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Under the Radar Wines

Beth Ribblett


We've taken advantage of an incredible sale offered by our friends at Purveyor's and have some highly rated wines at really great prices.  Check out the reviews, but believe me, these wines speak for themselves.  Get here quick, they are going fast....


2006 Bodegas Artazu Santa Cruz de Artazu Navarra
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 92 points
($50; 100% garnacha, from vines up to 100 years of age) Full, bright-rimmed ruby. A decadent bouquet displays ripe cherry, mulberry, smoked meat, incense and Asian spices. Deeply concentrated red and dark berry preserve flavors are admirably pure, with exotic floral pastille and anise qualities adding complexity. Suave oak spices build with air and carry through the long, sweet finish. The energy of this wine is captivating. Tanzer says $50, we say $16.99!!!!

2006 Tensley Syrah Three Creek Vineyard 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 points
The 2006 Syrah Three Creek Vineyard possesses a similar dark ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful bouquet of creme de cassis and lychee nuts, which give uplift and complexity to the aromatics. Tasting more like a Cote Rotie than its siblings, it offers medium body, silky tannins, and beautiful purity as well as complexity. This is a lovely wine to enjoy now and over the next 7-8 years. Should be $40, now $21.99!!

2004 La Cova del Vins Terros
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 points
The 2004 Terros is produced from three different varietals, 50% Garnacha from 96-year-old vines, 25% Carinena from 75-year-old vines, and 25% Syrah from 20-year-old vines and was aged for 14 months in barrel. Inky purple, it exhibits a fragrant perfume of cedar, tobacco, pepper, cassis, black cherry, and blackberry. Supple on the palate, this plush wine is forward and easy to drink. The tannins are ripe and soft, the finish long and pure. Drink this tasty wine over the next decade. $19.99, Sold Out!


2004 Celler de Capcanes Cabrida
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 93 points
The 2004 Cabrida is the winery’s flagship and is composed of 100% Garnacha from low-yielding 70- to 105-year-old vines. It was aged for 12 months in new French oak. Deep purple, the wine has a splendid perfume of pencil lead, scorched earth, smoky black cherries, and black raspberries. This is followed by a high-toned, racy wine with considerable elegance. Its flavors are intense and it is well balanced with a lengthy finish. Drink this tasty effort over the next 10-12 years. Should be $48,  now $26.99 

2008 Tensley Camp Four Vineyard Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 06, 07, 09 all rated 90 points, 2008 not rated
Tensley’s only white wine, the elegant 2009 Camp 4 Blanc, is a blend of 65% Grenache Blanc and 35% Roussanne. Aromas of nectarines, quince, and white currants are followed by a medium-bodied white wine revealing fresh acids as well as a heady finish.
Should be $28, now $14.99