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The cooler fall weather signals the return of the holidays and we focus now on wines for these special occasions. An exceptional bottle of wine is great for sharing, but also makes a fantastic and thoughtful gift. We are fortunate to import some of the very best wines produced in South America and suggest you consider these very special wines to add a little warmth to your next gathering.

2011 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere, 90 points, "On the nose, this Carmenere is integrated and earthy, with cedar, black cherry, baked plum and spice aromas; core blackberry flavors are surrounded by oak, chocolate and earth notes. A long, persistent finish... complex." -Wine Enthusiast, March 2016

2010 Calcu "FUTA" Cabernet Sauvignon, 94 points, "Bright black currant and hints of fresh herb. Complex, full to medium body, superfine tannins and a long and intense finish. Gorgeous." -James Suckling, June 2016

2011 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon, 96 points, Top 100 Wines of the Year. Best Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon! "The Peña family planted the vines in 1970. The wine is filled with vivid aromas that blend with earthy notes, and imposes its finesse with the fine point of delicate tannins. A classic Chilean Cabernet, this captures and preserves the best aspects of Andean reds." -Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2016

92 points 2012 Meli Dueño de la Luna Carignan, "It has a very Mediterranean nose with aromas of esparto grass and other aromatic herbs, and that lovely rusticity... developing very fresh and showy notes of violets. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, clean, defined flavors and a very fresh finish. This is a voluptuous Carignan." -Wine Advocate, December 2015

94 points, 2012 Gillmore Vigno Carignan, "Flowers and aromatic herbs, hints of mint, a touch of eucalyptus. This has the stuff and acidity to develop a long time in bottle." -Wine Advocate, October 2015

Marichal 2013 Grand Reserve Tannat "A" 92 points Marichal's top wine comes from a 40-year old, single vineyard. It's a rich, ripe wine with an intriguing, complex nose of primary fruit, chocolate, rosemary and mint. The palate is silky smooth and dense with excellent depth of flavor and dark cherry. Made from one of the first French Tannat clones planted in Uruguay. -International Wine Review, April 2016

2009 Ricardo Santos Gran Reserve Malbec 91 points, "Lots of fruit as a Malbec should have with hints of raisins but it shows balance with hints of wood and spice. Full body, ripe tannins and a medium finish. Juicy and flavorful. " -James Suckling, June 2015

Maquis Franco Vertical Three-pack (2008, 2009, 2010 vintages) Chile's first icon Cabernet Franc, Maquis Franco represents the culmination of painstaking efforts made by three generations of the Hurtado family to create a truly exceptional wine. This majestic Cabernet Franc is outstanding for its elegance and length on the palate. All three vintages in one attractive wood box.

The most senior workers in the winery used to say that since the beginning of the 20th century, that Maquis best wines were crafted from Cabernet “Franco”, which was a peculiar way to refer to Cabernet Franc and which eventually gave this wine its name. This variety is very challenging to grow, but with the proper soils and climate it is able to produce wines of a remarkable finesse and sophistication which is difficult to achieve with other varietals. According to Maquis master blender, Eric Boissenot it should continue improving for at least another 20 years.

 

The 2010 Maquis Franco Cabernet Franc has already been scoring well with the press:

  • 93 points Wine Advocate
  • 92 points Wine Enthusiast
  • 92 points International Wine Review

Finally, A few of our wines will receive 90+ scores in the upcoming (February 2017) Wine & Spirits magazine:

  • 96 points 2011 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon (Best Cabernet & Carmenere)
  • 94 points 2010 Calcu Futa (Best Cabernet & Carmenere)
  • 93 points 2013 Gillmore Mariposa (Best Buy)
  • 93 points 2012 Gillmore Mariposa (Best Buy)
  • 90 points 2013 Maquis Carmenere

Have a great Holiday Season!

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