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Friday, October 23, 2020

90+ Point Rated Red Wine Sampler




90+ Point Rated Red Wine Sampler
1 bottle each of the wines below = $97.94
Special Sampler price = $85 / for the 6 bottles!

  • 2018 Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva (Rated 90/100)
  • 2017 Bread & Butter Cabernet Sauvignon  (Rated 92/100)
  • 2016 Xavier Vignon Rasteau Rouge  (Rated 92/100)
  • 2018 Château Croix d'Aumedes Cuvée Réserve Corbières (Rated 97/100) 
  • 2017 Domaine Cabirau Serge and Marie Maury Sec  (Rated 92-94/100)
  • 2018 Almarada Malbec Uco Valley  (Rated 90/100)


2018 Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva...$12.99
Deep red with a garnet hue. Aromas reminiscent of black cherries, plums and dry leaves are complemented with notes of chocolate and spice from the French oak barrels the wine was aged in. This Carménère is soft and plump, with supple tannins and good length.
Just a delightful mouthful of dark berry compote, plum, sweet red cherry, smoky vanilla and toasty oak spice. Excellent value under $17. Aged in oak barrel for 10 months.
Carmenère food pairings: meaty stews, vegetarian lasagne, slow-braised lamb shanks in red wine sauce. This Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenère 2018 was reviewed on July 9, 2020 by Natalie MacLean
Rated 90/100 Natalie Maclean


2017 Bread & Butter Cabernet Sauvignon...$9.99
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This Cabernet Sauvignon expresses captivating aromas of mocha, ripe berries, violets, and blackcurrant with intertwining layers of subtle black pepper, toasted oak and rich vanilla. This beautifully crafted Cabernet Sauvignon enters the palate with layers of ripe blackberry and chocolate covered cherries. The round and luscious mouthfeel is accented by soft tannins and a hint of spice that weaves into a smooth, lingering finish.
Rated 92/100 NY International Wine Competition


2016 Xavier Vignon Rasteau Rouge....$25.99
"The 2016 Rasteau (75% Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvèdre) is a big, ripe, opulent effort that’s packed with full-bodied notes of blackberries, crushed rock, new leather and lots of minerality. It has sweet tannin, and while already impossible to resist, it will keep for 7-8 years."
Rated 92/100 Jeb Dunnuck


2018 Château Croix d'Aumedes Cuvée Réserve Corbières...$14.99
30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 40% Carignan
The vast Corbières zone in the Languedoc contains a little bit of everything, from classic warmth and generosity on the outskirts of Narbonne to wild mountain wines in the hinterland and concentrated, stony wines up on the border with the Agly Valley and the Roussillon. In a way, this blend of Carignan (a great Corbières speciality) with Syrah and Grenache brings all three styles together: flowers and fruit in the billowing, sweet-scented aromas and both generous fruits and something more stony and driving in the finely constructed palate. The tannins are present but unintimidating, and the acidity is unobtrusive and ripe. So easy to drink that you almost overlook those complexities -- but they'll keep you coming back for more.
Rated 97/100 Decanter Magazine


2017 Domaine Cabirau Serge and Marie Maury Sec...$19.99
A smaller production cuvée, the 2017 Maury Sec Serge & Marie checks in as 70% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 10% Syrah that was brought up in a mix of foudre and used barrels. It's also the first vintage for new winemaker Marie Verges as well as the first vintage to ever see small barrels, which were purchased from Guigal in the Northern Rhône. Deep purple-colored with a smoky, meaty bouquet of black fruits, licorice, crushed rocks, and black olives, it’s rich, full-bodied, beautifully textured, and layered on the palate, with ripe tannins. This fleshy, expansive barrel sample has tons of potential.
Rated 92-94/100 Jeb Dunnuck


2018 Almarada Malbec Uco Valley...$13.99
Very fresh but ripe fruit, diffusing black plums, black cherries and a touch of spice. There is a salty tang on the palate, paired with good fruit sweetness. Moderate length. Not a complex wine, but exudes drinkability. Drink now.
Rated 90/100 James Suckling
"Intense fruity aromas of black plum give rise to a palate full of freshness, velvety tannins and flavors of dried cranberry and chocolate with orange peel. Great balance and complexity. Hand Picked grapes, aged in oak for 6 months" - winemaker





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