85 Points – $25
A blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged in French and American oak. Dark red with a nose of red fruit, chocolate and lavender. Flavors of strawberries and licorice. Flavor fades to asphalt and tannin too quickly in finish. – 14% alcohol
84 Points – $11
Garnet color with an earthy nose of red fruit and violets. Spice, pepper and vanilla palate with a long peppery finish. Should age well. Good for game, roast and cheese.
93 Points – $21
A wine growing area that is 875 meters above sea level. Aged 12 months in American and French oak barrels. Dark port red in color. A great plum, fig and fruit nose with a full mouthful of fig, plum and cherry. Smooth finish. A great Tempranillo.
Name: Celeste Crianza
Grape: 100% Tempranillo
Region: Rubera del Duero, Spain
94 Points – $23
One of the best finds of the year! Named after Richard Tarlton who was a court jester to Queen Elizabeth1. Dark black in color with a nose of mocha, fruit, euculyptis and leather. A great mouthful of dark fruit, jam, mocha and licorice with a solid peppery spice finish. A great wine at any price and at this price an outstanding buy!
Name: Jester 2009 Vintage Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
92 Points – $26
This wine is one of Jayson Woodbridge’s finest. Dark red with a pipe tobacco and mocha nose. Rich taste of chocolate, fruit and spice with a full long spicey finish. Excellent stuff, drinking very nicely now with potential for some aging.
Name: Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: California, U.S.A.
Maker: Layer Cake
$12 – $15
Light color with a nose and flavor of grapefruit and fresh fruit. Mild finish.
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Maker: Vina Santa Carolina
88 Points – $16
Light golden yellow color, with a nose of lemon, apple, pear and flowers(from the Muscat). A smooth mouth of apples and pears with a soft finish. Low in alcohol so it’s an easy drinking wine that would be good with salads or asian noodles. Serve chilled.
Grape: Semillion, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay
Region: Adelaide, Australia
Maker: Peter Lehmann
86 Points – $11
Translucent red color with the aromas of plum and current. Soft rounded taste of plums and black currents with a light finish. Easy drinking wine good for light cheeses.
Name: Cuvee Premier Syrah
89 Points – $29
Dark burgundy red in color with a full nose of black cherry, oak and dark chocolate. A full taste that cots your mouth with black cherry, fruit and cocoa. Smooth finish without any harshness that one expects from young cabs, probably due to the lower alcohol content. A good drinking wine for meat.
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: California, U.S.A
Maker: Cannon Ball Winery