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Ratings & Tasting notes:
97 pts Antonio Galloni:
Abreu’s 2011 Madrona Ranch possesses remarkable textural depth and richness, especially for the year. Rich, layered and super-expressive, the 2011 graces the palate with a compelling interplay of bright fruit, expressive aromatics and lovely breadth. New leather, crushed flowers and mint add nuance on the close. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous
95 pts. Wine Advocate:
From the back hills of St. Helena, in the direction of Spring Mountain, comes Abreus first single-vineyard offering from vineyards planted in 1982, the Madrona Ranch. This cuvie usually contains at least 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc, ranging from 33% to 45%. Tiny quantities of Petit Verdot and Merlot are also added, depending on how they fared in any given vintage. Last year I mentioned that the 2011 Proprietary Red Madrona Ranch was one of the rare Abreu wines that showed a little herbaceousness, but that has completely aged out. There is now a forest floor intensity to this full-bodied, opaque purple-colored 2011. After spending 26 months in 100% new oak, it exhibits great fruit, concentration and intensity. The fact that Abreu and Grimes do malolactic in their new oak barrels seems to integrate the wood better than at many wineries. It is certainly a key to understanding the wines complexity. It displays lots of Christmas fruitcake, coffee, chocolate and spice box notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and sweet tannin. Drink it over the next 15+ years. -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
3 bottles – each 750 mL
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.
Label: No Damage
Fill Level: Mid Neck
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Shipping Restrictions & Notes:
We can ship to ALL states EXCEPT the following:
ALABAMA, DELAWARE, KENTUCKY, MISSISSIPPI, OKLAHOMA, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH DAKOTA AND UTAH
We collect 7% sales tax in the state of Florida
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International wine shipments are totally at the discretion of the Buyer. International shipments are sent with an expedited method and usually take 3-5 days for delivery. However, with International Shipments there can be many delays associated with transit including customs procedures, flight delays, weather delays and others. Furthermore, Cult Wines International will NOT be held liable for international shipments in any way whatsoever. Should the package be spoiled, damaged, broken, lost or seized by customs, NO refunds will be given. If you are International Buyer, once you have paid for this item you are agreeing to these terms. If you have not yet paid or the item has not yet shipped, and you wish to cancel the transaction, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Holds on Wine Shipment during Summer Months:
Your wine will ship within 24 hours, or on Monday if you purchase on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. However, we will hold shipment of your order when requested, and keep your wine stored in our cellars until the weather is more suitable for wine shipment. To hold your order, please tell us in the “Comment” section of the order during checkout. Please also include the date which you would like us to ship. We will hold you wine for free for up to 5 months.
Combined Shipping Policy:
Most of our items have free shipping. However, if you purchase more than 2 bottles from us which do not have free shipping included, you will still get a discounted shipping rate of $5.00 flat for all of your bottles. If the combined shipping doesn’t total up automatically upon checkout, please contact us before paying and we’ll send you an invoice reflecting the shipping combined.
Exception: Our $5.00 combined shipping rate includes FedEx ground shipping at only $5.00 for 3 bottles or more within the Continental USA. Additional charges will be applicable when shipping to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or anywhere else outside of the Continental USA. If you want to purchase the item and you live in such areas, you may do so and then request an invoice for the total. If you have already paid for the item we will send you an additional invoice for the difference in shipping. We realize this may be upsetting, but shipping to such areas is over double the cost of shipping within the Continental US. eBay has not yet devised a system where the listing can automatically be $5.00 for combined items in the Continental US and calculated for the outer US states/territories. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience.
Regardless of the date or temperature during shipping: Wine spoilage in transit is NOT covered. Expedited/overnight shipping or shipping insurance DOES NOT change this policy. When purchasing shipping insurance, remember that shipments are only covered for breakage during shipping or complete loss of the package. If you have purchased wine but are worried about heat spoilage or freezing temperatures, simply let us put the order on hold, and we will ship when you want.
If you decide to ship the wine during the summer months, heat can create the wine to expand and push past the cork. The wine may arrive with a tiny bit of wine that has seeped or leaked from the capsule. Some buyers may find this upsetting, but typically such short-term heat exposure creates no damage to the wine itself. However, older vintages can be more fragile than newer ones. Cool packs can be added to the shipment for a small fee should you request. This should prevent such seepage when combined with expedited shipping. Please remember, that slight leakage or seepage can be common during shipping and this is NOT a valid reason to return the wine for a refund, and we will NOT grant one. We have systems in place to prevent this. Either wait until the summer months or pay for expedited shipping with cool packs.
Cult Wines International also cannot guarantee the condition of the cork or quality of the wine in the bottles. We do not make the wine we sell. If you do not like the wine in the bottle, please take it up with the vineyard. On older vintages corks can shrink, and degrade. The cork may break or crumble when you remove it. This is normal for older wines. We do our best by storing the wine in optimum conditions and accurately describing the condition of the bottles, but obviously this is as far as we can go when it comes to quality assurance.
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