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Item: #382554
Bottle Size:750ml

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.
Item: #379482
Bottle Size:750ml

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."
Item: #381944
Bottle Size:750ml

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. -
Item: #383522
Bottle Size:750ml

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.
Item: #383113
Bottle Size:750ml

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.
Item: #381731
Bottle Size:750ml

Chile has been an increasing source of quality wines, which are very easy on the pocketbook. The Blend by Primus is a great example and is consistently one of the greatest values for Bordeaux-Read More...
style wines. This fantastic tasting wine is a blend of power and finesse that merges Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Carmenère, which is fast becoming the signature grape of Chile. Carmenère contributes exotic spice and a rich, sensuous texture to blends.

Primus employs winemaking techniques similar to Napa Valley’s top Cabernet-based blends, but Chile’s economic advantage delivers world-class quality at less than half the price of similar blends from the new world. Ripe, generous fruit is the hallmark of this wine, which comes across as big and bold yet with remarkable balance. The tremendous complexity and long textured finish delivers a wine that will surprise you and will have you asking for more.

Deep ruby with purple highlights. The nose is complex with assorted red and black fruits, earth, spice and grilled herbs. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with lush and silky well-integrated tannins. The mouth-coating flavors of this complex wine include cherries, blackberries and blueberries, along with cocoa nibs and baking spices. The finish is long and persistant.

JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Lots of dark berry, licorice, mint and terra cotta aromas. Full body with fine tannins and a balsamic and dried berry character in the aftertaste. Real balance and drinkability to this. Drink or hold."
Item: #381242
Bottle Size:750ml WS:93

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.
Item: #302258
Bottle Size:750ml

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.

Organic, biodynamic
Item: #380650
Bottle Size:750ml

JAMES HALLIDAY 96 POINTS - "Spent 20 months in high quality French, Hungarian and American oak barrels made in Yalumba's own onsite cooperage. This Read More...
is one of the richest and most opulent vintages of The Signature in the 41 years since the first was made. While the blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours dominate the oak, the wine has a certain elegant juiciness that offers drinking at any stage over the next 20+ years, as the tannins are supple and fine, the overall balance perfect."

WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Blended of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Shiraz, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 The Signature (Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz) is a benchmark example of this classic South Australia blend. Giving scents of ripe black cherries, blackberries and cassis with underlying cloves, vanilla and menthol hints, it fills the mouth with ripe, seductive but never heavy fruit. Medium-bodied and well framed with firm grainy tannins and balanced freshness, it finishes long and youthfully taut. Always a great value Aussie icon, this vintage is right up there with the best and is certainly one for the cellars of Aussie wine lovers!"

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A balanced, complete red with currant, spice, meat and berry character. Full body with polished tannins and a long, long finish. Very structured and layered. Turns spicy and flavorful. This is a great wine. Try in 2018."

In April, Jane Ferrari of Yalumba visited Hi-Time and we sampled the astounding 2012 "Signature" Cabernet-Shiraz blend from the Barossa Valley. This sneak peek knocked our socks off so we ordered big and awaited its arrival. Well, the wait is over and the wine is here! The reviews from the wine press have also come in with a trio of critics awarding scores of at least 95 Points. They used words to describe this wine such as elegant, seductive and having overall perfect balance. This delicious red blend is an Aussie Icon whose hallmark is incredible balance and purity of fruit.

The Smith family has been making wine at Yalumba for over 165 years and has produced The Signature for more than 5 decades. Their "Signature" wine is only produced in very good years and 2012 was an exceptional year. It is deep and complex, displaying the silky texture that is the calling card of Yalumba’s red wines. The polished tannins of this remarkable wine make this one which can be enjoyed now, but also one which can be aged for several years. Enjoy!
Item: #377854
Bottle Size:EACH WS:91

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.
Item: #382777
Bottle Size:750ml

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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