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Henceforth my postings will not be on a daily basis, in fact, there will not be a wine recommendation post for some time to come.

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Jun. 01, 2013: SEVEN FALLS Chardonnay Wahluke Slope 2011 (90 points, $13.49)
Fresh and vibrant, this white offers an array of pear, grapefruit, white pepper and floral flavors that dance through the relatively light finish, showing a touch of oak. Drink now through 2016. 10,000 cases made.

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May. 31, 2013: LINDEMANS Merlot South Eastern Australia Bin 40 2012 (87 points, $6.49)

A polished red, with ripe currant and floral flavors on a fleece-textured frame, lingering gently on the finish. Drink now. 60,000 cases imported.


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May. 30, 2013: BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape Porcupine Ridge 2011 (87 points, $11.66)

Bright lemon, white asparagus, thyme and sweet pea flavors mingle in this lively, well-defined white. Drink now. 3,000 cases imported.


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May. 29, 2013: QUINTA DO CRASTO Douro 2011 (89 points, $17.07)

Offers an effusive aroma of red fruits, with intense, lively flavors to match, including boysenberry, blueberry and blackberry flanked up by expressive notes of underbrush and spice. The finish shows notes of spice and crushed stone. Drink now through 2017. 20,000 cases made


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5/28/13 9:50 A

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May. 28, 2013: A.A. BADENHORST FAMILY Secateurs Red Coastal Region 2011 (88 points, $15.15)

Delivers friendly, pure cherry, plum and white pepper notes, with subtle toast shading the finish. Shiraz, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Pinotage. Drink now. 18,000 cases made.


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May. 27, 2013: SUNSHINE BAY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012 (85 points, $6.66)
Vivid and bright, with juicy, intense Key lime, passion fruit and fleshy nectarine flavors, delivering a good jolt of acidity. Drink now. 30,000 cases made.

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May. 26, 2013: CHATEAU TANUNDA Riesling Barossa Grand Barossa Dry 2012 (90 points, $14.44)
Light and tangy, with lime and white pepper notes complemented by a hint of green apple as the finish lingers. Shows depth and persistence. Drink now through 2018. 5,000 cases made

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May. 25, 2013: MAN VINTNERS Shiraz Coastal Region 2010 (88 points, $10.88)
A light espresso thread runs through the core of gently mulled plum and blackberry fruit. Features a juicy edge, with a hint of graphite on the finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported.

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May. 24, 2013: OYSTER BAY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012 (87 points, $13.33)

Light-bodied, with fresh-cut grass, herb and jalapeño notes mingling with bold and refreshing flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit. Drink now. 390,000 cases imported.


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May. 23, 2013: CASES DE PÈNE Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Rosé Penya 2012 (89 points, $10.79)

This has a silky texture, with lush, expressive notes of red raspberry, currant and wild plum. A rosé to match with roasted poultry and rich seafood. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported.


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May. 22, 2013: NOBILO Pinot Noir Marlborough Icon 2011 (91 points, $19.88)

Shows smooth raspberry and cherry notes at the core, with a supple texture and nice details of caramel, loam, cigar box and clove. Displays great focus, an elegant profile and a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2022. 6,300 cases imported.


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May. 21, 2013: CAROL SHELTON Zinfandel Mendocino County Wild Thing Old Vine 2009 (90 points, $16.99)

Zesty and racy, offering floral raspberry and cinnamon aromas that lead to lively, appealing flavors of cherry, spice, herb and anise. Drink now through 2018. 3,330 cases made. —Tim Fish


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May 20, 2013: VIDIGAL Douro 2010 (88 points, $8.99)

This medium-bodied red shows ripe, spicy accents to its lithe bramble and red raspberry flavors, with snappy licorice accents on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 50,000 cases made.


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May. 19, 2013: CLIFFORD BAY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012 (86 points, $9.89)

Smooth and succulent, with a juicy body, featuring passion fruit, lime and green melon notes. Drink now. 79,500 cases made


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May. 18, 2013: ARGIOLAS Nuragus di Cagliari S'elegas 2011 (89 points, $14.44)

Ripe melon, lemon curd and vanilla notes mix in this zesty white. Rich in character and fresh on the palate, this finishes with a lingering aftertaste of licorice snap and fruit. Drink now. 17,500 cases made.


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May. 17, 2013: THE CURATOR White Swartland 2012 (88 points, $9)

Shows range, with juicy Jonagold apple, white ginger, heather, honeysuckle and green almond notes, backed by an unadorned, juicy finish. Solid. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Sémillon. Drink now. 10,000 cases made


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May. 16, 2013: REAL COMPANHIA VELHA Douro Quinta dos Aciprestes 2009 (91 points, $16.16)
Mocha and baker's chocolate are the dominant flavors in this muscular red, which offers focused accents of hot stone, with Bourbon vanilla notes, that have a creamy allure. The plush finish is long and rich. Drink now through 2018. 12,500 cases made.

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May. 15, 2013: LINDEMANS Chardonnay South Eastern Australia Bin 65 2012 (86 points, $6.25)

Light and polished, with pretty pear and floral flavors, finishing with a hint of toast. Drink now. 120,000 cases imported.


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May. 14, 2013: JC CELLARS Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Iron Hill Vineyard 2010 (92 points, $29.99)

Bold, jammy and a bit exotic, with aromas of black raspberry and smoky brown baking spices. The texture is ripe and fleshy and the flavors are jammed with cherry pie, licorice and pepper. Drink now through 2020. 100 cases made.


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May. 13, 2013: AMPELIDAE Sauvignon Val de Loire Marigny-Neuf 2011 (86 points, $12.59)

A pungent style, delivering thyme, chive and asparagus notes, with a tangy, citrus-edged finish. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. —James


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May. 12, 2013: THE NED Pinot Gris Marlborough 2012 (86 points, $11.69)

The apple blossom, spice and crisp citrus notes are balanced, softly juicy and harmonious on the long finish. Drink now. 60,000 cases made



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May. 11, 2013: DOMAINE HUËT Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu 2011 (90 points, $24.24)
Ripe and bracing, with nectarine, peach and star fruit notes propelled by lively acidity and backed by ginger and heather accents on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,300 cases imported.

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May. 10, 2013: PFAFFL Zweigelt Qualitätswein Trocken Niederösterreich Austrian Cherry 2011 (86 points, $12.59)
This crisp, firm red shows a gunflint note to its plum and dried berry flavors, revealing a tannic bite. The fresh, focused finish shows a minerally allure. Drink now through 2014. 17,000 cases made

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May. 09, 2013: ARTEZIN Zinfandel Mendocino County 2011 (88 points, $16.16)

A lively version, with appealing raspberry and fresh sage flavors. The tannins give the finish focus and lift. Drink now through 2017. 18,000 cases made.


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May. 08, 2013: OS Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley BSH 2009 (91 points, $26.99)

Ripe and focused, with a stony edge to the deep cherry and blackberry flavors, coming together with refined tannins on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2015 through 2019. 160 cases made.


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May. 07, 2013: MARQUIS DE GOULAINE Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Cuvée du Millénaire 2011 (87 points, $11.66)

Shows good zip, with lime, thyme and kiwifruit pulp notes, followed by a flash of fleur de sel on the finish. Drink now. 12,000 cases made.


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May. 06, 2013: CASTLE ROCK Merlot Columbia Valley 2010 (88 points, $9.88)
Fresh, vivid and inviting for its juicy blackberry and cherry fruit, persisting right through the open-textured finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.

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May. 04, 2013: PALI WINE CO. Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Huntington 2011 (88 points, $21.69)
Openly fruity and accessible, offering ripe plum and blueberry fruit that's pure and graceful. Grows simple on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 3,535 cases made

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May. 04, 2013: GOATS DO ROAM WINE COMPANY Goats do Roam White Western Cape 2011 (87 points, $9)
Displays good fennel, peach and nectarine notes, with a flash of green almond to keep the finish lively. Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Drink now. 10,000 cases made.

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May. 03, 2013: DOMAINE MONTROSE Côtes de Thongue White La Valade des Lézards 2011 (90 points, $17.77)
Offers a lively mix of ripe grapefruit, crisp apple and white peach flavors that are concentrated and well-structured. Shows good cut to the minerally accents, which extend on the almond-tinged finish. Drink now through 2016. 30,000 cases made.

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May. 02, 2013: HARDYS Chardonnay South Eastern Australia Stamp Of Australia 2011 (85 points, $7.17)
Fresh and lively, with juicy pear and spice flavors that linger on the soft finish. Drink now. 12,000 cases imported.

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May. 01, 2013: GLAZEBROOK Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Regional Reserve 2012 (89 points, $13.33)
The vivid and intense white grapefruit and green apple flavors display elegance, with white flower aromatics, touches of white pepper and a juicy, succulent body. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported.

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Apr. 30, 2013: GADAIS PÈRE & FILS Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Domaine de la Tourmaline 2011 (88 points, $12.55)

Shows good ripeness for the vintage, with grapefruit and lemon notes mixed with flecks of fennel, fleur de sel and gooseberry. Features a vivacious finish. Drink now. 44,000 cases made


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4/30/13 1:32 A

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yes he likes sweet. I do not.

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Apr. 29, 2013: NAUTILUS Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012 (87 points, $17.07)

Tangy, showing good intensity to the citrus zest, peach and yellow apple flavors. Made in a broad style, with a juicy, spicy finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases imported


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Apr. 28, 2013: JC CELLARS Zinfandel Rockpile Botticelli Vineyard 2010 (93 points, $37.77)
This Zin features plenty of power in reserve. The floral aromas of huckleberry and loamy licorice lead to dense, complex flavors that balance ripe fruit and big tannins against lively acidity, with wild berry and brown spice notes. Drink now through 2021. 226 cases made

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Apr. 27, 2013: GHOST PINES Zinfandel Sonoma-San Joaquin Counties Winemaker's Blend 2011 (87 points, $17.99)
Delicate and soft, with appealing raspberry, cinnamon and spice flavors. Drink now through 2017. 11,900 cases made.

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Apr. 26, 2013: COLTIBUONO Chianti Classico RS 2010 (89 points, $13.33)
A big, ripe style, with surprising structure and density underneath the flesh. The cherry, kirsch and spice flavors reign, lingering on the moderately long finish. Best from 2014 through 2020. 10,000 cases made.

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Do you mean Lambrusco?

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You know I love my husband I bought him Lombroso .

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Apr. 25, 2013: ARGIOLAS Monica di Sardegna Perdera 2010 (88 points, $14.44)

The baking spice, smoked apple wood and briar notes are well-integrated, with dark plum and racy black cherry fruit. Medium tannins add weight to the licorice aftertaste. Drink now. 28,800 cases made


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Apr. 24, 2013: BRANCOTT Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012 (89 points, $14)

The spicy quince and Asian pear flavors rest on a crisp, juicy body, with plenty of lime zest and grapefruit notes, especially on the finish. Drink now. 100,000 cases imported.


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Apr. 23, 2013: DOMAINE GOURON Chinon 2010 (90 points, $17)

Racy and fresh, with deliciously pure blackberry, black cherry and dark olive notes coursing along, lined with graphite and carrying through to a mineral-framed finish. Drink now through 2017. 6,600 cases made.


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Apr. 22, 2013: BODEGAS BORSAO Campo de Borja Rosado 2011 (87 points, $7.17)

This lively rosé frames a core of sweet berry fruit with vanilla, clove and leafy notes. Displays density, remaining focused through the crisp finish. Drink now. 4,000 cases imported. —


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Apr. 21, 2013: COLLIER FALLS Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Private Reserve 2009 (91 points, $29.99)

Ripe and zesty, offering great focus and structure, with black raspberry and licorice aromas matched to plush cherry, toasty vanilla and pepper flavors. Drink now through 2018. 170 cases made.


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Apr. 20, 2013: SEGHESIO Barbera Alexander Valley 2009 (90 points, $24.99)

A fine blend of Italy and California. The aromas of dried cherry and cranberry mix with anise, mocha and pepper, leading to rich, supple flavors that show toasty oak, plum and herb accents. Drink now through 2018. 2,000 cases made.


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Apr. 19, 2013: MARQUIS DE GOULAINE Vouvray 2011 (88 points, $10.88)

A lean style, with green almond and white peach notes that stay taut through the finish, picking up a pleasant green plum accent. Drink now through 2014. 12,000 cases made.


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Apr. 18, 2013: STARBOROUGH Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012 (87 points, $13.33)

Features succulent melon, kiwifruit, peach and grapefruit flavors, with good intensity and juiciness. Drink now. 230,000 cases made


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Apr. 17, 2013: JACOB'S CREEK Riesling South Eastern Australia Dry 2012 (85 points, $7)

Tart and zingy, with delicate lime and pear flavors. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported.


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Apr. 16, 2013: MEZZACORONA Cabernet Sauvignon Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2010 (87 points, $8.99)

A well-cut crowd-pleaser, with lightly juicy flavors of cassis, blackberry and wild strawberry accented by hints of anise, vanilla and graphite. Drink now through 2016. 50,000 cases made


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Apr. 15, 2013: MEZZACORONA Cabernet Sauvignon Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2010 (87 points, $8.99)

A well-cut crowd-pleaser, with lightly juicy flavors of cassis, blackberry and wild strawberry accented by hints of anise, vanilla and graphite. Drink now through 2016. 50,000 cases made. —


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Apr. 14, 2013: MONTGRAS Sauvignon Blanc San Antonio Valley Reserva 2012 (87 points, $10.77)

The white peach and lime notes are accented by sea salt and citrus zest in this ripe white. Drink now. 7,500 cases imported.


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Apr. 13, 2013: DON OLEGARIO Albariño Rias Baixas 2011 (91 points, $16.16)

Focused and precise, this firm white delivers expressive flavors of lime blossom, anise, white peach and sea salt. The texture is generous and airy, with a long, savory finish. Drink now. 2,400 cases imported.


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Apr. 12, 2013: PAGO DE LOS CAPELLANES Ribera del Duero 2011 (89 points, $17.77)

The supple texture carries generous flavors of cherry, wild berry, fresh herb and bitter orange, all mingling over light, firm tannins. Graceful and harmonious. Drink now through 2015. 20,800 cases made


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Apr. 11, 2013: VIÑA FALERNIA Syrah Elquí Valley Reserva 2009 (88 points, $13.33)

Spice-filled, delivering a round palate of roasted plum, game, coffee bean and herb notes. Drink now. 26,000 cases


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Apr. 010, 2013: HOPE ESTATE Shiraz Western Australia The Ripper 2009 (89 points, $16.16)

Smooth and spicy, with a touch of orange peel weaving through the black cherry and spice flavors, lingering pleasantly. Best from 2014 through 2019. 10,000 cases made.


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Apr. 09, 2013: PETER ZEMMER Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2011 (88 points, $16.16)

Clean-cut and fresh, with a subtle blend of crisp apple, white peach, tarragon and blanched almond notes. Sleek, with hints of grapefruit zest and fleur de sel on the finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made.


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Apr. 08, 2013: DOMINIO DE LA VEGA Brut Cava NV (87 points, $11.66)

Dry and toasty, with roast hazelnut, white peach, oyster shell and ground ginger notes. Well-balanced and lightly frothy in texture. Drink now. 20,000 cases made.


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Apr. 07, 2013: BABICH Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012 (86 points, $12.59)

A juicy white, with bright acidity and lean lemon, lime and green apple flavors. A note of fresh thyme graces the finish. Drink now. 84,050 cases made.


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Apr. 06, 2013: CHATEAU ST. JEAN Chardonnay Alexander Valley Robert Young Vineyard 2010 (92 points, $22.49)

Graceful and understated, with delicate, fragrant floral, white peach, honeydew melon and smoky oak notes, all beautifully proportioned, offering a long finish. Drink now through 2019. 8,554 cases made.


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Apr. 05, 2013: VIÑA SANTA CAROLINA Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Valley Reserva 2012 (87 points, $9.88)

An aromatic white, sporting perfumed lemongrass, lime leaf and citrus zest notes balanced on a crisp yet chalky frame. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 18,450 cases made.


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Apr. 04, 2013: WINE MEN OF GOTHAM Shiraz South Eastern Australia 2011 (86 points, $8.99)

Fresh and spicy, with a dark berry core and peppery overtones. Drink now. 50,000 cases made.


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Apr. 03, 2013: COLUMBIA CREST Merlot-Cabernet Columbia Valley Two Vines 2010 (87 points, $7.17)

Taut, with good focus to the licorice-accented blackberry and floral flavors. Drink now. 33,500 cases made.


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Apr. 02, 2013: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE-DR. LOOSEN Riesling QbA Pfalz Saint M 2011 (88 points, $10.77)

Fresh and juicy, with delicate floral notes to the white plum and berry flavors. A dried apricot hint lingers on the spicy finish. Drink now. 36,960 cases


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Apr. 01, 2013: BODEGAS ARAGONESAS Grenache-Syrah Campo de Borja Los Dos 2011 (87 points, $7.17)

This red is dense yet supple, with black cherry, blackberry and licorice flavors backed with savory notes of herb and game. Features smooth tannins and a vanilla-accented finish. Drink now through 2015. 12,500 cases made.


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Mar. 31, 2013: VIÑA VENTISQUERO Sauvignon Blanc Lolol Valley Yali Wetland Winemaker's Selection 2012 (86 points, $8.99)

This open-knit white weaves spring herb notes with juicy lemon-lime and creamed white peach flavors that linger on the solid finish. Drink now. 12,000 cases imported.


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Mar. 30, 2013: WIRRA WIRRA Shiraz McLaren Vale Catapult 2009 (90 points, $17.99)

Distinctly savory and spicy, with licorice, roasted red pepper and grilled meat notes adding to the red berry flavors. Finishes with intensity. Best from 2014 through 2018. 2,000 cases imported


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Mar. 29, 2013: FATTORIA DEL CERRO Toscana Manero 2010 (88 points, $14.44)

A mix of cherry, tobacco, underbrush and tar flavors mingle in this sleek, sinewy red. Firm, finishing on the lean, astringent side. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2020. 8,330 cases made.


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Mar. 28, 2013: ST. HALLETT Shiraz Barossa Faith 2010 (89 points, $14.33)

Lean and a tad tart, this offers fleshy ripe cherry, tobacco and spice flavors that linger on the firm finish. Best from 2014 through 2018. 3,500 cases


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Mar. 27, 2013: MARYHILL Riesling Columbia Valley 2011 (87 points, $9)

Fresh and soft, with pear and citrus flavors that linger delicately on the lightly sweet finish. Drink now through 2014. 3,892 cases made.


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Mar. 26, 2013: MARANO Salento Barocco 2011 (87 points, $8.08)

Ripe black plum, dark cherry and spice box notes mark this fresh, medium- to full-bodied red, which finishes with a floral- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Drink now. 33,500 cases made.


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Mar. 25, 2013: COL D'ORCIA Rosso di Montalcino 2010 (90 points, $22.22)

Fruit and floral flavors are at the forefront of this charming, supple red. Firms up on the finish, where cherry and tobacco notes mingle. Best from 2014 through 2020. 16,500 cases made.


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Mar. 24, 2013: WALNUT BLOCK Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Collectables 2011 (86 points, $11.66)

Crisp and vivid, with lime zest and grapefruit flavors. Fresh thyme notes peek through on the long finish. Drink now. 9,000 cases made.


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Mar. 23, 2013: AGRICOLA PUNICA Isola dei Nuraghi Barrua 2009 (92 points, $29.99)

The dense, racy flavors of raspberry ganache are finely textured, with tobacco and pleasant herbal undertones. Powerful yet graceful, in need of decanting or short-term cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2020. 12,500 cases imported


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Mar. 22, 2013: VIÑA KOYLE Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Alto Reserva 2010 (88 points, $15.15)

This dark, gamy red delivers roasted plum and cassis notes on a full yet polished frame, with layers of mulled spice and licorice adding to the finish. Drink now. 8,300 cases made.


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Mar. 21, 2013: WALLA WALLA VINTNERS Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2009 (91 points, $32.32)

Fresh and focused, this is nicely finessed to deliver intense currant, red berry and goji berry flavors against hints of white pepper and clove. Gently slides its tannins into the finish. Drink now through 2019. 966 cases made.


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Mar. 20, 2013: DOMAINE COLLOTTE Fixin 2010 (90 points, $29.77)

The pure cherry aroma is incisive, complementing the intense flavors and elegant profile. Bright and firm, featuring spice and mineral accents that linger on the finish. Drink now


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Mar. 19, 2013: CONCHA Y TORO Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Marqués de Casa Concha 2011 (90 points, $21.66)

This compact white sets a serious tone, with concentrated layers of lime, grapefruit, flint and pea shoot notes. Ripe, with plenty of zip to the long, savory finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made.


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Mar. 18, 2013: LOOSEN BROS. Riesling QbA Mosel Dr. L 2011 (89 points, $10.77)

Shows touches of richness to the wild berry, currant and cherry flavors. The plush finish is filled with plenty of mineral and spice, with creamy notes. Drink now through 2016. 100,000 cases imported


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Mar. 17, 2013: CHÂTEAU MALBEC Bordeaux 2010 (88 points, $12.59)

Offers a fresh, direct beam of black cherry preserves and black licorice, with a light briary twinge on the finish. Drink now. 16,600 cases made


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Mar. 16, 2013: VIÑEDOS TERRANOBLE Carmenère Maule Valley Reserva La Higuera Vineyard 2011 (87 points, $11.66)

This red sports a savory edge to the ripe plum and dark currant fruit, weaving in hints of underbrush, olive and iron. Drink now. 18,000 cases made


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Mar. 15, 2013: MARKUS MOLITOR Riesling QbA Mosel Haus Klosterberg 2011 (90 points, $16.16)

Stylish and rich-tasting, with a smoky note running through the ripe apple, apricot and white peach flavors. Creamy and plush on the finish, featuring hints of golden raisin. Drink now through 2015. 5,000 cases made


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Mar. 14, 2013: THREE RIVERS Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009 (88 points, $18.99)

Sandy tannins wrap around a dark berry and black cherry core, with smoke and tar on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 3,200 cases made.


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