Castelnoble Rojo Vivo Tempranillo NEW: Wine Woman Pick

Castelnoble Rojo Vivo Tempranillo

This Tempranillo is perfect if you’re looking for bold fruitiness without the more traditional oak finish. Definitely a great choice for every day wine; ideal to drink alone or pair with pastas as well as meats.

Tip: Let it breathe a few minutes (or even better, decanter it!) to really bring out a surprising amount of complexity! ESPECIALLY for a wine in this price range.

Price: ¥84

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Finca Sandoval Manchuela Salia Multiaward Winner; 90pts

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The 2010 Salia, a blend of 49% Syrah, 30% Garnacha Tintorera and 21% Garnacha Tinta, was aged 11 months in French and American oak, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. This beautiful, dense purple-colored 2010 exhibits a meaty note of beef blood intermixed with attractive, round, supple black fruits, bouquet garni and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, distinctive and complex with a heady finish, its Syrah component no doubt provides the beefy character. RP: 90pts

Price: ¥317

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Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay Multi Award Winner ’14’15’16 Commended, Bronze

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A brilliant pale yellow in appearance with a markedly aromatic nose of ripe tropical fruits such as pineapple. The palate is fresh thanks to its vigorous acidity and it has a long, persistent finish.

Price: ¥256

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Jean Leon 3055 Merlot-Petit Verdot Multi Award Winner ’13’14’16 Commended, Bronze, Silver

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Good dark ruby ​​wine with cherry shade. Aromas of ripe blackberries and blueberries, soft barrel, tobacco, spices. Wine juicy, round, medium body, elegant and balanced, with nice tannins on the finish. Really enjoyable blend.

Price: ¥256

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Torres 10 Brandy

Torres 10 Brandy

Spanish brandy at fraction of the cost of French. Click on for the flowery description I didn’t write: “…with warm hints of spices (cinnamon, vanilla).” However, I drink this almost daily. Nuff said. TWM

Price: ¥150

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Torres 5 Brandy

Torres 5 Brandy

Topaz-colored, with fine greenish and old gold tints. Deep and dense, it exhibits aromas of great richness with hints of walnut and dried fruit. It is intense, silky and concentrated on the palate. It displays warm spicy overtones of vanilla and cinnamon in the aftertaste.

Price: ¥140

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Torres Celeste Red: Wine Woman Pick: Commended 2013

Torres Celeste Red

Celeste is an opulent wine brimming with fruit, body and colour; as unique as the night sky in the Ribera del Duero region. Intense blackberry colour. Spicy and intense nose, with liquorice and black pepper hints on a base of well ripened fruits (blackberry and cherry). On the palate, very fruity at first with ripened tannins, also persistent and full bodied.

Price: ¥284

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Torres Fransola (Penedes- Sauvignon Blanc): Wine Woman Pick

Torres Fransola White Penedes

Stunning. It’s not often that one gets to sample a Sauvignon Blanc that’s had some time in tanks maturing over it’s lees (the yeasty sediment by product of fermentation). I first took this to an event we ran in March 2012. It blew everyone in attendance away. Intense aroma of fruit and spices over a background of new oak. Fresh and lush on the palate, it’s very big with the aroma’s well-defined fruit notes (vine peach and summer melon), complemented by hints of vanilla and toast acquired during the lees ageing.

Price: ¥337

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Torres Gran Sangre de Toro Riserva: Bronze Medal 2103 & 2014

Torres Gran Sangre de Toro Red

All the exuberant aroma traditionally found in an intense, ripe red wine. A sensual background of fine spices in good balance with perfumed notes reminiscent of blackberries. Full, long finish on the palate. Food Matching: This wine goes well with…

Price: ¥241

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Torres Gran Vina Sol (Chardonnay)

Torres Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay

Medium dark yellow colour. Displays great aromatic intensity. Complex and silky on palate with elegant breadth. Food Matching: Ideal with oysters, smoked salmon, seafood and fish dishes. Serve chilled (around 10ºC). Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2006, 87/100 , Wine Enthusiast

Price: ¥210

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Torres Grans Muralles: Bronze ’14, GOLD ’12 & ’15: New Wine

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Big wine: Grans Muralles, cultivated since the 13th century, is one of the TORRES family’s most symbolic vineyards. These Catalan vines near extinction have been replanted in historic lands since 1984 resulting in the first wine made from indigenous Catalan varieties in Spain. A veritable work of art! Aged in French Nevers and Allier barrels, these labels show intense deep red colour with purple reflections. Aroma of exotic and profound complexity showing great density, incredibly rich body and structure.

Price: ¥1,088

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Torres Ibericos Rioja Crianza: Wine Woman Pick: SILVER MEDAL 2014

Torres Ibericos Rioja Crianza

A Spanish master-class in achieving complex flavours at good value. Youthful, crimson red. Aromas of forest fruits & spices. Lovely fruit on the palate with a hint of peppery spice. Well-structured with round tannins & elegant finish. Loves food; accompanies roasted meats, stews, Iberian charcuterie and cured cheeses impeccably.

Price: ¥190

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Torres Perpetual Priorat (Red) Silver Medal ’13 & ’14: New Wine

Torres Perpetual Priorat Red Silver Medal Winner 2013 & 2014

Perpetual is a homage to the Priorat wines made to be cellared. An intense wine, full of character, that was born to conquer time. Tasting notes: Very dark, intense ruby colour. An aroma of preserves (cherry, blackberry) and spices on a highly characteristic mineral base. On the palate it has great volume with an admirable balance between the wine’s fruity density and its spicy notes acquired through ageing in new oak (cedar, toast). During its prolonged, complex finish there’s also a hint of chocolate and tobacco.

Price: ¥579

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Torres Priorat Salmos (Red) Bronze ’14: New Wine

Torres Salmos Red Bronze Medal 2014

Dark red with purplish hints. Intense mineral aroma with a presence of crystallized black fruits, notes of cocoa, dark-roasted brown sugar and a fresh flowery hint of violet and thyme. Very smooth in the mouth with sweet tannins that melt slowly to culminate in an elegant and persistent aftertaste. Food Matching: Dishes of game and red meats, grilled lamb chop with braised lamb leg.

Price: ¥435

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Torres Sangre de Toro: New Wine: Commended ’13 & Bronze ’14

Torres Sangre de Toro Red  Commended 2013 & Bronze Medal 2014

Sangre de Toro was created in 1954 by Miguel Torres Carbó, the 3rd generation and became an icon of Spanish wine today, 2014 marks the 60th Anniversary of Sangre de Toro, its international achievements and steadfast loyalty to its origins. The new label Design was inspired in Sangre de Toro original image. Picota cherry red with ripe black fruits and conserves. Smooth attack with rounded tannins on a base of strawberry and blackberry jam. Perfect with stews, game, meat paellas and traditional mountain cuisine.

Price: ¥139

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Torres Vina Esmeralda White: Bronze Medal 2013

Torres Vina Esmeralda White

Straw colour, with a brilliant iridescent sheen. The very rich aroma, has floral and fruity highlights over a fine base of spices. There’s a fresh palate with smooth acidity. The floral and fruity notes are complemented by nuances of thyme, bay leaf and green apple. Best wine matching with Asian cuisine. Vintage 2007, 84/100, Wine Spectator.

Price: ¥179

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Torres Viña Sol (Parellada): Wine Woman Pick: Bronze Medal 2013

Torres Viña Sol  (Parellada)

A traditional Catalan variety well adapted to the Spain producing a wine somewhere between ‘stone-fruit’ Chardonnay & tropically crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely bright yellow and green reflections. Fresh elegant fruit aroma. Fine acid structure: smooth, well-balanced palate. Pleasing fruit backdrop (green apple, pineapple) enhanced by hints of spice (fennel).

Price: ¥164

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