2012 Ochota Barrels - "The Shellac Vineyard" ... $120
Elegant, restrained style, showing freshly crushed black cherries, blackberries and spices and a note of fresh lavender. Bright acidity provides perfect balance to the wine's intensity. Plush and round on the palate with medium tannin.
2012 Labastide Dauzac ... $90
59% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon
Full bodied, complex and concentrated, exhibiting ripe blackberry, cassis, scorched earth, dried herbs, licorice, dark chocolate and spice. Powerful on the palate with firm, ripe tannin.
1999 Camus Pere & Fils Grand Cru ... $170
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100% Pinot Noir
Complex and extremely well developed, with aromas of savory mushroom, wild dark berries, baking spice and dried herbs. Silky and pure on the long palate with soft, very fine tannin and a beautiful finish.
2009 Chateau Famaey - "Cuvée X" ... $94
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Complex and aromatic with a spicy nose of dark red fruit and flowers. Offers generous flavors of black cherry, blackberry, oak spice, smoke and black pepper. Full bodied and smoothly textured with medium tannin.
2010 Alberto Longo - "le Cruste" ... $85
100% Nero di Troia
Exotic and highly aromatic expressions of camomile, licorice, blackberry, boysenberry with hints of tar and charcuterie. Dense, velvety texture, with deep concentration of flavor and medium, fine grained tannin.
2006 Tenuta Vitanza Riserva ... $150
Brunello di Montalcino
Brooding, opulent and powerful, exhibiting dark cherry and plum fruit framed by worn oak, earthy minerals, star anise and black pepper. Full bodied and firmly structured with persistent fruit and a long layered finish.
2012 Marion Passito ... $102
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Complex and earthy, exhibiting dried black fruit, roasted herbs, currant, leather and spices. Medium-full bodied with ripe, medium tannin.
2008 Musella Amarone Riserva ... $140
Elegant and refined, exhibiting fresh currant, fig, anise, herbs and tobacco. Incredible balance, with well integrated tannin and a long, layered finish.
2012 Numanthia ... $125
Castilla y León
100% Tinta de Toro
Rich, nuanced, powerful and elegant all at the same time. Concentrated dark fruit enveloped by crunchy minerals, smoke, chargrille, savory spices, licorice and even floral notes. Evolves effortlessly. Full bodied with firm tannin.
2010 Dragonette - "MJM" ... $21 / $80
92% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 3% Mourvédre, 1% Viognier
Hedonistic, racy style with well-concetrated fruit framed by cola, savory spice, chargrill and minerals. Black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry form a focused core of fruit which explodes on the plush palate and persists through the finish.
Gorgeous and refined small-production Cab Sauv from a family-owned winery. Racy, brooding style featuring layers of black fruit, dark chocolate, espresso, mint, spices and violet. Firm, very fine tannin and long finishing notes.
2012 William Hill Estate Winery - "Bench Blend" ... $24 / $90
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich and voluptuous layers of blackberry, plums, black cherries, dark chocolate and spices. Well structured with a plush mouthfeel, fine-grained tannin and a very long finish.
2014 Martinelli - "Giuseppe & Luisa" ... $110
Russian River Valley
Ultra-rich and racy, with stratospheric intensity. Wave after wave of briery blackberry, raspberry, mocha, licorice and cracked black pepper flavor pour over an unctuously smooth texture and finish.
2014 Peay Vineyards ... $25 / $95
100% Pinot Noir
Elegantly lithe expressions of bright red cherry, sweet raspberry, fresh roses and hints of herbs and tobacco. Remarkably silky, with ultra-fine tannin and an effortless finish.
2012 Sleight of Hand Cellars - "The Illusionist" ... $120
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Well polished, generous and concentrated, yielding black currant, graphite, grilled herbs, and baking spices. Full bodied with well-integrated medium-firm tannin.