This 3-pack includes 1 bottle of 2010 - Le Macchiole Rosso, 1 bottle of 2008 - Jacobs Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz, and 1 bottle of 2008 - Elias Mora Toro Crianza.
2010 - Le Macchiole Rosso
"A blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah, this shows outstanding intensity and length. It has long-lasting flavors of chocolate, bright cherry, spice and leather. -M.L." (04/13) - 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast
"From an estate focused on Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, this wine blends all three into a fresh and fragrant red. The color is deep with a purple core, the scent of the wine vibrant, with the crushed green peppercorn spice of Franc. It's juicy and red fruited, the dusty cherry-skin savor of the tannins showing the maturity of the fruit without overripeness. Those tannins create a lovely texture, their gentle power built into a structure that needs several years to fully evolve." (04/13) - 93 Pts Wine & Spirits
"This leafy, black cherry and spice-flavored red exhibits rich, expansive fruit and a refined structure. Tightly woven, with a long aftertaste of cherry and herbs. Merlot, Cabernet, Sangiovese and Syrah. Best from 2014 through 2020. 1,100 cases imported." (10/12) - 91 Pts Wine Spectator
"Sliced plums and peaches with hints of flowers on the nose. Full body, with well-integrated tannins and a citrus peel and fruit aftertaste. Delicious already. Focused. " (08/12) - 90 Pts James Suckling - JamesSuckling.com
"Purple ruby. Aromas of blueberry, black cherry and spicy underbrush. Sweet, layered and lush, with cassis and Oriental spice flavors lifted by zingy peppery quality. Really builds on the back end. This is a very impressive entry-level wine: splurge on a bottle for a high-end BBQ." (09/12) - 90 Pts International Wine Cellar
"Brilliant ruby colour, this wine exhibits aromas of red fruits, blueberries, blackberries, spices and light, well-integrated vanilla notes. Medium-bodies, it possesses sweet, ripe tannins, and a balanced, refreshing acidity." - Importer
"Until the early 1980's, wines produced in Bolgheri were largely focused on quantity over quality. The changes that developed thereafter were largely due to the few producers recognizing the potential of a Bordeaux winemaking model which favored long ageing in small barrels. In 1983, the year when the first specifications for the protection of Bolgheri DOC wines were approved, the late Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli planted the vineyards of Le Macchiole at the foot of the Bolgheri Hills. Six years later, in 1989, the first vintage of Paleo Rosso was produced; Messorio and Scrio produced later in 1994. In 1991, Le Macchiole began working with famed oenologist Luca d'Attoma. The estate focuses on achieving the purest expression of individual varieties, crafting distinct wines of unprecedented quality. Le Macchiole joins Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Guado al Tasso as one of the most prestigious estates in Bolgheri." - Importer
This was also scored 88 Points by The Wine Advocate.
2008 - Jacobs Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz
"Firm in texture, generous and expressive in flavor, boasting dark berry and currant fruit that pushes against fine tannins, picking up a floral note as it lingers. Drink now through 2018. 2,500 cases imported." (06/12) - 90 Pts Wine Spectator
"Full depth crimson red. A densely concentrated nose, showing regionally distinctive ripe black fruits and cocoa/dark chocolate, with clove/allspice highlights and cedar and deep vanilla oak in a supporting baritone role. Full-bodied yet softly structured the wine shows ripe berry fruit flavours that contribute to a richly textured mid-palate. Long in the mouth, with finely grained tannins and well integrated stylish oak characters, with restrained acidity closing out the long finish."
"In 1947, Fred Gramp planted a Moreton Bay fig tree to commemorate 100 years since his grandfather, Johann Gramp established the first commercial vineyard in the Barossa Valley along the banks of Jacob's Creek. The site was named Centenary Hill. This fine example of Barossa Shiraz is named after this location and today the Moreton Bay Fig still proudly overlooks Jacob's Creek. This wine has intense plum and spice aromas and flavours and is rich and full in the mouth with deliciously soft tannins. Fantastic with veal, duck, pork, lamb and meat casserole dishes, it also makes a good partner to cheeses at the end of a meal, particularly if the wine is bottle matured a few more years before opening.- Winery
2008 - Elias Mora Toro Crianza
"This firm, solid red offers expressive flavors of mineral, smoke, blackberry, herb and licorice. A big wine that remains balanced. Best from 2012 through 2020. 3,300 cases made. -TM" (09/11) - 90 Pts Wine Spectator
"The 2008 Elias Mora Crianza spent 12 months in seasoned French and American oak. It offers up aromas of balsamic, balsam wood, blackberry, tar, and licorice. Dense, rich, savory, and nicely proportioned, this lengthy effort will continue to fill out for another 1-2 years and provide enjoyment through 2020."
"The following three wines from Bodegas y Vinedos Elias Mora, located in the DO of Toro, were made from 100% Tinta de Toro, the local clone of Tempranillo, and bottled without filtration." (06/11) - 90 Pts Jay Miller - The Wine Advocate
"Vivid purple. Aromas of cherry pit, redcurrant, licorice and dark chocolate. Supple and dense but fresh, offering spicy red and black fruits, fresh herbs and mounting spiciness. This youthful, tightly wound wine finishes with firm, ripe tannins and very good persistence." (10/11) - 90 Pts Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar
"The grapes come from the vineyards having belonged to Elias Mora, which he cultivated for 40 years and for whom the wine is named. The vines are a Tempranillo clone that yields small berries and is planted on small slopes with rocky soil."
"Harvested at the end of September. The wine was fermented in small stainless steel tanks for 22 days. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 months in second-fill American and French oak barrels. Clarification with egg whites was done before bottling. The wine was bottled without filtration or stabilization." -Importer
"This Bodega, situated in the famous village of San Roman de Hornija, was started by the two Victorias; Victoria Benavides and Victoria Pariente. The vision for the project included production of both white wines from Rueda and red wines from Toro. Recently, the Victorias have separated their winemaking facilities, with the Bodega in Toro renamed Bodegas Elias Mora, to better concentrate on production of each type of wine to its highest possible quality."
"The winery owns 8 Ha. (17.6 acres) of vineyards, including the 'Los Pajaros vineyard' and 'La Veleta' as well as a few small plots owned by farmers, also planted in San Roman de la Hornija. The vines are planted at 2,600 feet above sea level. The soil comprises clay and limestone with big stones on the surface."
"The winery is named after Elias Mora, the man who owned some of the core vineyards for the production of the Victoria's red wine. A few years ago, he sold his vineyard to Dos Victorias on the condition that he tend the vineyard until his death."-Importer