LIGHT BODIED, FRESH, SPICE, RED FRUIT, LITTLE OAK
CROATIA : DALMATIA
MEDIUM BODIED, DARK FRUIT, MEDIUM TANNIN, SMOKY, FRESH, NO OAK
ITALY : TUSCANY
Sangiovese (90%), Merlot (10%)
FULL-BODIED, BLUEBERRY PLUM, BLACK CHERRY, EARTH, SMOKE, OAK
A super Tuscan-style wine made from mostly Sangiovese and about 10% Merlot; the freshness and acidity from the first is nicely balanced by the softness of the second and the wine’s fine, polished tannins. Aged for 10-14 months in French Allier barriques and 5-6 months in bottle.
ECOLOGY : Sustainable
PAIR WITH : Slow Cooker Pot Roast
CHILE : CENTRAL VALLEY
FULL-BODIED, BLACK CHERRY, BLACKBERRY JAM, PLUM, OAK
Approachable yet structured, this classic Chilean Malbec has lots of beautifully intense red fruit flavors followed by a dash black pepper and light touches of oak-derived notes like vanilla and chocolate.
France : Loire
South Africa : Western Cape
Grenache, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, Merlot, Cab-Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
CALIFORNIA : NAPA VALLEY
DRY, FULL BODIED, BLACK FRUIT, WARM SPICES, OAK PRESENT
Black fruits excite the front palate with notes of currant, plum, and blackberry. Subtle spice notes of cedar and sandalwood carry on the mid-palate with added notes of coffee. Incredible length and persistent finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Lamb & Beef
Israel : Judean Hills
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah
FULL BODIED, DARK FRUIT, COCOA, SMOKY, ELEGANT, OAK PRESENT
Aged in French oak for 12 months, this robust wine has plenty of black fruit and herbal notes on its rich nose, in addition to the earthiness. There is some smoky oak to the dark fruit backed by a bold tannic structure.
Australia : Western Australia :
FULL-BODIED, BLUE/BLACK FRUIT, COCOA, SMOKY, VIOLETS, NEW OAK
A deep flavored and intense wine with abundant ripe plums, currants, and licorice. Balanced with touches of tobacco and chocolate. The tight, gravelly tannins provide length and shape to the palate. Long, elegant finish.
PORTUGAL : ALTENEJO : PORTALEGRE
Grand Noir de la Calmette, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Castelão, Aragónez, Arinto, Fernão Pires
MED-BODIED, STRAWBERRY, BLACK CHERRY, ORANGE PEEL, LICORICE, EARTH, USED OAKThe complex, elegant, and even — dare we say it — Burgundian (??) wines of Vitor Claro and Rita Ferreira at Dominó Winery come from a small, old vine vineyard of co-planted varietals in the Portalegre district of Alentejo, which is known for its uniquely cool climate in an otherwise warm region. ‘Salão Frio’ is their first — and, to date, most important — wine. A true pleasure to drink, it pairs well with a remarkable range of flavors, and is blessedly only about 11% alcohol (because just one glass is certainly not enough).
FOOD PAIRING: Thanksgiving
CALIFORNIA : SONOMA VALLEY
FULL-BODIED, RASPBERRY, BLACK PLUM, CHERRY COLA, COCOA DUST, CEDAR, OAK
Elegant and concentrated, ‘Rassi’ is a remarkably well-made and well-balanced Cabernet for such an affordable price-point — with lush, dark and jammy fruit; plush, ultra-fine tannins; and a long-lasting finish which highlights subtle, oak-derived flavors, including cedar, cocoa, and hints of vanilla and brioche.
ECOLOGY : Sustainable
PAIRING : Beef Tenderloin with Blackberry Dressing