$26OREGON : WILLAMETTE VALLEY
Italy : Tuscany : Chianti Classico
MEDIUM-FULL BODY, RED FRUIT, EARTH, WOOD, SILKY, SOME OAK
Notes of cedar wood spice, dark chocolate, and tobacco with savory earthy notes. On the palate, it is silky and polished with bright cherry flavors interwoven with smoke and earth. It is vibrant and lively. Rustic with charm.
Italy : Emilia-Romanga
DRY, CRANBERRY, RED FRUITS, CRISP, TART, NO OAK
Color of crushed cranberries, this is a dry, clean, and delicious example of what Emilia-Romagna has to offer. Elegant as an aperitivo or with a wide selection of food, this brings lambrusco to a whole new level of finesse.
California : North Coast : Mendocino County
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah
MEDIUM BODIED, RED/BLUE FRUIT, EASY, EARTH, LITTLE OAK
California : North Coast : Solano County : Suisan Valley
MEDIUM BODY, RED/BLACK FRUIT, INTEGRATED TANNINS, NEUTRAL OAK
Charbono is one of California’s earliest variety and now “endangered”. The wine presents a bouquet of dark berry with hints of burnt orange peel. On the palate, it tastes like dark cherry, blackberry, a touch of earth and black pepper.
Italy : Piedmont : Alba
MEDIUM BODIED, DARK FRUIT, HERBS, ROBUST, EARTH, TANNINS, NO OAK
Dolcetto translates to ‘little sweet one’ and this one is decidedly not that. Intense bouquet of concentrated black cherry and blackberry, tilled earth, and dried flowers. It is full of flavor of dark berry that is light and refreshing with notes of dried mint, licorice with integrated tannins.
Italy : Piedmont :
Barolo : Bricco delle Viole : 2008
FULL BODY, FRESH, RED FRUIT, HERBAL, LITTLE TANNIN, NO OAK
Cherry, black cherry, blackberry, rose, violet, mint, & slight citrus on the nose. Silky on the palate with depth and fervor, ending with a very balanced and delicate finish.
CHILE : MAIPO VALLEY
FULL BODIED, DARK FRUIT, SPICE, ROUND TANNIN, OAK PRESENT
The nose offers up smoky spice, dark berry fruit and hints of violet. The palate is lush and rich with brambleberry, blackberry and fig notes with slight dried herb quality. Juicy on the finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Meats & Game
Israel : Galilee
Easy-going and juicy with bright flavors of raspberry and ripe red cherry fruit. Accents of violet blossoms with a bit of toasted oak. Supple texture. Super quaffable!
South Africa : Western Cape : Walker Bay
MEDIUM BODY, BLACK CHERRY, SILKY TANNIN, BRIGHT, OAK
Black cherry, black berry, black raspberry, vanilla, vanilla, sage, and nutmeg. Palate is silky with dense sappy fruit, fresh acidity giving the wine great lift and underlying minerality leading to the long, sapid finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Poultry & Pork
MEDIUM BODIED, RASPBERRY, BAKING SPICES, MILD TANNIN, FRESH, HERBAL, SOFT OAK
Washington : Columbia Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah
MEDIUM BODIED, RED/BLACK FRUIT, COCOA, HERBS, VANILLA, SUPPLE, NEUTRAL OAK
CALIFORNIA : NAPA VALLEY
FULL BODIED, RICH, DARK FRUIT, VELVETY TANNINS, OAK PRESENT
Rich & lush with a striking garnet hue. The wine is immediate with aromas of crushed blackberry & cassis. Deep berry flavors explode in the mouth in a delightful integration of varietal complexity. This is a big wine to linger over, impressively balanced with velvety tannins on the finish.
ECOLOGY: OrganicFOOD PAIRING: Meat & Rich Food
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
Germany : Mosel : Saar : Niedermenniger Herrenberg
MEDIUM BODIED, RED FRUIT, HERBAL, MINERAL, FRESH, NEUTRAL OAK
Mosel might be a bit cold for a finicky grape like Pinot Noir but this bottling shows the potential. Aromas of tart bing cherry and fresh green herbs on the nose. Cranberry and wild strawberry mingle on the palate with accents of wood spice, smoke, and crunchy minerality.
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FRANCE : SOUTHERN RHONE : COTES-DU-RHONE
MEDIUM BODIED, BLACK FRUIT, FLORAL, PEPPERY, NEUTRAL OAK
This wine delivers a classic array of bright black cherry, black currant, violets and licorice on the nose. Beautifully intense and rich aromatically. Notable purity with a voluptuous texture
FOOD PAIRING: Duck & Lamb
California : Santa Barbara
FULL-BODIED, BLACK FRUIT, BRIGHT, LIGHT TANNIN, NEUTRAL OAK
Forward and floral with lavender and violet followed by darker berry fruit such as black raspberries, blackberries, and boysenberry. The palate is fresh with supple fruit flavors and pretty light tannin and slight savor.
FOOD PAIRING: Beef & Pork
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.
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SLOVENIA : STAJERSKA
MEDIUM BODIED, PURPLE/BLUE FRUIT, SUPPLE TANNIN, OAK PRESENT
The nose offers crushed blueberry, plum, black raspberry and slight baking spice. The palate is round with supple, if slightly dusty tannins and retains a hint of earthiness that can be perceived underlying the fruit.
FOOD PAIRING: Meats & Poultry
CROATIA : WESTERN ISTRIA
MEDIUM BODIED, RED/BLACK FRUIT, EARTH, COCOA, OAK PRESENT
Aromas of black cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, bramble, and a slight touch of eucalyptus abound on the nose. It is fruit forward and juicy yet shows a refined tannic structure.
FOOD PAIRING: Barbeque
$25SPAIN : RIOJA
$60ITALY : PIEDMONT : CANAVESE
ITALY : TUSCANY
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese
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USA : CALIFORNIA : NV
FULL BODIED, DARK FRUIT, BAKING SPICE, RICH, FRUIT-FORWARD, OAK
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
$33AUSTRIA : BURGENLAND : MITTELBURGENLAND
$41CALIFORNIA : SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
$25USA : CALIFORNIA
South Africa : Western Cape : Coastal Region
MEDIUM BODIED, RED/PURPLE FRUIT, BRIGHT, SOFT TANNINS, NO OAK
Italy : Piedmont
MD BODIED, RED/BLACK FRUIT, HERBS, SMOKY, NEUTRAL OAK
The nose is fairly intense with wild berry fruit aromas like blackberry, black cherry, and black currants along with some leather, smoke and black tea leaves. On the palate, the wine is full and robust with great acidity. Brambly & wild--Italy at its best.
$20SOUTH AFRICA : WESTERN CAPE : COASTAL REGION : SIMONSBERG-PAARL
LIGHT BODIED, FRESH, SPICE, RED FRUIT, LITTLE OAK
Italy : Umbria : Montefalco
MED-FULL BODIED, BLACK/PURPLE FRUIT, HERBS, SMOKY, NEUTRAL OAK
One of the quintessential Italian wines--it is distinctively uninhibited and wild. Multi-layered bouquet of ripe dark berry, figs, well-worn leather and wet earth jump out with robust black tea and violets. Dense and multifaceted on the palate that expands with air. Seductive and powerful.
ITALY : UMBRIA : MONTEFALCO : PIPPARELLO
Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Sagrantino
FULL BODIED, RICH, POWERFUL, DARK FRUIT, STRUCTURE, OAK
An institution unto himself, this fabulous expression of winemaking has brambly red fruits, earth, licorice, eucalyptus, and leather. Velvety tannins are showing splendidly on this 2009 vintage.
Italy : Umbria : Montefalco : Cerrete
The Cerrete vineyard is perhaps the greatest combination of height and exposition in the appellation. The soil is similar to “Vigneto Pagliaro”, the other prime source of Sagrantino grapes for the estate, but the higher elevation and location above the cooler valley situation of Pagliaro mean the microclimate for Cerrete is a few degrees warmer, with slightly lower humidity. Fermentation begins naturally after a 45-day maceration, then the wine spends a year in steel tanks, before resting for 43 months in large oak barrels. The resulting wine is intense in nearly every aspect, with a deep violet color, robust tannins, and power that announces itself from the first aromas through the persistent finish. Despite all of this intensity, the wine is not heavy, as the terroir provides lift and elegance that enchants the senses. Only 3933 bottles were produced.
CROATIA : DALMATIA
MEDIUM BODIED, DARK FRUIT, MEDIUM TANNIN, SMOKY, FRESH, NO OAK
ITALY : PIEDMONTE : BARBARESCO
MEDIUM BODIED, RED FRUIT, AROMATIC, SUPPLE, OAK PRESENT
Bright cherry, strawberry, floral, licorice, and herbal aromas and flavors highlight this fragrant, elegant red. Silky and pure, with fine, ripe tannins for support. Lingering notes of dried fruit and savory spice.
FOOD PAIRING: Roasted Pork with Truffles
PORTUGAL : COVAS DO DOURO
Red Port Blend
MEDIUM SWEET, FULL, BODIED, PLUMMY, BRIGHT
Dark, rich, and plummy with excellent balance of fruit, acidity, and tannins without an overwhelming sugary or jammy flavor.
FOOD PAIRING: Blue Cheeses
SPAIN : RIOJA ALTA
75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 10% Graciano/Manzuelo
MEDIUM BODIED, VINOUS, SLIGHTLY ASTRINGENT, DRIED FRUITS, OAKED
This has the nose of potpourri, dried cherries & plum, & dill. On the palate there is some saddle leather, dill, and dried flowers with a wonderful lingering finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Meat & Mushrooms
USA : CALIFORNIA : NORTH COAST
DRY, MEDIUM-FULL BODIED, DENSE, RICH, DARK, FRUIT, NO OAK
SPAIN : RIOJA
90% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha, 5% Granciano
MEDIUM-FULL BODY, MEDIUM TANNINS, FRESH BALANCED, LAYERED, OAK
Refined Rioja from an organic family owned winery. The wine shows classic red & blue fruit that is balanced by barrel tannin & brisk acidity. Vanilla, earth, & black cherry in the nose with supple mouth feel with herbal qualiities & long finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Meats & sausage
South Africa : Western Cape : Simonsberg-Stellenbosch
MEDIUM BODIED, RED FRUIT, PURPLE FLOWERS, BRIGHT, USED OAK
A gentle expression of Pinotage that shows the beautiful marriage of Pinot Noir & Cinsault. Aromas of dried savory, mulberry, cassis liqueur and forest floor. On the palate, it is velvety smooth with brightness, delicate hint of smoke and baking cocoa.
$220CALIFORNIA : SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
USA : CALIFORNIA : SONOMA
FULL BODIED, DARK FRUIT, MINERAL, SUPPLE TANNINS, OAK
Aromas of bramble fruit, wintergreen, licorice, & sweet toasted oak. Rich black cherry with elegant chalky tannins, gravel, & ginger root. Layered, sensuous finish.
ECOLOGY: SustainableFOOD PAIRING: Meats & BBQ