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Vintages Release July 7, 2008

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Dessert Wine

J.P. Chenet Vinhos Moscatel De Setúbal 2001, D.O.C. Portugal, Portugal: Vintages Wine Panel: This wine was called a Top Ten Smart Buy by Wine Access magazine when we released the same vintage in September 29, 2007. Compared to its popular cousins, Port and Madeira, fortified Moscatel de Setúbal is relatively unknown in the wine world. Made with the Muscat grape, this wine delivers delicious aromatic intensity for little money. After you have finished nosing this delightful concoction, your palate will be greeted by apricots and honey at first sip. My note: An amazing dessert wine that will wow your guests. Vinhos Moscatel De Setúbal food pairings: vanilla cheesecake. 996181 17% S 750 mL $11.95 Score: 89/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Santa Carolina Finca El Origen Malbec Reserva 2006, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Medium purple in color, this wine features complex aromas of pipe smoke, blueberry turn-over, black cherry, plum, new leather and cedar. It’s dry, medium-bodied and elegant. The ripe blackfruit flavors are balanced by crisp acidity and refined tannins that all lead to a medium-long, structured finish. My note: Terrific value! Smooth, full-bodied, but not heavy. Notes of black plums. Malbec Reserva food pairings: grilled lamb chops with mint jelly. 65664 14.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Navarro Correas Malbec Gran Reserva 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: The Correas family’s history in Mendoza dates back to 1798. From the mid 1800s to 1974 the family cultivated grapes for other wine producers, but all that changed in 1975 when Don Edmundo Navarro Correas established the family’s own winery. Today, winemaker Juan Marco crafts this flavorful, well-structured Malbec. It’s brimming with blackberry, black cherry, cedar and coffee aromas and flavors. My note: A smooth, delicious red with layers of blackberry and coffee notes. Malbec Gran Reserva food pairings: grilled meats, pasta in a zesty tomato sauce. 28928 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Sophenia Sophenia Malbec Reserve 2006, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina: A palate-whacker with black cherry liqueur aromas. Full-bodied is an understatement. Malbec Reserve food pairings: 3. 66837 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Weinert Malbec 2003, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Swiss winemaker Hubert Weber fully embraced Bodegas y Cavas de Weinert’s traditional approach when he joined the winery in 1997. Weber’s Argentinian wines showcase the classic balance of European wines. Sourced from vines that are 70+ years old, this wine is patiently aged for 3 years in French oak before bottling. Almost French in style, it has plenty of depth of fruit flavours, spice and a smouldering smokiness. My note: A delicious, simple, full-bodied red with terrific ripe, dark red fruit notes. 556795 14% XD 750 mL $15.85 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Septima Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: A lovely, balanced, full-bodied red with aromas of black plums and mocha. 686113 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dynamite Vineyards Merlot 2005, North Coast, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: Dynamite Vineyards gets its name from the means used to sculpt the original vineyard site out of promising, but rocky, slopes. Since its debut in the early 1990s, the winery has expanded and now owns vineyards throughout California. This fruit-forward Merlot is from their best vineyards in the North Coast. An ideal medium-bodied red for around the barbecue. My note: Balanced and smooth like mellow jazz. Merlot food pairings: BBQ. 57380 13.8% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sebastiani Zinfandel 2006, Sonoma County, California, United States: Delicious mocha notes with ripe raspberry and brambleberry underlay. Zinfandel food pairings: saucy barbecued chicken or ribs. 672667 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Merlot 2004, Sonoma County, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: This ever-popular Merlot has a lot going for it. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 25 months, the 2004 features soft, fruity aromas of black plums and blueberries with hints of red licorice and vanilla. It’s dry, medium full-bodied with deep dark-fruit flavours and a lingering spicy/toasty finish. Vintage after vintage it is consistently delightful. My note: A consistently great producer. Trust this brand across the range of wines. 497933 13.8% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sophenia Merlot Reserve 2006, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Famed ‘flying winemaker’ Michel Rolland consults with in-house winemaker Matias Michelini to craft the elegant modern wines of Finca Sophenia. The fruit sourced for this state-of-the-art, gravity-fed winery benefits from the Tupungato sub-region’s unique terroir with vineyards planted at a dizzying elevation of 1200 metres. This medium-bodied, elegant Merlot features plush, ripe-plum flavors as well as vanilla and toast notes on the smooth finish. My note: A smooth, seductive, medium-bodied red with plum notes. Decant for one hour. 63412 D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cremaschi Furlotti Family Family Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Carmenère 2004, Maule Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: This blend combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère, two grapes that have already earned a strong reputation in Chile, with the up-and-coming Syrah. Big, complex and full-bodied, it offers up gorgeous red fruit aromas with subtle hints of leather, earth and spice. My note: A fantastic value with deep red fruit notes and a herbaceous core. Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Carmenère food pairings: grilled red meats, BBQ, fine cheeses. 14183 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lurton Hacienda Araucano Carmenere Reserva 2005, Central Valley, Chile: A black, brooding, full-bodied wine that's very tasty. Juicy notes of blackberries and dark fruit and a smoky finish. Excellent value. Carmenere Reserva food pairings: venison, bison steak, filet mignon, hearty meat dishes, beef tenderloin. 61325 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 90/100. July 2008. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cremaschi Furlotti Anakena Ona Cabernet Merlot Carmenère 2005, Rapel Valley, Chile: A blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon and 25% each of merlot and carmenere. A full-bodied red with black cherries and plums. Cabernet Merlot Carmenère food pairings: BBQ, steak, game meats. 59493 XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cremaschi Furlotti Tierra Del Fuego Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 2006, Maule Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: A Bronze Medal winner at the 5th Annual Wines of Chile Awards, this Cabernet, from the Cremaschi family, is filled with ripe cassis, cocoa, blueberry and spice aromas and flavors. My note: A full-bodied red with black raspberries and cherries with some herbal notes. Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva food pairings: grilled lamb, barbecued steak. 72561 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Lapostolle Merlot 2006, Rapel Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: This wine has typical Merlot aromas of ripe blackberry, plum, black pepper, earth and a touch of roasted green bell pepper. The first thing you recognize on the palate is a very smooth texture, carrying ripe, forward fruit and spicy vanilla notes. The flavours are backed up by mild to medium acidity and soft tannins. My note: A delicious, straight-forward red with black berries. Merlot food pairings: barbecued backribs. 405712 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Silva Syrah Reserva 2005, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Layers of black raspberries and plums. Terrific value. 14456 XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

De Bortoli Db Selection Petite Sirah 2006, Riverina, New South Wales, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: This family-run producer was named Winery of the Year for 2006-07 by Winestate Magazine, and winemaker Steve Webber was named Winemaker of the Year for 2007 by Gourmet Traveller Wine. Big and bold-flavored Petite Sirah, like this example, is capturing the hearts and minds of wine lovers worldwide. Look for ripe cherry fruit, vanilla and oak in this smooth and generous wine. My note: Fantastic value! Dark red fruit notes with mouth-watering juiciness. Full-bodied. Petite Sirah food pairings: gourmet burgers, braised short ribs. 694802 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ceravolo Sangiovese 2006, Adelaide Plains, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Over fifty years ago Joe Ceravolo’s family came to South Australia from Southern Italy – where his family has been making wine for generations. Joe’s Italian heritage comes shining through in this remarkable Sangiovese. Dry and medium-bodied, this wine features fresh red cherry and spice flavors balanced by some refreshing acidity leading to a persistent finish. My note: Lovely dark red fruit notes with some mocha. Great, mouth-watering acidity for food. Sangiovese food pairings: pasta in tomato sauce, grilled vegetables, veal scallopini. 58123 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Reynella Shiraz 2005, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: A great deal of care goes into crafting this deep and smoky Shiraz. The fruit is selected from individual lots of premium McLaren Vale vineyards before they are gently pressed using the traditional, hand-operated basket press. The juice is fermented in small open-top fermenters and the final wine is then aged for 18 months in both French and American oak. Brimming with dark berry aromas as well as notes of tobacco and spice, this is a plump and rich red. My note: Big, brooding red with black fruit notes and a smokey backbone. Shiraz food pairings: rare prime rib. 510628 14.1% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bellevue Estate Tumara Titan Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2004, W.O. Bottelary, Stellenbosch, South Africa: Vintages Wine Panel: Dirkie Morkel (yes, it's his real name) is the resident viticulturalist as well as fourth-generation owner of this family estate. He works closely with winemaker Wilhelm Kritzinger to craft this remarkable proprietary cuvée. An excellent value, the 2003 is comprised of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% of Cabernet Franc. This savoury red features blackcurrant, cedar, vanilla and a hint of eucalyptus. Dry, full-bodied and well-balanced. My note: A full-on red that's Australian in style. Juicy and delicious. Cabernet Sauvignon Blend food pairings: smoked meats, grilled beef kebabs, applewood-smoked cheddar. 922211 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

D'Angelo Estate Winery Del Vulture Aglianico 2004, D.O.C. Basilicata, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: The 2004 Aglianico del Vulture offers ripe black cherry fruit, with spicy cinnamon and coffee notes. My note: A rustic and full-bodied red with cherry liqueur nose, amarone-like. Aglianico food pairings: grilled meats, strong cheeses. 971689 13% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 87/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Antica Napa Valley Guado Al Tasso 2004, D.O.C. Bolgheri Superiore, Italy: Magnificent wine of many layers of black fruit, smooth herbs and mocha. Full-bodied. Drink: 2008 - 2020 986380 14% D 750 mL $81.95 Score: 94/100. July 2008. Favorite Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta De Cabriz Reserva 2004, D.O.C. Dão, Portugal: Vintages Wine Panel: From the Dão region, this dry table wine is made using some of the grapes normally associated with Port, namely Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, plus Alfrocheiro Preto. This fragrant wine has aromas and flavors of wild berries, tea leaves, oak and plum. My note: A rustic, full-bodied red with dark red fruit, cedar and smoke aromas. Reserva food pairings: rich beef, lamb dishes. 21410 13.7% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Adega Cooperativa de Borba Trincadeira Blend Reserva 2004, D.O.C. Alentejo, Portugal: Vintages Wine Panel: The Portuguese have found a comfortable place in their winemaking where they can accept international grapes without betraying their regional roots. In this case, Borda combines the local Trincadeira (75%) with the French grapes Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Alicante Bouschet (10%) to make a wine that still says Portugal, but with a hint of international savoir faire. My note: A smooth, full-bodied red with delicious ripe plums and berries with hints of mocha. Trincadeira Blend Reserva food pairings: braised beef, lamb dishes. 80606 14.1% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 89/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Herdade Do Perdigao Vinha Do Almo Tempranillo Blend 2005, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal: Vintages Wine Panel: Almo is the Portuguese version of the Latin word, Almus, which means ‘bountiful’. This wine definitely lives up to its name. Made with Trincadeira, Aragónez (a.k.a. Tempranillo) and Carignan, Vinha do Almo displays upfront aromas of blackberry, plum and oak spice (from 9 months in American and French oak). This smooth, harmonious wine has a robust structure and a persistent finish. My note: A simple, full-bodied red with red fruit notes. Heat on the back palate. Tempranillo Blend food pairings: roast beef, grilled steak. 81752 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domino Basconcillos Dominio Basconcillos Roble Ribera del Duero 2004, D.O. Ribera Del Duero, Spain: This organic wine contains six mg/L of free sulphur. Layers of black plums, berries and licorice wrapped in smoke. Dominio Basconcillos Roble Ribera Del Duero food pairings: stew, steak. 67371 D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Penley Estate Over The Moon Rosé 2007, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Penley’s rosé is a quirky cuvée of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. They get the most out of their all-star lineup, crafting a vivid, refreshing wine with layers of strawberry, plum and cassis fruit flavors. Serve this at your next Sunday afternoon barbecue party. My note: A simple, delicious rosé with notes of strawberries. Rosé food pairings: salmon paté. 684316 D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin Rosé Réserve 2007, Ac Côtes Du Rhone, Rhone, France: Vintages Wine Panel: From the family behind Château de Beaucastel comes this popular rosé. Sourced from the Perrin Brothers’ own southern Rhône vineyards. My note: A bone-dry rosé with ovely notes of raspberries. Rosé Réserve food pairings: salmon, cucumber sandwhiches. 719062 XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frescobaldi Tenuta Di Castiglioni Salta Grilli Rosé 2007, I.G.T. Rosato Di Toscana, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: A pretty rosé. The wine is filled with lemon zest, black cherry and spice aromas and flavours. This wine is dry and finishes with a zingy fruitiness. My note: A delicious, mouth-watering, light-bodied rosé with sweet strawberry fruit notes. Trade in your white zinfandel for this one! Rosé food pairings: barbecued chicken, grilled tuna, grilled pork with a mango chutney. 33555 D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Flat Rock Cellars The Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2006, V.Q.A. Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: After months of postponing the painting of a rusty old shed in the middle of their premier Chardonnay vineyard, the folks at Flat Rock decided to name their top-tier Chardonnay after it. No need to paint it now. This medium full-bodied, barrel-aged Chard features generous aromas of vanilla, pears, apples, tropical fruit and spices. Dry, buttery and full-flavored, it has the elegance and finesse to develop in cellar. My note: Love it! Chardonnay as it's meant to be: not heavy but packed with flavor. Closed with a screwcap. Drink: 2008 - 2013 1552 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Vintages Wine Panel: The fruit for this spectacular Sauvignon Blanc is hand-picked and whole-cluster pressed. A small portion of the blend is fermented in French oak barriques while the rest is done in stainless steel. This youthful wine features intense aromas of grapefruit and freshly cut grass. It’s full-bodied with ripe citrus flavors, lively acidity and a lengthy crisp, clean finish. My note: Herbal, grassy goodness. Refreshing and zippy. Closed with a screwcap. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seasoned grilled freshwater fish. 63941 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michel Gassier Viognier 2007, Vin De Pays, Midi, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Half the juice for this wine was fermented in new French oak barrels, the other half in stainless steel. The nose offers delicious aromas of apricot, tangerine and hints of vanilla. On the palate, it has a rich texture with ripe peach and candied fruits, with a long creamy finish. My note: A lovely aromatic white with notes of roses and pears. Viognier food pairings: grilled swordfish with mango salsa, lobster in cream sauce. 669531 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. July 2008. Favorite White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Attems Pinot Grigio 2007, D.O.C. Friuli, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: The Attems family have an ancient lineage in the Friuli region dating back to 1106. Recently, they joined forces with another wine dynasty, Marchesi di Frescobaldi. Bright tropical fruit, pear and apple flavors, viscous texture and a crisp finish are the hallmarks of this popular Pinot Grigio. My note: A lovely, refreshing wine with bright citrus fruit, especially limes. Pinot Grigio food pairings: grilled chicken, summer salads. 707950 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2008. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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