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Product Name Supplier Country
Blancs de Noir Cremant Brut  ALSACE WILLM  France 
Type Varietal Region
Sparkling Wine  Pinot Noir  Alsace 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$20.99   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+803361  3442680005055  Download Profile
Vintage    
NV     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

NV ~ 90 Points & Best Buy. "This is a deliciously ripe, full-bodied wine with all the red berry fruits, orange zest and acidity that you could want. It’s finely made with a creamy mousse and a fresh and fruity aftertaste." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, March 2014

NV ~ "Just a hint of salmon color to this Blanc de Noirs, and it displays kirsch, currant and vanilla flavors. It's brightened by lively acidity and ends with a light, mouthwatering finish." - Wine Spectator, web-only 2008




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Brilliant golden-yellow.

Aroma:
Intesne fresh citrus and green apple aromas, with a hint of toasty brioche notes.

Taste:
Aromas carry through on a finely-textured palate, with elegant small bubbles, depth of flavour and a firm finish.

Pairing:
Ideal paired with sushi, sashimi or scallops.



Other Info:

This cremant is made using the methode traditionnelle, the classic method used for producing the finest sparkling wines of France. The regulation stipulates the maximum permitted yield, picking of the grapes several days before the start of still wine harvest in Alsace. The second fermentation must take place in the bottle.
Willm's Blanc de Noirs, which translates as "white of blacks," is made only from Pinot Noir. The grapes go directly into the pneumatic press and are immediately crushed without skin contact to create a white wine from black-skinned grapes. This wine is aged on its lees for two years, well in excess of the nine month legal minimum.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Gewurztraminer Reserve  ALSACE WILLM  France 
Type Varietal Region
White  Gewurztraminer  Alsace 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.99   MBLL View Legend  
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+58222    Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ Best of the Year 2015 & 89 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast, Dec/15

2012 ~ 11 Great Wines For Fall Under $25 ~ Huffington Post Canada, Oct/15

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
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$0.00   PWS View Legend  
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+10302    Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ "With simple and clean lines, the 2011 Chianti Classico is redolent of bright cherry, blackberry and dried cassis. There's a ripe element to the bouquet that comes thanks to the vintage heat and the thicker soils of the Castelnuovo Berardenga growing area in the southern part of the Chianti Classico appellation. The finish is soft and luscious with a slightly chewy quality to the tannins." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #215, Oct 2014

2011 ~ "Dark red cherries, worn in leather, smoke, tobacco and cedar flesh out in Castello di Bossi's 2011 Chianti Classico. There is no escaping the effects of the heat in this southern part of the appellation. Sadly, the flavours are forward and roasted. The 2011 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept 2014




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby-red.

Aroma:
Ripe cherry and violet.

Taste:
Ripe elements to the bouquet with a soft ad luscious finish.

Pairing:
Bean dishes, pastas, and roasted or barbecued meats.



Other Info:

The Chianti Classico is 100% Sangiovese, coming from vineyards of almost 20 years of average age. The vineyard sites have a South-West exposure with an elevation of 350 meters above sea level and a planting density of 5800 vines per hectare. Fermentation is in stainless steel and oak aging is for 6 months in cask.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$0.00   PWS View Legend  
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+10415    Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 92 Points. "Castello di Bossi's 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is a silky and buoyant expression of Sangiovese that does a great job of framing this warm vintage and the beautiful Tuscan territory. Dark berry aromas are followed by spice, leather, cola a distant chocolate. The effect is harmonious and unifying thanks to the firm structure that the wine shows at the back. It feels firmly knitted together into one velvety embroidery." – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate #221, Oct/15

2011 ~ 92 Points. "The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is fabulous. Deceptively medium in body, the 2010 races across the palate with an exciting, intense personality and tons of pure class. Sage, rosemary, licorice, tobacco and menthol add complexity in a powerful wine with distinct elements of Mediterranean radiance. The 2010 is dark, powerful and at times a bit gamy. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy full-bodied, structured Chianti Classicos. There is no shortage of personality." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept 2014

2010 ~ 93 Points. "Compelling and elegant, the 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is a tremendous effort that boasts a plump and ripe quality of fruit backed by silky tannins, good structure and fresh acidity. This Chianti Classico Riserva shows the natural heft and power to pair with succulent cuts of beef or braised pork. The 2010 vintage is especially nuanced and finessed." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #215, Oct 2014


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark red-garnet.

Aroma:
Dried cedary cherries, sandalwood, underbrush, and spice.

Taste:
Complex, retaining very fine, 'traditionally styled' fruit, firm tannins, balanced acidity, and a pleasant hint of dried cedary cherries on the finish.

Pairing:
Korean short ribs, ragù sauces, gnocchi with roasted rabbit, and beef negimaki.



Other Info:

The single vineyard Riserva is 100% Sangiovese from a vineyard with a planting density of 5000 vines per hectare with 30 years of age. The vineyard is positioned with South-West exposure at an elevation of 350 meters above sea level. After a 20 day maceration period the resulting wine is aged in barriques for 24 months, bottled and left to rest in glass for a further 12 months prior to release.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Storks' Tower Sauvignon Blanc-Verdejo  BARCELO ESTATES  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
White  Blend-Sauvignon Blanc Verdejo  Castilla y Leon 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$10.34   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+423723  084159002115  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ Silver Medal ~ International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014

2010 ~ 3 Stars & Bronze Medal. "Youthful and refreshing with grapefruit and peach aromas and a herbaceous, mineral and succulent finish." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

2010 ~ "It delivers an expressive nose of spring flowers, grapefruit and passion fruit leading to a crisp, well-balanced, refreshing wine offering excellent value." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, July/11

2009 ~ 1st Place - Spanish Whites (Under $15). "When it comes to good value for money it's hard to beat this wine. it's predominantly Sauvignon with a splash of another indigenous Spanish grape called Verdejo. Verdejo makes some lovely wines, especially in Rueda, and gives weight and richness. Pale lemon, fresh and aromatic, pronounced intensity with youthful aromas of peach, grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Light to medium bodied with crisp acidity, flavours of citrus and juicy peach, clean, fresh and unoaked. Have this on hand for when your thirsty mates come over wanting to drink wine like water" - James Cluer, James Cluer Selects, www.FineVintageLtd.com, Sept/10

2009 ~ Judges' Choice ~ Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2010

2009 ~ Commended ~ Decanter World Wine Awards 2010

2009 ~ "Offers up a fragrant nose of fresh herbs, citrus and spring flowers. Ripe, intense and vibrant on the palate, it is an excellent value for drinking over the next 12-18 months." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Apr/10

2008 ~ Silver Medal ~ Decanter World Wine Awards June 2011 (U.K.)

2008 ~ Silver ~ International Wine Challenge (U.K.)

2008 ~ "50 Under $50 for 2010" ~ Anthony Gismondi, www.gismondionwine.com, Dec/09

2008 ~ Wine of the Week ~ "Is it true? Has summer really arrived? It sure feels like it. If you are craving something clean and vibrant, Sauvignon Blanc is always a great choice. For some extra personality, the Storks? Tower adds Verdejo to the blend. Fresh cut grass and lime aromas leads to an explosion of citrus on the palate. A salad of arugula, fresh peas and asparagus would be a highly appropriate match." - Michelle Bouffard & Michaela Morris, Housewine.ca, June 2/09

2008 ~ "Recommended white values under $25." ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Feb/09

2008 ~ "Storks' Tower Sauvignon Blanc-Verdejo (+423723) $14.99 is a Vino de La Tierra de Castilla y Leon - a "Country Wine" from Valladolid, north-west of Madrid. The native Verdejo grape adds some pear and peach and some chalky mineral "weight" to the tantalizing gooseberry and kiwi fruit flavours of the Sauvignon Blanc." - Doug Sloan, Courier-Islander, Feb 5, 2011

2008 ~ "Reds from Spain outsell whites 10:1 in Canada. which means way too many people will miss out on this delicious blend made by a New Zealand winemaker in Castilla y Leon', an ancient winemaking region in the northwestern corner of the country. Strkingly distinctive, with an aromatic nose of orange blossom and apricot, it tastes of pears , peaches and almonds, with the spicy, nutty Verdejo grape enriching the often single-minded Sauvignon Blanc. At $15, this wine-racy, vibrant and versatile-fills a very happy niche." - Vancouver Magazine, Eating and Drinking Guide 2010, Jan/10

2008 ~ "Verdejo, the white grape from Spain's Rueda region, meets old Bordeaux standby Sauvignon Blanc and imparts a little of its frequently nutty flavours. A delicious and mellow late-summer dinner wine." - Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, Sept/09

2008 ~ "An aromatic wine with a sense of harmony and balance. The entry is a mix of grassy peachy fruit with bits of citrus rind and green apple skin in the finish. I served this with a grilled chicken salad and it was perfect ... Good value." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, Aug/1/09

2008 ~ "Chances are when you first taste this you'll think 'New Zealand'. And, in a way you wouldn't be too far wrong -- give or take a few thousand miles. Here's a really fun wine in more ways than one. A fresh 'n fruity, quite generous, dry style Sauv Blanc with all the right credentials -- made (with a splash of Verdelho) by a Kiwi in Castilla y Leon. Master of Wine Sam Harrop...knows a thing or two about value. Hand picked and estate grown. It's a deal at BCLS." - Tim Pawsey, North Shore News, July 19/09

2007 ~ Gold Medal! ~ Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, May 2009

2007 ~ "Best in class" - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2008

2007 ~ "Brilliant northern Spanish duo. The aromatic, zesty white delivers delicious, citrusy, appley fruit." - The Times Magazine, Sept/08

2007 ~ "Spanish whites have improved out of all recognition in the past five years, mainly thanks to modern techniques and the quality of local grapes such as Verdejo, combined here with Sauvignon to produce a crisp, fruity, grapefruity blend." - The Guardian's Observer Food Magazine, Aug/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Brilliant pale lemon with straw highlights.

Aroma:
Brisk, intense stone fruit and citrus.

Taste:
Intense apricot, tangy citrus flavours carry through on the medium body. These are complimented by subtle minerality and balanced acidity that continues through the zingy finish.

Pairing:
The full fruit and balanced acidity makes this delicious as an aperitif. The lemon and mineral flavours also make it an ideal pairing with seafood and sushi.



Other Info:

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 in the last 30 years with the introduction of modern winemaking methods. Estate-grown fruit from select blocks is carefully hand-picked. Sauvignon Blanc (85%) provides a baseline of crisp, minerally fruit. Verdejo (15%) is best-known as the star of Rueda, and adds mouthwatering fruit and pronounced aromatics.


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. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$20.99   PWS View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+40600  9316475001932  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 90 Points. "Glass-staining ruby. Ripe cherry and blackberry aromas show very good energy and an enlivening jolt of peppery spices. Plush and seamless on the palate, conveying real power to its black and blue fruit, lavender pastille and white pepper flavors. Finishes broad and fleshy, with repeating spiciness, velvety tannins and strong persistence. This wine has the balance to reward patience but is also pretty appealing right now." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2013 ~ 90 Points. "Opaque ruby. Pungent aromas of cassis, dried cherry, violet and mocha, with a hint of cocoa powder in the background. Deep flavors of black and blue fruits and bitter chocolate take a livelier turn with air. Supple tannins give gentle grip tot the broad, appealingly sweet finish, with the blue fruit and chocolate notes echoing." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Opaque ruby. Dark berries, floral pastilles and vanilla on the perfumed nose. Offers gently sweet blueberry and cherry compote flavours with suggestions of licorice and dark chocolate. Supple, fine-grained blend with slow-building tannins on the clinging finish and a late jolt of bitter cherry." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2014

2012 ~ Silver Medal ~ 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 The 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's The 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
Potts' Catch Verdelho  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
White  Verdelho  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.49   PWS 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
Amalaya Malbec  BODEGA AMALAYA  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Malbec-Cabernet-Syrah  Salta 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$18.49   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+11272  7798104763022  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 90+ Points & BEST BUY & TOP 50 SOUTH AMERICAN VALUES. “Soft, round and complex layers of juicy black cherry, rich smoky beef and smooth oak define the palate. Distinctive and densely concentrated, the fruit intensity persists to the finish. Powerful and robust.” - Decanter, Oct/15

2014 ~ 90 Points. "The entry-level red for Amalaya changed its name with the 2014 vintage and is now called 2014 Malbec, even if it still has some 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah in the blend. Since it has 85% of Malbec it can be bottled as a varietal wine. From this vintage the wine is only produced with estate grapes, whereas in the past some were purchased. The vintage was also very good for Malbec in Salta. It's very spicy, possibly from the Syrah and there are also some herbal aromas for the Cabernet, cracked peppercorns, some olives and balsamic aromas, with more depth. I feel the Syrah quite a lot here, both in the nose and in the palate where it added smoked bacon and mineral earthy notes. It also has more structure and clout than the 2013. A big step up in quality for this wine." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/15

2014 ~ "Suave and rich, with meaty notes to the roasted plum, Asian spice and dark cherry flavors. Mocha accents show on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2018." - Wine Spectator, Nov/15

WineAlign 20 Under $20 in BC. “For a full bodied red in a more precise, perfumed style, hop across the Andes to Argentina’s high desert and the 2000m high vineyards of Amalaya Vino Tinto de Altura 2013. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah has never shown so concentrated – and lifted – at once. Suitable for beef tenderloin or lamb.” – Treve Ring, Dec/15

2013 ~ 91 Points & Highly Recommended. “Refined and sophisticated bouquet of bright blackberries, a hint of florals and freshly ground pepper, showing the Syrah in the blend. Honest with well-integrated oak and good length. Drink 2015-2020.” - Decanter, July 2015

2013 ~ Gold Medal ~ Decanter World Wine Awards 2015

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

2013 ~ "The nose is slightly reduced but opens with time, offering, black cherry, tobacco, black pepper, savoury, orange peel aromas. The palate is fresh, dry and juicy with light tannins and more savoury, blood orange, plum, cassis, black olive, tobacco, peppery flavours. Fine for grilled beef or lamb. Mostly malbec mixed with 15-percent cabernet sauvignon, syrah and tannat." ~ Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, June 6/15

2012 ~ Critics Gold ~ Critics Challenge Wine Competition 2014

2012 ~ Gold Medal ~ San Diego International Wine Competition

2011 ~ 90 Points ~ Decanter, Feb/13

2011 ~ Gold Medal ~ Critic's Challenge Wine Competition 2013

2011 ~ 89 Points. "The waiting for a miracle ‘Amalaya’ wine is grown at some of the highest vineyards in the world. Mostly malbec mixed with 15 percent cabernet sauvignon, syrah and tannat opens with an aromatic nose and a fresh, peppery, juicy palate. More mineral and white pepper than fat sweet fruit this has wide appeal for food lovers. It is also farmed bio-dynamically. Finesse and value." - Anthony Gismondi, WineAlign.com, Oct/14

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. 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.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Estate Malbec  BODEGA COLOME  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Malbec-Tannat-Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah  Salta 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$29.79   MBLL View Legend  
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+956896  7792104764029  Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 90 Points. "The 2013 Malbec Estate has a similar blend of Malbec for the three zones and altitudes (1,700, 2,300 and 2,600 meters) with wines with higher acidity and a stronger tannic structure. It was bottled after 15 months in barrel (15% new), and the oak is nicely integrated. The nose might be a bit shy; there are subtle herbs, wild berries and some spices. A slightly shorter vintage from a cooler year where the selection in the blend was a little stricter." - Robert Parker's Wine, Aug/15
2012 ~ 91+ Points. "The 2012 Malbec Estate is a blend of the three Malbecs sold separately as Lote Especial differentiating altitude and location, and it's approximately 5% from Cafayate which adds ripeness and roundness, with the backbone being from Colomé and representing some 70% of the blend and 25% of El Arenal. From this vintage the style and the varietal blend has changed to 100% Malbec. The aging is longer than that of the separate components, but there is only 10% new oak. The very showy, open and aromatic nose is very balsamic and spicy with aromas of wild herbs, especially thyme, juicy blueberries and violets. This is a ripe Malbec with good depth, concentration and balance. Soft, but with grip that is chewy and juicy. 240,000 bottles produced." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug/15

2012 ~ 90 Points. “Dark ruby-red. Aromas and flavors of bitter cherry and bitter chocolate are complicated by a whiff of game. Silky-sweet and supple, with beautifully integrated tannins contributing to an impression of suavity and carrying the fruit through a rather powerful, gripping finish. This should evolve gracefully.” – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2015

2011 ~ 91 Points. "This starts out as massive and grapy, but with each passing minute it becomes more Salta, and hence more complex. Feral and leathery, roasted-berry aromas require patience. In the mouth, this is a tannic and muscular, with stewed plum. Raging acidity and firm tannins suggest that this needs at least until 2016 to settle." - Wine Enthusiast, July 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 ~ 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 ~ 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
Glorioso Crianza  BODEGAS PALACIO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tempranillo  Rioja 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.89   PWS View Legend  
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+361469  8410351123006  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ Gold Medal ~ Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014

2011 ~ Silver Medal ~ International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014

2011 ~ "This plump red shows plum and red currant flavours laced with dark chocolate, toast and anise notes. Firm tannins impart grip through the spicy finish. Drink now through 2017. " - Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jan/Feb 2015

2011 ~ "The 2011 Glorioso Crianza is very dark-colored, quite fruity and accessible, round and pleasant, quite ripe, with just enough acidity. Drink 2014-2017." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/13

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 1894 Tempranillo   BODEGAS PALACIO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Tempranillo, Graciano  Rioja 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$79.00   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+13761  8410351118019  Download Profile
Vintage    
2007     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ 91 Points. "Muscular, yet not showy, this big white delivers almond, wax, rose water and dried pear flavors, with bracing acidity and light tannins providing a solid structure. Drink now through 2020." - Wine Spectator, September 30th, 2012

2007 ~ 93 Points. - Guia Repsol 2011

2007 ~ 91 Points. "The purple-colored 2007 Cosme Palacio 1894 is 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano sourced from 90-year-old vines and aged in a mix of new and used French oak. It presents a nose of cedar, pencil lead, espresso, incense, and blackberry leading to a medium to full-bodied wine with some elegance, complex flavors, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 3-5 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2027." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, June 2009

2007 ~ Best in Class - International Wine and Spirits Competition 2010


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep cherry red with hints of violet.

Aroma:
Concentrated aroma of ripe red and black berry fruits and fine French oak.

Taste:
The initial attack is an explosion of well defined ripe fruits and fine oak. The mid palate is concentrated and smooth leading to a long multi-layered finish that is both powerful and elegant at the same time.

Pairing:
All roast, red meat and in particular roast lamb.



Other Info:

The fruit was hand harvested in small baskets in cool conditions. After destemming and a gentle crush the fruit was fermented in tanks of 2.500L and open 500L New French oak barrels for 10 days with daily "remontages". Post fermentation maceration for 12 days with 2 "Remontages" per day, followed by a gentle pressing in a wooden vertical basket press.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pasion de Bobal  BODEGAS SIERRA NORTE  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Bobal  Valencia 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.10   PWS View Legend Utiel Requena DO 
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+824524  08436017631319  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 88 Points. "A ripe, fruity, slightly raisined expression of the native bobal variety from southern Spain, pleasant, plump, succulent and satisfying. Wood is present but not exaggerated, as is alcohol, and the finish lingers impressively. Well worth discovering at the price I'd say, a satisfying, fleshy red with above average complexity at the price." - John Szabo, MS, WIne Align, Jan 28, 2016

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Black cherry, sanguine and bitter chocolate flavors mingle in this expressive red. The moderate tannins and juicy acidity keep this lively through the leafy, smoky finish. Balanced and alluring. Drink now through 2020." - Wine Spectator, Nov/15

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 flavours 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

2011 ~ "Bobal is the indigenous grape variety that this Valencian charmer is made from, and it accounts for almost 90 percent of wines made in the province's Utiel-Requena region. It's a medium-sized and thick-skinned late ripener that makes for a hearty wine perfumed with dark fruit and cases, with flavours of dried berries, dates, and black olives, and it's all balanced out by fresh acidity and well-woven tannins. This is chewy, stain-your-teeth fare that will be a hit with stews and braised meats." - Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight, Dec/14

2011 ~ "Spicy, black pepper, earthy, licorice, black berry, smoky, meaty, tar aromas. Fresh, round, dry, elegant palate with light tannins. Black raspberry, black pepper, savoury, smoky, tobacco flavours. Elegant but somewhat rustic and lean but with solid fruit. Try this with grilled pork chops." ~ Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, May 30/15

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
Conde de Valdemar Crianza  BODEGAS VALDEMAR (MARTINEZ BUJANDA)  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Tempranillo-Mazuelo  Rioja 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$0.00   PWS View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+339622  745641054004  Download Profile
Vintage    
2006     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ "Supple and racy, this lively red shoes wild berry, cherry, herb and vanilla flavors. Light tannins provide just enough structure, while vibrant acidity keeps this fresh. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, September 30th, 2012

2007 ~ Excellent Value - Wine Advocate/Robert Parker June 2011

2006 ~ 89 Points. "An interesting and complex nose with meaty, gamey and smoky notes, with plum, strawberry, blueberry and Asian five spice. The palate has more ripe red berry fruit, minerality and spice, but it is dominated by a mouth-watering, fleshy, meaty character with rosemary-like a hunk of lamb cooked rare on the barbeque. Long, complex and delicious." - Rhys Pender, Buyer's Guide+, Wineaccess.ca, Nov.25/10

2006 ~ Silver Medal (Best in Class) - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010

2006 ~ "Martinez Bujanda has a long history of coming to Vancouver and his Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2006 deserves a better reception from the city than it gets. Look for a well-structured wine with clean tempranillo fruit as its focus. A touch of mazuelo, the secret weapon, fills out the wine lending complexity and depth. It spends about 14 months in American oak. Another fabulous wine for lamb chops or osso buco." - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, Feb 19/11

2005 ~ Judges' Choice - Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2010

2005 ~ Recommended values under $25 - Wine Advocate; Feb/09

2005 ~ "Quite ripe on the nose, such that raisin and sweetness are front and center. Saturated in the mouth ...flavours of plum and berry." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Jul/09

2004 ~ Silver; Decanter World Wine Awards 2008

2004 ~ Silver; Mundus Vini 2008

2004 ~ "Extreme Value" Wine & Spirits; Dec/08

2004 ~ "Compact and polished, with fresh fruit, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. Plum, black cherry, tobacco and mineral flavors mingle and linger." - Wine Spectator, Nov 15/08

2001 ~ "Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2001 has been chosen by The New York Times (March 10/06) as the "best wine in Rioja for its value for money". For the gastronomic critic of the noted North American newspaper Eric Asimov, Conde de Valdemar is the clear example of why the crianzas of Rioja are among the best in the world.

The wines tasted by The New York Times included wines of different styles from 8 to 250 dollars.

Conde de Valdemar Crianza has an intense bright and clear cherry colour with slight purple glints. It boats powerful aromas of red berry fruit with rich vanilla nuances and smokiness. In the mouth it is well-rounded and silky with good backbone. Red berry fruit and vanilla touches come out in the long velvety finish. It goes well with roasted red meat, strong dry cheese and/or cold meats"

2001 ~ "Made from 85% tempranillo and 15% mazuelo, this modestly oaked Rioja red has an appealing, fruit-driven bouguet of cassis and raspberry, with an overlay of leathery, earthy, secondary characters. ...It's palate has typical savoury Rioja flavours, finishing with drying tannins. The texture is fleshy and soft, with staisfying depth and balance. It's a very good food wine..." - Gourment Traveller Wine, Aug-Sep/05

2001 ~ "Ideal for everyday drinking" - Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, Sep/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red with purple highlights.

Aroma:
Intense but refined ripe red berry aromas, accented by leather, sweet spice and vanilla.

Taste:
Red berry and spice aromas carry through on the medium-bodied palate with fine, silky tannins, gentle acidity and good persistence.

Pairing:
A great match for game, roast red meat and perfect with matured cheese and/or sausages.



Other Info:

Tempranillo 90% and Mazuelo 10%. 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. Martinez Bujanda's vineyards are spread across Rioja, allowing them to combine the different microclimates throughout the region.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva  CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$100.03   MBLL View Legend  
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+138776  8034073430466  Download Profile
Vintage    
2005     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 99 Points. "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity. That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Mar/16

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:

2010 ~ Available in BC Summer/16.
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. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$15.49   PWS 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
Chianti Classico  CARPINETO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Canaiolo  Tuscany 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$19.95   MBLL View Legend  
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+130187  8003015700363  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 90 Points. "The 2013 Chianti Classico is laced with sweet cherry, raspberry and floral notes, all in a refreshing, mid-weight style that offers tons of near and medium-term appeal. The feminine, gracious side of Sangiovese is quite expressive in this harmonious, impeccable Chianti Classico from Carpineto." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sep/15

2013 ~ 89 Points. "Though medium-bodied, this red is rich and chunky, with tar, earth, cherry and leather flavors. Finishes fresh and long, if on the muscular side. Drink now through 2018." - Wine Spectator, September 2015

2012 ~ 90 Points. "The 2012 Chianti Classico is beautiful. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and cedar flesh out in a generous, expressive wine with tons of depth and nuance. This is one of the deeper, fleshier 2012s I have tasted so far. The 2012 won't last forever, but it is quite open and generous today." - Vinous by Galloni, September 2014

2012 ~ Golosaria Top Hundred 2014

2011 ~ "Broad and robust, packing cherry, currant and spice flavors into a muscular frame. Balanced in an exuberant way, showing moderate length. Drink now through 2018." - Wine Spectator, August 2013

2010 ~ "Case in a rustic profile, this red offers earthy cherry and wild herb flavors, backed by grainy tannins. Shows some power and moderate length. Best from 2013 through 2018." - Wine Spectator, September 30th, 2012

2006 ~ Judges' Choice ~ International Value Wine Awards 2008

2006 ~ Four Stars ~ Decanter, Aug/08

2006 ~ "Good bottles of Chianti Classico ooze character. They're fun to crack open both for their uniqueness and food-pairing sensibility, and Carpineto's CC does the romantic hilltop sub-region proud. Their Classico is classic. Aromas of black cherry, tilled earth, clove and violets are followed by a lush yet fresh core, great balance of flavours, and a long finish marked by just enough grip to set up the next sip. Bottom line: A- Lip-smacking." - James Nevison, The Province, Nov/09

2006 ~ "What you get for a little more money is more richness, more depth, and more structure. 2006 was an excellent vintage, and the dark garnet Carpineto, 90 percent Sangiovese and the rest Canaiolo, has a bold, round fruitiness, a savoury, pruny nose, and a spicy baked-fruit-and-cherry finish. Don't drink it by itself; unlike the Gabbiano, it has a sharp dose of tangy acidity that needs food. It's a lovely accompaniment to a fresh tomato sauce made from the glut in the garden." - Christina Burridge, Vancouver Magazine, Aug 16/09

2004 ~ "A distinct, classy label invites you to participate and explore this wine. Upon reflection on its bright vibrant ruby red, expectations of complex aromas are well met. The flavours of concentrated black, stewed fruit predominate. Full-bodied, well-balanced and a lingering finish with a nice touch of oak.. 2004 is a classic vintage year for Tuscany." - Wilf Krutzmann, The Wine Press, Feb 22-28/07

2004 ~ "Fruity Chianti, with damson and light vanilla aromas and flavours." - Wine Spectator (on-line), 2006

2002 ~ Gold Medal ~ Councours Mendial de Buxelles 2005

2001 ~ Gold Medal ~ International Wine and Spirits Competition 2003

2001 ~ Wine of the Year ~ Wine Enthusiast, 2003


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red, garnet reflections on aging.

Aroma:
Intense with hints of violets, berries and cherries.

Taste:
Velvety, well rounded, full-bodied and well balanced.

Pairing:
Pair with grilled red meats and game.



Other Info:

Founded in 1967, Carpineto is a partnership between Giovanni C. Sacchet and Antonio M. Zaccheo, whose original mission was to produce a world-class red wine from the Chianti Classico appellation. This was a radical departure from the marketplace of the times when most Chianti was still produced in the traditional winemaking style. Carpineto's visionary founders recognized the untapped potential of the Tuscan landscape to produce truly great wines. By applying modern viticulture and winemaking techniques, they dramatically exceeded the quality standards of the day.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chianti Classico Riserva  CARPINETO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Canaiolo  Tuscany 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$35.22   MBLL View Legend  
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+305987  8003015700226  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 90 Points. "An elegant blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Canaiolo, with persistent nuances of floral, fruit and wood spice throughout. The judicious balance of fresh acidity and fleshy tannins make for a food-friendly, medium-bodied red. A solid choice for Italian dishes." Quench Magazine, April 2016

2010 ~ 93 Points. "Black cherries, game, smoke, tobacco, licorice and leather are some of the many notes that emerge from the estate's 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva. Dark and brooding in its expression of Sangiovese, the Riserva is all about power, density and structure. I imagine that as the wine ages the more animal dimensions of Sangiovese will take on greater prominence, but there is little question the 2010 is a wine of real character." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sep/15

2010 ~ 92 Points. “This vibrant red displays black cherry, tar and tobacco flavors aligned with a steely structure. Well-balanced, featuring a dense, long aftertaste that evokes underbrush nuances. Drink now through 2020.” – Wine Spectator, Oct 31, 2015

2009 ~ 93 Points. "Suave, silky tannins provide the backdrop for the 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, new leather and cloves are some of the many notes that flesh out in this supple, highly expressive Riserva. The style is warm, rich and enveloping, with lovely energy and terrific overall balance. This is an impressive showing." - Vinous by Galloni, October 2014

2008 ~ 91 Points. "Lush and exotic, evoking aromas of coffee, vanilla, black cherry and licorice. Complex and firmly structured, with a mineral component adding another dimension to the long finish. Not for traditionalists, but impressive nonetheless. Drink now through 2020. 12,500 cases made." - Wine Spectator, Web Only 2013

2007 ~ 90 Points. "This red has mellowed to a burnished glow of cherry, plum and oak spice flavors, all in harmony. There are still some tannins on the finish, but they are integrated and this shows class and complexity." - Wine Spectator Magazine, October 15/12

2007 ~ Gold Medal ~ Internationale Weinpramierung Zurich 2012

2006 ~ 92 Points. "Silky and sweet, offering an alluring bouquet of black cherry, black currant, truffle and violet flavors. Picks up a mineral element that glides easily across the palate to the long aftertaste. The tannins are present, yet well integrated. Drink now through 2020. Tasted twice with consistent notes." - Wine Spectator Magazine, October 15/11

2004 ~ 92 Points. Top 100 Wines of the Year. "This is a lovely rich wine with thick penetrating tones of cherry,spice and cola - the holy trinity of traditional Chianti Classico. The wine is dense, concentrated and intense without being too powerful or overwhelming." - Wine Enthusiast, Best of Year 2008, Dec/08

2001 ~ TOP 100 WINES OF ITALY. "Good, rich, ripe fruit aromas and flavours backed up by firm tannin, slightly earthy." - Decanter Magazine, May/06

1999 ~ Four Stars: Must Buy Tuscan ~ Decanter, Aug/03


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby red with garnet reflections.

Aroma:
Elegant, full, and harmonious with notes of vanilla & raspberry.

Taste:
Long and velvety, full, generous and warm.

Pairing:
Pair with roasts and game.



Other Info:

Founded in 1967, Carpineto is a partnership between Giovanni C. Sacchet and Antonio M. Zaccheo, whose original mission was to produce a world-class red wine from the Chianti Classico appellation. This was a radical departure from the marketplace of the times when most Chianti was still produced in the traditional winemaking style. Carpineto's visionary founders recognized the untapped potential of the Tuscan landscape to produce truly great wines. By applying modern viticulture and winemaking techniques, they dramatically exceeded the quality standards of the day.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Dogajolo  CARPINETO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon  Tuscany 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$22.99   PWS View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+141721  8003015700530  Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ "Red and black fruit flavours dominate in this super smooth and sexy mouthful. Cherry, raspberry and blackberry segue into sweet fresh leather and spicy peppery notes." - Doug Sloan, Campbell River Mirror, Feb 19, 2016

2013 ~ "Bright, with cherry and strawberry pâte de fruit notes, backed by a moderately firm structure. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon." - Wine Spectator, Web Only 2015

2011 ~ 89 Points. "A tightly wound, black cherry- and tobacco-laced red, with a rich texture and dense tannins that linger on the finish. Has length and character. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2015 through 2022. 66,665 cases made." - Wine Spectator, Web Only 2013

2011 ~ 89 Points. "Full ruby. Red fruits, touch of oaky vanilla, slightly earthy and a hint of liquorice. Balanced, medium body, ripe fruity flavour, good extraction. It finishes firm and slightly tannic. Drink now and over the next 2 to 3 years." - Tidings Magazine, July/August 2013

2009 ~ 91/100. "Very vibrant with buoyant acidity and freshness; savoury plums and currants that are plush, modern looking yet lined with a dry rustic touch that is spot on. A ripper value wine." - Dan Murphy's Fine Wine Buyer's Guide, Aug/11

2009 ~ "Medium ruby. Light and pleasant nose of red fruits, inviting. Moderately concentrated, delicate tannins and clean fruity taste. Well balanced with a round mouthfeel, easygoing. Drinks well now." - Tidings Magazine, May/11

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

2007 ~ 4 Stars, Best Value - Quarterly Review of Wines, Spring/09

2006 ~ A - "A gutsy yet food friendly red. Aromas of black cherry, coffee bean and wet earth prelude a juicy, fruity core and a lingering, licorice and tart berry finish. Bring on the marinara, the pork roast or any left-overs in the fridge." - James Nevison, The Province, Apr/10

2006 ~ "Great with any food ... every day of the week! Another fine selection from the cellars of Carpineto." - Wine Enthusiast, Jun/08

2004 ~ Best Buy "Where Vino Noble grapes that don't make the cut for Riserva go, as the estate doesn't produce a regular Vino Noble. This perennial Best Buy combines crunchy. fresh cherry fruit with hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. It's a cheerful wine that should win Tuscany plenty of fans, at a great price." - Wine Enthusiast Aug/06

2004 - "The name Dogajolo translated from the Tuscan dialect means "it jumps right out of the barrel," implying this wine is good right from the get go. After sampling several bottles I can heartily endorse this assumption. Its Tuscan heritage is very evident from the first sip, showing red cherry, earthy and leather flavours. Medium bodied with good length and a dusting of firm tannins." - Larry Arnold, EAT Magazine, Sept-Oct/06

2003 - Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2004


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep garnet with violet reflections.

Aroma:
Very fruity and intense, with hints of cherry, coffee, vanilla and spice.

Taste:
Full, soft on the palate, complex, well developed.

Pairing:
Dogajolo can be paired with first courses and white meats, but shows at its best with full-flavored dishes such as roasts, grilled meats, cold cuts and Tuscan regional specialties.



Other Info:

Carpineto's "super-Tuscans" - Farnito & Dogajolo - are produced in limited quantities, grown in top-quality dry-farmed, hillside vineyards. Dogajolo is made from Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and combines the power and deep color of a young wine, with the elegance and balance provided by wood aging.
The name Dogajolo (pronounced dog-a-yolo) translates to "it jumps out of the barrel" in Tuscan dialect, meaning this wine is soft and fresh enough to be enjoyed straight from the barrel. The two grape varieties are vinified separately, and blended toward the end of fermentation then placed in small wooden casks to slowly complete alcoholic and malolactic fermentation.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Spolverino   CARPINETO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Other Varietals  Tuscany 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$11.90   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+365031  8003015704477  Download Profile
Vintage    
TBC     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ "Savoury, leathery and spicy with lots of tart red cherry and red plum fruit. The palate is medium-bodied and very dry with plenty of acidity and tannin and lots of leather, tobacco, clove and tart cranberry and red fruits. Needs food to show its best but has plenty of character to stand up to meaty, tomato based dishes." - Rhys Pender, November 2014




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red, garnet reflections on aging.

Aroma:
Intense with classic red cherry and tobacco aromas with hints of violets.

Taste:
Velvety, full bodied, well balanced with a juicy richness.

Pairing:
Charcuterie including prosciutto and salami; roasted pork loin; grilled vegetables and pasta with red meat sauce.



Other Info:

Rooster one day, feather duster the next! The black rooster is the traditional symbol of the vinous heart of Tuscany where dry-farmed hillside vineyards lay amongst the picturesque cypress-studded countryside. But feathers fly when it comes to bottling the wine under screwcap! Centuries old tradition did not stop us from bottling our best wines with this innovation. The Spolverino is a play on the DOC rules. It is a Chianti with a screw cap.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Deccolio Prosecco  DECCOLIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Kosher for Passover & Mevushal  Sparkling  Treviso 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$18.99   PWS View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+9846  634682001606  Download Profile
Vintage    
NV     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

N/V ~ "This Kosher sparkler has been a flavour favourite since we popped the first cork, and it continues to fuel dinners and parties in my neighbourhood. Full flavour, fragrant aromas, tiny bubbles." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, Nov 4-11/10

N/V ~ "This Kosher Prosecco has delicate fruit cup aromas, lemon balm and citrus with a hint of flinty minerality. It is simple but fresh on the palate with a nice creamy texture, plenty of sweet fruit and a long finish with classic Prosecco citrus peel/citrus pith flavours. A great breakfast bubbly but it will also be fantastic with light appetizers or spicy dishes." - Daenna Van Mulligen, www.winescores.ca, Dec 14/09

N/V ~ "With a light sparkle and generous mineral overtones to highlight notes of green apples, a pleasant Prosecco, Best as an aperitif, with brunch or at picnics." - Daniel Rogov, Apr/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale lemon with bright green highlights.

Aroma:
Pronounced tropical and citrus fruit.

Taste:
The softly sparkling palate offers fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavours with a hint of sweetness and a clean finish.

Pairing:
An ideal aperitif, prosecco is also a versatile and food-friendly wine that is delicious with crunchy, salty foods and shellfish.



Other Info:

Deccolio Prosecco is Mevushal, and Kosher for Passover. Supervision: OU.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pouilly Fuisse  DOMAINE FERRET  France 
Type Varietal Region
White  Chardonnay  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$54.78   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+785246  00626990194859  Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 92 Points. "This is a delicious white with tangy acidity, bright dried apple and mango. Full body, and an intense finish. A little salty. Fantastic." - James Suckling, June 2015

2013 ~ 90 Points. "90 Points. “An open, fluid style, with bright acidity and a mineral streak supporting the apple, peach, lemon and spice flavors. Shows fine balance and a long, spice-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018.” – Wine Spectator, Nov/15

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Delicate in style, featuring floral, lime, hazelnut and mineral flavors, shaded by a hint of spice. Harmonious and deceptively long, with subtle aftertaste of spice and citrus. Drink now through 2020. 1,200 cases made." - Wine Spectator, September 2015

2012 ~ 90 Points. " As pale as Wheatena, white flowers and vanilla, this grows spicier in the finish, with scents of nutmeg that suggest a match with roast butternut squash. It's a wine with some delicacy, and pleasing light touches of sweetness." - Wine & Spirits, April 2015


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Rich golden colour.

Aroma:
Aromas of citrus and exotic tropical fruits, white florals, crushed stones and flinty minerals.

Taste:
Subtle fruit notes combined with stone fruits, acacia flowers and spiced hazelnut butter.

Pairing:
Shellfish, molluscs, seafood risotto, veal cutlets with creamy sauces, goat's cheeses and hard cow's milk cheeses.



Other Info:

2013 ~ Available in MB Spring/16.
The Pouilly-Fuissé is a blend of the best vineyard parcels with 10- to 35-year-old vines from the Fuissé amphitheater of limestone and clay soils. Each parcel is vinified separately to ensure the finest expression of the fruit. Half the wine is fermented in enameled tanks and half in used oak barrels.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Toro  ELIAS MORA  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)  Toro 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$12.20   PWS View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+12832  855012000445  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 91 Points. "Brilliant ruby. Smoky cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by suggestions of pipe tobacco, candied flowers and vanilla. Spicy black and blue fruit and violet flavors put on weight with air, picking up a building mocha quality. Displays very good power but comes off as graceful, finishing with repeating floral character and supple tannins." - Vinous, Dec/15

2012 ~ 91 Points. "Dark ruby. Fresh, assertively perfumed aromas of cherry, red berry liqueur, peppery spices and minerals, with smoke and vanilla nuances adding complexity. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry and flavors and a touch of coconutty oak. The spicy quality comes back strong on the finish, which clings with strong tenacity and slow-building tannins." - Vinous, September 2014

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

2010 ~ "Toro Tempranillo is always a touch more rustic than its rioja kin. In this case the nose is earthy, with hints of barnyard and black cherry/raspberry fruit. The attack is soft with chalky dusty tannins and more red fruit and gentle Tempranillo tannins. Is Toro starting to shed its rusticity?" - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, June 2014

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
Barolo Gavarini Chiniera  ELIO GRASSO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$109.95   MBLL View Legend Monforte d\'Alba 
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Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 96 Points. "The 2012 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is one of the most beautiful, precise wines of the vintage. Finely cut and chiseled, the Gavarini exudes energy and tension, both signatures of this high-altitude, Monforte site. Crushed flowers, dark red berries, mint and crushed rocks are some of the signatures. So many 2012s are open-knit, but Grasso's Gavarini is going to need at least several years in barrel. If anything, the 2012 is a bit austere, but I say that in the best sense of the word. Exotic, alluring and totally stunning, the 2012 is a real knock-out." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2011 ~ 94 Points. "Grasso's 2011 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera captures the essence and personality of the year in its inviting, radiant personality. Bright red stone fruits, crushed rocks, pine, mint and flowers are all lifted and aromatically expressive in the glass. The Gavarini is already quite open and inviting. I imagine it will offer a wide window of pure drinking pleasure over the next 20 years or so. This is a striking Barolo from the Grasso family." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/15

2011 ~ 91 Points. "Licorice, plum, tar and spice flavors mingle, getting support from dense, dusty tannins. There's brightness too, as this leaves a mouthwatering impression on the finish." - Wine Spectator, Mar 31, 2016

2008 ~ 97+ Points. "The 2008 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera is flat-out great. Sweet roses, spices, mint, flowers and red berries are some of the notes that emerge from this profound, utterly moving Barolo. The 2008 possesses dazzling inner perfume, endless layers of bright red fruit and stunning overall balance. Fine, silky tannins frame the extraordinarily elegant finish. This is a fabulous wine from Gianluca Grasso and his family. Chalky notes frame an energetic, brilliant finish sprinkled with shades of the 1989. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, April 2012

2008 ~ #47 The Top 100 Wines of the World ~ Luca Gardini

2006 ~ 95 Points. "Laced with racy, perfumed red fruit, flowers and minerals. The wine gains weight and depth in the glass as its energy and vibrancy take center stage. This is a supremely beauitiful Barolo where expressive aromatics, generous fruit and silky tannins come together with unusual grace and elegance. Sweet floral notes add a sense of lift on the finish. The 2006 is the best Gavarini since 1989, and who knows if one day it might not match that legendary Barolo." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/10

2006 ~ 93 Points. "Good full medium red. Deep, ripe aromas of raspberry, cherry, smoke and minerals. Wonderfully sweet and expressive, with lovely intensity and definition to the flavors of redcurrant, minerals, dried flowers and underbrush. Much more perfumed than the 2005 version, and quite stylish for such a strong wine. Finishes with dense but fine-grained tannins and late notes of mint and menthol." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov-Dec/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear medium ruby.

Aroma:
Aromas of raspberries, cherries, smoke, minerality.

Taste:
Dry, full bodied; flavours of redcurrants, minerals, red fruits, dried flowers, herbal and floral notes; dense but fine-grained tannins with a strong fresh finish.

Pairing:
Pairs well with roast meats, stews, hard cheeses.



Other Info:

Elio Grasso uses only estate-grown grapes from 14 hectares of vineyards of varieties traditionally grown in the Langhe hill country near Alba. Vinification involves fermentation for 12-16 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with daily pumping over. After completing malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, the wine matures for two years in 25-hectolitre barrels of Slavonian oak. Bottling normally takes place in August. The wine is aged 8-10 months before release.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Cabernet Sauvignon  GALIL MOUNTAIN WINERY  Israel 
Type Varietal Region
Kosher for Passover  Cabernet Sauvignon  Upper Galilee 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.00   MBLL View Legend  
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Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 89 Points. "This approachable kosher Cabernet comes from the higher altitude northern Galilee viticultural region. It has an attractive and ripe nose of wild black currents, plums, leather and sweet spices with cocoa, smoke, vanilla and toasted oak. The palate offers sweet and generous fruit, potent vanilla, plum cake, coffee and baking spices. Smooth and almost port-like in intensity with good length." - Daenna Van Mulligen, March 2014

2011 ~ "Turns out there are hundreds of wineries in Israel, where wine has been produced since biblical times. The Galilee region is considered one of Israel's prime wine-growing areas thanks to its high elevation, large swing between daytime-nightime temperatures, and well-drained soils. This is where you will find Galil Mountain winery and its robust Cabernet Sauvignon. It's ready to soothe tastebuds,offering lots of ripe dark berry fruit and prune. Overall, it's a blowy red that finishes smooth but with a lick of spice. Oh, and its Kosher wine, so bring on the certified roast lamb." - James Nevison, The Wine Guy, The Province, September 2014

2011 ~ "Open aromatic cherry cedar nose with tobacco, black olive, pepper and earthy notes. The attack is soft and sweet with a fair bit of alcohol, sweet dark plums, mint and olives. Serve this with your favourite hamburger or lamb chops but it will improve in bottle." - Vancouver Sun, Suncritic.com, Mar/14

2009 ~ "A decadent note of vanilla creme graces the all-fruit preserves and boysenberry centre of this Cab. Soft tannins give way to an approachable structure, leading throughout to a juicy finish flecked with sweet spice accents." - Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2012

2009 ~ "Red berry flavors are zesty and feature notes of white pepper. Lots of briary notes on the fresh finish. Kosher. From Israel. Drink now. 2,000 cases imported." - Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator Nov 2011

2008 ~ "Their Cabernet Sauvignon shines with serious flavour: rich cassis, plum and anise aromas followed by tobacco and plum. Great concentration overall with a tart finish, it clamours for equally bold food like grilled lamb chops. Kosher too." - James Nevison, The Province, Sept 23/10

2006 ~ Top 100 Values of 2008 ~ Wine Spectator, Jan. 31/09

2006 ~ Judges' Choice! ~ International Value Wine Awards 2008

2006 ~ Best Buy ~ International Value Wine Awards, 2008

2006 ~ "Peppery, spicy, tobacco leaf, black olive, earthy, light cassis aromas. Round, supple, forward style with cassis, spicy, peppery, tobacco, light vanilla, stewed plum and olive flavours. Solid consumer style." - Wine Access, Aug/Sept 2008

2006 ~ "Holiday Bargains! Round, supple, forward style." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, Dec. 6, 2008

2006 ~ "Enjoy fantastic fruit to the front, middle and back palate. After years of scraping your teeth after heavy, oaky California Cabernets, this one is amazing for its fresh, herbal aromas and long but light, fruity finish. There isn't a wrong note ... and the price gives you really remarkable value." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, Feb. 14-21, 2008


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep opaque purple.

Aroma:
Pure ripe raspberry and blueberry primary fruit character, with hints of herbs and tobacco leaf.

Taste:
A medium-to-full bodied wine with delicate tannins. The finish is long and firm.

Pairing:
Best served at 64 F / 18 C to accompany a wide range of meat dishes.



Other Info:

The grapes were harvested at the higher elevations of the Upper Galilee. The wine underwent 7-14 days fermentation followed by six months in stainless steel, which included several rackings. The mountains of the Upper Galilee are among the highest in Israel, rising to over 1,000 metres. The topographical structure, quality of the soil and climate, make these mountains an ideal location for vineyards that grow grapes of the highest quality. In 1997, the first vineyard was planted in Kibbutz Yiron, which established Galil Mountain Winery in a joint venture with Golan Heights Winery. The winery has five vineyards in the Upper Galilee Mountains, characterized by different topographical and climatic conditions. Galil Mountain wines are kosher and kosher for Passover.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Syrah  GALIL MOUNTAIN WINERY  Israel 
Type Varietal Region
Kosher for Passover  Shiraz  Upper Galilee 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.00   MBLL View Legend  
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Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby-purple.

Aroma:
A rich flavourful wine with characters of blackberry and cherry as well as a hint of wet earth.

Taste:
Aromas carry through on the medium-to full-bodied wine has a long, pleasant finish.

Pairing:
Best served at 64F (18C), the wine accompanies a range of meat dishes including barbecued steak, kebab and tender meat stew.



Other Info:

The wine fermented 7-14 days in stainless steel containers, underwent malolactic fermentation to preserve its fruity character, and aged six months in stainless steel containers.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Viognier  GALIL MOUNTAIN WINERY  Israel 
Type Varietal Region
Kosher for Passover  Viognier  Upper Galilee 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.00   MBLL View Legend Galilee 
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Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ "Of course it's also Passover, and if Kosher wine is a consideration for your
celebration table then Galil Mountain's voluptuous Viognier makes a strong case for dining companion. This white from Israel's Upper Galilee Valley is lush and plush, with waves of apricot· fruit and perfumed roses. Bold from mid-palate to finish, it concludes with a kiss of sweetness and toasty oak. Pair with matzah balls or takeout Thai curry. Bottom line: B "Voluptuous Viognier:' - James Nevison, The Province, April 3, 2015

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Tannins and acidity exhibit a high level of teamwork in this smooth, mouth-pleasing wine. Aromas of lemon, white pepper and vanilla give way to flavors of lemon-lime, bergamot and vanilla custard. The finish is simultaneously lingering and bright" - Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2014

2010 ~ Judges' Choice: Viognier ~ Wine Access International Value Wine Awards 2012

2010 ~ "This viognier has floral and tropical aromas, with apricot, green apple, spice and a touch of oak on the nose. Not very common with viognier, 40% of the grapes were fermented in new oak. On the palate, this wine feels like a chardonnay, but a little more floral, tropical and bitter. Oak flavours dominate the finish allowing it to match with foods like a chardonnay would. Think cream-based pastas, poultry or mushroom-flavoured dishes." - Wine Access Magazine, October 11/12

2009 ~ Top 100 Wines Under $20 for 2012. "This is the Marilyn Monroe of wines. Or the Matthew McConaughey. Deep golden looks and a distinctive air of perfumed seduction will leave you swooning after one look and swirl. But that's voluptuous Viognier for you. Amazingly aromatic and full of flavour, this exotic bottle front he vineyards of Israel's Upper Galilee Valley oozes nectarine and flower petal aromas that lead into a rich, honeyed feel in the mouth and a caramel kiss on the finish." - James Nevison, Had a Glass, 2012

2009 ~ "People don't often think of Israel when they think of wine, but this beauty of a white may change your mind. Galil, owned by the famous Golan Heights Winery, is located on the Israeli border, overlooking Lebanon. I have been a big fan of the Cabernet Sauvignon for a couple of years, but only recently tried the Viognier, which is new to the Alberta market and is, like the Cab, superb. The importer describes it as a "voluptuous Viognier," and I agree; this full-bodied white is loaded with lush floral, apricot and peach notes. A great one for Chardonnay fans who want to try something new and interesting. And, a bonus for anyone who's Jewish: it's both kosher and kosher for Passover, in case you feel like putting a bottle away until next spring. Drink: Now, or stick in the cellar for two or three years. If you are already thinking about Thanksgiving, it would be great with turkey or roast chicken, or simple white fish dishes. It's also delicious by itself. Cork closure. Serve chilled." - Shelley Boettcher, The Calgary Herald, September 18, 2011

2009 ~ "To be frank, pairing a rich viognier with scallops and avocado is not perfect, an acidic Sauvignon Blanc would be more complementary, but this new wine is just so nice (and nicely priced) that I recommend drinking it with everything for the next few weeks. I wrote in the magazine a few issues back about the surprising quality of Israeli wines and this Viognier for Galil Mountain reinforces my initial thoughts. It has a heady nose of apricots and ripe peach, a slight taste of oak in the mouth and a great long finish. Could double as perfume, and it's kosher. Pair with Black Rice Edamame Risotto with Sea Scallops, Avocado Coulis, and Roasted Tomatoes." - Neal McLennan, Western Living Magazine, Sept/11

2009 ~ "The majority of Viognier is best consumed young, when the wine's aromas are most prominent and instantly gratifying. Galil Mountain's voluptuous Viognier suggests as much on the back label, recommending the wine's potential aging as "two to three years from time of harvest." And it's true that this elegant white from Israel's Upper Galilee is pouring fantastic right now. Rich and honeyed, it's redolent with nectarine and a floral perfume and finishes smooth with a caramel kiss. Bottom line: A "Great intro to Viognier." - James Nevison, The Province, August 11/11

2009 ~ "The 2009 VIOGNIER, from the Upper Galilee, is light and graceful with a touch of oak, friendly and sweet, tasty and charming, but without a lot of finish or concentration. Take it for what it is, drink it as young and as fresh as possible for peak results, and it offers some nice value, coming in at nice price point. Drink now-2012." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec 2010


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Glittering golden color.

Aroma:
Fresh herbal aromas and a delicate background of oak.

Taste:
Notes of apricot, ripe nectarine and invigorating perfume. A medium-bodied wine with a silky texture and long, balanced finish.

Pairing:
Best with flavorful eastern dishes or cream-based dishes like pasta in cream of mushroom sauce.



Other Info:

Some 60% of the wine underwent cold fermentation in stainless steel, with the remaining 40% fermented in new French oak barrels. The barrel-fermented wine aged on yeast lees for six months. The cold fermentation enabled the wine to preserve the varietys fresh characters, while wood and yeast characters were added to the barrel-fermented wine.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc  GIESEN  New Zealand 
Type Varietal Region
White  Sauvignon Blanc  Marlborough 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$32.80   MBLL View Legend  
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+178343  9416040100173  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 91 Points. "A grassy, slightly feral style of Sauvignon Blanc, this is tight and linear despite the ample alcohol listing. Flinty notes on the nose strike a French pose, while the fruit on the palate is grapefruit and cut grass. Finishes long and mouth-watering." - Wine Enthusiast, November 2014

2011 ~ 95 Points. "Powerful and ripe with intense tropical fruits. A subtle spice allows the layers of fruit to shine through. Keeping an apple-like crisp acidity, it's balanced and complex with an elegantly poised finish. Drink 2013-2016." - Melanie Brown, Decanter, July 2013

2011 ~ 93 Points. "Wild yeast fermentation and about six months in oak helped Giesen's flagship Sauvignon Blanc stand out from the many lighter, racy examples of the grape at the "Big Sky Party" Argentina/New Zealand showcase tasting/ancillary event at the Qualico Family Centre. Lovely honey and light vanilla notes join the tropical, peach, and lemon-lime notes here - it's a medium-bodied, viscous, elegant Sauvignon Blanc. Sadly, I think this one might be all gone - it's made in pretty small quantities - but their entry-level and "The Brothers" mid-price Sauvignon Blancs are also excellent. This was probably my top pick from the entire festival." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, The Winnipeg Free Press, May 13, 2013

2011 ~ 90+ Points. "Tropical nose with passion fruit and lime leaves. A multi-layered bombshell with toasty almonds and fresh brioche. The oak is well integrated, which provides complexity and elegance. Drink 2013-2016." - Decanter, July 2013

2011 ~ 90 Points. "The 2011 The August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc flaunts a nose of butterscotch, honeyed peaches and cedar with hints of straw, toast and pink grapefruit. Full-bodied and quite concentrated on the palate, the oak stands out just a touch but this is an otherwise rich, satisfying expression of the grape with a silken texture and a good, long finish. Drink it now to 2016+." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/13

2010 ~ 95 Points ~ Nick Stock 2012 Good Wine Guide

2010 ~ 92+ Points. "Fermented in oak barrel, 8% new, and aged in oak for five months with occasional stirring and partial spontaneous malo-lactic, the 2010 The August Sauvignon Blanc reveals an intense nose of kumquat, fresh grapefruit, lime tart and orange zest with nuances of cedar and baking bread. Medium bodied and with a gentle silkiness to the texture, the palate offers concentrated citrus and toasted flavors with lively acidity and a very long finish. Drinking nicely now, it should cellar through 2015+." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2011

2010 ~ Gold Medal ~ Marlborough Wine Show 2011

2010 ~ 5 Stars ~ Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide 2012

2010 ~ 5 Stars ~ Winestate 2011


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale yellow.

Aroma:
Ripe stonefruit is to the fore with peach and nectarine leading the way. Aromas of herbs, lemongrass and nettles give the nose a lift and combine with dry spice, vanilla bean and a creamy complexity.

Taste:
Time on lees and fruit concentration are big influences on the palate with a luscious, creamy fruit weight and flavours of mandarin and ripe gooseberry. The palate is well structured with a touch of phenolics and drying acidity ensuring a powerful, assertive wine.

Pairing:
Perfect with asparagus, chevre and salads, this crisp wine is also ideal with seafood and the perfect foil to richer shellfish.



Other Info:

During the 2008 vintage Giesen winemakers conducted some experiments in the winery, treating different parcels of fruit with different yeasts and oak regimes. In 2009 they began the work in the vineyard and it was from this starting point that the inaugural vintage of The August was born. In recognition of passion for fine wine, the Giesen brothers named this wine after their grandfather August (pronounced ow-goost), a restaurateur and sommelier.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Grand Classique  GLEN CARLOU  South Africa 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Cabernet Sauvignon- Merlot-Petit Verdot-Malbec-Cabernet Franc  Paarl 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$21.95   MBLL View Legend  
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Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 90 Points. "This classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc offers plenty of brown spices with tobacco, mocha, dusty plums and currents with tar and rich earth. It has a supple entry with sweet and expressive fruit. Youthful and fresh with forest berries, cocoa, tobacco, leather and savoury herbs and spices trailing on the finish. Overall good posture and balance." - WineScores.ca, Oct/15

2011 ~ 4 Stars. "Much appeal in 2011 cab-led Bordeaux quintet. Depth of ripe, generous fruit, supported by freshness and fine tannin, all seamlessly knit with poise and elegance. Oak, 40% new french adds finishing polish." - Plater's South African Wine Guide 2015

2011 ~ Bacchus Award ~ Classic Trophy Wine Show 2014

2011 ~ Top 100 Wines under $20. “Sometimes I find myself in the mood for a lush yet dignified red. In these moments, I can count on Glen Carlou’s Grand Classique. It’s a perennial go-to bottle that consistently delivers dense, complex layers of flavour without sacrificing sang-froid. This mix of Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec, Merlo, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc (the five classic grape varieties in Red Bordeaux) from Paarl sees 18 months aging in new- and second-fill oak barrels, and the end result is a winning combination of rebust ripe fruit and integrated toasty wood notes that manages to be both in-your-face and graceful.” – James Nevison, Had a Glass 2016, Dec/15

2011 ~ Top 115 Wines of 2015 - "Succulent, smooth, consistent. This classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc offers plenty of brown spices with tobacco, mocha, dusty plums and currents with tar and rich earth. It has a supple entry with sweet and expressive fruit. Youthful and fresh with forest berries, cocoa, tobacco, leather and savoury herbs and spices trailing on the finish. Overall good posture and balance." - WineDiva, Nov/15

2010 ~ 90 Points & Top Values. "A broad, plush, well-toasted style, with ganache and mint notes backed by flavors of fleshy plum sauce and blackberry preserves. A big, mouthfilling, crowd-pleasing style, delivering a plush finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2016." - Wine Spectator, Apr/14

2010 ~ 90 Points. "At a time when Bordeaux prices are high (when are they not, really?) and many California wineries are dealing with a challenging vintage, here's a go-to wine for lovers of red blends. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises just over half of the cuvee, joined by progressively smaller portions of Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Opaque reddish purple in hue, the wine's refined nose offers impressions of polished leather and mint. Medium-bodied and supple in the mouth, with a thread of acidity that provides a juicy mouthfeel and finish. Echoes of the wine's solid core of currant and berry fruit are joined by a lasting impression of pleasant Cabernet herbaceousness. A complex and tasty wine at a bargain price. Value Vino." - WineLines, ND

2009 ~ 90 Points. "Notes of cocoa and oak derived spice add depth to the ripe, dark fruit core of this wine. Black berry, cherry and plum flavors abound on the plush palate, framed by firm tannins and a thick supple texture. Gripping plum-skin and cigar box notes linger on the finish." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2013

2009 ~ 90 Points. "The 2009 Grand Classique is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in new and used barrel for 18 months. It has a lifted bouquet of raspberry and dark plum aromas that needs to develop more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, kirsch-tinged entry. The acidity is very well entwined with the bright redcurrant and strawberry fruit that leads to a bright, vibrant finish. Perhaps not a long term Grand Classique, but this is well crafted. Drink now-2017." - Robert Parker"s The Wine Advocate #204, Dec/12

2009 ~ 90 Points. "Arguably one of the best value Bordeaux style blends on liquor store shelves (and yes, you can easily find the Cabernet dominated breakdown), here's a drop that's perfect for pairing with fall inspired stews and serious steaks. Up front red and black fruit with cocoa and mocha notes, with a touch of spice, wrapped in easy tannins." - Tim Pawsey, North Shore News, September 2013

2009 ~ "They only brought in a few cases of this South African Meritage-style bruiser (Cab Sauv 43 percent, Petit Verdot 20 percent, Malbec 16 percent, Merlot 16 percent and Cab Franc 5 percent), so it may be sold out by now, but if you find a bottle somewhere, grab it-or two. It's fantastic: very soft, rich, and on the sweet side, with lots of lovely oak." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, September 2013

2009 ~ "Some wines get better with time in an open bottle (or decanter). I'm not talking a few days, but don't be afraid to enjoy a glass of Glen Carlou's dense and rich Grand Classique now - and subsequently leave it on its own overnight. Returning to this classic Bordeaux blend reveals even more smoky, toasty oak, vanilla and sumptuous plum, completed with a balanced finish. It's great with a lamb roast, when the roast is done on a spit over a campfire." - James Nevison, The Province, April 2013

2009 ~ "A new South African blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc struck a solid chord with tasters (the bottle was the first to empty) with its smoky, spicy, dusty flavours. It would suit chops, and cutlets, particularly. A solid, satisfying finish all the way." - Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, Dec 2012

2008 ~ 92 Points. "The most recent release is the 2008 Grand Classique, a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 14% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, and it is the first vintage that has seen 18 rather than 24 months of oak (40% new). The nose is refined and elegant with blackberry, cedar and a touch of cigar box whilst the palate is medium-bodied with harmonious blackberry, wild strawberry and tart red cherries. Understated and very well balanced, this is a succinct expression of South African Cabernet. Drink now-2017." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, August 2011

2008 ~ 91 Points. Editor's Choice, Excellent/Highly Recommended. "This blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 14% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc offers a minty character that prevails among the intense black plum and berry aromas and flavors. Well-integrated, with a decadent crushed velvet texture and a long oak-kissed finish reminiscent of dark chocolate-covered cherries." - Wine Enthusiast, Aug 1/11

2008 ~ 89 Points & Excellent. "(A five-variety Bordeaux blend based on 52% Cabernet Sauvignon): Deep red. Expressive aromas of boysenberry, cassis, tobacco leaf, woodsmoke, tar and black licorice. Suave and lively on entry, then dense and sweet in the middle, with nicely concentrated, youthful flavors of dark berries, tar and truffle. This rather serious wine relies as much on its acids as on its tannins for structure. I'd give it another few years in the cellar." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March April/11

2008 ~ Silver Medal & 4/5 Stars. "Very classy intensity with spice, toast, coffee, cloves and liquorice. Powerful, layered stuff, with well managed tannin." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

2008 ~ "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, here's the Cape's highly affordable Bordeaux salute. Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot tango together with great, approachable-tannin balance and lively, vibrant, red and black fruit wrapped in juicy acidity with spicy mid-palate and lengthy end. The deal. BCLS $19.99." - Tim Pawsey, North Shore News November 27/2011

2006 ~ 90 Points & Exceptional. "This Bordeaux-varietal blend has a particularly intriguing fruit spectrum - brandied cherries and blackberry are immediately apparent, with something almost peachy underneath. The herbal edge of Cabernet shows in a smoked tea note that melds with the savory oak. Drink it now with venison." - Wine & Spirits, Feb/11

2006 ~ Platinum Medal ~ Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, September 2010

2005 ~ 90 Points & Smart Buy. "A dark, winey version, with solid grip to the macerated black currant, fig sauce and espresso notes that pump through the finish, where a nice hint of iron lingers. Rock-solid." - Wine Spectator, May 31, 2009

2005 ~ Gold Medal ~ Mundus Vini International Wine Awards 2008

2005 ~ Four Stars ~ Platter Guide 2009

2005 ~ Silver Medal ~ 2009 Michelangelo Awards

2005 ~ "Grand Classique is Bordeaux blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon (41) and merlot (40) with smaller amounts petit verdot, malbec and cabernet franc. Look for deep coloured red with a fine mineral nose dusted with vanilla and some meaty Brettanomyces notes. The entry is round the body dense with cedar and black fruit and liquorice flavours throughout. The finish is slightly dry with elevated acidity poking through. Best with roasted meats. Drink now." - Anthony Gismondi, www.gismondionwine.com, Dec/09

2004 ~ Judges Choice ~ Wine Access International Value Wine Awards 2008

2004 ~ The Best Buys from South Africa! "Big, creamy, luscious, notes of cigar box and black pepper." - The Globe and Mail, Oct. 31, 2007


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Rich ruby red.

Aroma:
Young black fruits and oak, with traces of pencil shavings

Taste:
Elegantly restrained full body, tautly-structured with polished tannins and integrated acidity. The classic cassis, smoke and dusty spice flavours carry through on the intense, complex finish.

Pairing:
A perfect match with medium-rare roast beef, or other red meats.



Other Info:

Our Grand Classique is a blend of the five noble grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Giving you a good depth of colour, soft, round and showing some nice body. These wines often have great fruit concentration, softer tannins and are long-lived. The Grand Classique varieties are from selected vineyard sites - handpicked, crushed, macerated, fermented and aged in French Oak Barrels separately.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Hubert Brochard Classic Sancerre  HUBERT BROCHARD  France 
Type Varietal Region
White  Sauvignon Blanc  Loire 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$34.99   PWS View Legend Sancerre 
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2015     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Light gold.

Aroma:
Lush pair and citrus fruit aromas.

Taste:
Very elegant, supple and fleshy on the palate. Round light to medium body wine with hints of white fruit.

Pairing:
It is ideal with seafood, fish in sauces, and with certain cheeses, especially the Crottin de Chavignol goat's cheese.



Other Info:

The Hubert Brochard vineyard of Sancerre Blanc is very parcelled out. It is located on the best hills of the villages of Chavignol, Sainte Gemme, Menetreol, Amigny, Thauvenay and Sancerre.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Cabernet Franc  IRONSTONE VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Cabernet Franc  Lodi County 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$18.49   PWS View Legend  
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Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 2/3 Stars (Excellent) & Great Value. "Ironstone has a solid reputation for producing good-quality, inexpensive wines that can always be relied on. The 2013 cabernet franc has some of that wonderful, smoky leather character I call "Grandpop's library," a hallmark of the finest cab franc from the Loire Valley. It would be difficult to mistake this wine as French, though; it's fleshy ripeness is decidedly New World. A beautiful wine for the price." - The Washington Post, Feb 25, 2015

2006 ~ "Ironstone has done a fine job with the '06 Reserve. It's a light-bodied, elegantly silky wine, with polished cherry and currant flavours touched with a kiss of smoky oak. Drink this dry, balanced Cab Franc soon." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Jul/09

2006 ~ "Notes of wild strawberry dipped in fresh cream fill the nose of this wine. Throughout the palate, this 2006 Franc is medium-bodied, with a host of red, and black cherry notes, as well as berry pie crust spices. What impressed me about theis Cabernet Franc was the amount of varietal character at $12 price" - Gabesview.com, "The 12 Days of Cabernet Franc", Mar/09

2005 ~ Gold Medal ~ Appellation America, Best Appellation Awards, Sierra Foothills, Apr/08

2004 ~ Silver Medal ~ San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan/08

2004 ~ "Really bright fruit (cherry and raspberry) characteristics in this variety that does so well when interpreted by Ironstone." - www.tastecaliforniatravel.com, Apr/07

2003 ~ BEST OF SHOW ~ Mother Lode Fair Wine Competition, Jul/06

2003 ~ Silver Medal ~ San Francisco International Wine Competition, Jun/06

2000 ~ Gold Medal ~ Best of Class, J. Mead New World International Wine Comp, 2004


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
A vibrant red colour.

Aroma:
Full of aromas of toasted oak, cherry and violet.

Taste:
Flavours of succulent dark cherry and a hint of herb fill the mouth. A medium bodied wine with a finish that is well balanced.

Pairing:
A great accompaniment to dishes like ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil pesto, or fruit BBQ sauces like cherry or raspberry.



Other Info:

Located at 2400 ft. above sea level, these grapes were estate- grown at our Hay Station Ranch vineyard where warm days are cooled by the evening mountain air. This areas unique soil of decomposed granite mixed with volcanic sediment and red clay produce a wonderful mineral component. Grapes have been grown in the Sierra Foothills for 150 years.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Obsession Symphony  IRONSTONE VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
White  Symphony  Calaveras County 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ "Made from the obsession variety, this is an off-dry white that goes well with spicy dishes of all kinds (meat, seafood, vegetarian) and is also enjoyable to sip on its own. The flavours are bright and nicely layered, and the fresh acidity cuts through the sweetness." Ottawa Citizen, Feb/16

2013 ~ Best Buy. "Honey is the key word to describe the nose and flavour of this extremely aromatic and just slightly sweet wine, which also offers notes of honeysuckle and honeydew. Winemakers often turn the grape Symphony (a cross of Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris) into a sweet, dessert-style wine, but this shows how good it can be in a drier version." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Nov/14

2012 ~ GOLD Medal ~ San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2014

2012 ~ GOLD Medal ~ California State Fair Wine Competition, July 2013

2012 ~ Wine of the Week ~ Western Living Magazine, July 29/14

2012 ~ "This is a wonderfully bright, expressive wine. It is certainly it's own style - very aromatic, zesty, off-dry and fruit driven. So if you want a great summer patio luncheon style look no further. Huge aromas of ginger, lemon, orange, licorice and lavender. It's off-dry and a bit pasty on the finish, but it has good lemony acidity. Excellent length. Reminds me of Argentine torrontes." - David Lawrason, WineAlign.ca, July 2014

2012 ~ “For fans of Gewürztraminer, Ehrenfelser, or even Riesling or Muscat, this wine is a delicious alternative. I’ve tasted and reviewed several vintages, and I’m pleased that they’ve retained the aromatics while reducing some of the overt sweetness of the 2012 vintage. It has an alluring nose of vanilla musk, star anise, and ripe stone fruits. The tasting panel thought this would pair perfectly with an Alsatian choucroute garnie meal.” – Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, July 22/14

2012 ~ "Hard to resist a wine that smells of orange creamsicle, rosewater and lime jujubes. Confidently medium sweet, the Ironstone Obsession is one of the most reliable and consistent of its kind, and never fails to deliver pleasure. Balance is the key, and it never strays from the right blend of Muscat-like fruit and cleansing acidity that helps give it good length. Give it a serious chill and sip away, or pair with incendiary Chinese take-out." - DJ Kearney, WineAlign.ca, Sept 2013

2011 ~ 89 Points. "Symphony is an aromatic, muscat-like grape. This repeatedly popular Vintages item moves to the LCBO general list; catching the moscato wave. It has fragrant, pure aromas lavender, ginger, banana and mint. It's medium weight, medium sweet and lightly spritzed with a generous, long finish joined by tangerine and licorice notes. The length is excellent. Chill well; garden sipping and Chinese cuisine." - David Lawrason, Wine Align, August 2012

2011 ~ Gold Medal ~ BEST OF SHOW California State Fair, June 2012

2011 ~ Silver Medal ~ New York International Wine Competition, Aug. 2012

2011 ~ "Finally, a lovely white, a little on the sweet side. Symphony is the name of the grape, a fairly recently introduced (1981) cross of muscat of Alexandria and grenache gris. It was developed at the world famous wine school of the University of Calfironia at Davis, and first released by the Sonoma winery Chateau de Baun, a winery that opened in a strip mall in Sonoma (where I first tasted it many years ago). Although it has "met with limited success", according to one of my wine and grape reference books, I've always loved a good Symphony, and Ironstone's has to be one of the best made: sweet but never cloying, full and rich. Perfect with spicy foods and all the salads of summer. It's also the ideal wine with Timbits" - Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, July 4-11, 2013

2010 ~ Category Champion - White Singles Varieties & Killer Value ~ Wine Access 2011
International Value Wine Awards

2010 ~ "Symphony is a cross between muscat of alexandria and grenache gris. A consistent high performer, the lifted floral and tropical aromas of this wine are hard not to like. Quite dry on the palate, the intense flavours of nectarine, mandarin orange, apricot and spice all come together nicely. Drink with Asian or Indian cuisine or perhaps a light salad." - Wine Access Magazine, October 11, 2012

2010 ~ RICH CURRY / CRISP, FRUITY WINE. "The coconut milk and spices of Hong Kong Chicken Curry call out for an intensely aromatic off-dry white. The exotic Californian over-delivers with orange blossom and sweet peach jam chased by a clean, fresh finish. Serve Ice-cold." - Chatelaine Magazine, April/12

2008 ~ 94 Points ~ www.justwinepoints.com, Aug/09

2008 ~ 90 Points ~ 'symphony is the name of a California grape variety produced by crossing Grenache Gris with Muscat of Alexandria. And it really delivers that exotic Muscat character. It has a fragrant orange blossom nose and dry peach flavour - very elegant with good length." Tony Aspler, Tidings Magazine, May/11

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

2008 ~ Featured in "The Wine Guy: Bargain Wines are fit for Holiday Celebrating" by Rich Mauro, Gazett.com, Nov/09

2007 ~ DOUBLE GOLD & Best White of Show ~ Calaveras County Fair Wine Show, Apr/08

2007 ~ DOUBLE GOLD ~ Lodi International Wine Awards, March 2008

2007 ~ Silver Medal ~ New World International Wine Competition, Apr/08

2007 ~ Judge's Choice ~ International Value Wine Awards, 2008

2007 ~ 89 Points & Best Value White Wine. "Lovely, aromatic with rose petal and lychee. Terrific acidity with gorgeous floral notes: white daisies in a wide open field." - Nat Decants, www.nataliemaclean.com, Sept/09

2007 ~ Best Buy ~ Wine Enthusiast, Oct/08

2007 ~ 4 out of 5 Stars ~ Winecurrent.com, Apr/09

2007 ~ "Summery citrus and floral notes make this breezy white - whose off-dry tropical-fruit flavours flirt with spice - a perfect patio sipper." - Chatelaine Magazine, Aug/09

2007 ~ "This pale, straw-coloured wine is a very good buy. Derived at the University of California at Davis by crossing Muscat of Alexandria with Grenache Gris. Noticeably floral aroma and palate, crisp with fruit reminiscent of classic Gewurztraminer. A great pairing with Asian dishes, ginger chicken, beef, light cheeses and fresh fruit trays." - Nick Lees, The Edmonton Journal, Feb/09

2006 ~ 90 Points & Best Value White Wine. "The latest vintage of Ironstone's popular Obsession is as fragrant as ever, soft and round with a touch of sweetness. My note: One of my favorites year after year. An exotic wine with aromas of rose petals, lychee and lime. Pair with: spicy Asian dishes." - Natalie MacLean, Nats Decants, Apr 22/08

2006 ~ Silver Medal ~ New World International Wine Competition, Apr/08

2006 ~ "This one has been a big personal fave since it first showed up here a few vintages back. If you love Gewurztraminer, take a taste here: the Symphony grapeis a cross of Muscat of Alexandria and grenache gris, developed in California a few decades ago. Here's a hugely aromatic wine, redolent of ripe peaches and sweet summer herbs, ideal for spicy dishes....and a very good value. Huge fruit covers the tongue and reveals an appealing underlying tartness, with a rich and satisfying finish. A fine everyday wine. Jurgen Gothe - The Georgia Straight - Feb/09

2006 ~ "A good, extremely drinkable all-rounder. The wine has wonderful, youthful, floral aromas and is loaded with fruit flavours. It finishes crisp and clean with hints of apricots and pineapples. Serve chilled as a patio sipper. It's also a good pairing with Asian dishes, especially Thai curry and spicy Chinese fare." - Journal Bistro, June 18/08

2006 ~ "Ok, another Bargain. Symphony is a unique Californian cross of White Grenache and Muscat of Alexandria, the latter dominating the character here. Obsession (a generic California appellation, by the way) is a terrific summer aperitif, styled off dry, with an explosive floral smell and fresh green grape and banana flavours." - Hamilton Spectator, Apr/08

Consultant's Choice: "Aroma and taste, this wine has it! Beautiful, youthful fragrances and delicate white fruit armas on the nose and on the palate. The finish is long and lingering. One sip and you'll love it! Not just for after dinner, but also excellent with spicy, fried foods." - BCLDB Product Consultant Laureen Sikora, Matters of Taste, Fall 2007

2005 ~ Gold medal & People's Choice (Best White Wine) ~ Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, 2006

2005 ~ Gold Medal ~ San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan/06

2005 ~ GOLD MEDAL & Best in Show in Dessert Wines ~ Orange County Fair Wine Competition June/06

2005 ~ Judges Choice ~ International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

2005 ~ Judges Choice, USA Category ~ International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

2005 ~ Silver Medal ~ Indy Fair Wine Competition, July 2006

2005 ~ Top 50! Under $15 Category ~ International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

2005 ~ Most Fun White Wine of the Year 2006 : Tom Simoneau ~ The Wine Guy, Wines of the Year, Jan 2, 2007

2005 ~ Bargain Bin. "...Velvety and intensely fruity, its sweetness is a brilliant foil to spicy food." - Wine Adventure Magazine, Jul-Aug/06

2005 ~ "GOOD VALUE" Wine & Spirits Magazine, "Values for US$15 or less" June/06 "This is floral and balanced, with plenty of honeysuckle, sweet ginger and lychee."

2004 ~ Gold Medal ~ Calaveras Wine Competition 2005

2004 ~ "A pleasing cross of muscat d'Alexandria and grenache gris yields a spicy, floral, mineral, peachy wine... reasonably crisp, elegant with a touch of Co2 for life. Serve solo on the patio or pair it up with lightly spiced appetizers." - Wine Access, Aug-Sept/08

2004 ~ "You'll be hard pressed this variety, either in reference books or in stores. The grape is a cross of grenache gris and muscat of Alexandria. This one, from Ironstone, is new to BC and is a lovely, full fruited, naturally sweet tasting wine, along similar lines as the Sovereign Opal but with a bit more spice ought to be on the wine list of every Thai restaurant." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, Dec/07

2004 ~ "Made from a grape cross of muscat d'Alexandria and grenache gris. Big spicy, ginger, floral, mineral, creamsicle, peach nose. Round, fairly dry, crisp, elegant style with a touch of frizzante. Peach, ginger, orange, soapy floral, mineral, passion fruit flavours. Lots of fun to drink. Try with Asian food or with fruit." - Anthony Gismondi, Feb/07 and Wine Access, April-May/07

2003 ~ Double Gold Medal & Best of Class ~ San Francisco International Wine Comp, 2004


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale straw yellow.

Aroma:
Seductively floral aromatics.

Taste:
Extremely drinkable, this lusciously brilliant off-dry wine is full of fruit flavours, finishing crisp and clean. A perfect patio sipper.

Pairing:
Obsession is an ideal complement to many types of cuisine especially those that are spicy. Exceptional with Pad Thai ~ cools the hot curry found in Indian cuisine. Asian dishes are also well suited to Obsession. Also a great choice with grilled fruit.



Other Info:

The Kautz Family has the most significant plantings of this unique grape variety in the Lodi and Sierra Foothills. Created at the University of California at Davis in 1948 by Dr. Harold Olmo, Symphony is a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris that thrives in the mineral-rich soils of these two distinct regions.
Ironstone practices sustainable viticulture; such as planting cover crops to improve soil quality, composting, owl & raptor perches, riparian habit restoration, use of drip irrigation to minimize water use.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pinot Noir Lodi  IRONSTONE VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Pinot Noir-Syrah-Petite Sirah  California 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$18.49   WWF View Legend Lodi 
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Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby colour

Aroma:
Seductive aromas of luscious black cherries mixed with cloves, spice and a touch of vanilla.

Taste:
Well-rounded and supple cherry and plum flavour with a bit of earthiness. Soft tannins and a smoky and black tea-tobacco note finishes this full flavoured wine deliciously.

Pairing:
Pork roast, duck breast, marinated skirt steak, a fall glazed ham, lentil curry, mushroom bruschetta or a beautiful grilled salmon steak.



Other Info:

2014 ~ Available in BC & MB Winter/16.
The Katz Family grows these Pinot Noir grapes in their Micke Grove vineyard that was planted in 2006 in the Mokelumne River sub-appellation of the Lodi AVA. This historical centre of the Lodi wine growing region is noted for it's fine sandy and well drained soils. Ironstone uses crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality and intensity of flavours.
Ironstone Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery that places as much emphasis on the natural beauty and history of our surroundings as they do on the quality of their wines. Located in Murphys, in the heart of the Sierra Foothills in California’s scenic Gold Rush Country, Ironstone is a state-of-the-art wine production facility.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pinot Grigio  IRONSTONE VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
White  Pinot Grigio  Lodi, CA 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale yellow.

Aroma:
Full of exotic floral notes on the nose.

Taste:
Lovely flavours of green and red apples perfumed with a touch of citrus.

Pairing:
Good as an aperitif or when served with mild cheeses light fish dishes, sautéed shrimp or chicken in light sauces.



Other Info:

2014 ~ Available in MB Spring/16.
In 2006, the Kautz Family planted their first Pinot Grigio in Lodi. This blend comes primarily from the Mokelumne River sub appellation, but a small amount comes just north of the river in the Jahant sub-appellation of Lodi. These well drained soils, each with their own unique qualities are ideal for growing world-class winegrapes.
At Ironstone, they use crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials, and drip irrigation to improve the quality and intensity of flavours. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed. In addition, they place owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds helping to preserve the surrounding habitats.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Journey's End Cape Doctor Cabernet Sauvignon  JOURNEY'S END (MOUNT ROZIER)  South Africa 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Cabernet Sauvignon  Stellenbosch 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$20.86   MBLL View Legend  
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Vintage    
2008     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ Weekly Wines. "Lovely, ripe blackberries with dark chocolate aromas form the nose, while the palate is of chocolate, violets and cherries. Supple, with juicy tannins, the oak is well integrated giving a finely balanced feel." - Decanter Magazine, September 2013




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red.

Aroma:
Earthy nose with cedar, cassis and violets backed by some lead pencils and fennel.

Taste:
The succulent, smooth palate is elegantly refined, the oak harmoniously integrated.

Pairing:
A perfect match with medium-rare roast beef, or other red meats.



Other Info:

Aptly named after the 'Cape Doctor'- The Cape's South Easterly wind - this wine has benefited from cool coastal breezes which are clearly reflected in its delicate yet intense nature. The 'Cape Doctor' is produced only in exceptional years, and is the pinnacle of our red wine making. This 2008 vintage wine is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes carefully nurtured throughout what was a long, dry and healthy ripening period. Very low yielding vines were hand picked at dawn and then 'cold soaked' for 48 hours. The 'Cape Doctor' is a selection of the very best barrels in our cellar which were subsequently allowed to age for 22 months in French oak barrels before bottling.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Merlot  LEAPING HORSE VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Merlot  Lodi 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.49   PWS View Legend  
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Awards & Accolades:

2007 ~ 4 Stars. "It's well balanced with soft tannins, moderating acidity and sports a long spicy, fruity finish." - Vintages Magazine, Nov/09

2007 ~ 3 Stars. "A straightforward and hedonistic wine with lots of charm and it is an incredible value." - Beverage Experts, Jan 12/09

2007 ~ "Plummy great! Imminently quaffable with purple plum goodness and a smooth, full-bodied texture. Terrific party wine." - Natalie McLean Values Dec/09

2005 ~ Best Buy. "So what do you get for the price? A nice little country wine, dry and balanced, with upfront cherry-pie filling and cinnamon spice flavours, and even a touch of smokey oak." - Wine Enthusiast, Jul/07

2005 ~ "Attractive because of its nice balance and depth for the money. Fruit flavours of elderberry and sweet cassis play well against a ripe but firming tannic spine and thoughts of licorice and spice linger in the finish." - Hamilton Spectator, Apr 6/08

2005 ~ "A charming and inexpensive merlot that will be food friendly...Good weight, concentration and length for the money." - Wine Access eReport, Issue #27, Nov-Dec/07

2002 ~ "Soft and plummy with ripe, in your face black fruit. Perfect with grilled meats and maybe even a little spice." - Tim Pawsey, Vancouver Courier, Oct/05

2002 ~ 3 Stars ~ Dec/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep red.

Aroma:
Violet and dark fruit aromas.

Taste:
Pleasant plum, black cherry and a little green olive character creeping into the flavor. Mouth filling yet smooth, Leaping Horse has created an unpretentious wine that can pair with just about anything. It's complex, fresh fruit flavors and smooth finish still make it a favorite for many red wine drinkers.

Pairing:
Try with roast turkey or chicken, grilled blackened salmon, meat sauced pasta dishes, pork, grilled vegetables or a steak salad.



Other Info:

Merlot is the most widely planted grapes in the entire Bordeaux region of France. Because of its soft tannins and luscious fruit, Merlot is a delicious wine that's food-friendly or can be savored by itself.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chardonnay  LEAPING HORSE VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
White  Chardonnay  Lodi 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$18.99   PWS View Legend  
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ Best Buy ~ Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2014


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale golden yellow.

Aroma:
Fragrant with aromas of tropical fruits.

Taste:
Medium bodied with delicious flavours of granny Smith apples, and peaches and a clean finish. Very lightly oaked.

Pairing:
Pair with green or pasta salads, grilled or poached white fresh fish or shellfish, and roasted chicken infused with herbs.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Cabernet Sauvignon  LEAPING HORSE VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Cabernet Sauvignon  Lodi 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.49   PWS View Legend  
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ "Exuberant, ripe fruit flavour energizes this medium-bodied yet smooth and fresh-textured wine. Shadings of spicy oak add complexity. The freshness and fruit will make a great pairing with spiced meats." - Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

2007 ~ 91 Points ~ Justwinepoints.com Feb 11/09

2007 ~ BEST BUY ~ Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Jul/09

2007 ~ 3 Stars & "Brilliant" ~ Beverage Experts, Feb 23/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep red-purple.

Aroma:
Blackberry and dark fruits.

Taste:
Black currant, cherry, blackberry, fresh mint and oak.

Pairing:
Yankee pot roast, pork chili, meatball sandwich on sourdough.



Other Info:

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the classic grape varieties that came to California from the Bordeaux region of France. Cabernet can vary in intensity and have distinct differences due to climate, growing practices and the winemakers touch.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Red Blend  LEAPING HORSE VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Zinfandel-Merlot-Petite Sirah  Lodi 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.49   PWS View Legend  
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Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red in colour.

Aroma:
On the nose sweet red berry aromas with some herbal notes.

Taste:
Aromas carry through to the palate, leading into a long, juicy finish.

Pairing:
Hearty soups, grilled red meats, pasta dishes in marinara sauces, barbequed chicken.



Other Info:

Ironstone practices sustainable viticultural such as crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of flavours. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed, as well as the placement of owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats. After traditional fermentation, this wine spends four months aging in new French oak.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Cote de Provence Rose Les Quatre Tours Classique  LES QUATRE TOURS  France 
Type Varietal Region
Rose  Blend-Granache-Syrah-Cinsault  Provence 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$11.13   MBLL View Legend Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence 
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Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Brilliant, pink salmon colour.

Aroma:
Fresh and delicate nose, with fruity notes (grapefruit, green apple, and red fruits)

Taste:
Well balanced taste with a good crispness. Fruity with strawberry and blackcurrant notes. Crisp finish with lemon notes. Good presence which stands up well to rich dishes.

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:

Cotes de Provence is a wide area covering the Cote d'Azur, the French Riviera, from Marseille to Nice. Soils, grapes and techniques may differ but one thing remains the same: the sun. Provence covers some 20,000 hectares on soils of Siliceous (Silica) and Limestone. Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah represent the most common grape varieties planted. Half of all Rose wine made in France comes from Provence and 80% of all the wine produced in Provence is Rose.

Les Quatre Tours farm 270 hectares of vineyards divided between the A.O.C and the local wines. Grapes are harvested at night to preserve their freshness and aromas, varietals include GRENACHE, SYRAH, CABERNET SAUVIGNON and CINSAULT, which are used in the production of A.O.C. reds and ros's.

Grapes are harvested at night to preserve their freshness and aromas, with harvest dates varying depending on the grape variety (Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault). The combination of low pressure pressing, cold fermentation and a few weeks on fine lees add to the texture and delicate balance of this wine.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
El Bonhomme  LES VINS BONHOMME  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Monastrell  Valencia 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$15.49   MBLL View Legend  
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 90 Points ~ Guia Penin 2012

2009 ~ 90 Points ~ Guia Penin 2011


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark cherry colour.

Aroma:
This hearty Spanish red offers warm, sunny concentrated dark berry aromas with a hint of spice and wood.

Taste:
Delicious vitality and freshness, medium bodied soft and juicy fruit flavours good acidity and structured with soft tannins.

Pairing:
Roasted or grilled meats and BBQ. Pulled pork, beef brisket, grilled ribeye.



Other Info:

El Bonhomme was created as a new easy concept wine for a younger generation eager to learn and discover the complex world of wine through messages that define our time and youth: travel (viaja), feel (siente) and imagine (imagina).
The new generation wine lover is all about links, communication and contacts. The red button is the link between the three feelings of the El Bonhomme and moreover projects the recycled "vintage" feeling of well being. El Bonhomme is made by Nathalie Bonhomme and Rafael Cambra at the Rafael Cambra Winery in Valencia Province.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
El Petit Bonhomme  LES VINS BONHOMME  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-55% Monastrell, 30% Garnacha and 15% Syrah   Jumilla 
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Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 3-1/2 stars. "Looking for a good pairing for tourtière? Once again Spain provides the answer with the El Petit Bonhomme 2013 red. A Monastrell-Garnacha-Syrah blend, this Spanish red (made by Quebec expat Natalie Bonhomme, no less) brings black cherry, blackberry, leather, spice, mocha and white pepper notes on the nose. This juicy, medium-plus bodied red’s lip-smacking fruit (without the sweetness) tips its hat to the New World, while soft tannin, light acidity and an earthier, peppery finish show Old World charm. Very good value, and quite food-friendly." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Feb 14/15

2013 ~ "One of the best values on liquor store shelves today, period. A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha, and Syrah, a trio of wine grapes popularized in France’s Rhône Valley, where they’re more familiarly dubbed Mourvèdre, Grenache, and, well, Syrah. This wine’s provenance is southeastern Spain’s Jumilla region, where the long, hot summers ripen the grapes with ease, extracting all of the deliciousness they have to offer. Said deliciousness in this case includes aromatics of stewed figs, dates, and plums, and then a juicy and decadent palate loaded with more of those plums, along with blackberries, cherries, vanilla, and a good lashing of heat. Lots of character at a little price. This is one of those wines where it doesn’t hurt to have an extra bottle on hand in case company pops by unexpectedly or “just one more glass” would hit the spot." - The Georgia Straight, Nov 2014

2012 ~ 89 Points. " A delicious blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah, that packs a lot of value into each glass. Aromas of vanilla, sun-ripened berries, mocha, saddle leather and baking spices with a hint of mint. The palate follows with raspberry, blueberry, vanilla, sweet spice and mocha on the finish. Nice suppleness, loads of fruit and entirely tasty." - Daenna van Mulligan, www.winescores.com, Jan 2014

2012 ~ "The attack is juicy with peppery, licorice, plums and black cherry/coffee flavours. The blend is 55/30/15/ monastrell/garnacha/syrah of bush vines from southwest Spain, the monastrell as old as 25 years. It spends only five months in French and American oak. Grilled lamb chops or back ribs work here. Solid value." - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, Sept 2/14

2012 ~ "Perfect with grilled meats and BBQ, this wine offers a sweet and rich plumy nose with a hint of toasted oak. A clean and freshly balanced option for the table." - Flavours Magazine, Autumn 2013

"El Petite Bonhomme ($15) is a red wine from Jumilla made by a talented Canadian-born winemaker, Quebecer Nathalie Bonhomme, This Jumilla red is wild enough, yet versatile enough, to put match hearty fall table fare." - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, Aug 30, 2014

2011 ~ "If the big guy in your life has a sense of humor and likes red wine, check out El Petit Bonhomme. "The Little Guy" is a gutsy Spanish red by the way of Montreal sommelier Nathalie Bonhomme. A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah grapes grown int he Jumilia region, it's juicy and robust as all get up, with ripe dark fruit and a bold, toasty oak and peppery finish. It's also a great barbeque bottle, particularly when beef or lamb is on the menu." - James Nevison, The Province, June 2013

2011 ~ "Sweet generous aromas, plummy red fruits, full body and soft tannins from a blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah. The winemaker is Montreal-born Nathalie Bonhomme. Delicious wine, superb value." - Mary Bailey, The Tomato, December 2012

2010 ~ 89 Points. "A blend of monastrell, syrah, and grenache, this is an excellent wine at an everyday price. Loads of pepper and tar on the nose, with blackcurrant, menthol, licorice and a little earthiness. Quite spicy on the palate, with firm tannins and great fruit balance. Good on its own, but it's best iwth ham, barbecue or hard cheese." - Wine Access, Jan/12

2010 ~ Top 25 & 15 under $15. "Montreal's talented Nathlie Bonhomme made this wine at Bodegas Juan Gil-a top fourth generation family company in one of the hottest and harshest regions of Spain. 25 yr old Monastrell vines make up just half the blend, with Garnacha and a dash of Syrah supplying the rest. Generous and lovely, packed with plum fruit, lots of spice and licorice, it's a beautiful baby. Serious wine for the price-and no better demonstration of Spain's value." - Eating & Drinking Guide, Vancouver Magazine 2012

2010 ~ "The brightest and boldest in this lucky red labelling spectrum El Petit Bonhomme (169383) $14.99 has a silvery stick-man that might have brushed onto its bright red label in the 'Fu' style. "Old Vine" Monastrell (aka: Mourvèdre or Mataró) is enriched with fifteen year old Grenache and Syrah and, although Juan Gil is this juicy red's godfather, the winemaker is Canadian-born Nathalie Bonhomme." - Courier-Islander, Feb 1/13

2010 ~ "Montreal-born Nathalie Bonhomme travelled the wine world before settling in Spain and creating this lush and jammy wine. Red berry fruit, licorice and a touch of toasty oak make this a great barbecue wine. Some slow cooked barbecue-sauce-basted ribs would be the perfect partner." - Miles Thacher, Flavours magazine, Summer 2012 issue

2010 ~ "The Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes of Gratitude translate to Garnacha, Syrah and Monastrell in El Petit Bonhomme from Montreal's talented Nathalie Bonhomme. She makes it at Bodegas Juan Gil - a top fourth generation family company in one of the hottest and harshest regions of Spain. With a clever label that plays on her Quebec roots, El Petit (little brother to her El Bonhomme) is generous and lovely, packed with plum fruit, lots of spice and liquorice. It's a serious wine for the price- theres no better demonstration of Spains value." - Christina Burridge, Vancouver Magazine April 2012

2010 ~ "At a few dollars less (quite a few, actually) but no less satisfying, is a delicious newcomer called El Petit Bonhomme ($14.99). Given the name, you might think it's a French wine. You're partly right. Or you may think it's a Spanish wine. You're more partly right. Or that there is a Canadian connection. Check one more: you're all right - and so's the wine. It comes from Spain but it's marketed by a woman from Montreal, Nathalie Bonhomme, who just happens to like working and living, at least some of the time, in Spain, where this lovely, bracing blend of native grapes bears her stamp as well as name.

2010 ~ This very food-friendly Spanish red blends Monastrell with Garnacha and Syrah.
It straddles the line between new world and old with approachability tamed by rusticity.
Aromas of cherries and dark berries, cedar and vanilla with allspice and pipe tobacco lead to a palate of tart red fruit layered with dark, and peppery spices. Nice freshness here with fine tannins." - Daenna Van Mulligen, The Wine Diva, January 2012

2010 ~ "Of course, it makes sense that red wines naturally gravitate to filling the winter warmer role. The majority of red wine undergoes a secondary, smoothing malolactic fermentation- which like a wool blanket for the tongue. El Petit Bonhomme hails from Jumilla in southern Spain, where the Monastrell grape reigns. EPB blends Monastrell with Garnacha and Syrah in a lush, fruity explosion of plum and liquorice with toasty oak and vanilla. Bring on buffalo burgers, or dial up a meat lovers pizza for delivery." - James Nevison The Province Newspaper, January 19/2012

"Spain, where this lovely, bracing blend of native grapes bears her stamp as well as name. It's from the Jumilla region, and a blend of Monastrell, Garnacha, and Syrah. Now, there happen to be quite a few of those blends in town, but there's something about this one that sets it apart from the rest. It's lovely, fragrant, full, and rich, with some sweet touches. With a gentle hit of oak and a big, long finish, it's one of the best meat wines to come down the pike, seguing right into holiday-dinner planning. It's currently a specialty listing at the LDB, with a bright-red label with a black stick figure on it, so it stands out. Totally terrific, especially the price." - Jurgen Gothe, the Georgia Straight, Dec 7, 2011

2010 ~ Belly's Budget Best ~ "If your thinking there's a Canadian connection here, you're right. Montreal born dynamo Nathalie Bonhomme makes this value-priced blend of old vines Monastrell with grenache and Syrah at Juan Gil winery in Spain's Jumilla (pronounced hoo-mee-ya) region. Here's an approachable, gently robust red with plummy notes and a touch of anise and oak that goes well with a fall stew or some decent cheese. The fun package also by Nathalie is another bonus. Give it some time in a big bowl and you'll get suprised at what you can get for $14.99 BCLS." -Tim Pawsey, North Shore News Oct/11

2010 ~ "Recently, we had a chance to sit down and taste the wines of Nathalie Bonhomme, who among her various ambitions is a winemaker, négociant and recently appointed export director for Dominio de Pingus from Spain. The wines from this house are Spain's most highly sought within the world market, with bottles commanding the same prices as first growth Bordeauxs and Grand Cru Burgundies. In her wine making pursuits, Ms. Bonhomme partnered with the team from Bodegas Juan Gil to produce a line called El Bon Homme. We sampled the entry level, screwcap 2010 El Petit Bon Homme which is a blend of Monastrell, Grenache and Syrah from the Jumilla DOC. While the environment we sampled it wasn't conducive to visual assessment, the nose on this wine showed complexity with pepper, freshly cut tomatoes and a core of red and black berry fruit. The palate stayed true to the nose and this wines bright acidity make it an excellent foil to meats, cheeses and other alike delicacies. The finish is warm and soft, with good tannin structure. Overall, the entire presentation is very youthful and approachable done in the Ja Ja style of drink now, don't over think. if you are a fan of Côtes du Rhône examples, this wine will be right in your wheelhouse. Conclusion: For the price, this wine demonstrates broad appeal to a variety of wine consumers. It will intrigue wine geeks who rarely see examples from Jumilla with Grenache as a constituent in the blend. It has fun and sexy packaging (check out the back label) that draws in those looking for something fun and its overall value will appeal to those looking for a new house red wine. We recommend this wine to drink now and would suggest it by bottle or glass pour when it appears on your favorite restaurant list. - YYC Wine, Oct 26, 2011


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep and dark ruby.

Aroma:
Sweet & rich plummy generous red fruits on the nose with a hint of toasted oak.

Taste:
Clean and freshly balanced on the palate, full bodied and soft rounded tannins. Long intense spicy and liquorice smooth finish.

Pairing:
Roast or grilled meats, barbeque fare.



Other Info:

This assemblage of 25 yr old Monastrell with the 15 yr old Greanche and Syrah makes it an especially unique Spanish blend. Hand harvested, then fermented at 25 degrees for 10 days followed by the malolactic fermentation in 225L French Oak barrels for the Monastrell and Syrah and in 300L American oak for the Garnacha. Aged 5 months in oak. El Petit Bonhomme is made by Nathalie Bonhomme at the Juan Gill winery in Jumilla in collaboration with owner Miguel Gil. Gil has an established reputation in the region and his own wines consistently receive 90 point ratings from Robert Parker.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
El Petit Bonhomme Blanco  LES VINS BONHOMME  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
White  Verdejo  DO Rueda 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$14.99   MBLL View Legend  
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Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ Top 100 Wines under $20. “Come to think of it, that’s a pretty catch name for an aromatherapy retail outlet. Actually, though, they are the two traits that caught my attention in this pleasing, pleasantly priced white. Hailing from the Rueda region of Spain where the Verdejo grape reigns, El Petite Bonhomme consistently delivers an enticing mix of lemony fruit and a savoury, herbal core. Thus, it’s juicy and mouth-filling but also perfumed and crisp, a fine all-around combination that culminates in presence and grace.” – James Nevison, Had a Glass 2016, Dec/15

2012 ~ Best Buys in BC & 4.2/5 ~ Rhys Pender MW, WineAlign, Oct 3/13

2012 ~ Summer Sippers under $20. “Verdejo is the grape. Rueda is the region. Why should you care? Because it’s thirst-quenching. It’s also a great match with gazpacho.” – Housewine.ca, July 10, 2014

2012 ~ "El Petit Bonhomme Blanco is made from 100 per cent Verdejo - a specialty of the Rueda district. There's an underlying chalky minerality, here, that focuses the taste buds on the fresh cut peach and ripe honeydew melon fruit." - Doug Sloan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, Aug 29, 2014

2012 ~ "Spanish reds are red-hot right now, and for good reason - they're rustic, well-balanced and are extremely food - and wallet-friendly. But their white counterparts are often overlooked, yet often over-deliver for the price. The El Petit Bonhomme 2012 Blanco (Rueda, Spain, $13.99, Liquor Marts and beyond) is a crisp white wine made from the Verdejo grape. Verdejo brings plenty of ripe citrus notes when made fresh, and the El Petit Bonhomme brims with lively lime and green apple notes while offering additional complexity thanks to a portion of the wine being matured in oak barrels. It's an excellent white wine for most holiday dinners, and an admirable companion to the hugely popular (and equally well-made) red in this line." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 14, 2013

2012 ~ "Canadian Nathalie Bonhomme continues to impress from spain; this time with a summer sipper made from verdejo. The Blanco is a mix of grassy, nutty, nectarine skin aromas with a slightly softer rounder mix of melon and bruised apple flavours. A ready to drink patio white." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, July 2013

2012 ~ "After making quite a splash with her fun and fine value red, Montreal sommelier Nathalie Bonhomme expands on her semi-epony-mous El Petit Bonhomme line with another Spanish delight. "The Little Guy" Blanco is from Rueda and features the region's star white grape Verdejo. Almond and apricot pip aromas abound in this engaging approachable wine. It's fresh, fruity and posses an easygoing demeanour that makes for both fun and tasty sipping - ideally gathered around the'cue for some grill talk." - James Nevison, The Province, July 2013

2012 ~ "Will someone please tell what it means when someone calls a bottle perfect patio wine? Is the idea that, as you're in the warm outdoors, its thirst-quenching? I hate to break it to you, but wine is a terrible thirst quencher. More often I think it means you'll be having a grand old time relaxing in the open air, so it matters much less what's in your glass a classic backhanded compliment. This week's wine, notwithstanding that it's a fresh white, is a perfect basement suite wine, meaning that it so pleasing that I don't have to be in some place nice in order to enjoy it. It's a new offering from Montreal Sommelier Nathalie Bonhomme, whose red version has been around for a few years and is always solid. This wine is a Verdejo from Rueda, a classic Spanish combo and one I wish they'd have put on the front label. But once it's in the glass it's great fun - vibrant, slightly peachy and floral but not cloying. And at $15, it's good enough to drink anywhere you damn well please." - Neal McLennan, Western Living Magazine

2012 ~ A Spanish treat, companion to a red blend that's been in our market for a couple of years already, with a fanciful cartooned label, front and back, announcing a delicious and delightful grape mix that loves to accompany food, or not, its great all on its own, watching a sunset from the deck with good friends. Fresh and full, with a hint of flower and a whistle-clean finish.? Jurgen Gothe, www.straight.com, July 10, 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Rich gold colour.

Aroma:
Aromas of mango and peach on the nose.

Taste:
Floral with mineral notes, crisp and fresh with an intense finish.

Pairing:
Verdejo is a food-friendly wine, try it with grilled salmon, seared scallops, lemon chicken or a fresh tomato and olive salad.



Other Info:

El Bonhomme was created as a new easy concept wine for a younger generation eager to learn and discover the complex world of wine through messages that define our time and youth: travel (viaja), feel (siente) and imagine (imagina). The new generation wine lover is all about links, communication and contacts. El Bonhomme Blanco is made by Nathalie Bonhomme and Rafael Cambra at the Rafael Cambra Winery in Valencia Province.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
El Grand Bonhomme  LES VINS BONHOMME  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tempranillo  Castilla y Leon 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$35.01   MBLL View Legend  
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2012     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep, inky purple.

Aroma:
Luscious aromas of ripe black and red fruits.

Taste:
Soft tannins in the mouth. Elegant and fruit laden, light savoury and spicy pairing, with a lingering minerality leading into a long finish.

Pairing:
This wine is best served with rich red meats such as roasted leg of lamb or grilled rib eye steak.



Other Info:

Fruit for this wine was sourced from the province of Zamora, with one parcel coming from El Pego in DO Toro. Aged in French Oak for 16 months (combined first and second use).


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Beaujolais-Villages Combe aux Jacques  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Gamay  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ WineAlign 20 Under $20 in BC. “I also like to have a light juicy red on hand. This kind of wine is perfect with charcuterie and other savoury snacks. Get some top quality iberico ham, copa, salami, some olives and the like and crack open a bottle of Beaujolais. Nothing can go wrong. A good value choice is the Jadot 2013 Beaujolais-Villages – Combe Aux Jacques. Light, juicy, fresh and very tasty.” – Rhys Pender, Dec/15

2013 ~ "The red berry, cherry, spice, leather and black tea notes on the nose of the Jadot are quite lovely. It's light-plus bodied, delivering slightly tart cherry and raspberry flavours, as well as plum, cocoa, black tea and lighter leafy notes. There's a nice splash of acidity that makes this a food-friendly wine -- with a simple pizza, perhaps." - Winnipeg Free Press, Nov 14, 2015

2012 ~ “Go gamay go, thanks to a peppery, black cherry, tobacco, gamey, earthy, floral nose. The attack is fresh and elegant with a dry, juicy palate with blood orange, black cherry, meaty, black pepper and smoky leather flavours. Very solid fruit and finesse for drinking now or in two years. Try it with grilled chicken dishes.” – Anthony Gismondi, May 22, 2015

2012 ~ "There are a lot of Burgundian wines from Louis Jadot in our market, a cavalcade of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are exemplary odes to those key varieties of the region. I find myself picking up this Gamay from Beaujolais—that’s the place great Gamay is grown—most often, and the $22 price is a steal. Gravel, clay, and limestone-laden soils produce Gamay that’s zippy and fresh with red fruit, Coronation grape, and a lick of spearmint." - The Georgia Straight, November 2014

2011 ~ Barb's Cellar Picks ~ Tour de France ~ Barbara Philip, CBC.ca, June 18, 2013

2010 ~ GOLD MEDAL ~ International Wine Challenge 2011

2010 ~ WINE OF THE WEEK. "While there are some stars out there, sadly my experience is that given the high prices (often in the $40 range) they attract in Canada, I'd rather spend my money elsewhere like two bottles of this exquisite bottle from Jadot. It's a category down from Cru, Beaujolais Villages, but who cares when you get this fresh, balanced wine with floral and strawberry notes." - Neal McLennan, Western Living Magazine, May 28, 2013

2010 ~ #50 of Top 100 Best Buys 2012. "A wine that combines richness with sweet cherry flavours and a firm tannic edge. Acidity and ripeness have produced a structured, food-friendly wine." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2012

2009 ~ Parker's Wine Bargains: "Brimming with black fruits tinged with citrus zest, bitter hints of fruit pit ... It offers consistently clean, refreshing and genuinely energetic display of Gamay-granite synergies." - Robert Parker's World's Best Wine Values Under $25

2009 ~ 90 Points. "A beautiful, soft, floral and charming cherry and strawberry nose, with some intensity that reflects the outstanding 2009 vintage. The palate is silky, smooth, full of flavour and perfectly balanced, with complexity provided by clove, orange zest and mineral notes to support the delicious red fruits." - Wine Access Apr/11

2009 ~ "Does a wine's vintage matter? The condensed answer is that great winemakers can make good wine any year, but it's easier to make good wine given a great vintage. Well 2009 was considered a phenomenal year for Beaujolais. The 2009 Beaujolais are now on our shelves, and it's worth tasting through them. Jadot's Beaujolais-Villages is widely available and a great place to start. It's the sort of wine that can be drunk all night long: bright cherry fruit melds with wet stone and leads to punchy intensity and impeccable balance, all at a reasonable 13% ABV." - James Nevison, "Had a Glass, Top 100 Wines Under $20 for 2012"

2009 ~ "Up-front cherry candy, fresh-crushed grapes, strawberry, and a hint of white pepper on the nose bring more character than your average Beaujolais. Sure enough, there's light black-tea-like tannin and a peppery note to the red berry flavours on the medium-bodied palate. Chill this down for 15 minutes and taste how this changes as it warms up. Try with a mushroom risotto." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson The Winnipeg Free Press, January 2012

2009 ~ "Smoky, juicy, plummy Gamay fruit. Serve this with chicken kebabs." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun November 26/2011

2008 ~ 90 Points. "This fresh, delicate Gamay has aromas of wild strawberries and violets, cigarbox, woodsy notes and sweet spice with a peppery core. The palate is juicy with red cherries and mixed forest berries, cedar and fine spice. It is light-bodied and silky with a firm finish and powdery tannins." - Daenna Van Mulligen, Winescores.ca, Jan. 12/10

2008 ~ Winner, Light Red Wine Category ~ Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards 2011

2008 ~ Wines to Try. "Among the many recognizable Burgundy labels, few are as reliable, consistent and outstanding as Maison Louis Jadot." - John Szabo MS, Wine Access, Apr/10

2008 ~ 3 out of 4 stars. "Perhaps best known for its expansive stable of red and white wines from Burgundy's more famous appellations, Jadot's Beaujolais portfolio is not to be missed. The latest vintage of its Beaujolais Villages made from 100 percent Gamay, showcases the pleasant fruity aspect of this grape with a bit more richness and substance than one might expect. This medium-bodied, dry red wine boasts lovely concentration of fruit, suggesting dark Cherry with some plum and supple texture." - Wine Buyers Guide, Vines Magazine, Dec/10

2008 ~ "A delightful Beaujolais with bright, happy notes of dancing cherries and tart field berries. Good grip and balance. Medium-bodied and imminently quaffable. Perfect for movie night. Food matches: pheasant, sporting fresh, cherry flavours, black peppers." - Nat Decants, Feb/10

2008 ~ "Gamay is the grape of Beaujolais and few do it better than Jadot. Not known for its bargain basement prices, Louis Jadot produces a mind-boggling selection of red and white Burgundy but at a recent tasting with a bevy of heavy hitters from the Cote d'Or, this tasty little fruit bomb from Beaujolais stood out for its lush fruit flavours and penny-pinching price tag. Bright cherry, black pepper and barnyard aromas carry through the palate, medium bodied with some power and a blush of soft tannins. Impeccably made and very juicy!" - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Jan-Feb/10

2007 ~ "Get it while it's young: Beaujolais by the batch: This stands out. This is as stylish and elegant as Beaujolais-Villages gets - subtle and soft but still rich with fruit. Best of the bunch this time out, it would enhance some planked salmon or blackened snapper with salsa, pasta puttanesca (it has the gumption to handle strong, spicy food), or designer pizza. Good one. A satisfying conclusion to a fun tasting of those good old fun wines." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, Jun 18/09

2007 ~ "The antidote to Beaujolais Nouveau. Deeply coloured ruby-purple with a peppery, cherry nose. Light and fruity with cherry and cranberry flavours; easy-drinking and chillable." - Tidings, Feb-Mar/09

2006 ~ Judges' Choice ~ International Value Wine Awards, 2008

2006 ~ "Wine of the Week: The new vintage gushes gamay charm, and yes, elegance. Lovely sweet aroma black cherry-raspberry fruit in fresh cream with gentle pepper and underbrush/berry patch nuances. Medium bodied, rounded and fruity with a tart juiciness on the finish. Very good length. The 2006 should be arriving anytime. If you see the 2005 on the shelf grab it anyway'slightly bigger, drinking very well." - David Lawrason, Toronto Life Wine and Food for July 24/07

2005 ~ "Largest selling red at (LCBO) Vintages and still climbing. Classy gamay with lavender, raspberry and underbrush scents. Medium bodied and fleshy, with tart juiciness. Very good length. Chill a bit." - Wine Access, Oct/06

2005 ~ 4 Stars. "Largest selling red at LCBO Vintages and still climbing. A classy gamay with lavender, raspberry and underbrush scents. Medium bodied and fleshy, with tart juiciness. Very good length. Chill a bit." - David Lawrason, Toronto Life on line; Dec 14/06

2004 ~ "Genuine Gamay" ~ Kenji Hodgson, The Province, Nov/05

2003 ~ Finalist! Light Red Category ~ Vancouver Magazine, Jan-Feb/06

2003 ~ "Open black cherry jam nose with meaty, floral, licorice notes. Ripe, round and dry on entry with fairly supple and light tannins. Black cherry and rhubarb exemplify Beaujolais from a warm vintage." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, Apr 15/06


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep red.

Aroma:
Blueberry, grape, black cherry and plum.

Taste:
Dry, medium bodied, and easy to drink with fresh acidity and a fruit-filled finish.

Pairing:
Serve cool. The perfect foil to charcuterie and rich pates. Also delicious with salmon and vegetarian dishes.



Other Info:

Amongst the 22,000 hectares (55,000 acres) of vineyards planted in the Beaujolais region, approximately 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) use the "Beaujolais Villages" AOC, which is the intermediary appellation between the Beaujolais and the 10 Crus. This Beaujolais Villages is intended to be drunk young and fresh, and can be kept for two to three years.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Bourgogne Pinot Noir  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Pinot Noir  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$28.95   MBLL View Legend  
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Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ "A lean style, based more on spice and dried flower notes than fresh fruit. Attractive and elegant, if a tad dry on the finish. Drink now through 2015." - The Wine Spectactor, June 30/12

2009 ~ "Earth, cherry skins, raspberry candy and light mushroom notes are decidedly Old World in style in this entry-level bottling from one of Burgundy's larger producers. It is a light-plus-bodied pinot that delivers cherry, plum and earthy notes. This has light tannins and some decent viscosity and would be a lovely pairing to some medium cheese or a duck dish." - Wine Access Magazine, September 27/12

2008 ~ "With supple earth and cherry notes, this is a straightforward, well-made Pinot at a reasonable price." - Wine Guide 2012, Food & Wine Magazine 2012

2007 ~ "This 2007 Bourgogne releases very pretty aromas of sweet cherry, vibrant raspberry and pristine mountain stream with cedar and forest floor. The entry is juicy - tart red fruit leads the way followed by cigarbox and fine spice with composty, leafy, notes and white pepper on the finish" - Daenna van Mulligen, Vines Magazine, Feb-Mar/10

2005 ~ "4 Stars! Quite fruity in character, full in body and well-balanced, with floral berry-like aromas/flavors. Medium long finish. Excellent." - Restaurant Wine, Nov/07

2005 ~ "Red Wine of the Week" ~ Daily News, Los Angeles, Jul/07

2004 ~ "Across the board, Jadot is one of Burgundy's most consistent producers! Soft and fruity with attractive cherry and spice flavours with a dusting of fine tannins keeping it all together." - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Mar-Apr/07

2001 ~ 3 Stars, Recommended ~ Spirit Journal, September 2004Vintage 2000 ~ 4 Stars: "Evolving secondary aromas with an underlying earthiness, this is ripe and full, yet delicate and weighty. Substantial tannins and juicy fruit." - Decanter, Aug/03


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear medium ruby in its youth then garnet after several years in bottle.

Aroma:
The typical, fragrant varietal bouquet is complemented by a deliciously lingering finish.

Taste:
It is harmonious and balanced, with a plump fruitiness and silky texture offset by round, gentle tannins in a wine of medium body and elegant structure

Pairing:
With this wine, you can enjoy grilled or boiled red meats, roasts, mild game, soft cheeses like Camembert and Brie.



Other Info:

Louis Jadot has recently completed a winery dedicated exclusively to the production of its Bourgogne Pinot Noir. Jadot’s numerous long-term relationships with wine growers guarantee that the highest-quality fruit is sourced every year from vineyards across the Burgundy appellation. To further elevate the quality, Jadot practices réplis, or declassifying some wines of higher appellations, which are added to the final blend.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Moulin-a-Vent Chateau des Jacques  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Gamay  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$34.99   MBLL View Legend  
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+490284  3535921190105  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ "This serious, full-bodied, complex red is made with 100% Gamay grapes grown in the prestigious Château des Jacques vineyards' granite soil in the village of Moulin-à-Vent in the Burgundian region of Beaujolais. It delivers ripe berries on the nose with a whiff of spice and earth, followed by firm, chewy tannins on the palate with a long, lingering finish. Lay down for 8-10 years and prepare for a delightful surprise. Best served with hearty dishes and roasts." - Natalie Maclean, Five Fascinating Wines, Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014

2009 ~ 91-92 Points. "Smells of black and red raspberry, with heliotrope and lily overtones. With a striking and surprising sense of seamless oily-richness to its sweetly, exuberantly berry-brimmed palate impression, this reveals satisfying low-toned salted meat stock character that persists all the way through a lingering, lip-smacking finish. I suspect this already exceptional value will gain detail and finesse and be worth following for 4-6 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/10

2009 ~ 90 Points & Smart Buy. "Graphite and vanilla aromas mix with the pure raspberry coulis, fig and ripe cherry fruit in this bright, lively red. There's a sublayer of smoke and iron notes, with a lightly chewy finish." - Wine Spectator, Dec/10

2009 ~ Top 100 Wines for 2010 (#94) ~ Wine Spectator, Dec/10

2009 ~ "But there are a growing number of drinkers who are warming to the grape's unique charms. Chief among these are sommeliers who seem en masse obsessed with Cru Beaujolais. They love how the grape works wonders with food and, at its highest level, approximates a mid-level Burgundy, Beaujolais?s privileged northern neighbour, at a quarter of the price. Louis Jadot, the famed Burgundy producer, is also one of the best, most consistent major producers of Beaujolais out there, and his 1. 2009 Moulin-A-Vent Chateau des Jacques ($40) shows the grape at its highest calling (and Villages Combe aux Jacques [$20] at its best value)." - Western Living Magazine, October 2013

Parker's Wine Bargains: "This dense, structured blend from numerous sites displays bright raspberry and pomegranate fruit." - Robert Parker's World's Best Wine Values Under $25 (2009)

2006 ~ 89 Points. "Its bright raspberry and pomegranate fruit gradually parts to reveal a deep marrow-like meatiness typical not just for Jadot's but for other of the best renditions of this appellation. An aura of resinous oak and (for Beaujolais) unexpected tannin clings to the sappy, bright fruit and a saline streak in the finish adds to the refreshment that is doled out even as this wine stakes its claim to seriousness." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug/08

2005 ~ 91 Points & Top 100 Wines of the Year. "Dark and smoky, with toast and vanilla notes leading the way for velvety-textured blackberry fruit followed by notes of cocoa, dark licorice and mineral on the finish. Drinks like a Vosne-Romanee." - Wine Spectator, May 31/07

2003 ~ 99 Points. "The 2003 is truly excellent." - Clive Coates, Wine International Magazine, Sept/05 Top Picks 2003 Beaujolais

2003 ~ 96 Points. "Rich plummy, intense. Some new oak involved in the maturation but the fruit beneath is very good and plummy. Tannins are firm and acidity balances the alcohol well." - Jane Parkinson, Wine International, Sep/05


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep crimson red.

Aroma:
Rich bouquet with a fine perfume.

Taste:
Medium-full bodied and elegant with flavours of ripe red berries, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mocha and spice with some floral notes.

Pairing:
Enjoy young, slightly chilled with roast turkey, chicken or veal. You will be able to appreciate it with stronger foods after several years of aging accompanying delicate meat dishes as well as most cheeses.



Other Info:

Maison Louis Jadot bought the Chateau des Jacques in 1996. It is situated in Moulin - Vent, between Fleurie and Chenas, and has 27 ha vineyards.
Moulin - Vent wine is referred to as the "king of Beaujolais," and is considered to be the most Burgundian Cru of Beaujolais. It may be enjoyed young or after cellaring for 10 years or more.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Bourgogne Chardonnay  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
White  Chardonnay  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$28.95   MBLL View Legend  
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+867077  3535926001000  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ 89 Points. "A classic white Burgundy at a great price. Expect baked apple, pear, lemon and herbal complexity, with smoky, toasted almond and oak spice notes from the barrel maturation. it's medium to full-bodied and rich, with sufficient fruit to support the big oak treatment. Very good length. Best 2010 to 2014" - Steve Thurlow, wineaccess.ca, April 21/11

2008 ~ 90 Points. "The big, quality French producer Jadot bottles dozens of offerings from a broad swath of vineyards in Burgundy, all under the same yellow-hued label. This, its most basic white, is a steal. Made entirely from chardonnay, it's medium full-bodied and creamy, with flavours that bring to mind tropical fruit slathered on buttered toast. There's even a hint of classic Burgundian mineral zip on the finish. Very versatile." - Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, Dec. 4/10

2008 ~ 90 Points. "Enchanting aromas of sweet pear compote, minerals and nutty nougat, minerals and a hint of vanilla. The palate is softly rounded with creamy pear, bright lemon, faint toast and spice and very juicy, nutty finish. This is a very pleasing Chardonnay, well-balanced and simply elegant. Pair with creamy nutty pastas, fish or roasted chicken." - Daenna Van Mulligen, winediva.com, Dec/09

2008 ~ 89 Points. "Straw coloured, it offers toasty oak with clove and apple nuances on the nose; medium bodied, well-balanced, dry with great length." - Tony Aspler, Tidings Magazine, Nov/10

2008 ~ "Eight Essentials" ~ Vines Magazine January 2012

2007 ~ 4 Stars. "Veteran winemaker Jacques Lardiere has excelled over the years at making Maison Louis Jadot's top bottlings without neglecting the more humble expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that come from his cellars. Case in point this elegant and appealing Bourgogne Chardonnay that makes the most of its bright fruit and rich texture." - Christopher Waters, Vines Magazine, Feb-Mar/10

2006 ~ Judges' Choice ~ International Value Wine Awards

2005 ~ 90 Points. "The best value white Burgundy in our market is a Vintages Essential... It's slightly buttery, with great lemon minerals notes, and a silky texture. Why spend twice or three times that when this is just as good?" - Gord Stimmell, Toronto Star, Mar 1/08

2005 ~ "The hosannas surrounding Burgundy's 2005 vintage are coming hard and fast. Headlines are boldly claiming it a 'miracle vintage' and breathlessly wondering if it is, in fact, 'the best ever.' ... Look for spicy and toasted oak notes with some apple fruit aroma and flavour. The real success of this wine is its fine balance on the palate, all of the elements (fruit, acidity, oak and texture) work nicely together." - Buyers Guide, Vines Magazine, Winter 2007

2003 ~ "Always a vintage behind, with a longer aged, rich style. Complex, interesting, buttercream cookie, spiced apple, lightly smoky nose. Mid-weight, elegant and firm but not austere, with a long lemon, spice and mineral finish." - Toronto Life on Line, Jan 9/06

2002 ~ "This latest vintage of a popular, elegant white hails from one of the best recent harvests in the Burgundy region of France. Medium-bodied and brimming with pineapple, toffee and mineral flavours, it's silky and beautifully poised, finishing with crisp acidity and a hint of roasted nuts." - Globe & Mail, Beppi Crosariol, Feb/06

2001 ~ 4 Stars. "Classy, with good Cote de Beaune style and good oak. Fine, slighly lemony fruit, with lovely fresh aidity and fine complexity." - Decanter, Aug/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale straw colour.

Aroma:
Exuberant lemon, honey and green apple with a gentle touch of vanilla.

Taste:
Styled to be fuller in body and structure than most of Jadot's Mconnais wines, it is partially fermented and aged in oak casks to add breadth to the ripe fruit notes. An excellent balance of medium-full fruit and acidity on the palate and a lingering finish.

Pairing:
Perfect with hors d'oeuvres, white meats, poultry, sea fruits, grilled fish and goat cheese. It is best served chilled.



Other Info:

Jadot Chardonnay is vinified and blended exclusively from Chardonnay grapes selected from the production of numerous growers in the Cote Chalonnais, the Cote Mconnais and the Hautes-Cotes de Beaune, with a small proportion of superior village-level wines added in most vintages to improve the finished cuvee. As such, it must legally take the "Bourgogne Blanc" appellation. Styled to be fuller in body and structure than most of Jadot's Mconnais wines, it is partially fermented and aged in oak casks to add breadth to the ripe fruit notes. The lovely, elegant Chardonnay nose, offset by a gentle touch of vanilla, carries into excellent balance of medium-full fruit and acidity on the palate and a lingering finish.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Corton Pougets Grand Cru  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Pinot Noir  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$135.97   MBLL View Legend Cote de Beaune 
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+118802  3535921901107  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 92-95 Points. "This is floral, with kirsch and strawberry. More aerial, tensile and long, with great cut and a stony finish." - Wine Spectator, May 2014

2012 ~ 92 Points. "A background touch of wood is noticeable but not intrusive on the moderately pitched red and dark berry fruit aromas that are clearly ripe and markedly earthy but not particularly rustic. The sense of refinement is palpable on the mineral-driven medium weight flavors where the supporting tannins are ripe and only borderline austere, all wrapped in a notably firm finish that delivers stunningly good length." - Allen Meadows' Burghound.com, April 2015

2012 ~ 92 Points. "Silky on entry, then juicy and sharply focused in the middle, showing a captivating light touch to its pungent red fruit, mineral and spice flavors. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and lovely savory persistence." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March 2015

2009 ~ 96 Points. "A gorgeously rich wine, powered by tannins but just as importantly by ripe berry fruit and crisp acidity. Smoky wood flavours blend with juicy fruit, powerful dark tannins and an intensely fresh finish. Age for seven years or more." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2012

2009 ~ 92-94 Points. "This is notably more complex than the Corton-Greves because even though the noses are similar, there is more breadth here and just a touch more evident ripeness as well. There is excellent richness to the velvet-textured and more obvious mineral-driven flavors that coat the mouth with dry extract on the satisfying, long and equally complex finish. This is a classic Pougets in style if a bit riper than is typical. Note too that as grand cru pricing and value goes, Jadot's Pougets is consistently one of the top bargains." - Allan Meadows' Burghound.com, May/11

2009 ~ 93 Points. "Dark and brooding, with black cherry, plum, earth and underbrush flavours, backed by stiff tannins. Opens up with air, revealing a mineral element and a fresh finish. It's all there, just needs time. Best from 2016 through 2035." - Wine Spectator, June 2012

2009 ~ 92 Points. "Completely different in expression than Jadot's Corton Greves (recommended below), Pougets buzzes and stings with its acidity, the texture soothing with a gentler touch. Dark, brisk and ethereal, this is a wine of feminine power. It's tightly structured, set to age for ten years or more." - Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct/12

2006 ~ 91(+) Points. "Bright medium red. Highly perfumed nose combines red berries, cherry, dried flowers, spices and earth. Precise but quite tightly wound, with an almost medicinal austerity to its flavors of minerals, flowers, spices and mint. Offer lovely inner-mouth perfume and verve but not quite the volume of a top grand cru. But this rather feminine style of Corton finishes with excellent grip and length" - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 09

2006 ~ 91 Points. "Even after the bottling the nose remains highly expressive with notes of freshly crushed berries, in particular cranberry, earth and a touch of spice that merges into intense and mineral-infused medium-bodied flavors that turn reticent and austere on the impressively long finish. Just as it was from barrel, this is beautifully balanced but it remains on the grumpy side and is going to need a long cellar snooze before it will play nicely with others. In sum, this is a Corton that makes no concessions to the "early accessibility" mantra so many present day wines adhere to - patience required." - Allan Meadows' Burghound.com, Apr/09

2006 ~ 90 Points. "A powerful, expansive Corton whose firm structure lifts the cherry, spice and mineral flavors. A little dry on the finish, but there's a lot of sweet fruit. Best from 2012 through 2021. 200 cases imported." - Wine Spectator, Mar 31/09

2006 ~ 89 Points. "The Jadot 2006 Corton Pougets reflects Corton at its strictest, purest, and most mineral. A dense sense of chalkiness is threaded with veins of tart red raspberry fruit, but firm - albeit fine - tannins heighten a sense of austerity, and this finishes with rectitude and penetration. The makings of a superb wine are here, if this loosens up and becomes more diversely expressive. I would think about revisiting it sometime in 2011 in order to have better perspective on its potential." - David Schildknecht, eRobertParker.com, Dec/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Medium to dark ruby-colored.

Aroma:
Impressions of raspberry and wild cherry with aromas of smoke, minerals, rose petal and oak.

Taste:
Deep, layered berry and oak flavours culminate in a seductive, persistent finish.

Pairing:
Pair with roasted meat or meat in a highly seasoned sauce, game and most cheeses.



Other Info:

The commune of Aloxe-Corton has the unusual distinction of having over half its area covered in Grand Cru vineyards. It has an exposure ranging from east to south and Southwest. The Grand Cru vineyard of Les Pougets is directly adjacent to Le Charlemagne climat, on the upper and mid-slope. It is among the five vineyards of the commune in which the variegated soils, alternating between chalk and iron-rich marl, produce both Corton Pougets and Corton Charlemagne. This wine is fermented in vats during 3-4 weeks and aged 18-20 months in oak barrels before bottling.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Baudes  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Pinot Noir  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$0.00   PWS View Legend  
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Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2005 ~ 95 Points & #48 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011. "This is a wonderful wine, very ripe, the blackberry and sweet fruits all here. While the tannins are solid and concentrated they are in the center of a lush, beautifully rich series of flavors that range from fruit to licorice to spice. The wine shows great aging potential." - Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2011

2005 ~ 89-92 Points. "A highly spicy and seductive nose that combines enticing red, black and violet aromas together with rich, full and sweet flavors that are at once textured and mouth coating. This is supple on the mid-palate because of all of the extract yet the finish firms up quickly. A lovely Chambolle." - Allan Meadows Burghound.com, Apr/07

2005 ~ "Great smoothness and richness of flavour. Satin texture and rather seductive aromas. Well done!" - JancisRobinson.com, Jan/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep garnet colour.

Aroma:
Powerful nose of red berry flavours.

Taste:
This wine's powerful yet refined tannins underlie flavours and aromas of sweet black fruit, ripe wild cherries and floral and stone nuances which end in a long, sensuous and complex finish.

Pairing:
It will perfectly match with sophisticated dishes like meat sauce, game and strong cheeses.



Other Info:

2011 ~ Available in MB Spring/16.
The commune of Chambolle-Musigny lies just north of Vougeot and south of Morey-Saint-Denis on two steep slopes at either end of the commune which rise above the village of Chambolle in the valley between them. Les Baudes is a roughly triangular, contiguous vineyard of 8.45 acres bordering Bonnes-Mares on its eastern side and divided from it by the Route des Grands Crus. As does the adjacent grand cru, Les Baudes enjoys a superb southeast exposure, and is considered to be one of the finest and most perfectly structured of Chambolle-Musigny's premiers crus. Andre Gagey is proprietor of an extraordinary. 7-acre parcel lying just a few yards from the edge of Bonne-Mares which he purchased in 1992, yielding a maximum 125 cases per vintage.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Beaune 1er Cru Boucherottes  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Pinot Noir  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$68.00   MBLL View Legend  
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+660597  03535921687100  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 90-92 Points. "An expressive and layered nose displays menthol, black currant and soft floral scents. The mouth feel is relatively fine with both good detail and vibrancy to the mouth coating, balanced and lingering finish." - Allen Meadows' Burghound.com, April 2014

2012 ~ 90-92 Points. "Built on energy and tension. Iron, scorched earth, tobacco , red cherries and dust inform a powerful, tannic Burgundy that will require at least a few years to fully settle down. There is plenty of potential here, but readers have to be patient." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2014

2012 ~ 91+ Points. "Also a very good bottle in the making, with a bit more midpalate stuffing than the Cras, but not quite the same inherent elegance as is found in the Clos des Couchereaux. The bouquet is a lovely blend of dark berries, black cherries, incipient notes of venison, dark soil tones, cedar and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite broad-shouldered for a young Beaune, with a very good core of fruit, ripe tannins and very good length and grip on the youthful finish. Good juice in the making, but this will take some time to blossom." - John Gilman's View From The Cellar, December 2013

2010 ~ 92 Points. "The key descriptors of this pinot noir are fine, fragrant and nicely balanced. And I describe the fruit aroma as cran-raspberry, which very specifically notes a degree of grape ripeness that I love in pinot, and consider to be a classic fragrance of a well grown, cool climate style especially in Burgundy. The cranberry denotes less ripe, the raspberry more ripe and this is nestled nicely right in between. The wines of Beaune tend to be less structured and refined than neighbouring Volnay and Pommard, but using words like fresh, firm and excellent length indicates this wine is in the big leagues. Again, thanks to 2010." - David Lawrason, WineAlign August 29/13

2009 ~ 90 Points. "A beautifully poised red Burgundy - ruby-coloured with a bouquet of raspberries, minerals and a light floral note; dry, lean, elegant and firmly structured."- Quench, Sep/15

2006 ~ 91 Points. "Amply fleshy and dense, though fine tannins define this red. Cherry, spice, earth and iron notes course through from start to finish. The tannins shore up the finish. Amply fleshy and dense." - Wine Spectator, May/09

2005 ~ 90-92 Points. "This is finer and more elegant still with airy intense red berry fruit aromas " - Burghound, Apr/07

2005 ~ 5 STARS - CHAMPIONS OF VALUE. "In the simplest terms, value is the relationship between quality and price. There's some deep emotional place in most people's minds, however, that makes it nearly impossible to separate those two criteria." - Wine & Spirits, Sept/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Rustic Red.

Aroma:
A full-bodied, aromatic Pinot Noir.

Taste:
Rich roundness of fruit and plump texture arrayed around a rigorous structure. This wine will develop favourably in the bottle for 12 to 15 years.

Pairing:
It will accompany most meat dishes, whether they be light or strongly sauced, as well as most cheese.



Other Info:

Available in MB Summer/16.
Beaune Boucherottes is one of 36 Premier Cru vineyards in the Beaune appellation. The high number of Premiers Crus is accounted for by the situation of most of the Beaune vineyards on a slope, which gives them superior sun exposure. Beaune Boucherottes lies at the southern end of the commune, where it shares a border with Pommard. The deep clay soil of this 21-acre vineyard gives lushness to the wine, which is fermented in stainless steel, then matured in oak barrels for 12 to 15 months before bottling.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Macon Villages Blanc Grange Magnien  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
White  Chardonnay  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$28.99   PWS View Legend Maconnais 
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+484717  3535926021008  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Light golden straw.

Aroma:
Floral aromas on the nose.

Taste:
Easy drinking, dry and fruity.

Pairing:
This wine goes very well with hors d'oeuvres, fried or grilled fish, seafood, goat cheese, cold cuts and poultry.



Other Info:

The Mâcon Villages area is located in the southern part of Burgundy, close to the Beaujolais area. This appellation is the largest of the Mâconnais area, covering about 2 500 ha of vineyards. Forty three villages have the right to produce Mâcon Blanc Villages.
The Domaine is located near Viré and Lugny, two of the famous villages of the Mâconnais. The vineyard of the Domaine are located on nice slopes looking upon the river "Saône".


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Volnay 1er Cru Clos de La Barre  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Pinot Noir  Burgundy 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$100.88   MBLL View Legend Cote de Beaune 
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+19812  03535928401204  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 90-92 Points. "A similar thread runs through the 2012 Volnay Clos de la Barre. Firm tannins enrobe a core of seriously deep, rich fruit. Here, too, readers will have to be patient, as the 2012 is structured, virile and imposing, and is likely to remain so for some time." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jan/14
2012 ~ 91 Points. "Juicy cherry, raspberry, spice and mineral flavors abound in this charming red. Features an ample structure, with dusty tannins shoring up the finish. Shows fine balance overall, ending with a long finish." - Wine Spectator, May 31, 2015
2012 ~ 91 Points. "The perfumed and clearly ripe nose displays pretty red and dark pinot fruit that is trimmed in just enough wood and spice elements to notice. The cool and pure middle weight flavors exude a fine minerality on the intense and attractively complex finish." - Allen Meadows' Burghound.com, April 01, 2015




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby colour.

Aroma:
Vanilla and violet aromas.

Taste:
Black cherry and plum with notes of toast and smoke lead into a layered, silky palate set in a structure of ripe, refined tannins and airy acidity.

Pairing:
When opened young, this wine pairs well with roast meats and poultry. For an older vintage, pair with mellow cheeses, and rich, red meat dishes.



Other Info:

Volnay lies near the center of the Côte de Beaune and produces only red wines, with 26 Premiers Crus. In parallel to the way the character of Chambolle-Musigny wines compare to other wines from the Côte de Nuits, wines from the commune of Volnay show the most delicacy, elegance and finesse of wines within the Cote de Beaune. With optimal southeast exposures, the vineyards have soil that is extremely thin and chalky, high in calcium content, producing the lightest, most delicate wines. The strip below, where most of the Premiers Crus are located, has soil with much less chalk and a thin iron-rich layer over firmly structured subsoil.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode  MAISON LOUIS JADOT  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Pinot Noir  Beaune 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$72.00   MBLL View Legend Cote de Beaune 
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+746941  3535926611209  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red.

Aroma:
Bright red berry aromas.

Taste:
Fresh, frank, and a vivacious wine of considerable charm.

Pairing:
Pairs well with light red or white meat dishes.



Other Info:

2012 ~ Available in MB Spring/16.
The commune of Savigny-lès-Beaune is in the north of the Côte de Beaune and produces 90% red wines. La Dominode has an eastern exposure and lies at the southern end of the commune on gravel soils that produce elegant wine. The Pinot Noir grapes are fermented in vats for up to 4 weeks, and then the wine is matured in oak barrels for 12 to 15 months before bottling. It will develop in the bottle for 7 to 10 years.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Heracles Primitivo  MASSERIA SURANI (TOMMASI)  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Primitivo  Puglia 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$21.99   PWS View Legend  
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+66282  8004645800805  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby red colour.

Aroma:
A bouquet of dark fruit, spices and liquorice.

Taste:
Well balanced with good structure, nice length, and fruity flavours.

Pairing:
Pairs well with spicy dishes, spare ribs and game.



Other Info:

The Tommasi passion for wine and their desire to discover and select the very best in Italian winemaking have taken the to Puglia where you’ll find the Masseria Surani estate. The Tommasi family purchased 80 hectares of land in the Salento area, one of the finest regions for the cultivation of the Primitivo grape. Here, viticulture has extremely ancient origins, dating back to the time of Magna Graecia.
The property, which lies about 6 km from the Ionian coast, also includes a manor house called “Masseria” dating back to the early 1900s. A typical complex of agricultural buildings, which originally acted as an organizational centre for all of the farming operations. The renovated Masseria now houses a winery of 700 sqm; complete with winemaking and cellaring facilities.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Merlot  MEZZACORONA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Merlot  Trentino 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$13.99   MBLL View Legend  
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ "The pretty strawberry and black cherry fruit is ripe and juicy, leading the way in this fresh red, with a floral overtone. Spiced plum and mocha notes show on the lightly chewy finish. Drink now through 2017. 50,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator, March 2014

"Mezzacorona European Winery of the Year. Crisp and aromatic with delicate fruit, Mezzacorona wines embody the distinct elegance of the Dolomites. The balanced, modern wines of Mezzacorona are the natural choice for any meal or occasion." ~ Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Feb/10

2007 ~ "Here's a well-priced merlot from northern Italy with nicely aromatic notes of cherry, forest berry and small hints of moist pipe tobacco at the back. The wine is smooth and supple in the mouth and ends with a bright, crisp feel." - Wine Enthusiast, Dec/09

2007 ~ Silver Medal & Best Buy ~ World Wine Championships 2009 (Beverage Testing Institute)

2007 ~ Best Buy. "This soft and plummy wine has a smoky, grapey finish. For burgers" - Wine & Spirits Magazine, August/09

2005 ~ Killer Value! ~ International Value Wine Awards 2008

2005 ~ "Solidly tied for favourite in flight." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, Mar/Apr 3/08

Most Popular Bargain Wines Under $25 ~ Wine & Spirits, April 2008

Value Brands of the Year ~ Wine & Spirits Magazine, June/07

2005 ~ Best Buy ~ "Here is a Merlot with a medium build that offers more fruity freshness on the nose; Notes of red berry, blueberry and cherry call out loud and clear. A firm structure and nice cherry-berry flavors leave a lasting impression in the mouth." - Wine Enthusiast March/07

2004 ~ Best Buy. "The nose offers cherry, chocolate mocha and smoke backed by moist earth and white mushroom. You get a lot of great flavor for your dollar plus chewy, sweet tannins and medium length on ht e finish. Informal and friendly, this is the kind of red wine you want handy for when friends pop over." - Wine Enthusiast March/07

2003 ~ Medal Winner ~ MUNDUSvini International Wine Awards 2005, Germany

2002 ~ Best Values ~ Sante Magazine, May/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red in colour.

Aroma:
Intense bouquet.

Taste:
Pleasantly herbaceous, dry flavour, lightly tannic, complex.

Pairing:
A pleasant combination to a wide range of dishes: white meat, chicken escalopes and mushroom dishes. Mezzacorona Merlot is the perfect choice when the menu calls for a lighter, softer red.



Other Info:

The Mezzacorona winery is equipped with the most modern enological equipment available today. The winery is used for collecting the grapes produced by the 1,500 associate growers and for vinifying the grapes according to the company’s 100% single varietal philosophy.
The Mezzacorona winery is the perfect example of excellence in wine production. Vinification occurs in steel tanks at controlled temperature. The whole process is constantly looked over by the team of enologists which manages the fermentation and organic evolution, the pumping over and the ageing of the wine. The steel tanks, casks, barrels and bottling equipment are extremely sophisticated and are a symbol of enological excellence.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pinot Grigio  MEZZACORONA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Pinot Grigio  Trentino 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ "A crisp and light Pinot Grigio from the cooler Dolomites foothills region of northern Italy. Expect lemons and marzipan, spring flowers and mineral with some smoky and earthy undertones. The palate is tangy with plenty of citrus, almond and mineral like the nose. It's a fresh wine with a restrained character." - Wine Diva, Nov/15
2014 ~ BEST BUY. “Scents of green tea spice up this warm, generous white, its acidity a little dusty, as if the wine had just come out of the stainless steel tank. Give it a splash in a decanter to serve with a Cobb salad.” – Wine & Spirits, June 2015
2014 ~ "Pretty aromas of white spring blossoms and Bartlett pear lead the nose on this bright, easy-drinking white. The lively palate offers tart green-apple and light mineral notes alongside crisp acidity." - Wine Enthusiast, Jun/15

2013 ~ BEST VALUES. "Creamed apple, chalk, lemon parfait and white peach flavors mix in this lively white, with a floral overtone. Well-balanced and fresh. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, Jan/Feb 2015

2013 ~ BEST BUY. “Aromas of green apples, peach and citrus carry over to palate. The juicy flavors are accompanied by lively acidity that makes this wine very food friendly.” – Wine Enthusiast, June 2014

2012 ~ Wine Pick of the Week. "Fresh aromatic floral nose with flecks of citrus, slate and baked pear. Very clean and attractive on entry with more earthy, pear, mineral, honey,lees flavours. Light and fresh and food friendly. Try this with buttered clams or simply prepared and grilled fish dishes. Ready to drink." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, September 2013

2012 ~ 89 Points. "Clean fresh pear, clover blossoms and yellow apple aromas precede slightly spicy pear skin, peach and lime squeezings with just a hint of shaved almonds. Crisp and lively." - Gord Stimmell, The Toronto Star, May 2013

2011 ~ BEST BUY! "Clean and easy drinking, this is packed with pretty aromas of white peach, tangerine, and almond. It shows a medium structure, with a subtle touch of spice on the finish." - Wine Enthusiast, Aug/12

2011 ~ Wine Diva Budget Bottles 2013

2009 ~ 91 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended - Ultimate Wine Challenge 2010, Jun/10

2009 ~ 89 Points. "If the 2008 took your breath away, the 2009 will make you swoon. Pure pear, citrus-peel aromas, with mellow flavours of pear, apple and lime squeezings. The finish is absolutely delicious, with poached pear lingering amid gently unfolding sweet notes. On the brink of a 90 rating." - Gord Stimmell, Toronto Star, May/10

2009 ~ Top 100 Best Buys of the Year ~ "The quality-price ratio here is simply unbeatable. Mezzacorona presents a fuller, rounder, more satisfying pinot grigio with ripe aromas of peach, pear and honey. There's a smooth, creamy feel in the mouth." - Wine Enthusiast, Nov/10

Refereshing and surprisingly rich, this Pinot Grigio from Wine Enthusiast Magazine's European Winery of the Year is a super value. Balanced with bright acidity because the grapes come from the cool climate vineyards in Northern Italy's Dolomite mountains, this perpetual Best Buy is a wine to enjoy.

2008 ~ Best Buy "From the crisp, alpine climate of Northern Italy, this fresh Pinot Grigio offers easy aromas of citrus, peach, kiwi and white flowers. The wine delivers the zesty acidity you look for in a food-friendly Italian white." - Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 15/09

2008 ~ Best Value ~ "Apple pie and cream aromas follow through to a full body, with lively acidity and flavorful fruit. There's good intensity and lemony acidity. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, Jul/09

2008 ~ "Fresh and lively is the only way to describe this energetic, medium bodied white from Italy. Lovely stone fruit, pineapple and crisp citrus notes unite in the glass with a creamy, slightly finish on the palate." - Taste Magazine, Spring/10

2012 ~ "Hurray! This one from one of Italy's oldest producers, is more readily found and it's crisp, quite rich, floral and a little lemony, and absolutely delicious. No oak, all fruit, perfect with fish dishes and roast chicken salad with Roquefort dressing. It rewards hearty summer meals, including pasta and margherita pizza." - Jurgen Gothe, www.straight.com, July 10, 2013

2008 ~ "Crisp and crowd-pleasing; pinot grigio is an all-purpose grape with Mezzacorona's interpretation a great mate for sweet, earthy and vegetal flavours." - Peter Rockwell, metronews.ca, Dec/09

2007 ~ Top 20 by the Glass Wines & Top 10 Most Popular Pinot Grigios - Wine & Spirits, April/08

2007 ~ "Pleasant light floral, slate nose with bits of mineral and green apple skin with a touch of earth. Dry, round, fresh palate, with a chalky texture. Mineral, lemon, grapefruit, earthy flavours, with a touch of butter. Fresh, easy-sipping style for lighter seafood dishes." - Anthony Gismondi, Wine Access Magazine, April/May 2009

2007 ~ "A fresh palate with soft, chewy textures and skinny lemon, grapefruit, earthy flavours make this a good match. We like the easy-to-use screwtop too." - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, Jan 17/08

2007 ~ "Some Pinot Grigios can be wonderfully refreshing and that's just what we need when a summer thirst strikes. One of the best in this style is Mezzacorona from the Trentino region in the north of Italy. This is home base for Pinot Grigio and where the grape best expresses its zesty, simple-but-good character. I love the zingy mineral freshness - it offers a jolt of refreshment we all crave on a hot day. Mezzacorona packs a ton of energy, comes in a handy screw cap bottle and the '07 vintage is the best ever from this winery. It could become your summer best friend." - Billy Munnelly, Metro News, July 16/08

2007 ~ "The copper-coloured grapes have given a faint pink tinge to the light straw colour. The nose is aromatic and the taste crisp, spiced with pear and floral notes. Over all, quite lively and fresh." - Margaret Swaine, National Post, June 14/08

Value Brands of the Year - Wine & Spirits Magazine, June/07

2005 ~ "Apple and mineral character. Medium-bodied, with lots of dried pineapple and apple character. Medium finish. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, July 31/06

2004 ~ Best Buy ~ Wine Enthusiast, June/05

2003 ~ Best Values ~ Sante Magazine, May/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale lemon.

Aroma:
Lively floral, lemon and grapefruit aromas.

Taste:
Medium-bodied with crisp citrus, stone fruit and mineral flavours that carry through a crisp finish of medium-plus length.

Pairing:
A sophisticated aperitif or ideal accompaniment to salads and seafood dishes.



Other Info:

This Pinot Grigio is made exclusively from Mezzacorona vineyards in the Valle dell'Adige, at the foothills of the Dolomites. It undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation at 18-20C, and is made without the use of oak to retain freshness and elegance. Mezzacorona was founded in 1904, making it one of the oldest wine producers in Italy. It vinifies only its own fruit in a state-of-the-art winery to produce wines of character with a freshness and balance that appeals to the modern consumer. Mezzacorona lies among the foothills of the Alps, where a diversity of microclimates and soils provide ideal growing conditions for many grape varieties. It is the biggest wine-production cooperative in the region, representing over 900 growers and 2,700 acres of vines. It farms all its vineyards using a system of integrated farming that respects both the environment and the biological balance of nature.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Anterra Pinot Grigio del Veneto  MEZZACORONA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Pinot Grigio  Trentino 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 89 Points. 'Bright and aromatic, with tangy acidity backing a pleasing apple blossom, white peach, stone and ginger flavours. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, April 2014

2010 ~ "Anterra (ancient land in Italian) is a new line (to us) from the big Italian producer. The wine is light and fresh, pallid in the glass but solid in the mouth. Pork or vegetarian stir-fries go well, as do seafood-sauced pasta and potato-garlic-rosemary pizzas. Great with chilled greens or green soups, filled bread, or leftover quiche. Chill it right down and serve in big tumblers." - Jurgen Gothe The Georgia Straight, January 17/2012


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear, pale lemon yellow.

Aroma:
Youthful, medium-intense lemon, green apple aromas with some floral notes.

Taste:
Flavours of lemon citrus and crisp green apples; medium body with good balance and a clean finish.

Pairing:
Ideal as an aperitif or with salads, chicken or fish dishes.



Other Info:

Anterra, or ancient land in Italian, refers to the long, rich viticultural history of the Veneto region. Produced by the Mezzacorona winery, Anterra is located in heart of the Dolomites along the Italian Alps. It is the ideal environment to create elegant, vivid and crispy varietal wines.
Vinification occurs in steel tanks at controlled temperature. The steel tanks, casks, barrels and bottling lines are extremely sophisticated and are a symbol of oenological excellence of Mezzacorona.
Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay are dominant in the Dolomites. They are well known for their floral tones, exotic fruit, ripe aromas and silky smoothness on the palate. Mezzacorona is the largest Italian estate producer of these two varietals.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Anterra Merlot del Veneto  MEZZACORONA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Merlot  Trentino 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

NV ~ "Lots of deep flavours, including licorice and espresso. Dry but rich, bright, and fresh. Cheap as borscht (how cheap is borscht, anyway?) and beating most similarly priced Italian reds hands down. Bring out your best rib recipe or pizza toppings; it'll cut the anchovies." - Jurgen Gothe The Georgia Straight, January 17/2012




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear, medium ruby.

Aroma:
Intense, youthful aromas of ripe red berries, sour cherries and plums.

Taste:
Medium bodied, light tannins, and medium plus acidity with flavours of red berries, tart cherries, and plums.

Pairing:
Pairs well with a wide variety of red-sauce pastas, burgers, pizza, pork, and most vegetable dishes.



Other Info:

Anterra, or "ancient land" in Italian, refers to the long, rich viticultural history of the Veneto region. Anterra is produced by the Mezzacorona winery, located in heart of the Dolomites along the Italian Alps. The climate of the Italian Dolomites is characterized by a warm Mediterranean influence from the south and crystal clear sunlight. It is the ideal environment to create elegant and flavourful merlots.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Rose  MEZZACORONA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Rose  Lagrein  Trentino 
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Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ Great Value. “This rosé pours a pretty blush color in the glass. It shows a restrained character of red berry fruity balanced with elegant minerality and romantic floral notes. It’s juicy and vibrant in the mouth with a fine acidity that begs for food.” - Ultimate Wine Challenge 2015




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Light violet, light ruby red.

Aroma:
A complex aroma profile of wild red berries with floral notes of roses and geranium.

Taste:
A perfect balance between the fresh acidity and the full-mouthfeel.

Pairing:
Ideal as an aperitif but also a perfect match with Italian cuisine, especially with hors-d’oeuvres, pasta, mushrooms and white grilled meats.



Other Info:

2015 ~ Available in MB Spring/16.
The grapes are grown along the Adige Valley, north of Trento. The unique alluvial soil, created by the Adige river, is particularly suited for these grapes, giving a fresh, fruity and young character to this rosé. The grapes are hand-picked in early September. During the rosé vinification process, the grapes undergo cold maceration for 12 hours, followed by a soft pressing, in order to obtain a partial extraction of color from the berries while retaining freshness of the fruity aromas. Fermentation at controlled temperatures of around 16-18°C follows which preserves the fresh and fruity fragrances. After fermentation, the wine remains on the lees for 4-5 months, preserving its freshness and roundness.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Zeller Schwarze Katz Riesling (Black Cat)  MOSELLAND  Germany 
Type Varietal Region
White  Riesling  Rheinhessen 
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Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Light straw yellow colour.

Aroma:
Shows a fine, fruity Riesling bouquet.

Taste:
Crisp, refreshing and straightforward.

Pairing:
Serve with salads and chicken dishes; also may be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif.



Other Info:

2013 ~ Available in MB Spring/16.
According to legend, three wine merchants came to the town of Zell (in Germany) to buy wine. In one of the cellars, they tasted several wines out of different barrels.
They had narrowed the choice to three barrels but they couldn't agree on which one was the best. They were about to take another sample, when a black cat suddenly jumped on one of the barrels, arched its back, its fur standing on end, and swiped its paw at anyone who tried to get closer. The wine merchants quickly came to an agreement and chose the barrel which was so obstinately defended by the cat, thinking that it probably contained the best wine.
The merchants marketed the wine under the name "Zeller Schwarze Katz" (black cat from Zell) and it became so popular that other wine growers and the city government eventually gave this name to its vineyard of origin, in the town of Zell.
Many German wineries sell their own Zeller Scharze Katz Riesling and most put a picture of a black cat on their label. A few even go so far as to hang a small plastic black cat around the neck of the bottle. But Moselland was the first and only winery to actually market their wine in a black, cat shaped bottle.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 500ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Ars Vitis Riesling QbA  MOSELLAND  Germany 
Type Varietal Region
White  Riesling  Mosel - Saar - Ruwer 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 89 Points. "Post card pretty and perfectly Christmasy and man am I shocked it tastes so nice! Aromas of lime and apple spice are pleasing to the nose. The flavours are slightly sweet and soft, with apple and a hint of peach. The finish is semi-dry, with lime and lemon lollipop notes." - Gordon Stimmel, Toronto Star, Dec 21/11

2010 ~ "This is a good dinner Riesling with an appealingly easy 8.5 percent alcohol, meaning it will keep your meal company through to its sweet end. Great balance between fruit, sweetness and acidity. If you're a fan of Riesling, this will appeal to your palate, and the bottle is pretty on the dinner table." - Jurgen Gothe The Georgia Straight, January 26-February 2, 2012

2007 ~ Light White Category Award Winner! "Fresh, juicy, and clean as a whistle." - Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards, 2009

2007 ~ "Forget the overtly marketing- oriented label, this is a straightforward, inexpensive German riesling that shows attractive ripe apple and mineral in the nose. The wine has a good middle palate, and finishes clean and fresh, slightly off-dry and full of natural tasting fruit. A great sipping wine that will do well with spicy food." - Wine Access Magazine, Apr-May/09

2007 ~ "The Ars Vitis Riesling is pale gold, with apple, honey, brown sugar, fresh flowers and lemon candy on the nose. The juicy red apple flavours really come through on the palate, with a nice tart lemon component bringing some acidity. It's a delicious, medium-sweet white that would work with milder Asian dishes, savoury seafood dishes, and lighter Mexican fare that features fruit salsa." - Winnipeg Free Press, Mar 21/09

2006 ~ Judges Choice! - International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

2006 ~ Judges Choice! Germany Category - International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

2006 ~ "A crowd pleasin' Riesling with plenty of character, this stylish bottle makes a perfect host's gift." - BCLDB Taste Magazine, Summer/08

2006 ~ "Straight-up fruity Mosel riesling with a lick of residual sugar. The palate is fresh with light mineral, citrus, red apple fruit flavours. Perfect for spicy seafood dishes." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, Apr 5/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Brilliant pale lemon.

Aroma:
Pronounced youthful citrus, apple and floral nose.

Taste:
Refreshingly low in alcohol, off-dry balanced by crisp acidity.

Pairing:
Delicious with salads, chicken dishes and Asian cuisine, and ideal on its own as an aperitif.



Other Info:

The artist and winegrower Heinz Ames paints watercolours with wine. The wine he uses is Riesling, which grows on the steep slopes of the Mosel valley. The Mosel valley is also theme of his paintings, which have developed into this unusual "window bottle" package.
Moselland is best known world-wide for maintaining remarkably high standards - not an easy task for a cooperative with more than 5,000 grower members from all areas of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wine growing region. In the 20 pressing stations located throughout the region, Moselland takes in and presses about 25% of the region's harvest. The grapes are separated according to variety, location, and quality, then carefully pressed at the station before being transported to their cellars.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Avantgarde Riesling Hochgewachs QbA  MOSELLAND  Germany 
Type Varietal Region
White  Riesling  Mosel - Saar - Ruwer 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

Judges' Choice ~ Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2007


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale straw yellow.

Aroma:
Fruity bouquet, peach and lemon aromas on the palate.

Taste:
Very crisp and refreshing, with low alcohol and subtle sweetness balanced by typical Riesling acidity.

Pairing:
Great with seafood salads, chicken and Asian dishes, but can also be enjoyed on its own as an easy-drinking summer wine or aperitif.



Other Info:

Moselland is best known world-wide for maintaining remarkably high standards - not an easy task for a cooperative with more than 5,000 grower members from all areas of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wine growing region. In the 20 pressing stations located throughout the region, Moselland takes in and presses about 25% of the region's harvest. The grapes are separated according to variety, location, and quality, then carefully pressed at the station before being transported to their cellars.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Riesling QbA (Red Cat)  MOSELLAND  Germany 
Type Varietal Region
White  Riesling  Rheinhessen 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale straw yellow.

Aroma:
Fresh classic Riesling aromas of citrus, white flowers and peach.

Taste:
Crisp, refreshing and straightforward.

Pairing:
Ideal on its own as an aperitif, or served with chicken dishes and salads.



Other Info:

One of the most famous wineries in Germany, Moselland is best known world-wide for maintaining remarkably high standards - not an easy task for a cooperative with more than 5,000 grower members from all areas of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wine growing region. In the 20 pressing stations located throughout the region, Moselland takes in and presses about 25% of the region's harvest. The grapes are separated according to variety, location, and quality, then carefully pressed at the station before being transported to their cellars.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 500ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Ars Vitis Riesling QbA  MOSELLAND  Germany 
Type Varietal Region
White  Riesling  Mosel 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$39.95   MBLL View Legend  
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+18916  4006975182631  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 89 Points. "Post card pretty and perfectly Christmasy and man am I shocked it tastes so nice! Aromas of lime and apple spice are pleasing to the nose. The flavours are slightly sweet and soft, with apple and a hint of peach. The finish is semi-dry, with lime and lemon lollipop notes." - Gordon Stimmel, Toronto Star, Dec 21/11

2010 ~ "This is a good dinner Riesling with an appealingly easy 8.5 percent alcohol, meaning it will keep your meal company through to its sweet end. Great balance between fruit, sweetness and acidity. If you're a fan of Riesling, this will appeal to your palate, and the bottle is pretty on the dinner table." - Jurgen Gothe The Georgia Straight, January 26-February 2, 2012

2007 ~ Light White Category Award Winner! "Fresh, juicy, and clean as a whistle." - Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards, 2009

2007 ~ "Forget the overtly marketing- oriented label, this is a straightforward, inexpensive German riesling that shows attractive ripe apple and mineral in the nose. The wine has a good middle palate, and finishes clean and fresh, slightly off-dry and full of natural tasting fruit. A great sipping wine that will do well with spicy food." - Wine Access Magazine, Apr-May/09

2007 ~ "The Ars Vitis Riesling is pale gold, with apple, honey, brown sugar, fresh flowers and lemon candy on the nose. The juicy red apple flavours really come through on the palate, with a nice tart lemon component bringing some acidity. It's a delicious, medium-sweet white that would work with milder Asian dishes, savoury seafood dishes, and lighter Mexican fare that features fruit salsa." - Winnipeg Free Press, Mar 21/09

2006 ~ Judges Choice! - International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

2006 ~ Judges Choice! Germany Category - International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

2006 ~ "A crowd pleasin' Riesling with plenty of character, this stylish bottle makes a perfect host's gift." - BCLDB Taste Magazine, Summer/08

2006 ~ "Straight-up fruity Mosel riesling with a lick of residual sugar. The palate is fresh with light mineral, citrus, red apple fruit flavours. Perfect for spicy seafood dishes." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, Apr 5/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Brilliant pale lemon.

Aroma:
Pronounced youthful citrus, apple and floral nose.

Taste:
Refreshingly low in alcohol, off-dry balanced by crisp acidity.

Pairing:
Delicious with salads, chicken dishes and Asian cuisine, and ideal on its own as an aperitif.



Other Info:

The artist and winegrower Heinz Ames paints watercolours with wine. The wine he uses is Riesling, which grows on the steep slopes of the Mosel valley. The Mosel valley is also theme of his paintings, which have developed into this unusual "window bottle" package.
Moselland is best known world-wide for maintaining remarkably high standards - not an easy task for a cooperative with more than 5,000 grower members from all areas of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wine growing region. In the 20 pressing stations located throughout the region, Moselland takes in and presses about 25% of the region's harvest. The grapes are separated according to variety, location, and quality, then carefully pressed at the station before being transported to their cellars.


Bottles per Case: 1
Bottle Size: 3000ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pasico  PASICO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Monastrell-Shiraz  Jumilla 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$10.99   MBLL View Legend  
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+16476  8437005068865  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ Gold Medal ~ Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

2012 ~ "Dark berry and plum fruitiness marked by a light pepperiness and lively freshness" - The Independent, Nov/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
Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo  POGGIO AL TUFO (TOMMASI)  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon  Tuscany 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.95   MBLL View Legend Maremma 
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+721783  8004645600603  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 93 Points. "Dark bright red. Amarone-like opulence on the nose and in the mouth, with a raisiny nuance to the ripe, soft red cherry, sweet spice and herb aromas and flavours. So velvety and opulent I would have tasted it in Veneto had I tasted it blind, but it's so well balanced and smooth that it's pretty irresistible. Finishes long, with lush, smooth tannins and a hint of residual sweetness. I really like this wine because, for all its showy sweetness and opulence, it manages to retain a graceful quality without going over the top. Amarone lovers will score it even higher than I have. " - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Dec/14

2012 ~ 91 Points. "Aromas of blueberry, sliced mushroom and sliced chocolate follow through to a full body with fine tannins and a currant undertone. Delicious now. Why wait?" - Jamessuckling.com, October 2014

2012 ~ "This simple but inviting wine is made from a blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The bright palate boasts sour cherry, red currants and light note of white pepper alongside fresh acidity. It’s perfect for everyday fare." - Wine Enthusiast, Nov/14

2011 ~ 92 Points. "Presents a whiff of blackberry, bacon and ink, followed by dark berry, black pepper and spice notes. Rich and supple. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2015 through 2022." - Wine Spectator, Feb 4, 2014

2011 ~ Top 115 Wines of 2015. "Succulent, smoky, smooth. Made from a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, with aromas of dried cherry, rose petals, smoked meat, savoury spices, saddle leather bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. The palate is wonderfully fresh with flavours echoing the aromas. It has a long, smooth and spicy finish." - WineDiva, Nov/15

2011 ~ "The 2011 Rompicollo is a 60-40 blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its name, roughly translated as "neck-breaking" in English, was inspired by the backbreaking labor required to farm in the Tufo-rich soils of the area. Sweet cherry and blackberry aromas are followed by a mild mouthfeel. There is initial plushness here but the wine's texture is compact and streamlined overall. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue 208, August 2013

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Ruby-red. Blackberry and licorice aromas are lifted by intense lavender, peony and clove notes. Juicy, tight and dry, displaying a delicate red plum character with aeration. Not a fleshy style but nicely vibrant. Finishes with mounting tannins that avoid dryness. This serious, well-made wine needs food-or time in the bottle." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept/12

2010 ~ "A bright and easy blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, this would taste great with grilled sausage or barbecued chicken. A vein of fresh acidity is followed by notes of black cherry, dried raspberry and mild spice." - Wine Enthusiast, Oct/12

2010 ~ "Smells bright and fruity, featuring cherry, strawberry and peppery spice flavors. The moderate structure keeps this focused. Herbal finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2018." - Wine Spectator, Web Only 2012

2009 ~ 89 Points. "A blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon. Good intensity of savoury and bright fruit notes, including dried cherry, crushed raspberry, roast meat and clove. The palate is quite full, with plenty of acid, tannin and flavours of earth, leather, plum, roasted herbs and cherry, with a long finish." - Rhys Pender, Wine Access Magazine April, 2012

2009 ~ 4/5 Stars. "Vintage after vintage, this single-vineyard blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon stands out. Sweet cherry, vanilla, baking spices and saddle leather aromas lead the way followed by roasted coffee beans and earthy hints. It is a satisfying and approachable style with chocolate, black cherry and espresso flavours. The bright acidity makes it a perfect wine for pairing with food, especially rich tomato-based sauces on pasta or meat." - Daenna Van Mulligan Vines Magazine, February/March 2012

2009 ~ "This blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon opens with slightly green accents of bay leaf and dried sage followed by black fruit, cherry and tobacco. The mouthfeel is smooth and simple. Pair it with easy meat dishes or aged cheese." - Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, Oct/12

2009 ~ "Speaking of splurging...try this Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Soft-edged and supple at first, it asserts itself in the finish, making it an ideal raunchy-cheese wine and one of a few to go with Umberto Menghi's spaghetti all'isolana, because it's one of the few reds of my acquaintance that can cut through the tuna and kalamata olives in that dish. Elegant for all that rich raunchiness?." - Jurgen Gothe The Georgia Straight, February 7, 2012

2009 ~ "Finding Italian wines that will be loved by all palates and are great vintage after vintage is easy. Finding the ones that do that for under $40 that a trick under $25 and you should be knighted. But this great offering for Tommasi is only $22 and blends the luscious fruit of sangiovese with the leather and espresso backbone of cabernet sauvignon. A very enjoyable wine." - Natalie McLennan Western Living Magazine, February 2012

2009 ~ "The strawberry, savoury spice, floral, meaty and iron notes on the nose are decidedly Old World. This medium-bodied sangiovese-cabernet sauvignon blend tastefully presents the grapes together - strawberry, licorice and medium acidity from the former, and cassis and light mint from the latter." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson Wine Access Magazine, February 2, 2012

2009 ~ "The name may be a tongue twister, but this tuscan red is super easy to enjoy and will appeal to a broad base of wine lovers. A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine gives off aromas of cherries and earth, with more berry fruit and savoury herbs on the punchy mid-palate. The Rompicollo has great balance and structure overall; it could stand a few years in the cellar or just as easily be enjoyed over the holidays with roast turkey or ham." - James Nevison, The Province Newspaper Vancouver, December 8/2011

2009 ~ "Made from a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, vintage after vintage this wine seems to find its way onto my "Top" lists. Aromas of sweet cherries, vanilla, baking spices and saddle leather lead the way followed by roasted coffee and an earthy core. It is a satisfying and very approachable style with supple chocolate, black cherry and espresso flavours. It has bright acidity (which makes it a perfect wine for pairing with food) and the finish is smooth." - winedinva.ca, Nov 28, 2011

2008 ~ 89 Points. "This blend of 60 percent Sangiovese and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon has complex earth, cherry, leather and spice notes on the nose that scream Tuscan red. The Poggio al Tufo delivers dried cherry, white pepper and black licorice flavours, with a savoury, meaty undercurrent and some light acidity. Light tannins add to the wine, making it a great wine to go with spicy pasta or beef dishes." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press, Dec 4/10

2008 ~ 4 1/2 Stars. "Made of 60 percent Sangiovese and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from Tommasi's Tuscan estate, this delicious wine will delight you with seductive aromas of sweet cherries, dried flowers, saddle leather, sun-baked earth and rich chocolate mocha. The palate is mouth-filling and offers replays of sweet cherries, chocolate and leather with tobacco and fine spice notes." - Daenna Van Mulligen, Vines Magazine Wine Buyers Guide, Feb-Mar/11

2008/09 ~ Best Buy Wines, 20 under $20. "The Rompicollo offers amazing value as it's made along the lines of a super Tuscan - 60 per cent Sangiovese and 40 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon. Expect bright cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and smoke with appealing texture and length. Tufo refers to the volcanic soil found in this part of Tuscany." - The Tomato Magazine, May/June 2011

2008 ~ "A ripe, fruity red, bursting with cherry and plum flavors, with an herbal undertone. Juicy in texture, this is bright and lightly tannic on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2020. 2,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator, Web only 2011

2008 ~ "This informal and light super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon would make a cheerful companion to spaghetti with Bolognese sauce or veal involtini stuffed with bread crumbs, parsley and pecorino cheese. The wine shows fruit intensity and enough natural acidity to cut through those dishes." - Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, Dec/10

2007 ~ 90 Points. "Typically smoky and meaty. The palate is smooth and Italian dry with black olives and plummy fruit with bits of liquorice cassis and vanilla." - Gismondi on Wine, Mar 4/09

2005 ~ THREE STARS "A good amount of cherry and blackcurrant aromas. The perfumed palate is youthful yet shows some complexity of ripe fruit and length. Up to 3 years." - Decanter, Apr/07

2005 ~ Wine Picks! "If it's a nice bit of Alberta red meat you plan to enjoy tonight, or a hearty pasta dish, this is a good wine-pairing choice. Plums, cherries, and blackcurrants on the nose of this medium-bodied wine with fresh acidity. It's a 60-40 blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet. The palate is youthful and quite complex. The finish hints at vanilla and chocolate." - Edmonton Journal, Dec 12/07

2005 ~ "Aromas of plum and berry follow through to a medium body, with soft tannins and a vanilla and chocolate aftertaste. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon" - Wine Spectator, Oct 31/07

2004 ~ "Ripe, fresh and smoky; very moreish." - Margaret Rand's top new Valpolicella's; Decanter, Apr/07

"If this go-ahead family company had a motto, it might be "always investing"; as well as accumulating 135 ha of vineyards it has restored Villa Quaranta and turned it into a hotel and restaurant, complete with spa. It has also invested in land in the Maremma. How do nine family members work together so well? Pierangelo shrugs, "It's the most important factor in our success." The wines are polished and modern.


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby red.

Aroma:
Bouquet of ripe red berry fruits.

Taste:
Well balanced with good structure and length, and intense berry fruit and spice flavours.

Pairing:
Very food friendly, this pairs well with grilled meats and robust pasta dishes.



Other Info:

Poggio al Tufo is a 66-hectare estate in the south of Tuscany, owned by the Tommasi family, one of the world's foremost Amarone producers, founded in 1902. The wine is grown in the Rompicollo vineyard, which has southern exposure, volcanic soils and is densely-planted to 6,500 vines per hectare.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Primo'V Moscato  PRIMO V (ITALY)  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Kosher for Passover & Mevushal  Moscato  Puglia 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$14.49   PWS View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+8739  9313558900106  Download Profile
Vintage    
NV     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

"This is a party, people pleasing perfomer sure to be enjoyed by one and all and the price is right. The Primo V Puglia Moscato +430967 $14.99. it's a spec wine so prices may vary. Looks like a regular bottle of wine but when you take the cork out, the fun begins. A nice little explosive pop tells you that you have just opened a bottle with soft tiny bubbles waiting to come up and tingle your palate. It has the Moscato grape written all over it with its pleasing sweetness. Fresh and intense on the nose with a combo of tree fruit aromas. These are carried forward on the palate with ripe, fresh fruit flavours and some marzipan and fruit cake thrown in, all bathing in a delicately balanced acidity. This one could start a trend. And one of the best features of this wine is that it only has a 5 1/2 % alcohol content. Yes, you read that right, 5 1/2 %. So party on my friends!" - Wilf's Wine notes, Wilf Krutzmann, March 2011




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale lemon with soft, fine mousse.

Aroma:
Fresh and youthful with intense aromas of ripe orchard fruit and white flowers.

Taste:
Medium-sweet with delicate, soft bubbles and refreshingly low alcohol.

Pairing:
Ideal with soft cheeses, fruit-based desserts or as an alternative to mimosas at brunch.



Other Info:

Primo'V is produced under license from Welner Wines by Tenura San Giorgio. Welner Wines locates the best vineyards and grapes across the world to offer high quality and competitive pricing. The company is headed by Shimshon Welner, founding managing director of the acclaimed Yarden winery. Primo'V Moscato is Mevushal, Kosher and Kosher for Passover. Supervision: OU.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Heredad Brut Reserva  SEGURA VIUDAS  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Sparkling Wine  Blend-Macabeo-Parellada  Penedes 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$34.95   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+558825  033293650003  Download Profile
Vintage    
NV     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

92 Points. "Here's your sparkling wine for the holidays (and year round)! Terrific value in this well-made, toasty and refreshing bubbly from Spain that's a third of the price of Champagne. Segura is one of the most respected producers of Cava, the Spanish name for sparkling wine. Terrific earthy aromas mingle with toasted almond and some green apple. Great aperitif or try it with roast turkey, friend chicken, or yes, even potato chips." ~ NatalieMacLean.com, Oct 2014

"Dusty aromas of apple and mild yeast form the bouquet on this traditional Cava. In the mouth, it's frothy and foamy on contact, while the flavors veer from peppery and dry to apple and citrus. This finishes nice and peppery, with proper dryness for a brut sparkler." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2013

Wine Of The Day. "It's the weekend and entertaining season has already begun so be prepared with a few bottles of this exceptional Cava that makes a terrific host gift in an impressive package. A wine that 'aligns' all of our critics with equally high scores so you can be sure there is something here for everyone to enjoy. Cin Cin!" - Sara D'Amato, WineAlign, Nov 16, 2012

90 Points. "Though about twice the price of most Cava, this premium offering from Segura Viudas delivers flavour and depth well above the average for the category, making it a fair competitor. This bottling is a particularly refined and elegant version, with delicate toasty notes and vibrant citrus/green orchard fruit. Long finish. It's well worth a look." - John Szabo, Wine Access Magazine Feb, 2012

92 Points ~ Wines & Spirits Magazine, June 2011

Silver Medal, 4/5 Stars ~ "Oak-fermented base wine perhaps? Intense and expressive nose. Very ripe, serious style and lees ageing. Zingy and balanced mouthfeel with a lovely, long finish." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

3 STARS, EXCELLENT, RECOMMENDED. "After four years of secondary fermentation, this limitedrelease wine develops toasted brioche qualities that marry well with the apple and quince notes through the smooth, spicy finish." - Food & Wine, Wine Guide 2011

EXCELLENT, RECOMMENDED. "The wine delivers nice complexity; it looks and astes more expensive than it is." - Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, November 19, 2010 90 Points

89 Points. "Very solid and sturdy, with aromas of apple, lemon-lime, soda cracker and mineral. The palate is fuller and more flavorful than your average cava, with candied apple, papaya, lime and lemon flavors. Dry, pithy and hinting at complexity on the finish." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Dec/10

Anthony Gismondi, Wine Access, 101 Favourite Wines of 2009

5 Stars. "This bottle is a work of art with its pewter detail and shapely profile. Made from Parellada and Macabeo and aged a minimum of 30 months, it shows aromas of white fruit and leesy/toasty aromas. The palate is layered with pear, toasted nut and mineral notes and scented with honey blossoms. It is crisp witha smooth mousse and creamy toasty finish." - Vines Magazine, Dec/09

"This maybe the best value in sparkling wine ever. Excellent, mellow and perfumed, the wine has available depth. Its presentation is exquisite, in a hand blown bottle with a crest and metal base. We can't understand the low price but we're not complaining. Quite simply, superb, all things considered." - Arnold Palmer's Kindom Magazine, Fall/09

90 Points. "Good fine persistent mousse. Fresh nose with strawberry, floral, lime, lemon, nutty, melon, biscuit, peach skin aromas. Crisp, dry, round, elegant palate with very nutty, floral, slate, peach, baked pear, caramel, lemon and lime flavours. A bit fuller than most cava but very elegant and suave with a slightly sweet finish. Best served with seafood tapas and slightly salty light meats." - Anthony Gismondi, Dec. 4/08

Gold Medal ~ Effervescents du Monde 2008, France

"Very expressive floral, mineral, lemon and peach aromas dominate the nose from the bubbly in this big, weighty bottle. The bubbles are soft and coat the palate, with lemon-lime flavours joined by toasty, doughy notes and a medium finish. This bubbly is in one of the nicest bottles I've ever seen, and easily holds its own against French Champagne at twice the price." - Winnipeg Free Press, Dec/08

"You get great zingy flavor (and the same air of luxury) from a Spanish Cava sparkling wine that's well under the cost of the 'real thing'." - Cosmopolitan, July/08

"A work of art, a table-top showstopper. This bubbly elevates the world of Cava with its white fruit and leesy/toasty aromas. It is layered with pear, toasted nut and mineral notes and scented with honey blossoms. The crisp citrus-y flavours, smooth palate, mousse and creamy, toasty linger make this wine wonderfully memorable." - Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva.

TOP 5 "Sparkling"; Wine Diva's Top 5!

4 Stars. "The reserva version is a blend of 2/3 Maccebeu and 1/3 Parellada. Pale lemon yellow with a very refined, elegant nose of creamy citrus, lemon tart, lime blossom and freshly baked bread aromas. On the palate the wine is well balanced and rounded with that extra depth of flavour intensity and persistence that distinguishes Cava with real class." - Buyers Guide, Vines, Sept/Oct. 2007

"the expensive Reserva Heredad is hand-riddled and hand-disgorged. Light gold-colored, it offers wheat-thin aromas and lemon-lime flavors with excellent concentration. The Finish is crisp and Clean." The Wine Advocate, Feb/07

90 Points ~ Wine & Spirits, June 2004


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Straw yellow in colour, with a small, fine, plentiful mousse.

Aroma:
Lightly smokey, with touches of biscuit or bread, which are followed by hints of honey, fruit and flower petals.

Taste:
Fruity and full of flavour, with dried fruits from the
lees ageing, but very elegant, with a long, complex finish. Best served at a temperature of 8-9 C.

Pairing:
A perfect companion to truffle-influenced dishes, such as truffle oil drizzled pastas. White fish, sole or monkfish or even traditional Mediterranean casseroles are perfect companions, as are cooked or cured hams, and soft white cheeses such as brie or camembert.



Other Info:

Deep, cool, ancient subterranean caves provide the ideal temperature for the second fermentation over a period two to five years. Heredad Brut Reserva spends 30 months on the yeast and is made in the traditional methode traditionnelle, the same process used to make the most expensive champagnes and sparkling wines in the world. It is produced exclusively with wines from the best harvest of the Macabeo and Parellada varieties.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brut Reserva  SEGURA VIUDAS  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Sparkling Wine  Blend-Macabeo-Parellada-Xarello  Penedes 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$5.49   PWS View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+127557  00033293680000  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

89 Points. "Cava is made in the same traditional method as Champagne. This is a blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes grown in the Penedès region of Spain. Nose of lemon, white peach, some light bread, apple sauce. Flavours of apple, ripe pear; nice acid. Creamy mouthfeel with a persistent and long-lasting mousse. Astounding value for the quality." - Neil Phillips, Wine Align, Feb/16

Top 20 Under $20 - "...You cannot easily wean yourself off celebratory bubbly and there is no need to as many of the best value wines on the market are sparkling. You can still get something with a little toasty autolysis and stay well under $20. That is worth celebrating in itself. The Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava is consistently one of the best." - WineAlign, Jan/16

90 Points. "Classic, traditional, value. I've been a fan of this well-priced, traditional method sparkling Cava for many years. It has classic style, it's dry on the palate with impressive complexity. Expect aromas of toasted brioche, golden apples and crisp yellow pears with melon, soft floral notes, bright citrus and nutty undertones. Expect a persistent mousse and an echo of the nose with roasted nuts, toasted apple pastries and lemon curd flavours elevated by a creamy weight. An extremely reliable all around great bubbly. Pair:appetizers, roast chicken or turkey, seafood, salty snacks/popcorn/chips, most cheeses." - Daenna van Mulligen, winescores.ca, Sept/15

One of 52 Great Wines Under $25 - TIME Magazine, July 3, 2015

New to Top 50 & Best value bubbly under $15 at LCBO & Top 20 under $20 "Fresh nose with pure apple pear flavour, a soft creamy texture and very good length."- Steve Thurlow, LCBO, April/15

86 Points and a BEST BUY. "Grassy, slightly stalky apple and nectarine aromas feed into a fresh, citrusy palate that brings a mix of white stone-fruit flavours as well as green citrus. A solid, lasting finish is dry and fresh." - Wine Enthusiast, November 2014.

4 Stars. "Made from indigenous Spanish grape varieties, this bubbly brings lemon-rind, green-apple, pear and chalky mineral aromas. A light-bodied, super-crisp and bone-dry bubbly, there's plenty of chalky green-apple skin and fresh citrus (think lemon-lime) flavours here. With fine, intense bubbles and great texture, this Spanish Cava is yet again a sure-fire killer value." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 2014

89 Points. "This crisp, refreshing sparkling wine is made from the local grapes Macabeo and Parellada. This bubbly almost leaps from the glass with aromas of baked bread, green apple and lees. Very dry and zesty. Great fizz for the New Year or with shellfhish." - www.nathaliemaclean.com, Dec/13

10 Fizzy Faves for the Holidays: Hired Belly's Best Bubbles. "Spain makes Cava-arguably the best value bubble around. The more I drink, the more I come back to Segura. The regular Segura Viudas Brut is a very versatile food match. You can drink it with everything from cracked crab to curry." - Tim Pawsey, Hiredbelly.com, Dec 14, 2013

This Spanish cava made from local grape varieties continues as one of the best buys in sparkling wine. It displays classic olive, almond, green pear and lime aromas. It's light to mid-weight, brisk and lively, with a nervy centre and some softness on the edges. There is stony minerality as well. Very good to excellent length. Chill well. - Wine Align, Oct/13

89 Points & Best Buy. "One of the most reliable Cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavours along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It's gentle and clean, fuel for a dance party. " - Wine & Spirits, August 2013

Best $15-and-Under White Wines. "This low-priced gem is packed with green apple and citrus." - Food & Wine Magazine, June/13

Best Value. "Fresh and balanced, with a creamy bead supporting apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes." - Wine Spectator, Apr/13

Wine of the Week. "Fresh and balanced, with a creamy bead supporting apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, May 7/13

#45 of Top 100 Best Buys 2012. "This is as crisp and dry as a wispy reed, with a mild grassy note on the nose It feels fresh and focused, with lime, peach and apple flavours. Fruity, fresh and easy to like from start to finish, this is what a Best Buy should be." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2012

"As always, there isn't a better quality sparkling wine, for anywhere near the price, on the market this year, than Spain's Segura Viudas Brut Reserva (158493) $15.99. Rich and "creamy" it has that authentically "champenoise" toastiness with citrus, pear and vanilla flavours in it." - Doug Sloan, The Courier Islander, Nov 30/12

Judges' Choice: Sparkling ~ Wine Access International Value Wine Awards 2011

#19 OUT OF TOP 100 BEST BUYS. "Simple, nice and not trying too hard; this basic brut is graced with nice apple and citrus aromas. The palate is wet, juicy and classic, with crisp apple, green herb and melon flavors. Round, clean and just crisp enough." - Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, November 2011

4 Stars. "A cuvee of Macabeo (50%), Parellada (35%) and Xarel-lo (15%) grapes from the Alt Penedes region of Spain, this consistent, crisp and outstanding value wine has earned itself a following worldwide (and premium space in my fridge). Unfailingly dry and refreshing, the Brut Reserva has a lovely citrus, apple, floral and nut skin nose. Balanced and nimble on the palate with creamy mousse, SV has flavours of red and green apple, lemon, white honey and almonds. The clean, crisp and minerally finish lingers, inviting another glass (or three). Start as an aperitif or with tapas, and don't stop there." - Treve Ring, Eat Magazine, Mar/11

"We made a resolution two years ago to drink at least a bottle of bubbly once a week and it's still going strong. The sparkling wine opened most frequently at my house has been Segura Viudas Brut. This is a terrific value, with a clean nose and slightly bready complexity, but mainly it is showing mineral and lemony citrus aromas. It rides the line between fruitiness and dryness, with crisp acidity. Keeps coming back for: being great value, traditional method bubbly". - Wine Access

Best buy wines: 20 under $20. "Segura Viudas is still one of the best buys in the unsung cava category. Expect a creamy mousse with a fine bubble, tasting of pear, apple and a hint of citrus. Not bone dry, yet still elegant. The price makes it ideal as a mixer as well; for a kir royale, aperol spritz or a mimosa aperitif." - Mary Lee Bailey, The Tomato Magazine, May-June/11

"Drink! There are certain staples in my house, things that I couldn't imagine not having stockpiles of. In fact, the thought of running out of one of these trevssentials makes me feel a bit peely-wally: flaked French sea salt, olive oil, espresso beans, soy milk and Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava." - Treve Ring, eatmagazine.ca, Mar 9/11

"My annual appraisal of this bargain bubble seldom wavers. The palate is fresh, with a creamy mousse and more dried pears, citrus, apple, nutty honey, almond flavours. The finish is dry but elegant, and with plenty of flavour. A grade "A" sparkler made for appetizers or light meals." - Anthony Gismondi, Wine Access, Mar/11

"A pale colour, with an intriguing bready nose, with hints of mineral and earth. This has quite a bit of complexity for a budget bubbly. It is light to medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. Dry, with good acidity and lemon and green apple flavours. Hard to beat for the price." wineaccess.ca, March 10/11

Judges' Choice ~ Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2010

"This non vintage from Spain is hands down the best value bubble under $20." - Park Heffelfinger, International Sommelier Guild sommelier, The Vancouver Sun, Dec/10

"Segura Viudas cavas certainly belong on any list of good buy bubble. Have done for years. There's the Brut Rose and Brut Reserva, both of them specialty-listed but widely available and well-known in most stores. They're crisp, bright, flavourful and so food-friendly you can serve them with anything from vichyssoise to plum pudding. And keep some handy for toasts-yes, the morning ones, with peanut butter and jam; why not? The price is the rightest." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, Dec/10

Four Stars. "This fresh and flavourful sparkling wine is consistently one of the best value bottles at the liquor store. It has the citrus and nutty flavours commonly associated with Spanish Cava, with a refreshing and elegant character. Its price makes it an impressive, any-occasion party wine." - Christopher Waters, Vines Magazine, Aug/Sept/10

"A perennial best seller in British Columbia, Segura is a cava made by the "methode Champenoise". This is not a cheap way to do business but the results are very much appreciated. Subtle and refined, with delicious nutty flavours and a clean crisp finish! Reliable and easy drinking at a price that's hard to beat." - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Jan-Feb/10

90 Points & Best Buy. "The gentle sparkle of this wine carries scents of honey-eyed apple and red-apple skin. it's fragrant and clean, and lasts on fruit. A rich style with balance." - Wine & Spirits Magazine, July/09

89 Points. "The nose blends citrus and wild green-herb aromas, while the palate has perfectly composed orange and peach flavours. The finish is solid and around every turn it holds the road. Great for the price." - Top 100 Best Buys 2009, Wine Enthusiast, Nov/09

Top 100 Best Buys, No.8 ~ Wine Enthusiast, Dec/09

Top 100 Best Buys, No.9 ~ Wine Enthusiast, Dec/09

100 Best Buys of the Year ~ Wine & Spirits, Nov/09

"50 Under $50 for 2010" ~ Anthony Gismondi, www.gismondionwine.com, Dec/09

"Our annual appraisal of this bargain bubble seldom wavers. Fresh floral, nutty, lemon notes greet the nose. The palate is fresh, with a creamy mousse and more dried pears, citrus, apple, nutty honey almond flavours. The finish is dry but elegant and with plenty of flavour. A grade "A" sparkler made for appetizers or light meals." - Anthony Gismondi, www.gismondionwine.com, Dec/09

"I've been drinking this go-to traditional method sparkling wine for a very long time and seeing the grapes being harvested for it this past September just made my appreciation grow. "Made from the three traditional white grapes used in making Cava (Macabeo, Parellada and Xarello) it is a seamless sparkling with complexity. Bright aromas of Asian pear, praline, honey, delicate floral and citric notes and a leesy, bread dough core. Loads of minerality on the palate with plenty of crisp tree fruit and citrus flavours - crisp and creamy and entirely quaffable." - Daenna Van Mulligen, www.winescores.ca, Dec. 14/09

"Straw coloured with a yeasty nose; medium-bodied, crisply dry with citrus and green apple flavours and a lingering nutty taste on the finish." - Tony Aspler, Tidings Magazine, Feb-March 09

"Summer is made for young, lively budget wines...On a hot day, you want a drink that's bright and vivid-not heavy or oaky, like some expensive aged bottles. Bubbleheads will rejoice at this delicate yet creamy Spanish take on Champagne. Drink it with everything from corn dogs to sushi." - Real Simple, Jun/09

Wine Pick of the Week. "One of the world's all-time greatest wine bargains, this is an absolute necessity in summer: for celebration if it's sunny, for consolation if it's not. It's lemony, nutty, and yeasty - and a killer partner for let's-sit-outside-and-watch-the-sunset summer takeout." - David Scholefield,Vancouver Magazine, May/09

90 Points & Best Buy. "The gentle sparkle of this wine carries scents of honey-eyed apple and red-apple skin. it's fragrant and clean, and lasts on fruit. A rich style with balance." - Wine & Spirits Magazine, July/09

Best of Category. "Perennial best buy' does not begin to do this justice. Always overdelivers, with lavish creamy texture and toasty, nutty richness." - Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards, 2009

"Appealing, but light flavors; very crisp." ~ ConsumerReports.org, Jan/09

89 Points & Top 100 Values of the Year ~ Wine & Spirits, June/08

Value Brands of the Year. "The bright, appley Cava Brut Reserva is a perennial charmer ... Anytime is a good time for the Brut Reserva." - Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2008

"For more traditional wine lovers, there can't be a better quality sparkling wine value than Spain's Segura Viudas Brut Reserva. Arguably the best of the Spanish sparkling 'Cavas,' it is a blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarello and a teaser of earthy citrus, apple and almond flavours. Quite rich and 'creamy' it has that authentically 'champenoise' toast-iness with citrus, pear, almond and vanilla flavours." - Doug Sloan, Special to Courier-Islander, Dec. 26/08

"It is, it can be said, an accepted truth among wine cognoscenti that Segura Viudas Brut Reserva is among the world's great wine bargains." - The Globe and Mail, Dec. 3/08

"Bottle-fermented in the style of Champagne, this crisp, lively sparkler offers great value. It's a blend of grapes we don't hear much about (Macabeo, Parellada and Xarello), but it's hugely popular. Pale straw in colour with an elegant, harmonious aroma. Soft, well-integrrated fruit flavours, and well-balanced acidic-fruit finish. A good sipper, it pairs well with most dishes." - Wine Picks, Edmonton Journal, Dec/08

"A very fresh version with bright floral, melon, nutty, lemon, mineral aromas with bits of toasted biscuit on the nose. It's crisp, clean and round (the mousse is tight and creamy) with dried pears, citrus, apple and nutty honey almond flavours. The style is dry, as in cava dry or brut, but it is very flavourful. It represents fine value in a sparkler suited to a variety of foods." - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, Dec 12/08

Beppi's Bailout Bargains. "Bottle-fermented like Champagne at a fraction of the cost." - Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, Oct. 8/08

Killer Value ~ International Value Wine Awards, 2008

"Arguably the best of the Spanish sparkling 'Cavas,' it is a blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo and a teaser of earthy citrus, apple and almond flavours. Quite rich and 'creamy' it has that authentically 'champenoise' toastiness with citrus, pear, almond and vanilla flavours." - Doug Sloan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, Aug. 15/08

"This is one of the very best-selling sparklers in BC and for very good reason - it always delivers much more than you have to pay. The wine, which displays a background of rip fruit with nuances of spice, is always refreshing." - bcliquorstores.com, July/08

"This is the perfect sparkling wine to use in cocktails. Made in Spain, this is a dry, refreshing sparkler with subtle flavours of green apples and lemons." - BCLDB Taste Magazine, Summer/08

"It has a delicacy about it. The leanness and minerality of this wine would pair well with melon." - Tim Snyder, Wine & Spirits, June/08

"This is clean, fresh and lively - a classic blend of macabeo parellada and xarel-lo. At this price, it's difficult to find another sparkling wine in the world that delivers such consistent quality and character." - Peter Liem, Wine & Spirits, June/08

Critics Picks ~ Wine & Spirits, June/08

Winner! Sparkling Wine Category "Crisp, lively bubble with satisfying yeasty depth." - Vancouver Magazine, 2008 Wine Awards

Bubbles of the Month! "Hugely popular and I don't wonder why at this price! This easy-drinking Cava from Spain's Catalan coast is made by the Champagne method using indigenous grapes. Light straw coloured, with a persistent stream of tiny bubbles and subtle bread dough and nut aromas. Soft and smooth with subdued fruit flavours and a light sweetness in the finish. Not as complex as Champagne but a refreshing alternative at a fraction of the cost." - Larry Arnold, Liquid Assets, Eat Magazine, Jan. 2008

Judges Choice ~ International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

Top 50! Under $15 Category ~ International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

"100 BEST BUYS OF 2007" "Tightly built around its effervescence, this has a sweet, lemon-scented finish to balance saline acidity. For poached prawns or roast scallops." - Wine & Spirits Buying Guide, Winter 2007

3 Stars! "Pale lemon yellow with bright citrus fruit, pear and slight biscuity character. Medium bodied and mouthfilling, with persistent mousse, stone fruit and refreshing bitter grapefruit flavours. A very fine value, all-purpose sparkler." - Buyers Guide, Vines Magazine, Sept/Oct. 2007

"Holiday dinners, like Christmas (or Thanksgiving) are valuable family time but - lets face it - long, and require pacing for both the host and the guests. Start with bubbly as an aperitif that matches well with our spiced nuts, goat cheese crostini and all other nibbles. Excellent choice across a wide price spectrum, sweetness level and good value is Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava." - Sid Cross, Western Living, Dec. 2007

"Superb rich style Cava, long a favourite with customers and staff. The wine has a lovely, full, rich, nutty style balanced by fresh, clean crispness. The fizz is soft and smooth. Top quality grapes were night-harvested to keep the temperature of the fruit low to prevent loss of flavour and aroma. The bunches were gently pressed and the juice fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine was blended and bottled with a little yeast and sugar to undergo secondary fermentation in bottle. The wine was left with its yeast lees in bottle for three years before disgorging, imparting a creamy richness. Grape Mix : 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada & 15% Xarello" Oddbins, British wine merchant chain; Dec/06

"Slightly sweet on hte nose, the aromas of baked fruit, cream soda and vanilla are welcoming. Internestly, th ewine is a bit more tart and refined on hte palate, where zesty but full apple and pear flavors run the show. Not lean but definitely streamlined and acidic." - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 15/06

"This one stands comfortably at the top of the Spanish cava collection when it comes to flavor, midway in the lineup when it comes to price. A light and lively sparkler that pleases the palate when you're toasting the year ahead, Segura Viudas follows through from the crab cakes to the custard pie." - Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, Dec 28/06

"Arguably the best of the Spanish sparkling "Cavas" it is a blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15 Xarel-lp and a toastly mouthful of earthy cirtrus, apple and almond Flavours. And being European makes it so much more acceptable to wine sophisticates!" - Doug Sloan, WineWise, North Islander, Dec 22/06

"Celebrate! The ultimate party sparkler, affordable and delicious ! Segura introduced many of us to the term "Cava" ( Spanish for sparkling wine), blessing us with this pale yellow bubbly with its glinting golden bubbles. The Segura is loaded with crisp tree fruit, apples and zippy lemon-lime with just a hint of toast. There is loads of juicy citrus and mineral on the palate and it's clean, dry and refreshing with a long, delicately spiced finish. You can never go wrong with Segura!" - Daenna Van Mulligen, Infamous, Vancouver, Dec/06

"A lovely wine that you can feature at a cocktail reception with a low budget. Featuring mild white fruit flavours with delicate bubbles, this would pair well with proscuitto-wrapped melon or tomato bruschetta. Crisp and delicate with green apple freshness, this dry sparkling wine is simply a great value." - Flavours Magazine, Dec/05

"There's nothing like a good bubbly with food, on its own, anytime, and Segura is always better than what it costs." - City Food, Winter 05/06

92 Points ~ "Exceptional Value", Wine & Spirits, May/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale straw yellow.

Aroma:
Elegant and harmonious.

Taste:
Fresh and well balanced on the palate; with ample green apple and citrus flavours.

Pairing:
Delightful to sip on it own, but also pairs well with most foods.



Other Info:

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva, created from a blend of reserve and non-vintage wines, is clean and delicate, yet rich in flavor. A cuvee of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes grown in the renowned Alt Penedes region of Spain, the wine is vinified according to methode champenoise technique and is aged in the bottle for up to three years.


Bottles per Case: 24
Bottle Size: 200ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brut Reserva  SEGURA VIUDAS  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Sparkling Wine  Blend-Macabeo-Parellada-Xarello  Penedes 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$14.95   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+11410  0332936900009  Download Profile
Vintage    
NV     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

89 Points. "Cava is made in the same traditional method as Champagne. This is a blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes grown in the Penedès region of Spain. Nose of lemon, white peach, some light bread, apple sauce. Flavours of apple, ripe pear; nice acid. Creamy mouthfeel with a persistent and long-lasting mousse. Astounding value for the quality." - Neil Phillips, Wine Align, Feb/16

Top 20 Under $20 - "...You cannot easily wean yourself off celebratory bubbly and there is no need to as many of the best value wines on the market are sparkling. You can still get something with a little toasty autolysis and stay well under $20. That is worth celebrating in itself. The Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava is consistently one of the best." - WineAlign, Jan/16

90 Points. "Classic, traditional, value. I've been a fan of this well-priced, traditional method sparkling Cava for many years. It has classic style, it's dry on the palate with impressive complexity. Expect aromas of toasted brioche, golden apples and crisp yellow pears with melon, soft floral notes, bright citrus and nutty undertones. Expect a persistent mousse and an echo of the nose with roasted nuts, toasted apple pastries and lemon curd flavours elevated by a creamy weight. An extremely reliable all around great bubbly. Pair:appetizers, roast chicken or turkey, seafood, salty snacks/popcorn/chips, most cheeses." - Daenna van Mulligen, winescores.ca, Sept/15

4 Stars. " This well-loved bubbly offers great value and impressive complexity. Expect aromas of toasted brioche, golden apples and crisp yellow pears with melon, soft floral notes and bright citrus balanced atop a nutty core. it boasts a persistent mousse, and roasted nuts, toasted apple pastries and lemon curd flavours mimic the nose. It's an extremely reliable all-around bubbly with a creamy weight." Daenna Van Mulligen, Vines Magazine, Nov/15

One of 52 Great Wines Under $25 - TIME Magazine, July 3, 2015

86 Points and a BEST BUY. "Grassy, slightly stalky apple and nectarine aromas feed into a fresh, citrusy palate that brings a mix of white stone-fruit flavours as well as green citrus. A solid, lasting finish is dry and fresh." - Wine Enthusiast, November 2014.

"Bright and lightly floral Spanish sparkler, with a lively mousse and hints of white cherry, fresh ginger and blood orange granita. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, Dec/14

4 Stars. "Made from indigenous Spanish grape varieties, this bubbly brings lemon-rind, green-apple, pear and chalky mineral aromas. A light-bodied, super-crisp and bone-dry bubbly, there's plenty of chalky green-apple skin and fresh citrus (think lemon-lime) flavours here. With fine, intense bubbles and great texture, this Spanish Cava is yet again a sure-fire killer value." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 2014

89 Points. "This crisp, refreshing sparkling wine is made from the local grapes Macabeo and Parellada. This bubbly almost leaps from the glass with aromas of baked bread, green apple and lees. Very dry and zesty. Great fizz for the New Year or with shellfhish." - www.nataliemaclean.com, Dec/13

"This reliably delicious dry cava, also known as sparkling wine from Spain, pairs beautifully with turkey, or just enjoy it with a selection of appetizers. It also pairs well with sushi, Chinese takeout, roast chicken, so many different foods. It’s fresh, yet creamy, with McIntosh apple, citrus and toasty notes. A blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes, it is made in the same manner as Champagne, although it costs considerably less." ~ Shelley Boettcher, The Calgary Herald, Nov 2014

10 Fizzy Faves for the Holidays: Hired Belly's Best Bubbles. "Spain makes Cava-arguably the best value bubble around. The more I drink, the more I come back to Segura. The regular Segura Viudas Brut is a very versatile food match. You can drink it with everything from cracked crab to curry." - Tim Pawsey, Hiredbelly.com, Dec 14, 2013

This Spanish cava made from local grape varieties continues as one of the best buys in sparkling wine. It displays classic olive, almond, green pear and lime aromas. It's light to mid-weight, brisk and lively, with a nervy centre and some softness on the edges. There is stony minerality as well. Very good to excellent length. Chill well. - Wine Align, Oct/13

89 Points & Best Buy. "One of the most reliable Cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavours along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It's gentle and clean, fuel for a dance party. " - Wine & Spirits, August 2013

Best $15-and-Under White Wines. "This low-priced gem is packed with green apple and citrus." - Food & Wine Magazine, June/13

Best Value. "Fresh and balanced, with a creamy bead supporting apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes." - Wine Spectator, Apr/13

"If wine is going to be served with brunch, better make it sparkling. It's a classic complement, and while this declaration could be debated, that would just leave less time for digging into the bennies and hash. Sparkling wine is fun, it's festive, and its higher acidity is a perfect foil to protein heavy, coagulating eggs. Year after year Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava deftly walks the high-low line; It's elegant enough for serving neat to mom, but priced reasonably enought not to fret when mixing in the orange juice for a mimosa. In other words, it's a great all round brunch bubbly." - James Nevison, The Province, May 2013

Wine of the Week. "Fresh and balanced, with a creamy bead supporting apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, May7/13

#45 of Top 100 Best Buys 2012. "This is as crisp and dry as a wispy reed, with a mild grassy note on the nose It feels fresh and focused, with lime, peach and apple flavours. Fruity, fresh and easy to like from start to finish, this is what a Best Buy should be." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2012

"As always, there isn't a better quality sparkling wine, for anywhere near the price, on the market this year, than Spain's Segura Viudas Brut Reserva (158493) $15.99. Rich and "creamy" it has that authentically "champenoise" toastiness with citrus, pear and vanilla flavours in it." - Doug Sloan, The Courier Islander, Nov 30/12

"Always good value, this has received no sabring action at my hands- yet- but I'm just casting around for an occasion. Some people have told me they haven't been able to find it in the stores much before the holidays, but it's front and center in the Spanish bubble section at my neighbourhood outlet right now and always worth a taste." - Jurgen Gothe The Georgia Straight, January 12/2012

Judges' Choice: Sparkling ~ Wine Access International Value Wine Awards 2011

#19 OUT OF TOP 100 BEST BUYS. "Simple, nice and not trying too hard; this basic Brut is graced with nice apple and citrus aromas. The palate is wet, juicy and classic, with crisp apple, green herb and melon flavors. Round, clean and just crisp enough." - Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, November 2011

"We made a resolution two years ago to drink at least a bottle of bubbly once a week and it's still going strong. The sparkling wine opened most frequently at my house has been Segura Viudas Brut. This is a terrific value, with a clean nose and slightly bready complexity, but mainly it is showing mineral and lemony citrus aromas. It rides the line between fruitiness and dryness, with crisp acidity. Keeps coming back for: being great value, traditional method bubbly." - Wine Access

"I've been buying this exceptionally-priced traditional method Cava for many years. It has a classic style, dry and toasty with aromas of pear, apple and fresh citrus, wet stone minerality, and hints of pine with leesy notes. The palate has a pleasing, creamy mousse with a complexity, which belies the price. Bright and lively in the mouth with plenty of juicy citrus flavours grounded with toasty, nutty flavours. Nice length with a creamy finish." - The Wine Diva, Dec 5/2011

"A pale colour, with an intriguing bready nose, with hints of mineral and earth. This has quite a bit of complexity for a budget bubbly. It is light to medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. Dry, with good acidity and lemon and green apple flavours. Hard to beat for the price." - wineaccess.ca, March 10/11

Best buy wines: 20 under $20. Segura Viudas is still one of the best buys in the unsung cava category. Expect a creamy mousse with a fine bubble, tasting of pear, apple and a hint of citrus. Not bone dry,yet still elegant. The price makes it ideal as a mixer as well; for a kir royale, aperol spritz or a mimosa aperitif. - Mary Lee Bailey, The Tomato Magazine, May-June/11

Best Buy wines, 20 under $20 ~ "Spain's Segura Viudas is still one of the best buys in the unsung cava category. Expect a creamy mousse with a fine bubble, tasting of pear, apple and a hint of citrus. Not bone dry, yet still elegant. The price makes it ideal as a
mixer as well; for a kir royale, aperol spritz or a mimosa aperitif." - The Tomato Magazine, May/June 2011

"The fruity nose has good intensity and a mineral touch. On the palate, everything is in order, clean taste and perfectly dry. The finish has a good length. What more can you ask for at this price Simply amazing to open any meal." - Tidings Restaurant, April/11

4 Stars. "A cuvee of Macabeo (50%), Parellada (35%) and Xarel-lo (15%) grapes from the
88 Points. "My annual appraisal of this bargain bubble seldom wavers. The palate is fresh, with a creamy mousse and more dried pears, citrus, apple, nutty honey, almond flavours. The finish is dry but elegant, and with plenty of flavour. A grade "A" sparkler made for appetizers or light meals." - Anthony Gismondi, Wine Access, Mar/11

Alt Peneds region of Spain, this consistent, crisp and outstanding value wine has earned itself a following worldwide (and premium space in my fridge). Unfailingly dry and refreshing, the Brut Reserva has a lovely citrus, apple, floral and nut skin nose. Balanced and nimble on the palate with creamy mousse, SV has flavours of red and green apple, lemon, white honey and almonds. The clean, crisp and minerally finish lingers, inviting another glass (or three). Start as an aperitif or with tapas, and dont stop there." - Treve Ring, eatmagazine.ca, Mar/11

"Drink! There are certain staples in my house, things that I couldnt imagine not having stockpiles of. In fact, the thought of running out of one of these trevssentials makes me feel a bit peely-wally: flaked French sea salt, olive oil, espresso beans, soy milk and Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava." - Treve Ring, eatmagazine.ca, Mar 9/11

Judges' Choice - Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2010

"This non vintage from Spain is hands down the best value bubble under $20." - Park Heffelfinger, International Sommelier Guild sommelier, The Vancouver Sun, Dec/10

"Segura Viudas cavas certainly belong on any list of good buy bubble. Have done for years. There's the Brut Rose and Brut Reserva, both of them specialty-listed but widely available and well-known in most stores. They're crisp, bright, flavourful and so food-friendly you can serve them with anything from vichyssoise to plum pudding. And keep some handy for toasts-yes, the morning ones, with peanut butter and jam; why not? The price is the rightest." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight, Dec/10

"A perennial best seller in British Columbia, Segura is a cava made by the "methode Champenoise". This is not a cheap way to do business but the results are very much appreciated. Subtle and refined, with delicious nutty flavours and a clean crisp finish! Reliable and easy drinking at a price that's hard to beat." - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Jan-Feb/10

90 Points & Best Buy ~ "The gentle sparkle of this wine carries scents of honey-eyed apple and red-apple skin. Its fragrant and clean, and lasts on fruit. A rich style with balance." - Wine & Spirits Magazine, July/09

89 Points ~ "The nose blends citrus and wild green-herb aromas, while the palate has perfectly composed orange and peach flavours. The finish is solid and around every turn it holds the road. Great for the price." ~ Top 100 Best Buys 2009, - Wine Enthusiast, Nov/09

Top 100 Best Buys, No.9 ~ Wine Enthusiast, Dec/09

"50 Under $50 for 2010" ~ Anthony Gismondi, www.gismondionwine.com, Dec/09

100 Best Buys of the Year ~ Wine & Spirits, Nov/09

Best of Category! "'Perennial best buy' does not begin to do this justice. Always overdelivers, with lavish creamy texture and toasty, nutty richness." - Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards, 2009

"Our annual appraisal of this bargain bubble seldom wavers. Fresh floral, nutty, lemon notes greet the nose. The palate is fresh, with a creamy mousse and more dried pears, citrus, apple, nutty honey almond flavours. The finish is dry but elegant and with plenty of flavour. A grade "A" sparkler made for appetizers or light meals." - Anthony Gismondi, www.gismondionwine.com, Dec/09

"I've been drinking this go-to traditional method sparkling wine for a very long time and seeing the grapes being harvested for it this past September just made my appreciation grow. "Made from the three traditional white grapes used in making Cava (Macabeo, Parellada and Xarello) it is a seamless sparkling with complexity. Bright aromas of Asian pear, praline, honey, delicate floral and citric notes and a leesy, bread dough core. Loads of minerality on the palate with plenty of crisp tree fruit and citrus flavours - crisp and creamy and entirely quaffable." - Daenna Van Mulligen, www.winescores.ca, Dec. 14/09

"Summer is made for young, lively budget wines...On a hot day, you want a drink that's bright and vivid-not heavy or oaky, like some expensive aged bottles. Bubbleheads will rejoice at this delicate yet creamy Spanish take on Champagne. Drink it with everything from corn dogs to sushi." - Real Simple, Jun/09

Wine Pick of the Week ~ "One of the world's all-time greatest wine bargains, this is an absolute necessity in summer: for celebration if it's sunny, for consolation if it's not. It's lemony, nutty, and yeasty and a killer partner for let's-sit-outside-and-watch-the-sunset summer takeout." - David Scholefield,Vancouver Magazine, May/09

"Straw coloured with a yeasty nose; medium-bodied, crisply dry with citrus and green apple flavours and a lingering nutty taste on the finish." - Tony Aspler, Tidings Magazine, Feb-March 09

"Appealing, but light flavors; very crisp." ~ ConsumerReports.org, Jan/09

89 Points & Top 100 Values of the Year ~ Wine & Spirits, June/08

Winner! Sparkling Wine Category "Crisp, lively bubble with satisfying yeasty depth." - Vancouver Magazine, 2008 Wine Awards

Value Brands of the Year! "The bright, appley Cava Brut Reserva is a perennial charmer ... Anytime is a good time for the Brut Reserva." - Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2008

Killer Value ~ International Value Wine Awards, 2008

"For more traditional wine lovers, there can't be a better quality sparkling wine value than Spain's Segura Viudas Brut Reserva. Arguably the best of the Spanish sparkling 'Cavas,' it is a blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarello and a teaser of earthy citrus, apple and almond flavours. Quite rich and 'creamy' it has that authentically 'champenoise' toast-iness with citrus, pear, almond and vanilla flavours." - Doug Sloan, Special to Courier-Islander, Dec. 26/08

"It is, it can be said, an accepted truth among wine cognoscenti that Segura Viudas Brut Reserva is among the world's great wine bargains." - The Globe and Mail, Dec. 3/08

"Bottle-fermented in the style of Champagne, this crisp, lively sparkler offers great value. It's a blend of grapes we don't hear much about (Macabeo, Parellada and Xarello), but it's hugely popular. Pale straw in colour with an elegant, harmonious aroma. Soft, well-integrrated fruit flavours, and well-balanced acidic-fruit finish. A good sipper, it pairs well with most dishes." - Wine Picks, Edmonton Journal, Dec/08

A very fresh version with bright floral, melon, nutty, lemon, mineral aromas with bits of toasted biscuit on the nose. It's crisp, clean and round (the mousse is tight and creamy) with dried pears, citrus, apple and nutty honey almond flavours. The style is dry, as in cava dry or brut, but it is very flavourful. It represents fine value in a sparkler suited to a variety of foods. - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, Dec 12/08

Beppi's Bailout Bargains ~ "Bottle-fermented like Champagne at a fraction of the cost." - Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, Oct. 8/08

"Arguably the best of the Spanish sparkling 'Cavas,' it is a blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo and a teaser of earthy citrus, apple and almond flavours. Quite rich and 'creamy' it has that authentically 'champenoise' toastiness with citrus, pear, almond and vanilla flavours." - Doug Sloan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, Aug. 15/08

"It has a delicacy about it. The leanness and minerality of this wine would pair well with melon." - Tim Snyder, Wine & Spirits, June/08

"This is clean, fresh and lively - a classic blend of macabeo parellada and xarel-lo. At this price, it's difficult to find another sparkling wine in the world that delivers such consistent quality and character." - Peter Liem, Wine & Spirits, June/08

Critics Picks ~ Wine & Spirits, June/08

Bubbles of the Month! "Hugely popular and I don't wonder why at this price! This easy-drinking Cava from Spain's Catalan coast is made by the Champagne method using indigenous grapes. Light straw coloured, with a persistent stream of tiny bubbles and subtle bread dough and nut aromas. Soft and smooth with subdued fruit flavours and a light sweetness in the finish. Not as complex as Champagne but a refreshing alternative at a fraction of the cost." - Larry Arnold, Liquid Assets, Eat Magazine, Jan. 2008

"100 BEST BUYS OF 2007" "Tightly built around its effervescence, this has a sweet, lemon-scented finish to balance saline acidity. For poached prawns or roast scallops." - Wine & Spirits Buying Guide, Winter 2007

3 Stars! "Pale lemon yellow with bright citrus fruit, pear and slight biscuity character. Medium bodied and mouthfilling, with persistent mousse, stone fruit and refreshing bitter grapefruit flavours. A very fine value, all-purpose sparkler." - Buyers Guide, Vines Magazine

Top 50! Under $15 Category ~ International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

"Holiday dinners, like Christmas (or Thanksgiving) are valuable family time but - lets face it - long, and require pacing for both the host and the guests. Start with bubbly as an aperitif that matches well with our spiced nuts, goat cheese crostini and all other nibbles. Excellent choice across a wide price spectrum, sweetness level and good value is Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava." - Sid Cross, Western Living, Dec. 2007

"Slightly sweet on hte nose, the aromas of baked fruit, cream soda and vanilla are welcoming. Internestly, th ewine is a bit more tart and refined on hte palate, where zesty but full apple and pear flavors run the show. Not lean but definitely streamlined and acidic." - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 15/06

"This one stands comfortably at the top of the Spanish cava collection when it comes to flavor, midway in the lineup when it comes to price. A light and lively sparkler that pleases the palate when you're toasting the year ahead, Segura Viudas follows through from the crab cakes to the custard pie." - Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, Dec 28/06

"Arguably the best of the Spanish sparkling "Cavas" it is a blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15 Xarel-lp and a toastly mouthful of earthy cirtrus, apple and almond Flavours. And being European makes it so much more acceptable to wine sophisticates!" - Doug Sloan, WineWise, North Islander, Dec 22/06

"Celebrate! The ultimate party sparkler, affordable and delicious ! Segura introduced many of us to the term "Cava" ( Spanish for sparkling wine), blessing us with this pale yellow bubbly with its glinting golden bubbles. The Segura is loaded with crisp tree fruit, apples and zippy lemon-lime with just a hint of toast. There is loads of juicy citrus and mineral on the palate and it's clean, dry and refreshing with a long, delicately spiced finish. You can never go wrong with Segura!" - Daenna Van Mulligen, Infamous, Vancouver, Dec/06

"A lovely wine that you can feature at a cocktail reception with a low budget. Featuring mild white fruit flavours with delicate bubbles, this would pair well with proscuitto-wrapped melon or tomato bruschetta. Crisp and delicate with green apple freshness, this dry sparkling wine is simply a great value." - Flavours Magazine, Dec/05

"There's nothing like a good bubbly with food, on its own, anytime, and Segura is always better than what it costs." - City Food, Winter 05/06

92 Points ~ "Exceptional Value", Wine & Spirits, May/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale straw yellow.

Aroma:
Elegant and harmonious white fruits, citrus and tropical fruits and light floral notes.

Taste:
The palate is complex and full of flavour, with good acidity and notes of lime and pineapple. It is dry and long on the finish.

Pairing:
An ideal Cava to start a meal, or as a companion to seafoods, pasta dishes such as noodles with seafood sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil, or even a warm salad. It is perfect at home with soft milk cheeses or a mild Brie.



Other Info:

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva, created from a blend of reserve and non-vintage wines, is clean and delicate, yet rich in flavor. A cuvee of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes grown in the renowned Alt Penedes region of Spain, the wine is vinified according to methode champenoise technique and is aged in the bottle for up to three years.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Vintage Brut Gran Reserva  SEGURA VIUDAS  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Sparkling Wine  Blend-Macabeo-Parellada   Penedes 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.95   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+11412  89328001050  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ 90 Points. "The 2008 Brut Vintage is two-thirds Macabeo and one-third Parellada, it is lean and stony on the nose, with green apple and lemon-lime notes as well as some chalky and herbal aromas. It's a remarkably bright, lively bubbly. Light acidity works well in augmenting the tart apple and lime notes, while the hint of fresh peach in the background provides some fleshier ripeness. This was the first wine I tried during the week of the Winnipeg Wine Festival, and it made an impression. Drink with oysters, fresh fruit or light cheeses." - Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press PRINT EDITION May 18/13

2004 ~ 90 Points & Best Value Sparkling Wine. "Made with the local grapes Macabeo and Parellada, this sparkling wine is loaded with aromas of baked and fresh apple, citrus, bread dough and lees. Very dry and crisp with an impressive fizz that knits the fruits and acids together. Medium-bodied with a medium-long crisp/bubbly/fruit finish. My note: A full-bodied, robust bubbly with scrumptious notes of toast, nuts, peach and green apple. Pair with: shellfish." - Nat's Decants, Aug 15/09

2004 ~ 4 Stars. "The Vintage Brut is a blend of 67% Macabeo and 33% Parellada. Aged on its lees for three years, it develops lovely biscuity-leesy character that adds depth to the classic lemon, herbal, apple, pear, floral, and oily aromas. The 2004 Vintage Brut is dry with a delicate mousse and structured, steely acidity. Medium-bodied, it's fresh and pure with a clean finish." - Lindsay Groves, Vines Magazine, Sept/Oct 2009

2001 ~ "This is Oddbins' secret weapon in the fizz wars; fantastically elegant, dry fizz that knocks the competition into a cocked hat. The vintage has length, depth of flavour and a gloriously soft finish.
Crisp, elegant and balanced with a soft sparkle, lovely appley fruit, good weight of flavour and a citrus finish.
A blend of native varieties Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada with none of the more controvertial Chardonnay, now allowed in Cava. The grapes were crushed with a pneumatic press, only the first 40% of the juice being used. The first fermentation was in stainless steel tanks. Secondary fermentation was in the bottle as in Champagne and the wine matured for 3 years with its yeast lees before degorement removed them. The yeast gave rich toastiness to the wine." - Oddbins, British Wine Merchant chain (270 stores)

1998 ~ Gold Medal, Long Beach Grand Cru Comp, July/00


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Straw yellow, with hints of gold.

Aroma:
Intense and complex aromas, with notes of ripe white fruit, mainly apple, over an elegant citrus backdrop.

Taste:
The lively acidity creates a very refreshing mouth feel, and develops into a full, fruity and complex finish.

Pairing:
White meats in light sauces or with a surf and turf combination.



Other Info:

The Macabeo is the predominant varietal in our Brut Vintage, contributing acidity and freshness, whilst increasing ageing potential. The Parellada, coming from the highest parts of the region around the area of Pla de Manlleu, and harvested almost a month later than the Macabeo, enhances the blend. The blend is made from a selection of 10 different Macabeo and Parellada wines. They are all fermented separately at low temperatures (14 to 16 C) to obtain maximum varietal identity.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Merlot  SHAFER VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec  Napa Valley 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$124.99   PWS View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+712364  013528200029  Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 88-90 Points. "A barrel sample of the 2013 Merlot, which is a similar blend to the 2012, looks like it’s going to be as good, although it plays it closer to the vest and is more restrained at present. The wine exhibits dense ruby/plum color, sweet berry fruit mixed with background oak, soil undertones and a touch of unsmoked cigar tobacco. A little chocolate is also in the mix. Drink this medium-bodied wine over the next 10-plus years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/14

2012 ~ 92 Points. "Sleek and supple, this is exactly the style of Merlot that made the wine so popular. Floral red currant and cinnamon spice aromas lead to rich, ripe flavors of black cherry and toasty oak, with a hint of earth. Drink now through 2020. 8,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator, November 2014

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Bright red berries, flowers, mint, spices and savory herbs jump from the glass in the 2011 Merlot. The aromas and flavors are bright, perfumed and beautifully nuanced in this vintage. Sweet floral notes reappear on the mid-weight finish. Ideally, the 2011 is best enjoyed over the next few years. The 2011 is 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Nov/2013

2011 ~ 89-91 Points. "Shafer's 2011 Merlot jumps from the glass with dark cherries, spices, sage, mint and licorice. There is good juiciness and depth in the Merlot. The 2011 is a bit darker in tonality than the 2010. This is a terrific effort for the year. The 2011 is 76% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2023." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/12

2010 ~ 94 Points. "Starting with the Merlots, the 2010 Merlot (a blend of 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec) is sensational. Its dense purple color is accompanied by gorgeous aromas of black fruits and chocolate, a sweetness to the tannin and length that almost makes a mockery of Merlots produced elsewhere in Napa, a voluminous, chewy texture and great elegance and purity. Shafer Vineyards appears to have the Midas touch with just about any fruit they receive. The killer 2010 Merlot may be the finest Merlot they have produced in 20-25 years. It should drink well for 10-15 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/13

2010 ~ 93 Points. "A delicious entry-level wine, the 2010 Merlot is rich, boisterous and loaded with fruit. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and spices all make an appearance in this flashy, exuberant red. The vibrancy of the vintage works to balance some of the wine's natural overtness. Clean, saline notes add an attractive briskness to the finish. This is a gorgeous wine that makes a compelling case for Merlot-based wines in Napa Valley. The 2010 is 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet and 6% Malbec, a variety that seems to add a little extra juiciness, always welcome in a wine meant to be enjoyed upon release." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/12

2010 ~ 90-92 Points. "The 2010 Merlot possesses a darker flavor profile than the 2009, as well as more textural depth and sheer profile. Black cherries, menthol, licorice and spices are just some of the notes that take shape in the glass. This is a firmer style of the Merlot that today doesn't quite have the early appeal of the 2009, but it is striking just the same. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/11

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Supple and rich, with ripe cherry and toasty oak aromas that lead to soft and elegant currant, dried herb and mocha flavors. Drink now through 2018." - Wine Spectator, Nov 30, 2013

2009 ~ 92 Points. "Supple, elegant and beautifully focused, with aromas of red currant
and toasty vanilla that lead to ripe but sleek and layered flavors of black cherry, cinnamon and black tea. Tannins sneak in on the finish. Drink now through 2017." - Wine Spectator, May/12

2009 ~ "This is an attractive, fleshy wine graced with expressive dark red fruit, flowers, sweet spices and licorice. It reveals gorgeous radiance and a supple, inviting personality." - The Tasting Panel, Oct/12

2008 ~ 93 Points. "Another very great effort from Shafer. Few in Napa are capturing this kind of elegance, depth and brightness so consistently. The nose is perfectly pitched, with creamy blackberry, coffee and licorice. The palate is quite full-bodied, very smooth and well-integrated, with youthful but not austere tannin. The fruit pours through to excellent length. Best 2012 through 2018." - David Lawrason, Wine Access, Mar 29/12

2008 ~ 92 Points. "Elegant and focused, showing flavors of Asian spice and red currant." - Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, November 2011

2008 ~ "The 2008 Merlot shows good freshness, mid-weight, not quite the flamboyance and intensity of the 2007, but lots of fruit as well as a seductive personality. It, too, should drink well for 7-8 years." - Wine Spectator, Dec/10

2007 ~ 92 Points. "Dark and muscular, with blackberry and graphite aromas and youthful, concentrated black cherry and mocha fruit that show notes of roasted herb and a hint of game." - Wine Spectator, web-only Apr/10

2007 ~ 90 Points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/11

2007 ~ 90 Points. "Moderately saturated red-ruby. Restrained but nuanced nose offers plum, redcurrant, tobacco and nutty oak. A nicely balanced, penetrating midweight with modest flesh but a silky texture and intriguing, understated redcurrant and mocha flavors. This young wine relies as much on its acids as on its suave tannins for structure. Finishes with good persistence and subtle soil tones." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/10

2007 ~ "The 2007 Merlot (a 10,000-case cuvee that includes 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) may be the finest Merlot I have ever tasted from Shafer. Reasonably priced for a Napa Valley Merlot, it is characterized by elegance and substance. Its dark ruby/purple hue is followed by notes of wood spice, forest, flowers, berries, mocha, and wood smoke, medium to full body, sweet tannins, and good freshness. Enjoy it over the next 12+ years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/09

2006 ~ 90 Points. "Very good deep ruby-red color. Medicinal black cherry, licorice and flowers on the slightly high-toned nose, along with a suggestion of cherry skin. Dense, sweet and fruity in the mouth if still a bit youthfully tight, with a slight medicinal quality to the flavors of dark berries, black cherry and licorice. Finishes smooth and long, with firm tannins. I'd give this a year before pulling the cork." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Dec/08

2006 ~ 89 Points "Exhibits fleshy, red and black currant, bay leaf and underbrush characteristics. Medium-bodied with sweet tannin, it should drink nicely for a decade." - Robert M. Parker, The Wine Advocate, Dec/08

2006 ~ Rated: HI- "Blended with a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this is an opulent, juicy, tooth-purpling, even flamboyant wine, with spicy notes of crushed black cherry and strawberry all but billowing from the glass." - Richard Nalley, Forbes Magazine, May/09

2005 ~ 89-91 Points. "Spicy red fruits and cocoa powder on the nose. Supple and silky on the palate, with fresh, nicely delineated flavors of redcurrant, flowers, spices and tobacco. Very nicely balanced wine, finishing with rather suave tannins..." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 07

2005 ~ "Wonderfully fragrant aromas of cinnamon toast, black cherry, cassis and dark berries, plus a hint of smoke. Smooth and luscious on the palate with supple, ripe tannins and loads of red and black fruit enhanced by cinnamon-clove spice and red licorice. Deeply flavorful and irresistible with an extended close." - Steve Pitcher, Wine News, Top Ten Merlots of the Year

2005 ~ Shafer's Cabernet is so dominant, it's sometimes forgotten how good their Merlot can be. The wines are dependably dry, rich and balanced, as the excellent '05 demonstrates. It's soft and drinkable now, but rich and sweet in tannins that frame cherry, currant, cola, licorice and vanilla flavours. Will reward cellaring through 2011." - Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 01/08

2005 ~ "...possesses crisp acidity as well as an elegant bouquet of berry fruit, menthol, sweet cherries, and spice. The tremendous aromatics are followed by abundant fruit." - Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, Dec/07

2005 ~ "...attractive, intense, tarrish, dark cherry fruit aroma with hints of green olive and wintergreen; full body; herbal, cherry fruit flavors with notes of tobacco and charred oak; appealing, smooth mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended." - California Grapevine

2005 ~ "If you need to restore someone's faith in the capability of Merlot to make thoroughly satisfying wine, this is the bottle for the job. It is quite rich and very deeply flavored, with notes of black plums and fresh dark berries along with hints of toast, spices, cocoa and dried herbs. Despite its considerable size and heft, it is not overwhelming or overt." - Michael Franz, Wine Review Online.

2005 ~ "This is not one of those wimpy cherry-Kool-Aid-and-alcohol merlots; this is serious stuff. ...a brawny wine with good fruit flavors (think mocha, bing cherry, tobacco) and masculine tannins and acidity." - Michael Lonsford, Houston Chronicle.

2004 ~ 92 Points. "Ripe, juicy plum, blackberry and wild berry fruit is lively, plush, well-proportioned and highly distinctive, finishing with a burst of fruit and pretty toasty-oak shadings. Drink now through 2009." - Wine Spectator, Nov. 30/06

2004 ~ 91 Points. "The 2004 Merlot (75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc) continues to demonstrate that the movie “Sideways” really had some fatal flaws. I suspect if the director had tasted the Shafer Merlot, or for that matter the Pahlmeyer and a few others, some of the nonsense about Merlot would never have appeared in that funny and enjoyable movie. Shafer’s 2004 Merlot is Napa Merlot at its finest – juicy, succulent, sexy and irresistible. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with copious aromas of black cherries, spice, smoke and earth. Beguiling, silky smooth and round, it is a total turn-on." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Apr/14

2003 ~ 89-91 Points - The Wine Advocate, Feb/05

2002 ~ 93 Points. "This Merlot was one of the finest Merlots tasted in my retrospective of 2002s. Made from a final blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, it exhibits plenty of sweet mocha and round berry fruit along with a hint of smoky oak, a rich, creamy, broad, savory mouthfeel, a sexy finish, and lots of opulence and density. Complex and fully mature, it should provide immense pleasure for anothe 7-8 years where well-stored." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue 201, July 2012

2002 ~ 91 Points. "Plush and complex, with an elegant core of ripe, vivid, well-defined currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit that's intense and concentrated, showing off pretty mocha-laced oak nuances along with a touch of herb and green olive. Finishes with a smooth, soothing aftertaste and flavors of notable depth and richness. Drink now through 2010." - Wine Spectator; Oct/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby/purple colour.

Aroma:
Scents of red and black cherry, red and black plum, sage, white pepper and wet earth.

Taste:
Serves up juicy black cherries, liqueur, aromatic dark berry fruits, smoke, and wet earth.

Pairing:
Poultry, pork and meat dishes (duck breast with dried cherry-Merlot sauce, roast chicken with cranberry-wild rice stuffing). Caramelized onions, roasted garlic and mushrooms are pleasant companions.



Other Info:

Shafer Vineyards is a 32,000 case winery in Napa Valley's Stags leap District managed by the father and son team of John and Doug Shafer. The Shafer family owns and farms 200 acres of vineyards. The Merlot was aged 20 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels (75% new: Vosage, Allier and Troncais).


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Relentless Syrah  SHAFER VINEYARDS  United States 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Syrah-Petite Sirah  Napa Valley 
Est. Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$146.03   MBLL View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+624700  013528700024  Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 98-100 Points. "The same can be said for the 2013 Syrah Relentless, which might end up being the finest one they’ve ever made. The berries were the smallest they’ve encountered, and they were not the only winery to say that about the 2013 red varietals. A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Petite Sirah, the wine is opaque black/purple with an incredible nose of subtle wood, charcoal embers, blackberry, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, baking spices, and again, a roasted meatiness with some bouquet garni thrown in the background. The complex aromatics were already starting to roar from the glass, and the wine, enormously endowed, is full-bodied and flawlessly constructed. This is a killer effort that should drink well for 40+ years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #215, Oct/14

2012 ~ 94 Points. "A deeply structured blend that combines power with richness. Aromas of blackberry and crushed rock open to layered, complex flavors of black cherry, espresso and smoky cracked pepper. Tannins are big but flashy. Syrah and Petite Sirah." - Wine Spectator, Dec/15

2012 ~ 94-97 Points. "The 2012 Syrah Relentless, which has not yet been bottled, is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah. In keeping with this amazing year, it’s full-bodied, juicy, succulent, flamboyant, with blueberry and blackberry fruit galore, lots of glycerin and a massive mouthfeel, but no heaviness or astringency characterize this stunning wine. This should turn out to be a great, great Rhône Ranger when released in a year or so." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #215, Oct/14

2011 ~ 94 Points. "There’s no denying the power in this wine, which contains Syrah and Petite Sirah sourced from one ridgetop Stags Leap District site. But in this case, power is a beautiful thing, sinewy and contained. Complex in plum, gamy meat and a lingering suggestion of coconut, it has size offset by the acidity, and a beguiling finish of cracked black pepper. Things will get more interesting in the cellar, through 2021–2026." - Wine Enthusiast, May/15

2011 ~ 94 Points. “This big red brims with dark, rich, chunky blackberry and wild berry fruit, with notes of black licorice that edge toward prune. Maintaining a fine balance for its size, this is extracted, with firm, chewy, peppery tannins. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2015 through 2028.” – Wine Spectator Advance, Nov 30, 2014

2011 ~ 91-93 Points. "Shafer's 2011 Relentless (Syrah/Petite Sirah) is another beautifully balanced wine in this generally underrated vintage. Black olives, smoke, tar, licorice and scorched earth all come together nicely in this surprisingly fleshy wine. The 2011 Relentless impresses for its overall balance. To be sure, the 2011 is a bit smaller-scaled than normal, but in exchange readers will find a wine bursting with varietal character and personality. This is another super solid showing from Shafer. The blend is 91% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2023." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/12

2010 ~ 97 Points. "The extraordinary 2010 Relentless (96% Syrah and 4% Petite Sirah) offers up notes of graphite, subtle wood charcoal, barbecue smoke, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit, and hints of spice and meat. This full-bodied, supple-textured, exceptionally rich Syrah already has a certain accessibility, but should age well for two decades." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/13

2010 ~ 95 Points. "Firm, rich and dense, this combines power with finesse, offering a deep mix of chewy dark berry, dark chocolate, black licorice, road tar, tobacco and loamy earth flavors, tightly wound and leading to a long finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2014 through 2026. 3,300 cases made." - Wine Spectator Advance, Dec 31/13

2010 ~ 92-94 Points. "Freshly cut flowers, violets, mint and licorice all jump from the glass in the 2010 Relentless. In 2010, the Relentless is quite a bit more varietally expressive than the 2009, but then again, it is almost exclusively Syrah. A wine of gorgeous aromatic intensity, the 2010 impresses for its considerable energy, focus and freshness. The blend is 96% Syrah and 4% Petite Sirah. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/12

2010 ~ Top 100 (#72) - Wine Spectator 2012

2009 ~ 95 Points & Highly Recommended. "Brimming with dark, rich berry, loamy earth, crushed rock and espresso. This is a powerful expression that is also tapered and sophisticated, ending with all kinds of subtle nuances that come alive on the finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2013 through 2024. From California." - Wine Spectator, Jan 31-Feb 28/13

2009 ~ 95 Points. "Estate president Doug Shafer named this red after veteran winemaker Elias Fernandez, who apparently pursues quality with relentless devotion. Blended from 82-per-cent syrah with tannic petite sirah, it's as luscious as they come, with well-integrated 16.5 per-cent alcohol and notes of plum, dark chocolate, white pepper and leather. Hermitage-American-style. Cellar it for upto 10 years." - Beppi Crosariol, The Globe & Mail, March 20, 2013

2009 ~ 93 Points & Publisher's Pick. "Extracted and meaty, this blend of 82% Syrah and 18% Petite Sirah roars like a lion from first sip. Black coffee eventually lead to a path of early-picked blackberry." - The Tasting Panel, Oct/12

2009 ~ 93 Points. "The 2009 Relentless (Syrah/Petite Sirah) wraps around the palate with serious depth. Dark cherries, grilled herbs and menthol take shape in the glass followed by sweet floral notes that add lift on the finish. A rich, round and voluptuous wine, the 2009 impresses for its overall sense of harmony. It isn't terribly varietal, but is quite pretty if taken on its own terms. The 2009 is 82% Syrah and 18% Petite Sirah. Personally, I prefer the subsequent vintages, where Syrah plays more of a leading role. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/11

2008 ~ 96 Points & #1 - Wine Spectators Top 100 of 2012

2008 ~ "HOT WINES" 96 Points. "The best Relentless yet. Shows all the muscle, density, richness and range of flavor found in many Shafer reds, yet takes it to another level in this vintage. The aromatics are full and distinct, with loads of dark berry, charcoal, and then as it unfolds touches of black cherry, raspberry, red and black licorice, sailing along and then firming nicely on the finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2013 through 2023. From California." - Wine Spectator Insider, Nov 9/11

2008 ~ 96 Points. "The aromatics are full and distinct, with loads of dark berry and charcoal, then this unfolds touches of black cherry, raspberry and red and black liquorice on the palate, sailing along and firming nicely on the finish. Shows all the muscle, density, richness and range of flavour found in many Shafer reds, yet takes it to another level in this vintage. The best Relentless yet. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2013 through 2023. - Wine Spectator, January 31 - February 29, 2012

2008 ~ 95 Points. "Another thoroughbred in the making is the 2008 Relentless. Full-bodied with sensational extract and richness, its opaque purple color is followed by terrific smoky barbecue notes, full-bodied opulence and tremendous depth, power and richness. This stunning Syrah can be drunk over the next 15-20 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #192, December/ 2010

2008 ~ Wine of the Year Wine Spectator 2012

2007 ~ 95 Points. "The current release, the 2007 Relentless, exhibits a dense purple color as well as notes of grilled herbs, tar, blackberries, cassis, pepper and jus de viande. This full-bodied powerhouse should last at least 15-20 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/10

2007 ~ 94 Points. "A gorgeous wine, ripe and juicy, with black cherry, plum and currant flavors joined by spicy cedar, graphite, tobacco and dried sage. Full-bodied and powerful, yet restrained and ageworthy. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2012 through 2022." - WineSpectator.com Feb 28, 2011

2007 ~ 94 Points. "I love Shafer's blend of 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah, the 2007 Relentless. Another knock-out offering, it reveals plenty of tar, rose petal, graphite, blackberry, and burning ember-like characteristics. This deep, full-bodied beauty should evolve for a decade or more." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/09

2006 ~ 92-94 Points. "The 2006 Relentless may be even better [than 2005]. It possesses an opaque purple hue as well as a grapy, smoky perfume, displaying scents of roasted meats, blackberries, licorice, and charcoal. This packed and stacked, full-bodied 2006 should drink beautifully for 10-15 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/08

2005 ~ 90-92 Points. "Good medium ruby. Cooler, vibrant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, cocoa powder and violet, along with a meaty nuance. Suave and rather high pitched with a silky texture but also a firm acid spine to the flavors of black fruits, bitter chocolate and menthol. Structured, juicy wine." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 07

2005 ~ Best of the Best. "Big, deep, pure, plush, round, blackberry, mocha and vanilla flavors - perfection itself." - Quarterly Review of Wines, Summer/09

2005 ~ "Gorgeous concentration ... the classic cassis, blackberry, peppery meatiness of this wine are beautiful, but it is full-