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Product Name Supplier Country
Pinot Blanc Reserve  ALSACE WILLM  France 
Type Varietal Region
White  Pinot Blanc  Alsace 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$14.84   Open View Legend  
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+29983  3442680020058  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ "This dry white shows jangly acidity and flavors of lemon curd and stone, with a hint of vanilla. A bit richer than some of its peers, with a modest finish." - Wine Spectator, Sept 30/09

2007 ~ "A hint of earth mixes with the fresh lemon peel, clementine and spice notes. Juicy, a bit broader than some of its peers, with a modest finish. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, Oct 31/08

2006 ~ Top Value! "This shy white shows hints of pear, honeycomb and lemon zest on a clean, dry framework. Drink now!" - Wine Spectator, Nov/07

2003 ~ "A rich white, offering apple and white peach flavors, lively acidity and a grapefruit peel accent on the finish. Balanced, if compact." - Wine Spectator, Jun/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale straw.

Aroma:
Medium-intense, fresh citrus and mineral notes.

Taste:
Clean and crisp with ripe, juicy flavours of green apple, peaches and apricots. Balanced acidity with long, fruity finish.

Pairing:
An ideal aperitif, or partner to pasta dishes in cream sauce, seafood, chicken and soft cheeses.



Other Info:

Alsace Willm Estate Winery was founded in 1896 in the town of Barr, south of Strasbourg. Willm owns two outstanding Grand Cru properties, The Kirchberg de Barr and the Clos Gaensbronnel, and produces a wide selection of still and sparkling wines.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Gewurztraminer Reserve  ALSACE WILLM  France 
Type Varietal Region
White  Gewurztraminer  Alsace 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$20.24   Open View Legend  
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+58222    Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ "Ripe and pleasant, with juicy acidity carrying the clean grapefruit, tangerine and lychee flavors, followed by a lip-smacking, floral finish. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, Oct 31/08

2005 ~ Top Value ~ "Ripe yet juicy. Soft talc and floral aromas and flavors, with apricot and grapefruit accents. Well-balanced." - Wine Spectator, Oct 31/06


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale golden yellow.

Aroma:
Fragrant nose with spicy-grapey aromas.

Taste:
Spicy, full-bodied and well balanced.

Pairing:
Wonderful with rich and creamy dishes, seafood - in particular shellfish and highly seasoned dishes. Great for Thanksgiving dinner.



Other Info:

Alsace Willm Estate Winery was founded in 1896 in the town of Barr, south of Strasbourg. Willm owns two outstanding Grand Cru properties, The Kirchberg de Barr and the Clos Gaensbronnel, and produces a wide selection of still and sparkling wines.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pinot Gris Reserve  ALSACE WILLM  France 
Type Varietal Region
White  Pinot Gris  Alsace 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$20.24   Open View Legend  
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+370676  3442680040056  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ "This juicy, fruity white offers pomegranate and orange granita flavors, with nice tangy acidity and a lightly mouthwatering finish that echoes a licorice note." - Wine Spectator, Nov 15/08

2006 ~ 89 Points. "Tropical fruit and spicy aromatics jump out of the glass. The palate brings together apple and pear flavors atop a soft, fleshy texture. A note of toasty nut lingers on the finish." - Tidings Magazine, Feb-Mar/09

2005 ~ "Waxy, slate, petrol, quince, earthy, spicy, lemon rind and baked pear aromas. Fat, round, warm, slightly sweet palate ... One to enjoy now." - Wine Access Magazine, Apr-May/09

2005 ~ "Peach and apple flavors mesh with the rich texture in this attractive Pinot Gris. Balanced, lingering on the moderate finish. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, Oct 31/06

2004 ~ "Attractive white fruits and spice dominate the aromas of this fresh, soft, clean wine. There is a considerable amount of residual sugar to go with the spice and the tropical fruits. Acidity is less evident, but here is a firmness that holds the wine together." - Wine Enthusiast, Feb/06

2004 ~ "Ripe and round, with floral, peach and citrus flavors picking up a hint of citrus peel on the finish." - Wine Spectator, Oct/05


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Medium straw.

Aroma:
Soft and fresh orchard fruit aromas.

Taste:
Excellent soft, peach and pear flavours supported with good acidity.

Pairing:
Pairs well with white meats, poultry, smoked fish and foie gras.



Other Info:

Alsace Willm Estate Winery was founded in 1896 in the town of Barr, south of Strasbourg. Willm owns two outstanding Grand Cru properties, The Kirchberg de Barr and the Clos Gaensbronnel, and produces a wide selection of still and sparkling wines.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Montefalco Rosso  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Sangrantino-Merlot  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$21.26   Open View Legend Montefalco 
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+824292  8032646060003  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 89 Points. "This blend of Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot offers lovely aromas of violets, earth, berry, and spice. The palates delivers a lush wild cherry flavour, layered with accents of clove and white pepper, balanced by freshness and supple tannins." - K.O, The Wine Enthusiast, 2014




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red in colour with purple tints.

Aroma:
Wild berries, cherries and plums and enjoyable toasted aromas.

Taste:
Generous, warm and beautifully balanced.

Pairing:
Flavoursome first courses like risotto, tagliatelle, ravioli, rare beef, roasted and grilled meats and poultry and mature hard cheeses.



Other Info:

2010 ~ Available in AB & BC Summer/14.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Montefalco Rosso Riserva  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Sangrantino-Merlot  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$37.67   Open View Legend Montefalco 
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+662114  8032646060119  Download Profile
Vintage    
2007     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ 91 Points. "Good full, deep red. Musky, wild, vibrantly sangiovese aromas of red cherry, licorice, sweet pipe tobacco, violet and mint. Aromatic but tighter on the palate, displaying very good energy and lift to the flavors of red cherry, sweet spices and oak. Not as immediately showy as the Montefalco Rosso, but this has greater depth and sweetness of fruit. The long finish shows a firm but polished tannic spine. This blossomed with aeration, so I'd decant it a couple of hours ahead, at least. One of the more impressive Montefalco Rosso Riserva wines by Antonelli in memory." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar-Apr/13

2007 ~ 90 Points. "Made from Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot, this structured wine delivers notes of blackcherry, raspberry, black pepper and spice, along with a licorice accent. It has a bracing but ripe tannins that need a few more years to unwind. Drink 2015-2022. - The Wine Enthusiast, 2014




Tasting Notes:



Other Info:

2007 ~ Available in BC & AB Summer/14.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Montefalco Sagrantino  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sagrantino  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$44.08   Open View Legend Montefalco 
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+646505  8032646060010  Download Profile
Vintage    
2008     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ 89 Points. "Fragrances of black fruit and spice lead the nose of this wine, while the palate delivers notes of ripe blackberry, white pepper, and licorice, all accompanied by youthful, aggressive tannins." - Wine Enthusiast, February 2014




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red in colour with garnet hues.

Aroma:
Rich and powerful nose with ethereal and complex notes featuring elegant fruit with blackberry and plums backed up with sweet wood.

Taste:
Replete with red fruit and final tannins.

Pairing:
Grilled and roast meats, stewed red meats (beef, lamb), game (wild boar, guinea fowl, pigeon) and mature hard cheeses.



Other Info:

2008 ~ Available in BC & AB Summer/14.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sagrantino  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$57.71   Open View Legend Montefalco 
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+861187  8032646060164  Download Profile
Vintage    
2006     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2006 ~ 91 Points. "A dense red, with brawny tannins, this will need time in the cellar before the subtle kirsch, black olive, graphite and leather notes gain a more expressive toehold. Shows lasting grip on the spiced finish. Best from 2016 through 2026." - Wine Spectator, 2014

2006 ~ 90 Points. "This structured Sagrantino is loaded with blackberry, spice, leather, and balsamic herb sensations. It also demonstrates the grapes massive tannins that will give this wine many more years of staying power. Drink 2016-2029." - K.O, The Wine Enthusiast, 2014




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby.

Aroma:
Perfumed herbs, dried flowers and sweet spices complement red fruits on the fresh nose.

Taste:
Firm and silky with fresh acidity and tannins, with aniseed and blackberry character.



Other Info:

2006 ~ Available in BC & AB Summer/14.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateau Haut Nadeau  ASCLEPIADE  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon  Bordeaux 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$18.89   Open View Legend  
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+757658  3760108290341  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ Gold Medal - Concours de Bordeaux 2011

2010 ~ Gold Medal - Vins D'Aquitane 2011




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red.

Aroma:
Intense nose of blackberry, plum, cassis & leather.

Taste:
Spicy dark fruit flavours of blackcurrant & blueberry, with elements of licorice and stony earth. Full bodied and balanced with a long dry finish.

Pairing:
Try with chorizo and pepperoni pizza, vegetarian lasagna, a slow cooked Ragu or even a paella.



Other Info:

Before taking over this Entre-Deux-Mers estate from his parents, wine maker Patrick Audouit had completed advanced studies in oenology & was making his mark as a consultant to Bordeaux producers. After many years of giving advice, he decided that he should put his ideas into practice and return to the family domain. In the 90's he completely transformed the estate and turned his wine storehouse into a lab devoted to producing perfectly balanced and mature wines. Such talent and audacity did not go unnoticed: Robert Parker was quick to praise Chateau Haut-Nadeau as one of the best wines from this unheralded Bordeaux sub region.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Penascal Tempranillo  BARCELO ESTATES  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Tempranillo-Garnacha  Castilla y Leon 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$11.48   Open View Legend  
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+343434  084159000166  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ BEST BUY - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2013

2007 ~ "Crimson colored, it reveals an expressive nose of spice box, pepper, violets and black cherry. Fruity and easy-going on the palate, it contains a bit of structure that will allow it to offer pleasure over the next 3-4 years. It is an excellent value." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Apr/10

2005 ~ Killer Value! - Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2008

2005 ~ "Bright and focused, this crisp, supple red offers cherry, berry, herb and leaf notes, with just enough tannin for grip." - WineSpectator.com, Jun/08

2005 ~ "If you'd rather keep wine in your glass, might we suggest a value-minded winter warmer? You can think sunny, happy thoughts while sipping the Penascal 2005 Tempranillo from Spain. Now sealed with a nifty screwcap, it's a juicy red showcasing flavours of raspberry and plum that finishes with a satisfying, 180-grit sandpaper tannin grip." - James Nevison and Kenji Hodgson, The Province Newspaper, Dec 13/07

2005 ~ Value Wine of the Month! "Bold and spicy but by no means a jam-ball! This hearty little beast will breathe new life into your beleaguered entertainment budget. Medium-bodied with ripe blackberry, spice and earth flavours held in check with a blush of fine grained tannins. Simple and delicious." - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Dec/07

2004 ~ Judges' Choice - Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2007

2004 ~ Best Buy. "Penascal has emerged as one of those value brands that delivers. This installment of Tempranillo is full of berry, prune and leather aromas, while the palate is creamy and rather full, with smooth berry notes and more than adequate richness." - Wine Enthusiast, Nov/06

2003 ~ "This gentle red is fruity and almost sweet, with cherry pie, milk chocolate and vanilla flavors. It remains fresh though, and has just enough tannins for grip." - Wine Spectator, Nov/05

2002 ~ IMPRESSIVE VALUE! Intense aromas and flavors of plummy/berry fruit and spicy notes on the finish." - Wine Access Magazine, Nov/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Bright ruby red.

Aroma:
Ripe primary red berry aromas with soft vanilla notes.

Taste:
Ripe red fruit with a hint of earth and spice, well balanced and lingering on the palate.

Pairing:
Pair with pizza, pasta, burgers and barbecued meats.



Other Info:

In 1999, Hijos de Antonio Barcelo (founded in 1876 in Malaga) planted a 300 Ha estate near Medina del Campo, in the Duero valley, under the new "appellation" of Vino de La Tierra de Castilla y Leon. Key varietals planted include: Tempranillo, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. Apart from the high altitude of the estate, c. 550m-650m above sea-level the estate also benefits from predominantly chalk based soils and there is computer controlled drip irrigation for the whole vineyard. At the estate we also have vinification capacity for some 200.000 Kg and 90, 225L French oak barrels, with the remaining fruit being transported at night to the new cellar in Laguna del Duero.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Penascal Sauvignon Blanc  BARCELO ESTATES  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
White  Sauvignon Blanc  Castilla y Leon 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$11.50   Open View Legend  
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+343442  084159000180  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ BEST BUY - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2013

2008 ~ Recommended White Values - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/09

2005 ~ Best Buy. "Lively, with pungent, aggressive Sauvignon aromas of prickly fruit, grapefruit and greens. The palate is heavy and all about pink grapefruit, while the texture is thick." - Wine Enthusiast, Nov/06

2005 ~ Value Wine of the Month. "Clean, fresh and unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc! This perky little white from the Spanish heartland punches well above its meager price point, delivering delicious lime, citrus and pear flavours. Slightly grassy and surprisingly rich with crisp refreshing acidity and lively finish." - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Dec/07

2004 ~ Best Buy. "Zesty with citrus fruit flavors. Lengthy on the finish with hints of peaches and mineral. - Wine Enthusiast, Oct/05

2003 ~ Finest Wines of 2005. "The case lot of the list of the year ... Among the dinner-table drinking whites, this one, from '03 sits at the top." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, Dec/05

2003 ~ "Spanish Sauvignon is catching on. Look for a grassy, grapefruit rind, mineral, passionfruit nose wrapped up in a Euro-dry, elegant, fresh, clean style with mineral, green apple skin, grassy, grapefruit flavours. This is solid sauvignon albeit in a slightly austere, crisp style but its balanced. Try with clams or oysters. Good value. Consistent, tasted twice this year." - Gismondi on Wine, Sept/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Bright and clean yellow with green lemon hues.

Aroma:
Lively, expresses all the potential of the Sauvignon Blanc variety with citrus, mineral and guava notes.

Taste:
Well balanced, rich with a long and lingering finish.

Pairing:
Great as an aperitif with seafood and pasta. Serve between 5-7 degrees C.



Other Info:

In 1999, Hijos de Antonio Barcelo (founded in 1876 in Malaga) planted a 300 Ha estate near Medina del Campo, in the Duero valley, under the new "appellation" of Vino de La Tierra de Castilla y Leon. Key varietals planted include: Tempranillo, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. Apart from the high altitude of the estate, c. 550m-650m above sea-level the estate also benefits from predominantly chalk based soils and there is computer controlled drip irrigation for the whole vineyard. At the estate we also have vinification capacity for some 200.000 Kg and 90, 225L French oak barrels, with the remaining fruit being transported at night to the new cellar in Laguna del Duero.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Storks' Tower Tempranillo-Shiraz  BARCELO ESTATES  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Tempranillo-Shiraz  Castilla y Leon 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$10.79   Open View Legend  
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+733187  084159002139  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ Silver Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013

2009 ~ "It sports a lovely bouquet of spice box lavender black cherry, and black raspberry. This leads to a medium-bodied, ripe, savory, pleasure-bent red with plenty of spicy fruit and a medium-long finish. This super value is another example of how good the 2009 vintage is in Spain's Tempranillo belt." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, July/11

2009 ~ "Gamy and meaty flavors dominate a core of black cherry and licorice in this toasty red, which has a polished texture, chewy tannins and a smoky finish. Drink now through 2015." - Wine Spectator, September 30th, 2012

2008 ~ "Displays notes of slightly roasted herbs, spice box, black cherry, and blueberry. Friendly and easy-going on the palate, it finished with no hard edges. - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Apr/10

2007 ~ Judges' Choice - Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2010

2007 ~ Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009

2007 ~ "Recommended red values under $25." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/09

2006 ~ "Here's big, dark extract and lots of blackberry jam; there are a dozen autumn stews and casseroles you'll soon be encountering for which this is the perfect foil." - Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, Sept/09

2006 ~ "Adds up to a crowd pleaser. With oodles of black cherry, cigar, and cracked black pepper aromas and flavours, it's a red that's eager to please, and will go pleasingly well with an array of festive finger foods." - James Nevison, The Province, Aug 13/09

2006 ~ "A lot of wine for the money. Obviously made to please a lot of consumers with a happy medium between New World style and traditional Old World wine making. Beautiful deep dark red in colour, with aromas of cherry, blueberry and earthy notes, leading to rich spicy red fruit with nicely integrated tannins and a food friendly balanced acid on the finish. Plummy and pleasing." - Wilf's Wine Press, Issue 63, July/09

2006 ~ "Bold, juicy, burly, inky red, with plenty of rich, plummy, curranty fruit to the fore." - The Times Magazine, Sept/08

2006 ~ "First ever 'Hat trick' of prizes for a single brand." - Off Licence News New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, Sept/08

2006 ~ "This modern, sophisticated wine is a million miles away from the oaky, dried-out reds Spain used to specialise in. It has a subtly savoury, spicy backbone under a palate of pure red berry fruit. Great value, too." - Jamie Goode, Sunday Express, July 20/08

2006 ~ "The plummy, silky tempranillo grape is Spain's top indigenous varietal. Kiwi Master of Wine Sam Harrop's input is evident here, too, with a superb, spicy, briary red delivering elegant, fat, juicy plum and blackberry fruit." - The Times Top 100 Under $8, Nov 17/07


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep cherry red.

Aroma:
Intense fresh red berry, black fruit and spice.

Taste:
The aromas carry through on the full-textured palate supported by polished tannins, balanced alcohol and soft, well-integrated acidity.

Pairing:
A natural partner to sausages and grilled or roast meats.



Other Info:

The region: Castilla Y Leon, in the north of Spain, is hot and dry, with picturesque castles and cathedrals that date back to the Middle Ages. The area's long history of vine-growing was revolutionized over the past 30 years with the introduction of modern winemaking methods. Denominations such as Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Bierzo are now internationally recognized as producing some of Spain's most exciting wines. Barcelo, Stork's Tower's parent company, has been growing vines and making wine at a 300-ha estate in Laguna de Duero since the 1970s.
Estate-grown fruit from select blocks is carefully hand-picked. Spanish stalwart Tempranillo (50%) provides its signature bright strawberry flavours and fresh aromatics, while Shiraz (50%) adds rich black fruit, fat texture and spice notes. The wine is aged in new and used American oak for three months. The winemaking team is led by Sam Harrop MW. Renowned for his scorn of late-picking, overuse of new oak and heavy-handed winemaking manipulations, Harrop's approach focuses on ensuring balance and diversity.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Grappa di Moscato  BENIAMINO MASCHIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Grappa  Moscato Canelli  Fruili 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$34.14   Open View Legend  
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+523480  8004595028861  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear water white.

Aroma:
Intense floral notes from the moscato combine with grappa's characteristic herbal/anise scents.

Taste:
Aromas carry through on the intense, full-texture unctuous palate.



Other Info:

The company was founded in the early '60s by Beniamino Maschio, inheritor of a family tradition that has linked the Maschio name to grappa for over three centuries. While still very young, Beniamino began distilling with his brothers in their father's distillery. In 1964, he started his own business in San Michele di Feletto on the hills of Conegliano. Blending love for the profession and a deep study of experimentation, he learned to produce excellent distillations of grape marc, and learned how to blend and age them to craft refined and incredibly elegant products.
Today, Beniamino Maschio's grappas continue to convey the extraordinary quality of this most celebrated Italian distillate outside the country. Research, technique, and quality are the watchwords in his company, thanks to the commitment that the talented wine specialists pour daily into bringing out the original varietal stampings in every distillate and grappa.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 700ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barbera d'Asti Costalunga DOC  BERSANO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Barbera  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$16.98   Open View Legend  
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+348680  8000192005502  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast, 2012

2011~ 89+ Points & Best Buy Reds - Gordon Stimmell – Best value wines of 2013, The Toronto Star, Dec 2013

2011- 87 Points - Wine Spectator

2007 ~ Killer Value - Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2009

2004 ~ 93 Points. "Think of it as a fine little pinot noir. It has ripe raspberry fruit with floral, licorice and leather flavours. Light to medium weight, this wine is cohesive and smooth, with low tannin and a tartish acidity on the finish. Very good length. 2007 to 2011." - Toronto Life Dec 3/07

2003 ~ 3 1/2 Stars - Vines Magazine, Winter 2006

2002 ~ 3 Stars. "light blackcurrant aromas mingle with the lively wild cherry, black raspberry flavours. Cries out for fresh pasta with home-made tomato sauce." - Vines Magazine, Nov/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby.

Aroma:
Intense red berries.

Taste:
Dry, vigorous, getting rounder with ageing.

Pairing:
Best with appetizers, pasta, roasted beef, light game and light cheese.



Other Info:

Barbera d'Asti "Costalunga" d.o.c.g. is made with Barbera grapes from vineyards around Nizza Monferrato, in the Asti County, which is the classic area for this grape variety. Among the local people of the region, Barbera d'Asti is considered the wine for everyday and every meal. The wines that made Piedmont famous all over the world are part of the Bersano Classic line for more than 100 years.

Costalunga is a good example as one of the most successful Barberas sold in the world. This Barbera is aged 8-10 months in Slavonian oak barrels and 3 months in the bottle.




Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barolo Riserva DOCG  BERSANO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$58.04   Allocated View Legend  
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+739846  8000192000507  Download Profile
Vintage    
2004     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2006 ~ 92 Pts. "Cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors start out on a soft texture, gaining structure toward the finish. This is elegant and firm, lingering with berry and mineral notes on the long aftertaste. Best from 2014 through 2030." - Wine Spectator, October 2012

2004 ~ 92 Pts. "Very ripe, with loads of dried fruit and cherry character. Full-bodied, with big chewy tannins and a fresh, almost mouthpuckering finish." ~ Wine Spectator Web-only, 2009

Vintage 2003 ~ IP83 - Best Italian Wines Guide, Luca Maroni Yearbook 2010

Vintage 2003 ~ 4 Grapes High Level and Quality - Italian Sommelier Association Guide 2010

Vintage 2003 ~ 3 Bottles - I Vini D'Italia 2010 Le Guide de L'espresso

Vintage 1997


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep garnet-red, with orange hues becoming evident with age.

Aroma:
Intense, complex aromas of red berries, faded roses, violets, truffles and tar.

Taste:
Dry, full-bodied with structured tannins that become velvety with age.

Pairing:
Best with game, osso bucco and truffle dishes.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Cortese DOC  BERSANO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Cortese  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$12.15   Open View Legend  
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+510081  8000192006202  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ 90 Points. "This Cortese is a terrific departure from your everyday Sauvignon or Chardy option. Delicate aromas of pear, minerals, pretty apple blossom and citrus, a hint of guava, beeswax and herbal undertones. The texture is rounded, slightly oily with flavours of citrus peel and white fruit, almond lingers. The finish is clean and zesty. Pair with fish or light appetizers." - Daenna Van Mulligen, Winescores.ca, Aug 19/09

2008 ~ "The welcome return of Mr. Sunshine point us towards a fresh crisp white this week. Indigenous Italian grape variety Cortese offers a bright wine packed with lime and lemon flavours with a slight nutty finish. Go to your local Farmers Market and make yourself a delicious greek salad with seasonal heirloom tomatoes. That's a fantastic match! It should refresh you during the heat wave due for the end of the week." Michelle and Michaela House Wine, Wine of the Week, Aug 18/09

2008 ~ "Honey, nutty, grassy, dried fig, grapefruit aromas. Dry, leaner palate but elegant with good acidity. Grassy, grapefruit, nutty, melon rind, lemon, mineral flavours. Solid, simple, clean style for clams." - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine, Aug 17/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Straw yellow with golden hues.

Aroma:
Attractive citrus and hay aromas.

Taste:
Refreshingly crisp and dry with intense citrus fruit and minerality.

Pairing:
Ideal with salads and seafood.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Moscato d'Asti  BERSANO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White- Sweet/Dessert  Muscat  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$22.49   Open View Legend  
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+729684  8000192004000  Download Profile
Vintage    
2007     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Straw yellow with golden hues.

Aroma:
Attractive fruit aromas.

Taste:
Delicately sweet with a right balance of aromas. Intense, fragrant and fresh.

Pairing:
Best with dessert and home-made cakes.



Other Info:

This Muscat grape comes from the hills of Asti and Langa. Strongly aromatic wine, fruity with a very unique taste and unmistakable bouquet.

Bersano Winery was founded in the 1920's with the purchase of the Count Cremosina State, the cornerstone of Bersano's Barbera d?Asti production. Today, Bersano is the second largest winery in Piedmont and the largest producer of Barbera in all of Italy. Arturo Bersano has become a legendary figure of winemaking in the Monferrato area. His passion for the tradition and culture of his region and his warm hospitality has helped many people to understand Piemontese winemaking and to develop a fondness for the brand that bears his name.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barolo Nirvasco DOCG  BERSANO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$45.93   Allocated View Legend  
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+739969  8000192001108  Download Profile
Vintage    
2007     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ 89 Points. "Delicate, streamlined and feminine, this opens with pretty aromas of blue flower, cola, and forest berry. Fresh acidity and a bright touch of white almond mark the finish." - Wine Enthusiast, September 2012

2007 ~ 91 Points. "Round and accessible, offering cherry, plum and sweet spice flavours, backed by ripe, smooth tannins. Fine length shows its potential. There's no rush, though this will continue to develop over the next decade. Best from 2013 through 2021. Tasted twice with consistent notes." - Wine Spectator, April 2012

2005 ~ 90 Points. "Delicately perfumed, displaying blueberry, blackberry and floral aromas that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Tight and balanced." - Wine Spectator, Web-only 2009

2005 ~ Silver Medal - Decanter Wine Awards 2009

2004 ~ "Blackberry and licorice on the nose. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and ripe tannins. Medium and rich in the mouth, with ripe fruit and ripe tannins." ~ Wine Spectator, June 15/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Medium ruby.

Aroma:
An intense, complex bouquet of spices and ripe fruit.

Taste:
Full-bodied, with delicate tannins supporting flavours of ripe plums, with hints of leather, licorice, pepper and violets.

Pairing:
Venison, steak, and parmesan reggiano are exceptional matches.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barbera Piemonte  BERSANO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Barbera  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$15.52   Open View Legend  
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+510107  8000192006400  Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Brilliant ruby red colour.

Aroma:
Vinours bouquet with notes of red berries.

Taste:
Clear-cut palate, dry well-defined, with a harmonic bitter taste.



Other Info:

2011 ~ Available in AB Summer/14.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Langhorne Crossing Red  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Cabernet-Shiraz-Malbec  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$11.54   Open View Legend  
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+714899  752183089166  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ By Popular Demand: 20 Under $20 - www.housewine.ca, June 28/11

2007 ~ Wine of the Week. "The perfect balanace of fruit and acidity will make you reach quickly for a second glass. It might inspire you for your first hearty meat stew of the year. Outstanding value!" - Michelle & Michaela, Housewine.ca, Sept 23/10

2005 ~ 89 Points. "Dark ruby-coloured, it offers up a fragrant red and blue fruit nose followed by a ripe, supple-textured wine with surprising depth for its humble price. The wine offers some complexity as well as very good concentration and length. This terrific value is one to buy by the case for everyday drinking over the next 2-3 years." - eRobertParker.com, Dec/07

2005 ~ Killer Value - Wine Access International Value Wine Awards 2009

2005 ~ "This classic Aussie blend has the rich, ripe, plum, berry and spice characters of Shiraz complimented by herbs and mint from the Cabernet. Pair with everything from hamburgers to lamb chops." - Nick Lees, Edmonton Journal, July 25/07


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby colour.

Aroma:
Fragrant with berry aromas.

Taste:
Smooth, easy drinking dry red wine with spicy fruit flavours. Subtle French and American oak treatment adds toastiness and complexity.

Pairing:
Easy to sip on its own; delightful with pasta, grilled meats, roast beef, kabobs and ribs.



Other Info:

Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family owned and operated winery. It was established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836. The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer River, which runs parallel to Langhorne Creek. Frank Potts sons and grandsons have operated the winery since, while building on his legacy. Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the Potts family.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
The Old Press Cabernet Malbec  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Cabernet Malbec  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$18.90   Allocated View Legend  
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+136002  9316475001864  Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep, inky red with purple highlights.

Aroma:
Perfumed dark berries and violets.

Taste:
Concentrated flavours of blackberries, dark cherries, mint and violets on a rich, full-bodied palate with ample soft, ripe tannins and gentle well-integrated acidity.

Pairing:
Ideal with most red meat dishes.



Other Info:

Bleasdale is Australia's second-oldest family-owned winery, and the leading producer from the Langhorne Creek area. The wines of this region are distinctive for their upfront fruit and soft textural feel.

"The Old Press" is a limited-release bottling, selected from among the best fruit from Bleasdale's 50 hectares of vineyards. The wine is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Malbec. Tannins are elegant and silky, and maturation in French oak barrels has added complexity to the soft round palate which finishes with a lovely sweet fruit richness.

"The Old Press" wine drinks well in its youth and will age gracefully with quality cellaring.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
The Broad-Side Shiraz-Cabernet-Malbec  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$14.85   Open View Legend  
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+40600  9316475001932  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ Silver - Queensland Wine Show 2013

2009 ~ 89 Points. "There is real synergy here between the three varieties: plum, blackberry and a wisp of dark chocolate supported by fine, savoury tannins on the light- to medium-bodied palate."- James Halliday, November 2011

2009 ~ "This dark, ripe red offers rich blackberry and cherry fruit, finishing with lots of spice. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2015." - Wine Spectator, January 31- February 29, 2012

2005 ~ 89 Points. "The 2005 Shiraz - Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 51% Shiraz and 49% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in neutral American oak for 15 months. Purple in color, it reveals scents of cedar, tobacco, blackcurrants and blueberry. In the mouth, it is supple-textured with black berry flavors and a bit of mint in the background. This nicely balanced effort has very good depth and length. Drink this excellent value over the next 3-4 years - Once again, Bleasdale Vineyards has produced a portfolio of great values that consistently over-deliver.?" - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Dec/07

2004 ~ "Aged in 300 liter hogsheads, the 2004 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon is slightly more monolithic than its siblings, but it possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a chunky, fleshy, muscular, tasty style. It should be drunk over the next 3-4 years. Drink 2006-2010." - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #168, Dec/06

2003 ~ 94 Points. Ten of the Best Value Reds $10-15! "A medium-bodied, attractive mix of black fruits, ripe tannins and vanillan oak. Very good value." ~ James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2007 Edition

2003 ~ 94 Points. "A wine with a medium-bodied, attractive mix of black fruits, ripe tannins and vanilla oak. Again, very good value." - James Halliday's Best Bargain Buys of the Year, The Weekend Australian, Jul/06

2003 ~ Judges Choice! - International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

2003 ~ 89 Points. "Bleasdale produces some of the most reliable as well as fairly priced wines form Langhorne Creek that are good choices for both neophytes and connoisseurs." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate: Issue #161, Oct/05

2002 ~ 88-90 Points. "Readers looking for more mint/eucalyptus characteristics should check out the 2002 Shiraz/Cabernet, a heady concoction revealing copious quantities of black currant fruits along with the tell-tale mint. This impressively endowed, nicely textured, dense concentrated offering reveals the strength of this vintage in South Australia. Potentially bigger and richer than its 2001 counterpart, it will drink well for 4-7 years." - Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate: Issue #148

2002 ~ "An almost equal blend of two great grapes makes this rich, ripe-fruit-loaded wine. Plums, berries and spice on the nose and hints of herbs and mint on the palate. Could cellar a couple of years." - Nick Lees, Journal Bistro, Edmonton Journal, Jun 14/06

2002 ~ "Smooth and plushly textured on a modest scale, with plummy flavors at the core, shaded nicely with nutmeg and meat notes on the finish. Drink now through 2009." - Wine Spectator, Sep/05

2001 ~ Gold Medal! - International Wine Challenge, Oct/03

2001 ~ GREAT VALUE! 89 Points. - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate: Issue #148


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby/purple colour.

Aroma:
Loads of black currant fruits with notes of mint.

Taste:
This wine exhibits mint and berry flavours with spicy overtones. Oak maturation has given the wine a French toastiness and added complexity.

Pairing:
Pair with robust beef dishes, lamb, game and grilled steaks.



Other Info:

Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family owned and operated winery. It was established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836. The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer River, which runs parallel to Langhorne Creek. Frank Potts sons and grandsons have operated the winery since, while building on his legacy. Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the Potts family.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Frank Potts Cabernet-Malbec-Merlot-Petit Verdot-Cabernet Franc  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec-Petit Verdot-Merlot-Shiraz  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$31.19   Open View Legend  
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+43794  9316475001857  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 94 Points James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2015
2012 ~ 93 Points - Campbell Mattinson Winefront Monthly Aug/14
2012 ~ Silver medal 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
2012 ~ Silver medal 2013 Royal Hobart Wine Show
2012 ~ Silver medal 2014 International Wine Challenge UK
2012 ~ Silver medal 2014 Langhorne Creek Wine Show
2012 ~ Silver medal 2014 Riverina Wine Show
2009 ~ 91+ Points. "A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Frank Potts has a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of creme de cassis, mulberries, blackberry preserves, cigar boxes, Indian spices, pencil lead, earth and pepper. Medium-full bodied and with plenty of mouth-filling fruit, it has enlivening / balanced acid, medium-firm finely grained tannins and a long finish. Approachable now, it will reward cellaring, drinking to 2020+." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/12

2006 ~ 93 Points. "Retains good hue; a supple, medium-bodied wine, with a mix of blackcurrant, plum, Christmas cake and mocha, the tannins rip and soft in Langhorne creek style." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

2006 ~ 90 Points. "The opaque/purple 2006 Frank Potts is composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Malbec aged for 18 months in a mix of new and used 300-liter French and American oak hogsheads. The alluring aromatic array reveals lots of toast, smoke, spice, black currant, and black cherry. This leads to a layered wine with savory flavors, excellent balance, plenty of depth, and a 40-second finish. It will continue to blossom with another 2-3 years of bottle age and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2020." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Feb/09

2006 ~ 89 Points. "Bleasdale's 2006 Frank Potts Cabernet Malbec has a deep garnet-purple and earthy, nutty, meaty aromas over a blackberry and mulberry core plus some tobacco, licorice and leather. Full bodied and rich with evolving berry and savory flavors, it has a medium to firm level of grainy tannins, refreshing acidity and a long finish. Drinking now, it should remain good through 2015." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Dec/10

2005 ~ 93 Points. "Bright colour, medium-bodied; bursting with cassis, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit; fine, ripe tannins, good length." ~ James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2007

2005 ~ 90 Points. "The winery's flagship is the 2005 Frank Potts. It is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, with the balance Petit Verdot and Merlot and was aged for 15 months in new and used French and American oak This purple-colored wine exhibits an expressive nose of plum, black currant, black cherry and blackberry. It is more structured than the other wines in the portfolio but the tannins are ripe, the fruit sweet, and there is a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2020." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Dec/07

2005 ~ Gold Medal - International Wine Awards 2009

2004 ~ 94 Points. "Strong colour, clear red-purple; equally strong palate structure; masses of blackcurrant and cassis fruit; soft tannins typical of the region." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2008 Edition

2004 ~ 90 Points. "The 2004 Frank Potts Proprietary Red is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, and 15% Petit Verdot. This cuvee spent 18 months in French and American wood, which is evident in the noticeable wood component. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding effort displaying notions of soy, vanillin, black currants, mint, and blackberries in its rich, full-bodied, tannic personality. It should last 10-12 years at a minimum. Drink 2006-2018." Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #168 Dec/06

2004 ~ "This is a mouthwatering blend... It is ripe, generous and perfectly balanced, displaying a deep intensity of red and black fruit with definite overtones of cassis and mint. Rightfully a 'first class' wine with broad appeal, it is elegant, rich and totally satisfying. Get yours and experience a memorable discovery." ~ Vendor: Wine, Spirits & Beer - Western Canada's Trade Magazine, Summer 2008

2003 ~ 93 Points. "Bright colour; medium-bodied; bursting with cassis, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Ripe tannins and vanilla oak; good length." ~ James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2007 Edition

2003 ~ 90 Points. "Bleasdale produces some of the most reliable as well as fairly priced wines from Langhorne Creek that are good choices for both neophytes and connoisseurs. One of Bleasdales's flagship wines, the 2003 Frank Potts Proprietary Red (a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, and 11% Petit Verdot) is fashioned from a selection of the finest barrels. The outstanding 2003 offers up notes of licorice, black currants, blueberries, and spice box. An elegant, attractive, pure, rich effort boasting decent acidity as well as a long finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years." - Robert Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, #161 Oct 31/05

2002 ~ Trophy - Best Australian Red, London International Wine Challenge 2004

2001 ~ 91 Points. - Wine Access, Jan/06


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep opaque ruby.

Aroma:
Intense blackberry and mint with eucalypt undertones.

Taste:
The aromas carry through on the full-bodied palate, while Malbec brings spiceness and roundness. The Petit Verdot adds further complexity by strengthening and improving the tannin structure and adding dark cherry and plum fruit characters.

Pairing:
Ideal with slowly-braised meats.



Other Info:

Frank Potts founded Bleasdale in 1850, this wine celebrates his legacy of innovation and resourcefulness. This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon based bordeaux blend and may contain varying percentages of Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot depending on the performance of those varietals in the vintage year.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Generations Shiraz Reserve  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Shiraz  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$35.17   Open View Legend  
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+766402  9316475001888  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ 93 Points. "Quite a dark personality is presented in this wine, with blackberry, tar, bitter chocolate and a touch of mint; the palate reveals a strong presence of dark fruits, and the oak and sweet fruit marry harmoniously on the mid-palate, with the savoury edge prominent on the finish." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

2006 ~ 94 Points. "A dark and brooding personality of blackberry, mulberry and fruitcake, with a touch of tar for complexity; the palate is vibrant, but shows greath depth and weight to the fruit." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010

2003 - 93 Points. "My favorite wine in (Bleasdale's) portfolio. A 100% Shiraz aged in a combination of new and used 300 litre American hogsheads, this full-bodied, rich cuvee reveals aromas of asphalt, pepper, chocolate, blackberries, and cassis. While full-throttle, chewy and heady, it is not over the top ( only 13.9% alcohol), possessing decent acidity as well as a spicy finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr., Issue #161, Oct/05

2002 ~ 94 Points. "Good hue; a highly polished, elegant style. Seamless black fruits, vanillan oak and tannins; very good length, controlled alcohol." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2007 Edition

2002 ~ Gold Medal! - London International Wine Challenge 2008

2000 ~ "DECANTER AWARD" - Decanter Magazine, Wines of the Year 2006; Dec/06


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep colour.

Aroma:
Rich spicy fruit aromas.

Taste:
A full bodied and intensely flavoured varietal wine. Highlighted by rich spices and a hint of pepper, it has been matured for eighteen months in American hogsheads and barriques. The sweet fruit palate finishes with very soft tannins-a trademark of Langhorne Creek!

Pairing:
A wine which will develop rich, chocolate complexity if given six to eight years in the cellar.



Other Info:

This wine celebrates the achievements of five generations of the Potts Family, who established and continue to develop Bleasdale since 1850. Only the best parcels of fruit have been used to produce intensely flavoured and full bodied Shiraz wine.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Sparkling Shiraz  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Sparkling Wine  Shiraz  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$20.93   Open View Legend  
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+714898  9316475001895  Download Profile
Vintage    
NV     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

92 Points ~ "This is amazing value from the senior Langhorne Creek winery. Cedary, plummy and earthy tobacco aromas segue into a beautifully balanced palate with sweetness, soft tannins and rich, but not overstated, fruit flavour, all in fine balance. This is a wine of character. Food: Peking Duck." - The Sydney Morning Herald Huon Hooke Tastings

90 Points ~ "Bright colour; spiced damsel plum bouquet, with a rich fruitcake palate; quite sweet, but the finish is fresh and the tannin drying; well-balanced." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

Top 100 of the Year ~ "Australia's most consistently impressive sparkling Shiraz. Plum and red cherry freshness is derived from younger fruit in the blend, while mature Shiraz lends rich savoury spice and dark chocolate flavours. Just how a wine of such quality can be produced every year for such a measly price is, frankly, totally beyond me." - Wine Business Monthly, Oct/09

"Vibrant purple with juicy blueberry, plum, sweet spice, vanilla and chocolate notes and a hint of menthol. On the palate it's liqueur-like, warm rich fruit, smooth and weighted with lingering dark chocolate and spice on the finish. Pair with Christmas cake during the holidays and sweet and sour pork the rest of the year!" - Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva.

Blue Gold ~ 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition

4 Stars ~ Winestate, Oct/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Very dark, purple.

Aroma:
Supple fruits and complex liqueur characteristics.

Taste:
Sweet berry fruit flavours and rich, flavoursome aftertaste with fine even beads.

Pairing:
Great with duck, goose, Christmas pudding or as an aperitif.



Other Info:

Premium Langhorne Creek Shiraz grapes were selected and blended to produce this richly flavoured Sparkling wine.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Langhorne Crossing White  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
White  Blend-Verdelho-Sauvignon Blanc  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$11.54   Open View Legend  
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+330779  752183180580  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ "This bright white features ripe pear and mint aromas and flavors, finishing silky. Verdelho, Chardonnay and Riesling. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, July 31/10

2006 ~ "Wedding Wine Picks! Great value! The crisp, dry white blend (Chardonnay, Riesling, Verdehlo) shows lovely tropicals. A real crowd-pleaser." - Stacey-Jo Strombecky, Vendor Magazine, Summer 2008

2006 ~ Recommended! "Shows fresh grapefruit and passionfruit characteristics and lively acidity. Good early drinking." - Wine Wise Australia, Apr/07

2005 ~ "Here's an Aussie blend I'll bet you never tasted before. It's worth a visit though - with the Chardonnay providing the body and the supporting cast providing the freshness. The Langhorne is a pale golden yellow with an intriguing melange of aromas - cut grass, melon, green apples, pears and peaches followed up with a wisp of smoke and flinty minerals. On the palate it's crisp and zippy with green flavours as well as hints of gooseberry and white grapefruit." - Infamous, Daenna Van Mulliogen, Jan/07

2005 ~ "Chardonnay, Rielsing, Verdelho and a touch of Semillon make for a pleasing mix; very fresh, bright and fruity, round but not overly floral, certainly not overstuffed. Put this one down as a must-try this season." - "A Baker's Dozen of Picks" Georgia Straight, Dec 21/06

2004 ~ "There is fine value here in what is essentially a fruit-driven sipper. The riesling and verdelho lift the fruit component in the glass, leaving the chardonnay to provide texture and carry finish. Look for its bright, crisp, tropical fruit flavours to be the perfect foil to the savoury nuances of the turkey." - Anthony Gismondi, Oct/06


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale light golden yellow in colour

Aroma:
Attractive fruit salad aromas.

Taste:
A dry, crisp and fresh wine. Lively citrus and tropical fruit characters prevail. Will develop more complex flavour with bottle maturation.

Pairing:
A delightful wine just to sip on its own; perfect for patio sipping and summer barbecues. Pair with warm seafood salads and grilled fish and chicken.



Other Info:

Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family owned and operated winery. It was established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836. The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer River, which runs parallel to Langhorne Creek. Frank Potts sons and grandsons have operated the winery since, while building on his legacy. Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the Potts family.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Potts' Catch Verdelho  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
White  Verdelho  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$12.15   Open View Legend  
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+714900  9316475002021  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ Gold Medal and trophy for most successful Verdelho. Cowra Wine Show 2010

2008 ~ 90 Points. "Lime and fresh quince on the bouquet; fresh and vibrant fruit with tangy acidity and a clean focus to the conclusion." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2010 Edition

2008 ~ "Very light in colour, the aromatics on this unoaked white are captivating -- lemon, lanolin, light spice, peach and mineral. The 'splash' of Sauvignon Blanc added brings citrus flavours and acidity to the tropical fruit notes in this light white. Best served moderately chilled, but displays great fruit at almost any temperature." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press, Aug. 8/09

2008 ~ "Expect light citrusy fruit with more than enough acidity to keep it interesting. Bleasdale's Verdelho is an excellent deck wine but can move into pairing with grilled shrimp or pork satays with ease." - City Palate, Jul-Aug/09

2007 ~ 90 Points. "Light straw-colored with a lovely bouquet of fresh herbs, honeysuckle, and citrus. That leads to a medium-bodied wine exhibiting melon and tropical flavours, excellent acidity, a supple texture, and a pure, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 1-2 years with shellfish or roast chicken." - Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate #173.

2007 ~ "Greenish yellow. Sharply etched lemon and grapefruit on the nose, with fine minerality adding energy. Slightly tart on entry, then fleshes out in the middle, picking up ripe orange and apple flavours. Finishes brisk and persistent." - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 2007

2006 ~ "Old vines add to the intensity of the fruit salad flavours, and the cool climate of the region gives freshness and acidity to also lift it from the ruck." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2008 Edition

2006 ~ Wine Picks! "This zippy, unoaked wine has been listed as one of Australia's Top 100 wines. It's a deal. The winery, established in 1850, is the country's second-oldest family owned and operated winery. Orange blossom, kiwi and melon on the nose with some lively citrus, guava and pineapple flavours. Consume this wine young with shellfish, salmon, veal, pork and chicken dishes." - Edmonton Journal, Dec 12/07

2005 ~ 89 Points. "Plenty of fruit salad dressed with a zingy, lemon acidity. Long experience with this variety produces a particularly good example. Value plus." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2007 Edition

2005 ~ "A fresh, zippy, unoaked wine with orange blossom, kiwi fruit and melon nose and rich, lively citrus, guava and pineapple flavours. A great alternative to Chardonnay, Verdelho is an early-ripening white grape producing crisp wine that should be consumed in its youth, Pair with seafood and white meat dishes such as pork and veal." - Nick Lees, The Edmonton Journal, May 3/06

2002 - 4 Stars - Decanter, Sep/03


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Very pale golden yellow in colour.

Aroma:
Lively tropical fruit aromas.

Taste:
Flavours of citrus, pineapple and melons combine brilliantly to produce a "drink now" crisp style of wine.

Pairing:
Terrific with salmon, shellfish and chicken dishes.



Other Info:

Henry (Fiddle) Potts was a grandson of Bleasdale's Founder, Frank Potts. In the 1920's depression, Fiddle took to fishing in nearby Lake Alexandrina to supplement the family's income. Verdelho was amongst the first varieties planted in Langhorne Creek and still thrives today.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Second Innings Malbec  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Malbec  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$14.85   Open View Legend  
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+532424  9316475001949  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 90 Points. "A light- to medium-bodied version of the Premium, tracking that wine in terms of colour, flavour and texture, with its plum and red berry fruit and tannins beyond normal expectations for this variety." - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, July 17/12

2010 ~ 89 Points. "This is a great value red wine to buy by the case. This Aussie malbec has intense aromas of ripe brambly berries and violet along with spice, rustic savoury leather, meaty and eucalyptus notes. The palate is full, with lots of red and black bramble berry. It's also quite complex, with earthy paprika, spice, cocoa and charred meat notes." - Rhys Pender MW, Wine Access, Jan 17 2013

2010 ~ WineDiva, Wine List-Budget Bottles 2013

2009 ~ "Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec 2009 is a rare Australian variety along the order of a two-goal Canuck lead. Orange peel, cooked boysenberry and spicy, chocolate, tobacco aromas preview a supple, slightly tannic palate with some sweetness. Love the plum jam, spice and savoury, vanilla, coffee, tobacco, boysenberry jam flavours with a dusting of mushrooms in the back end. Hamburgers would be an excellent between-period snack with this red." - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, May 27/11

2008 ~ 90 Points. "Crimson-purple; masses of plum and plum pudding flavours, the tannins soft but needed to give the wine structure; thoroughly enjoyable." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

2008 ~ Judges' Choice ~ Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2010

Best Label Design - International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access 2010

2007 ~ Bronze Medal - International Wine Awards 2009

2006 ~ 90 Points. "Dense and chewy with tobacco, blackberry and a touch of mulberry; the palate is warm and generous, the tannins disappear behind the ample fruit." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010

2006 ~ Judges' Choice - Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2009


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Opaque ruby/purple.

Aroma:
Pronounced primary fruit aromas of plums and red berries with a touch of spice.

Taste:
Aromas carry through on the soft, round full body with velvety smooth tannins.

Pairing:
Delicious on its own or paired with grilled red meats.



Other Info:

In Australia, Malbec is rarely seen as a varietal wine but in Langhorne Creek it performs well enough to earn its stripes as a wine standing on its own. Bleasdale has been producing Malbec Table wine since 1961.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
The Library Reserve  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend - Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec-Merlot-Petit Verdot  Langhorne Creek  
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$18.89   Allocated View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+203299  9316475001871  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2005 ~ 92 Points. "When a iconic producer like Langhorne Creek, Australia Bleasdale releases a library wine, notice should be taken. Bleasdale was established in 1850 and the Potts family is now on its 5th generation of estate management. This Library Reserve is a Bordeaux blend of 89 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Malbec with the remaining 1% being a split between Merlot and Petit Verdot. Its vintage was a classic one in South Australia where climate conditions cooperated, allowing grape growers tremendous opportunities to deliver ripe, balanced fruit. Lets see how it is holding up.

2005 ~ 90 Points. "It is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, with the balance Petit Verdot and Merlot and was aged for 15 months in new and used French and American oak This purple-colored wine exhibits an expressive nose of plum, black currant, black cherry and blackberry. It is more structured than the other wines in the portfolio but the tannins are ripe, the fruit sweet, and there is a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2020." - Robert Parker, eRobertparker.com, Dec 2007

Out of the bottle, this wine is medium + to full bodied with an attractive purplish black hue. Even 7 years on in age, this wine is still showing youthful characters. Its bouquet is full on with notes of sweet blackberry jam, Asian spice, black currant and toasted oak. The palate follows the nose and its 7 years of bottle age have softened the mouthfeel and the dark tannins considerable. The acidity of this wine is still evident which is balanced by its considerable structure and depth. While it is drinking well now, its evolution will continue over the next 8 to 10 years properly cellared.

Conclusion: At $24.99, this wine is an absolute steal if you are a fan of rich, new world Bordeaux blends. It represents a serious value from a classic vintage from one of the oldest producers in South Australia. Highly recommended as a strong buy." - Adrian Bryska YYC Wine, September 2011


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep intense red.

Aroma:
Powerful flavors of blackberries, dark cherries and violets integrating beautifully with the subtle french oak character.

Taste:
Soft round palate with pleasing sweet fruit richness.

Pairing:
Favourite meat dishes, such as beef stew, grilled ribeye and ossobuco.



Other Info:

Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family owned and operated winery. It was established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836. The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer River, which runs parallel to Langhorne Creek. Frank Potts sons and grandsons have operated the winery since, while building on his legacy. Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the Potts family.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
T&M - Tempranillo Malbec  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend - Tempranillo-Malbec   Langhorne Creek  
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$16.19   Open View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+302117  9316475001765  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ 90 Points. "Youthful purple, with some crimson; the fresh cherry fruit of the tempranillo meets the darker plummy fruit of the malbec head on; if the tempranillo provides the expected length and finish as the wine ages, this blend will work very well." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, August 2011

2009 ~ Judges Choice: Red Blends - Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2011

2009 ~ Silver at the Royal Queensland Wine Show, July 2011




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Vibrant redish purple.

Aroma:
Aromas of violets, raspberries and spice.

Taste:
Dark cherry and white chocolate flavors lead to a long focused finish with fine chalky tannins. Medium bodied with the tempranillo complimenting the savoury Malbec particularly well.

Pairing:
Paired nicely with roast beef, steak and prime rib as well with roast turkey and chicken.



Other Info:

Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family owned and operated winery. It was established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836. The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer River, which runs parallel to Langhorne Creek. Frank Potts sons and grandsons have operated the winery since, while building on his legacy. Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the Potts family.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Amalaya Vino Tinto de Altura  BODEGA AMALAYA  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Malbec-Cabernet-Syrah-Tannat  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.54   Open View Legend  
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+742414  7798104763022  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012~ Critics Gold - Critics Challenge Wine Competition 2014
2012~ GOLD - San Diego International Wine Competition

2013 ~ Bronze in 13.00 to 20.00 Category - Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2011 ~ 90 Points - Decanter, Feb/13

2011 ~ Gold - Critic's Challenge Wine Competition 2013


2010 ~ 91 Points. "There is an inner tension to this wine manifest in its red fruit and acidity, in a prickle on the tongue and a crispness to fruit and chestnuts speak of the power of the sun in the heights of Salta. The texture is unctuous and soft, coating every corner of the palate. This blend of Malbec (75 percent) with Cabernet, Syrah and Tannat." - Wine & Spirits, December 2012

2010 ~ Smart Buy & 89 Points. "A racy, floral red, offering layers of raspberry ganache, blackberry and light fig fruit that mingle with spice, spring herb and light mesquite notes. Though not a powerhouse, this is well-balanced." - Wine Spectator, July/12

2010 ~ "A sleeper style red you can lay away three to five years and watch it improve. There is plenty of fresh, juicy, plum, black cherry fruit with a smoky, tobacco leaf, peppery, meaty, cassis, coffee and licorice undercurrent. Good finesse and intensity with a juicy warm finish and light tannins to shed. Finesse and value that will improve with time." - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, January 2013

2010 ~ "An intriguing blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat Amalaya Vino Tinto (168294) $19.99 is on the lighter side of the full-bodied red spectrum. Lots of sassy red berry fruit flavours lead into black cherry and ripe plum over a touch of sweet caramel and peppery oak." - Doug Sloan, Island Courier, Sept 21/12

2010 ~ "This malbec-based blend has notes of juicy black fruit, plum, herb, tobacco, violet and spice on both the nose and palate. The tannins are softer in this wine than previous examples, but it is still weighty and balanced. It is drinking great right now, with barbecue, anything beef or some good cheese." - Wine Access, Aug 30/12

2010 ~ "Cherry liqueur, menthol, violet and spicy oak on the nose and palate. Suave, supple and energetic, with a sugar/acid balance giving the mid-palate insidious intensity and good definition. Nicely rising, fine-grained finish shows good length and a light touch. Sophisticated for the price." - Stephen Tanzer, March 2012

2009 ~ 89 Points. "My top pick is Amalaya Tinta de Altura 2009, from Argentina. Amalaya means waiting for a miracle, which aptly describes finding a wine like this in B.C. From the highest vineyards in the world this malbec, cabernet sauvignon, Syrah and tannat offers a rich palate of sweet dark cherry fruit and white pepper with flecks of mineral and spice. The finish is long fresh and spicy with silky textures that do not quit. Farmed bio-dynamically and certified in what is essentially the highest vineyard in the world." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, Dec/10

2009 ~ 100+ Best Value Bottles ~ "Brilliant high-altitude, biodynamically farmed Malbec, Cab, Syrah, and Tannat blend." - Vancouver Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012

2009 ~ By Popular Demand: 20 Under $20 List - www.housewine.ca, June 28/11

2009 ~ Best Buy wines, 20 under $20 ~ "This Malbec, Cabernet, Syrah and Tannat blend is delicious. Chewy tannins coupled with good acidity form the firm yet supple backbone for its rich black fruit. Have with your best Spring Creek Ranch grilled beef. This is high altitude wine, from the world's highest altitude winery." - The Tomato Magazine, May/June 2011

2009 ~ "Is an Argentine with rich, fresh fruit-kind of a cherry blend that rewards solo sipping and makes a satisfying match with dinner. The price is nice enough for a second bottle on the dinner table." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight April, 2012

2009 - "Pure red-berry fruit, petals, and toast mark the nose, and rich strawberry and plum layered with spicy French oak the flavour. Precision farming, fermentation in smooth concrete vessels, and 10 months in oak lend dimension, depth, and finesse to this Malbec blend. Deserves a choice prime rib roast with all the trimmings." - Vancouver Magazine, April 12, 2012

2009 ~ "In the language of the native peoples of the Calchaqui, Amalaya means hope. Owned by the Hess Family of wineries (the properties are located on four continents: South America - in Argentina, North America in Napa Valley, Australia - Barossa Valley, Africa - in South Africa) Amalaya is home to the highest vineyards on earth.
The aromas in this Malbec based red blend are sweet but notably earthy - wild briary berries are layered with currents, dried herbs, mineral-rich earth and peppery spices. It is smooth and solid on the palate, the balance is good and it lays down flavours of coffee, mixed wild berries, vanilla and spice. It is an interesting red, quite chic, with a bright, juicy finish." - Daenna Van Mulligan The Wine Diva, February, 2012

2009 ~ "A bold, rich red is the wine equivalent of a dozen red roses. They're classic and will never go out of style, just make sure the wine is balanced and the flowers are long-stemmed! Amal-aya passes the test. It's a sumptuous blend made from grapes grown mile-high in Argentina's Calchaquí Valley and even has a whiff of floral notes to match a bouquet of flowers. There is also luscious berry and plum along with vanilla and pepper showing in this Malbec-dominated red featuring a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Tannat. Serve this with a quick sausage-themed pasta, or simply sip solo fireside. Bottom line: B+ "Bold and beautiful." - James Nevison The Province Newspaper, February 9, 2012

2009 ~ "Amalaya means waiting for a miracle which aptly describes finding a wine like this in British Columbia at $20. From the highest vineyards in the world. A must buy." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, November 26/2011

2009 ~ "Stand outs and one of a few we fell in love with in the Tasting Room at Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival 2011" - Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard, Housewine.ca, Apr/11

2008 ~ 90 Points. "The dark, pure fruit hinting at tea and mineral as the finish persisted, won me over." - Wine Spectator Online, July/10

2008 ~ 89 Points. "At 14.5 percent alcohol, the nose is a bit hot off the start, but underneath are very enjoyable aromas of mint, chocolate, plum, leather and cool savoury notes. Flavours remain true to the palate. Generous fruit is balanced by grippy tannins and bitter chocolates, moving into a very palatable finish. Pair with typical red wine food matches. It may cellar well longer, but to retain the freshness and fruit, drink within 3 years if possible." - Wine Access Buyers' Guide+, 2009

2008 ~ "Ripe and bouncy, offering a fresh, almost tangy, mix of currant, fig, raisin and cherry laced with hints of mesquite and fruitcake. Stays fresh on the finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, Oct/11

2008 ~ Wine of the Week. "From the dizzying heights of Salta (over 5000 feet above sea level!) comes the Amalaya. Powerful and intense, with black salted licorice, wild cherries and hunger-inducing meaty notes, it packs a punchy personality. Predominantly Malbec but a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat all add intrigue. Of course this would be great with steak but we think it would reach perfection with a gamey piece of venison. Salta is just one of the incredible stops on our Argentina wine tour. " - Michelle and Michaela, www.housewine.ca, Mar1/11

2007 ~ 91 Points & Smart Buy ~ Wine Spectator, Jun 15/09

2007 ~ 89 Points. "Fleshy ripe berry, green herb and peppery spice on the nose trigger comparisons with the wild berry character of California Zinfandel. Zingy red berry and blackberry flavours are backed up with milk chocolate, spice, lively acidity and firm, dry tannic structure. An exciting wine at this price." - Tidings Magazine, Apr/10

2007 ~ "The purple-colored 2007 Amalaya Malbec contains 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. It was raised in a combination of stainless steel and French oak. Purple-colored, it reveals an expressive nose of spice box, violets, and black cherry. Ripe and succulent on the palate, this concentrated effort has very good depth and should drink well over the next 3 years." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug/09

2006 ~ 90 Points. "This wine is an interesting blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat and Bonarda. Deep garnet colour. Complex nose offering a pleasant combination of fruit, earth and meat aromas, revealing notes of cassis, blackberries, truffles, game and a hint of violets. The palate is full bodied with medium-high acidity providing vitality. Concentrated fruit flavours lead to a long finish. Drink now - 2011." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jan/09

2006 ~ 90 Points. "Exotic, but pure, with delicious fig, currant paste, hoisin sauce and spiced hot chocolate notes. Long finish has nicely buried acidity, delivering lingering graphite and mineral hints." - Wine Spectator Online, 2008

2006 ~ "This smoothie blends Malbec with Cab Sauv, Syrah, Tannat and Bonarda, and is ready to sashay with soothing rich plum and supple raspberry, capped by a fresh, vanilla-infused finish." - Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison, Had a Glass, Top 100 wines for 2010 Under $20, $25, and $30.

2006 ~ "Founded in 1831, high in the foothills of the Andes, Bodega Colome can lay claim to being one of the original pioneers of the Argentine wine industry. Sourcing grapes from its own biodynamically farmed vineyards, this blend of Malbec dominated grapes is delicious with ripe berry, vanilla and spice flavors and soft tannic finish." - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Victoria , B.C., Mar-Apr/09

2006 ~ "Inviting raspberry, plum and pepper nose. Dry, concentrated fruit. Harmonious and integrated with a refreshing finish." - Decanter, (online) 2008


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby with purple highlights.

Aroma:
Fruity and sweet with intense aromes of red berries like cherry, raspberry, and black berries such as mulberry. A soft chocolate touch due to its oaking.

Taste:
Fresh with high fruit expression and spicy notes. It is very intense, well structured with a long mouth. Very easy to drink due to its soft, gentle and round tannins.

Pairing:
Ideal with light meats such as poultry, and is also delicious with tomato-based pasta sauces and hard cheeses.



Other Info:

High above sea level, nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains is the home of Bodegas Amalaya, who's wines are an exquisite representation of the unique weather and soil conditions in Argentina's Northern Calchaqui Valley that also honors the heritage of the native Calchaqui Indians. The Calchaqui Valley sits in the northwestern region of Argentina in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range at an altitude between 5,400 and 5,600 feet above sea level. The high altitude provides a unique growing climate for the sustainably-farmed vineyard, providing intense sun in the day and cool nights that help better retain the acidity and concentrated fruit characteristics of the grapes.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Amalaya Vino Blanco de Altura  BODEGA AMALAYA  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
White  Blend-Torrontes, Riesling  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$13.49   Open View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+170860  7798104769093  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ Silver in 13.00 to 20.00 Category - Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2013 ~ Trophy(Argentinean White) - International Wine Challenge 2014

2013 ~ Trophy(Torrontes) - International Wine Challenge 2014

2011 ~ Regional Trophy Winner, Argentinian Torrontes under $10 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

2011 ~ "This is an excellent value for a complex aromatic white from the Salta region in northern Argentina, which is home to the aromatic torront's grape. It is a blend of 85% of that grape with 15% riesling that gives some zip to the mid-palate and finish. Expect floral aromas of daffodil, with ripe melon, white peach and ginger spice. The palate is rich and creamy with very good length. This has the stuffing to hold up against slightly spicy tapas dishes, like pickled vegetables or chorizo-based appetizers." - Wine Access, Aug 9, 2012

2010 ~ Gold Medal - A wine truly innovative and original, which blends Torrontes and Riesling, respecting the style of the great white wines from Calchaqui Valley. There are some wines with such a good value that deserve to be tried before fame makes them more expensive. Amalaya White 2010 is one of them. - Decanter World Wine Awards, May/11

2010 ~ 89 Points. "A blend of torrontés and riesling, this wine's nose is rife with honey, lime, peach and apricot. It has quite mineral and floral aromas. The palate is spot on, with a subtle touch of sweetness and great balance. Drink now." - Wine Access, August 30/12

2010 ~ "Argentina has its own indigenous grape, Torrentes. The best examples come from Salta, a hight altitude region in the upper reaches of the country. A touch of riesling gives the wine fresh acidity and additional complexity." - Flavours Magazine, Autumn 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense gold with greenish edges.

Aroma:
Subtle and complex fruity aromas where apple and floral notes outstand.

Taste:
Sweet entry full of weight. Mineral notes and a touch of honey distinguish. The end is fresh with a kind acidity.

Pairing:
Pair this wine with seafood, spicy dishes and Asian food.



Other Info:

Where others just saw a desert, we foresaw great wines. In such a way Bodega Amalaya, the new expression of Cafayate, was founded. Amalaya is Donald Hess' new brainchild in Argentina, located in Cafayate Valley Northwestern Argentina, Province of Salta. The word "Amalaya" means "Hope for a Miracle" in the indigenous language. From the bosom of the Desert of Cafayate, this miracle becomes a mystical and magical revelation which offers us top quality grapevines.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Reserva  BODEGA COLOME  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Malbec  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$64.76   Open View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+111641  7798104765026  Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ Silver in > 50.00 Category - Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2009 ~ 91 Points. "This dark, zesty red features bright acidity behind the plum and wild berry fruit, offering savory hints of humus, olive and charred herb on the long, tangy finish. Drink now through 2016. 50 cases imported." - Wine Spectator, Aug 31, 2013

Colome was nominated for 'New World Winery of the Year' by Wine Enthusiast 2012

2008 ~ 94 Points & Best of the Argentina 2011. "The 2008 Reserva Malbec (100%) was sourced from the estate's 60-to-150 year-old, pre-phylloxera, Biodynamically farmed vineyard. It went through malolactic in new oak, where it remained for the rest of its levage. It is a glass-coating opaque purple color, with a brooding bouquet of toasty oak, mineral, exotic spices, incense, black cherry and black currant. Dense, velvety-textured and suave. It deftly melds elegance and power in a wine that will easily achieve its 20th birthday in peak form." - Jay Miller The Wine Advocate, December 23, 2011

2008 ~ 92 Points. "A dark, juicy red, displaying serious depth to the kirsch, cassis and spicy fig paste notes. Structured and dense, with layer after layer of baking spices, mesquite and mocha. Drink now through 2016." - Wine Spectator Insider June 13/12

2007 ~ 95 Points. "Colome's old-vine cuvee is one of Argentina's icon Malbecs. The 2007 Reserva is 85% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a 20-acre plot of 60 to 150-year-old vines purchased by owner, Donald Hess, in 2001. The wine spent 24 months in new French oak. With a glass-coating opaque purple color, it has that extra dimension of complexity that only old vines can provide. It offers up a confiture of black cherry and black raspberry along with mineral notes and toasty new oak. Dense, layered, concentrated, this rich, impeccably balanced effort will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring and drink well through 2030." ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug/09

2005 ~ 92 Points. "Very dark and lush, with nearly hyperripe fig, blackberry and boysenberry flavors layered with bittersweet chocolate, black tea and spice notes. Stays poised and balanced, with a long, fleshy finish. - Wine Spectator, Apr/09

2005 ~ 92 Points. "The 2005 Reserva is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon which spent 18 months in new French oak. The wine is a saturated purple in color with a fragrant, complex bouquet of pain grille, earth notes, spice box, black currant, black cherry, and blueberry. On the palate it is opulent, silky, concentrated, and lengthy. It conceals enough structure to permit another 4-6 years of aging in the cellar. Drink it from 2012 to 2025." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Dec/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Opaque, inky black with brilliant purple highlights.

Aroma:
Ripe fruit aromas with blackberries, black pepper and plum. as well as a touch of vanilla and mineral.

Taste:
Voluminous and powerful in the mouth. A round wine where flavours of raspberry, oak and spice shine through and end with lots of fine and harmonious tannins.

Pairing:
Best paired with osso bucco, lamb, strong cheeses and other hearty fare.



Other Info:

Bodega Colome vineyards are bio-dynamically and sustainably farmed at an altitude of 5,500 to 8,500 feet and are believed to be the highest vineyards in the world. The sandy and alluvial soils yield small crops and produce deeply colored and concentrated wines which capture the spirit of this distinct terroir.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Estate Malbec  BODEGA COLOME  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Malbec-Tannat-Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$25.64   Allocated View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+956896  7792104764029  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 90 Points. "The 2011 Estate Malbec in reality has 8% Tannat, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot which I believe add to the complexity of the wine, which has an intense nose of concentrated raspberries and violets and just a hint of spicy oak. It is exuberant, with notes that reminded me of Touriga Nacional, almost Muscat-like. The palate is medium-bodied, with sweet tannins pleasant and supple, fresh and easy to drink. Drink 2014-2018." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #212, April 2014

2011 ~ 91 Points. "The blend is 85 malbec and 15-per-cent tannat, cabernet sauvignon and petite verdot, all grown in the upper Calchaqui Valley between 2,300 and 3,111 metres above sea level. It's all aged in French oak but only 20 per cent is new. Blackberries and black currants mix with cherries and raspberries flecked by floral (violet) and mineral and iron notes. The attack is soft and round with fresh acidity and tasty black cherry, black olive, plum, licorice and chocolate notes. Love the long warm savoury beef-friendly finish. Delicious." - Anthony Gismondi, Feb 14, 2014

2011 ~ 5 Stars & Gold Medal. "Intense dry cherry and aromatic black pepper nose. Voluptuous and exuberant, filled with fresh black fruit and spices. Fabulously long dry finale." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

2011 ~ Silver in 20.00 to 30.00 Category - Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2011 ~ "Ripe and round, good concentration and hints of minerality. Nice freshness, with olive and vegetal character. A little over-corrected on the finish." - Decanter, Oct/13

2010 ~ 91 Points & Outstanding. "This suave, racy red delivers game, crushed cherry and wild berry notes backed by fine tannins and bright acidity. Compact, yet creamy and well-balanced, with a long, savory finish. Drink now though 2018." - Wine Spectator Insider, Aug/12

2010 ~ 90 Points. "This opens with attractive balsam wood and cedar aromas as well as graphite, liquorice and earthy blackberry. It feels plump, lush and deep, with flavours of blackberry, black plum, balsamic and spice. Not overtly oaky, this is fruity, balanced effort." - Michael Schachner Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2012

Colome was nominated for "New World Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast 2012

2009 ~ 92 Points & Best of the Argentina 2011. "Colome's Estate Malbec is annually one of Argentina's better values. The 2009 contains small amounts of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in its blend. It spent 15 months in barrel, 30% new American, the balance second-use French with the fruit sourced from some of the world's most elevated vineyards. It is purple in color with a captivating nose of cedar, Asian spices, incense, violets, black licorice, espresso and assorted black fruits. Made in a racy style with uplifting acidity. It is a beautifully proportioned offering with exceptional elegance and length. Give it several more years of cellaring and drink this fantastic value from 2013 to 2024." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 23, 2011

2009 ~ 92 Points. "Good medium ruby. Sexy floral aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice are complemented by a leesy nuance. Savory, juicy and intense, with the black fruit and violet flavours carrying through in the mouth. At once sexy and serious, finishing with suave tannins and excellent savory persistence. This bottling has been consistently excellent in recent vintages, not to mention good value." - Stephen Tanzer, March 2012

2009 ~ 90 Points. "Smart Buy" Offers good density to the blueberry, raspberry and blackberry coulis notes that are backed by vibrant acidity. Floral and mineral notes play out on the long, tangy finish. Drink now through 2014. 8,000 cases imported." - Wine Spectator Buying Guide, Nov15/11

2009 ~ "Meaty, herbal and foresty on the nose, all of which are typical aromas for this Salta-bred Malbec. Linear in the mouth and acidic as it tastes exotic due to herbal notes and eucalyptus. On the other hand it's full of blackberry and chocolaty richness. Crisp and nicely built on the finish. Hess Collection"- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 31/2011

2008 ~ 91 Points. Smart Buy. "Lush and rich, but not overbearing. Fig paste, crushed plum and dark blueberry fruit mingles with extra licorice snap and dark chocolate notes, with nicely embedded acidity carrying the finish. Drink now through 2011.- Wine Spectator, July/10

2008 ~ Ranked #66 on Top 100 of the Year - Wine Spectator 2010

2007 ~ 92 Points & Ranked #32 of Top 100 of the Year. "This Argentine red is quite ripe, with nearly exotic plum sauce, braised fig and crushed blueberry notes rolled together, while spice, mocha and incense hints help stretch out the juicy, dense finish. A flashy style, but well-balanced." ~ Wine Spectator, Nov 20/09

2007 ~ 89 Points. "The purple-colored 2007 Malbec Estate spent 18 months in French oak, 20% new. It has an excellent bouquet of lavender, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. Ripe and full-bodied on the palate, it has plenty of spicy, savory black fruit, good balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 2-3 years and drink it from 2011 to 2019." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/09

2006 ~ 92 Points & Ranked #36 on Top 100 of the Year - Wine Spectator 2008


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep, dark red with a magenta hue.

Aroma:
This wine is layered on the nose with blackberry, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and spices.

Taste:
The flavours are rich with layered fig paste, plums, cassis and blackberry fruit. Subtle French oak flavours are well balanced and fully integrated through the mid-palate and well into the finish, which is long and round.

Pairing:
Pairs well with steak, cassoulet, duck, venison and other hearty fare.



Other Info:

The Colome Malbec is produced mainly from pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1854. Bodega Colome vineyards are bio-dynamically and sustainably farmed at an altitude of 5,500 to 8,500 feet and are believed to be the highest vineyards in the world. The sandy and alluvial soils yield small crops and produce deeply colored and concentrated wines which capture the should of this distinct terroir.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Torrontes  BODEGA COLOME  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
White  Torrontes  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.54   Open View Legend  
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 91 Points & Outstanding. "Very pale bright yellow. Pure, delicate, high-pitched perfume of rose petal and dusty brown spices. Brisk, tactile and quite dry but with an essentially supple texture - even a slightly glyceral character - to the flavors of grapefruit pith, lemon, flowers, spices and salty minerality. This serious yet seductive example of Torronte's finishes with sneaky dusty persistence." - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, March 2014

2013 ~ Trophy in 13.00 to 20.00 Category - Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Bright, pale yellow. Very pure, perfumed aromas of ginger, licorice, rose petal and brown spices. Concentrated, supple and ripe, with impressive sappy intensity to the flavours of spices and fresh herbs. Builds nicely on the back half, finishing with lovely saline persistence and chewy grip." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March 2012

2011 ~ "Light-bodied yet intriguing, with grace notes of salted butter, blanched almond and spring herb to the creamy tangerine and nectarine fruit flavours. Solid length." - Wine Spectator, Aug/12

Colome is nominated for "New World Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast 2012

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Always one of Argentina's best Torrontes. Tropical and easy on the nose, with fleshy roundness and chunky flavours of melon and peach. Full in style, with weight to the finish. Hess Collection." - Wine Enthusiast, March 2012

2010 ~ 89 Points. "Always one of Argentina's best and more fuller-bodied Torrontes. It's tropical and easy on the nose, with fleshy roundness and chunky flavours of melon and peach. Full in style, with some extra weight to the finish. Best to drink this as soon as you can, while it's fresh and lively." Wine Enthusiast, May 2011

2009 ~ "#1 Top Aromatic White" - Food & Wine Magazine, July 2010

2009 ~ "Very pure, with a stony edge framing the quinine, salted butter, white peach and floral notes that all weave together on the long, paraffin-tinged finish." - Wine Spectator, August 2010


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Gold with straw edges.

Aroma:
Floral notes prevail such as jasmine mixed with white peach notes.

Taste:
Fresh and elegant with touches of apricot. Intense with a gentle final acidity.

Pairing:
A wonderful match for delicate fish and shellfish, Nicoise salad, polenta and Asian fusion cuisine.



Other Info:

Torrontes is the signature white wine from Argentina. It dates from the first vineyards planted in the early 1800's. Its origin has been the subject of much speculation for the last 100 years. One prevailing theory suggested it was a raisin variety brought by the Spanish Conquistadors, but in 2004 an Argentine graduate student determined through DNA analysis that it is a cross between the Mission wine grapes of Galicia, Spain and Muscat of Alexandria. Today, the variety enjoys high popularity with viticulturists, wineries and consumers in Argentina and is beginning to be exported internationally, with good reason.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Tannat Lote Especial  BODEGA COLOME  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tannat  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$25.64   Allocated View Legend  
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2013     
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Tasting Notes:



Other Info:

2013 ~ Available in AB Fall/14.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pasico  BODEGAS LO NUEVO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Monastrell-Shiraz  Jumilla 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$12.14   Allocated View Legend  
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Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ "Dark berry and plum fruitiness marked by a light pepperiness and lively freshness" - The Independent, Nov/2013

2012 ~ GOLD MEDAL - Decanter World Wine Awards 2013




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep cherry red colour.

Aroma:
Very intense, with explosive aromas of wild blackberries and sweet herbs.

Taste:
Rich, sleek and expansive on the attack, packed with blackberries, dark plum and wild cherry, all bracketed by supple tannins.

Pairing:
Rice, pasta, white fish, goat cheese, peas, mushroom, beef, chicken, roast meat, red and white grilled meat.



Other Info:

Grapes used to elaborate this wine come from vineyards located in the northeast of Jumilla, between 700-800 metres of altitude, Monastrell vineyards are planted on chalky soils and Shiraz vineyards on sandy soils. The grapes of Shiraz were collected during the two first weeks of September and Monastrell grapes during last two weeks of this month. The fermentation process was carried on in stainless steel tanks with control of temperature where the juice was maintained in contact with the skins during all the process.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
La Fluata de Bartolo  BODEGAS LO NUEVO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Monastrell  Jumilla 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$13.49   Allocated View Legend  
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2012     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dense ruby/purple-coloured.

Aroma:
Acacia flower characteristics.

Taste:
Loads of Creme de cassis, licorice, and truffle.

Pairing:
Rice, pasta (noodles, spaghetti, macaroni), white and blue fish, goat cheese, cold meat, vegetables, lentil soup, peas, mushroom, beef, chicken, roast meat, red and white grill meat.



Other Info:

2013 ~ Available in MB Fall/14.

Grapes used to elaborate this wine come from vineyards located in the northeast of Jumilla, between 700-800 metres of altitude, Monastrell vineyards are planted on chalky soils and Shiraz vineyards on sandy soils. The grapes of Shiraz were collected during the two first weeks of September and Monastrell grapes during last two weeks of this month. The fermentation process was carried on in stainless steel tanks with control of temperature where the juice was maintained in contact with the skins during all the process.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Glorioso Crianza  BODEGAS PALACIO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tempranillo  Rioja 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$13.49   Open View Legend  
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014

2011 ~ Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014

2010 ~ Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge AWC Vienna 2013

2010 ~ Gold Medal - Selections Mondiales des vins Canada

2008 ~ Gold Medal - Vinalies Internationales Paris 2012

2008 ~ "This red shows cherry, dried berry, tobacco and balsamic notes that sail across the palate, smooth and harmonious. Supple, but has some density." - Wine Spectator, Aug/12

2007 ~ Gold Medal - Selections Mondiales des Vins 2010

2007 ~ Judges' Choice: Red Single Varietals, Tempranillo - Wine Access International Value Wine Awards 2012

2007 ~ Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards June 2011 (U.K.)

2007 ~ Bronze Medal - International Wine Challenge 2011

2007 ~ "The 2007 Glorioso Crianza spent 12 months in French and American oak. Purple in color with a pleasant nose of spicy black fruits, on the palate it is medium-bodied, savory, and well-balanced. This tasty effort is a good value meant to be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jun/11

2007 ~ "Light-bodied, but firm and focused, this red delivers black cherry, licorice and smoke notes. A bit austere, but balanced and fresh. Drink now through 2013." - Wine Spectator, Jun/11

2006 ~ Gold Medal - Selections Mondiales de Vins 2010

2006 ~ Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2009

2006 ~ "This approachable Tempranillo falls under the label of Crianza - which by law must be aged a minimum of two years, and one of those in barrel. It presents significant red fruit and leather with exotic spices, cocoa, tobacco and ample peppery tones. It is bright on the palate flavoured with smoky fruit and spice. Expect an easy drinking and supple wine that will pair nicely with roasted meats or aged cheeses." ~ Daenna van Mulligen, Vines Magazine, Feb./Mar. 2010

2006 ~ "This juicy red offers cherry, tobacco and savory notes over light, firm tannins, fresh and focused, with good acidity to keep it all lively." - Wine Spectator, Apr/10

2006 ~ Bronze Medal ~ International Wine Challenge 2010

2006 ~ Red Values under $25. 86 Points. - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate. Feb/09

2005 ~ "It's old meets new in this cherry-chocolate, toasty-cigar-box-and licorice, 100-percent Tempranillo, with lots of bright fruit, a bold oaky core, and dry tannins to finish." - Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison, Had a Glass, Top 100 Wines for 2010

2004 ~ Killer Value! - International Value Wine Awards 2008

2004 ~ "Style and elegance is the key to fine tempranillo and good Rioja. Glorioso is made in the soft and silky mode with plenty of smoky, vanilla red berry fruit with just a dusting of tannin. Lovely styling here and freshness. Well done and it will get better with age. Good value." - Anthony Gismondi, Wine Access, Aug-Sep/08

2003 ~ Daily Wine Picks under (US)$15! "This plush red delivers cherry, currant and fresh tobacco flavors over well-integrated tannins. Not muscular, but focused. Drink now through 2008." - Wine Spectator, Sep/06

2003 ~ "This is the top selling Rioja in BC and provides great value. The wine is bright and spicy with very well-managed oak treatment, very easy to like." - bcliquorstores.com, Jul/08

2003 ~ "It you've had it with blockbuster reds maybe you should consider Rioja and the understated elegance of tempranillo. Soft and silky on entry the 03 Palacio mixes smoky berry fruit with a touch of earth underneath. The people of Rioja love to serve this with lamb." - Anthony Gismondi, Aug/06

2002 ~ Gold Medal - Challenge International du Vin 2005

2001 ~ Finalist! Medium Red Wine Category; Vancouver Magazine 2006 Wine Awards. "Classic Spanish berries-and-cream aromas and flavours."


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red.

Aroma:
Dried fruit, toasted bread and cinnamon, characteristic of the Tempranillo variety.

Taste:
Long finish, round and warm, with the soft and elegant tannins from the French oak combined perfectly with the ripe fruit notes.

Pairing:
Stews, roasts, game, lamb, all sort of meats especially red, and matured cheeses.



Other Info:

Made from Tempranillo fruit from Laguardia. Vineyards are high altitude Rioja Alavesa. After vinification, the wine is aged in French oak for 12 months and then aged in bottle for a further 12 months.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Cosme Palacio y Hermanos Cosecha  BODEGAS PALACIO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tempranillo  Rioja 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$15.65   Open View Legend  
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+362293  8410351118002  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2006 ~ Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Apr/09

2004 ~ "A silky texture carries black cherry, espresso and tobacco flavors in this supple, expressive red. Juicy and lively, it has enough tannins for grip, and pretty floral and spice notes linger. Drink now through 2012." - Wine Spectator, Sep 30/08

2004 ~ Daily Wine Pick under US$15: Sep/06 ~ "This firm red is austere now, with dark flavors of coffee, mineral, prune and earth. A promising blueberry note emerges on the finish."

2002 - 90 Points. Top 100 Wines of 2004 - Wine Spectator, Dec/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark and intense garnet red, clean and bright.

Aroma:
Elegant combination of red ripe fruits and toasted bread given by the new French oak.

Taste:
Strong presence on palate, round and well balanced, elegant tannins and long finish.

Pairing:
Stews, roasts, game, all sort of meats (especially red ones and those macerated in wine and spices), and strong cheeses.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Cosme y Hermanos Reserva Privada  BODEGAS PALACIO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tempranillo  Rioja 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$26.95   Allocated View Legend  
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+728138  689148138006  Download Profile
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2004 ~ 89 Pts ~ "A solid, serious Rioja reserva with licorice, leather, char and good berry aromas. The palate is juicy, pure and tastes of clean black cherry and cola flavours. Picks up steam as it opens up, then finishes with a light butter streak and proper weight." ~ Wine Enthusiast, Feb/10

2004 ~ GOLD MEDAL! ~ Challenge International du Vin, May/09

2001 ~ 90 Pts Robert Parker

2001 ~ "The impressive, modern-styled 2001 Cosme Palacio y Hermanos Reserva exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of kirsch, cassis, licorice, and subtle new oak. Medium-bodied and elegant, with impressive purity as well as a layered mouthfeel, it should drink well for 7-8 years." Wine Advocate # 159, Jun/05


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Exhibits a dense ruby/purple color.

Aroma:
Notes of kirsch, cassis, licorice and subtle new oak.

Taste:
Medium-bodied and elegant, with impressive purity as well as layered mouth feel.

Pairing:
Stews, roasts, game, all sort of meats (especially red ones and those macerated in wine and spices), and strong cheeses.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Glorioso Reserva  BODEGAS PALACIO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tempranillo  Rioja 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$23.61   Open View Legend  
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+725642  0068914813301  Download Profile
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014

2008 ~ Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge AWC Vienna 2013

2008 ~ Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013

2007 ~ Gold Medal - Vinalies Internationales Paris 2012

2007 ~ "Black cherry and plum flavors mingle with herb, tobacco and licorice notes in this round red, which has light tannins and gentle acidity, with a savory finish. Still fresh. Drink now through 2014." - Wine Spectator, September 30th, 2012

2007 ~ "Purple in colour with a pleasant nose of spicy black fruits, on the palate it is medium-bodied, savory and well-belanced. This tasty effort is a good value meant to be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July/11

2006 ~ Gold - Selections Mondiales Des Vins Canada 2011

2006 ~ Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards June 2011 (U.K.)

2006 ~ Bronze Medal - International Wine and Spirits Competition 2011

2006 ~ Bronze Medal - International Wine Challenge 2011 (U.K.)

2006 ~ "It displays an aromatic array of cedar, tobacco, spice box, and black cherry. This is followed by a smooth-textured, savory, elegant offering that can be approached now but will last for another 5-7 years. It, too, is a solid value." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July/11

2006 ~ "Move into the most traditional Spanish red wine with Bodegas Palacio Glorioso Rioja Crianza (+361469) $16.99. The 2006 vintage was re-vamped in sleek burgundy-styled bottles with sloping shoulders but it is still 100 per cent Tempranillo grapes, aged in Bordeaux oak barrels for 12 months. Lots of dusty, juicy dark cherry fruit flavours with a touch of mellow vanilla from the oak." - Doug Sloan, Courier-Islander, Feb 5, 2011

2005 ~ "This ripe, fleshy red offers black plum, cola, leaf and orange peel flavors over moderate tannins, with a soft, spicy finish. Plump and generous." - Wine Spectator, June 15/10

2004 ~ 89 Points. "At six years of age, a hint of garnet is just beginning to show on the rim and the secondary flavours re starting to add some complexity. The nose is meaty and gamey, with lots of baking spice, coconut, floral and coffee notes. The palate is soft and supple, with cherry, plum and developed notes of spice, tea leaf, caramel, charred meat and graphite. The finish is long." - Rhys Pender, Buyer's Guide+, Wineaccess.ca, Nov.25/10

2004 ~ 4 stars ~ "Fairly subdued aromas of strawberries and red plums, saddle leather, sweet spices and earth. It's the palate that shines in this Tempranillo, with red fruit, coffee and spice box flavours. Expect a wine with great acidity and fine, mouth-coating tannins that grab on mid-palate and don't let go. Pair with lamb or vegetables in a tomato based stew." - Daenna van Mulligen, Vines Magazine, May-Jun/09

2004 ~ Top 100 Values of 2008 - Wine Spectator, Jan 31/09

2004 ~ "Classic in style with a huge nose that does not require seeking out, it just comes out to get you. Lots going on here with ripe red berry, earth and spicy oak aromas that become increasingly alluring as the wine is exposed to air. Good weight on the palate with a soft silky texture and lovely fruit flavours that develop and expand through the finish." - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Victoria, B.C., Mar-Apr/09

2004 ~ "This red has a firm backbone that supports a generous texture, which delivers black cherry, leaf and smoke flavors. Focused, with fresh acidity and a smoky, floral finish. Drink now through 2012." - Wine Spectator, Sep 30/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep red.

Aroma:
Dried fruit, toasted bread and cinnamon, characteristic of the Tempranillo variety.

Taste:
Aromas carry through on the medium body.

Pairing:
Stews, roasts, game, lamb, all sort of meats especially red; matured cheeses.



Other Info:

Glorioso Reserva Especial first launched in 1928. The grapes are grow at a high altitude in chalky vineyards near Laguardia. The fruit comes from old vine Tempranillo.
After vinification, the wine is aged for 18 months in French oak and then aged for a further 18 months in bottle.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pasion de Bobal Rose  BODEGAS SIERRA NORTE  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Rose  Bobal  Utiel-Requena 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$14.84   Allocated View Legend  
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+756437  8436017631722  Download Profile
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 90 Points & 5 Stars. "Raspberry, violet edge. Nose: ripe fruit, red fruit, floral, expressive, elegant. Boca, powerful, fruity, fresh, balanced" - Guia Penin Guide 2013

2011 ~ "From the Spanish D.O. Utiel Requena is perhaps as light and "dry" as rose can get before slipping into white. Bobal is the local red wine grape of Utiel Requena - north of Almansa and west of Valencia - 100 km from the Mediterranean coast in south eastern Spain." - Doug Sloan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, June 7, 2013




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Bright raspberry colour.

Aroma:
Intense aromas with red fruits (red currants, cherries and strawberries) together with fine notes of rose flowers.

Taste:
On the palate it is very well balanced and rich with a fresh acidity that makes the wine very vibrant.

Pairing:
A refreshing aperitif. Good with salads or starters, cooked and cured meats. Perfect with white meats, grilled meats or cooked ham. Goes well with cold or grilled fish.



Other Info:

Pasion de Bobal is the result of a careful selection of the best grapes collected from our vineyards located in Camporrobles within the D.O Utiel-Requena region. Maceration of the grapes at very low temperatures for 16 hours, in which the free run juice is obtained, which will be fermented later at a controlled temperature.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pasion de Bobal  BODEGAS SIERRA NORTE  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Bobal  Valencia 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$14.84   Open View Legend Utiel Requena DO 
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Saturated ruby. Blueberry liqueur, woodsmoke and a hint of vanilla on the fragrant nose. Plush and expansive, showing a restrained sweetness to the black and blue fruit flavors sharpened by a peppery nuance. Finishes on a long, gently sweet note, with fine-grained tannins adding shape and grip." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 14


2010 ~ 91 Points & 5 Stars. "Color deep cherry. Nose roa, ripe fruit, balsamic, spicy, creamy oak. Boca powerful, rich, fruity, spicy." - Guia Penin Guide 2013

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Here's a great example of a Spanish red made using an indigenous grape variety in this case, bobal. Blackberry, perfume, plum, raisin and savoury spice are alluring on the nose. It is a full-bodied red that brings some earthiness to the dark fruit notes - plum and blackberry especially - with mild tannins and acidity. This is an extremely food-friendly red that's complemented by modest oak and good structure." - Wine Access Buyers' Guide, Jan 31/13

2010 ~ 89 Points. "Bobal is the third most-planted variety in Spain but it is hardly a household name. In Utiel-Requena a region where it reigns supreme, it seems to over deliver for the price. Grown on a hot site at almost 1000 metres it has the gloss and fruit you would expect, a dash of oak and a slim finish with enough acidity to get your nose back into the glass. Produced from the oldest Bobal vines on the Fuenteseca estate the fruit is organic. It was perfect with a beef pasta dish. Good value." - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondionwine.com, Nov/13

2010 ~ Wine of the Week. "...The indigenous Spanish grape Bobal captured our attention during this last week. Soft ripe tannin with bright red cherry and raspberry flavours will be ideal to match the Turkey and echo the flavours of the all-important accompanying sauce. Gulpable and warming...Cheers!" - housewine.ca, Oct 2/12

2009 ~ 91 Points. "The purple-colored 2009 Pasion de Bobal (100%) went through malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 6 months aging in new French oak. Fragrant raspberries, exotic spices, incense, and lilacs inform the nose of this racy, pleasure-bent offering that over-delivers in a big way. Drink it over the next 4 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #195, June/11

2008 ~ 90 Points. "The purple-colored 2008 Pasion de Bobal (100%) was also made from organically grown fruit. Incense, Asian spices, cranberry, and boysenberry make for an exotic introduction to the Bobal grape. Savory, ripe, and pleasure-bent, this tasty, bargain-priced finished with no hard edges. Drink it over the next 3-4 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #195, June/11


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark, opaque red.

Aroma:
Vanilla Bean and sawdust aromas and lots of spicy and fragrant oak barrel accents.

Taste:
This Bobal opens with raisin notes which are accompanied by red cherries, dried raspberries, and slightly edgy tannins.

Pairing:
Grilled red meats or spicy barbeque ribs.



Other Info:

Sierra Norte was founded in 1999 in Requena by two local families with a long tradition in grape growing and winemaking. Organic farming and the use of local grape varieties, including Bobal, are the two main characteristics that define this winery. Pasion is made out of Bobal grapes from 60+-year-old vines planted at 3,000 feet above sea level in the interior of the province of Valencia.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Inspiracion Valdemar Edicion Limitada  BODEGAS VALDEMAR (MARTINEZ BUJANDA)  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Tempranillo, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon  Rioja 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$27.01   Open View Legend  
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+744525  8412619040513  Download Profile
Vintage    
2003     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ "There's a lot of acid, tomato and green notes to this wine from a cool, tough vintage. In the mouth, it's electric due to blazing acidity, while up front on the palate you'll get zesty red plum and cherry flavors, while later on spice and vanilla come into play. A snappy, tart, tangy finish is the close." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2013

2005 ~ 93 Points - Guia Penin 2012

2005 ~ 90 Points at Wine Advocate June 2010

2005 ~ Gold Medal at Monde Selection 2011

2005 ~ Silver Medal & Best in Class Award at the 2010 Int Wine and Spirits Competition

2005 ~ Silver Medal at the International Wine Challenge 2011

2005 ~ Bronze Medal, 3/5 Stars ~ Funky, savoury, meaty, gamey style. Interesting, fully integrated mouthfeel. Complex and ready now." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

2004 ~ 94 Points. "Saturated ruby. Oak-spiced cherry and dark berries on the nose, complicated by notes of vanilla, roasted coffee and pipe tobacco. Deeply pitched cassis and bitter cherry flavors are given lift and spine by gentle acidity and pick up spiciness with air. This ripe, lively wine finishes with very good breadth and lingering dark chocolate, vanilla and cherry notes. Drinks very well now; it would be great with a braised beef or lamb dish." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2011

2004 ~ 94 Points - International Wine Review 2011

2004 ~ 92 Points ~ Guia Penin 2009

2004 ~ 91 Points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Challenge 2011

2004 ~ 91 Points - Wine Spectator, Jun/10

2004 ~ Gold Medal at Monde Selection 2010

2004 ~ Gold Medal. Best Spanish Red Wine Trophy -International Wine Challenge 2009

2004 ~ Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge 2009

2004 ~ Gold Medal - Mundus Vini 2008

2004 ~ Silver. Best in Class - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2009

2004 ~ Silver Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2009

2004 ~ Silver Medal - Tempranillos al Mundo, Paris 2008

2004 ~ Bronze Medal - Japan Wine Challenge 2008

2004 ~ Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009

2003 ~ 93 Points. "This rich red delivers plum, black cherry, coffee, mineral and tobacco flavors that drive through the finish. Syrupy in texture, yet with plenty of tannin and acidity for balance. Muscular yet graceful. Drink now through 2018." - Wine Spectator, July/08

2003 ~ 93 Points, Honour Podium - Gui?a Penin

2003 ~ 93 Points, Gui?a Viandar, Mikel Zeberios

2003 ~ Gold Medal - Challenge International Du Vin


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
It presents a well-covered red cherry colour.

Aroma:
Intense aromas of ripe black fruits and balsamic notes stand out, as well as subtle spicy nuances provided by the oak ageing.

Taste:
It has a potent, meaty and fleshy entry in mouth, of a great retronasal persistence. This wine is fruity and ripe.

Pairing:
This wine goes well with red meats, mainly roasts and stews. It is a great match with fatty fish like salmon and turbot. Perfect with Iberian cold meats and dry cheeses.



Other Info:

It was Joaquin Martinez Bujanda who, after starting off with just 10 hectares, expanded the family vineyards. His son Marcelino, at a time when this was not the norm, showed his interest by purchasing more local estates.

The big expansion came with Jesus Martinez Bujanda, who increased the total hectares not only in the Rioja Alavesa, but also throughout the appellation, until by 1982 he had a large enough area to set up, together with his son, also called Jesus Martinez Bujanda, Bodegas Valdemar, and to achieve their aim of self-sufficiency with a prime quality raw material.


Bottles per Case: 3
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Conde de Valdemar Reserva  BODEGAS VALDEMAR (MARTINEZ BUJANDA)  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Tempranillo-Mazuelo  Rioja 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$20.25   Open View Legend  
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+342378  745641055001  Download Profile
Vintage    
2004     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2006 ~ 90 Points - Guia Penin 2012

2006 ~ Gold Tempranillo (medal) at Tempranillos al Mundo 2011

2006 ~ Gold Medal - Tempranillos Al Mundo Nueva York 2011

2005 ~ 90 Points - Guia Penin 2012

2005 ~ 90 Points - Wine Advocate June 2011

2005 ~ 89 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, September/ October 2011

2005 ~ Silver Medal & Best In Class at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2011

2004 ~ Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2010

2004 ~ 91 Points. "A complex and intriguing wine that continues to evolve in the glass. An intense nose shows floral, ripe strawberry, dried cherry, burlap, smoke and pipe tobacco notes, with orange zest, pie crust and chestnut aromas. The palate is full on ripe blueberry, blackberry, marzpian and liqeur cherry chocolate notes, followed by a complex, long, roasted herb and mineral finish. Great length and savoury complexity." - Rhys Pender, Wine Access Buyer's Guide+, Nov. 25/10

2004 ~ 90 Points. "Ripened to pomegranate-scented blackness, this is an austere take on the 2004 vintage. There's a vegetal note in the tannins hinting at tobacco leaf and dried herbs, balancing the tart Bing cherry and dried red fruit character. A mature, lamby red." - Joshua Greene,Wine & Spirits, December 2012

2004 ~ 90 Points. "Dark crimson-colored, it reveals an alluring nose of cedar, spice box, tobacco, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it displays considerable finesse along with plenty of ripe, spicy red and black fruit, a silky texture, and excellent balance. This lengthy effort will continue to evolve for another 2-3 years and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2020." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Feb/09

2004 ~ Silver Medal, 4/5 Stars ~ "Vibrant blackcurrant, spice and herbaceousness. Confident, weighty palate, refined and refreshing." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

2004 ~ 89 Points. "This ripe, maturing red offers generous flavors of plum, dried cherry, tobacco and candied citrus. Shows firm tannins, yet remains lithe and graceful. Traditional in style. Drink now through 2013." - Wine Spectator, 2009

2004 ~ Best Buy - Wine & Spirits, Dec/10

2004 ~ Top 100 Values from Spain, Wine Advocate, Feb/09

2004 ~ "Ruby-red. Smoky aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry and botanical herbs. Taut red berry flavors are sweetened by vanilla and cola qualities, with dusty herbs contributing complexity. This fully mature Rioja offers good finishing sweetness and a touch of bitter chocolate." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 09

2001 ~ 90 Points. "100 Great Buys for US$25 or less" "Harmonious and well-balanced, this delivers black cherry, cola and tobacco flavors, with well-integrated tannins and a spicy finish. Drink now through 2015." Wine Spectator, Oct 31/06

2000 ~ Judges' Choice - Wine Access International Value Wine Awards 2007


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Medium ruby with garnet highlights.

Aroma:
Ripe black fruit aromas appear over a base of mineral, spice and toasted wood and floral notes.

Taste:
Aromas carry through on a richly-textured full palate with gentle, well-integrated acidity and firm but silky tannins.

Pairing:
A great match with game, roast, meat and/or sausages.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva  BODEGAS VALDEMAR (MARTINEZ BUJANDA)  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  80% Tempranillo 20% Mazuelo  Rioja 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$26.99   Open View Legend  
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+337352  745641113008  Download Profile
Vintage    
2004     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2004 ~ Gold Medal at Monde Selection 2011

2004 ~ 91+ Points - International Wine Review November 2011

2004 ~ 91 Points - The International Wine Review 2011

2004 ~ 91 Points - Wine Spectator October 2011

2004 ~ 91 Points. "The 2004 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, and 5% Graciano aged for 26 months in French and American oak. Made in a traditional style, it is already beginning to show aromatic complexity from its extended aging. Cedar, leather, Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and blackberry lead to a rich, elegant, plush wine in the style of the superb 2004 vintage. Flavorful, stylish, and lengthy, it will continue to blossom with several more years of cellaring and drink well through 2024" - Wine Advocate, June/10

2004 ~ 91 Points. - Wine Advocate April 2010

2004 ~ 90 Points. "Deep red. Complex, aromatic bouquet evokes dried red fruits, cherry-vanilla, mocha and pipe tobacco, plus a spicy overtone. Juicy and focused on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering sweet red fruit flavors that pick up a smoky quality with air. Finishes smooth and sappy, with very good cling and lingering spiciness." - Stephen Tanzer's Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2011

2004 ~ 90 Points. - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar September/October 2011

2004 ~ Silver Medal & Best in Class Award at the International W&S Competition 2011

2004 ~ Silver Medal a the Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

2004 ~ Silver Medal at Mundus Vini 2011

2004 ~ "Track down a bottle of Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva '04 (337352) $35.99 and marvel at the depth and elegance of this lush Rioja. Bright black cherry over broodingly deep prune plums, a complex toasty medley of intriguing oak that starts with vanilla and ends with dark chocolate, some herbal hints and a swish of sandalwood all simmer in the glass." - Doug Sloan, Island-Courier, March 1, 2013.

2001 ~ 91 Points. "Conde de Valdemar is Bodegas Valdemar's flagship line. This wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano from their oldest vineyards. Aged 26 months in a combination of French and American oak, and then another 48 months in bottle prior to release. My note: Opens with red currants, black cherry, cigar box and a back note of licorice. Full-bodied with polished tannins and good acidity. A great wine to buy for the boss." - Natalie MacLean, Nat Decants, March 28, 2009

2001 ~ 90 Points. "Dried cherry, tobacco and anise flavors mingle in this supple, juicy red. Not heavy, but has focus and intensity, with a floral, spicy finish." - Wine Spectator, Jun/08

2001 ~ Silver Medal - Bacchus 2010


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear, medium ruby at core with some garnet signs of development.

Aroma:
Intense and complex ripe strawberry and currant aromas, with savoury spice, leather, tobacco and licorice notes.

Taste:
Flavours of ripe red fruits, currants, tobacco, and spice. Full-bodied with well-integrated oak, a rich velvety texture and a long, elegant finish.

Pairing:
Ideal with roast lamb, beef tenderloin or pork.



Other Info:

Conde de Valdemar is the winery's flagship range, where know-how is reflected in the vocation for constant evolution within the classic Rioja concept. In this range Bodegas Valdemar have managed to combine successfully the fruitiness and cask-aging characteristics.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barolo Villero  BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$87.75   Open View Legend  
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+727999  8032642860638  Download Profile
Vintage    
2007     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ 94 Points. "The 2007 Barolo Villero is all flowers, rose petals, spices and bright red fruit. This soft, sensual Barolo is laced with exquisite finesse to match its classy, poised personality. It is pure seduction. The 2007 is drinking well for such a young wine. It is already a touch forward and I don't expect it will be especially long-lived by Brovia standards. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, April 2012

2006 ~ 92-95 Points. "Like the Rocche, the 2006 Barolo Villero is also made from a vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, but it could not be more different. Here the fruit is deep, dark and sensual. While the Rocche tends towards suggestions of floral red berries, the Villero reveals plums, prune, spices and menthol intermingled with a host of other balsamic overtones. This virile yet mid-weight wine is quite promising. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/10

2001- 92 Points. "The estate's 2001 Barolo Villero takes things up a notch, with its deep, rich nose of menthol, eucalyptus and sweet fruit. It shows plenty of dark fruit on a dense, structured frame of excellent length that will naturally take longer to become fully expressive. It should gracefully evolve to age 20 and maybe beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/06


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
The colour is intense ruby red with a light presence of orange reflections.

Aroma:
The smell is elegant, intense, pleasant , balanced and with a hint of withered roses, plums, minerals, tobacco, liquorice, smoke and leather.

Taste:
The taste is full bodied, balanced and velvety, with a huge structure and a very long finish.

Pairing:
The traditional combinations are, definitely, with game or red meat dishes. The balance of this Barolo makes it very suitable as a "meditation wine" to savour while eating grissini or small slices of toasted bread.



Other Info:

The ageing takes place in French oak (mid size barrels of 30 Hl.), where the wine is allowed to mature for 2 years. After the ageing, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Rocche Barolo  BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmonte 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$87.75   Allocated View Legend  
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+215913  8032642860621   Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ 96 Points. "The 2007 Barolo Rocche emerges from the glass with freshly cut roses, sweet berries and spices. The Rocche is always the most open of Brovia's single vineyard Baroli. In 2007 the wine has an extra dimension of textural richness that makes it incredibly appealing even at this young stage. Floral notes reappear on the silky, pure finish. This is a fabulous showing, but the wine will be even better in a few years. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2011

2006 ~ 96 Points. "Usually rather open and expressive, in 2006 the Barolo Rocche has the makings of a long-distance runner. From time to time its perfumed red fruit makes an appearance yet this remains a powerful, inward Rocche in need of significant cellaring. There is plenty of muscle in the glass, in fact the wine continues to gain weight with air. Sweet roses and tar have the last word on the magnificent, perfumed finish. The Rocche has become marvelously expressive since I tasted it last year. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
The colour is garnet red with light orange coloured reflections.

Aroma:
The nose is balanced and intense with violets, strawberries, prunes, cherries, mint, woody essence, liquorice and some balsamic notes.

Taste:
The taste begins slowly, but it grows incrementally until coating the palate.

Pairing:
This wine can combine with every dish (except sweets) going particularly well with meat dishes and dry mature cheese.



Other Info:

2010 ~ Available in BC Fall/14.
The aging takes place in French oak (mid size barrels of 30 Hl.), where the wine is allowed to mature for 2 years. After the aging, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barbera D'Alba Sori Del Drago  BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Barbera  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$29.70   Open View Legend Castiglione Falletto 
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+744981  8032642860713  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ 91 Points. "Good full, deep ruby-red. Bitter cherry, crushed black fruits, leather and flowers on the perfumed nose; conveys an impression of noble rusticity. Juicy, very fresh and pure, with outstanding density to its dark berry and licorice flavors. Wonderfully sappy, energetic barbera with a rich, long, almost saline finish featuring firm tannins for the variety. This very strong barbera invites you to eat and drink." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2011

2008 ~ 90 Points. "The 2008 Barbera d'Alba Sori del Drago is a mid-weight, elegant wine laced with silky, perfumed dark red fruit. This, too, offers terrific intensity and fabulous overall balance from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Dec/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pleasantly intense ruby red.

Aroma:
The scent shows is vinous, fresh and fruity.

Taste:
Full bodied with soft tannins and a long finish.

Pairing:
This wine is particularly suitable with all dishes, particularly hot Piemontese hors d'ouvres, strong tasting pasta, rice dishes and with white meat dishes.



Other Info:

In stainless steel vats for 15 - 18 months. After the ageing, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barolo  BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$40.99   Open View Legend  
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+728000  8032642860614  Download Profile
Vintage    
2007     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ 89-92 Points. "The 2007 Barolo is impressively rich and concentrated for an entry-level bottling. Wonderfully open and seductive, the 2007 Barolo should drink beautifully from the get-go. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. " - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2011




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
The colour is intense red.

Aroma:
A clean scent of dry and sweet fruit and floral aromas.

Taste:
The wine is full bodied with a solid acidity that gives it more longevity suitable to stand the test of time.

Pairing:
This wine is suitable for tasty and elaborate meat dishes and for dry mature cheeses.



Other Info:

The ageing takes place in Slavonia and French oak (mid size and big barrels), where the wine is allowed to mature for 2 years. After the ageing, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brunello Di Montalcino  CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$54.00   Open View Legend Montalcino 
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+138735  8034073430435  Download Profile
Vintage    
2008     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ 93 Points. "Opulent tones of toasted espresso bean and soft chocolate fudge play a supporting role to bold berry and dried raspberry. Background floral tones of dried lavender and red rose. There's a touch of earthiness, too, with button mushroom and forest floor. Tannins are nicely polished and firm. Streamlined, elegant." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2012

2007 ~ 92 Points. "Sporting beef bouillon and balsamic notes, this red's mix of cherry, iron, leather and tea flavours is backed by a sinewy frame. The tannins leave a drying impression, but this has character, so be patient." - Wine Spectator, Aug/12

2006 ~ 94 Points. "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino comes across as tightly wound and inward at this stage. With time in the glass the wine's inner perfume gradually comes to life, even if this remains a reticent Brunello within the context of the vintage. Still, it is impossible not to admire the inner sweetness of the fruit and the impeccable polish of the tannins. All this needs is time, maybe a little more than usual in this vintage. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, May/11

2006 ~ 92 Points. "Ripe and juicy, sporting cherry, raspberry, rose and spice aromas and flavors, all playing out on the elegant frame. This is a delicate style, favoring finesse over power. Still, there are tannins underneath that need time to integrate. Mineral finish." - Wine Spectator Insider, May 25, 2011

2005 ~ 91 Points. "Wild cherries, tobacco, new leather, spices and earthiness gradually emerge as this brooding, intense Brunello reveals its pedigree. Menthol, tar and licorice add further dimensions of complexity on the long, lingering finish." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Apr/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red with flecks of garnet on the rim.

Aroma:
Aromas of blueberry, red fruits, leather and earth.

Taste:
Flavours of wild cherries, tobacco, leather, spice, and earth. A long lingering finish with hints of menthol, tar and liquorice completes this complex wine.

Pairing:
Pairs well with red meats and game, mature cheeses.



Other Info:

Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate's Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.
Specifically, the Brunello di Montalcino has been aged approximately 36 months in Slavonia oak barrels with an average capacity of 30 hl, then in bottles for 1 more year.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva  CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$87.75   Allocated View Legend  
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+138776  8034073430466  Download Profile
Vintage    
2006     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ 94 Points. "This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2013

2007 ~ 93 Points. "Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together well with age. Best from 2016 through 2032." - Wine Spectator, May 2013

2006 ~ 93 Points. "The ripe cherry, plum, earth and spice aromas and flavors are
beautifully displayed on the dense, tannic structure in this red, which is bright and energetic, with an aftertaste of fresh fruit and wild herbs. Best from 2014 through 2035." - Wine Spectator Insider, May 30, 2012

2005 ~ 93+ Points. "The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. It's potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May/11

2005 ~ 93 Points. "Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins." - Wine Enthusiast, Aug/10

2004 ~ 93+ Points. "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate's wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Apr/10

2004 ~ 92 Points. "There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless." - Wine Spectator, Jun/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby core with flecks of garnet on the rim.

Aroma:
Aromas of red plum, with hints of floral, liquorice, salt, and tar.

Taste:
Flavours of rich ripe dark fruit with toasty oak and hints of tobacco. Relatively rustic tannins.

Pairing:
Pairs well with red meats and game, matured cheeses.



Other Info:

Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate's Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask. Specifically, the Riserva has been aged approximately 36 months in Slavonia oak barrels with an average capacity of 30 hl, 7/8 months in small 7.5 hl capacity barrels, and finally in bottles for at least 1 year.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Umbria Rosso  CANTINA TUDERNUM  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese, Merlot, Montepulciano, Ciligiolo  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$12.14   Open View Legend Todi 
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+605584  8018219001185  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red.

Aroma:
Aromas of young, red fruits.

Taste:
Soft, tannic with pleasant acidity.

Pairing:
It is ideal with appetizers, cold-cuts, and moderately mature cheeses.



Other Info:

Le Lucrezie Sangiovese is made from the Sangiovese grapes so typical of the hills in the region surrounding Todi. Once the grapes are brought into the winery they are pressed and separated through a crusher-stemmer and successfully loaded in fermentation tanks. The must is then left in contact with the peels for 8 to 12 days. After the gross dregs are removed from the wine, it is placed in steel tanks to age for around four months. Following another three month refinement in bottles, the wine is ready to be enjoyed.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Todi Merlot  CANTINA TUDERNUM  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Merlot  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$14.84   Open View Legend Todi 
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+190926  8018219001161  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards 2012




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Brilliant ruby red.

Aroma:
Fruity, very intense with a soft vanilla scent.

Taste:
Good balance with a young personality and pleasantly soft tannins.

Pairing:
This wine should be served at room temperature and accompanied by spiced cheeses, red meats and game.



Other Info:

Merlot is certainly not Umbria's most typical grape, however, the regions soft-rolling hills, the continental climate, the right amount of rain in Spring, and the dry, sunny climate in the Summer guarantee the perfect conditions for the development of this international mainstay.
First bottled in the 80s as an "experiment",(it had been previously used by Cantina Tudernum as a mixer to enhance other reds) Francore is now one of the winery's flagship products and it has obtained awards and mentions internationally.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Montefalco Sagrantino Fidenzio   CANTINA TUDERNUM  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sagrantino  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$40.49   Open View Legend Todi 
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+49189  8018219001178  Download Profile
Vintage    
2007     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ 3/5 Grapes ~ Bibenda 2013

2008 ~ 2/3 Glasses ~ Gambero Rosso 2013

2007 ~ Silver Medal ~ International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red with garnet tinge.

Aroma:
Aromas of wild berries, particularly ripe black berries, wild cherries, and intense coffee and chocolate scents.

Taste:
Full bodied and tannic, with red fruit flavours and a hint of spice.

Pairing:
from cheeses and pasta dishes, to rich meats. Pork is typical in the region but more so are the products of game hunting such as hare, boar and fowl. These dishes are traditionally rich and wild tasting and can only be exalted by a wine that can match their strong character.



Other Info:

Highly structured wine produced with 100% Sagrantino grapes from vineyards around the hilly regions of Montefalco, in the heart of Umbria. In past times it was produced almost exclusively for liturgical uses - hence the name deriving from the Latin "Sacrum" meaning "sacred thing".


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chardonnay  CASTELLO DI MONSANTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Chardonnay  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$26.99   Allocated View Legend  
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+750628  8033237490797  Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 89 Poins. "The 2011 Chardonnay Fabrizio Bianchi opens with tonic tones of lemon curd, cantaloupe melon and white peach. A pretty touch of toasted almond gives weight and substance to the silky finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue 208, August 2013

2010 ~ 90 Points. "This rich white evokes apple pie, peach , grapefruit and spice notes. Broad and full-bodied, lingering on the finish. The oak nuances are absorbed with air. drink now through 2014." - Wine Spectator, October 2012

2009 ~ 90 Points. "There's a soothing, silky quality to this sunny Tuscan Chardonnay that sets it apart in a crowd. The wine is aged in both stainless steel and oak in order to maintain its fresh aromas of apricot and candied citrus as well as the richness of its texture." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, March 2012


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Light golden yellow.

Aroma:
Fresh aromas of apricot and candied citrus.

Taste:
Smooth and rich. A lovely dry style of Chardonnay with tinges of lemon peel and a slight hint of a green note to it which balanced well with the white fruit and floral notes.

Pairing:
Pairs well with roast chicken, turkey, quiche, and cheeses.



Other Info:

Born in 1980 from a challenge of Fabrizio Bianchi to create a white wine of great character in an area which was not especially dedicated to it, this selection of Chardonnay from the Valdigallo vineyard, 3.50 hectares at an altitude of 260 metre a.s.l. exposed to the north-east, is vinified half in 5 hl French barrels and the other half in steel. It ages over two years in glass before the sale. Its great capacity to age makes it possible to enjoy its characteristics to the best after many years from the harvest.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chianti Classico Riserva  CASTELLO DI MONSANTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Canaiolo  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$182.22   Allocated View Legend  
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+852749  08033237490285  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 91 Points. "The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva sees more contact with barrel (neutral tonneaux and barrique) but you can hardly tell. This stunning expression exudes femininity and elegance. Wild berries, tar, licorice and balsam herbs emerge softly from the bouquet. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue 208, August 2013

2009 ~ 92 Points. "A powerful and opulent style, this red displays ripe cherry, black currant, violet and tobacco aromas and flavours. The tannins are gripping on the finish, which lingers with sweet fruit and mineral accents. Well proportioned. Best from 2014 through 2021." - Wine Spectator, October 2012

2008 ~ 92 Points. "The 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva is a very pretty, centered wine. Dark cherries, plums, spices, menthol, cedar, game and tobacco are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. The 2008 is an understated Riserva that impresses for its length, focus and balance. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, #196 August 2011

2008 ~ 91 Points. "Bright red. Delicate aromas of redcurrant, blueberry and violet. Fresh and refined, with lovely purity and verve to the red cherry, redcurrant and floral flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins and great acid lift." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July 2012


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red.

Aroma:
Aromas of plum and blackberry fruit.

Taste:
Flavours of dark cherry, plums, and spices. Finished with smooth tannins.

Pairing:
Paired nicely with tomato-based pizza or pasta dishes, meatloaf, and roast chicken.



Other Info:

The Chianti Classico Riserve comes from a selection of grapes from vineyards which are more suitable for long maturing. Vinified in steel with a maceration of about 20 days, and as a second passage, it is aged in smaller wooden barrels for about 18 months, to then rest for a minimum of 3 months in glass. Composition of the grapes : 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino.


Bottles per Case: 1
Bottle Size: 3000ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chianti Classico Riserva  CASTELLO DI MONSANTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$34.43   Allocated View Legend Barberino Val D'Elsa 
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+179549  8033237490377  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 91 Points. "The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva sees more contact with barrel (neutral tonneaux and barrique) but you can hardly tell. This stunning expression exudes femininity and elegance. Wild berries, tar, licorice and balsam herbs emerge softly from the bouquet. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue 208, August 2013

2009 ~ 92 Points. "A powerful and opulent style, this red displays ripe cherry, black currant, violet and tobacco aromas and flavors. The tannins are gripping on the finish, which lingers with sweet fruit and mineral accents. Well-proportioned. Best from 2014 through 2021. 22,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator, Oct 15, 2012

2008 ~ 92 Points. "The 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva is a very pretty, centered wine. Dark cherries, plums, spices, menthol, cedar, game and tobacco are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. The 2008 is an understated Riserva that impresses for its length, focus and balance. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/2011

2008 ~ 91 Points. "Bright red. Delicate aromas of redcurrant, blueberry and violet. Fresh and refined, with lovely purity and verve to the red cherry, redcurrant and floral flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins and great acid lift." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/2012


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Bright red.

Aroma:
Intense fruit aromas including currant and blueberry complemented by forest floor notes.

Taste:
Medium bodied wine showing rich fruit flavours, well balanced with a long finish.

Pairing:
Pair this wine with rich fare such as ossobuco, leg of lamb, roast beef in Madeira sauce, wild duck, venison and pizza with meat.



Other Info:

Castello di Monsanto owns some of the best vineyard sites within the appellation and are home to the largest reserves of Chianti Classico in Tuscany. In 1962, Fabrizio Bianchi founded the winery after it was presented to him as a wedding gift from his parents. That same year, pioneering Monsanto was the first winery to make a Chianti Classico Cru from the single 'Il Poggio' vineyard and worked to eliminate white grapes from Chianti Classico Riserva blend. Further, in 1981 Monsanto harvested the first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Nemo, from the Il Mulino vineyard.
The Castello di Monsanto estate covers a total of 206 hectares (509 acres), of which more than half is wooded, while olive orchards occupy an additional 15 hectares. Estate vineyards, located at an altitude between 250 and 310 meters (82-1,070 feet), covers a total area of 72 hectares encompassing hand picked Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Trebbiano and Malvasia varieties.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chianti Classico  CASTELLO DI MONSANTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$25.65   Open View Legend Barberino Val D'Elsa 
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+179457  8033237490186  Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ Tre Bicchieri 2014 Gambero Rosso. - Vini d'Italia 2014

2011 ~ "The 2011 Chianti Classico (with 10% Canaiolo) is aged in neutral oak and bottle. You really get a sense of Sangiovese here, with playfull notes of wild berry and grilled herbs. The mouthfeel is compact, crisp and silky. Anticipated Maturity: 2013-2020." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Issue 208, August 2013

2010 ~ 90 Points. "A lush yet structured red, this features vibrant cherry, blackberry, tobacco and earth flavors. Bright and juicy with dusty tannins emerging on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2020." - Wine Spectator, October 2012

2008 ~ 90 Points. "Bright ruby-red. Utterly gorgeous nose redolent of sour red cherry, redcurrant, tobacco and minerals. Vibrant and pure on entry, with lovely mineral and sour red cherry flavors complicated by sweet spice notes. Plenty of depth and classy tannins on the long, pure finish. A classic Chianti." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2010


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red colour.

Aroma:
Red fruit, spice, and light cedar.

Taste:
Soft and smooth in the mouth, the flavours are dominated by black and red cherries with a liquorice note.



Other Info:

Castello di Monsanto owns some of the best vineyard sites within the appellation and are home to the largest reserves of Chianti Classico in Tuscany. In 1962, Fabrizio Bianchi founded the winery after it was presented to him as a wedding gift from his parents.

The Castello di Monsanto estate covers a total of 206 hectares (509 acres), of which more than half is wooded, while olive orchards occupy an additional 15 hectares. Estate vineyards, located at an altitude between 250 and 310 meters (82-1,070 feet), covers a total area of 72 hectares encompassing hand picked Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Trebbiano and Malvasia varieties.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chianti Monrosso  CASTELLO DI MONSANTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Merlot  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.55   Open View Legend Barberino Val D'Elsa 
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+17947  8033237490896  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ "The 2011 Chianti Monrosso is an easy-sipping and easy-swirling red wine to enjoy with grilled sausages or hamburgers. The wine is very light and feather-weight thin in the mouth. But the acidity is there to clan away fatty foods. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2014." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue 208, Aug/13

2009 ~ "The 2009 Chianti Monrosso shows more weight and darkness than the Chianti Classico. Layers of sweet spices, leather and tobacco add complexity to wild cherries and plums in this extroverted, generous Chianti. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/11




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red with nuances of violet.

Aroma:
Cherries, black tea and leather.

Taste:
Fresh acidity with spicy energy and good length. Has equal measures of power, purity and elegance.

Pairing:
Enjoy with antipasto, grilled meats, burgers and Italian specialties.



Other Info:

Castello di Monsanto owns some of the best vineyard sites within the appellation and are home to the largest reserves of Chianti Classico in Tuscany. In 1962, Fabrizio Bianchi founded the winery after it was presented to him as a wedding gift from his parents.

The Castello di Monsanto estate covers a total of 206 hectares (509 acres), of which more than half is wooded, while olive orchards occupy an additional 15 hectares. Estate vineyards, located at an altitude between 250 and 310 meters (82-1,070 feet), covers a total area of 72 hectares encompassing hand picked Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Trebbiano and Malvasia varieties.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva  CASTELLO DI MONSANTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Canaiolo-Colorino  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$59.45   Allocated View Legend Barberino Val D'Elsa 
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+746083  08033237490469  Download Profile
Vintage    
2006     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ 92+ Points. "Subtle elegance is also the theme of the 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio. This wine sees some new oak and offers more density and aromatic richness as a result. Black fruit and spice and enhanced by tobacco and leather. Those characteristic herbal tones appear on the finish and ground this wine to a sense of territory. Anticipated maturity:204-2025." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue 208, August 2013

2009 ~ 5 Grappoli Award (highest distinction) - Bibenda 2014, Association of Italian Sommeliers

2007 ~ #66 The Top 100 Wines of the World. - Luca Gardini

2006 ~ 94+ Points. "The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio is a powerhouse. Firm sturdy tannins enshroud a core of fruit that struggles to emerge in the glass. Behind the wine's imposing structure lie hints of red cherries, menthol, licorice and leather. Over the years and decades Il Poggio has built a stellar track record of excellence." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red tending towards garnet.

Aroma:
Rich, intense and complex with aromas of black cherry and spice.

Taste:
Full bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors matched with a backbone of tannin.

Pairing:
An exceptional compliment to red meats, roasts and game.



Other Info:

Castello di Monsanto owns some of the best vineyard sites within the appellation and are home to the largest reserves of Chianti Classico in Tuscany. In 1962, Fabrizio Bianchi founded the winery after it was presented to him as a wedding gift from his parents. That same year, pioneering Monsanto was the first winery to make a Chianti Classico Cru from the single 'Il Poggio' vineyard and worked to eliminate white grapes from Chianti Classico Riserva blend. Further, in 1981 Monsanto harvested the first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Nemo, from the Il Mulino vineyard.

The Castello di Monsanto estate covers a total of 206 hectares (509 acres), of which more than half is wooded, while olive orchards occupy an additional 15 hectares. Estate vineyards, located at an altitude between 250 and 310 meters (82-1,070 feet), covers a total area of 72 hectares encompassing hand picked Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Trebbiano and Malvasia varieties.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brut Zero  CHAMPAGNE MANDOIS  France 
Type Varietal Region
Champagne  Blend-Chardonnay-Pinot Noir-Pinot Meunier  Champagne 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$54.16   Allocated View Legend  
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+35857  3760064080376  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

"Crisp and dry, with ginger, bread dough and straw flavours. Rich and creamy, with a chalklike sensation on the finish. This will appeal to fans of ultradry Champagne." - Wine Spectator, June 2008





Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep, intense colour

Pairing:
Saint-Pierre fillet in a crust, hodgepodge of seasonal vegetables.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brut Origine  CHAMPAGNE MANDOIS  France 
Type Varietal Region
Champagne  Blend-Chardonnay-Pinot Noir-Pinot Meunier  Champagne 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$46.71   Open View Legend  
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+761177  3760064080031  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

90 Points. "The touch of richness and toast balancing attractively with the soft, mouth-filling texture. The wine shows some bottle age, giving a delicious, yeasty aftertaste." - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2008

"Elegant and bright, displaying lemon and grapefruit flavours mingled with honey and graphite. This is open and easygoing, with moderate length." - Wine Spectator, Nov 2008




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale yellow gold colour.

Aroma:
Aromas of ripe fruit and hints of lime.

Taste:
Rich and greedy flavours develop hints of honey with slightly toasted aromas.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brut Rose Grand Reserve  CHAMPAGNE MANDOIS  France 
Type Varietal Region
Champagne  Blend-Pinot Noir-Chardonnay-Pinot Meunier  Champagne 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$49.87   Allocated View Legend  
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+358457  3760064080048  Download Profile
Vintage    
NV     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

90 Points. "A tight grain and moderate acidity keep this strawberry- and cherry-flavored bubbly focused. Well-balanced, with nice grip on the toasty finish." - Wine Spectator, Nov 2008




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Slightly salmon colour.

Aroma:
Notes of cherries, strawberries, and pomegranates.

Pairing:
Aperitif or dessert with berries.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brut Millesime  CHAMPAGNE MANDOIS  France 
Type Varietal Region
Champagne  Blend-Pinot Noir-Chardonnay-Pinot Meunier  Champagne 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$54.18   Open View Legend  
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+559468  3760064080055  Download Profile
Vintage    
2006     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Gold and amber colour.

Aroma:
Cherry brandy with hints of vanilla.

Pairing:
Poultry farm with morels.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Blancs de Blancs Brut 1er Cru  CHAMPAGNE MANDOIS  France 
Type Varietal Region
Champagne  Chardonnay  Champagne 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$55.22   Allocated View Legend  
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+827444  3760064080062  Download Profile
Vintage    
2008     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
bright goldy colour.

Aroma:
citrus fruits including pineapple, apricots and peaches.

Taste:
Hints of vanilla, and the typical great minerality from chalky soils.

Pairing:
Aperitif or seafood.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Victor Brut  CHAMPAGNE MANDOIS  France 
Type Varietal Region
Champagne  Chardonnay  Champagne 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$65.50   Allocated View Legend  
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+35865  3760064080086  Download Profile
Vintage    
2005     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense golden colour.

Aroma:
Buttery aromas and a complexity of fruit that gives a unique concentration.

Taste:
Honey, some roasted notes and a profusion of flavours related to the concentration of grapes.

Pairing:
"A la coque" scallops and Aquitaine caviar



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateau des Landes Cuvee Tradition  CHATEAU DES LANDES  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc  Bordeaux 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$21.58   Open View Legend  
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+855858  3760228580025  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 91 Points. "Powered by considerable tannins, this Merlot-based wine is firm and concentrated. Its fruit shows intense black plum skin and berry flavors that push through the dark structure. It’s a rich wine that needs time. Drink from 2018." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2014

2009 ~ Gold Medal - the 2011 Vinalies Nationales




Tasting Notes:

Aroma:
This has a very pretty nose offering intense aromas of black cherry, red raspberry, blueberry, plum, cedar and spice box.

Taste:
It demonstrates superb structure and concentration with good length.



Other Info:

The grapes permitted within the Lussac-Saint-Emilion appellation are Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is the dominant variety by far, most often partnered with Cabernet Franc (known here as 'Bouchet'). Cabernet Sauvignon is much less commonly planted in the cooler soils of the Saint-Emilion area in general, and only produces wines of reliable quality when located in very specific spots. The prevalence of Merlot (an early flowering variety) means that the appellation is susceptible to spring frosts and can lose the majority of its output in a cold year.

Made from the estate's 60 year old vines, this cuvee is produced in very small quantities, focusing on the best that Chateaux des Landes has to offer. Grapes are hand sorted, vinified separately and blended to create wine that is rich, powerful and is fully supported aging in new oak barrels.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateau des Landes Cuvee Prestige  CHATEAU DES LANDES  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc  Bordeaux 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$29.69   Open View Legend  
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+772996  3760228580018  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Aroma:
Black cherry, oak, plum, a little cedar and even a whiff of balsam wood

Taste:
The wine tastes rich on the palate with more plum and black cherry along with a good dose of oak that continues into the dry, dusty tannin filled finish.

Pairing:
Pairs well with Filet Mignon, Grilled Vegetables, Lasagne, Roast Duck, Steak Tartare, and Veal Loin



Other Info:

The grapes permitted within the Lussac-Saint-Emilion appellation are Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is the dominant variety by far, most often partnered with Cabernet Franc (known here as 'Bouchet'). Cabernet Sauvignon is much less commonly planted in the cooler soils of the Saint-Emilion area in general, and only produces wines of reliable quality when located in very specific spots. The prevalence of Merlot (an early flowering variety) means that the appellation is susceptible to spring frosts and can lose the majority of its output in a cold year.

Made from the estate's 60 year old vines, this cuvee is produced in very small quantities, focusing on the best that Chateaux des Landes has to offer. Grapes are hand sorted, vinified separately and blended to create wine that is rich, powerful and is fully supported aging in new oak barrels.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Cotes du Rhone Villages  DOMAINE DE CRISTIA  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Grenche-Syrah  Rhone 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$23.64   Allocated View Legend Southern Rhone 
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+760622  3760060197061  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes




Tasting Notes:



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Gigondas  DOMAINE DE CRISTIA  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Grenach-Mourvedre  Rhone 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$28.65   Open View Legend Southern Rhone 
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+569186  3760060196545  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes




Tasting Notes:



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateauneuf du Pape  DOMAINE DE CRISTIA  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Grenache-Syrah  Rhone 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$46.53   Allocated View Legend Chateauneuf du Pape 
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+125880  3760060195708  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 90-92 Points. "Deep ruby. Powerful, floral black and blue fruit scents are enlivened by cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Pliant and appealingly sweet, offering lively boysenberry and cassis flavors and a hint of candied lavender. Finishes on a smoky note, with smooth tannins and lingering sweetness." - Stephen Tanzer's International Cellar, Jan-Feb/14

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Vivid ruby. Vibrant red fruit and floral aromas are complemented by notes of allspice and orange zest. On the palate, juicy raspberry and blood orange flavors put on weight in the glass. Closes tangy and long, with silky tannins making a late appearance. (I had the chance to revisit the 2009 Renaissance bottling from Cristia and while it's still very young it's showing some intriguing floral and spice qualities that become more powerful as the wine opens up with aeration. There's a serious core of dark fruit and the necessary structure to see it well past a decade of aging but I wouldn't fault anybody for opening and decanting one now, especially if you have more than a couple of bottles.)" - Stephen Tanzer's International Cellar, Jan-Feb/14

2010 ~ 93 Points. " A very juicy, unctuous, fruit-driven style, with flattering plum, warm linzer torte and boysenberry fruit melded together and backed by lively anise and sweet spicy notes. There's a good sappy feel through the finish. For fans of the not-shy style. Drink now through 2023." - Wine Spectator, October 2012

2010 ~ 91 Points. "A beautiful wine, the fleshy, concentrated 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as copious incense, black currant, cherry, damp earth and forest floor notes. This full-bodied 2010 can be drunk now or cellared for another 10-15 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #203, October 2012


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark with distinctive violet highlights.

Aroma:
A refined and complex nose showing aromas of violets and forest fruits.

Taste:
On the palate a wine that is rich and powerful yet with a perfectly balanced and harmonious structure. A long harmonious finish.

Pairing:
Pair with roasted game and game fowl.



Other Info:

The work in the vineyards is as natural as possible in accordance with the criteria of organic agriculture and the domaine received official certification from the 2008 vintage. No chemical fertlizers, herbicides or pesticides are used to treat the soils or the vines.
Ploughing and weeding are practiced according to the blocks and the yields we desire. Vines are treated with copper sulphate and sulphur occasionally blended with a nettle infusion/tea (4 to 5 times a year). Only organic fertlizer is used.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance  DOMAINE DE CRISTIA  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Grenache-Syrah  Rhone 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$168.74   Open View Legend Chateauneuf du Pape 
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+122820  3760060195708  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 96 Points. "This has a lot going on, with dark ganache and espresso followed by roasted alder and juniper notes, before the core of plum, blackberry and steeped black currant fruit finally starts to assert itself. The long finish lets bay and tobacco leaf notes stride through with a tarry edge as well. Shows great character. Best from 2015 through 2030." - Wine Spectator, October 2012

2010 ~ 92 Points. "Totally closed and nearly impossible to penetrate, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Renaissance is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. The Grenache was aged in old oak casks and the Mourvedre and Syrah in new oak. This wine possesses enormous potential, but, as previously stated, it is tightly closed and tannic with virtually no charm at present. The overall structure is massive and the wine offers up vague hints of dark blue and black fruits, roasted meats, licorice, incense and graphite. In the mouth, it is weighty, impressively concentrated and pure, but the tannins have more in common with an infant Bordeaux than most Chateauneuf du Papes. Forget this one for 5-6 years and consume it over the next 15+ years. It could turn out to be something special for those who have the patience to wait it out." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2012




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark, intense violet colour.

Aroma:
Complex bouquet of roasted coffee, liquorice, cherry and hints of leather.

Taste:
Powerful straightforward taste with blackcurrant, black pepper and zan aromas.

Pairing:
Try this wine with Rabbit cooked with prunes or truffled duck stew.



Other Info:

The work in the vineyards is as natural as possible in accordance with the criteria of organic agriculture and the domaine received official certification from the 2008 vintage. No chemical fertlizers, herbicides or pesticides are used to treat the soils or the vines.
Ploughing and weeding are practiced according to the blocks and the yields we desire. Vines are treated with copper sulphate and sulphur occasionally blended with a nettle infusion/tea (4 to 5 times a year). Only organic fertlizer is used.


Bottles per Case: 3
Bottle Size: 1500ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateauneuf du Pape  DOMAINE DE CRISTIA  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Grenache-Syrah  Rhone 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$94.49   Open View Legend Chateauneuf du Pape 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+589697    Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 90-92 Points. "Deep ruby. Powerful, floral black and blue fruit scents are enlivened by cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Pliant and appealingly sweet, offering lively boysenberry and cassis flavors and a hint of candied lavender. Finishes on a smoky note, with smooth tannins and lingering sweetness." - Stephen Tanzer's International Cellar, Jan-Feb/14.

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Vivid ruby. Vibrant red fruit and floral aromas are complemented by notes of allspice and orange zest. On the palate, juicy raspberry and blood orange flavors put on weight in the glass. Closes tangy and long, with silky tannins making a late appearance. (I had the chance to revisit the 2009 Renaissance bottling from Cristia and while it's still very young it's showing some intriguing floral and spice qualities that become more powerful as the wine opens up with aeration. There's a serious core of dark fruit and the necessary structure to see it well past a decade of aging but I wouldn't fault anybody for opening and decanting one now, especially if you have more than a couple of bottles.)" - Stephen Tanzer's International Cellar, Jan-Feb/14

2010 ~ 93 Pts. " A very juicy, unctuous, fruit-driven style, with flattering plum, warm linzer torte and boysenberry fruit melded together and backed by lively anise and sweet spicy notes. There's a good sappy feel through the finish. For fans of the not-shy style. Drink now through 2023." - Wine Spectator, October 2012

2010 ~ 91 Points. "A beautiful wine, the fleshy, concentrated 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as copious incense, black currant, cherry, damp earth and forest floor notes. This full-bodied 2010 can be drunk now or cellared for another 10-15 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #203, October 2012


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark with distinctive violet highlights.

Aroma:
A refined and complex nose showing aromas of violets and forest fruits.

Taste:
On the palate a wine that is rich and powerful yet with a perfectly balanced and harmonious structure. A long harmonious finish.

Pairing:
Pair with roasted game and game fowl.



Other Info:

The work in the vineyards is as natural as possible in accordance with the criteria of organic agriculture and the domaine received official certification from the 2008 vintage. No chemical fertlizers, herbicides or pesticides are used to treat the soils or the vines.
Ploughing and weeding are practiced according to the blocks and the yields we desire. Vines are treated with copper sulphate and sulphur occasionally blended with a nettle infusion/tea (4 to 5 times a year). Only organic fertlizer is used.


Bottles per Case: 3
Bottle Size: 1500ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Cotes du Ventoux  DOMAINE DE CRISTIA  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Grenache-Syrah  Rhone 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$16.19   Open View Legend Ventoux 
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+348862  3760060197306  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Bright, deep red.

Aroma:
Cherries, strawberries and redcurrants dominate with some floral notes giving more complexity.

Taste:
Pleasantly fresh with soft and silky tannins.

Pairing:
Serve with white cheddar, beef carpaccio and spicy grilled sausage.



Other Info:

The work in the vineyards is as natural as possible in accordance with the criteria of organic agriculture and the domaine received official certification from the 2008 vintage. No chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides are used to treat the soils or the vines. Ploughing and weeding are practiced according to the blocks and the yields desired. Vines are treated with copper sulphate and sulphur occasionally blended with a nettle infusion/tea (4 to 5 times a year). Only organic fertilizer is used. Vines are 40 years old.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Signature Chateauneuf du Pape  DOMAINE LA BARROCHE  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Grenache-Mourvedre-Syrah-Cinsault-Other  Rhone 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$56.86   Allocated View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+738678  3760158260028  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 90-92 Points. "The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Signature (same blend and elevage as the 2011) is medium-bodied, elegant and focused, with sweet black raspberry, candied flowers and spice aromas and flavors. It should gain a smidge more weight once bottled and have 10-12 years of longevity. Drink 2015-2024." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct 2013

2011 ~ 91-93 Points. "Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of blueberry, cola and lavender, with smoke and allspice topnotes. Pliant and expansive, offering juicy dark fruit flavors that gain energy with air. Closes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness and excellent clarity. Tannins eventually came up with air but work in harmony with this wine's more than ample fruit." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 2013

2011 ~ 92 Points. "A gorgeous base cuvee, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Signature checks in as a blend of 65% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault that?s aged all in tank and larger foudre. Dishing out loads of black cherry, toasted spice, red licorice and underbrush, this medium to full-bodied beauty is seamless, silky and refined on the palate, with ultra-fine tannin. Already superb, it should nevertheless evolve gracefully on its balance and harmony. Drink now-2021." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct 2013

2011 ~ 92 Points. "Lively, with lots of spice and licorice notes bouncing around amid the raspberry, loganberry and blackberry fruit flavors. A singed apple wood note studs the finish, imparting some grip. Best from 2014 through 2026. 200 cases imported." - Wine Spectator Insider, Nov 30, 2013

2011 ~ "66% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, 6% Cinsault, 2% other varieties. Dark purplish crimson. Robust, spicy nose and quite pronounced acidity on the palate. Some freshness and not too intrusive dry tannins. Should make agreeable medium-term spicy drinking. Alcohol not too intrusive. Pretty dry on the end." - JancisRobinson.com, Feb 2013

2010 ~ 93 Points. "This isn't shy about its fruit, with very enticing plum, boysenberry and raspberry pate de fruit flavors forming the core. There's ample anise and licorice snap notes, with a latent graphite spine providing an adequate grounding. A modern style. Deliciously rendered. Best from 2014 through 2026. 1,800 cases made." - Wine Spectator, Web Only 2013

2010 ~ 93 Points. "Opaque ruby. Ripe boysenberry, cherry and plum on the intensely fragrant nose and in the mouth. Big and expansive but surprisingly lithe, with a sexy floral pastille quality gaining strength with air. Shows intense spiciness and power on the gently tannic finish, which clings with superb tenacity." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 2013

2010 ~ 92 Points. "Exciting scents of garrigue, jammy berries, fig, licorice and black cherry get this going. It?s even better on the palate with its fat layers of juicy fruit, fennel and dark cherries. The finish builds in the mouth." - Wine Cellar Insider, May 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dense ruby, purple color

Aroma:
Black raspberries, kirsch, lavender and licorice.



Other Info:

2011 ~ Available in AB Fall/13.

At the end of the 19th century, the great-grandfather Eugene Gabriel traveled farmland. He watched, the feeling to appreciate the smallest features before deciding to plant vines on the most worthy of them.

At that time, everything was expertise and sharing. So he had two presses of harvest for the area, he went to the neighbouring properties to press their harvest for winemaking.

Today one of these presses, witness of the past, sits quietly in the museum of Father Anselm, the heart of the village.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pure Chateauneuf du Pape  DOMAINE LA BARROCHE  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Grenache-Other  Rhone 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$89.15   Allocated View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+727514  8087550043246  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 94-96 Points. "Always showing lighter and more elegant from barrel, this cuvee gains a fair bit of weight and richness once bottled. The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure (97% Grenache and 3% other permitted varieties, from 100+-year-old-vines located in the Grand Pierre lieu-dit near Rayas) is a finesse-driven, seamless and voluptuously textured effort that gives up notions of dried cherries, rose petal, sweet licorice and ground pepper. More minerality emerges with time in the glass and this fantastic barrel sample never puts a foot wrong. It should benefit from a handful of years in cellar once released and have 12-15 years or more of total longevity. Drink 2015-2027." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct 2013

2011 ~ 95 Points. "An undeniable success in the vintage, and one of the top wines, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure is a spectacular blend of almost all Grenache, all from sandy soils and 100+-year-old vines, that was aged all in an older foudre. Rayas-like with its perfumed kirsch, rose petal, dried spice and pepper aromas and flavors, this medium to full-bodied wine has beautiful mid-palate depth, a pure silk texture and building tannin on the finish. Incredibly rich in the vintage, it should age beautifully for 12-15 years or more. Drink 2014-2026." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct 2013

2011 ~ 93 points. James Molesworth's Top Scoring Wines from the Rhone Valley. Top 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape. "Offers a plump core of plum, black cherry and raspberry fruit, lined with singed anise and red licorice notes. Displays a juicy, brambly feel through the finish. Fruit-driven, but delivers ample depth for the vintage. Drink now through 2025."- Wine Spectator, Nov 30, 2013

2011 ~ 91-93 Points. "Vivid ruby-red. Heady, intensely perfumed aromas of dark fruit preserves, incense and potpourri. Stains the palate with deeply concentrated boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors, with a spicy nuance adding vibrancy. Refuses to let up on the finish, which emphatically repeats the cola and spice notes. Very rich and velvety, with a hint of warmth on the back end. Barrot told me that this wine will likely be bottled at 17.3% alcohol. That is not a typo." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 2013

2010 ~ 100 Points. Vins de France Selection 2014

2010 ~ 99 Points. "The monumental 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure is a candidate for perfection after several more years of bottle age. It boasts an inky/ruby/purple color with extraordinary "purity," along with notes of spring flowers, luxurious levels of black raspberry and kirsch liqueur, licorice and mulberries. Layers of flavor hit the palate with exceptional freshness and definition as well as teeth-rattling intensity and power. This extraordinary tour de force is one of the greatest wines made in the world today. It should evolve easily for 15-20+ years. I have no idea what the alcohol levels are in these cuvees, but I'm sure they are pushing 16% or more. This is a legendary wine!" - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct 2012

2010 ~ 98 Points. "From 100% old vine Grenache, the stunning wine is deep ruby in color. Packed with layers of rich, intense, fat, ripe, unctuous, fresh, sweet, ripe, jammy berries, spice and licorice. This is intense, mouth filling and long, yet never tiring to drink." - Wine Cellar Insider, May 2013

2010 ~ 97 Points. "This provides a very flamboyant display of raspberry preserves, cherry sauce and fig pate de fruit notes, with remarkable depth and a gorgeously creamy mouthfeel. In the background flitter notes of pastis, apple wood and licorice snap, giving the fruit a sounding board to continue through the remarkably long finish. Though it may ultimately be burning the candle at both ends, this is a really gorgeous example of the style. Best from 2015 through 2030. 280 cases made." - Wine Spectator, Oct 2013

2010 ~ 95 Points. "Opaque purple. An intensely perfumed nose offers a bouquet of dark fruit preserves, cherry-cola and cassis, with exotic floral and spice notes. Pliant raspberry and cherry flavors possess superb depth and alluring sweetness, with juicy acidity adding lift. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with outstanding power, breadth and smooth, harmonious tannins. Wonderfully rich and energetic." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 2013

2009 ~ 96 Points. "A spectacular effort, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure comes from 100+-year-old vines planted in pure sand and was made from absurdly low yields. Its bouquet smells like a cocktail of framboise and strawberry liqueur. With wonderful "purity," stunning opulence, a sumptuous mouthfeel, a full-bodied, layered finish and exquisite aroma and flavor intensity, this is one of the most profound examples of old vine 100% Grenache one will find anywhere in the world. Enjoy it over the next 15+ years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct 2011

2005 ~ 95 Points. - Notines.com April 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Vivid ruby-red.

Aroma:
Notes of floral, sandy soil and lavender.

Taste:
plum, black cherry and raspberry fruit, lined with singed anise and red licorice notes.



Other Info:

2011 ~ Available in AB Fall/13.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
PSI  DOMINIO DE PINGUS  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo)  Ribera del Duero 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$41.84   Allocated View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+745700  8437011601056  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 92 Points. "The 2010 PSI has a more tightly wound bouquet than the 2009 with fresh blackberry, blueberry and vanilla essence that is well defined and harmonious. The palate is very well defined and the tannins, a little finer and more filigree than the 2009. It is fresh and natural, with precise dark berry and balsamic notes towards the finish. Thankfully the 2010 maintains its natural, almost -laid-back- persona and it represents the best PSI to date. Drink 2013-2019" - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #202, August 2012

2009 ~ 91 Points "It offers fresh strawberry, raspberry and a touch of cranberry, all infused with exotic notes of mango and orange essence. It blossoms beautifully in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with powdery tannins on the entry. There are subtle notes of blackberry, tobacco, tart cherry and pain grille that combine harmoniously on the understated, natural finish. This is drinking well now, but should age nicely over several years. Drink now-2018." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/12


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark cherry red with purple edges.

Aroma:
Intense and complex bouquet showing vibrant aromas of plum, tobacco, licorice, tar, hints of violet and lovely dark chocolate notes.

Taste:
Broad flavors of blueberries, plums and blackberries. Vibrant and chewy, this is a wine of purity and depth. Well balanced with good acidity and tannins.

Pairing:
Aged Cheese, game, grilled red meats, prime rib roasts, rich stews.



Other Info:

Peter Sisseck, after having established Pingus as a benchmark for greatness in Spanish wines, has embarked on PSI, a wine meant to capture the soul of Ribera del Duero. In collaboration with partner Pablo Rubio, Sisseck intends to do this by harnessing the passion of the region's growers who have, for far too long, lacked the tools, capital and vision to make wine that is truly "theirs." The idea was born of Peter's passionate belief in organic and biodynamic farming as well as his gratitude to the region for giving a young Danish winemaker the opportunity to make Pingus, arguably Spain's most coveted wine. When making PSI, there will be experimentation with winemaking as the project develops, but the primary concept is to eschew many of the modern techniques used in the region today.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pingus  DOMINIO DE PINGUS  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tempranillo  Ribera del Duero 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$1005.75   Allocated View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+748409  8437011601032  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 95-97 Points. "The 2010 Pingus soars from the glass with copious dark cherry, blueberry, blackberry and crushed violet scents that are sensual and alluring. The palate is full-bodied and masculine. Indeed, having tasted this in March it seems to have tightened up in the three month to June. It is sturdy and powerful, with immense weight and presence and yet retains exquisite focus and poise. It builds in the mouth towards the persistent, crystalline blackberries, cassis and cedar-tinged finish that suggests this will be a seriously long-term Pingus. Drink 2018-2030+." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate # 202, August 2012

2010 ~ 93 Points. "Aromatic, featuring berry, wild herb and coffee notes, this lively red shows focus and backbone, with firm tannins giving way to a clean, spicy finish. Alluring, exhibiting harmony and depth with the structure to match with food. Drink now through 2022." - Wine Spectator, September 2013

2009 ~ 97-100 Points. "The flagship, the 2009 Pingus (300 cases) is a monumental offering that defies description. Dense, complex, loaded, sexy, these are just some of the words that come to mind, but the only way to truly experience the 2009 Pingus will be to do whatever it takes to get a taste. It will easily last for 50 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #195, Jun 2011

Dominio de Pingus is where Peter Sisseck, Danish ex-pat, works his magic. Having visited the cellars in May 2010 where I first tasted these wines and again in February 2011 with the importer, there is no doubting that these (along with the 2004s) are the greatest wines of Sisseck's career. Pingus is pricy (but no more expensive than a Bordeaux First Growth) while Flor de Pingus (as they say in boxing) is pound for pound one of the great values in winedom. These 2009s (all 100% Tempranillo) are barrel samples but since they will go into bottle without manipulation the consumer can have complete confidence in what is being purchased." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #195, Jun 2011

2009 ~ #47 The Top 100 Wines of the World. - Luca Gardini


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep purple in color.

Aroma:
Splendid aromatic array of smoke, mineral, Asian spices, incense, lavender, and black cherry.

Taste:
On the palate it exhibits outstanding volume, intense fruit, power combined with elegance, and a long, smooth finish.

Pairing:
Strongly flavoured dishes such as Moroccan lamb tanjines, roasted stuffed peppers and paella.



Bottles per Case: 3
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Toro  ELIAS MORA  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)  Toro 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$20.25   Open View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+119677  855012000445  Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Vivid ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and vanilla. Sappy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering intense red and dark berry compote flavors and a kick of zesty acidity. Shows appealing sweetness on the finish, leaving spice, vanilla and floral pastille notes behind." Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 13

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Bright ruby. High-pitched red fruit aromas are complicated by notes of vanilla, woodsmoke and cracked pepper. The texture is supple and the flavours of cherry and raspberry are juicy, deep and precise. This is a fruity and approachable drink with strong finishing cut and very good length." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, September 12/12

2010 ~ "Significantly further west, and somewhat south, from Rojia lies the region of Toro. Toro continues to gain attention in the wine world, particularly for its robust, meaty reds. Tempranillo is big in these parts too, though it tends to go by the name Tinta de Toro. Indeed Elias Mora is all Tinta de Toro, and it hits the palate with a TNT-worthy punch. Rich, fruity yet savoury, brooding with intensity, it's a serious wine that doesn't necessarily demand serious times. I would be great with barbecue, everything from smoked and charred ribs to pepper-encrusted rib-eye." - James Nevison, The Province, April/2014

2010 ~ 20 under $20. House Wine's Summer Wine Picks. - Housewine.ca, July 2, 2013

2010 ~ "Amazing Value in complex old world wines. All Tinta de Toro (aka: Tempranillo) and aged for six months in new American oak this ruby-colored, Spanish red offers up enticing aromas of cedar, tobacco, violets, plum and blackberry." - Doug Sloan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, Jan 10/13

2009 ~ 90 Points. "Bright ruby. Ripe, smoky aromas of pungent cherry and blackcurrant, along with licorice, coconut and vanilla. Dense cherry liqueur and bitter chocolate flavors are impressively vibrant for such a concentrated wine, taking on herb and spice qualities with air. Finishes on a smoky note of oak, with a strong echo of dark berries." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept-Oct/11

2009 ~ Wine Pick of the Week. "This flavoursome red owes its quality to high altitude, low rainfall, old, gnarled vines anchored in cobbley, limestone soils, and the meshing of winemaking modernity and tradition. Toro is a region that is on fire - extremes of climate, extremely fashionable, and supremely good wines. The local grape, Tinta de Toro (the local name for tempranillo), boasts ample, dark fruit, licorice and spice, ripe and fleshy tannins, and the sweet burnish of six months in American oak casks. Perfect with baby back ribs, butterflied leg of lamb, or merguez sausages on your charcoal fire." - DJ Kearney, VanMag, August 2013

2008 ~ 90 Points and 5 Stars Best Quality for Price - Guia Penin 2011

2008 ~ 90 Points. "An Opaque color suggests power and density, and for the most part that's what you get. Jammy, raisiny aromas culminate with prune and berry pie scents. There's pointy acidity to the palate, which amplifies cassis, blackberry and carob flavors.

A warm, long finish is the conclusion. Drink through 2016. Grapes of Spain." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2013

2008 ~ 90 Points. "Vivid purple. Aromas of cherry pit, redcurrant, licorice and dark chocolate. Supple and dense but fresh, offering spicy red and black fruits, fresh herbs and mounting spiciness. This youthful, tightly wound wine finishes with firm, ripe tannins and very good persistence." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept-Oct/10

2008 ~ 90 Points. "Bodegas y Vinas Elias Mora's 2008 Elias Mora is 100% Tinta de Toro aged for 6 months in new American oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Dark ruby-colored, it displays an enticing perfume of cedar, tobacco, spice box, violets, plum, and blackberry. Ripe, rich, and fleshy, it has layers of succulent fruit, excellent balance, and a forward personality. Drink this lengthy effort over the next 8 years." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #188, April/10

2008 ~ "Don't over look complex Old World wines like Elias Mora. This ruby-colored, Spanish red offers up enticing aromas of cedar, tobacco, violets, plum and blackberry." - Doug Sloan, Courier-Islander, Mar 9/12


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense purple in colour.

Aroma:
Notes of violets, liquorice, dark red berry fruits with notes of toasted coffee.

Taste:
Full bodied with excellent balance between fruit and wood.

Pairing:
Pair with rich grilled meats and traditional Spanish fare.



Other Info:

Founded in 2000, the Elias Mora winery was created by owner/winemaker Victoria Benevides who followed the path which has led Elias Mora to be among one of the best models of traditional winemaking in Spain.
This could only be achieved through a deep knowledge of the native vineyards and the tradition and wisdom of generations of growers. All this has led to well-balanced wines, which are at the same time, elegant and complex with excellent aging potential.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pinot Noir  ERATH WINERY  USA 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Pinot Noir  Dundee Hills 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$25.64   Open View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+726135  084687001017  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

“This vintage gives our easy-drinking Pinot a bolder presence: Deep jewel tones and complexity. Black cherry, juicy plum, and Campari aromas meld with slight meatiness and warm yeastiness. Cherry, cranberry-raspberry and herbal flavors provide gentle sweetness, caressing the palate to the bright finish.”

After two vintages with some of the coolest temperatures on record, 2012 presented Oregon winemakers with warm, consistent weather. A dry summer produced Pinot Noirs of deep color and rich fruit character.

2011 ~ "Production is up on this young Oregon Pinot Noir. It clearly captures the Oregon style with flavours of bright berry and ample Italian herbs." - P.G, Wine Enthusiast, Feb/14

2010 ~ Recommended. "This is one of the most abundant and widely distributed Pinot Noirs made in Oregon, a wine whose production has gone up dramatically since Ste. Michelle Wine Estates purchased Erath a few years ago. Thus, this is a wine that does a lot of missionary work for Oregon, carrying the message of its Pinot Noir across the country and even around the world. It opens with aromas of white strawberry, white pepper, cherry and black truffle. On the palate, it reveals flavors of cranberry, raspberry and red plum. It's all backed with bright acidity and mild tannins." - Great Northwest Wine, May 16, 2013

2010 - "Light and delicately tangy, offering pretty red berry and tea leaf aromas and flavors that linger deftly." - Wine Spectator, Feb 28/13 (Web only)

2010 ~ "Pale ruby. A very pretty wine aromatically with strawberry, peppermint, red cherries, and vanilla. The palate is light bodied with tart, delicate cranberry flavors. 100% Pinot Noir. Aged in 25% new French oak." - Washington Wine Report, Feb/13

2009 ~ "Best of the West for $25 or Less" - Wine Spectator - April 30, 2012

2009 ~ 89 Points. "Good intensity on the nose, with strawberry, raspberry, cherry, clove and orange zest notes. The palate is nicely balanced and silky in texture, with lots of bright red fruits, spice and dusty, cocoa tannins." - Rhys Pender, Wines for your Weekend - Wine Access Buyer's Guide+, Aug. 4/11

2009 ~ 88 Points. "Light and fragrant, this is zippy with raspberry and cherry fruit, finishing on a floral note." - Wine Spectator, July 31, 2011


2009 ~ "A Perfect Match-Poached Salmon with Pinot Noir."- Wine Spectator, Oct/11

2009 ~ "The 2009 Pinot Noir Oregon is a pleasant, straightforward, fairly priced wine that offers good varietal character. It is meant for drinking over the next 4-5 years." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Oct/11

2009 ~ "Light and clean, this take on Pinot Noir, comparable to a modest bourgogne from a big shipper such as Bouchard. The alcohol rests comfortably at 13.5%, and the wine is done in a fruit-forwar, drink-now style that fits the price point." - Wine Enthusiast, Aug/11

2008 ~ "Light in texture, with pretty cherry and orange peel aromas and flavors playing against refreshing acidity, lingering nicely. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, May/10

2007 ~ 89 Points. "Year's Best Pinot Noir and Best Buy" - Wine & Spirits, Nov/09

2007 ~ Top Value. "Light and Crisp, with currant and floral aromas and flavors." - Wine Spectator, Dec/08

2007 ~ "Light and crisp, with currant and floral aromas and flavors that pick up a bit more steam as they develop in the mouth, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2012" - Wine Spectator, Dec/08

2007 ~ Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner. Light, pleasant and earthy with a bit of a bite at the end that's interesting and fun. Happy, with a hint of strawberry fruit. Everyone would love this. - Wall Street Journal, Nov/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Luminous ruby red.

Aroma:
Wafts of red plum and raspberry intertwine with spice, soft sage and an intriguing hint of cracked pepper.

Taste:
The palate features flavours of juicy Bing cherry, cranberry cocktail and a late kiss of vanilla spice.

Pairing:
Try this with Thai or Chinese pepper sauce, grilled scallops, thin crust pizza margherita, pasta with red sauce, and zesty BBQ.



Other Info:

The 2012 vintage in Oregon started with delayed spring weather and a cooler than usual June. However once temperatures rose the region enjoyed a long, warm summer that ultimately lead to excellent quality. The cooler start to the season reduced berry size and quantity per cluster, but provided a great ratio of skins to juice, hence greater color and flavor concentration. Record setting dry conditions coupled with warm days and cool nights during the fall preserved attractive, balanced acidity in the fruit. The advantageous harvest weather allowed us to pick when the grapes were truly ready. This year the fruit set characteristics varied widely from site to site.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pinot Gris  ERATH WINERY  United States 
Type Varietal Region
White  Pinot Gris  Dundee Hills 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$21.59   Open View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+726134  84687007019  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 91 Points, Best Buy & Years Best - Wine & Spirits, Aug/13

2011 ~ 91 Points. "Scents of baked biscuits and golden delicious apples give way to a brisk, lively palate marked by juicy citrus accents of Meyer lemon. This gris is a simple pleasure, a vibrant, energetic aperitif or a white to serve with petrale sole." - Wine & Spirits, Feb/13

Erath has been working with Pinot Gris for more than two decades. This style of Pinot Gris shows purity of fruit, balance and wonderful acidity in an unadulterated “no wood, no malolactic” style. This attention to detail starts in the vineyards and continues to the winery. From the close monitoring of cluster counts and weights to whole cluster pressing and cool fermentation temperatures, the goal is to make a lively, approachable white wine that is food-friendly and indicative of the cooler growing conditions in Oregon.

Erath wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. Early successes, including the 1982 Pinot Noir vintage, inspired leading winemakers to move to Oregon to forge their own path in this special place.

2011 ~ 89 Points & Wine of the Week. "Fresh and inviting, with a light and transparent character showing off pear and grapefruit flavors that linger nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2014. 24,800 cases made. From Oregon." - Wine Spectator, Dec 17, 2012

2011 ~ 89 Points & SMART BUY. "Fresh and inviting, with a light and transparent character showing off pear and grapefruit flavors that linger nicely on the finish." - Wine Spectator's Wine Buying Guide, Nov/12

2011 ~ "Lovely notes of fresh-cut pear, pear skin and a bit of melon highlight this nicely defined wine. It's a showcase for an emerging style of Pinot Gris, which Oregon has made its own." - Wine Enthusiast, Mar/13

2008 ~ 89 Points. "A lithe white, flashing with peach, clove and melon flavors that sing easily on the lilting finish." - Wine Spectator, Nov. 30/09

2008 ~ Best Buy. "This rich and appley wine has bright scents of ripe fruit and lees. The flavors are round and generous with golden apple lushness and acidity to balance." - Wine & Spirits, Apr/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Medium gold with straw highlights.

Aroma:
Enticingly fragranced with honeydew melon, rose petals and bread dough, could not be a lovelier example of one of Oregon's favorite varietals.

Taste:
Flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon and a hint of banana offer a mouth-watering juicy palate.

Pairing:
Ideal as an aperitif, beautiful with all kinds of seafood, turkey, pork, Asian cuisine, and light to medium spicy foods.



Other Info:

Erath has been working with this grape variety for more than two decades. The style of Pinot Gris shows purity of fruit, balance & wonderful acidity in an unadulterated "no wood, no malolactic" style. This attention to detail starts in the vineyards & continues to the winery. From the close monitoring of cluster counts & weights to whole cluster pressing and cool fermentation temperatures, the goal is to make a lively, approachable white wine that is food-friendly & indicative of the cooler growing conditions in Oregon.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Willamette Valley Estate Selection Pinot Noir  ERATH WINERY  USA 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Pinot Noir  Willamette Valley, OR 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$40.49   Open View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+149203  00084687007095  Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ "The 2011 Estate Selection brings flavors of rhubarb, citrust and tart raspberry, along with suggestions of pine needles and chocolate. It's well-structured and proportionate - a good reflection of the vintage and Williamette Valley-style Pinot Noir." - P.G, Wine Enthusiast, Feb/14

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Ample for a 2010, this substantial pinot leads with rich, seductive black cherry scents. Saturated in a dark fruit, with an oak component that complements the tobacco firmness of the tannins, it has the heft for roast pork. Year's Best Pinot Noir." - Wine & Spirits, April 2013

2010 ~ "Light and transparent, with delicate raspberry, nutmeg and lime blossom flavors that linger on the fragile finish. Drink now through 2015." - Wine Spectator, Feb/13

2010 ~ "Bright medium red. Fresh red berries and white pepper on the fragrant, high-toned nose. A tangy, focused midweight that offers an array of red fruit flavors and a subtle touch of blood orange. Finishes clean and tight, with lingering spice and floral notes." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Aug/12

2010 ~ "From the challenging 2010 vintage, this estate-selection Pinot Noir offers complexity and nuance in an elegant style. Winemaker Gary Horner (celebrating a decade with the winery in 2012) crafted this bottling from grapes grown at five renowned Willamette Valley sites. Aromas of red berries, vanilla and spice lead to a silky palate that adds plum and cherry flavors to the mix, along with a nice finish of mineral and crisp acidity which serve well to accompany grilled salmon and other Northwest fare." - Wines Northwest Aug/12

2009 ~ 91 Points. "Open textured, with lovely raspberry and cherry fruit at the core, hinting at cinnamon and rose as the finish lingers. Delicate and inviting. Drink now through 2017." - Wine Spectator, Jan/12

2009 ~ "Outstanding - Thankfully, this is the second-largest lot at Erath, and it shows Gary Horner's skill with blending. Six vineyards contribute, but Battle Creek near Turner, Ore., dominates at 84%. This remarkable definition of Pinot Noir features aromatics akin to strawberry/rhubarb pie, Rainier cherry, black raspberry, fresh cranberry, crushed mint and a strip of cedar. Its flavor profile leads with the cherry, follows with the strawberry/rhubarb compote and finishes with that cranberry. There's a steady flow of acidity, virtually no tannins and hints of Baker's chocolate and white pepper in the farewell. If you want give someone a snapshot of Oregon Pinot Noir,send them a bottle of this." Wine Press Northwest, Oct/11

2008 ~ 90 Points. "Light in texture, with a lovely range of raspberry, red cherry and spice flavors mingling easily against lively acidity, finishing with finesse." - Wine Spectator, Dec/10

2008 ~ "Chilled, fruity and complex wines work well for summer...For a romantic picnic, consider one of the excellent pinots from Oregon's award-winning Erath Winery such as the elegant Erath Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2008, a slightly zesty, medium-bodied pinot with red cherry, plum and sage along with a long-lasting finish..." - Gazette.net, June 29/11


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Medium bright red.

Aroma:
Vibrant aromas of rhubarb strawberry pie, warm blackberries laced with vanilla.

Taste:
A bright palate of red plums and currants affords a sweet, juicy entry that builds and flows with a subtle smokiness, seamlessly surrendering to a lingering finish.

Pairing:
Excellent with wild mushrooms, duck, roast beef, lamb or other red meats, chocolate, garlic and salmon.



Other Info:

Erath produces Pinot Noirs from several unique vineyards in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Volcanic-based Jory and Nekia soils are predominate in these locations giving the wines their distinctive aroma and flavor profiles and elegant, age-worthy structure. Reserve quality lots are chosen from the best sites then blended to make our Estate Selection cuvee. Fruit focused in its youth, our Estate Selection Pinot gains additional complexity and sophistication when cellared for three to eight years.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Leland Pinot Noir  ERATH WINERY  USA 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Pinot Noir  Willamette Valley, OR 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$51.29   Open View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+172767  00084687001062  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
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