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  • Ash Hollow Terassa Reserve Red -- $34.99 -- 30% Malbec 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc Toffee, rose petals, blackberry, toast, and spices are just some of the aromas that pleasantly greet the nose when you swirl & sniff this extremely limited production wine. The initial . . .
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  • Bodegas Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon -- $21.99 -- "This is solid, with dense but polished structure holding the weighty core of plum, fig paste and black currant preserves together. The dark, lengthy finish lets a nice Kenya AA coffee note chime in." -Wine Spectator "A dark and toasty specimen with . . .
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  • Bodegas Tahuan Siesta Malbec -- $21.99 -- "Rich but very well-focused, with Kenya AA coffee framing the roasted fig, hoisin sauce and plum pudding notes, which glide through the graphite-supported finish. Muscular, but defined and fresh. Impressive. 1,200 cases imported." -Wine Spectator
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  • Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon -- $85.99 -- "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is among the finest “regular” Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted from Cakebread. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, stunning purity, subtle notes of smoke, black currants, blackberries, spring flowers and toast, good acidity . . .
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  • Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon -- $22.99 -- The Marques de Casa Concha series begins with the 2007 Carmenere which spent 16 months in French oak. Saturated purple in color, it offers up a splendid bouquet of toasty oak, tobacco, Asian spices, plum, and bluberry. Mouth-coating, layered, and bordering . . .
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  • Cousiño-Macul Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay -- $18.99 -- "Hint of toast, plenty of pear, melon, and apple aromas and flavors; excellent depth and length." -Wine Advocate A brilliant golden color, sharp and clear. An intense and delicate bouquet, the dominating fruits are pineapple and melon, with faint touches . . .
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  • Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape 2005 -- $54.99 -- Robert Parker "The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape offers a very aromatic display of white chocolate, black cherry, roasted herbs, pepper, and espresso. The wine has excellent concentration, lush tannins for the vintage, and a round, opulent mouthfeel. It is . . .
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  • Four Vines 'The Peasant' -- $38.99 -- "Big and expressive, laced with cedar-dill oak and intense berry, earth, mineral and black licorice notes. Full-bodied, complex and concentrated, ending with a long, persistent finish. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, Counoise and Tannat. 1,396 cases made." . . .
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole -- $77.99 -- "The 2005 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is insanely beautiful. A sweet, inviting bouquet leads to roses, cherries, raspberries, flowers and spices. The wine possesses gorgeous inner perfume and wonderful depth as it hovers on the palate with a Burgundian . . .
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  • Killibinbin Langhorne Creek Red Blend -- $25.99 -- "The 2006 Cabernet (48%) – Shiraz (52%) is medium crimson in color with a bouquet of cedar, tar, black currant, and blueberry. Ripe, forward, and full-flavored, this appealing wine is ready for prime-time drinking." -Wine Advocate   "Dark and juicy, . . .
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  • Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz -- $26.99 -- "Dense, focused and juicy in the mouth, a powerhouse that brims with blueberry, currant, smoke and spice flavors, segueing seamlessly into a long finish. 18,285 cases made" -Wine Spectator  Food Pairings: BBQs, steak, ribs or anything with a bit . . .
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  • Orin Swift Cellars "Saldo" -- $31.99 -- "This recalls those great old California field blends, but with more polish and structure. Aromas of smoky boysenberry and cracked pepper lead to layered, zesty flavors of plum, tobacco and anise. Drink now through 2013." - Wine Spectator, 91 pts
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  • Petrolo Toscana Torrione IGT 2007 -- $46.99 -- "Clear and precise, with beautiful aromas of plum, berries and chocolate. Full-bodied and refined, with a dense yet elegant palate of plum, chocolate and cherry. Long and caressing. Wonderfully polished. Very fine. Best after 2010. 3,750 cases made." . . .
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  • Roagna Barolo Vigna Rionda -- $56.99 -- "The 2003 Barolo Vigna Rionda is the newest addition to the estate’s line-up. Barolo lovers are well aware that Vigna Rionda is one of the most legendary sites in wine, so a new label is sure to elicit a high level of interest. Roagna’s Vigna Rionda is . . .
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  • Shinas Estate 'The Guilty' Shiraz -- $25.99 -- "Ripe shiny blackberry red. Voluptuous cherry, vanilla and peppery spice aromas and full-bodied flavours packed with smoky vanillin oak, cherry and strawberry fruits, chocolate and mocha all wrapped up in a big, rich, velvety smooth package. A juicy wine . . .
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  • Some Young Punks "Drink 'n' Stick" -- $24.99 -- "The 2007 Drink N Stick is a blend of 59% Mataro and 41% Shiraz. Its alluring nose offers up underbrush, spice box, and blueberry. Racy on the palate, it has ample savory fruit, good balance, and a lengthy finish. Give it 1-2 years of additional cellaring . . .
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  • Tait The Ball Buster Proprietary Red -- $20.99 -- "The Ball Buster blend has been an annual Best Buy and, even at the current asking price, the 2007 The Ball Buster is an awesome value (at least for hedonists). It is composed of 72% Shiraz, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Merlot aged for 12 months in . . .
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  • The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir 2007 -- $36.99 -- The 2007 Pinot Noir Estate is more expressive aromatically. Cinnamon, allspice, rose petal, cherry, and raspberry scents lead to a silky, medium-bodied, feminine Pinot with savory red fruits, excellent concentration, lively acidity, and a lengthy finish. . . .
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  • Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz Barossa Valley -- $22.99 -- "Inky purple. Intense cassis and blueberry on the nose, with building spiciness and a sexy floral quality. Richer than usual for this bottling, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors and solid tannins. Rich but not overly heavy, finishing with very . . .
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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione -- $51.99 -- "The 2006 Barolo Castiglione is frighteningly outstanding, considering it is Vietti’s entry-level Barolo! There is incredible density and power in the glass as waves of fruit caress the palate with tons of richness. Sweet menthol, flowers and spices add . . .
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  • Wild Hog Vineyard Estate Bottled Sonoma Coast Zinfandel -- $27.99 -- "Smooth and round. Big and fruit-driven. Dark cherry, pomegranate, and fresh currants. Subtle undertones of citrus and light lemon zest. Balanced tannins and acids. Good body and smooth finish. This is your big well-balanced zinfandel. 322 cases produced." . . .
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  • Yealands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc -- $13.99 -- 90 points Wine Spectator: Bright and focused, offering a lively mouthful of pear, grapefruit and floral aromas and flavors on a juicy frame, finishing with finesse. Flavor Profile:  Lifted citrus and fresh herb aromas, underpinned by classic Seaview . . .
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  • Zenato Valpolicella Ripassa Superiore 2006 -- $32.99 -- "The 2006 Valpolicella Classico Ripassa reveals lovely clarity and precision in its perfumed dark fruit. This vibrant, poised Valpolicella offers tons of depth and a long, refreshing finish. Zenato's Valpolicella is made from 80% Corvina, 10% Sangiovese . . .
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