forces to craft this Cabernet; Curt Schlachlin and Andrew Jones. Curt is winemaker at Sans Liege, known for his high-scoring yet affordable wines, and Andrew is winemaker at Field Recordings  and spends most days planting vineyards and walking just about every vineyard in the Central Coast!

CANE & FABLE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON PASO ROBLES

This is every bit as good as last year's release, maybe just a bit more structured and black-fruited. The wine greets you with a dark garnet color with purple accents, along with scents of lush blueberry, boysenberry, currants, and memories of your grandfather’s briar-wood pipe. As the flavors begin to march across your palate, it imparts hints of sweet plums, red and black cherries, vanilla, herbs, earth, warm cedar planks, and freshly ground spices. Every little sip leaves you comfortable, content, and just feeling like you “stole” this wine for less than $20!

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Huge Scores for this Fantastic Tuscan Red!

Brancaia TRE is a wine full of character giving you drinking pleasure already at the moment of release. TRE stands for the three grape varieties Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and for our three Tuscan estates - the basis for this wine. This elegant and well structured wine ages in oak casks, is easily accessible and matches every cuisine.

BRANCAIA 2011 TRE

DECANTER 95 POINTS - "Mainly Sangiovese (80%), with Cabernet and Merlot making up the blend, this is a great red made from grapes harvested in Chianti Classico and Maremma. The nose shows prunes, cassis, sweet spice and cedar tones, while the glossy palate boasts red, black and blue berries plus pepper notes and dusty tannins."

JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Aromas of strawberry and berry character on nose. Full body, ultra-soft tannins and a silky finish. A beautiful and delicious wine. Better in 2015."

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94 Point Argentine Value Red Under $12!

Our savvy customers count on us to point out delicious wines, which drink way above their price point. Oftentimes, we lead them to the area of the store featuring wines from Argentina, which offer incredible value.  The rise of Malbec as a grape varietal has been nothing short of astounding. Over the last thirty years, Argentine winemakers have taken the little known Malbec grape and made it their own. What was formerly known as a relatively minor blending grape in Bordeaux has reached heights not seen in its’ native France. What makes Malbec so enticing is its’ combination of beautiful aromatics and delicious fruit flavor combined with full body and smooth tannins. It is so drinkable!

This particular wine hails from Lujan de Cuyo in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Dona Paula employs sustainable viticulture practices and believes excellent wine comes directly from high quality fruit grown in the vineyard. The grapes are hand harvested and aged in a combination of new and used French Oak. The winemaker added 37 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 3 % Petit Verdot to give the blend additional structure and complexity. This is a terrific, crowd pleasing wine and great value, which would be enjoyable for your guests at weddings, parties and other get-togethers. Enjoy!

DONA PAULA 2012 BLACK EDITION RED WINE

Medium ruby in color, the aromas are enticing with dark cherry, plum and red currants. Baking spices, tobacco and fresh tilled earth are also noticeable. On the palate, darker flavors emerge including blackberries, black cherries and licorice. The wine is savory with tannins which are present, but smooth. This wine will pair well with rack of lamb, steak or drink deliciously on its own.

JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "A beautiful red here with light chocolate, berry and nutmeg character. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. All here. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot. Drink now"

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