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URUGUAY

SAM-1376. 13 BODEGA BOUZA RESERVA LAS VIOLETAS-MELILLA MONTEVIDEO TANNAT
Bright fruit cremes. The most accessible vintage yet./ Sweet and pretty. Nice and soft. Lovely fruit, flower. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

ARGENTINA

SAM-1378. 12 CASARENA RESERVA MENDOZA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Tanzer 91: ‘From a block of 85-year-old vines in Perdriel. Deep ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate aromas are perked up by a whiff of orange rind. Juicy and spicy but at the same time quite rich, even viscous, with fresh framing acidity and a hint of graphite minerality giving shape to the dark berry flavors. Finishes very long and lush, with suave tannins, repeating minerality and a note of chocolatey oak.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

SAM-1379. 12 DOMAINE BOUSQUET RESERVE TUPUNGATO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine & Spirits 91/100. My notes: Organic. Deep cedar, blackberry, black currant cabernet assets. Class oak embellishments. Fabulous achievement./ Yes, cabernet class and Bousquet fine tailoring. Fine grained tannins. A beauty. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1380. 12 NOEMIA A LISA ALTO VALLE DEL RIO NEGRO RED
Wine & Spirits 93: ‘While this wine opens up in a decanter, broil some steaks, as it's a malbec that requires some patience. This is intense in both red fruit and in structure—built on acidity and firm tannins. By the time the steak is done, the wine will have integrated perfectly. This comes from a vineyard planted in 1932 in Mainqué, in Río Negro, which Noemía bought shortly after settling in Patagonia in 2001. It's now the basis of some of the winery's best wines.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1381. 10 CUVELIER LOS ANDES COLECCION MENDOZA RED (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Wine Spectator 91: ‘Polished and well-structured, this red offers fine tannins and fresh acidity supporting notes of pure cassis and black cherry puree. Spice, mineral and dark tobacco hints add range to the finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016.'
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each (20% off this price)

SAM-1382. 12 VERUM ALTO VALLE DE RIO NEGRO MALBEC
Wine & Spirits 91: ‘From eight-year-old vines, malbec's softness plays into this wine's youthful character—tasting like freshly bottled fruit captured in the wild. Violet scents join cherry flavors in a tense wine packed with extract.'
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

SAM-1383. 15 AGUA DE PIEDRA GRAN SELECCION MENDOZA MALBEC
2013: Heavy Bottle Award. Pleasing fruit and youthful brightness. Lovely cherry-berry aromas with light oak seasoning./ Attractive fruit creme feel and flavor. Fine tannin. Great acid. Great dinner wine now. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1384. 14 ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS CLASICO MENDOZA MALBEC
Powerful, sweet, and well balanced presentation. Less elegance and spiel than the 2013 showed a few months back. That will likely come. Really penetrating nasal experience./ Oh, well now, here's the range, the elegance, the fine oak, and racy acid all on display already in the mouth. Another good vintage of this. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

SAM-1385. 12 BODEGA NORTON RESERVA MENDOZA MALBEC
Perennial Wine Spectator Top 100. Old vines; barrel aged cuvee. Sweet fruit and suave, mellow oak dustings./ Fine oak and barrel time. Full tannin. Good acid, fruit. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1386. 13 CATENA ZAPATA ESTATE HIGH MOUNTAIN VINES MENDOZA MALBEC
Vinous 90+: ‘Dark red with ruby tones. Vibrant aromas of pomegranate, cranberry, mint, licorice, chocolate and cocoa powder. Bright and sharply delineated for Malbec, showing an exhilarating coolness to its juicy flavors of crushed plum, blackberry and raspberry. The tannins are suave, pliant and fine-grained. This very attractive Malbec will rely more on its acidity than its tannins for longevity. $24.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1387. 12 CUVELIER LOS ANDES MENDOZA MALBEC
Owned by the Cuveliers of Ch Leoville Poyferre; 60% aged 11 months in French oak barrels. Dark, sweet fruit pastille and good wood spice set./ Acid, power, sweetness, structure. Satisfying body. Solid core. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

SAM-1388. 12 ERNESTO CATENA SIESTA EN EL TAHUANTINSUYU TAHUAN - MENDOZA MALBEC
8 months in French and US oak barrels. Rich and accomplished union of ripe malbec, power, and well integrated oak. Alluring. Sweet fruit cremes and oak toffee. Large./ Potpourri of oak spices, fruit cremes, power. Lasting. This works overtime to please. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1389. 15 BODEGA PIEDRA NEGRA RUTA 22 TUNUYAN MALBEC
All malbec. Deep, rich, spicy, lush. Not 15 cool. Bold and proven./ Yes, big time cherry and spice range. This carries on forever. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

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SAM-1391. 13 CASARENA RESERVA LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC
2012: Rich, black fruit and oak depth. This is really good. 100% varietal./ Lush, with good oak and fruit. Firm structure and background. Time. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1392. 13 PIATTELLI PREMIUM RESERVE LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC
Wine Spectator 90 - TOP 100 2015: ‘Redolent of blueberry and dark currant, this fresh, pure style is matched with plenty of minerally components. The complex finish offers white pepper and bittersweet chocolate details. Drink now through 2019. $17.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1393. 15 BODEGA PULENTA LA FLOR AGRELO - LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC
Oh, this sings as always! Great elegance and to accompany its power and concentration. All in harmony./ Yes, cremes and pastilles both. Bright and rich both. Long finish. Great showing; this delivers. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1394. 14 BODEGA PULENTA LA FLOR AGRELO - LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Estate bottled. Hovering floral airs. Supreme elegance as always. Lovely, first class wood and fruit refinement./ Suave, fruity, charming. Enticing as ever. No other like it. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each (20% off this price)

SAM-1395. 13 SUR DE LOS ANDES MENDOZA MALBEC
14%. 5 months in French oak. As always, charm, berry, cherry, cassis. Light French oak. Sweet pastille core./ Elegant, balanced, good acid, very fine tannin. Fruit juice and pastille flavors. Spot on. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1396. 12 LUCA UCO VALLEY MALBEC
#19 - Wine Spectator Top 100 2014: ‘Very suave and polished, with ripe, pure flavors of blackberry, hoisin sauce and black pepper. Finely textured, this is packed with tar and roasted plum notes, showing plenty of licorice snap and dark chocolate accents on the powerful finish. Best after 2020. 93/100.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

SAM-1397. 14 BELASCO DE BAQUEDANO LLAMA OLD VINES ALTO AGRELO VALLEY MALBEC
Hundred year old vines; 6 months in French oak barrels. Not as revealing as the 2012 yet. Firmer, drier, more austere./ Well, that might be due merely to youth or travel fatigue, because the palate is fully revealing of bountiful, sweet fruit joys, fruit cremes. Plenty of flavor and texture. Long aftertaste, lingering mouthfeel. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1398. 12 DOMAINE BOUSQUET RESERVE TUPUNGATO VALLEY MALBEC
Wine & Spirits 92: ‘A ripe young malbec, this needs several years in the bottle to allow the acid structure to come to the fore, giving it shape. Yet even at the moment, it's delicious, layered with violet notes and candied cherry flavor, an intriguing expression of malbec from Gualtallary—where these vines grow at 4,000 feet. $18.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1399. 14 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI CONCRETO ALTAMIRA - VALLE DE UCO MALBEC
Parker 95: ‘The wild nose of the new 2014 Concreto Malbec transported me to the Northern Rhône (Côte-Rôtie), or even better the Valais mountains in Switzerland. It is fermented and matured in concrete vats, hence its name. The grapes come from a very calcareous soil in Altamira in the Uco Valley. The nose mixes the violet aromas and those wild herbs, rockrose and spices, but also a saline side, and a mix of black olives and smoke. Raspberry leaf perhaps? There is a different character, they have taken away all that gives sweetness to the wine, searched for chalky soils, used part of full clusters and only cement was used for the fermentation and élevage. The wine is dry, but the tannins are sweet. There is very good length and persistence here. A naked Malbec. I believe this wine might have a beautiful evolution in bottle. Groundbreaking Malbec! An awesome value for money too! 6,000 bottles produced. $35.'
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

SAM-1400. 15 FINCA EL ORIGEN ESTATE RESERVA TUNUYAN - VALLE DE UCO MALBEC
Vineyards at 3900'. 9 months in French oak. Red-black./ Rich fruit, black plum and cherry. And always nice oak spice, cedar chest./ Perfumes of fruit and exotic woods. Great value. Sweet and suave, and strong and balanced. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

SAM-1401. 12 LA POSTA PIZZELLA VINEYARD UCO VALLEY MALBEC
Sweet, lush, creamy. Some good oak./ Creme, lush, smooth, nice. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1402. 15 DOMAINE JEAN BOUSQUET TUPUNGATO MALBEC
Wine & Spirits 92: ‘Grown organically in Gualtallary, this is a terrific value, a crystal-clear expression of the grape grown in the heights of the Uco Valley. There's no oak, or anything extravagant about it, just pure and crunchy cherry flavors and flowery notes, with the mineral acidity to refresh roast duck. $14.'
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1403. 14 CALLIA ALTA VALLE DE TULUM SAN JUAN MALBEC
Full color./ Deep, sweet, framed, full of material. Black cherry and peppercorn./ Sweet black and maraschino cherries. Great class and clarity as always. Needs no oak; needs no aging. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1404. 13 GRAFFIGNA ESTATE CENTENARIO RESERVE SAN JUAN MALBEC
2011: Est. 1870; half aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Young, fresh, brisk. Less developed than the 2010. Good oak./ Powerful. Rich and full enough for present satisfaction. Will fill out and put on more weight over the coming months. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1405. 12 GRAFFIGNA ESTATE CENTENARIO RESERVE SAN JUAN MALBEC (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
2011: Est. 1870; half aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Young, fresh, brisk. Less developed than the 2010. Good oak./ Powerful. Rich and full enough for present satisfaction. Will fill out and put on more weight over the coming months. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each (20% off this price)

SAM-1406. 14 AMALAYA 5500' SALTA MALBEC
With 10% cabernet sauvignon, 5% syrah; vineyards at 5500'. Deep, inky, essential, pure cherry and licorice. Wow! So pure a take on malbec./ Yes, intense, sweet, concentrated, and framed by fine tannin. Well balanced, well crafted. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1407. 13 KEO VALLE DE CHANARMUYO TANNAT
Vineyard at 7000'. Black./ Deep and inky concentration but not dry and tannic. Fine fruit and spice and cedar and vigor./ Close but sweet and giving enough. Balanced. Opens with air. Good purple fruit aftertaste. Plus spice. Buy. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1408. 12 TIKAL PATRIOTA MENDOZA RED
#45 - Wine Spectator Top 100 2014: ‘A rich red, packed with concentrated flavors of blackberry, dark plum and mocha, featuring plenty of dark chocolate notes. Offers a ripe texture, with creamy accents and hints of savory herb on the long finish. Drink now through 2020. 91/100.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

SAM-1409. 15 ALFREDO ROCA FINCAS LA PERSERVERANCIA & SANTA HERMINIA SAN RAFAEL PINOT NOIR
As always, unique. That old fashioned Savigny-like darkness. Anise and black cherry. Another fabulous vintage./ Both sweet and crisp, with Burgundian spice, herb, tea, all. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1410. 11 LUCA LABORDE DOUBLE SELECT UCO VALLEY SYRAH
Tanzer 91: ‘Good full, deep red-ruby. Dark berries, kirsch, blackberry, dark chocolate, mocha and smoked meat on the nose, plus a whiff of leather. Sweet, lush, pliant and full, with a strong chocolatey ripeness to the intense dark berry flavors. Chewy, mouthfilling syrah from 50-year-old vines (the vine cuttings originally came from the northern and southern Rhone Valley). Finishes big and broad, with furry tannins and a hint of game.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

SAM-1411. 15 DOMAINE BOUSQUET TUPUNGATO CHARDONNAY
Organic. 3 generations; from Languedoc to Argentina in the 2000s. Tupungato in Uco at 4000'. Fresh, crisp, cool, high altitude. All chardonnay, fermented and aged in stainless steel. Apple, quince, citrus./ ‘Woody' from several weeks' lees contact. Bright, rich, and full. Great acid. Fabulous freshness and range. It's own thing. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1412. 13 DOMINIO DEL PLATA CRIOS MENDOZA TORRONTES (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Tanzer 90/100. My notes: From Cafayate, Altamira (Mendoza), and La Rioja vineyards. Bright and fresh. Dry and crisp. Ideal./ Cold cream. Rose and orange waters. Fabulous texture. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each (20% off this price)

SAM-1413. 14 SANTA JULIA TARDIO LATE HARVEST MENDOZA TORRONTES half liter
8%; 130 g/l residual sugar. Very sweet as well as solidly built. Lots of mineral savor. Dense, young, super concentrated./ Oh, sweet and savory, total. Citrusy acid to cut through the thickness. Dynamite wine, and it's just getting started. 94+/100. List price: $15.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

SAM-1414. 14 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI SERIE A SALTA TORRONTES
Brilliant, clear, brittle, focused. Positive reduction under screwcap. Full, floral perfume. Lily of the valley. Not gewurz, not muscat; its own thing. Pure./ Again, fine bitter flower character. Barbershop, pomade. Great acid-mineral verve. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1415. 14 FINCA EL ORIGEN RESERVA SALTA TORRONTES
Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Wine Competition. Cold cream and lemon curd. Glycerol. Unique. Its own thing; not a gewurz or muscat knockoff./ Cold cream and a nice tonic edge. Good and dry for table use. 14.3%. The real Salta deal. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

CHILE

SAM-1417. 12 ECHEVERRIA GRAN RESERVA CURICO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Tastings 93 - CELLAR SELECTION - BEST BUY: ‘Ruby color. Aromas of vanilla custard, olives, nougat, and berry tart with a silky, body and a warming, interesting, medium-long, cedar and peppercorns finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, refreshing cabernet with lots of Old World character. Impressive.'
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1418. 13 SANTA RITA SECRET RESERVE VALLE CENTRAL RED
Wine & Spirits 91 - 100 BEST BUYS OF 2015: ‘With its expansive red fruit flavors, this is a fresh blend of cabernet sauvignon, with merlot, syrah, petit verdot and carmenere. The wine's vibrant acidity balances the sweet, gentle nature of its fruit.'
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

SAM-1419. 13 ALTO DE CASABLANCA PRIMUS COLCHAGUA VALLEY RED (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
James Suckling 92: ‘Aromas of mint, blackberry and cherry follow through to a persistent texture and flavor. Some age I large casks. A blend of mostly Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon with some Cabernet Franc and Merlot.'
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each (20% off this price)

SAM-1420. 08 CONCHA Y TORO DON MELCHOR PUENTO ALTO CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine Spectator 94: ‘This ripe, dense red delivers base notes of humus, mocha and toasty oak supporting the rich cassis, black cherry and dark plum fruit character. There's fine tannins for support, but this is all rich fruit on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2018.'
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

SAM-1421. 12 CONO SUR RESERVA ESPECIAL MAIPO CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Good oak and blackberry, black currant in balance./ Fine oak and balance. Complete. Yes. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1422. 10 COUSINO MACUL FINIS TERRAE MAIPO VALLEY RED
72% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 8% syrah. Unfiltered. Ripe, dark Maipo cabernet fruit. Sweet fruited and woody. Sweet and dried boysenberries, elderberries. Dark, deep, nutmeg and berry cream. Lovely oak. Best in years./ Savory oak spices and class, and fine berry-cassis cabernet character. A great, succulent Maipo cabernet. Super. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

SAM-1423. 10 SANTA RITA CASA REAL OLD VINES ALTO SANTA RITA VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
James Suckling 96; Wine Enthusiast 93 - EDITORS' CHOICE: ‘After a rooty, spicy opening that includes aromas of tree bark, leather, marzipan and ripe berry fruits, this perennial winner shows superb balance, mouthfeel and overall integration. Flavors of cassis, cherry, plum, dry spice and chocolate finish long, lightly herbal and with complexities. Drink through 2020. $85.'
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

SAM-1424. 11 CUVELIER LOS ANDES CUVEE DEL MAULE CAUQUENES RED
2009: 36% cabernet sauvignon, 30% carmenere, 22% merlot; plus carignan, cinsault, and pais. Sexy and unique. Fabulous spice and perfume range./ Sweet and enticing. Adventuresome edge gives a double take. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

SAM-1425. 13 LAPLAYA ESTATE COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE
Sweet and spicy berry and cherry. Alluring. Light, spicy oak./ Yes, spicy, snappy bramble fruit, good acid, just the right measure of oak. Really great acidity for food. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

SAM-1426. 13 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD MAULE VALLEY CARMENERE
2011: Wine Spectator 91 - SMART BUY: ‘Precise and savory, with a powerful cocoa powder accent to the intense cherry, wild berry and currant flavors. Concentrated notes of clove and olive carry through to the finish. Drink now through 2018. $19.'
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1427. 11 VENTISQUERO GREY BLOCK #5 TRINIDAD VINEYARD MAIPO VALLEY CARMENERE
18 months in French oak barrels. A powerful, savory carmenere. None of the varietal's sometimes softness, earthiness. This is stalwart, righteous. Some resistance still, even approaching age five./ More carmenere softness and mellowness on the palate. The ‘merlot on steroids' thing. Rich, succulent, abundant. 91/100. List price: $28.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1428. 12 ECHEVERRIA RESERVA MAIPO-COLCHAGUA VALLEYS SYRAH
Est. 1930. Very deep, pure cassis and framboise aromas. Seedy, peppery. Very cool./ Sweet and inviting fruit, concentrated yet yielding. Easy to appreciate. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1429. 12 MONTES ALPHA COLCHAGUA VALLEY SYRAH
Wine Spectator 92 - TOP 100: Deeply colored and voluptuous, with a lush, spicy aroma and rich flavors of blackberry, blueberry and dark plum. Concentrated chocolate mousse notes emerge midpalate, leading to a cream-filled finish that ends with plenty of mocha accents. Drink now through 2021.'
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

SAM-1430. 12 CARMEN GRAN RESERVA LOS QUILLAYES VINEYARD ALTO MAIPO PETITE SIRAH
Est. 1850; Alto Maipo. Sweetness, oomph, power, elegant oak complex, full nostril penetration. An awesome take on petite syrah; all the way./ Yes, fruit sweetness, petite syrah volume. Distinct from California renditions. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1431. 15 SANTA RITA 120 VALLE CENTRAL SAUVIGNON BLANC
The usual good, straightforward Chilean sauvignon that is Santa Rita 120. Real cut./ Pleasing mouthfeel of citrus and mineral. Attractive flavor intensity. Really great texture. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

SAM-1432. 14 MATETIC EQ COASTAL CASABLANCA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Wine & Spirits 94: ‘Matetic makes this wine from an estate vineyard planted in 2007, in Casablanca, six miles from the sea. It's far-coast sauvignon in surround sound, powered by pear scents, candied lemon and fresh herbs. The flavors run deep, and while acidity keeps it refreshing, the wine feels soft and friendly. Pour it with sea bass sashimi.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each (20% off this price)

SAM-1433. 12 COUSINO MACUL ISIDORA MAIPO VALLEY SAUVIGNON GRIS (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Beverage Dynamics 93: ‘In Maipo, sauvignon gris yields a lush, aromatic wine with mouth-watering flavors of peach, mango and nectarine; zesty acidity on the finish rounds it out.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each (20% off this price)

SAM-1434. 15 SANTA CAROLINA VISTANA VALLE CENTRAL CHARDONNAY-SAUVIGNON BLANC magnum
Apple and citrus. The varietal combination works./ Yes, soft and agreeable. Adequate acid and good flavor appeal and give. A deal. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each


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