February 5, 2012
doin’ what her big sister done:
Zanzibar Cellars ‘Casima’ Columbia Valley 2006 ($49.95) $17 vinopolflash special SOLD OUT
Wine Spectator 91 points “Smooth and velvety. A supple style that lets the tobacco- and black olive-tinged cherry and spice flavors emerge easily, lingering on the generous finish. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2014.”
trans andean price war:
Cheval des Andes Mendoza 2007 ($79.95) $49 vinopolflash special SOLD OUT
Wine Advocate 95 points “There are no doubts about the 2007 Cheval des Andes, always a candidate for wine of the vintage. Composed of 60% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Merlot and Petit Verdot, it spent 18 months in new French oak. This leads to an enthralling nose of sandalwood, floral notes, exotic spices, a velvety texture, complex flavors, and an overall suave personality in the manner of a First Growth Bordeaux. It gracefully combines elegance and power in a wine that will continue to evolve for another 6-8 years. It will see its 20th birthday and likely many more in peak form.” Cheval des Andes is owned by the legendary Saint-Emilion producer, Chateau Cheval Blanc. The wine is sourced from their 50 hectare estate vineyard planted on its own roots in 1929.
Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2008 ($89.95) $49 vinopolflash special SOLD OUT
Wine Enthusiast 95 points “Clos Apalta, depending on your point of view, is arguably Chile’s best wine. And this vintage is outstanding! Earth, minty spice, ripe berry, minerality and smoky aromas cover the bases. It’s superbly structured, with a fine texture and depth. Tastes lush and complex, with blackberry, crème de cassis, fine herbs and tobacco. Finishes classy.”
average price listed elsewhere in the USA on each of these two wines is $73
down by law- the universal law- of gravitation:
Newton Chardonnay Red Label 2010 ($27.95) $14 vinopolflash special SOLD OUT
Vinopolnotes Just released and no reviews yet. A Napa-Sonoma blend and very much in theNewtonstyle of Chardonnay- rich, buttery, & tropical-fruited. Yet neither unbalanced nor overtly sweet. This is the best listed price in the USA.
Newton Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Red Label 2009 ($27.95) $14 vinopolflash special SOLD OUT
Vinopolnotes Just released and no reviews yet. EntirelyNapa: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec. Dark blackberry & current fruit with great density. Separates itself from most entry level Cabernets by presenting some classic herbal elements along with a sufficient tannic backbone. Uncommonly complex and well balanced; carries interest and the probability of further evolution. This is the best listed price in the USA.
Newton Claret Napa Red Label 2008 ($27.95) $14 vinopolflash special SOLD OUT
Stephen Tanzer 90 points “A Bordeaux blend based on 53% merlot and 33% cabernet sauvignon. Bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of redcurrant, licorice, iron, loam, tobacco and chocolate. Suave, round and nicely concentrated, with a restrained sweetness to the red fruit, herb and spice flavors. In a polite, very easy-to-drink style and not at all over the top. Finishes with a broad, spicy dusting of tannins and a suggestion of coffee liqueur.”
average of prices listed in the USA for Newton Red Label Series is $19-$21 / bottle
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