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URUGUAY

SAM-1381. 17 BOUZA ESTATE RESERVA LAS VIOLETAS-MELILLA MONTEVIDEO TANNAT
2016: Las Violetas & Melilla vineyards; 16 months in French & American oak barrels. Cherry-berry New World fruit openness plus tannat form and grip. And generous, complexing oak savors. Yow./ Full body. Flavors of plum and of oak. Barrel augmented textural range and suavity. Fully ripe tannat. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

SAM-1382. 17 BODEGA GARZON RESERVA MALDONADO TANNAT
Wine Spectator 91: 'An intensely juicy version, with raspberry and red plum flavors that feature pepper and slate accents. Features grippy tannins, with crunchy minerality, on the finish. Drink now through 2025. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM -1383. 16 MARICHAL CANELONES TANNAT
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

SAM-1384. 15 MARICHAL RESERVE CANELONES TANNAT
Deeper, broader, more mature. More time in both barrel and bottle Again, that sweet essence of tannat./ More barrel time. More advanced bouquet. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

ARGENTINA

SAM-1386. 16 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI SERIE A VALLE DE UCO CABERNET SAUVIGNON
What isn‛t this family winery doing right these days?! All its wines are the toasts of wine critics worldwide. Dark purple color./ Dark purple fruit. Wow. Elderberry. Fabulous./ Sweet and awesome cabernet elderberry and currant flavor concentration, plus spicy oak and cedar casts. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1387. 14 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI Q UCO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
2013: Wine Spectator 91 - TOP 100 2016: 'A refined and savory red, featuring notes of white pepper to the cherry and crushed red plum flavors. Lengthens out on the palate, with medium-grained tannins. Silky finish. Drink now through 2020.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1388. 15 DOMAINE BOUSQUET RESERVE TUPUNGATO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
2012: 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: 17.99 each

SAM-1389. 13 PASCUAL TOSO RESERVA BARRANCAS CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Vinous 90: 'Bright medium ruby. Blackberry on the nose. Creamy-sweet but with harmonious acidity giving shape to the blackberry and licorice flavors. Boasts enticing sweetness along with a stronger impression of acidity than the Reserva Malbec. Finishes with solid tannic spine to support a graceful evolution in bottle. Now-2021. $45.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1390. 13 BODEGAS Y VINEDOS LUMINUS ALLAMAND ALTAMURA UCO VALLEY RED
14.2%. Bold, rich, well developed fruit and barrel bouquet in combo and perfect harmony. / Mouthful of well developed flavors and textures. Total balance. Perfect composition and stage. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

SAM-1391. 16 FABRE MONTMAYOU RESERVA MENDOZA CABERNET FRANC
Decanter 96: ‛Gorgeous example of Cabernet Franc. Youthful with potential to explode with floral perfumed notes, cassis and clove. Great depth. Its harmony saves it from becoming truculent, but protein is needed.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1392. 16 BODEGA NORTON 1895 MENDOZA MERLOT
New, bright, primary. Juicy fruit./ Sweet and easy drinkin'. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

SAM-1393. 15 PASCUAL TOSO RESERVA BARRANCAS MALBEC
Rich, sweet, ripe, abundant./ Medium to full power. Malbec darkness. 91/100.. List price: $30.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1394. 15 ALTO VALLE DE RIO NEGRO MALBEC
2013: Ripeness, power, and oak. Upper Patagonia dark fruit. A heavy hitter./ Flavor-wise, it's between aroma and bouquet at age four plus. Plenty of power and command. Definite steak house wine. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1395. 18 AGUA DE PIEDRA GRAN SELECCION MENDOZA MALBEC
2016: Old vines; heavy bottle award. Rich and right. Seems barrel aged. Fruit and nut cremes./ Yes, rich fruit and definite barrel signs. Full texture and body. Up to its usual standards. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

SAM-1396. 15 BODEGA NORTON LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC
Wine Spectator 92: 'This refined and powerful red features concentrated red plum, raspberry and boysenberry flavors. Offers lilting spiciness midpalate, with a finish that features licorice and dried ginger accents. Drink now through 2021.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1397. 14 BODEGA NORTON RESERVA MENDOZA MALBEC
Wine Spectator 90 - SMART BUY: 'This has a silky mouthfeel, with rich, plush flavors of boysenberry, dark currant and black olive that carry plenty of creamy accents. Features dark chocolate and Asian spice details on the finely textured finish. Drink now through 2020. $19.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1398. 14 BODEGA NORTON PRIVADA MENDOZA RED
Wine & Spirits 94; James Suckling 93; Wine Spectator 91, Parker 91. My notes: 40% malbec, 30% each cab sauv, merlot. Aged a year in French oak barrels, half new, half once used. Very dark./ Young, tailored, mannerly, balanced. Deep, sweet fruit./ Fine French oak with good fruit solidity. Silken texture, fine tannin. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

SAM-1399. 16 CATENA ZAPATA ESTATE HIGH MOUNTAIN VINES MENDOZA MALBEC
Parker 92: 'The fresh, floral and expressive 2016 Catena Malbec blends grapes from different parts of Mendoza: Lunlunta, Agrelo, Altamira El Cepillo and Gualtallary. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French and American oak barrels for an average of 12 months. It's straight and a little austere but has deep flavors. Superb quality for the price and volume. $24.'
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

SAM-1400. 17 DOMINIO DEL PLATA CRIOS DE SUSANA BALBO MENDOZA MALBEC
Large, sweet, black, strong. Swollen fruit pleasures. Cherry, tar, and licorice malbec ID./ Yes, this really delivers. Full of sweet fruit, power, oak framing, texture, and fine tannin. Oodles of flavor. A wine of abundance. 92/100. List price: $16.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1401. 17 DONA PAULA LOS CARDOS MENDOZA MALBEC
Tasting Panel 92: ‛Plums and dark chocolate waft from the glass with aromas of grilled steak. The palate is as focused and seductive as a couple dancing the tango: Iron and espresso wind around cocoa and nutmeg as licorice coats the tongue. Vibrant with good acidity and a long finish. $14.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1402. 15 FABRE MONTMAYOU GRAN RESERVA MENDOZA MALBEC
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-1403. 13 FABRE MONTMAYOU GRAND VIN MENDOZA RED
Parker 94: 'The top of the range is the 2013 Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin, which is a blend of mostly Malbec from Vistalba, with a little 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from the old vines around the winery, their oldest vineyard. This is a classical Bordeaux blend with superb balance and elegance, with very good acidity and some spicy oak from 16 months in French oak barrels. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins. This is ready now but has great concentration, freshness and balance for a slow and positive development in bottle. $45.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

SAM-1404. 18 SANTA JULIA (+) MENDOZA MALBEC
2017: Sweet fresh fruits and fruit cremes. Cherry and tar./ All over again. Good acid. All around usefulness and value. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

SAM-1405. 18 BODEGA PIEDRA NEGRA RUTA 22 TUNUYAN MALBEC
All malbec. Sweet and spicy. Full appeal. Comes right at ya. Very savory./ Concentrated, sweet and spicy malbec black fruit plus high altitude vigor and acid. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1406. 17 PIATTELLI PREMIUM RESERVE LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC
2015: Wine Spectator 90: 'This offers luscious dark plum, dried cherry and mocha notes that are supported by medium-grained tannins. Chocolate, cream and spice flavors fill the midpalate and linger on the rich finish. Drink now through 2020. $16.'
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

SAM-1407. 18 BODEGA PULENTA LA FLOR AGRELO - LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC
Estate bottled. The usual sweet, spicy, racy success here./ Yes, sweet and spicy. Full and giving. Balanced and elegant as always. Total value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1408. 17 BELASCO DE BAQUEDANO LLAMA OLD VINES ALTO AGRELO VALLEY MALBEC
2016: Hundred year old vines; 6 months in French oak barrels. The usual old vines fruit intensity a fine oak augmentation here. Thoroughly rich and complex nose./ Yes, rich fruit filling contained by fine structure. Lots of material here. Long, peacock's tail finish. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1409. 16 SOLO CONTIGO PRIMERA AMANTE UCO VALLEY RED
6 months in new French oak barrels. Sweet and generous. Good oak warm spices./ All echo on the palate. Pastille flavor and finish. Yes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1410. 16 FINCA EL ORIGEN ESTATE RESERVA TUNUYAN - VALLE DE UCO MALBEC
Vineyards at 3900'. 9 months in French oak. Sweet and intense, ripe and smoky. The usual good concentration here./ Plenty of oomph and generosity, and the core is full of sweet fruit creme. Comes right out on the palate like they all do The acid is promising for food companionship. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

SAM-1411. 16 GOUGUENHEIM ESTACIONES DEL VALLE ESCONDIDO MALBEC
From Uco. Cherry and earth. Pleasing thickness./ Aged 6 months in the presence of American and French oak staves. Rich and rangy in flavor and texture. A lot of push and presence. Fills. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1412. 17 LA POSTA PIZZELLA VINEYARD UCO VALLEY MALBEC
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. $18.'
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

SAM-1413. 17 ZORZAL TERROIR UNICO UCO VALLEY MALBEC
At 5000'. Unoaked. Oh, full, bright, young, upbeat black cherry malbec nose. Sweet fruit./ Great acid and form. Some tannin yet. Fine future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1414. 15 ZORZAL GRAND TERROIR TUPUNGATO VALLEY MALBEC
Vinous 92: 'Full ruby-red. Expressive aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate complicated by violet and a light feral note. Juicy, intense red and darker berry fruit flavors are lifted by notes of spices and crushed chalk. I did not taste this wine next to the 2016 version (which I sampled in Uco Valley), but this is clearly a fuller, plusher, somewhat sweeter style, showing a fine-grained texture, very broad tannins and superb fruit persistence. This may ultimately be less floral and penetrating than the young '16 and perhaps not quite as long but it hardly lacks for energy. And it will give more pleasure over the next few years. Drink now-2026.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1415. 15 ZORZAL EGGO TINTO DE TIZA TUPUNGATO VALLEY RED
Parker 94: ‛The one blend in the Eggo range is the 2015 Eggo Tinto de Tiza, which mixes Malbec with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in 2,000-liter egg-shaped cement vats where the wine matured for almost one year. This feels quite complete and balanced, with good ripeness while keeping the balance and poise. The palate is juicy and fresh, with fine-grained tannins and a bittersweet finish akin to sour cherries. Very tasty and long. Super. Incredible for the price. Drink now-2021. $28.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

SAM-1416. 16 ANTUCURA VISTA FLORES VALLE DE UCO MALBEC
By globe-trotting oenologist, Michel Rolland, a partner in Clos de los Siete. Modern; shows the Rolland hand. Smooth, suave, well crafted./ Again, well textured, well balanced. A polished presentation, and a good one. The price is right. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1417. 17 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI Q PARAJE ALTAMIRA-VISTA FLORES VALLE DE UCO MALBEC
Parker 92: 'The 2017 Q Malbec wants to showcase the variety in the Valle de Uco using grapes from Altamira and Chacayes. It fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and with some full clusters that were broken, and it matured in concrete and used French barriques. This differs from the Serie A in the vineyards; here, they look for more texture and less fruit, aiming for sharper and more austere, in the direction of Concreto. It's impressive how the wines from Zuccardi have improved in the last few years and how a wine at this price can have such precision and purity. No excess in any direction. Superb. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1418. 15 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI CONCRETO ALTAMIRA MALBEC
Parker 94: 'The second vintage of this unoaked, groundbreaking Malbec, the 2015 Concreto Malbec was produced with grapes from Paraje Altamira that fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts (a constant in Zuccardi nowadays) and matured in concrete vats--hence the name--until it was bottled in December 2015. Here they use grapes that only come from parts of their vineyards that have less than 20 centimeters of soil and the calcium carbonate content is the highest they have, as they want this to be pure expression of chalk. The nose is a little reticent, not explosive, a little backward, transmitting a sense of seriousness and harmony. But, the palate is electric, you really feel like you're licking the limestone-covered stones that you have in the vineyards. The nose comes back slowly after time in the glass, with a cocktail of flowers and wild herbs, what you smell when you walk the countryside, especially after it has rained. This is a noteworthy follow up to the groundbreaking first vintage of this wine, possibly with one extra degree of precision and clarity, ending with a dry, dusty sensation, avoiding sweetness at all cost. This is all texture and salinity. Maybe not for all, but I loved it. Drink 2017-2023. $38.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

SAM-1419. 16 CALLIA ALTA VALLE DE TULUM SAN JUAN MALBEC
San Juan rich, high altitude bright. Steady as she goes, vintage after vintage./ Black fruit cremes. A really rich vintage. Some oak and tannin. Thorough. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1420. 16 BODEGA COLOME AUTENTICO CALCHAGUI VALLEY MALBEC
Vinous 92+: ‛from 100+-year-old vines planted at 2,300 meters; made without oak): Saturated bright ruby. Pungent, pure, primary aromas of candied blackberry, black cherry, cassis, bitter chocolate and spices; conveys a superripe, even slightly figgy hint of thick, sun-drenched skins without loss of focus. Just as backward on the palate, with its kirsch, cassis and dark chocolate flavors complicated by violet and mineral components; shows increasing creaminess and depth with time in the glass without losing its penetrating quality. Finishes with firm tongue-dusting, well-buffered tannins and slowly mounting length. Some outstanding 2016 reds were made a world away in Uco Valley, but very few of them can match this classically dry Salta wine for texture. I give this an edge over its 2015 sibling for its more obvious definition and stronger impression of acidity. I love the "rawness" of this wine and its purity and complexity. Drink 2021-2028. $65.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

SAM-1421. 18 ALFREDO ROCA FINCAS LA PERSERVERANCIA & SANTA HERMINIA SAN RAFAEL PINOT NOIR
2017: There it is again: that smoky throw-back to Burgundies of yore. Smoked cherry. Unique in its field, year after year./ Pleasing body. Special combo of ripe and tart pinot fruit elements, and that smoky-gamy aura. Perfect old time Burgundy cherry and earth. Sweet pinot with cherry fruit, leaf, tea. Fine tannin. Juicy, flowing finish. Old reliable; no other pinot like it. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1422. 18 CARELLI 34 MENDOZA CHARDONNAY
First 2018 to cross my desk. Very fresh apple and citrus. Clearly unwooded. Ideal./ Again, ideal, fresh, all. 91/100. Tasted 7/18/18.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1423. 17 DOMINIO DEL PLATA CRIOS MENDOZA TORRONTES (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
2016: Very viscous and gewurz oriented. Swells up and deepens with aeration. Lots of rose./ Positive reduction ensures longevity. Lots of follow through. Thick, lingering glycerol. A big one. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each (30% off this price)

SAM-1424. 16 DOMINIO DEL PLATA CRIOS MENDOZA TORRONTES (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Very viscous and gewurz oriented. Swells up and deepens with aeration. Lots of rose./ Positive reduction ensures longevity. Lots of follow through. Thick, lingering glycerol. A big one. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each (30% off this price)

SAM-1425. 13 DOMINIO DEL PLATA CRIOS MENDOZA TORRONTES (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
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: 12.99 each (30% off this price)

SAM-1426. 17 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI SERIE A SALTA TORRONTES
Parker 91: 'The 2017 Torrontes Serie A from Salta was cropped from a dry year that was slightly cooler than 2016 (remember, this is Salta, not Mendoza). The grapes come from vines planted at 1,800 to 2,000 meters in altitude. The juice, partly from direct pressing and partly with five hours of maceration, fermented at low temperature with selected yeasts, and the wine was bottled unoaked. It's floral, citrusy and spicy, with varietal aromas and an herbal touch of oregano. It's fresh and balanced, with a dry finish. This is one for the dining table. The wine was kept with the lees until it was bottled in December 2017. Drink now-2021.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1427. 17 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: 12.99 each

SAM-1428. 18 TILIA SALTA TORRONTES
2017: I‛ve tasted many, many torrontes wines over the last several weeks in search for some replacements for brands no longer on the market or represented by tired vintages. None better than this one. Floral. Rose. Mum. Several others I‛ve tasted that were under hermetic screwcap closures still had sulphur issues. This one is clean, clean, clean. Clear as a bell./ Yes, dry, cool, clear. Cold cream, gewurz like perfumes. Fine acid foil. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

CHILE

SAM-1430. 12 KOYLE GRAN RESERVA ALTO COLCHAGUA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
12 months in French oak. 10% cab franc, 5% petit verdot. Deep cabernet luxury and barrel influence. Fine oak perfumes./ Again, rich fruit and lavish oak in tandem. Grand effort. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1431. 17 LOS VASCOS ESTATE COLCHAGUA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite. Good show. Sweet, New World cabernet fruit, Lafite measured and discreet rather than powerful and blowsy. The wonderful Chilean cabernet sauvignon precision, varietal clarity and accuracy./ Sweet fruit with light oak lacings. Great acidity keeps everything in balance. It's at once come hither and 'serious'. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1432. 17 VINA VENTISQUERO ROOT 1 MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Oh, deep, dark, classic Maipo pre-phylloxera cabernet black currant emphasis. Purple, sweet, deep./ Yes, both sweet and savory. Full flavor profile of Maipo cabernet sauvignon. What a deal! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

SAM-1433. 15 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine Spectator 91 - SMART BUY: 'A refined red, with impressive length to the intense red plum, cherry and raspberry flavors, supported by crisp acidity. A powerful undercurrent of dried herbs extends into the minerally finish. Drink now through 2022.'
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

SAM-1434. 16 GATO NEGRO VALLE CENTRAL CABERNET-MERLOT
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

SAM-1435. 17 APALTAGUA ESTATE RESERVA APALTA VALLEY CARMENERE
Rich and abundant carmenere sur maturite./ Again, fabulous, top class ripe fruit. Some tannins showing because sample‛s cold. All around success. Complexing leather note at the end. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

SAM-1436. 16 APALTAGUA ESTATE GRAN RESERVA ENVERO APALTA VINEYARD COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE
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: 15.99 each

SAM-1437. 17 CASA SILVA ESTATE VALLE DE COLCHAGUA CARMENERE
Est. 1892 Alert and adroit. Good oak augments the fruit character./ Sweet and rightful carmenere characteristics, all positive here. The acid adds race. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1438. 15 HACIENDA ARAUCANO RESERVA COLCHAGUA CARMENERE
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: 12.99 each

SAM-1439. 15 LAPLAYA ESTATE COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE
2013: 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-1440. 17 MARCHIGUE GRAN RESERVA MAPA COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE
Large, compact, full, strong. Wow. A really well built carmenere brimming with black fruit./ The richness and sweetness of carmenere exploited fully. None of the banal elements that sneak into many a lesser carmenere. Fine acid-sweetness balance. Well priced for this measure of size and quality. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

SAM-1441. 17 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD MAULE VALLEY CARMENERE
2015: Wine Enthusiast 90: ‛Herbal aromas of green tobacco, black fruits and coffee grounds require some understanding of Carmenere to fully appreciate. A chunky, saturated palate is thick but balanced by tartaric acidity. Herbal, minty blackberry flavors are woody and show a hint of graphite, while coffee, carob and burnt toast flavors blend with green notes on the finish. Drink through 2020. $20.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

SAM-1442. 14 VINA MARTY ILAIA RESERVA VALLE DE MAULE CARMENERE
Plenty of funky carmeneres out there. Nonetheless, when I discover one that has the right stuff, there‛s no other treat like it. This one weighs in at 14%, suggesting that the grapes were properly ripe. Indeed, the nose is deep, smoky, ideal. Ripe carmenere black currant jam plus black olive./ Yes, both ripeness and clarity. Nothing thick or earthy or vegetal or rooty about this winner. The acidity is right too. Very well crafted. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

SAM-1443. 15 VINA TARAPACA GRAN RESERVA MAIPO VALLEY CARMENERE
8 months in barrels, 20% new. Ripe and earthy in a positive way, it states both fruit richness and barrel intricacies./ Yes, wood spices and ripe carmenere fruit sensations. Generous. A complete carmenere palate. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

SAM-1444. 16 MONTES ALPHA COLCHAGUA VALLEY SYRAH
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.'
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

SAM-1445. 15 TERRANOBLE GRAN RESERVA MAULE VALLEY CARIGNAN
Wonderful cassis aroma, and carignan juicy cherry. Intense, beautiful. The price is glorious./ Griotte, wild cherry. Texture, flavor, barrel without woodiness. Boy, that's gran reserva all right. The barrel aging is superb. Carignan black cherry, rusticity, amplitude. Total package. Unbelievable. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1446. 18 MATETIC EQ COASTAL CASABLANCA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC
Parker 93: 'The just-bottled 2018 EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc has a mixture of citrus and herbal aromas. It's from a cool vintage, quite normal for the coastal part of Casablanca, pretty much like 2013, with good yields and no frost or other issues. The palate is tasty and fresh, with great texture, very focused and clean flavors and a salty finish, the signature of the sea and the granite. This is a bargain -- and one of their finest harvests. It should develop nicely in bottle. Drink 2018-2023. $18.'
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1447. 16 MATETIC CORRALILLO SAN ANTONIO VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC
Soaring, penetrating passion fruit nose. Pure and lifted./ Yes, racy acid and flavors of passion fruit and ruby red grapefruit and Meyer lemon. Wow, what vigor and thoroughness. Long, refreshing aftertaste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each


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