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TOMAS CUSINE 10 VILOSELL
TOMAS CUSINE 2010 EL VILOSELL
Item: #380152
Bottle Size:750ML
$14.95
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The nose is delicious with earthy brown spices, leather and minerality balanced with dried cherry and strawberry notes. The cherry/strawberry fruit carries over to the palate-- whereas Read More...
dried in the nose, it's fully lush and even more alive on the palate. The fruit leads to a rich earthiness on the palate with more spice (cinnamon, cardamom) toward the mid-palate and finish, which is completely borne aloft by a gorgeous layer of acidity-- suddenly, you realize that this is kind of a serious wine at the sub-$16 price point. Vilosell definitely has some gravitas and, while we were pretty happy just tasting it solo, a bit of appropriate food would really let this wine shine through (think BBQ, beef, hearty autumn/winter fare, stews, charcuterie, rich tapas).
TORMENTOSO 10 SY/MOURV
TORMENTOSO 2010 SYRAH/MOURVEDRE
Item: #381446
Bottle Size:750ml
$11.95
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Tormentoso is a range of premium, vineyard-focused wines produced by the team at MAN Vintners. "Cabo Tormentoso" (translated as “Stormy Cape” or “Cape of Storms”) is the original name Read More...
for the Cape of Good Hope given to it by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomieu Dias who first rounded the Cape in 1488. The story goes that upon his return home, the Queen of Portugal took an immediate dislike to the name and changed it to “Cabo da Boa Esperança” – the “Cape of Good Hope” as we know it today. There are multiple readings of the word Tormentoso: drama, torment, struggle. All of these seem apt when you consider where their grapes are grown. The vines grow in a dry area with little or no irrigation, but the rocky shale soils of the Agter-Paarl region allow the roots to penetrate deeply, to get to the moisture reserves. The vines have to endure a certain amount of struggle to ripen their grapes, and it's this torment that produces distinctive wines with concentrated flavors and aromas. The nose is a mélange of briar and bramble, earthy tar, dark plum, pepper spice and a subtle minerality, like the scent of oncoming rain. Light brown spices, vanilla bean and grated nutmeg, bring pleasing secondary notes. The palate leads with dark berries and fruits, peppery spice, leather and vanilla oak. Excellent tannins course throughout. A touch of Côte Rotie meets South Africa.
TURKEY FLAT 12 BUTCHER'S BLOCK
TURKEY FLAT 2012 BUTCHER'S BLOCK
Item: #382554
Bottle Size:750ml
$18.95
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The Butchers Block is a traditional Barossa blend made with grapes selected from the Turkey Flat vineyards, including some from the original old vine plantings. It is a blend of Shiraz, Read More...
Grenache and Mourvédre (Mataro), with the proportions of each variety varying from vintage to vintage.
Shiraz adds the generous mouthfeel, Grenache the spice and cherry-like sweetness and Mourvèdre the backbone, savoury edge and fragrance. Balance is crucial, each varietal's contribution is evident yet nothing competes for your attention.

Enjoy with: Warm, comforting meals just like Mum makes - spaghetti bolognaise, braises or lamb cutlets. Or funk it up a notch with braised rabbit or hare with tomato & olives.
TWO HANDS 11 SZ GNARLY DUDES
TWO HANDS 2011 SHIRAZ "GNARLY DUDES"
Item: #378795
Bottle Size:750ML
$27.99
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We’d been meaning to bring this awesome Shiraz to your attention for some time and were reminded recently after having tasted it again. Honestly, as much as we admire the guys at Two Read More...
Hands for the impressive wines they craft year in and year out, this one really caught us by surprise. The fruit is rich, flavor-packed and fresh with wonderful length and intensity. This is what really well made Barossa Shiraz is all about and we encourage any and all Shiraz, or for that matter new world red wine fans, to jump on this one.


VALL LLACH 10 PORRERA
VAL LLACH 2010 PORRERA
Item: #379482
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:92
$59.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2010 Porrera Vi de Vila, a blend of 70% Carinena and 30% Garnacha, displays a very ripe personality with black Read More...
and blue berries and even hints of black olives and perfumed notes of violets and rose petals. The palate is equally fragrant, big and ripe, but with enough acidity and freshness to make it balanced and even elegant in the context. A gentle giant. Drink 2015-2020."
VALL LLACH 11 EMBRUIX
VALL LLACH 2011 EMBRUIX
Item: #381944
Bottle Size:750ml
$21.98
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Priorat makes massive wines; there is no arguing that. But the allure of the region is its stark beauty and its ability to craft wildly ripe wines that nonetheless retain dryness and Read More...
even balance. This wine is no exception: black plums and raisins give way to some red cherries and bright raspberries, with spice throughout--a typical Priorat rollercoaster ride. Drink soon or in the next few years. -
VENTISQUERO "GREY" 12 GCM
VENTISQUERO "GREY" 2012 GARNACHA-CARINENE-MATARO
Item: #383522
Bottle Size:750ml
$16.95
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The Apalta Valley is a small dog-leg valley branching off the much larger Colchagua Valley, but it may be the most glamorous and desirable region in Chile right now. Ventisquero’s Read More...
parcel sits on a slope of exposed granite and river stones directly uphill from the famed Clos Apalta vineyard. This Grenache-based wine shows the varietal’s core prettiness with pomegranate and exuberant red cherry. Zesty, mouth-filling, and purely delicious.

Two years ago we discovered the Viña Ventisquero line from Chile. At the time we wrote, “WOW, what a lineup-- pure, multi-layered wines at unbeatable values,” adding several wines across many price points. At a recent trade show, we tasted the full line again and knew it was time to buy up, but this time we were most impressed with “the best of the best” selections from the “Grey” Gran Riserva tier and a few prestige bottlings. Ventisquero owns over 4,000 acres across top growing areas in Chile, from Casablanca, Maipo, Apalta, and more. The “Grey” wines represent the best blocks in the best vineyard from Ventisquero’s vast holdings. Winemaker Felipe Tosso is a star in Chile, but for these higher tier wines benefit from the added assistance of consultant John Duval, famed as the man entrusted to make Penfolds Grange for over 20 years. This collection is impressive and drinks well above their price tags that seem downright modest in the American market.
VENTISQUERO 08 "VERTICE"
VENTISQUERO 2008 "VERTICE"
Item: #383113
Bottle Size:750ml
$34.95
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While Ventisquero’s Felipe Tosso and famed winemaker John Duval collaborate on all the Ventisquero wines from the “Grey” label on up, “Vertice” is their special project together. “Vertice” Read More...
comes from the steepest, highest two ridges of the Apalta Vineyard and combines equal measure of Carménère (Felipe’s specialty) & Syrah (John Duval’s signature variety). The result is a wine that is both inky and immensely full-bodied and graceful with surprisingly pretty notes of violets and boysenberry. The stony, granite-based soils show most clearly in this wine with a long mineral finish and firm, fine-grained structure. Two years ago we discovered the Viña Ventisquero line from Chile. At the time we wrote, “WOW, what a lineup-- pure, multi-layered wines at unbeatable values,” adding several wines across many price points: we were most impressed with “the best of the best”.

Ventisquero owns over 4,000 acres across top growing areas in Chile, from Casablanca, Maipo, Apalta and more. The “Grey” wines represent the best blocks in the best vineyard from Ventisquero’s vast holdings. Winemaker Felipe Tosso is a star in Chile, but for these higher tier wines they have the added assistance of consultant John Duval, famed as the man entrusted to make Penfolds Grange for over 20 years. This collection is impressive and drinks well above their price tags that seem downright modest in the American market.
VILLA DONORATICO 10
ARGENTIERA 2010 VILLA DONORATICO BOLGHERI
Item: #303931
Bottle Size:750ml
$34.95
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JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - "Deep and bright ruby red color. On the nose rich and complex with flavors of fresh fruits like plums, blackberries and cassis Read More...
accompanied by balsamic hints of licorice, eucalyptus, black pepper and spices. On the palate elegant with fine and structured tannins based on a balanced and reasonable oak aging. Wine of medium structure with fruity taste of dark berries and a long intense aromatic aftertaste in addition to the fresh and minerally character."

Blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot.
VILLIERA 11 EARTH RED
VILLIERA 2011 DOWN TO EARTH RED
Item: #382701
Bottle Size:750ml
$12.95
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A delicious unique blend of 38% Shiraz and 62% Touriga Nacional
This wine is an explosion of spice and dark berry flavours with the tannin caressing the palate. The extra dimension Read More...
of integrated oak was all that was needed to complete the picture of a modern wine that illustrates the art of blending.
VINO ROSSO 13 POPOLO
$11.95
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Organic, biodynamic
VISTALBA  10 CORTE B
CARLOS PULENTA 2010 VISTALBA CORTE B
Item: #380185
Bottle Size:750ML
$21.99
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Winemaker's Notes - "The Corte B displays intense burgundy color at the edges of the glass and blackish color in the center. On the nose, a harmonious blend of three varietals (Malbec, Read More...
Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Bonarda). Balsamic notes. Sweet on the entry and broad rather than long. Velvety tannins and fruity finish, with reminiscences of blackberries."
VISTALBA 12 CORTE C
CARLOS PULENTA 2012 VISTALBA "CORTE C"
Item: #378106
Bottle Size:750ml
$11.95
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The nose is an enticing blend of red and black berry fruits, cherries and blackberries, surrounded by a midnight garden floral ambiance-- the perfume is captivating! Subtle notes of Read More...
briar and cedar wood with a light touch of mixed spices and tobacco make for a more complex, rich aromatic milieu. The palate continues with the red and dark fruit flavors, suspended in an unctuous body and mouthfeel. Notes of charcuterie and leather meld with silky tannins and appropos acidity leading to a layer of spice and underbrush. The finish is lengthy, tasty and memorable. Bodega Vistalba was built in the year 2002 on a family farm in the heart of Vistalba (Luján de Cuyo), Argentina. The architecture style is “Criollo” or Argentine native style. This blends perfectly into the classic Mendoza terroir. Following the heritage of his ancestors and the traditional winemaking that the first Italian and Spanish immigrants brought to Argentina, this is where owner and winemaker Carlos Pulenta developed his personal undertaking of blending wines involving members of his family, advisors, enologists and a highly-esteemed group of people who knew his land well.
WARWICK 11 THREE CAPE LADIES
WARWICK 2011 THREE CAPE LADIES
Item: #382022
Bottle Size:750ml
$24.98
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Dark fruits are forward with hints of bittersweet chocolate and spice along the way. This blend is full-bodied and delicious on its own or paired with stews, a juicy hamburger, or Read More...
lamb ragout.

35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Pinotage, 33% Syrah. Ripe plum and brambleberry aromas fuse with a touch of mint chocolate to compliment the full-bodied smooth tannins. This 'Cape Blend' brings the best of Pinotage to the classic French varietals."
YALUMBA 08 CS SZ "SIGNATURE"
YALUMBA 2008 CABERNET SHIRAZ "SIGNATURE"
Item: #380650
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:91
$39.99
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WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Deep garnet-purple colored, 2008 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz reveals evolving notes of warm mulberries, plum preserve, Read More...
creme de cassis and black olives with hints of sandalwood, spice box and tobacco. Medium to full bodied and elegantly fruited in the mouth, it’s very well structured with a medium to firm level of grainy tannins and good line of acid, finishing long and layered. It’s just beginning to enter its drinking window and should cellar gracefully to 2021+."
YALUMBA 10 SCRIBBLER CS SZ
YALUMBA 2010 CABERNET SHIRAZ "THE SCRIBBLER"
Item: #380043
Bottle Size:750ML
$16.95
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Fans of our newsletter know by now why we love Yalumba—there is no producer in the new world with a longer tradition of integrity and quality. The “Scribbler” Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz Read More...
blend is modeled after the winery’s celebrated “Signature” blend, but at a more modest price. Look for the firmness and class of Cabernet with notes of black-cherry and crème de cassis. The Shiraz notes in the mix seem a touch more subdued this year with luscious raspberry confit. The Scribbler offers lovely toffee and tea with hints of earth on the nose, closing with a spicy, savory edge on the finish. There are no American reviews yet for the 2010 “Scribbler,” but we found a half-dozen 90+ scores from Australian critics, including 94 points from James Halliday, Australia’s most well-regarded critic.
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