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A.A.Badenhorst Caperitif Kaapse Dief$29.99–$179.94
Western Cape South Africa
WTB Best Values 90 Rating
Copper-orange color. Knockout, endlessly complex perfume of orange blossom, cinnamon Red Hots, clove, ginger and mint. A silky, umami-like texture is utterly seamless and smooth. Hints of griotte cherry, orange zest, fynbos and tree bark are lifted by a strong spicy character. Wonderfully complex, moderately sweet and long, with a finishing note of bitter orange giving the finish a drier quality and great refreshment value. I bet you can't drink just one glass. In partnership with Danish mixologist Lars-Erik Schmidt, Adi Badenhorst reinvented an old South African product that disappeared in about 1910. Serve it on its own over ice with a slice of lemon, or with club soda. It's also remarkably versatile in cocktails.
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Abadia Retuerta 2013 Selección Especial Sardon de Duero$24.99–$251.88
Viño de la Tierra de Castilla y León Spain
Wine Advocate 93 Rating
The selection clearly paid off and the wine comes through as balanced and fresh, with the oak perfectly integrated in the wine. 2013 was a heterogeneous vintage, capable of the best and the worst, where the work in the vineyard shows in the wines. This is a very successful cuvée, produced in large quantities. It’s a far cry from the very oaky wines of yesteryear, very representative of the place and vintage; having enough vineyards and different varieties, they can select what goes into the wine each year depending on the natural conditions, as they also sell some in bulk. In 2013 the difference is that they used some more Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot, which provided some extra punch. This is a great success over the vintage conditions, very accessible and drinkable, with contained alcohol.
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Acumen 2016 Mountainside Sauvignon Blanc$28.99–$173.94
4.0 vivino Rating
This pleasing Sauvignon Blanc begins with a bouquet of citrus blossoms, lemon zest, honeysuckle, beeswax and jasmine. On the palate this medium-bodied wine continues with flavors of Buddha's hand, kumquat, and Meyer lemon along with notes of white peach, starfruit, pineapple rind, pastry cream, sweet hay and limestone. A fresh acidity frames the pure, clean finish of this pleasant Sauvignon Blanc.
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Adriano Marco e Vittorio 2015 Barbaresco Basarin$22.99–$251.88
4.0 vivino Rating
The Azienda Agricola Adriano Marco e Vittorio farm is located in the heart of the Langhe, at Frazione San Rocco Seno d’Elvio, over the beautiful Alba, producing wines with the unique characteristics of the territory. It is a family-run company that has been producing wine from their own grapes for generations. At the beginning of the 20th century, the grandfather Giuseppe, started cultivating vines. Later on, he purchased a small farm and together with his son Aldo, expanded the family property by planting new vines. The grandsons, Marco e Vittorio, continued this expansion by making and bottling of their own production. The farm has currently an area of 22 hectares of vineyards of Nebbiolo for Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Freisa, Sauvignon and Moscato; 8 hectares dedicated to the hazelnuts, typical from the Langhe region; and 10 hectares are divided in meadows, fallow land and forests where the famous White Truffle from Alba can be found.
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Aia Vecchia 2015 Sor Ugo$34.99
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot from Bolgheri. Aged in 100% new French Allier oak barrels for at least 18 months; aged 12 months in bottle. In the glass, the wine shows colors of red garnet accompanied by a bouquet of cherries, menthol and a hint of rosemary. On the palate, the wine is round and rich without being overpowering. It is spicy on the mid-palate and lively on the back-end, with flavors of black current, licorice and coffee, followed by a long-lasting finish that is slightly minty and boasts a juicy mouth-watering sensation.Serving suggestions: An ideal wine for red meat, game-based dishes and hard cheeses.
Alario Claudio 1996 Barolo Vigneto Riva$54.99
Wine Advocate 91-92 Rating
The saturated ruby/purple-colored 1996 Barolo Vigneto Riva reveals an intense cherry, coffee, cedar, and smoky-scented nose. There is great richness, full body, terrific purity, surprisingly low acidity for a 1996, and a lush, multidimensional personality. While tannin is present in the finish, this is a large-scaled, gorgeously made Barolo that should be at its best between 2001-2015. A new estate from the village of Verduno, Alario Claudio produces small quantities of hedonistic, sumptuously-styled Barolos that are fermented in open-top fermenters and aged in 60%-80% new French oak casks.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay$13.99–$155.88
Alexander Valley California
There are fresh fruit aromas of apple, pear, pineapple, and vanilla mixed with floral notes and slight oak in the glass. The 2016 is rich and creamy with slight citrus notes along with crisp flavors of pear, apple, tropical fruits and nectarines. The Viognier adds a slight floral component and a rich mouth-feel. This vintage has bright acidity, nice balance and a very long aftertaste.
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Alion by Vega Sicilia 2013 Tempranillo$69.99
Ribera del Duero Spain
Wine Advocate 94 Rating
The careful selection of the grapes and the work directives even for the purchased grapes has clearly paid off in the 2013 Alión, which has great freshness and perfume. It was cropped from a relatively normal growing season, but with a cold September with some rains that provoked a slight delay in the picking and especially the seed for a severe sorting of the grapes. It's considered a challenging vintage in general, and the bottles produced are slightly less than in the healthier 2012. It's always pure Tempranillo from over 30-year-old vines in different villages: Pesquera, Padilla, Moradillo… It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts after a three-day cold soak, followed by malolactic and 12-14 months in new French barriques. It might be a lighter vintage for Alión, but one that has a subtler profile and harmony. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, with a thread of acidity going through its core and lifting it up. An elegant Alión. 260,000 bottles and some larger formats were filled in May 2015.
ALTESINO 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva$99.99–$599.94
Wine Spectator 98 Rating
This delivers intense balsamic notes of juniper, wild rosemary and sage, along with rose, cherry and berry aromas and flavors. Elegant and saturated with flavor, supported by a vibrant structure. Ends with energy and refined tannins. Best from 2022 through 2040. Only 750 cases made.
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