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    Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2009

    Rioja, Spain ($30.19)

    85% Tempranillo with Garnacha Tinta & Graciano

    "This wine has always pushed my buttons as it consistently delivers very high quality for the price. Toasted oak and vanilla notes on the nose with cocoa, cherry, and tobacco make me think immediately of Bordeaux. Full and rich black cherry and chocolate on the palate with very balanced tannins on the finish. Beautiful now but it will really reward with a few years of patience." (750ML)

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  • image of Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rose 2016

    Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rose 2016

    Burgundy, France ($15.19)

    100% Pinot Noir

    "Each year when this wine comes out I tell my friends at Elk Cove that they don’t charge enough for it. Yep--it’s that good. Strawberry and raspberry aromas also permeate on the palate. ‘Juicy’ is the word I often use to describe it, but it finishes nice and crisp and dry. Always one of my favorite Roses and this vintage doesn’t disappoint. But be advised--we won’t have it for long, so get you some before it’s gone!" (750ML)

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  • image of Chateau Tessendey Fronsac 2011

    Chateau Tessendey Fronsac 2011

    Bordeaux, France ($15.29)

    85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc

    "Fronsac continues to show Bordeaux drinkers that true value CAN be found for under $25 per bottle and ready to drink much earlier than the ‘classic’ vintages from the region. Wonderful black raspberry and earth nose with the fruit showing nice ripeness on the palate. The finish is structured, but the tannins are light and well-integrated. A tremendous ‘drink-now’ buy for the money and, should you want to, it would probably show even better with 1-2 years of aging. Great value Bordeaux!" (750ML)

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