Germany : Rheinhessen
SWEET, HONEYED, RICH, TROPICAL FRUITS, CASHEW
Beautifully warm butterscotch, and fragrant stone fruit waft on the nose. Candied peach and pineapple notes integrate well with cashew nuttiness on the palate. Finishes light and sweet.
France : Bordeaux : Haut-Medoc
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
FULL BODIED, DARK FRUIT, HERBACEOUS, SOFT, NEUTRAL OAK
The nose is straight and fine with aromas of black/dark berries accompanied by notes of juniper and wood smoke. The palate is dominated by red fruit and the tannins are soft and elegant. Long finish.
Oregon : Willamette Valley : Applegate Valley : Mae’s Vineyard
MEDIUM BODIED, RED FRUIT, AROMATIC, BRIGHT, NEUTRAL OAK
Initial aromas of tobacco, raspberry, and classic Cabernet Franc vegetal notes are followed by pretty herbal notes and a nice amount of black tea aromas. Smooth tannins on the palate with bright raspberry and earthiness.
Italy : Valle d’Aosta
Barbera, Friesa, Ciliegiolo, Dolcetto, Gamay, Petit Rouge, Fumin, Premetta
LIGHT-MEDIUM BODIED, RED FRUIT, CRISP, SOFT TANNIN, NEUTRAL OAK
From the valley between the French and Italian Alps, the region is known more for ski resorts than grapes. However this wine is worth the effort. Red fruit and spice intertwine with earth and soft tannins to create a lovely red, even better with a chill.
California : Santa Cruz Mountains
MEDIUM-BODIED, RED/DARK FRUIT, SMOOTH TANNINS, SMOKE, OAK
On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with more dark fruits than red berries. This elegant pinot noir has very smooth tannins, with just a hint of earth, minerality, and smoke. Noticeably crisp acidity cuts tannins and makes this a great option for big meals.
France : N. Rhone : Saint-Joseph
MEDIUM BODIED, BLUE/BLACK FRUIT, SPICE, FLORAL, NO OAK
It crackles with anise, blueberry, and pomegranate fruit, laced with a high-pitched violet hint and finish with a high-toned acidity and brisk mineral edge. It is a touch lean with a twinge of elegant stemminess holding the finish
South Africa : Western Cape :
Coastal Region : Franschhoek
72% Syrah, 13% Cab Sauv, 7% Grenache,
6% Cinsault, 2% Viognier
FULL BODIED, RED/BLACK FRUIT, SPICE, VANILLA, OAK PRESENT
Highly aromatic nose melds blackberry, licorice, menthol, and spice cake. Sweet and supple but juicy with harmonious acidity framing and intensifying the dark fruit and spice.
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France : Burgundy : Beaujolais : Morgon
MEDIUM BODIED, FRESH, RED FRUIT, HERBAL, NEUTRAL OAK
Deep and nascently complex with a very precise bouquet of black cherries, pomegranate, fresh thyme and granite minerality. Deep and rich with a fine girdle of acidity, ripe tannins and excellent length. Gorgeous when young--beautiful with age.
France : Rhone : St Joseph
MEDIUM BODIED, BLACK FRUIT, GRAPHITE, EARTH, NEUTRAL OAK
From the established and renowned Rhone producing family comes another great producer. This St. Joseph has notes of black raspberry, graphite, wet leaves, and floral tones. Medium body with matching tannins; very enjoyable.
France : Beaujolais : Fleurie
LIGHT-BODIED, RED/BLACK FRUIT, SPICE, NEUTRAL OAK
Wonderful fresh aromas of black tea, violet, licorice, and wet concrete. The palate has a savory component that balances well with the vivid strawberry and raspberry notes. Clean and linear.
France : Beaujolais : Chenas
MEDIUM BODIED, RED/BLACK FRUIT, MEDIUM TANNIN, MINERAL, OAK
Floral in the nose with redcurrant, blackberry, and smoky accents. Juicy on the palate with fresh red fruit with fine grained tannins and elegant balance. Finish is dry with lingering spice note. Neutral oak barrels provide heft, and no additional SO2.