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Our Madeira is a rich, smooth and nutty after-dinner wine that belies the complex method of preparation that goes into making it. Its blend of ancient port, rich Zinfandel and fine brandy gives it a sweet hazelnut, burnt-caramel flavor that is both intriguing and haunting. Many people who favor great ports and sherries know us solely for this single wine. The solera process is an ingenious system of fractional blending perfected by the Spanish to ensure consistent quality, based on the fact that old wines can be refreshed by the addition of a younger wine, which then acquires the characteristics of the old wine.

We begin with now what is now a 107-year-old vintage port, a lasting vestige from Vittorio Sattui’s original winery, as the “mother,” or master-blend. We then fashion primary, secondary and tertiary blends (criaderas), using varying ages of Zinfandel—the oldest is more than 35 years old—and add a little back to the mother to keep it alive, much like sourdough breadmaking.

STORING MADEIRA:  Although our Madeira will age, often up to several years in perfect cellar conditions, we recommend it be consumed within 1-3 years after opening. Store it upright in your cupboard like you would a spirit. 



Best of Class

* Los Angeles County Fair

92 Points

* California State Fair


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Bobby Goffstein's Gravatar
Bobby Goffstein
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(Aug 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM)
My wife is the wine connoiseur in the family. We have had delicious wines all over the world and have tasted many of the wines of Napa, Sonoma & the Russian River and this is her favorite of all wines. I have bought cases of V. Sattui Madeira for her over the years.

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Criff Reyes
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(Sep 26, 2011 at 10:59 PM)
Excellent. The taste is amazing. Allow it aerate for 10 minutes and the taste will be Devine and exquisite.

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George Fisher
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(Oct 1, 2011 at 7:19 AM)
The standard that all others try to attain; but they fall short.

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Jon B.
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(Oct 6, 2011 at 5:35 PM)
This wine was my most memorable from my 2-day trip. A shot of this before bed gives you good dreams, lol. Love it.

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Chris C
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(Oct 14, 2011 at 7:59 PM)
This is heaven in a bottle. I first visited the winery back in 1985 and discovered this wonderful wine.

Washiq's Gravatar
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(Oct 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM)
This wine is to die for........very very good.

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Nancy Krause
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(Oct 29, 2011 at 4:59 AM)
I would walk cross country for a bottle of this wine. I have found nothing like it in any other Madeira and I've searched. Sweet, the aftertaste is a treat. Well worth the shipping costs.

SHELDON H.'s Gravatar
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(Nov 5, 2011 at 10:34 AM)
The best madiera wine in the world ,bar none. We have bought this wine and will continue to buy it.

Caroline's Gravatar
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(Nov 25, 2011 at 1:31 AM)
This is the best!!! <3<3 Love it!!!

Cody's Gravatar
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(Dec 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM)
Spent two days in Napa and Sonoma. Napa was not my favorite but I could not get this off my mind. I have searched high and low for something similar and this has set the bar high.

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(Dec 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM)
We've been going to V. Sattui since we moved to Northern California 21 years ago. Can't remember when we hit upon the Madeira but it has been a favorite ever since.

Take everything that V. Sattui produces off the shelf except for the Madeira and I think they'd still make a go of it with this product. It's that good!

It's almost time to make another trip!

Vora's Gravatar
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(Dec 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM)
One of the best wines.

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Michael MInoff
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(Dec 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM)
Had some years ago and still going strong. It is the best Madeira I have had and it is the only one I continue to still enjoy the most.

EL REY's Gravatar
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(Dec 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM)
This the best of the best desserts on the world

Barbara's Gravatar
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(Dec 31, 2011 at 5:16 PM)
I have just opened my last bottle...bought 12 years ago. This is my favorite wine. Am using it in some carmalized onions and mushrooms over a lovely brie cheese. Happy New Years!

Inga's Gravatar
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(Jan 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM)
We tried it last year at V. Sattui with fudge... It was so delicious. It become a tradition to have Madeira for Christmas:) Amazing!

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Kay Swift
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(Jan 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM)
I have been a fan since my first glass years ago. I keep several bottles so I do not run out. Once in awhile, I will gift a bottle to a person with excellent taste.

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Raymond Griffith
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(Jan 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM)
I first bought the Madeira at the Sattui Winery in 1980. It was 30 years old back then and it was and still is my favorite. Nobody comes close to this wine. I bought a case of it for a VP from Connecticut and he thought it was amazing. Needless to say I had a very good career.

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Jennifer C.
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(Jan 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM)
We tried this at the winery in 2008. We loved it immediately! We had been saving it for a special occasion and finally opened it at New Years! It was even better than we remembered! It was exquisite! It is sweet but not overly sweet! It is so smooth and easy to drink! Everyone we let try some, loved it!! We will definately be buying more and trying more of the dessert wines from V. Sattui!

Lindsey's Gravatar
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(Jan 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM)
Nectar of the Gods. Hands-down the most delectable substance I have ever put in my mouth.

Mark's Gravatar
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(Feb 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM)
"UNBELIEVABLE" I'm a Merlot, Port,various different types of red drinker. This was my first time trying Madeira. I believe I've found a new favorite!!!!!!!

Scott's Gravatar
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(Feb 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM)
I was at a 50th birthday party for a friend when he pulled out the Madeira bottle (probably 20+ years old) for the special occasion. The taste was nothing short of incredible, I was instantly hooked! He understandably won't part with his last bottle, so I will be ordering my own.

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Cynthia F.F.
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(Feb 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM)
This wine exceeds the 5-star rating category. Love it. Ordering it for myself...I may not share it!

Gabrielle's Gravatar
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(Feb 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM)
I inherited a sealed bottle with "No. 42594" printed on the label. Does anybody know how old this bottle would be? How long does it stay drinkable? I fille out the rating but haven't opened the bottle yet. Thanks.

Nyla's Gravatar
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(Apr 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM)
Simply divine!!!

veda's Gravatar
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(May 28, 2012 at 4:19 PM)
Love in a bottle. lol

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William P
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(Jun 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM)
The best thing VS sells.

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Joy L.
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(Jul 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM)
MADEIRA really got me!!! the best wine I tasted during my recent 3 day visit in Napa.Will be ordering more♬...

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Mike L
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(Jul 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM)
My grandfather made madeira around 1965 and it was the best. Now I have been tasting the same goodness from this treasured winery for 15 years. I believe my grandfather must have shared his treasured recipe.

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Carol M.
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(Jul 30, 2012 at 7:36 AM)
This wine, by far, is my favorite wine to have and to give as gifts. When I went to your winery, 14 years ago, I fell in love with this wine. Since then, I have had the pleasure of trying your other wines and think that your product is by far the best around. You have a customer for life!!

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Mary D Williams-Wagner
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(Aug 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM)
By far, the best wine I've ever tasted! I love it. I bought a bottle back to Maui with me and it is going fast! Nothing compares to the rich, warm after taste. I love it! Love it! Love it!

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(Aug 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM)
I'm from Los Angeles and I was visiting Oakland, California for a Raider game this past weekend. We were driving around all over Norther Cali and the Bay Area and we decided to hit Napa to check out a winery or two. We ended up driving further North in Napa County to this winery after seeing a nice pamphlet for it. I'm not really even a wine type of person, I'm more of a cogniac lover. But after tasting a couple of the white wines on the menu, there were two wines that I instantly got hooked on: California Madeira and another wine named "Angelica" (if my memory is working properly). They caught my attention when i noticed that they smelled like cogniac, but when you take a drink it tastes so perfectly smooth, especially when you let it touch your different taste buds. And the aftertaste is something else. It was a sweet, kind of fruity aftertaste that goes down sooo smooth. I decided to buy a bottle for my sisters, but now I'm regretting not buying myself one for a special occasion.

Eric's Gravatar
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(Aug 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM)
I did not drink alcohol. Let me say that again, I did not drink ANY alcohol before I tasted this wine. This is all I will ever drink from now on. #onceayearafteranapattip

Ray's Gravatar
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(Sep 2, 2012 at 4:49 PM)
I was not expecting to be impressed as I don't like brandy. However, this the best wine I've ever tasted. Pair it with fudge, an unbelievable combination!

Anna's Gravatar
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(Sep 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM)
WOW!!! Thought I'd died and gone to heaven!!!! A superb Port!!! I will always stick with V.Sattui.

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Mickey Oetken
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(Sep 15, 2012 at 7:32 PM)
This s the besy wine! We visited the winery in August 2012 with a group of Food Distributers and tasted several of the wines they presented. The Madeira was absolutely divine! We ordered 6 bottles and had them shipped home. It has been a huge hit at the wine tasting parties we have attended. Everyone has asked where they can get this wine. We have putin an order for more! This wine is my all time favorite!

Dcminor 's Gravatar
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(Sep 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM)
It's the best. It really sets the mood. Makes for a mellow evening

Paul's Gravatar
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(Oct 17, 2012 at 8:14 PM)
A description of this wine does not do it justice, you really need to taste, and aftertaste it to believe just how amazing it is. Nevertheless, here is my impression: Mild brandy and a hint of citrus on the nose, first taste is sweet wine evolving into a warm brandy and light citrus with a medium-heavy body diminishing into a light almond caramel flavor followed by an intense explosion of toffee and almonds in the aftertaste which lingers for several minutes. Amazing.

Tim's Gravatar
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(Nov 9, 2012 at 4:42 PM)
I first tried this wine in 1979 when I was stationed at Alameda Naval Base. It was great then, I still have that empty bottle. Bought my second bottle in 2008 before I opened the bottle I could smell the aroma and taste it's flavor. When I actually drank it it was like 1979 all over again.

CPA's Gravatar
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(Jan 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM)
Excellent taste of wine, the after effect is wonderful giving u a lovely taste..

TFB's Gravatar
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(Jan 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM)
Toured Winery in Aug 2011. Bought a bottle to take home to CO. Outstanding. Buying more. BTW V. Sattui’s was the best of the tour we took. If ever back, I will return.

Don's Gravatar
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(Feb 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM)
This is the best wine ever. I've been trying to find a wine that my wife would like for years with poor results until we visited V Sattui. Of course it would have to be Madeira which we both fell in love with. She sent me a message yesterday telling me to order some more. She didn't know we already had one stashed! Just in time for valentines day! Love it!

JoAnn 's Gravatar
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(Feb 23, 2013 at 3:29 AM)
this is an excellent dessert wine. Probably one of my favorites. I bough one botle on m trip, but as soon as I got home, I ordered a case. I usually drink reds, but the Madeira is a different experience. It's a perfect wine to share with friends on a cold night.

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Anna Dalisay
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(Mar 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM)
The best wine ever!!!! I'm coming back for more!!!

Debra's Gravatar
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(May 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM)
Great wine!! I get a few bottles every time I go to Napa.

Cook's Gravatar
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(Jul 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM)
I'll have another...!!!

Cook's Gravatar
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(Jul 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM)
and another...

Cook's Gravatar
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(Jul 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM)
and yes... yet, another.

To die for.

Nancy's Gravatar
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(Aug 9, 2013 at 2:52 PM)
I have a bottle No 223 in commemorative bottle probably from 1985. Would it still be drinkable

Ann's Gravatar
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(Aug 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM)
From the depth of depression, I reached into the cabinet and discovered I had long been hiding a bootle of Sattui Maderia! It was opened and I feared ruined, but upon smelling the aroma, i knew that the magic still lingered within. Sure enough, even after at least 13 years, it is without a doubt the best elixir ever concocted. I shall order soon and never be without my favorite drink. I don't consider it a "desert" but a treat meant to pronounce a final touch of peace upon a celebration or a bittersweet day. Thank you for all the work that goes into each bottle!

Terry's Gravatar
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(Oct 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM)
Absolutely the Best wine I have ever tasted. Had my 1st bottle when it was $24.00 84 I believe?Out of 5 Stars I would double it to no less than 10.

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Michael Rummelhoff
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(Oct 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM)
Uncle Warren introduced me to this magnificent wine in 1995 and when Warren (now 92) and I talk about good times this wine is always a highlight of the conversation, simply fantastic!

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Bruce H. Silva
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(Dec 16, 2013 at 7:50 PM)
Fantastic Madeira, try it!

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Lance M
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(Jan 1, 2014 at 7:22 AM)
On a recent trip to Napa we visited about 20 wineries. The ONLY thing I couldn't get off my mind was this Madeira. Brought 2 bottles back and only have about 4 glasses left. I think I won't share as much with my next 2 bottles. Definitely the most interesting wine in Napa.

Joey's Gravatar
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(Feb 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM)
Im not a huge fan of wine in general but I really like this wine.

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Jim Yoder
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(Feb 19, 2014 at 6:37 PM)
I am a port drinker and while this is not a port, it carries all those same characteristics. It is excellent and I'm always ordering my 6 bottles. The very best!

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Terri Auger
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(Apr 14, 2014 at 3:14 PM)
I don't remember how long we've had this bottle #35804, could be 10-14 years. I opened it 04-14-14, and expected it to be vinegar. This is the best wine/now liqueur that I have ever had; definitely a collector's wine.

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Norm Lyerson
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(May 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM)
This wine is truly one of the best I have ever had, top quality! If V.Sattui stopped making all the other wines they produce, they would still be successful with just this wine.....It's THAT good!!!

Marg's Gravatar
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(Jul 7, 2014 at 1:42 AM)
Believe the reviews. It is that good.

Liane's Gravatar
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(Jul 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM)
My husband and I tried this wine on a tasting some 20 years ago and I never forgot it! We are in Alabama and for several years we were unable to have it shipped east of the Mississippi. That is no linger the case and I initially re-acquainted with V. Sattui to get the Moscat, but remembered the Madeira so I got a bottle and wow!!! While I enjoy the Moscat this is hands down my favorite, period! Absolutely sublime, don't hesitate, order!

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Jeff Longmore
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(Nov 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM)
I discovered this wine about 25 years ago when I lived in California. "Sublime" does not begin to describe the magic it has on me. I'm down to my last two bottles and need more! In my entire long life I have never tasted anything which worked so well for me.

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George Katinger
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(Dec 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM)
Not enough stars or superlatives to do justice to this wine. Just received our 6 bottle shipment for the holiday s and realized I may not make it to New Years! Too many friends want to take it home.

Matt's Gravatar
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(Dec 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM)
After doing several taste testing I wa asked if liked Brandy and then this bottle appeared and I left with two that day and loved it since

Steve's Gravatar
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(Jan 12, 2015 at 7:46 PM)
This is the most delicious dessert wine I've ever tasted. My wife and I can't get enough of it.

Jan's Gravatar
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(Nov 29, 2015 at 4:05 PM)
I first tasted this beautiful Madeira in the late 1980s and was totally smitten! Since then I have ordered it for friends special occasions as well as enjoying it at my own table with guests. It is just the most luscious sensual wine ever!!!

Susan's Gravatar
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(Jan 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM)
My husband I first tried this Madeira in the late 1980s. We bought a bottle to take home. Life interfered and the bottle was stored in a cool location until recently. This has been sipped, put in Beef Wellington sauce, and added to spaghetti. An expensive, yet delicious addition my my menus of late. It has been the only wine I have ever purchased and have now ordered more. Fantastic!

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Juan S. & Elisa C. of Fremont Ca.
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(Mar 30, 2016 at 8:11 AM)
Amazing wine!!! My wife and I loved it, soon asfter we tried it for the first time. Nothing we tried before compares to it. Its magical with an unforgivable unique taste. Must try:)