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: 2014 Jean-Pierre Boisson Vaucluse Rosé Domaine du Père Caboche
(France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Vaucluse)

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French Country Wines:
Crisp, fruity, dry and simply delicious. A beautiful floral nose with flavors of raspberry and strawberry.
Grapes: Carignan
Pairing: chill it down and drink with just about anything


: 2014 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris
(France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Corbières)

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BLEND: 50% Grenache Gris, 40% Grenache Noir & Carignan, 10% Cinsault & Mour.
REGION: Languedoc-Roussillon
VINEYARD: 46.2 ha
SOIL: Silica, clay, limestone (gravelly with large galets, or rounded stones)
WINEMAKER: Bruno Laboucarié
AGING: Wines rest for one month before bottling to preserve freshness and aromatic intensity
FARMING: Lutte Raisonnée
ALCOHOL: 12.5%


: 2013 Domaine de Durban Beaumes-de-Venise
(France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Beaumes-de-Venise)

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BLEND: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
APPELLATION: Beaumes-de-Venise
REGION: Southern Rhône
VINEYARD: 47 years, 21 ha
SOIL: Clay, Limestone, Trias
WINEMAKER: The Leydier Family
AGING: Grapes are fermented in stainless steel for 15 days, wine ages in barriques, bottled unfiltered
FARMING: Lutte Raisonnée


: 2012 Frédéric & Daniel Brunier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Lieux-Dits Piedlong et Pignan
(France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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BLEND: 90% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre
APPELLATION: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
REGION: Southern Rhône
VINEYARD: Grenache = 70 years old, Mourvèdre = 50 years old, 13 ha
SOIL: Sand on red clay and galets roulés
WINEMAKER: Frédéric & Daniel Brunier
AGING: Wine is aged in concrete tanks for 1 year, then aged a second year in 50 hl foudre, bottled unfined and unfiltered, aged in bottle for 3 months
FARMING: Lutte Raisonnée
ALCOHOL: 14.5%


: 2011 Americano Cellars Petite Sirah
(USA, California)

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Appellation: California
Winemaker: Greg Kitchens
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.55
TA: 6.1 g/L
Varietal Composition:
81% Petite Sirah
17% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Merlot

Vintage: The 2011 vintage was challenging for growers. It was an unusually cool year with a late frost that affected many vineyards, reducing yields and delaying harvest. The weather remained unseasonably cool through much of the growing season, and was devoid of any real grape ripening heat spikes until well into September. Rain and lower temperature returned again in October, further reducing yields and raising concerns of botrytis. These early rain events gave way to the long-awaited Indian summer, with the grapes finally reaching full maturity. While the harvest wasn't abundant, the emerging crop displayed powerfully concentrated flavors and quality.


: 2013 Bellbrae Estate Shiraz Longboard
(Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Geelong)

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Has an irksome front palate - hopefully this will flatten out in a few years. Estate website says it is ready to drink now. Otherwise seems good value.


: NV Dow Porto Fine Tawny
(Portugal, Douro, Porto)

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Dow’s Fine Tawny is a three-year-old blend aged in small oak casks at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.

The barrel ageing produces a smoother and lighter style of wine than the Dow’s Ruby which is aged primarily in large oak vats and tonels.
Dow’s Tawny combines subtle fruit with delicious velvety nutty flavours derived from the cask ageing.

It is ready to drink and enjoy when bottled and does not require further ageing.


: 2010 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva
(Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Rùfina)

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DENOMINATION: Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG
GENERAL INFORMATION: Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG is one of the
historic wines produced at the Castello di Nipozzano. This wine always retains its
close relationship with the Castello di Nipozzano terroir.

ESTATE AND VINEYARD LOCATION: Chianti Rùfina area where is located Castello di Nipozzano
Spring 2010 was marked by frequent rainstorms, which made life difficult for the
viticulturalists with regard to vineyard operations and anti -fungal efforts, but the rain
also had the benefit of build-ing up groundwater reserves. The summer months
experienced a rather even alternation of decent rains and sunny days. September
brought ideal conditions, with cool nights and warm, sunny days right through to the
end of the harvest. The upshot was that the vines performed splendidly, and the fruit
arrived in the cellar with optimal ripeness levels. At Castello di Nipozzano, the weather
conditions, even and balanced throughout the season, will produce wines of
remarkable elegance, bright acidity, and emphatic aromatics, with superb com-plexity
and cellaring potential. After the spring rains, the summer months were marked by
mild, sunny conditions that lasted into autumn. September brought some rain, but it
did no harm to the health and soundness of the fruit. The fine ripeness levels of the
grapes will ensure remarkably fine structures for this year’s wines .

VARIETY: Sangiovese 90%, 10% and complementary grapes (Malvasia nera, Colorino,Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon)
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Immediately after the alcoholic fermentation
MATURATION METHOD: Maturation method: Second and third passage barriques
LENGTH OF MATURATION: 24 months in barriques and 3 months in bottle

Nipozzano 2010 is a ruby red colour with purple highlights. The nose delivers fruity
notes dominated by ripe black cherry, marasca cherry and a delicate hint of forest
underbrush. Floral notes of violet and fresh notes of licorice combine with spicy
aromas of clove and nutmeg. The palate has a pleasing entry with broad tannins and
lovely texture. Fresh and full bodied; reveals a remarkable correspondence between
fragrances and flavour and a notable persistence.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS Barbecued meat and beef stews, aged cheeses


: 2010 Stefano Farina Chianti La Ginestra
(Italy, Tuscany, Chianti)

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Chianti 'La Ginestra' is a brillant ruby red wine which turns to a garnet colour as it ages. Its dry and aromatic taste becomes soft and velvety with a light violet aroma with ageing.

Vine variety: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo

Soil: Fairly fertile, rich in calcium and organic components, very permeable.

Harvest: mid October with baskets of 20 Kg

Yield per hectare: 7 tons of grapes equal to 60 hectoliters of wine

Winemaking process: Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation conducted with innovative techniques and carried out at a controlled temperature.

Evolution/Ageing: 8 months in cement vats, 6 months in oak casks of Slavonic origin, ageing in bottles before selling

Technical features: Alcohol 13% by volume

Tasting temperature: 18-20 degrees centigrade

Best served with: Pasta with tomato sauce, Tuscan soups, white and red meat. Ideal wine to serve with all dishes


: 2012 Washington Hills Sauvignon Blanc
(USA, Washington)

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Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
AVA/Grape Source: Oasis, Frenchman Hills, Otis, A&R
pH: 3.11
TA: 0.66
Alcohol: 13%
RS: 1.5%


: 2012 Scott Harvey Barbera Mountain Selection
(USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County)

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Blend: 83% Barbera, 13% Syrah, 4% Zinfandel
Vineyard Sources: 98% Shenandoah Valley, Amador County, 2% Napa Valley
Appellation: Amador County
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.54
RS: Dry <0.2%
Cooperage: 17 months French Oak
Bottling Date: May 31, 2014
Release Date: September 2014


: 2011 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir
(USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills)

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Biggio Hamina up in Willamette is back with a new vintage and wine. This amazing value wine is actually part Zenith Vineyard fruit, that would retail around $50 and be pretty hard to find in the first place. The wine is filled with bramble, rose petal and cola on the nose, with boisterous red fruit and baking spice on the palate. Very clean and well defined, the structure is firm but smooth, with a river rock minerality and notes of dried tobacco and a subtle salinity on the finish. Really a fantastic effort, we hope you enjoy the wine as much as we do.


: 2012 BackVintage Wines
(Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale)

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from the website:


McLaren Vale experienced a mild growing season and vintage started early, in late February. The grapes for this wine came largely from three vineyards between the slopes above Willunga and the Valley floor. After a cold soak for several days and fermentation in open fermenters, to maximise colour and flavour, the wine was matured in used and a small proportion of new French barrels for 14 months.

Nick Bulleid's Tasting Notes

Deep purple.

Concentrated red plum and blackberry fruit. Moderate spices from well-handled oak.

Structure / Palate
Full body. Rich, sweet-fruit flavours, with plenty of firm, balanced tannin and very good length.

If you like red wines with rich, fruit-forward flavours you’ll enjoy this in its vigorous youth. It will nevertheless gain more complex flavours past 2020. It’s an excellent accompaniment to flavoursome red meat dishes, particularly casseroles, lamb shanks and seared sirloin.


: 2012 Donati Family Vineyard Syrah-Grenache
(USA, California, Central Coast, Paicines)

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Harvest Data:
Harvest Date: 9/11/12
Harvest Tonnage: 5.37 tons
Harvest Brix: 23.9

Winemaking Data:
Extraction Method: Twice Daily Punchdowns
Barrel Aging: 20 months
Cooperage: 17% New French Oak, 8% New Hungarian Oak, 75% Neutral Oak

Bottling Data:
Bottling Date: 5/10/14
Blend Composition: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah
Cases Produced: 200 (12x750ml)
ABV: 14.3%
pH: 3.69
RS: .06%


: 2012 Donati Family Vineyard Grenache
(USA, California, Central Coast, Paicines)

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Harvest Data:
Harvest Date: 11/1/12
Harvest Tonnage: 6.17 tons
Harvest Brix: 25.3

Winemaking Data:
Extraction Method: Twice Daily Punchdowns
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Cooperage: 31% New French Oak, 15% New Hungarian Oak, 54% Neutral Oak

Bottling Data:
Bottling Date: 5/10/14
Blend Composition: 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah
Cases Produced: 145 (12x750ml)
ABV: 13.8%
pH: 3.77
RS: .07%


: NV Bodkin Sauvignon Blanc Blanc De Sauvignon Blanc Cuvee Agincourt
(USA, California, North Coast, Lake County)

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Bodkin Wines is proud to release the third cuvée of California’s First Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc.
100% Sauvignon Blanc from Armida Vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sandy Bend Vineyard in Lake County.


: 2013 Praxis Viognier
(USA, California, Sonoma County)

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Appellation: Sonoma County
Alcohol: 14.1%
% Malolactic: 0
Res Sugar(g/100ml): .03
TA (g/100 ml): .58
Brix at Harvest: 23.8
pH: 3.56
Production: 590 cases


: 2013 José Maria da Fonseca Moscatel Roxo Rosé Colecção Privada Domingos Soares Franco
(Portugal, Península de Setúbal, Vinho Regional Península de Setúbal/Terras do Sado)

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Classification: Regional Setúbal Península
Grapes: Moscatel Roxo (100%)
Region: Setúbal Península
Type de Soil: Clay and lime
Vineyard Area: 3.5 hectares
Wine Production: 12.000 Litres
Tasting Notes:
Colour: Light salmon with reddish tinge
Aroma: Apricot, raspberries, roses, kiwi
Palate: Delicate, fruity, good acidity, balanced
Finish: Medium / long
Vinification: Skin contact time prior to fermentation of 48 hours to get this colour. Fermentation temperature of 18ºC.
Date of Bottling: March 2014
Alcohol – 12.8%
Total Acidity – 5.1 g/l as tartaric acid
pH – 3.02
Residual Sugar – 4.3 g/l
Serving Sugestions: Serve at a temperature of 8ºC and consume at 10ºC with light meals, oriental recipes or on its own.
Storage: The bottles should be laid down at a temperature of 12ºC and 60% humidity.
Shelf life: Consume while young


: 2011 Di Majo Norante Biferno Ramitello
(Italy, Molise, Biferno)

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This cru is made mainly from a selection of the best Montepulciano and Aglianico grapes grown in the Ramitello vineyard of Campomarino. Full, mellow and velvety wine; with a perfect blend of flavours such as plum, undergrowth and hints of leather and liquorice, deep ruby red in colour with violet reflections. Ideal with rich dishes, especially white and red meats, game and ripe cheeses. Serving temperature: 18°C

Vine: Montepulciano 80% - Aglianico 20 %.
Area of production: Ramitello.
Altitude: 100 mt.
Soil type: clay.
Planting: trellis of 4,400 vines per hectare.
Average age of vines: years 10.
Surface area of vineyard: 18 ha.
Production per hectare: 90/120
Harvest: fend October.
Vinification: traditional, with maceration on the skins for about 1 month.
Ageing: part in small and medium barrels, part in steel vats - 6 months in bottle.
Malolactic fermentation: carried out.
Production: 100,000 bottles
Analytical data on bottling: alcohol developed: 13,50% - total acidity: 5,20 gr/lt - pH: 3,72 - reducing sugar: 2,0 gr/lt - dry extract: 36,00 gr/lt


: 1988 Hugel et Fils Riesling Vendange Tardive
(France, Alsace)

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22g Residual Sugar, 4g/l Acidity.


: 2012 J. Rochioli Chardonnay South River Vineyard
(USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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Producer notes: "This wine is produced from a special loose clustered Chardonnay from the Hanzell field selection grown near the Russian River on our Estate. The yield was only 3.2 tons per acre. Complex aromas of ripe fruit combine with floral notes, roasted hazelnuts, and a touch of minerality. The flavors are rich and full with pleasant acidity. It also will age gracefully. 222 cases were produced."


: 2012 Cathedral Ridge Pinot Noir Dampier
(USA, Oregon/Washington, Columbia Gorge)

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Alcohol: 13.6%
Production: 325 cases


: 2012 Anaba Petite Sirah Teldeshi
(USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley)

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Dark and inky in the glass, the intense aromas are of brambly blue fruits, star anise and sun-warmed earth. Natural acidity makes this bold wine approachable. The palate is rich with flavors of blueberries, boysenberries and an undertone of black plum. The layers of fruit combine with subtle earth, black pepper and an alluring meatiness. The firm tannins give way to a long finish.


: 2011 Lovico Gamza
(Bulgaria, Suhindol)

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A wine of ruby colour and pleasant aromas, dominated by red fruit. Hints of ripe cherries in the taste flavour. The taste itself is well structured, followed by a fresh aftertaste.

alc. 13.5 % vol.


: 2013 Cameron Hughes Cariñena Lot 446 Old Vine
(Spain, Aragón, Cariñena)

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Lot 446 walks the line between Old and New World. The nose is vibrant and inviting, with plum, cherry and raspberry fruit notes accented with hints of white pepper. Amply fruited on the palate, with cherries and clove in a long and pure finish. There is a lot of complexity here – perfect balance, and obvious quality that punches way above its weight class. Terrific everyday drinker and a great table wine. If you’re looking for a perfect food-pairing wine to grab by the case and serve with every meal, this is it!

STYLE: Medium, Fruity

FLAVORS: Cherry, Raspberry, Spice

Cariñena is located in the Aragon region of Spain, the spiritual home of Spanish Garnacha (Grenache). Our old friend Juan sent his winemaking team over to meet me late last year, and they brought some samples of their latest work! Though the lineup boasted 12 year old Gran Reservas and lovely Viuras, the wine that really stood out for me was the inaugural vintage of their single varietal Old Vine Garnacha, grown from 40-60 year old bush vines – I was simply blown away by the quality. This wine can now be found in select wine shops throughout Europe, but we are proud to report we are the first to bring it to the US!

GRAPE: Garnacha
DRINK/HOLD: Now through 2019