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2000 Gran Oristan , La Mancha $12
Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon
No Quixotic adventure, this Cab. Sauv. and Tempranillo blend sees 24 months in barrel and you can count the years in bottle. Not as good as the grand reserva wines from Rioja but nowhere near the price either.
2009 Chateau Barrabaque, Cannon Fronsac, Cuvée Antoine $14
A great tasting, ready to drink Bordeaux from 2009. The Antoine has lots of dark fruit and dry tannins. Barrabaque, let’s see, what food to have with it?
2004 Nicolis, Testal del Veronese IGT $14
94% Corvina, 3% Merlot, 3% Cabernet
The grapes picked from the end rows of the estate where they get riper and are dried for 3 weeks before fermentation, concentrating the flavors, then blended with a little Cabernet and Merlot. It is aged 16 months in barrel. The wine has a bouquet of red fruit, with hints of sweet spice and vanilla. The palate is complex and full, with soft tannins and lots of dried plum and cherry.
2009 Sainte Eugenie Corbiers $12
40% old vine Carignan with the rest being a blend of Grenache and Syrah (25-46 year old vines). The Eugenie is vinified for 9 month in barrels varietal by varietal, then blended placed in small casks for up to 15 months before bottling. The result is a complex and clean wine. The red fruits burst from the glass with mild hints of toast and spice that continue through the impeccably balanced finish.
2010 Franco Serra Barbera d’Alba $10
A fresh and refreshing Barbera with lots of solid cherry fruit.
2010 Domaine Magellan Le Fruit Défendu $12
A fresh and lighter red from one of the minor Rhône blending grapes.
1 White and 1 Pink
2011 Gilbert Cellars Rosé of Mourvedre $13
A dry local pink that actually does a great job of imitating the French. Nicely layered floral notes and good acidity.
2011 Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc $11
The 2011 is fairly full bodied, with a grassy nose and a mix of citrus flavors and a long, lingering finish.
5 More Reds
2010 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon $10
Very fruity with a slightly spicy finish.
2009 Viña Gormaz Tempranillo $10
Ribera del Duero
50 year old vines. Unoaked. Pair with cheeses, grilled meats, poultry.
2009 Château Roc de Segur Bordeaux $10
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc
Roc de Segur Bordeaux Rouge has a nose full of spice (cinnamon, cocoa and clove) and savory herbs (rosemary and thyme) immediately upfront. The fresh fruit gains a lead over some time with sweet cassis and blackberry. Framing the fruit is an empty cigar box aroma, where old tobacco is just lingering through the walls of the cedar package.
2007 Clerico Visadi $13
A big dense and tannic Dolcetto drops down in price as it switches distributors. A wine for those who like to chew their wines. Lots of smoke, tar and pencil lead.
2009 Les Perles Syrah $9
A great example of what the Languedoc can do with this varietal. Ripe roses on the nose with peppery red marionberry fruit in the mouth and jammy, mouthcoating tannins with length on the finish. Not complex, but oh-so delicious!