updated 11-16-17
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URUGUAY

SAM-1438. 15 BODEGA BOUZA RESERVA LAS VIOLETAS-MELILLA MONTEVIDEO TANNAT
All tannat; La Violetas & Melilla Vyds; 13 months in French & US oak barrels. Inky tannat appearance./ Deep, full black fruit and fine oak melange. No tannat severity. A complex aromatic set./ Palate plays it closer to the vest, but it’s not obstreperously tannic. One class tannat wine. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

ARGENTINA

SAM-1440. 12 CASARENA RESERVA MENDOZA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
International Wine Cellar 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-1441. 10 SUR DE LOS ANDES GRAN RESERVA MENDOZA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine Enthusiast 91/100. My notes: Age has formed bouquet development and softness. Cabernet blackberry and black currant prominent. Lush, deep pastille purity./ Spreads out all over the palate with a complex of wood seasonings and softened tannins. Broad and deep and ready to enjoy. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1442. 15 BODEGAS MAINQUE TRES EXILIOS MENDOZA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Young, sweet, neat, convincing. Cabernet sweet berry./ Yes, ripe berries and light cremes. Enough acid. Balanced and likeable bargain. 90/100. List price: $12.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

SAM-1443. 14 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI SERIE A VALLE DE UCO CABERNET SAUVIGNON
2013: Deep seated and skillfully barrel aged. Black currant and blackberry cabernet sauvignon aromatic display. Complex, deep, racy./ Oak and light herb. Dry, with good acidity for mealtime applications. A winery to watch. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1444. 13 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI SERIE A VALLE DE UCO CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Deep seated and skillfully barrel aged. Black currant and blackberry cabernet sauvignon aromatic display. Complex, deep, racy./ Oak and light herb. Dry, with good acidity for mealtime applications. A winery to watch. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1445. 13 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI Q UCO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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: 19.99 each

SAM-1446. 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-1447. 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-1448. 13 FABRE MONTMAYOU RESERVA MENDOZA CABERNET FRANC
Decanter 95: ‘A great expression of Cabernet Franc, this vibrant, refreshing example is peppery and aromatic, with a nice herbal character on the nose. Fruity and savory, there’s some sweetness on the palate and lovely purity of sweet red pepper and minty black currant fruit.’
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1449. 13 VERUM ALTO VALLE DE RIO NEGRO MALBEC
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: 17.99 each

SAM-1450. 15 AGUA DE PIEDRA GRAN SELECCION MENDOZA MALBEC
Old vines; heavy bottle award. Deep, sweet cherry concentration with oak extras in harmony. Comes on and on. Full power and generosity./ Yes, rich and sweet, and balanced by acid and tannin. Long, red-fruit finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1451. 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-1452. 14 BODEGA NORTON PRIVADA MENDOZA RED
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: 23.99 each

SAM-1453. 14 CATENA ZAPATA ESTATE HIGH MOUNTAIN VINES MENDOZA MALBEC
Est. 1902. Oh, my, deep, peppery, spicy, black, racy. Refined wood in balance./ Full oak cremes. Suave, with tempered acidity. Pleasingly soft and ready to enjoy. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1454. 13 CUVELIER LOS ANDES MENDOZA MALBEC
Vinous 90: ‘60% of this wine was aged in oak. Bright medium ruby. Vibrant, penetrating aromas of blackberry, black cherry, violet and bitter chocolate; an essence of Malbec. Dense and seamless but youthful and light on its feet, showing lovely restrained sweetness but noteworthy thickness and depth to its pure, vibrant flavors of crushed dark berries and bitter chocolate. This suave, concentrated Malbec should open out beautifully with a few years of cellaring. Finishes with firm, ripe tannins and excellent sneaky length and energy. This is an awfully good value. 2018-2024.’
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

SAM-1455. 13 FABRE MONTMAYOU GRAN RESERVA MENDOZA MALBEC
James Suckling 93/100. My notes: One year in oak. Compared to the Reserva, more lavish and exotic and rangy oak aromatics, incense. Velvet texture./ Complex of spice and incense. Wildly flavorful. Grand. Great price for all this. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

SAM-1456. 15 FINCA LOS OLMOS MOUNTAIN DOOR MENDOZA MALBEC
Fresh and elegant. Cool high altitude and 2015 take on malbec. Snappy./ Good cherry flavor and elegance. Good acid. Will play. Fresh and full. Ripeness and balance. Cool and well framed. 91/100. List price: $12.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

SAM-1457. 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: 10.99 each

SAM-1458. 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-1459. 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

SAM-1460. 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-1461. 15 PIATTELLI PREMIUM RESERVE LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC
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: 14.99 each

SAM-1462. 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-1463. 13 FINCA DECERO REMOLINOS VINEYARD AGRELO MALBEC
14.5%. Aged in 30% new oak barrels. Big and sweet, syrupy./ Same. Very chocolaty, warm spiced, open knit, savory. Popular. Ready. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

SAM-1464. 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-1465. 14 LUCA UCO VALLEY MALBEC
Parker 93: ‘From new plantings in Gualtallary, the 2014 Malbec has increased the proportion of fruit coming from this cool place to make it approximately a 50/50 blend of Malbec fruit from Gualtallary and La Consulta, both in the Valle de Uco. There is a big jump in precision and harmony along with more freshness and elegance. The expansive palate has great depth and fruit with very good freshness. This could well be the best vintage of Luca Malbec. $40.’
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

SAM-1466. 16 BELASCO DE BAQUEDANO LLAMA OLD VINES ALTO AGRELO VALLEY MALBEC
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-1467. 14 DOMAINE BOUSQUET RESERVE TUPUNGATO VALLEY MALBEC
Wine & Spirits 91: ‘Round and soft, this has all the violet and cherry aromas typical of malbec from the heights of Tupungato; at the same time, it manages to be refreshing thanks to an incisive acidity. It might feel simple and easy to understand, but wait and taste it with lamb chops.’
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

SAM-1468. 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./ Still a little tart around the edges, but the core is full of sweet fruit creme. It’s young. It will plump up as spring progresses. The acid is promising for food companionship. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

SAM-1469. 14 LA POSTA PIZZELLA VINEYARD UCO VALLEY MALBEC
Parker 90: ‘The 2014 Malbec Pizzella Vineyard is from Altamira. The vineyard was originally 17 hectares and the owner planted an additional 12 (and is planting yet more), so there is room to grow. This is the most harmonious, elegant, and at the same time backward, of the three single-vineyard Malbecs. Not as showy as the others in the palate either as the tannins are austere and the chalky minerality sticks to your teeth. The differences between the three Malbecs is clear as they each reflect where the grapes grow. The riper, warmer one from Ugarteche, the fresher, higher acidity wine from Tupungato and the one with more depth from here (Altamira). Superb value! $18.’
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1470. 12 VINA COBOS BRAMARE VALLE DE UCO MALBEC
Parker 91: ‘The 2012 Bramare Malbec (Valle de Uco) is sourced from vineyards in San Carlos and Tupungato in the Uco Valley. The grapes fermented in stainless-steel vats and aged in a combination of new and used, French and American oak for some 17 months. This is very dark-colored, almost opaque and the nose shows dark aromas, too, of graphite, peat, hints of smoke and ripe black cherries plus plenty of spicy notes. The palate is full-bodied with polished, glossy tannins and moderate acidity. $45.’
How Many bottles/singles: 36.99 each

SAM-1471. 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-1472. 13 ZORZAL GRAND TERROIR TUPUNGATO VALLEY MALBEC
Parker 93: ‘The 2013 Gran Terroir Malbec is a blend from different vineyards in Gualtallary, the highest part of the department of Tupungato in the Valle de Uco. The grapes fermented in cement vats and matured in used oak barrels for approximately one year. It's very perfumed and spicy, aromatic in a way that makes you go to the glass over and over again. The palate has the 2013 electricity and the Gualtallary chalkiness making for supple, tasty and saline flavors and a very long finish. Simply superb! $28.’
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

SAM-1473. 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: 32.99 each

SAM-1474. 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: 9.99 each

SAM-1475. 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-1476. 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-1477. 14 BELASCO LLAMA OLD VINE AGRELO BONARDA-MALBEC
40 year old bonarda vines. Sweetness and richness, and suggestions of the brightness of bonarda. Very nice./ Fruit sweetness foiled by a nice bitter twist. I like it a lot. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1478. 13 ALMA NEGRA M BLEND MENDOZA RED
Malbec, bonarda, and the rest is a winemaker secret. Deep and haunting like the label. Spooky, mysterious. Smoky, spicy oak and full fruit concentration. Malbec cherry. Dalmatia cherry and maraschino eau de vie./ Yes, perfumed and seductive. Fruit, flower, and scented oak. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

SAM-1479. 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-1480. 16 ALFREDO ROCA FINCAS LA PERSERVERANCIA & SANTA HERMINIA SAN RAFAEL PINOT NOIR
On the nose, cooler and tarter than usual. Brisk nose./ Ah, but the palate is round and sweet, featuring flavors of cherry, game, and earth. On the palate, the uniqueness of this wine comes forth. No other pinot noir quite like it. The nose will catch up by summer. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1481. 11 LUCA LABORDE DOUBLE SELECT UCO VALLEY SYRAH
International Wine Cellar 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-1482. 16 DOMINIO DEL PLATA CRIOS MENDOZA TORRONTES
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: 15.99 each

SAM-1483. 13 DOMINIO DEL PLATA CRIOS MENDOZA TORRONTES (End of Bin Sale-- 20% 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: 15.99 each (20% off this price)

SAM-1484. 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-1485. 15 TERRAZAS DE LOS ANDES RESERVA MENDOZA TORRONTES
Lightly reduced still thanks to the hermetic quality of a screwcap. Otherwise, spot on, so give it plenty of aeration for full enjoyment. This displays the gewurz facet of torrontes for its rosiness./ Lots of gewurz spice and rose. Dry and tangy food wine. Full rewards for aeration here, so splash it headlong into a decanter. 92+/100. List price: $20.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

SAM-1486. 15 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI SERIE A SALTA TORRONTES
Parker 90: ‘The 2015 Torrontés Serie A is produced with grapes from Cafayate in Salta, in collaboration with José Luis Mounier, a Mendoza winemaker who moved to Salta a long time ago and turned into the Torrontés guru. It fermented in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts. There are perfumed notes with hints of talcum powder and dry roses, spices with citric hints and closer to a Gewurztraminer than a Moscatel. This is sharp and elegant, harvested early, without much maceration, and a tasty, almost salty finish. A noteworthy Torrontés.’
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

SAM-1487. 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-1489. 14 CONCHA Y TORO MARQUES DE CASA CONCHA PUERTO ALTO VINEYARD MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Sweet fruited and replete with barrel aging extras. Lookin’ good./ Geez, body, texture,.oak-fruit balance. Class. One of the best vintages. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

SAM-1490. 13 CONCHA Y TORO RIBERAS GRAN RESERVA RIBERA DEL TINQUIRIRICA MARCHIGUE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine & Spirits 91 - BEST BUY: ‘Marchigüe, in western Colchagua, is cooled by winds off the Pacific Ocean. That climate typically gives some of the freshest wines in the region, like this one, with its spicy black fruit intersecting vivid acidity. It feels energetic, yet smooth and refreshing, ready to pour now with a meaty pot roast.’
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

SAM-1491. 15 CONCHA Y TORO CASILLERO DEL DIABLO RESERVA VALLE CENTRAL CABERNET SAUVIGNON
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

SAM-1492. 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: 16.99 each

SAM-1493. 14 ECHEVERRIA RESERVA CURICO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
4 months in second year French and American barrels. Large, strong, earthy, classic Chile cabernet. Blackberry and cassis./ Clear and black fruited. Good take on Chilean cabernet, bargain cabernet. Some wood chimes in late in the game. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1494. 13 ECHEVERRIA GRAN RESERVA CURICO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
12 months in oak. Shows fine oak. Black cabernet Maipo classic. Cedar and black currant. Loaded/ Suave and flowing and very spicy and flavorful. Soft, so good now. Eager to please cabernet with plenty of baking spices. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1495. 15 LOS VASCOS ESTATE COLCHAGUA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
James Suckling 92: ‘An attractive and delicate cabernet sauvignon with very fine tannins and bright fruit. Black currant, walnut and wet earth. Delicious Chilean cabernet. Fantastic value. One of best every from here.’
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

SAM-1496. 15 SANTA CAROLINA VISTANA VALLE CENTRAL CABERNET - MERLOT
How Many bottles/singles: 3.99 each

SAM-1497. 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-1498. 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-1499. 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-1500. 15 ROOT 1 MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Ungrafted vines. Classic Maipo cabernet aromas of red and black currants. Yes./ Wood applications enter the picture on the palate. Maipo cabernet character confirmed. Not a lot of depth, but what’s to complain about the price? Good value. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1501. 14 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine Spectator 91 - SMART BUY: ‘Rich and refined, with good cut to the red plum, crushed berry and raspberry flavors that are matched to notes of sandalwood and cardamom. Creamy midpalate, with a finish that’s filled with chocolate and dark currant notes. Drink now through 2021. $18.’
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1502. 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-1503. CORBETT CANYON CHILE MERLOT 3 liter cube
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1504. 16 SAN PEDRO GATO NEGRO VALLE CENTRAL CARMENERE
How Many bottles/singles: 4.99 each

SAM-1505. 15 APALTAGUA ESTATE GRAN RESERVA ENVERO APALTA VINEYARD COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE
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-1506. 12 KOYLE GRAN RESERVA ALTO COLCHAGUA CARMENERE
86% carmenere, plus malbec, cabernet franc, petit verdot. 12 months in French oak. Ripe carmenere without earthy issues. Good wood toast. Balanced and sweetish. Spot on./ Great acid vitality. Quality, balance. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1507. 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-1508. 13 ECHEVERRIA GRAN RESERVA CURICO VALLEY CARMENERE
2012: 12 months in oak. Oh, boy, this is the purple carmenere, the good stuff. Great varietal expression and great oak. Fabulous overall./ In spades. Wood savor and sweet rich carmenere sur maturite. Black fruit. Class. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1509. 12 ECHEVERRIA GRAN RESERVA CURICO VALLEY CARMENERE (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
12 months in oak. Oh, boy, this is the purple carmenere, the good stuff. Great varietal expression and great oak. Fabulous overall./ In spades. Wood savor and sweet rich carmenere sur maturite. Black fruit. Class. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each (20% off this price)

SAM-1510. 13 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD MAULE VALLEY CARMENERE
Sweet and delightful charred fruit carmenere style. Well fashioned texture and barrel maturity./ Bright savory fruit, soft oak spices. Lack of tannin makes it plush and ready to drink. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1511. 13 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD MAULE VALLEY MALBEC
14.5%. Very ripe. Plum pudding like. Light oak. Dried fruit, warm spices, power. Loaded./ Balanced and full of body and flavor and texture. Mega malbec. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1512. PEPPERWOOD GROVE VALLE CENTRAL PINOT NOIR 3-liter cube
I couldn’t resist picking up a few of these at the special promotional price. How could I go wrong at $2+ a bottle equivalent? I took one home the day they arrived, put the box in my frig and started tapping forth a bright and delicious dry red wine with genuine varietal ID. List price: $20.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

SAM-1513. 15 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD ELQUI VALLEY PINOT NOIR
Wine & Spirits 91 - BEST BUY: ‘This grows at Las Rojas, a vineyard 35 miles from the sea, on a terrace overlooking the Elqui River. The river brings sea breezes inland to cool the vines, and that influence is apparent in this wine’s cool notes of roses, in the bright red fruit and in the freshness of the acidity. The tannins are soft, ready for smoked salmon. $20.’
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

SAM-1514. 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-1515. 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-1516. 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-1517. 16 SANTA RITA 120 VALLE CENTRAL SAUVIGNON BLANC
Plumper than the norm this vintage./ Indeed. Gentle. Wide appeal. Appreciated by the Europhiles in the group despite its relative softness. Another good value effort here. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

SAM-1518. 16 MATETIC EQ COASTAL CASABLANCA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC
Parker 92+: ‘The almost transparent 2016 EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca was produced with grapes grown at 12 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean on decomposed granite and mica soils. It fermented in stainless steel, barriques and concrete amphorae where it's kept with lees for four months, which represents the essence of what Matetic Sauvignon Blanc is about: citric, salty, with a balanced palate and good persistence. It's subtle and elegant, a restrained style of Sauvignon, more about the place (sea breeze, granite) than the variety. Beautifully textured, in the style of a Sancerre, with no influence from the oak, with a notable absence of herbal notes, as they avoided the clones that lend those aromas. Very food friendly, this wine is about the palate rather than the nose. Awesome value. This was started in 2001, but since 2007 it has been fine-tuned to a more elegant style. 2017 to 2021. $18.’
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

SAM-1519. 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-1520. 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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