88 Points – $15
Cornas is 100% syrah made from old vines on property in the northern Rhone Valley. It undergoes a long maceration and is fermented 18 months in oak. It is black in color with aromas of raspberries, fruit and oak. Smooth and well rounded mouth of fruit and cassis with a supple long peppery finish. Truely a good Cornas. Would be great with meat or stronger cheeses.
Name: Cornas Arenes Sauvages
Region: Rhone, France
Maker: Cave de Tain L’Hermitage
93 Points – $30
Very dark opaque wine with a nose of Black cherry and blueberries. Flavors of berry and lots of pepper. Long finish with zesty tannins. From the Sonoma Valley winery established in 1895. Number 10 wine of 2008. A very good Zin.
Name: Sonoma Zinfandel
83 Points – $16
Smell and taste of cherries and apricots with some spice and pepper on the finish. Not quite there.
Name: Rhone Paradox
Grape: Syrah 50%, Grenache 15%, Mourvedre 20%, Carignan 15%
Region: Rhone, France
Maker: Chateau Mas Neuf
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
90 Points – $45
Dark Ruby color with a blackberry and leather nose. Tasting of fruit, cherry and blackberry with a long peppery finish. 90 point. A Bourdeau wine from the higher (haut) area of Medoc. Bourdeau wines are a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes with the occasional addition of malbec or other minor regional grapes.
Grape: Red Blend; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Maker: Chateau Bernadotte
Price Range: 45 Dollars
Alcohol: 13 %
Dark Garnet in color,with a beautiful aroma of current, cedar and menthol. Flavours of almond,leather and spice with a long peppery finish. A great wine that will hold its own with steaks and cigars. Grown at the base of Montalcino. Brunello is also known as Sangiovese Grosso a hybrid of the sangiovese grape described by F. Blondi-Santi in 1888.
Name: Brunello Di Montalcino
86 to 89 points – $25 to $30
McLaren Vale / Adelaide Hills. A ‘garage’ blend, a small lot non classified high quality blend. Aged 18 months in french oak barrels. Very dark to black color with a nose of current and plums. Strong current and blackberry fruit taste with a very tart long peppery finish.
Names: Galvo Garage
Grape: Red Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Price: $25 to $30
91 Points – $80
Deep ruby color with mature a tawny edge. Long slow legs. Nose of leather, tobacco and spice. Flavors of cherry, coffee, caramel and pepper. Long dry controlled peppery finish.
Maker: Cascin Adelaide
Price Range: 80 Dollars
Alcohol: 14 %