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TIKAL 12 PATRIOTA
ERNESTO CATENA VINEYARD 2012 TIKAL "PATRIOTA"
Item: #381267
Bottle Size:750ml WS:91
$15.98
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#45 ON WINE SPECTATOR'S TOP 100 WINES OF 2014
WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS
- "A rich red, packed with concentrated flavors Read More...
of blackberry, dark plum and mocha, featuring plenty of dark chocolate notes. Offers a ripe texture, with creamy accents and hints of savory herb on the long finish. Drink now through 2020."
TOKARA 10 DIRECTORS RED
TOKARA 2010 DIRECTORS RED
Item: #382664
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:93
$34.95
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WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2010 Director’s Reserve Red seems a very different animal to the 2009: more marine influences coming through on the Read More...
nose with a pronounced licorice element developing with aeration. The palate possesses more structure and backbone compared to the 2009 with blackberry, salted licorice, cracked black pepper and black olive vying for attention. This is the long-term bet: the 2009 to be consumed before the superb 2010. Drink 2015-2022+."

"Perched in the Helshoogt Pass in Stellenbosch, Tokara is blessed with a stunning vista. All of Tokara's wines are sourced from their own vineyards in Stellenbosch, Walker Bay and Elgin. Winemaker Miles Mossop took me through their protfolio of wines that includes some of the finest Cabernet-based blends that I have tasted and a stunning Sauvignon Blanc. I was shocked that Tokara in not currently imported in the USA." Wine Advocate
TOMAS CUSINE 12 VILOSELL
TOMAS CUSINE 2012 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).
TORBRECK 12 JUVENILES
TORBRECK 2012 JUVENILES
Item: #377715
Bottle Size:750ml WS:91
$18.98
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WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - " Wine Spectator - "Smooth, rich and expressive, with chocolate undertones to the cherry and guava flavors, lingering Read More...
easily against polished tannins. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro.

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 90 POINTS - International Wine Cellar - "Bright violet color. Aromas of raspberry preserves, fresh flowers, licorice and white pepper show very good energy and focus. Juicy, focused and lively on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors underscored by a spicy element. Shows a sweet floral pastille quality on the finish, along with silky, even tannins."
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.
TRIGA 12
BODEGAS VOLVER 2012 TRIGA
Item: #382919
Bottle Size:750ml
$34.99
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STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 93 POINTS - "Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, incense, potpourri, Read More...
and five spice powder. Stains the palate with intense boysenberry and cherry compote flavors, given spine and lift by a zesty mineral nuance. Densely packed yet lithe, finishing with outstanding thrust and smooth tannins that build slowly."

Legendary Australian Winemaker Chris Ringland and partner Jorge Ordonez have set out to make 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), from mountainside vineyards (the oldest planted in 1925), with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon added to the blend (planted in 1981).

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. The Triga has not been scored yet by Wine Spectator, but we’re quite sure it will score as big as it did with last years inaugural release (94 Points). Josh Reynolds at Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, on the other hand, has jumped on the new release of Triga with a score of 93 points!
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.
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 12 EMBRUIX
VALL LLACH 2012 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 09 "VERTICE"
VENTISQUERO 2009 "VERTICE"
Item: #383113
Bottle Size:750ml
$29.95
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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.
VILAFONTE 12 SERIES M
VILAFONTE 2012 SERIES C
Item: #381242
Bottle Size:750ml WS:93
$69.95
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The series M 2012 exhibits a dense purple color with a brilliant red rim. Aromatically the wine offers a smorgasbord of red fruit characters: plums, dark cherry preserves, and dried cranberries. Read More...
Underlying these are more mature aromas of dried flowers, balsamic and fruitcake. Open and inviting, his vintage is notable for its silky, succulent entry, lovely weight, resolved tannin, ripe red fruit flavors, and long finish. With only a modest maturation in new French Oak, purity and clarity of aromatic expression characterize this elegant blend of the series M Malbecs, Merlots, and Cabernets from our Vilafonte Vineyard.

WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - The Series M 2011 is full and layered, with an intense nose of black currants, dark chocolate and spice is followed by black cherries & liquorice.
VINO NOBILE 11 CERRO
FATTORIA DEL CERRO 2011
VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO
Item: #302258
Bottle Size:750ml
$15.98
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JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Perfumed with ripe rose, cream and sweet plums on the nose. Lots of fresh berries with savory, minty character, a layer Read More...
of silky tannins and hazelnut on the palate. Better in 2016."

The 2010 release of Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile was a winner here at Hi Time—a Sangiovese based wine with classic Tuscan sunshine and red cherry fruit, pure, fresh, and deliciously tart. We’ve known the wine for years, but the 2010 was the first to climb the heights and win Gamberro Rosso’s coveted Tre Bicchieri. The 2011 Vino Nobile from Cerro surprised us with a brighter, fresher, deeper flavor profile than the highly touted 2010 vintage, then the 2011 also won Tre Bicchieri. Two years in a row is a major achievement for any Italian producer, but it’s exceptionally rare for a wine that costs less than $20. We think this Vino Nobile will cross categories nicely and please a lot of wine drinkers. Chianti lovers will appreciate the suave red fruit and bright, savory balance, but Fattoria del Cerro’s Vino Nobile also hints at the darker depths and age-worthy structure of a powerful Brunello.
VINO ROSSO 13 POPOLO
$9.99
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Organic, biodynamic
VISTALBA 13 CORTE C
CARLOS PULENTA 2013 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 12 THE STRAPPER
YALUMBA 2012 "THE STRAPPER" GSM
Item: #377854
Bottle Size:EACH WS:91
$16.98
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WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Rich, ripe and velvety, this is dense without being heavy-handed, with cherry, blackberry, pomegranate and spice flavors Read More...
that dance through the vigorous finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2019. 1,000 cases imported." –HS

Australia's roots in Rhone grapes go back to the founding of the Barossa Valley in the 1840's and 50's. There are Shiraz/Syrah vines in Barossa that are over 150 years old alongside similar pockets of old-vine Grenache and Mourvedre. A "Chateauneuf-style" blend is a natural for Australia, but in the past, these wines were usually bottled by varietal. Yalumba has been at it longer than most (163 years!), but this is the first release for "The Strapper" blend. We had to wonder what took them so long! The pretty red fruit of the Grenache adds brightness and elegance to some powerful, spicy notes from the Mourvedre (aka, "Mataro.") This wine is serious and responds nicely to a bit of air-time, moving from brooding black fruit to high-tone pomegranate, rose petals, and kirsch. There were only about 300cs for the US market-it will go fast.
ZUCCARDI 12 TITO RED BLEND
ZUCCARDI 2012 TITO RED BLEND
Item: #382777
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:92
$32.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The nose is clean, subtle, and elegant, with well-integrated oak as well as faint notes of spices and smoke. The palate is Read More...
elegant and the texture of the tannins clearly reflects the chalky origin of the soils. This calcareous blend offers great purity, freshness, and personality. It is drinking well and should also age. Drink now-2019."

The ‘Tito’ bottling pays homage to Sebastian’s father and is comprised primarily of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is one juicy, delicious wine which is definitely a crowd pleaser!

We recently sat down with Jose Alberto Zuccardi to enjoy his wines and learn more about his family’s winery. We were thrilled as the Zuccardi’s are taking Argentine winemaking to the next level of quality and refinement by pioneering single vineyard, micro-climate wines in the Uco Valley. Looking forward, customers should begin looking for regional bottlings as well as sub-zones and single vineyard designated bottlings from Argentina as indications of quality. Jose Zucardi’s father originally planted vines in the arid Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina. The high altitude vineyard at the foot of the Andes was meant to showcase his irrigation system, which he hoped to sell to others in the agricultural business. Up to that point, the area had been inhospitable to most crops, but the experiment proved to be a success as the grapes flourished, producing outstanding, flavorful wines.

Jose made the wines for many years, but now the primary responsibility belongs to his son, Sebastian. Together, they have brought Argentine wines to new heights and received world-wide recognition for their efforts.

To better understand the soil composition for each plot of land, Sebastian dug numerous holes in their vineyards. This information was used to plant grape varieties in the soils best suited for them. The Zuccardi’s attention to detail extends to all areas of their winemaking with results you can taste in the glass. His passion is evident in the delicious wines he produces and he likes to say, “The identity of a wine comes from a unique combination of vines, climate, soil and people.”
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