FRANCE : SOUTHWEST : VIN DE PAYS DES COTES DE GASCOGNE
50% Merlot, 50% Tannat
LIGHT BODY, RED FRUIT, SILKY, LIGHT TANNIN, CHERRY, BAKING SPICE, OAK
FOOD PAIRING: Poulty, Pork
$12Portugal : Dao
Rich, ripe, and ruby red notes on the nose and palate. Spice and berries are well-rounded with the smooth hints of oak and tannin.
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec
DRY, MEDIUM BODIED, RED FRUIT, VELVETY, SPICE, OAK
ITALY : ABRUZZO : MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO
SPAIN : VALENCIA : ALICANTE
MED-BODIED, JUICY, RASPBERRY, BLUEBERRY, VIOLET, SPICE, DARK CHOCOLATE, FINE TANNIN, NO OAK
Ecology : Organic
$17CALIFORNIA : SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY : PASO ROBLES
Italy : Puglia
MEDIUM- FULL BODIED, DARK FRUITS, PEPPER, POMEGRANATE, NO OAK
Portugal : Douro
Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca
MEDIUM-BODIED, RIPE RED FRUIT, CEDAR, COCOA, SPICE, NEUTRAL OAK
FRANCE : BORDEAUX : POMEROL
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
FULL-BODIED, DRY, PLUM, BLACK CURRANT, CEDAR, OAK
It's hard to beat the location of this estate - across the road from Chateau Petrus. A deeply intense and plush Pomerol with immaculately ripe black currant and plum fruit. Wonderfully rich and expressive, and yet young, poised and restrained.
ECOLOGY : Conventional
PAIR WITH : Lamb Chops; Roast Pork
FRANCE : SOUTHWEST FRANCE : VdP DU COMTE TOLSAN
$14Chile : Colchagua Valley
$18CALIFORNIA : SONOMA COAST
Italy : Tuscany
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
FULL-BODIED, RIPE DARK FRUIT, SPICE, EARTH, HERB, COCOA, OAK
Vigorous, lush, and round tannins with ripe red fruit, plum, savory herbs, and spice. Balanced, yet warm with hints of dark chocolate and earth. Toasty, long finish with just the barest hint of violets.
USA : CALIFORNIA
DRY, MEDIUM BODIED, DARK FRUIT, SMOOTH
California : Central Coast : Paso Robles
FULL BODIED, RIPE RED FRUIT, SPICE, LUSH, CHOCOLATE, HERB, NEW OAK
Lush, round, and ripe California Cabernet Sauvignon. Great concentration of ripe red fruits, plum, savory herbs, and spice. Balanced, yet warm with hints of dark chocolate and dried cherries. Smooth tannins; drinking fabulously now.
CALIFORNIA : NAPA VALLEY
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
FULL-MED-BODIED, BLACKBERRY, HAZELNUT, CHOCOLATE, GAME, CEDAR, OAK
This beautifully balanced Bordeaux blend from the historic Napanook Vineyard (a 124-acre site west of Yountville in Napa Valley) has round, soft tannins and expressive floral aromatics surrounding layers of rich dark fruit and savory hints of cedar and chocolate. Aged in 20% new oak; has immediate appeal but will keep for 10-15 years.
PAIR WITH: Spice-Crusted Grilled Hanger Steak
ARGENTINA : MENDOZA
FULL BODIED, BLACK FRUIT, SPICE, MOCHA, OAK PRESENT
Lush nose laced with blackberry, plum, and cassis. It is then joined by nuances of spice and smoke with hints of coffee. Soft yet focused on the palate, with additional notes of strawberry and wild herbs. Medium amount of tannins and well balanced acidity.
FOOD PAIRING: Barbeque & Roasts
CALIFORNIA : CENTRAL COAST
MEDIUM-BODIED, RED CURRANT, BLACK CHERRY, SPICE, TAR, VEGAN, SOME OAKECOLOGY: Organic, Vegan
Germany : Rheinhessen
OFF-DRY, LIGHT-MEDIUM BODIED, DARK FRUITS, SOFT TANNINS, FRESH, NO OAK
Italy : Piedmont
MEDIUM-BODIED, SAVORY, RED FRUIT, DRY HERBS, SMOOTH TANNIN, NO OAK
$17FRANCE : LOIRE : CENTRAL VINEYARDS : SAINT-POURCAIN
USA : CALIFORNIA
CALIFORNIA : NAPA VALLEY
FULL-BODIED, FIG, BLACKCURRANT, BLACK PEPPER, WET GRAVEL, OAK
A beautiful, age-worthy release that’s already delicious in its youth, the HALL Cabernet Sauvignon is plush, lush, and brimming with black and red fruits that are nicely tempered by savory, oak-derived characteristics such tobacco and anise. A full spectrum of tannins and the long, smooth finish round out this complex powerhouse of a bottle.
Pair With: Hanger Steak with Asparagus Salad
CALIFORNIA : SONOMA COUNTY : ALEXANDER VALLEY
MEDIUM BODIED, DARK FRUIT, EASY, SUPPLE, NEUTRAL OAK
California Merlot at its best. Lovely and ripe notes of blackberry and black cherry on the palate with nuanced expression of spice box on the finish. Super supple, easy, soft, and plushy.
FOOD PAIRING: Bad Day Chaser
FRANCE : BURGUNDY
MED-BODIED, STRAWBERRY, RASPBERRY, BLACK PEPPER, MINERAL, NEUTRAL OAK
We were somewhat surprised to learn that Isabelle and Denis Pommier’s organically farmed 16 hectare estate in Chablis (est. 1990) near the village of Poinchy is one of the very few in the region to hand-harvest a significant portion of their production! Although most known for their distinctly mineral and terroir-driven Chablis, they also make a small amount of Bourgogne Rouge, such as the beautiful and energetic “Grain de Survie,’ which is equal parts fruit, floral, and earth.
ECOLOGY : Organic
PAIR WITH : Roast Goose with Crispy Skin
FRANCE : BEAUJOLAIS : VILLIÉ-MORGON
LIGHT-BODIED, OFF-DRY, STRAWBERRY, POMEGRANATE, CRANBERRY, NO OAKKarim Vionnet (technically a négociant, he oversees several organically-framed plots around Beaujolais) is THE master of Gamay Made In the Carbonic Way. ‘Grabuge!’ (which translates to “mayhem”) is his insanely fun and drinkable take on dessert wine: a low-abv (8%!), demi-sec sparkler bursting with flavor, sweetness and bubbles. It’s best (and easily) enjoyed in one sitting, so make sure to save some room.
ECOLOGY: Organic, Low Sulfite
FOOD PAIRING: Turkey Comas & Beach Days
NEW ZEALAND : AUCKLAND
MEDIUM-LIGHT-BODIED, RASPBERRY, STRAWBERRY, FLORAL, SPICE, OAK
A very light and refreshing style of pinot from winemaker Michael Brajkovich, who was New Zealand’s first Master of Wine (MW). Fresh, light, and dry, with a vibrant edge and nice hint of chalky tannins — the palate is lightweight yet fruity with a lick of oak spice and angular acidity.
France : Loire : Touraine : Azay-le-Rideau
Gamay, Old Vine Grolleau, Cab Franc, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc
LIGHT-MEDIUM BODIED, GLOU-GLOU, RED CURRANT, BRIGHT, JUICY, NO OAK
Fresh, fruity, and fragrant. Made in the ‘glou-glou’ style (French for ‘glug glug’), this easy drinking quaffer delivers on many levels. Carbonic maceration gives it a slight Coca-Cola funkiness, a calling-card for natural reds. Dark red and blue fruits shine with underlying acidity. Chill it and enjoy!
FRANCE : PROVENCE
42% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carignan
MEDIUM BODIED, RED FRUIT, FRESH, LICORICE, NO OAK
This is a robust wine with firm tannins and darker fruit notes. The nose gives Irish Breakfast tea notes with some earthiness. Darker fruit notes of plum and black cherries round out the finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Veal & Hard Cheeses
FRANCE : LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON : CÔTES CATALNES
MED-BODIED, SEMI-CARBONIC, BLACK FRUIT, BLUE FRUIT, SPICE, GAME, PENCIL SHAVING, CHILL-ABLE, NO OAK
AGRICULTURE : Certified Organic
Italy : Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
MEDIUM-BODIED, DARK FRUIT, SUPPLE TANNIN, BAKING SPICES, NO OAK
LIGHT BODIED, FRESH, SPICE, RED FRUIT, LITTLE OAK