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.
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.
2013 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.
2013 Nanni Copé - "Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco" ... $118
Dense and brooding yet highly complex and nuanced. Equal balance of fruit and earth, exhibiting blackberry, plum, rhubarb, coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, varnish and scorched earth. Medium bodied with and firm, finely grained tannin.
2012 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.
2009 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.
2007 Ca' Del Monte Amarone ... $125
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45% Corvina, 35% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
Bold, elegant and complex layers of currant, cherry and raisin framed by musty earth, fennel, chocolate, cinnamon and mint. Full bodied, with notable acidity and medium, fine-grained tannin.
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.
2007 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.
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.
2013 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.
2013 Walter Hansel - "Cahill Lane" ... $25 / $95
Russian River Valley
100% Pinot Noir
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.
2014 Penner-Ash Estate ... $130
100% Pinot Noir
Broad and rich, with vivid aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry, cola, nutmeg, licorice and hints of tobacco, moss, violets and vanilla. Generous and silky on the palate with fine-grained tannin emerging on the finish.