94 pt Malbec (over 30% off)

Posted in What's New? by hvine on October 14, 2017 No Comments yet

Stunning 94-point Malbec
On Sale
(first come)

TeHo’s “Zaha” Malbec a perfect picture of what Malbec strives to be…

• Was $40.00
• Sale $26.99!!!

“Zaha” Malbec
Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
The 2013 Zaha Malbec is co-fermented with a little Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all of them from an Altamira vineyard called Toko, which in Huarpe means stone. It has notes of blackberries, violets, damsons, scorched earth and some licorice. It’s powerful and fleshy, with very fine tannins, great balance and freshness. A structured and layered Malbec that is still a baby and that should develop more complexity with time in bottle. 600 cases.
Robert Parker
94 points

What is all the fuss about?

Malbec has come a long way. I remember when the first bottles started to trickle into the U.S. with the word “Malbec” written on the label. People didn’t know if it was a grape or a region or someone’s name but when they tried the wine they were delighted at the deep dark color and matching intensity. I used to say “Malbec tastes purple” not really knowing exactly what that meant. At the time, the wines were mostly homogeneously dark and fruity, priced well below their domestic counterparts and went well with beef. But as Argentina has defined it’s voice more clearly with this distinctive grape my appreciation for the complexity of this variety has grown. However, there is one place in Argentina within the large “Mendoza” appellation that produces truly singular, beautifully aromatic, definitive wines…Altamira.

4,000 feet high, the Altamira vineyard represents a cool microclimate and has become synonymous with world-class Malbecs. The soils of Paraje Altamira are very diverse, with patches of sandy, rocky and silty soils dispersed throughout the vineyard. At the moment of harvest, each soil profile imparts distinct aromatic and flavor profiles to the Malbec fruit – floral notes in the sandy patches, stony minerality in the rocky areas, and dark fruits in the silty soils. Concentrated, opulent blackberry, plum fruits and violet floral notes complimented by a sea breeze freshness, fine gentle tannins and velvety texture. Zaha Malbec 2013 is round, full-bodied and very well balanced; a delightful Malbec. Only 600 cases are produced annually by this micro-winery and the results are breathtaking.

Smart Buy

Posted in Uncategorized, What's New? by hvine on January 24, 2011 No Comments yet

I tried this wine last week. Really good Pinot Noir at a very reasonable price.

I liked it so much that I’m pouring it at a big family event this weekend.

It has not been reviewed. Trust me it’s good!


RUSSIAN HILL Russian River Pinot Noir 2007    $21.99 (normal discount apply)

2007 Vintage WINE SPECTATOR 98 POINT FOR SONOMA PINOT NOIR, perhaps greatest vintage ever for California Pinot Noir!!!

Russian Hill Estate, a family owned and operated winery, is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Using the utmost care from vineyard to bottle, Russian Hill is dedicated to the production of world-class Pinot noir and Syrah. The key philosophy of the winery is to maintain the highest degree of excellence in viticultural and winemaking practices to allow wines to fully express the various vineyards that are their source.

Edward Gomez and Ellen Mack established Russian Hill in 1997 after a two-year intensive search for the appropriate site. It was imperative that the land be capable of producing outstanding estate vineyards but also allow for construction of a winery. Only by having full control of both the vineyard and wine production, did the team at Russian Hill feel they could produce wines of the quality they envisioned.

True to its place of origin, this Pinot is bold in its bright expression of Bing Cherry and cola flavors. The texture is luscious and a touch of acidity adds grace and elegance. This Pinot has beautiful ruby red tones and great clarity; overall it is a classic Russian River Valley Pinot noir. AN EXTRAORDINARY VALUE FOR A BOUTIQUE PINOT NOIR FROM CALIFORNIA’S GREATEST PINOT NOIR APPELLATION IN A CLASSIC VINTAGE

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Posted in Uncategorized, What's New? by hvine on December 4, 2010 No Comments yet

I was given a bottle of this wine several weeks ago. Last week I had a night when my wife was out with friends.

I stopped at Doris Market and got some red sauce and some meatballs, cooked up some pasta and since Susie

isn’t a big fan of Chianti  it was the right time to try it. I thought it was really good. I drank half the bottle and left

the rest. The next night I worked late and when I got home the bottle was empty. Yep she loved it.

If you like Sangiovese this is a must try.


This is better than many of the more famous Reserva’s I’ve had recently.


2007 Monte Bernardi Retromarcia Chianti Classico $18.99 (normal discounts apply)

95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot. Oenologist Michael Schmelzer

Medium deep with violet reflexes in very small rim. Earthy, balsamic fruit with black bread notes and a touch of vanilla. Elegant fruit palate with very good balance.

Lingering sweet fruit and acidity with enough complexity to keep it interesting.

Super Tuscan

Posted in Uncategorized, What's New? by hvine on November 23, 2010 No Comments yet

From the Famous Gaja Estate in Tuscany Ca’Marcanda


2008 “Promis”

Advertised around town for $49.99

Our price $39.99 (normal discounts apply).


2008 Ca’ Marcanda Promis


Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar  Rating “90”

($50; a blend of 55% merlot, 35% sangiovese and 10% syrah) Medium-deep red. Complex, scented nose offers redcurrant, plum, mint and oregano. Juicy, silky and sweet, with highly nuanced flavors of ripe yet fresh red and dark berries complicated by aromatic herbs and flowers. Not hugely dense but wonderfully expressive, showing lots of mouthwatering acidity on the long, fresh finish. Not the last word in complexity either, but so much fun to drink that I found it hard to put the glass down. This merits 90 points on its yummy factor alone.

2005 Bodegas Trapiche Malbec Vina Francisco Olivo

Posted in Uncategorized, What's New? by HVINE ADMIN on January 22, 2009

How about a stellar Malbec way under suggested retail:
94 pts Robert Parker
92 pts Wine Spectator

Normal retail $45.00- $50.00 Our price $29.99 (normal discounts apply)

Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost
Wine Advocate #180, Dec 2008 Jay Miller 94 Drink: 2013 – 2025 $45 (45)
The 2005 Malbec Vina Francisco Olivo offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with a bit more weight on the mid-palate. It has gobs of sweet fruit, incipient complexity, and enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years. This lengthy effort will be at its best from 2013 to 2025.
Source Reviewer Rating Country/Region Current (Release) Cost
WINE SPECTATOR Jun 30, 2008 JM 92 Argentina/Mendoza (50)
Rich and concentrated, but very pure, this relies more on a raspberry and red currant fruit profile backed by red licorice, floral and mineral notes, than sheer strength. It’s densely layered, but bright on the finish thanks to fresh acidity. Drink now through 2013. 1,189 cases made. –JM