Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon: Pauillac (5th Growth): Wine Woman Pick

B.P.Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon

French masterpiece. Notes of blackberry and raspberry mingled with a suggestion of liquorice and vanilla. The attack reveals a fine, rich tannic structure of considerable character. The tannins, both powerful & elegant, supporting clearly defined but expressively complex oaky flavours of toast, coconut & cigar.

Price: ¥1,753

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau d’Armailhac: Pauillac: Wine Woman Pick

B.P.Rothschild Chateau d'Armailhac

French Second Fiddle. A fine, vivid red colour with a ruby tint. An open, complex nose of fresh fruit and floral aromas mingling with denser vanilla, tobacco leaf & cedar. The body builds rapidly from a substantial attack on round, harmonious tannins which unfold over elegant, well-integrated oak, developing into liquorice, menthol and spice on the palate.

Price: ¥1,534

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Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Woman Pick

Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon

First sampled in 2011: an instant hit. Staggeringly good value. An every day red wine of…forest berries & spices on a rich background of leather & liquorice. Sweet healthy tannins. Vegetal nuances typical of this variety at this price point and above and yet (Still) retailing elsewhere for around ¥138. That’s us, I guess: Generous to a fault. Grab a case; watch it evolve for very little outlay.

Price: ¥85

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Bodegas Alina Emblema Sauvignon Blanc: Wine Woman Pick

Bodegas Alina Emblema Sauvignon Blanc

BRILLIANT!!!! 2014 vintage is here. Fresh & powerful Chilean White with plenty of proper zingy acidity. A strong fresh floral wine with an intriguing mix of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). The medium full body is a silken palate and exquisitely intense, with a supportive acidic structure and a nice finish. Our top selling white for the last 36 months (Dec 2015), sold elsewhere online at 138. Ouch.

Price: ¥85

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Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes : Wine Woman Pick

Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes

The future? Adding a healthy dash of Argentina’s own varietal makes Chardonnay interesting. Complex aroma of tropical fruits with hints of honey and flowers. It is fruity and fresh on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and a pleasant finish. Reminds of Pinot Blanc from Alsace.

Price: ¥115

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Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec: Wine Woman Pick

Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec

Now 2013 vintage of this Argentine blend. Our joint top selling red wine. It is a wine of great aromatic intensity. Its prevailing penetrating & vigorous notes are ripe blackberries, plums & figs, which, together with their sweet tannins & balanced acidity, render a full-bodied wine with a long finish. Sweet nectar. Never found a single detractor in 3 years.

Price: ¥115

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Callia Osaado Chardonnay: Wine Woman Pick

Callia Osaado Chardonnay

This fresh and fruity Argentine wine is lush with intense aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. Its delicate, satisfying mouth-feel is enhanced by a lingering finish. Callia is one of the wineries of the season as far as we are concerned and one we fully intend to watch develop into master crafts-folk, despite their relatively…

Price: ¥110

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Callia Osaado Shiraz: Wine Woman Pick

Callia Osaado Shiraz

Fruity, spicy and with backbone from the house of Callia. The future ‘De Bortoli of Argentina?’ : masters of low priced attractive wines. This has prunes and spicy aromas typical of Shiraz. The mouth-feel has a strong presence of fruits with medium structure, is complex and creamy.

Price: ¥110

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Castello d’Albola ‘Albola’ Chianti DOCG Bronze 2014: Wine Woman Pick

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Earth and cherry dominate the nose. Cherries and blueberries with violets on the palate. Lighter bodied. Light tannins and a medium, fruity finish. Very nice, easy wine for those warmer days! This is great, great value, worth trying.

Ideally pairs with meats and heavy pastas

Price: ¥158

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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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Chateau Ste. Michelle ‘Michelle’ Brut: Multi Award Winner ’10,’13,’14,’15 Bronze, Silver, Gold: Wine Woman Pick

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Broad and expressive in its pear and lemon aromas, this steal of a sparkler has wonderful cut. It’s driven by clean, chalky minerality and a modest phenolic bite that will make it sing with a meal—even a simple roast chicken. Top value choice!

Price: ¥226

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling: Multiaward winner ’13,’14,’16 Commended, Silver – Wine Woman Pick

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A remarkable wine for the price, this generous Riesling leads with green and yellow apple scents, and notes of cinnamon. The flavors are simply but satisfying, balanced and irresistibly mouthwatering. Even if you usually don’t like rieslings, this one may change your mind! 90pts WE

Price: ¥203
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Chiaro Primitivo IGT: New Wine: Wine Woman Pick

Chiaro Primitivo IGT

A very welcome surprise, this wine, which has adorned portfolio and been leaving our shelves for almost 4 years without a webpage; yet the ghastly label put me off. The Prosecco from these guys is perfectly drinkable too, Dark ruby red in colour with violet highlights. The bouquet is intense with nuances of plum, black cherry and earthy, spicy aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and offers forward fruit, balanced acidity and round tannins.

Price: ¥94

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Chiaro Prosecco Sparkling: Wine Woman Pick

Chiaro Prosecco Sparkling

Prosecco is on the up, up, up and the moment. No doubt about that. Pages and pages are being written about it online. ‘Bubbles’ is always satisfying, but unlike Champagnes which can be quite heavy (if there’s a lot of Pinot Noir in the blend), Proseccos are lighter and fresher, and the fruit seems always vibrant with a nice balancing acidity.

Price: ¥115

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Clos De Los Siete Red: Wine Woman Pick

Close De Los Siete Red

Created in Argentina by a team led by Michel Rolland; infamous consultant/winemaker featured in the documentary film, Mondovino. Dark garnet in hue; cassis and well oiled leather aromas. Firm tannins wrap the tongue in a leathery fist while flavours of wet dirt, cassis & dried black cherries fuse into a rich mulch of tastiness. South Americas most infamous wine?

Price: ¥265

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De Bortoli Family Selection Shiraz Cabernet: Wine Woman Pick

De Bortoli Family Selection Shiraz Cabernet

The last vintage was awarded a SILVER medal at the AWC event in Austria. Fresh flavours of dark fruits and berry finessed with some toasty vanillin oak characters. Soft rounded tannins, great length and texture.

Price: ¥95

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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay: Wine Woman Pick: Commended 2013

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay

Australian success. Commended at the Decanter wine Awards 2013. Our joint top selling white wine, amazing quality for the price and a wine which we drink at home every week. A top seller even before they started winning competitions. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it, leaving the citrus and stone fruit flavours to dominate.

Price: ¥95

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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz: Wine Woman Pick

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz

Australian success story pt. 3. We were initially skeptical of a drinkable sub ¥100 Aussie Shiraz. Often they are blended with Cabernet or malbec (or other grapes) and chucked out as part of the Great Australian Wine Glut. That was in 2010. Yet, De Bortoli has consistently shown that they have an ability to reach market at this price point with something eminently drinkable. They are revolutionary: It’s even won a SILVER MEDAL.

Price: ¥95

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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut: Wine Woman Pick

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut

Australian success pt. 4. All hail DeBortoli. So yummy is this, our friends regularly argue it’s just like champagne. It is not like Champagne at all. It is far less complex. It is ten times cheaper. There is no hype here. Just a sturdy, refreshing, dry, crisp bubbly, that no-one dislikes, and certainly not at this price.

Price: ¥110

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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Viognier: Wine Woman Pick

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Viognier

Light straw with green tints. The bouquet shows a combination of lifted spicy notes together with subtle floral, orange blossom notes, and a hint of ginger. The palate shows texture and freshness derived from extended time on lees, with slight citrus notes on the palate. The wine shows lovely length and balance.

Price: ¥344

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Firriato Branciforti Rosso IGT Sicily: Wine Woman Pick

Firriato Branciforti Rosso IGT Sicily

Delicious red fruits bouquet. The palate is round with an extraordinary balance. Pairing Ideal accompaniment to roast, grilled meat, game and flavoured medium-aged cheese. Traditional vinification in red fermenters; Period of fermentation 10 days.

Price: ¥108

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Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec: Wine Woman Pick: GOLD Medal winner

Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec

This Argentina Red, now possibly South Americas most famous, is a dense, elegant, New World-style Malbec. As soon as you pour it, you know that it is going to be big wine: dark, nearly black, core with violet rim and long ‘legs’. Aromas of stewed black cherries, black pepper & mushrooms. The palate has sweet oak, liquorice & dark fruits. It’s well-balanced with fresh acidity & velvety tannins.

Price: ¥245

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Graham’s 10 YO Tawny Port: Wine Man Pick: Silver Medal Decanter Magazine 2014

Graham's 10 Year Old Tawny Port NV

Aged Tawnies undergo subtle colour changes: the deep red hue which characterizes Port’s youth gradually gives way to a paler reddish amber. Graham’s is known for its rich, elegant house style. This 10 Year has a full, nutty bouquet, the classic Graham’s richness and a soft lingering finish..

Price: ¥560

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Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port GOLD Medal ’14

Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port GOLD Medal Winner 2014

LBV (as it’s colloquially known) was developed in the 1980’s to allow earlier access to Vintage port. And what a great idea it is. It’s made by bottling a vintage port much much later after an extended maturation in Vats. There’s no need to wait 20, 30 or 40 years for the wines to age to perfection. And the result is a beverage that’s has many of the attributes of those very same time aged ports. We love it. We love Graham’s: it has won more Gold and Silver medals than any other LBV at the main UK wine competitions over the last 10 years.

Price: ¥321

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Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Woman Pick

Miguel Torres Chile Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon

Intense ruby colour. Exquisite aroma of wild berries and spices over a rich background of leather and liquorice. The fruit tannins and vegetable notes stand out on the palate.

If I am not mistaken, there is a dollop of Carmenère in this Cabernet Sauvignon and a fine blend that makes it too. The luminosity is there and the sweet sweet spicy notes.

Price: ¥124

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Hemisferio Sauvignon Blanc: Wine Woman Pick

Miguel Torres Chile Hemisferio Sauvignon Blanc

A fresh, floral Chilean wine with a fruity body and a silken palate of great finesse. Displays intriguing notes of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). Its silky palate is exquisitely intense, with a good acidic structure and a prolonged, joyous finish. A good wine that is improving each year. Donates to wilderness projects.

Price: ¥124

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Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages: Wine Woman Pick

Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages

On the palate, silky smoothness and delicious fruit lingers. I had a welcome return to Gamay with this wine in 2010, not having touched Beaujolais for 15 years. A revelation after a rash of heavy, intense and over-extracted wines; lighter, smokier and spicier than I recalled…

Price: ¥198

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Joseph Drouhin Clos de Mouches 1er Cru: Wine Woman Pick

Joseph Drouhin Clos de Mouches

Drouhin’s premier cru vineyard in the Côte de Beaune; distinguished by its elegance & finesse: round, velvety & exquisitely balanced. Beautiful, intense red colour. It has complexity & depth in a soft yet very intense manner. Aromas are very refined with ripe black cherry, spices, earth & lightly smoked notes with just the right touch of tannin.

Price: ¥1,173

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