85 Points – $15
Dark ruddy colored wine with a nose of oak and currant. A fur coating to the mouth with little follow up in flavors. Tart aftertaste.
Name: Dragon Seal
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Hebei, China
Maker: Beijing Dragon Seal Wines
88 Points – $17
Light yellow in color with a nose of tart fruits and a mild citrus taste. A fine chilled summer wine when one wants something tart and not sweet.
Name: Heredad de Penalosa
Region: Rueda, Spain
Maker: Bodegas Pascual
88 Points – $39
Translucent red with a tawny edge, this wine has aromas of cherries and toast with a mouth of smooth fruit, red jelly and a tart finish.
Name: Satenay Rouge
Grape: Petit Verdot
Region: Cote D’Or, France
Maker: Masion Louis Latour
90 Points – $35
A Canadian entrepreneur who now has vineyards in California including areas in the famous Stag’s Leap district. This crisp white wine will go up against any of the New Zealand sauvignons with a nose of green apple, starfruit and citrus fruits. Flavors of tart apple, grapefruit and earth. A good finish. A good Californian Sauvignon Blanc.
Name: Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: California, USA
Maker: Cliff Lede Vineyards
87 Points – $12
Transparent yellow color with good citrus notes on the nose. A semi-sweet wine with grapefruit and lemon tart taste with a tart finish. Best chilled.
Maker: P.J. Vakkenberg G.M.B.H.
83 Points – $29
Red wine with a fine nose of oak and currant, soft bodied with a taste of mild fruit and a short tart finish. Ho hum.
Name: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
Maker: Twenty Bench
92 Points – $25
Almost black in color, this aged wine has a lot to offer with a big nose of blackberry, boysenberry and tar. A full mouth of red fruits, cherry and blackberry coats the mouth with a long tart aftertaste.
Name: The Schnell
Grape: 75% Shiraz 25% Grenache
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Maker: Magpie Estate
86 Points – $15
A translucent light colored wine with mild spice on the nose, medium flavors of fruit and tart spice with a sharp finish.
Name: The Long Flat Vineyard Shiraz
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