[Sweet] Old Shandon Syrah Port NV –The wine has been aged for an average of 32 months in both French and American Oak barrels. This Non-Vintage Port is ready to drink without decanting. Complex caramel, chocolate flavors accented with toasted nuts and ripe berry characteristics. Balanced mouth feel with a sweet, elegant smooth finish.
Altesino Rosso di Altesino 2010 – Made from 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are hand-harvested from estate vineyards. Aromas of ripe berries and forest fruits. Incredibly supple on the palate, with excellent body and balanced structure
Reverdito Barolo 2008 – Lovely aromas of cherries, flowers, roses and tea leaf leap from the glass. Not a hefty Barolo, the tannins are soft and silky which allows us to enjoy NOW. No cellaring need.
Bastide Bandol Cuvee Estagnol 2009 -91 pts Wine Advocate - A blend of 73% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache and the rest Cinsault and Syrah from 34-year-old vines. This boisterous (14% natural alcohol) red exhibits a dense ruby/plum color in addition to a sumptuous perfume of cassis, raspberries, pepper, garrigue and lavender. Full-bodied, rich, pure and well-balanced.
Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – 92 pts Wine Advocate “Aromas of wood smoke, spice box, tobacco, coffee, and assorted black fruits inform the nose of a supple, easygoing, relatively forward wine that will deliver plenty of pleasure over the next 5-7 years.”
Reverdito Butti Barbera d’Alba 2009 - Intense ruby red color, the nose is very pretty, almost ethereal, enveloping you with lovely red fruits and violets. In the mouth, the entry is delicate and aromatic, but not wimpy for it has fabulous structure. A wine of great persistence.
LAN Rioja Reserva 2007 – 91 pts Wine Advocate “The 2007 Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 5% each of Graciano and Mazuelo that is aged in American and French oak for at least 15 months. It has a generous nose of red cherries, over-ripe oranges and Indian ink that is attractive, if not overly complex. The palate is rounded and slightly leathery on the entry. It constitutes a sedate, mellow Reserva that has a classical personality. There is nothing wrong with that and I appreciate the balance and refinement on the off-dry finish. Drink now-2020.”
Potel Aviron Morgon Cote du Py 2009 – 92 pts Wine Advocate “..Surprisingly understated but ultimately quite convincing, and almost certainly worth pursuing for another 3-5 years. Salted plum and its pit; elderberry; beef marrow; bay laurel; crushed stone; and bittersweet inner-mouth perfume of iris and gentian combine for a complex, savory, and intriguingly as well as mouthwateringly lingering finish.”