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.
2015 Louis Jadot ... $150
Cote de Beaune
Tropical-tinged nose of wild honey, white flowers and notes of brioche. Very well balanced with just the right amount of acidity. A soft, creamy opening yields to a touch of salinity on the long finish.
2011 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.
2015 Domaine Jean Deydier et Fils - "Les Clefs d'Or" ... $85
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65% Grenache, 15% Mourvédre, 10% Syrah
Classic regional style, expressing raspberry compote and cherry liqueur with notes of crushed black and white pepper, licorice, garrigue and allspice. Medium bodied and silky with smooth, fine-grained tannin.
2015 Domaine Jean Deydier et Fils - "Les Clefs d'Or" Blanc ... $85
Complex, delicate expressions of pineapple, wet stone, white peach and citrus blossom. Clean, mouth-filling, medium-bodied and racy with a long finish.
2012 Le Due Terre - "Sacrisassi" ... $90
Friuli Colli Orientali
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50% Refosco, 50% Schioppettino
Brambly black licorice, sun-dried black cherry and dried fig flavors framed by chewy tannins and accents of smoke and spice box. Medium bodied with well-knit tannin.
2013 Mauro Molino ... $90
Extremely aromatic, with beautifully complex layers of dried fruit, mulled cherry, purple flowers, asian spice, menthol and rubber. Well integrated tannin, surprisingly supple and highly evolved despite it's relative youth.
2011 Il Colle del Fante ... $152
Brunello di Montalcino
100% Sangiovese Grosso
Red berry, wild mint, crushed rose, forest floor and new leather in this fragrant delicious red. The full-bodied palate displays layers of raspberry compote, licorice and cinnamon while firm velvety tannins lend support and a polished texture.
2011 Musella Amarone Riserva ... $150
70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta
Elegant and refined, exhibiting fresh cherry, fig, anise, herbs and tobacco. Incredible balance, with well integrated tannin and a long, layered finish.
2009 La Rioja Alta - "Viña Ardanza" Reserva ... $90
80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha
Graceful, exotic and extremely aromatic with complex notes of cherry liqueur, raspberry, rose petal, smokey earth, sweet tobacco, shaved truffles and hints of coconut and vanilla. Full bodied with medium-firm tannin.
Intense aromas of cassis, cardamom, espresso and graphite. A core of black plum and cherry, intertwined with layers of exotic spice, heightened by ripe, polished tannins, natural vibrancy and a long silky finish.
2014 Star Lane ... $25 / $98
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The aromatics are full-fledged red & black fruits and herbs, yet the palate is refined and silky while keeping the rich texture indicated upon nosing the glass. Supple tannins and smooth acidity keep this wine in mind long after you finish it.
2016 Lioco - "Laguna" ... $24 / $90
100% Pinot Noir
Bright, elegant and luscious expressions of red wild cherry, raspberry liqueur and rhubarb balanced by purple flowers, pine and mint. Velvety texture with a remarkably long finish.
2015 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.
2014 Lawer Estates - "Betsy's Vineyard" ... $23 / $85
Rich, highly-extracted and complex, exhibiting ripe, concentrated blackberry and plum fruit and notes of goji berry, mint, thyme and crushed rocks. Full bodied and chewy with medium tannin and a very long, complex finish.