Top 10 International Wines of 2015

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In 2015 we saw a proliferation of extraordinary wines from some of the top wine growing regions in the world. One of the most requested varieties this past year was Malbec from Argentina, and once again, Portugal made a strong showing with its dry red wines from the Duoro region (see Quinta Do Vallado below).

Wines from France, Italy, and Spain continue to inspire us with inspirational wines from some of the world’s best wine growing regions.

If you would like to order any of these wines, we invite you to Mix and match as you wish in a mixed case. You can either contact us at info@wineriff.com to place your order, or order them individually below.*

Luca Malbec ArgentinaLUCA 2013 UCO VALLEY MALBEC
ARGENTINA

LUCA vaulted into the spotlight when they hit the Wine Spectator Top 100 list last year. Their 2012 Malbec Ranked #19 in the world, as well as being featured as the #1 Malbec on the coveted 2014 list. At under thirty per bottle, Luca literally oozes rich, ripe flavors seldom achieved in this price range. From James Suckling, “Beautiful aromas of blackberry, black licorice and spice follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a blueberry, dark chocolate and light nut aftertaste.” 93 Points $32.00 $27.99

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Darioush Capataz Malbec ArgentinaDARIOUSH CAPATAZ 2012 MALBEC
MENDOZA, ARGENTINA

One of Napa Valley’s Best, DARIOUSH Winery, whose top-flight Napa Valley Cabernets can go for well over $100/btl, has recently begun an exciting new project in Argentina, producing World-Class Malbec. Derived from Capataz Estate Vineyards in Luján, Maipú and Valle de Uco, three of the finest growing regions in Argentina are working together in perfect harmony, to deliver a stylish, complex red with a sophisticated international appeal. $35.00 $29.99

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Quinta fdo Vallado Reserva DuoroQUINTA DO VALLADO 2012 RESERVA
DUORO, PORTUGAL

One of my most popular, talked about and loved International Reds, Quinto do Vallado’s new 2012 Reserva has already earned 95 Points from the Wine Enthusiast! The glowing review boasts “…firm, very concentrated and dark, with stunning tannins and rich fruit. The black plum-skin texture, superripe fruit, chocolate and final acidity are all developing slowly and…” 95 Points, Wine Enthusiast. Portugal’s dry Red wines are starting to be taken very seriously on the World Stage, in fact on last year’s Wine Spectator Top 100, #1, #3 & #4 on the Top 10, were ALL from the DOURO region of Portugal. This 2012 Reserva is a terrific example why dry wines from the Duoro region are exploding! $65.00 $44.12 ~ YOU SAVE 32% ~

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Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial ReservaBODEGAS MUGA 2010 SELECCION ESPECIAL RESERVA
RIOJA, SPAIN

Tied for Rioja’s highest rated vintage in history, this very Special Reserve wine is outstanding. Muga’s “Selección Especial” has earned numerous 90+ scores in its history, and for many Muga has become a benchmark for top-quality Rioja wines. From Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, “Inky purple. Flamboyant aromas of ripe berries, incense, potpourri, smoky oak and pungent minerals. Lush, fleshy and alluringly sweet, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors that coat the palate. Smooth, seamless and impressively concentrated but also lively, with sneaky tannins giving shape to the long, spice-accented finish. “ 93 Points $50.00 $37.99

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Emilio Moro MalleolusEMILIO MORO 2011 MALLEOLUS
RIBERA DEL DUERO, SPAIN

Emilio Moro is one of Spain’s top producers, and their flagship wines can retail for well over $200 per bottle. Their 2011 Malleolus is a fantastic introduction to this world-class producer at just $41.99/btl. Wine Enthusiast Notes: “This pure, bullish, smoky Tinto Fino is full of charred blackberry, cassis and licorice aromas. The palate is massive but superbly balanced. Flavors of mocha, black coffee, bitter chocolate, toast, blackberry and cassis finish with power and precision…” 94 Points $50.00 $41.99

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Maison Harbor Gevrey-ChambertinMAISON HARBOUR 2013 GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN “LA JUSTICE”
BURGUNDY, FRANCE

This wine has been one of the “crown jewel” finds of 2015. Pinto Noir lovers will delight at the extraordinary layers and complexity of red and blue berry flavors and spice nuances, the sensuous mouthfeel and velvety texture. From one of the best blocks in the renowned Gevrey-Chambertin Appellation. This is the first time that this wine has ever been imported in to the US. Only 15 total cases imported of this very rare Burgundy. $74.99 (19 bottles left)

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Chateau Trapaud Saint EmilionCHATEAU TRAPAUD 2010 SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU
BORDEAUX, FRANCE

An impressive Grand Cru Bordeaux from Saint Emilion’s highest rated vintage in history! The Wine Spectator’s Vintage review, notes that the wines are “…powerful reds… Cabernet Franc excelled. St.-Emilion superb….” Château Trapaud is positioned just a few hundred meters from Château VALANDRAUD and a hop, skip and a jump from the renowned Château PAVIE. At less than $40 per bottle, Château Trapaud’s 2010 Grand Cru, St. Emilion represents a serious bargain from Saint Emilion’s greatest vintage yet. $40.00 $31.99

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Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du PapeCLOS DU MONT-OLIVET 2013 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
SOUTHERN RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE

The very special “Cuvee Unique” is a barrel selection from the winery’s regular Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and is much more limited, and can be construed as a Reserve Level wine. One of the reference standards for top-quality Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos du Mount-Olivet is a blend dominated by old vine Grenache, with some of the vines dating back over a century… This third generation, family owned winery has a history of stellar reviews, and a reputation for producing some of the best Châteauneuf-du-Pape, all while keeping their prices impressively realistic. $48.00 $36.99

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Il Palagio Sister Moon Super TuscanIL PALAGIO 2011 “SISTER MOON” SUPER TUSCAN
TUSCANY, ITALY

Dating back to the mid-15th century, IL Palagio is now owned and operated by Rock Legend Sting & his wife Trudie. Much like his greatest hits, his flagship wine Sister Moon is earning outstanding reviews, including 96 Points from James Suckling who calls the wine “Sting’s best wine ever.” From James Suckling, “This is so refined and polished with dusty tannins and shaved-chocolate and dried-berry character. Full-bodied but fresh and lively. Long, long finish. Trudy and Sting’s best wine ever. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Made from biodynamically grown grapes…” 96 Points $60.00 $47.99

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Castell di Ama Selezione Especial Chianti ClassicCASTELLO DI AMA 2011 GRAN SELEZIONE
CHIANTI CLASSICO
TUSCANY, ITALY

If you’ve ever wondered just how transporting a Reserva-level Chianti can possibly be… Castello di Ama’s 2010 Gran Selezione ranked #6 in the World on the 2014 Wine Spectator Top 100. The new 2011 comes from an even better vintage, and has already captivated the hearts of wine lovers and critics alike. From James Suckling, “This has a dusty character on the nose with soil, dried fruit and blueberry. Flowers too. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and structured. Shows wonderful depth of fruit and beauty. Chewy. Better in 2016.” 96 Points. $60.00 $47.99

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