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2013 Saracco Moscato d'Asti  
Review Date: 11-5-2014
Mr. Saracco is the toast of the US rappers who sip his Moscato d’Asti at parties and name-check it in their lyrics. Indeed, hip hoppers’ vocal endorsement is credited as being one of the reasons why producers are popping their corks at the growing popularity of this sparkling wine. Since Kanye West’s mention of Moscato d’Asti in the song “Make Her Feel Good” sales have been spiralling upwards. Moscato d’Asti is, like Champagne, from a controlled appellation of origin. Made from Muscat Blanc grapes grown exclusively in Asti, Alessandria and Cuneo, it proudly traces its heritage back to Roman times when it was called Moscatellum. The alcohol content remains low, typically at 5% ABV. This is a great wine to serve for all your spring parties.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Montefresco Montepulciano d'Abruzzo  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
This is the best little find for Italian Bistro style vino! Juicy, nicely textured, medium to full bodied with lots of red and purple fruit and spice, and very food friendly. Weather it's for pizza night or any holiday fiesta, this wine is so versatile you could even pair it with your holiday turkey or roast! Amazing value for $8.99! This will keep your palate happy and pockets full.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon   | Approved
Review Date: 11-4-2014
Textbook has all the qualities one expects from a lush Napa Cabernet, but at a price point that makes for an extremely smart buy. Perfumed with hints of blackberry, plum and dark chocolate, this wine is rich in texture, balanced and a joy to drink. Excellent when paired with a Gruyere cheeseburger, braised ribs or simply with a bit of aged Gouda.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2012 Château de la Font du Loup Châteauneuf-du-Pape  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
Châteauneuf du Pape has lost its luster for me. Especially on the affordable price point. Not very complicated. Way too much fruit. Then along came La Loup! This is the best Chateauneuf I have tried in years!! Earth tones, floral and spice meet you in the glass. Very elegant mouthfeel, smooth, soft and harmonious. A good length and lovely acidity. Integrated tannins really round out this wine. Once again I must mention, elegant! This is a perfect holiday wine!

2010 Terre da Vino "La Casa in Collina" Barbaresco  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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The first thing you’re going to think when seeing this offering is that it can’t be real or it's flawed wine somehow or another. Well, I know how you feel, I felt the same. Yet this wine is really good at the price, and you want to know why? Well Terre da Vino is a co-op, made up of co-ops; their economy of scale is incredible and because of that they can offer wines at prices way under the market value. I was skeptical, but after tasting this wine I said OK, this is actually really good! The nose is a classic Barbaresco, leather, spice with hints of rose petals and smoke; on the palate the wine is archetypal, the tannins frame the wine on your palate but are supple, sweet yet give the wine that firm edge that says yes this is Barbaresco. This wine is full-bodied but very well balanced good palate weight and a long smooth finish. Try it with your favorite risotto, hopefully with wild mushrooms, pasta with meat based sauces or with braised meats, you’ll love this.
Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
Wow! This is really one of the best Pinot Noirs I've tasted at this price point. The bouquet has notes of plum, dark strawberry, clove, chocolate and earth. On the palate there is beautiful balance, with good acidity, soft tannins and very good length. If you're a fan of Pinot, don't miss this great value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Fujanera "Arrocco" Nero di Troia  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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Hands down the best Nero di Troia I've had! OK, so what does that mean to you? An indigenous grape to Puglia that has traditionally been blended into other wines, but by itself this wine is Sensational! Wild, spicy aromatics of cedar, rosemary, leather lead into the palate that shows serious palate presence but only at 13% alcohol. Supple and smooth in the mouth but with a soulful rendition of intrigue and terroir. Truly an exceptional wine at the price point. Try it with roasted chicken, tomato based pasta or grilled sausage.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Sesta di Sopra Sangiovese Toscana  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
From one of our all-time-favorite Brunello producers. This wine could easily compete with wines twice the price. Drinkable now, utterly delicious in fact, but could age beautifully if you wanted to lay a couple bottles down. Highly recommended.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Arnaldo Caprai Rosso di Montefalco  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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This is a bold and spicy Umbrian wine that shows what high quality Sangiovese can do when given a backbone of Sagrantino (15%). Wild cherry aromatics laced with spicy cedar notes, nutmeg, sage and finishes with hints of vanilla. The wine spends a year in big Slavonian oak barrels and then finishes with four months in French oak barriques. Supple, rich and exceedingly well-balanced, this is a superb wine for the price and is the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats or rich, meat sauce pasta.
Drink from 2014 to 2019

2006 Castello di Monsanto "Nemo" Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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Tuscany and Napa meet together in this 30-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. The classic structure of Tuscany's 2006 vintage is showing well in this full, spicy wine. 18 months in French oak barrique have developed Nemo's initial structure but another six years in the bottle have blossomed into a rich, complex and well-developed Cabernet. To imagine a Napa Cabernet at this age and at this price is...well, hard to imagine. This wine has a lot of similar character to Napa, lots of black fruit, full of berry flavored richness with a touch of toasty vanillin in the finish. All of you California Cab lovers should give this a try!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
The 2012 Napa explodes from the glass, while the texture is rich, decadent and lush in the mouth. There is lots of structure and tannin here but the tannins are juicy and ripe. Still a baby, this is a big wine that is surprisingly drinkable at this stage but will keep improving in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Girard "Old Vine" Napa Valley Zinfandel  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
Remember the good old days when you could get a briary juicy Zinfandel for under $10? Well here's some roll-back pricing! The Girard is pure pleasure in a glass. Sweet cherry and blackberry fruit, subtle pepper spices and a touch of baking spice. It's like mom's cobbler with a little extra kick. Perfect for the season's foods. Braise some short ribs in this wine and drink it along side. This is definitely a case buy!
Price: Hidden View Price WS 90 BC 0

2012 Turnbull Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Turnbull shows lots of citrus flavors with a mid-core of creamy fruit. The finish comes back with some zing and is bright and fresh. Love this wine at 12.7% ABV.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
In warm vintages such as 2007, I feel Insignia is too much for me. The cooler 2011 vintage really allows this wine to still have that typical Phelps fruit but with much more restraint and a bit more elegance and finesse. This is a solid effort for the vintage!

2012 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
Fans of California Cabernet will love this wine. It is rich, concentrated in the mouth with blackberry fruit, graphite and spicy oak, which lingers in the back. What I loved about this wine is the richness of fruit without being sweet. There is structure and tannin but it is balanced, seamless and silky on the finish

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