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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Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium

Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium

“Make no mistake about it…these are brilliant Pinot Noirs, undoubtedly the finest being produced in Australia.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, May 2002. Rated in the top twenty Australian wines by Langtons, this wine has a distinctive style which is seamless, complex, layered, textured and long.

Price: ¥2,542

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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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Cabernet Sauvignon Pack (Tier 1 & 2) 6 btls

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Carefully put together for our customers who want to to take their wine appreciation to the next level; maybe looking for the differences between continents, regions, producers. Each is different, while each retains the typicality of a true, crafted Cabernet without breaking the bank. Discover the tantalizing & mysterious, breadth & depth within the wine world. A case for the adventurous & the curious.

Price: ¥1,050

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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 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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Callia Signos Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz

Callia Signos Cabernet Sauvignon

NEW BLEND: Never judge a book by its cover. Awesome Argentine Fruit, warmth & silkiness, warmer than a Chilean; less herbal. A lovely of surprise… development, once opened was unexpected. Day 2 was sublime. Simply had to purchase a further 8 cases to lock in the price for a while. “Delicious”, my wife adds, “this is exactly what I like!” Job done.

Price: ¥84

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Callia Signos Shiraz

Callia SignosShiraz from Argentina

The aroma has ripe plum, blackberry and sweet spices. Round with sweet tannins and a long and juicy finish. Ideal to enjoy with Asian spicy dishes. I just tried it with a Mexican chilli and was a really great combination. This wine can punch above its price-tag given some canny handling…

Price: ¥84

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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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Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG: New Wine* Commended 2014

Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico

This is why we drink Chianti. Forget stupid dried grass covered nonsense ‘flasks’ sold by idiots in tat shops on poor advice. This is a thing of real beauty. Ruby-red tending towards garnet. Elegant, with delicate scents of violets. Well-balanced and dry, with good structure and a velvety texture. A perfect accompaniment for the richly flavoured dishes of the traditional Chianti cuisine, as well as for grilled meats and aged cheeses.

Price: ¥265

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Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico Riserva ’15, ’16 multiaward winner bronze, silver

This is what Chianti Classico should be: fruity, and with nice acidity but with a velvety character. The latter is often missing in lesser versions. Amarenas, cherries, tangerines, flowers, mokka coffee and a little mushroom. Cherries woody herbs, hint of coffee, hint of soft vanilla in the taste, far away some cloves. Elegant and velvety. Long finish. A complete delight, with well earned awards.

Price: ¥420

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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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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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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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Coppola Diamond Zinfandel

Coppola Diamond Zinfandel

A Sad day. Another Zin bites the dust: No longer imported to China. Drink it…no more in the middle kingdom. I feel bad for initially forgetting / getting bogged down in so many other things and totally overlooking this wine. Shame on my neglect. On the other hand, I had shared it with others who were grateful, so I figure, “What the… I can’t do everything!”

Price: ¥260

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Coppola Rosso

Coppola Rosso

A classic California red table wine, light and fruity, designed for everyday enjoyment, from the film-maker of extraordinary complexity and accomplishment. Winemaker’s notes: Rosso is made from a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

Price: ¥177

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Cousino-Macul Antiquas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon

Cousino-Macul Antiquas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garmet colour. Aged in oak for 12 months and the bottle for 6 more. This wine has an intense concentrated blackcurrant fruitiness complemented by floral and vanilla essence. Silky texture. A stylish wine from Chile which is excellent value for money.

Price: ¥160

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De Bortoli Family Selection Cabernet Merlot: Bronze Medal 2013

De Bortoli Family Selection Cabernet Merlot

Bronze medal at the Decanter wine Awards 2013. Vibrant purple, deep crimson. Sweet fragrant aromas of blackberries with underlying mint and hints of milk chocolate oak. A generous wine that shows sweet and vibrant fruit on the fleshy palate with soft mouth – coating tannins.

Price: ¥95

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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 Shiraz Cabernet

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet

Australia’s De Bortoli have done it again. The wine is currently a silver and bronze medal winner at several wine competitions. They have the sweet-fruit-oak-tannic balance to perfection and not simply for a wine in this price-point. Vibrant purple, deep crimson. Lifted plum and spice. Fresh fruit, berry and toasty vanillin oak. Soft, rounded tannins with good length.

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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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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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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Firriato Emporio Rosso IGT Sicily

Firriato Corinzio/Emporio Rosso IGT Sicily

A bright, lively ruby-red colour. Vinous bouquet, fresh and attractive, with rich fruity tones. Dry but well-balanced flavour: extremely easy to drink. Food Matching: Ideal to enjoy with some grilled white meat and vegetables or with pasta or noodles.

Price: ¥78

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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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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

The most famous wine from the estate, Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG, defines the appellation. Classic Chianti Rufina consisting of mostly Sangiovese with small amounts of Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 24 months in barrel plus another 3 months in the bottle.

Price: ¥299

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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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