AGAPE OSTERBERG RIESLING 2011

Ribeauville, Alsace, France

Grand Cru Osterberg

Floral and spicy on the nose, this Riesling is medium bodied, with notes of peach and spice on the palate. Almost a “baby Gewurtzraminer,” it is viscous and shows a delightful golden hue.

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ASARA – Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Settled in 1691, today this Private Cellar is a coveted award-winning winery and hotel.

Ripe, red cherries predominate on the nose. A fresh, juicy entry of red and dark berries on a mouth-watering palate of substance and weight. Sweet and sour berries and cherry tobacco to finish.

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CALECHES DE LANESSAN – 2011

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

2nd label from Chateau Lanessan – US exclusive

Medium-deep ruby-red color. This has a softly presented nose with layers of aromas, of earthy red fruits. Full bodied, this has sweet and lush red berry fruits, quite bright with discreet acidity behind the flavors. This has a good core, with some tannin backbone, but the palate is open. The wine is intended to be enjoyed now, while also having the ability to age in the cellar for up to ten years.

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CARMES DE RIEUSSEC – 2011

Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

Second label from Chateau Rieussec (Lafite Group)

The wine is selected according to the same standards as the first wine. Its character consistently reveals a beautiful aromatic range dominated by citrus flavours. Carmes de Rieussec’s name is a reference to the Carmelite monks in Langon, who owned the Rieussec estate in the 18th century.

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DIEU DONNE – Shiraz 2011

Franschhoek, South Africa

Stunning property and multiple Gold medals. It’s clear why Dieu Donne means ‘ a Gift from God’. 

A full bodied Shiraz with soft spicy, white pepper and new leather aromas, complemented by a cedary toastiness.

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GUALDO DEL RE – Eliseo Rosso – 2011

Suvereto, Tuscany, Italy

D.O.C. Val di Cornia

Intense ruby red. Fruit forward with elegant notes of red berries and lively spice. Structured tannins makes this a great everyday wine. Blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet &  20% Merlot.

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L’EGLISE CLINET – 2011

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Denis Durantou – Winemaker

RP 95.  Deep Purple color is followed by a pure nose of mulberries, cherry liqueur and spring flowers, but no hint of oak, this full-bodied, opulent, rich beauty exhibits impressive purity, texture, richness and length.

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LA CHENADE – 2011

Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Denis Durantou.

WS 89. Balanced, with unadorned bing cherry, herb and high-toned vanilla notes. Supple finish shows good purity, though a bit shy on range.

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LA TOUR CARNET – 2011

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru Classe (4th Growth) in 1855. 

40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc et 3% Petit Verdot.  Blackcurrant and plum appear in turn, followed by secondary aromas of spices, like cinnamon, and roasted notes of charred wood. Taste: Forthright flavor revealing the incredible finesse of well-rounded, perfectly balanced tannins. Roasted notes and ripe fruit on the palate. Balanced, full-bodied finish.

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LEOVILLE POYFERRE – 2011

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France 

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 94. A very ripe, fleshy, gutsy style, with mouthfilling tar, espresso, braised fig and dark plum notes still waiting to meld fully. The broad, muscular finish has a nice briary edge. Impressive. “WS”

 

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NITIDA – Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Durbanville, South Africa

True artisan, handmade wines from a unique micro-climate and winemaker.

A full body wine. Velvet inky soul, deep red raspberry & blackberry with musk and a nutty heart. A most rewarding wine.

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PETITE EGLISE 2011

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Second Label from Chateau L’Eglise Clinet

JS – 88; TS – 89. Complex aromas of flowers, chocolate, plum and truffle build in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is silk and velvet. This is a powerful, lush, rich, tannic, full-bodied and structured vintage of L’Eglise Clinet. It will require time to age, soften and develop.

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VINTAGER – Pinot Noir 2011

Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Small-batch, limited release wines from renowned vineyards.

Ripe and jammy red berries mix with the herbal notes of cracked pepper and clove. Fruit forward with ideally balanced tannins and acidity, this Pinot offers a long, lingering finish, reminiscent of the summer fog rolling off the Carneros hillsides. 100% Organic.

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LYNCH BAGES – 2011

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 93. Excellent weight and intensity, brimming with plum, blackberry and cassis that’s offset by loads of spice. Very smooth through the long finish.

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HAUTS DE SMITH – Blanc – 2011

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe de Graves in 1959.

RP 93. Blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris. Packed with vanilla bean, smoke, citrus, apple, stone and spicy tones. Rich, soft, fresh and refreshing, the wine finished with lemon peel in the crisp finish.

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BRANAIRE-DUCRU – 2011

St.Julien, Bordeaux, France

 Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 93. Elegant style, with a violet hue to the supple red currant, blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors that mingle with intense spice on the finish. Offers fine-grained structure.

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CANTEMERLE – 2011

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France 

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 90.   Hints of dark color, a slightly woody bouquet, delicate structure, and flexibility of its tannins. It demonstrates its fine terroir, known for offering wine lovers racy, delicate, and rich elegance which in the Médoc tradition.

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