Gold Medal Red Wine Collection
Don’t take our word for how good these reds are. Each has been tasted by independent experts — at some of the world’s toughest wine shows — and each has finished on top of the podium. Today’s limited-edition collection gives you four gold-medal-winning reds (three bottles of each).
90-Point Super Tuscan
Saracosa 2009, Rosso di Toscana
Double-Gold 2010 Bordeaux
Château Le Coin 2009, Bordeaux
Argentina’s Next BIG Thing
Alambrado ‘Gran Selección’ 2010, Mendoza
“Awesome Bang for Your Buck”
Château Prat de C’est 2008, Corbières
Judge these mighty reds for yourself — while stocks last
Chateau Le Coin Bordeaux 2010 France Merlot Blend
Red Bordeaux is highly prized by wine lovers and collectors the world over. And thanks to some amazing recent vintages, there’s never been a better time to enjoy one. Our Bordeaux buyer, Jean-Marc Sauboua, has an unrivaled set of contacts here and scooped up this double-gold discovery from good friend Ludovic Roussillon. Judges at France’s two biggest shows (Le Concours Général Agricole and the Le Concours de Bordeaux) gave it top honors. Now taste it for yourself.
What can you expect in the glass? A heady core of cassis, plums and notes of spice. Taste Ripe black fruit with touches of clove and vanilla. Look for an elegant, silky finish.
Chateau Prat de Cest Corbieres 2008 France Syrah
This fabulously rich Corbières, from master Hervé Sabardeil, is one of the great wines of the southern French Languedoc – and, it just won gold at the Concours des Grand Vins du Languedoc-Roussillon, the region’s top competition.
Made using Carignan, Grenache and Syrah (the three grape mainstays of Châteauneuf-du-Pape), Hervé’s take on the blend has been received warmly by top critics. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has rated previous vintages of this wine more highly than many wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, acknowledging that it also offers “awesome bang for the buck.”
Using his 20 years of winemaking experience, Hervé gets the most out of the juicy grapes in this 40 hectare vineyard. Not to be missed.
Deep, dark ruby-red, with aromas of blackberry, sweet spices and fresh herbs. A full and vibrant palate with ripe black fruit flavors and spicy nuances.
Alambrado Gran Seleccion Bonarda 2010 Argentina
In Argentina, Malbec may reign supreme, but Bonarda (originally from Italy) is the country’s second star red grape. Like Malbec, it’s grown under near-perfect conditions, including abundant sunshine for perfect ripeness and fresh Andes snowmelt to irrigate the vines. If you’ve yet to try one, here’s a Gold-medal-winning first taste from the pioneering Zuccardi family, rated among the five most influential personalities of Argentinean wine in Decanter magazine.
Crafted by star winemaker Rodolfo Montenegro, this Gran Selección was a big hit at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards. “Plush and smooth on the tongue with great concentration and a finish of earth, sweet chocolate and spice,” said the judges. Barrel-aged for delicious complexity, it also offers food-friendly tannins and a silky mouthfeel. Makes a great match for Argentina’s famous grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, or Italian favorites like spaghetti Bolognese.
Saracosa Rosso di Toscana 2009 Italy
Like all top Chianti makers, Simona Barbanera also crafts a small amount of ‘Super Tuscan’ red. This means marrying cherry-rich Sangiovese (the great grape of Chianti) with Bordeaux stars Cabernet and Merlot. And when it’s made by the Barbanera family, in the excellent 2009 vintage, it means great things.
This gem is fresh off a gold medal victory in Berlin and is guaranteed to be a winner with your guests. Wondering what to serve it with? Take a cue from Simona and her family: they like to enjoy Saracosa with the local salami and with wild boar ragù. For something a little more familiar, a rich spaghetti Bolognese will be delicious.
Mid ruby-red. Ripe cherry and exotic spice aromas. On the palate, dense, rounded berry fruit with fine tannins and a long, smooth finish.
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