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Joe Manekin
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Joe arrived at our doors in February 2007 from far away, Washington, DC to be exact. Just so no one gets the wrong idea, though, he was merely earning a living in DC; Joe’s cultural identity, as well as his professional sports allegiances and, when he has a few drinks in him, his accent, are all Baltimore through and through. After working on the wholesale side of the business for nearly 4 years, Joe decided that he wanted to work wine retail with the best, so he emailed Cindy Westby at K&L and the rest is history. While Joe is well versed in a number of wine regions, he most enjoys the wines of Europe, though he is growing increasingly interested in the great wines of the Santa Cruz mountains. When he is not at K&L, Joe enjoys cooking, traveling, catching up on The Wire, doing occasional PR, booking and recording work for reggae band JohnStone (www.johnstonemusic.com), and writing for his wine, food and music blog, Old world Old School (www.oldworldoldschool.blogspot.com)


Reviews

  
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2012 Achaval Ferrer Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza
Review Date: 01-30-2016
Achával Ferrer's Cabernet Sauvignon is, like the rest of their range of wines, impeccably made, tasty, and very well balanced. Red currant and raspberry leaf flavors show just a hint of a developed savory side, while the particularly smooth mid-palate and round, polished tannins, a consistent trait in most of their wines, show themselves as well. Solid Cab for under $30, and an absolute steal for under $15!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2010 Viña Quebrada "Domus Aurea" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley
Review Date: 01-30-2016
Whoa, the review does not lie...this is serious Cab! It's a very Maipo style, from nicely mature vines, which means that in its intense, almost pungent, slightly smoky and savory style there are echos of Heitz Martha's, Leeuwin Art Series, and other collectible, age-worthy Cabs of similarly strong personality. There is a comparable level of concentration and intensity, as well as fine tannin structure and length. This is downright impressive Cabernet for the Cab fan, a whole lot of wine for the money and a prime candidate to wow your wine drinking friends.

2013 Celler Cecilio "Negre" Priorat
Review Date: 01-30-2016
You've opened your inbox, clicked on this email, and have even gone through the effort of reading this offer, so I might as well tell you: this is real Priorat! It has both power and freshness, fruit intensity and minerality. While it's lovely out the gate, I have found with Celler Cecilio's Negre that it shows incredibly well on day two, which is a good indication for cellaring some bottles if you so choose. This is a terrific example of the greatness of the 2013 vintage in Priorat, and the evolving style of this exciting, dynamic region. Highly recommended.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 95

2010 Cune "Imperial" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 01-27-2016
This is a fantastic vintage of Cune's Imperial Reserva, possibly the best since the heralded 2001 vintage. Unlike that great vintage, 2010 was not quite so warm and dry, and this wine has a classic, spicy, fresh and firm quality to it. Aromas of spicy oak, dried coconut and blackberry fruit suggest classic Rioja Alta fruit sources , but perhaps brighter and with more lift this year. Upon further review, black cherry and cedar also enter the picture. The fruit flavors are pure, spicy, linear and intense. This is gorgeous young wine that will continue to impress for quite a long time (I'm talking well north of a decade.) Take note and buy accordingly!

2012 Clos Mogador Priorat
Review Date: 01-21-2016
Renee Barbier is one of the key figures in the rise of the Priorat DOQ region. Their wines are uniformly regarded as tops in the area, with Renee still at the helm and his son, Renee, Jr. in charge of the winemaking. 2012 was a very good year in Priorat, and a vintage where, amongst the best producers, you can really begin to see the evolving style of the region: all the intensity and minerality of the past, but with less noticeable wood and forced extraction. This is a stellar example of the new Priorat from one of its longtime benchmark producers.

2014 Ponzi "Tavola" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-16-2016
I've always respected Ponzi for their clean, brightly fruited Pinot Noir bottlings. Tavola is typically a solid value, but with this 2014 vintage I feel like it's truly an overachieving effort, especially for under $20! Loads of crisp, red plum and mixed berry fruit flavors are easy to enjoy for those who like their fruit, but precise and just edgy enough for those who (like me) tend to value dry flavors above ebullience in their Oregon Pinot Noir. Great balance and Williamette typicity in this wine. Bright, juicy, smashable and well priced, I can't recommend this highly enough.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
W&S 92 WE 91

2012 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-16-2016
Freemark Abbey is on a roll. The pitch-perfect Cabernet hits keep coming at this venerable northern Napa Valley winery. Inviting aromas are classic Cab: somewhere between kirsch and cassis, but with an underlying green, savory, brush quality. I love the juicy, yet ultimately balanced, pure fruit on the palate, which makes it a delicious young Cab for drinking now. That said, given the tannins, flavor intensity and overall structure, I would not hesitate to lay some of these down for mid-term (5-10 years) cellaring. Want to go longer? Go for it, I suspect these will age wonderfully.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 JS 92

2012 Bodegas Palacios Remondo "La Montesa" Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-29-2015
The 2012 vintage of this single vineyard Rioja has two immediately apparent stylistic stamps. First is the lush red fruit of Garnacha Riojana (Garnacho Riojano if we want to be old-timey and use the masculine spelling). Second is the bright, pure fruit expression and elegant tannins of a wine selected by Spanish legend Alvaro Palacios (of 100 point Priorat fame, yes, that Alvaro Palacios!) Drink this delicious fruit forward with a hearty winter stew of your choice. This will likely be one of our finest values in Grenache this winter - take advantage.

2013 Susana Balbo "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza
Review Date: 12-21-2015
A serious and stylish Cabernet Sauvignon, this is one of the best under $20 Cabs to hit our stock this year. The combination of darkest of dark fruits, medium roast coffee bean, elegant tannins and gravelly minerality bring the Medoc to mind, quite honestly. It's exciting to see a Cabernet that is truly looking towards the Left Bank as its model. If you're a fan of great Cabernet Sauvignon, and are looking for a deal on a bottle you can either drink now or cellar in the mid-term, this is a wine to purchase in some quantity.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 RP 92

2013 Finca Villacreces "Pruno" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 12-15-2015
This is my favorite Pruno to date. We have sold tons of earlier vintages, but it is always gratifying when the latest truly is the greatest and we can confidently opine as much! Given the relatively cooler growing season, the 2013 Pruno has lovely aromatics, savory dark fruits with a spicy, almost leathery quality, as well as some balanced oak notes such as roast espresso and grilled bread. This is not as soft and fruit forward as the 2012; instead it has a bit more acidity, more tone. Structured and serious but very tasty to drink right now if you so choose. Lovely, expressive, and true to Ribera del Duero, this is one Pruno that you will want to drink!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 RP 92

2013 Einaudi Dogliani (Dolcetto)
Review Date: 12-11-2015
This wine is pure, classic, understated Dolcetto goodness! There is all of the requisite dark cherry and red fruited flavors, but with a light touch, a sense of restraint, balanced acidity. Tasting this wine makes me want to eat. And that, my friends, is as good an indicator as I know of an authentic Italian wine, one to buy in quantity and have on hand for risotto, braised short ribs and polenta, or simply a few chunks of parmigiana reggiano. Dudes, è buono!
Price: $14.95 Add To Cart
JS 91

2014 Framingham Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 12-03-2015
Though Framingham is well known for their phenomenal Rieslings, this Pinot Noir is juicy, fresh, purely red fruited, effortlessly balanced and delightful. That is not to say that it's simple, just that it's a complete, well made wine that also happens to be quite "smashable" (kiwi for something you want to drink quickly, in copious quantities!) Under $20, smashable Pinot this good is a no brainer.

2014 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipú
Review Date: 12-02-2015
Our perennial best selling Malbec is back! 2014 was a cooler vintage, though as usual the Pascual Toso shows lovely, juicy fruit and fine overall balance. Round, supple and easy to drink.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2013 Bodegas El Nido "Clio" Jumilla
Review Date: 12-02-2015
Steakhouses love it and purists denounce it! That said, there is no disputing the fact that lots of people love a full-bodied, slightly toasty, dark fruited wine that could be made in a number of places, but in this case happens to be made in southeastern Spain. For those folks, and perhaps for you, we are pleased to announce another new release of Clio. Salud!
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2009 Remelluri Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-02-2015
A fine young Remelluri, the 2009 shows deeply pitched dark fruits and macerated black cherries, dried coconut and dark chocolate flavors. While some may love it now for its power, its best days clearly lie some years ahead.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
JS 95 RP 93

2014 Fefiñanes Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 12-02-2015
The benchmark Albariño for a reason, Fefiñanes relies upon 60 growers, the vast majority of whom are in and around Cambados, the classic coastal area for growing Albariño. Mouthwateringly succulent fruit combines with a saline quality in this always delicious Albariño.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2012 Quinta do Crasto "Old Vines" Reserva Douro
Review Date: 12-02-2015
One of the original "Douro Boys" producers, Quinta do Crasto continues to make our most popular Douro reds. Their 2012 Reserva shows plenty of rich dark fruit, with great intensity and refined, elegant tannins. One to enjoy now or age for a bit.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WS 94 RP 93

2007 Cune "Imperial" Gran Reserva Rioja (1.5L)
Review Date: 12-02-2015
About the only thing better than a classic Rioja from a classic vintage would be a classic Rioja from a classic vintage out of magnum! Imperial is a legendarily capable ager, and a magnum would make a great addition to the cellar of any Spanish wine conocedor.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

2007 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Cubillo" Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-02-2015
Ah, Viña Cubillo in a cooler, Atlantic vintage is a wonderful thing! Sweet and savory aromas are CLASSIC Rioja, with scrumptious, spicy red fruit flavors showing development while they retain freshness as well. This is a Rioja we confidently recommend time and time again.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 RP 91

2011 Pago de los Capellanes Reserva Ribera del Duero, Spain
Review Date: 12-02-2015
2011 was a torrid year in Ribera del Duero, so it is all the more impressive that Pago de Los Capellanes managed to make such an expressive, purely fruited, delicious Reserva. Darker fruit aromas and flavors show purity as well as the stony minerality often shown in wines from the village of Pedrosa de Duero. Elegant and ripe tannins. Lots of length and layered flavors.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2003 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-02-2015
A lovely, mouth-wateringly delicious Tondonia, this wine still manages to epitomize the traditional, grand old Rioja style, even in a vintage with the drought and heat stress of 2003. Great, mature vines are the secret, as well as skillfully fermenting and ageing in a time honored tradition (hint: very well seasoned American oak vats and barrels are involved). Another instant classic from LdH.

2013 Alvaro Palacios "Finca Dofi" Priorat
Review Date: 12-02-2015
This is undoubtedly the most elegant Finca Dofi I have tasted (watch out for the 2014 though!) Dofi is continuing its evolution towards a more elegant, fresher style, a transition facilitated by a great, colder vintage in 2013. As expected, this is a more linear, more vertical wine than either Les Terrasses or Gratallops, but with lovely purity and expression. Well worth the splurge to enjoy now or cellar.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
RP 96

2013 Mas Alta "Black Slate" La Vilella Alta Priorat
Review Date: 12-02-2015
A lush, full-bodied embodiment of Priorat, the La Vilella Alta bottling of Black Slate shows juicy, intense dark fruit flavors, hints of blue and purple flowers, with great concentration of flavors and silky tannins. Modern? Yep. Given the style, for those who enjoy bigger Napa and Bordeaux blends or even Chateauneuf du Pape, this is THE perfect introduction to Spain via Priorat. Load up - wines like this, whose praises are sung by The Master himself, never last long!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
RP 95

2012 Casa Castillo "Las Gravas" Jumilla
Review Date: 12-01-2015
Like the El Molar we recently emailed, Casa Castillo's Las Gravas is both rich and multi-layered, ripe and impressively fresh as well. The high wire balance is likely a function of a vision and winemaking team that seems to be really coming into its own, and impressive vineyard sites in a D.O. that has some serious, high quality calcareous vineyards. Red fruit flavors are intense and rich, nearly a confit type of ripeness—until the finish, that is, where the lift, elegance, minerality and citrus rind flavors contribute to the overall balance. This is intriguing stuff to drink now or cellar over the next several years.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2004 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva (1.5L)
Review Date: 12-01-2015
A longtime participant in the wine business, having sold wine for wine distributors in the States as well as working as an export manager, Miguel has found success along every step of the way, and then decided that rather than retire, he wanted to fulfill his dream of owning vines and making wine. Based in the Rioja Alta town of Briones, Miguel Merino makes, as he likes to put it, an "updated classic" style of Rioja, all from his own 2 hectares of vines and several hectares of vineyards owned by a close friend. All the fruit is from sloped vineyards (Miguel is a fan of his slopes) within the cooler climate Rioja Alta town of Briones, which makes these wine a terrific showcase of the terroir (especially in a region where wines blended from various villages are more often the norm). This Gran Reserva is from some of their oldest Tempranillo and Graciano vines, planted in 1931 and 1946.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 ST 91

2014 Morgadío Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 12-01-2015
Morgadio makes a wonderful Albariño, always delicious, full of crunchy fruit flavors, lip smacking acidity and lovely minerality. 2014 is another fine vintage, and fortunately for all of us, at a very friendly price due to the strong dollar. A fine choice for Dungeness crab and oysters!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2010 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-01-2015
This is, hands down, my favorite red wine in the store for under $15. Many of my colleagues agree; Lesmos Crianza is the realest of real deals! We have worked with this wine directly for several vintages now, and this 2010 is a great one. Drink it now, drink it often, just be sure to load up and cellar some because this is one value that improves greatly with age.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bodega Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Especial Rioja
Review Date: 12-01-2015
This may be my favorite Lesmos yet. Here we have a rare bottling from Bodegas Casa Juan, a special selection that always has a very healthy (50%) portion of Mazuelo and sees a bit more new barrel than the regular Reserva. Great fruit, with a bit more of a subtle toasty quality than normal for the winery, this is a wine that should age particularly well.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

2014 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja
Review Date: 12-01-2015
Produced from purchased Viura, most of which comes from Abalos' fine chalky clay soils, this is a brisk, clean, yellow skinned and citrus fruited white. A terrific value dry white, I like to think of this as Muscadet Riojano. Another delicious white from Chus Puelles!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2011 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-01-2015
A wonderful introduction to Puelles' range, there is a surprising amount of wine in the bottle for under $13. The warmth of 2011 brought some extra richness and body to this year's Crianza, as well as some riper dark fruits intermingling with the typical red ones. This is a Rioja for parties, casual suppers, or for sipping while prepping dinner. An easy one to drink.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2007 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva
Review Date: 12-01-2015
The Reserva comes from all estate fruit, with some older vines coming into play. Aromatically, the wine is more complex, with savory dark fruits and a hint of earth. There is a lovely initial hit of fruit on the palate, but with very good presence and consistent length, as well as the juicy purity of Puelles' fruit, a stylistic purity which makes these wines so crowd and food friendly. For under $20 it's hard to find Rioja with more succulent and delicious fruit than Puelles.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2004 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-01-2015
A new release of Gran Reserva, from the producer of one of our most popular $20 wines in the history of K&L! For those of you who love the 1999, this 2004 is a better wine, but also more youthful. Beautiful fruit, framed by balanced tannin and crisp acidity, this 11 year-old is just beginning to show its stuff. Delicious now for its fruit purity and balance, it should continue to age gracefully and slowly head in a more savory direction beginning in five or so years from now.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2006 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-01-2015
This is a terrific vintage of Merino Gran Reserva, full of brawny, purple and mixed berry fruit, punctuated by savory spice. It's drinking great now and will continue to age nicely over the course of the next decade.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2007 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-01-2015
A big, hefty Reserva, this 2007! Cherry confit flavors combine with sweet oak and baking spices, over a juicy, supple, well-balanced frame. While you could wait a bit for the oak to further integrate, I suspect that many folks will find a lot to like in this year's Reserva. It's a great example of Merino's style, and why he has won over so many California wine drinkers with his tasty wines - packed to the brim with spice and fruit and yet still representing Rioja quite well.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2009 Can Mayol Loxarel "Gran Reserva de Familia" Brut Nature Penedes
Review Date: 12-01-2015
If someone told me to buy a solid case of one $20 wine this season, Loxarel Gran Reserva de Familia would be it. Disgorged to order in September, this lovely wine has now had nearly five years on its lees. It is bright, citric and saline, but also has the depth of flavor, elegant bead, originality and subtlety of a fine Champagne. At $19.99, this is my favorite house sparkler I have come across in over a decade of tasting, buying and selling wines professionally.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2011 Quinta da Aveleda "Grand Follies" Bairrada
Review Date: 11-29-2015
Bairrada is the original Portuguese red made for long-term ageing. It's muscular, tannic, stern and unyielding when young, but matures into something special. Quinta da Aveleda may be best known for their easy to enjoy Vinho Verdes, but this Bairrada is a serious expression of the clay and limestone terroir famous in the Atlantic influenced Portuguese D.O. Touriga Franca, Tinta cao and Baga combine to produce this serious, dark fruited, savory and ageworthy wine.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

2009 Faustino V Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 11-26-2015
Faustino is an easily recognized name in the world of Rioja, whether in Spain where it is still hugely popular, or stateside where in some cities, you are as likely to find it on the shelves of a fine wine merchant as you are at your friendly corner store. Woodsy scents show a clear preference for used oak barrels, and the nicely evolved, savory aromas of dark berries and soy suggest a wine that is made to be consumed upon release. If you can sacrifice detailed nuances, juicy fruit and vintage particularities for a well priced, typical Rioja that tastes good, then you'll be very pleased with the Faustino V.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2007 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 11-24-2015
Vega Sicilia is Spain's original, collectible red wine. There is an old joke in Spain: If you are buying a bottle of Vega Sicilia, it is either because you are wealthy or you are gifting it to your doctor for having saved your life! 2007 was a good vintage, not one that received the type of critical attention in the way that 2004 did, or 2009 and 2010 surely will, but it is a fine young Unico and needs some time in the cellar. It will surely make very old bones.
Price: $329.99 Add To Cart
WS 94

1965 Taylor Fladgate "Very Old Single Harvest" Tawny Port
Review Date: 11-24-2015
Taylor's version of a colheita, their very old single harvest Tawny Ports are sublime: rich, nutty, spicy and powerful, with enough sweetness to add balance. One hallmark of these older wines is balance of alcohol; even at 20% ABV these are never hot. A fine treat and terrific gift option for those born in '65!

1964 Taylor Fladgate "Very Old Single Harvest" Tawny Port
Review Date: 11-24-2015
Taylor's version of a colheita, their very old single harvest Tawny Ports are sublime: rich, nutty, spicy and powerful, with enough sweetness to add balance. One hallmark of these older wines is balance of alcohol; even at 20% ABV these are never hot. A terrific treat and fine gift option for those born in '64. For those lucky enough to be enjoying other great '64s (Rioja, Bordeaux) there is no better way to finish out a meal than with this old tawny from Taylor Fladgate!

1985 Longmorn 29 Year Old Hunter Laing's "Old & Rare" Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 11-19-2015
A fantastic, very old, classic expression, this Longmorn has it all and is a more than worthy splurge. A nose of dried grains and cream also has nuances of well worn leather. Indeed simply nosing this whiskey brings to mind a distinguished study or library, fine woolen plaid products, and any other number of quintessentially Scottish objects. Beautifully balanced and distinguished on the palate, fully dry, no Sherry or candied sweetness but more of a confident, soft, understated caress on the palate. I shall buy a bottle of this Hunter Laing bottled Longmorn and fully savour it. If you love Scotch whisky then you may want to follow suit.
Price: $349.99 Add To Cart

2002 Hine K&L Exclusive "Genté" Single Barrel Cognac (750ml)
Review Date: 11-18-2015
So elegant, this cognac! Aromas of top quality apricot preserves lead to a palate that has a great initial attack, lovely mid-palate flavors and loads of length. Single vintage, single barrel cognac, this bottle of Hine is not only original, but delicious and memorable as well.
Price: $159.99 Add To Cart

2012 Primus "The Blend" Colchagua Valley
Review Date: 11-11-2015
This structured, food friendly blend takes a cue from Bordeaux. Though with the savory, peppery, Carmenere as its lead grape, this is still an authentic Chilean expression, full of dark cherry fruits, cracked mixed peppercorns, and a backdrop of burning embers. Perfect wine to have on hand for steak night!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JS 93

2013 Casa Castillo "El Molar" Garnacha Jumilla Spain
Review Date: 11-11-2015
This is a powerful Garnacha. Packed with ripe raspberry and wild strawberry fruits, Casa Castillo's Grenache has the kind of fruit intensity and purity, not too mention persistence, that makes professional critics and wine drinkers alike gush with enthusiasm. There are lovely floral notes as well, and subtle barrel notes, which add detail to the picture. All in all, there is a lot to like in this serious wine. If you compare the quality to $40 Chateauneuf-du-Pape with similar scores, I think you'll understand why this wine is bound to disappear so quickly!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2014 Tilia Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 11-11-2015
Holy Moly, this is a whole lot of wine for the price! Pure, unadulterated, plummy Malbec, but with loads of freshness and drinkability. There is a much drier and more serious palate impression than what one may expect for under $10 red. A naturally occurring 13% ABV thanks to a cooler vintage, this is fantastic wine for any and all value seekers. Not to be missed.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2014 Benvenuto de la Serna "Mil Piedras" Malbec Vista Flores
Review Date: 11-11-2015
Mil Piedras, which is Spanish for 1,000 stones, a reflection of the stony, alluvial deposits common in Vista Flores, is a delicious, brightly fruited Malbec that for under $10 should be a no-brainer. A combination of red and blue skinned fruits, this juicy red is immediately likable - a great wine to load up on for everyday consumption and to have on hand for holiday season guests.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
JS 90 WE 90

2014 Herdade do Esporao Verdelho Vinho Regional Alentejano
Review Date: 11-04-2015
Delicious white wine! Produced from clones cultivated on Madeira, this Verdelho is all bright and rich citrus flavors, with just a hint of oak influence for added weight and roundness. Esporao is one of the leading organic estates not only in Alentejo, but in all of Portugal. Their expansive property is home to dozens of hectares of organically farmed vines and olives, on soils ranging from schistous clay, to granite and even pink marble. They have planted 189 rows of different Portuguese grape varieties, many of them extremely rare, in order to research these varieties and preserve Portugal's grape heritage.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2013 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 11-03-2015
The best Cabernet Sauvignon under $10 that I have tasted in nearly 9 years of working here. Serious stuff, with a mouthful of currant and blue skinned fruits, just a trace of that savory, snappy green quality which good Cabernet, picked just at the point of ripeness and not past it, will show. Complexity? Check. Fruit? Check. Fair price? Big check. Load up on this cab - you'll be glad you did!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2012 Bodegas Norton "Privada" Bordeaux Blend Mendoza
Review Date: 10-27-2015
Another great vintage in 2012 makes the Norton Privada a winner, yet again. Very spicy aromatics, with mixed berry fruits combining with strong notes of peppercorns. On the palate, bright, high toned purple skinned fruits combine with serious, structured darker skinned fruits on the palate of this big wine. Malbec, Merlot and Cab join forces to make this delicious red.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WS 93 VN 90

2013 Alvaro Palacios "Les Terrasses" Priorat
Review Date: 10-27-2015
Alvaro Palacios' Priorats have never been better. That's a big statement, as these are wines which most critics and professionals have for a long time considered tops in the D.O.Q. That said, 2013 to me represents a year where Alvaro's wines have taken a leap to the next qualitative level. Ripe and clean red fruit aromas are punctuated by notes of fennel pollen. More red fruits on the palate show a touch of licorice, lots of freshness and satisfying, subtle, delicious bittering notes towards the finish.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

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