Bulliat Morgon Cru Beaujolais 2016

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Bulliat Morgon Cru Beaujolais
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $24.99

Tasting Notes: Delicate red, semi-transparent, lovely aromatics of cinnamon, red hard candy and scorched red earth. Lively and bright with red fruits on a polished palette with a clean finish.

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Paul Jaboulet Parallele 45 rouge 2016

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Paul Jaboulet
Fanciful Name: Parallele 45 rouge
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Cotes du Rhone
Retail Price: $16.99

Tasting Notes: Paul Jaboulet’s Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone is a fresh, medium-bodied red driven by notes of black fruit and exotic spices with a rounded and delicate mouthfeel.

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Bordeaux de Gloria 2015

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Bordeaux de Gloria 
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Bordeaux
Retail Price: $21.00

Tasting Notes: This third bottling of Chateau Gloria shows how good 2015 is! Amazing value showcases black current, sour cherries, cedar, leather and vanilla tones from the oak. The tannins and acid are in wonderful balance with each other. The full body and long finish on this wine ends with a pleasant balance of fruit and earth. 

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Armani 2015

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Armani
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Valpolicella Ripasso
Retail Price: $19.99

Tasting Notes: Luscious and powerful, this Ripasso is rich and packed with raspberry, and dark cherry notes. Not to be outdone, the striking tannins and smooth texture balance this extracted, full-bodied wine.

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Bodegas Condado de Haza Crianza 2014

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Bodegas Condado de Haza Crianza 
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Spain
Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Retail Price: $24.00

Tasting Notes: The aroma of dark cherries and dried raspberries is beautiful on the first approach to this wine. The tea and savory herb notes come in toward the end At first sip, the structure comes through and the palate confirms the aromas Floral notes of violets and light touch of spice from the slight oak influence, which add dimension and balance to this wine. Very pleasing long finish, with a silky tannin core.

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Paulo Laureano Ema’s Vineyard 2015

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Paulo Laureano
Fanciful Name: Ema's Vineyard
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Spain
Appellation: Alentejo
Retail Price: $15.00

Tasting Notes: Produced by one of Portugal's most iconic winemakers, this blend of Portuguese varieties creates a wine of intensity, with great color and a distinctive, clean nose, with great red and black fruit notes. It has nice weight, and plenty of nice fruit aspects, with a long and balanced finish.

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Chateau Puech-Haut 2015

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Chateau Puech-Haut
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $23.99

Tasting Notes: From a blend of 50% syrah with 35% grenache and a little mourvèdre and carignan, aged in concrete, this is one dense, powerful wine Dark Mediterranean fruit, with floral aromatics with a little dark raspberry Mellow tannins, making the overall style generous and exuberant.

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Château Saint Valentin Bordeaux 2014

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Château Saint Valentin
Fanciful Name: Bordeaux
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Retail Price: $23.99

Tasting Notes: 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. This Bordeaux drinks fabulous now at a killer price! The French oak aromas of vanilla entice you. The wine is ripe with just enough tannin grip. Flavors of black cherry, plum, raspberry, black currant melt in your mouth, complemented by cedar, vanilla, cinnamon, dark cocoa, pencil shavings and leather.

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Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2012

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Chateau Larose-Trintaudon
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2012
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Haut-Medoc
Retail Price: $23.99

Tasting Notes: This blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% melot creates a deep, intense, bright, ruby-red color. Dark red-berry fruit bouquet with hints of cedar and spice box. The oak is noticeable, but not heavy handed, providing a good impression on the palate, with good body, richness and lovely freshness. The finish is lovely and lasting. 

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Yalumba Viognier 2016

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Yalumba
Varietal: Viognier
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: Australia
Appellation: Eden Valley
Retail Price: $19.99

Tasting Notes: Brilliantly crafted quality Viognier. This white entices with delicate floral and nectarine notes. On the palate, the wine is mouth-coating: citrus, pear and apple backed with ginger spice and white pepper with a slightly bitter finish, making this an excellent wine with a variety of foods. One of the most interesting viogniers on the market.

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