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URUGUAY

SAM-1267. 18 BODEGA GARZON RESERVA CABERNET FRANC    91+/100

Rightful cabernet franc reserve, dryness. And red raspberry aroma. Yes, cool climate sort. Could be taken for a Chinon. Good acid, fine tannin. Balance. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

SAM-1268. 19 BOUZA ESTATE RESERVA LAS VIOLETAS-MELILLA MONTEVIDEO TANNAT    (91/100)

2018: Wine & Spirits 91: 'This wine's delicate plum and strawberry flavors last through the toast and vanilla of its oak, which enriches the wine but also smoothes over some of its detail. Give this six months to integrate, then serve it with roast beef.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

SAM-1269. 19 MARICHAL CANELONES TANNAT    91+/100

Black and deep. Has padding though. Not severe. Yeah, there's tannin, but it's not the gritty sort. Sweet essence of tannat. Fine bottle. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

ARGENTINA

SAM-1271. 21 HUMBERTO CANALE ESTATE RIO NEGRO CABERNET SAUVIGNON    90/100

Est. 1909; latitude 39 degrees in Patagonia. Warm, suave dark fruited. The fruit is especially rich this vintage. Fine grained tannins keep it honest. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

SAM-1272. 06 FABRE MONTMAYOU GRAN RESERVA MENDOZA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

SAM-1273. 21 PIATTELLI LUJAN DE CUYO CABERNET SAUVIGNON    90/100

2018: Well, this is certainly a dark hued customer. Sweet, strong, and stout hearted Argentine cabernet. Sweet and mouthfilling. Varietal aromatics still in formation. Satisfying textural presence already though. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

SAM-1274. 20 HUMBERTO CANALE ESTATE RIO NEGRO MALBEC    91+/100 *

2019: First time in MI in decades; est. 1909; latitude 39 degrees in Patagonia; James Suckling 92/100. Dark colored, dark fruited, full fledged Argentine malbec. Sports a high latitude coolness too. Nothing Mendoza syrupy about it. Bright and full varietal character of black cherry and black pepper. Fine acidity. Well balanced. Both mealworthy and ageworthy. Popular with the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

SAM-1275. 20 ANDELUNA 1300 ESTATE VALLE DE UCO MALBEC    91/100

Oenologist: Hans Vinding-Diers. At 4000'. Full red black malbec color. Good and ample, while compact, malbec fruit of high altitude definition. Sweet b lack fruits. Striking malbec cherry pith and peel. Really pumps it out. Great clarity as well. Aromas reverberate on the palate. Add black and maraschino cherry flavor spread. There's form and firm core as well as plenty of fruit padding in between. Sweet, balanced, strong, modern, popular. Good acid. Right on target. No tannin issues. Good to go. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

SAM-1276. 17 CARO AMANCAYA RESERVE MENDOZA RED    (93/100)

Wine & Spirits 93 - BEST BUY: 'The partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Catena, launched in 1999, produces this 'second' wine with a higher proportion of malbec and less time in oak barrels than the flagship wine (also recommended here). In 2017, Amancaya is the more elegant of the two. The blend includes 33 percent cabernet sauvignon and spends a year in barrels (20 percent new): It's smoky, dark and earthy, with fine cocoa-powder tannins giving the violet-scented fruit a lithe line.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

SAM-1277. 21 FABRE MONTMAYOU RESERVA MENDOZA CABERNET FRANC    95/100

2019: Decanter 95/100. NY Times 20 Under $20: 'The aromas of jalapenos, which I find quite attractive, along with earthy flavors of red fruits.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

SAM-1278. 17 BODEGA DEL RIO ELORZA VERUM ALTO VALLE DE RIO NEGRO MALBEC    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Berry and cassis aromas turn more subdued and crisp with airing-something that you should expect from a cool-climate Patagonian Malbec such as this. Loamy berry and plum flavors carry the palate, while it feels fleshy on the finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

SAM-1279. 21 CATENA ZAPATA ESTATE HIGH MOUNTAIN VINES MENDOZA MALBEC    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'The juicy and young 2021 Catena Malbec has a nice combination of spice, berry and herbs to make it balanced, expressive and attractive. It's round, velvety and nicely crafted in an easy to understand and highly drinkable style and a commercial profile. A champion in drinkability.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

SAM-1280. 21 CHAKRAS MENDOZA MALBEC    91/100

Sweet but also elegant. Nice and modest alcohol at 13%. Full bodied. Nicely fruity and dry-ish. Well balanced, well made. Long, lightly chewy finish. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

SAM-1281. 20 CLOS DE MENDOZA MENDOZA MALBEC    (90/100)

Suckling 90: 'Blackberry, dark chocolate and some walnut character. Chewy. Savory finish. Hints of dried fruit. Spicy.'

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

SAM-1282. 18 FABRE MONTMAYOU GRAN RESERVA MENDOZA MALBEC    (92/100)

2015: Vinous 92: '14.5% alcohol; aged for a year in new and second-use French oak. Bright, dark ruby-red. Fresh scents of dark fruits, mocha and chocolate lifted by a sexy violet topnote. Nicely concentrated, plush and elegant, and very fresh for a wine from Vistalba (I would have guessed that this wine included some Uco Valley fruit). This captivating Malbec finishes with firm but suave tannins and a solid structure for mid-term aging.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

SAM-1283. 22 LUIGI BOSCA FINCA LA LINDA MENDOZA MALBEC    (91/100)

Tasting Panel 91: 'Highly expressive aromas are reminiscent of red fruit like cherry and strawberry with a touch of spice. This is a smooth juicy, crisp, full-bodied wine with a pleasant mouthfeel, great varietal character, and a delightful finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

SAM-1284. 21 PIC DE PALO MENDOZA MALBEC    91/100

Full red black malbec color. And black cherry nose. I smell a value. Full and flavorful. Nothing fancy. An ample, straight forward Mendoza malbec for the money. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

SAM-1285. 21 FINCA BAUTEM LA JUVENDUD ABITO BARRANCAS MAIPU MALBEC    91/100

Impressive red black malbec color. The relative sweetness of a lower altitude take. Plenty of fruit to give here. Yes, almost candied sweetness. No edges. Well enough balanced. Broad market appeal. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

SAM-1286. 20 GOUGUENHEIM ESTACIONES DEL VALLE DE UCO MALBEC    91/100

2019: Good freshness, lift. Flavor, buoyancy, varietal ID, balance of acid, tannin, strength at 13.5%. Not al all pandering. Suits my tastes all around. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

SAM-1287. 21 LA POSTA FAZZIO VINEYARD OCO VALLEY MALBEC

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

SAM-1288. 20 LA POSTA PAULUCCI VINEYARD UCO VALLEY MALBEC

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

SAM-1289. 20 LA POSTA PIZZELLA VINEYARD UCO VALLEY MALBEC    (90/100)

2017: Vinous 90: 'Bright ruby-red. Cassis, blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose; riper and deeper than the Paulucci Malbec. A step up in texture, plushness and depth, conveying an enticing saline character and a restrained sweetness to its flavors of dark raspberry, licorice, black cherry stomp and bitter chocolate. Finishes firmly dry, with serious but suave tannins and lingering notes of cocoa powder and baking spices. Drink now-2022.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

SAM-1290. 20 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI Q PARAJE ALTAMIRA-VISTA FLORES VALLE DE UCO MALBEC    (92/100)

2019: Parker 92: 'The 2019 Q Malbec is a step up after coming from the Serie A Malbec. This is more specific about the origin, which is Valle de Uco, but they select grapes from Paraje Altamira and Los Chacayes for this bottling, where the soils start to deliver some chalky minerality in the wines. There is contained ripeness and fully developed flavors and aromas. It's medium to full-bodied with fine, chalky tannins. It matured in concrete and 30% in 500-liter oak barrels.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

SAM-1291. 21 PIATTELLI RESERVE CAFAYATE VALLEY MALBEC    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91: 'Rich and juicy, bursting with blueberry and blackberry flavors, this blend of equal parts tannat and malbec manages to present both varieties without overpowering either. Tense in its structure, it captures the syrupy-violet richness of malbec without losing the tannins of tannat, though those tannins take a few days to coalesce.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

SAM-1292. 22 TILIA SALTA TORRONTES    90+/100

2020: Proper cold cream aroma of gewurz-leaning torrontes. Flavor confirms. Good acid. More citrus the second evening, giving additional vitality. Dry but not austerely so. Improves with aeration. 90+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

SAM-1293. 21 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI SERIE A SALTA TORRONTES    (91/100)

2020: Parker 91: 'They have a parral vineyard rented in Cafayate to produce the 2020 Torrontes Serie A, a wine that aims to show the typical style of Torrontes. It was fermented and bottled early with short maceration to look for finesse and subtler aromas, pressing the clusters directly. The result is citrus and floral and without the bitterness the grape can deliver. It has a dry and fresh finish without rusticity.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

CHILE

SAM-1295. 18 HACIENDA ARAUCANO RESERVA COLCHAGUA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON    90/100

Good, clear, medium ripeness level of a Colchagua cabernet. New World fruit ripeness but Euro weight. Good. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

SAM-1296. 18 ECHEVERRIA GRAN RESERVA CURICO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

SAM-1297. 19 SCARLET VINE MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON    91/100

Tasting Panel 91/100. My notes: Sweet and intense black fruit of Maipo cabernet. Even some black currant snap. Palate confirms. The relative sweetness will appeal to critics and young tastes alike. Cleverly crafted..and well done. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

SAM-1298. 17 ESCARLATA COLCHAGUA RED    91/100

35% cabernet franc, 30% malbec, 20% petit verdot, 15% syrah. Quite dry. Harmonious melange of the varieties creates an attractive package. The palate is deliciously fruity and vital. Well crafted wine. Kudos to the winemaker. Wide applications. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

SAM-1299. 20 APALTAGUA ESTATE RESERVA APALTA VALLEY CARMENERE    91/100

All carmenere. 60 year old vines. Sweet and smooth, uncomplicated ripe carmenere. All to the positive. Full fruit cremes balanced by berry juice acidity. Good overall. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

SAM-1300. 18 APALTAGUA ESTATE GRAN RESERVA ENVERO APALTA VINEYARD COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE    92/100

2015: 60 year old vines; 10% cabernet sauvignon. Clear, elegant oak and carmenere berry-plum confit. Sweet and spicy, penetrating aromas. Great oak embellishments. Balanced, fresh, upscale, delicious presentation of carmenere. Fine tannins. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

SAM-1301. 21 CASA SILVA ESTATE LOS LINGUES VALLE DE COLCHAGUA CARMENERE    92/100

Est. 1892. Rich and full of material, with marked oak complexity to boot. Wow. Size and force and delivery. Yes, rich, ripe, well framed and sooo generously filled out. Ideal. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

SAM-1302. 19 HACIENDA ARAUCANO RESERVA COLCHAGUA CARMENERE    92/100

2015: By Jacques and Francois Lurton. They nailed it. Super carmenere cassis intensity. So pure, clear, and ripe. Spot on. Nothing over the top. No earth, leather. Yes, varietal clarity, levity of French craftsmen. Works. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

SAM-1303. 21 LA PLAYA ESTATE COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE    90/100

Fresh and juicy. Always is. Flavorful. All the positive aspects of carmenere. Ready to serve. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

SAM-1304. 19 MARCHIGUE GRAN RESERVA MAPA COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE    92/100

2018: Super Gran Reserva oak and barrel aging input. Carmenere's full measure of cassis. Admirable carmenere, on point and thorough. Wow. Yes, the sweet, abundant fruit of ripe carmenere meets a complex of oak and barrel tastes and textures to counter-balance it, fill it out further. Complete carmenere. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

SAM-1305. 19 VINA MARTY MARIPOSA GRAN RESERVA COLCHAGUA CARMENERE    91/100

14.5%. Heavy Bottle Award. Deep, sweet, rustic carmenere. Earthy but not funky. Good acid, flavor, balance. Accurate varietal character. Good. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

SAM-1306. 18 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD MAULE VALLEY CARMENERE    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91 - TOP 100: 'Spicy berry aromas are accented by black tea and leafy scents that create an ideal Carmenere nose. A tightly concentrated palate offers mixed berry flavors touched up by the right level of oak and spice. A steady finish brings juicy acidity and toasty notes.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

SAM-1307. 16 MONTES ALPHA COLCHAGUA VALLEY SYRAH    (92/100)

2012: 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.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

SAM-1308. 21 CACIQUE MARVILLA PIPENO SECANO INTERIOR DE YUMBAL PAIS    91/100

2017: Unique. Really an illuminating take on the humble pais. Exceptional fresh, fruity, floral. Kudos to the winemaker. Fruit juicy good. Vigorous. Wild. Pushes VA without crossing the border. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

SAM-1309. 23 PRISMA CASABLANCA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC    92/100

Ricardo Baettig makes this wine from three estate vineyards in Lo Ovalle, a valley in the coastal range of northwestern Casablanca. A crisp, lightly citrusy, lightly tropical nose. Tighter laced than NZ sauvignons. Haunting array of ruby red grapefruit and soft tropical fruits. Delightful for both gustatory appeal and the thought provoked aspect thanks to the uniqueness of its aromatic set. On Valentine's Day, truly a heart throb. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

SAM-1310. 21 COUSINO-MACUL ISIDORA VALLE DEL MAIPO SAUVIGNON GRIS    91/100

All sauvignon gris; cuttings brought from Graves early last century. This one's understated to start too. I don't get an SUS issue. Wow, that's about the briskest, brightest fruit acidity I'm ever found in this cuvee. Exceptionally flavorful too. Those nutty gris aspects as well as innate sauvignon citricity. Worth the pursuit to catch one like this at the right stage. 91/100. Attendees appreciated its uniqueness and quality.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each



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