Elegant, restrained style, showing freshly crushed black cherries, blackberries and spices and a note of fresh mint. Bright acidity provides perfect balance to the wine's intensity. Plush and round on the palate with medium 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.
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.
Complex, rich and refined, expressing black cherry, pomegranate, baking spice, roses and forest floor. Supple and noteably expansive mouthfeel with very fine grained tannin. Very long, ripe-fruit driven finish.
2012 Amor Fati - "Murmur Vineyard" ... $25 / $95
Santa Maria Valley
Hedonistic, racy style with well-concetrated red and black fruit framed by cola, baking spice, chargrill and black pepper. A plush core of black cherry and blackberry persists through the long, peppery finish. Smooth texture with light tannin.
2014 A. Rafanelli ... $95
Dry Creek Valley
Elegant and luxurious, yet restrained, with aromas and flavors of blackberries, blueberries, mint, black pepper, cinnamon and other baking spices as well as a touch of smoke. Well balanced, with smooth tannin and a very long 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.