90 Points – $19
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from 3 wine regions. Sonoma, Lake and Napa. Barrel aged in French and American oak. Garnet color with a cedar and dark fruit nose. Dark berry, cedar, leather and chocolate flavors. Long dry finish.
Name: Menage a Trois
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Maker: Trinchero Family Estate
89 Points – $20
Ruby red in color with aromas of earth, leather and plum. Strong acidity and mineral taste with plum and red fruits. Could age. Needs decanting to cool the young fire in this wine.
Name: Baileys of Glenrowan 19 Crimes
Grape: Shiraz Durif
Maker: Baileys of Glenrowan
92 Points – $27
Gorgeously aged with a nose of red fruit and leather. Beautiful mouthful of red fruit and a smooth finish. A great wine.
Name: Chateau Cabezac
Grape: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre (GSM)
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, Minervois
Cuvee Arthur Minervois
93 Points – $80
1900 bottles produced. Ruby red in color with a tawny edge of age. Nose of leather, tobacco and tar. Flavors of cherry, pepper and a coffee finish.
Name: Casina Adelaide
Piedmont, NW Italy
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Deep red color, with a great nose of plum, dark fruit, leather and tar. Plush mouthful of plum and jammy fruits. Fine smooth finish with mouth coating fur. A great aged wine from the cellar.
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Name: Terra Rossa
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Maker: Parker Coonawarra Estate
88 Points – $22
Velvety dark stewed fruit with earth and leather notes. Good spice on the finish. A good wine for cheese especially cheddars.
Name: Reserva Especial Syrah
Region: Limari Valley, Chile
88 Points – $20 to $25
A dark black color with a leather and spice nose. Flavors of pepper and berries. An aggressive Italian style syrah.
Name: Cortona Syrah
Maker: Tenimenti Luigi D’Alessandro
Price: $20 to $25
Mainly Negrette – a 12th century grape exclusive to the region north of Toulouse. Dark black in color with a nose of blackcurrant and leather. Flavors of blackcurrant, blueberries and licorice. The 2002 vintage is well aged with a smooth finish.
Grape: Negrette, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon
Maker: Chateau Bellevue La Foret
90 Points – $59
A translucent red with the nose of caramel, berries and leather. Flavors of toast, caramel and herbs with a buttery soft smooth finish.
Name: Nuthouse Pinot Noir
Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon, U.S.A.