Armand Dartois Cotes du Ventoux Rhone: Wine Man Pick

December 2, 2012
Armand Dartois Cotes du Ventoux Rhone

Currently, at the lower mid-point of its price range. This unpretentious interpretation of the Grenache grape has a relatively light body with an earthy, spicy character that is typical of the French approach to grenache within the Ventoux appellation and is naturally low in acid. Its lightness makes it easy drinking. Notice how it develops more complexity as you quaff your way through the bottle.

Price: ¥78

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B.P. Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

October 27, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

“Beautiful dark red. Aromas of black currant, blackberries and blueberries. The taste is fresh and elegant, with round and soft tannins that gives the wine excellent balance. The long and expressive finish rounds off a wonderful fruity and powerful wine.”

Price: ¥95

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B.P. Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Merlot

October 28, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Merlot

A bright and clear ruby red. Fresh and seductive, combining red berry fruit aromas with touches of vanilla. The refined mid-palate reveals cherry flavours perfectly complemented by a suggestion of toast and supported by mature tannin, building to a well-balanced and elegant finish.

Price: ¥95

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B.P. Rothschild Mapu Red (Cab Sauv / Carmenere) : Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Mapu Red (Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere)

Very attractive Chilean blend with ruby red and violet tints. Rich & generous, an explosion of red fruit, blackcurrant and blackberry mingled with subtle, spicy notes. A fresh, round, fruity attack. Elegantly structured with silky tannins. Balanced, harmonious finish lingering on the richness and freshness of the fruit. Nice blend.

Price: ¥88

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Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja: Bronze MEDAL 2014

April 19, 2012
Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja

Old style, traditional Rioja from the land of ‘fantastic values and wonderful cellaring’. A deep and characterful red-black wine. Crushed black fruits on the nose, with plenty of the hoped-for soot, tar, and cigar smoke complexity. Medium to full bodied on the palate, with crushed blackberry and blueberry flavours. Also available: Baron De Ley Gran Reserva Rioja, Rosado & Blanco

Price: ¥230

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

December 12, 2011
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 Man Pick

December 13, 2011
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

December 19, 2011
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 Man Pick

September 19, 2012
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 Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza: Wine Man Pick SILVER MEDAL 2014

November 3, 2011
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza

Lovely example of a tasty Spanish Rioja with nice balancing acidity. Dark, intoxicating hues and aromas hit you with a strong attack of integrated oak and fruit. This 100% Tempranillo Rioja Crianza has spent over one year in oak, has plenty of acidity, which rounds off the fruit and oak, nicely.

Price: ¥160

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Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva: Wine Man Pick: Bronze MEDAL 2014

November 3, 2011
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva

Here at last: a really decent Spanish Rioja Reserva , with around 18 months in Oak for under ¥250. Food pairing is written all over it.. Yum yum. A ‘go-to’ wine (to impress). Awards and accolades all over it. It’s fans come time and time again. Enough said.

Price: ¥230

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Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec: Wine Man Pick

October 27, 2011
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: ¥88

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Callia Osaado Shiraz: Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
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: ¥80

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Callia Signos Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz: New Wine

January 18, 2015
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: ¥80

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Callia Signos Shiraz

October 12, 2011
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: ¥78

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Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero Crianza (Tempranillo): Wine Man Pick

November 3, 2011
Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero (Tempranillo)

A Spanish region known for very expensive wines has thrown up an absolute gem at a real bargain. Think Rioja with a similar fruit intensity, just a little less oak but some good bottle age. Also, a little cheaper than our Pomal Rioja crianza. Best if served with something hot and well flavoured like grilled lamb cutlets with mint and thyme. Benefits too, from breathing. Even better on day 2 also.

Price: ¥135

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

March 1, 2015
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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Castillo De Manza La Mancha Tempranillo: Wine Man Pick

December 3, 2012
Castillo De Manza La Mancha Tempranillo

This low priced Spanish bargain is a dark purple red with an attractive violet tone. There’s a clean aroma of ripe fruits; strawberry and raspberry and some pervading herbal notes. On the palate it is smooth and full bodied with soft tannins. There is something enigmatic about Castillo de Manza. For me, it resembles a French wine; not a Spanish…

Price: ¥60

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Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC Cuvée Aegidiane

November 22, 2011
Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC Cuvée Aegidiane

Predominance of ripe fruits, with hints of blackcurrant, liquorice, and spices. Soft, velvety tannin structure lifted by gentle oak. Dense and substantial, showing great potential for ageing, probably for 4 to 5 years. To be tasted alone, for the pleasure, or with a good and well cooked meal with meat in sauce or game. Serve warm: 16-18°C,Uncork 2 hours before serving.

Price: ¥170

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Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC La Reserve du Marquis: All Gone!

December 7, 2011
Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC La Reserve du Marguis

We sell this wine only by the case of 6. You will need to order in advance so we can request an allocation. A special wine: one to watch over and keep hold of for a few more years to bring it to its full potential.

Price: ¥490

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Chiaro Primitivo IGT: New Wine: Wine Man Pick

February 27, 2015
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 Man Pick

November 16, 2011
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: Wine Man Pick: ALL GONE

December 19, 2011
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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Cousino-Macul Antiquas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick

December 19, 2011
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

October 27, 2011
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 Man Pick

October 27, 2011
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: Wine Man Pick

November 29, 2011
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 Man Pick

October 27, 2011
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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