Red | Red Blend | United States | California | 750ml
Red | Red Blend | Italy | Tuscany | 750ml
Red | Red Blend | Spain | 750ml
"Produced from 85% Garnacha (70-year-old vines) and 15% Syrah (30-year-old vines) aged nine months in new and older American and French oak, it is another under-the-radar wine that dramatically over-delivers. A custom cuvee made for Eric Solomon, it exhibits notes of rose petals, raspberry jam, crushed rocks, spring flowers and kirsch. Stunningly rich and medium to full-bodied, with wonderful vibrancy, precision and minerality, this beauty could easily pass for a grand cru Burgundy – it’s that complex and interesting. I am blown away by what’s in the bottle, but you be the judge. When I was covering all the Spanish wines, this was one of my great value picks in the early days, and I am thrilled to see there are now 8,000 cases of this “baby Priorat” from nearby Montsant available in the American market." Robert Parker Wine Advocate 92 Points
Red | Red Blend | United States | Washington | 750ml
Red currents and ripe, wild strawberries meld with oak spice and an attractive hint of earthiness in this bright, vibrant wine.? Well-integrated tannins provide a velvety mouth-feel, layers of structure and a long, pleasant finish.?45% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah Wine Advocate 91 Points
Red | Red Blend | Italy | 750ml
Revealing an attractive color spectrum of crimson and scarlet with a slight magenta band on the rim, the wine explodes with aromas of macerated raspberries, dried lavender, plum tart, and toasty oak accents. The palate is immediately hit with super lush flavors of ripe berries and spice, supported with a dense core that has just the right amount of characteristic acidity. The tannins are already velvety and soft which provide for a lingering finish with hints of minerality and some herbal notes.
Red | Red Blend | Italy | Vino d'Italia | 750ml
40% Primitivo, 30% Montepulciano, 20% Nero d’Avola and 10% Merlot.A warm, modern style with notes of dark cherries, figs and coffee in a delicate oak frame. Generous on the palate, revealing a bright fruity core. Concentrated, exposing great structure, yet harmonious and soft, long, dense finish.
Red | Red Blend | Portugal | 750ml
Wine Spectator #37 of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2013, 91 Points"There's plenty of power behind the cherry and crushed red plum flavors, joined by crisp, spicy notes. Hints of citrus peel impart extra zest, finishing with pure, powerful accents of pepper and slate."
"The 2009 Caburnio (65-25-10 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet and Merlot) is a full and generous wine with layers of red cherry, light spice and leather that are delivered in quick succession. Sharp freshness cuts to the back of the palate and gives this wine an incredibly vibrant feel. The menthol reinforces those sensations and peppermint-like tones also present here. At this price, this is an unbelievable steal. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022." Wine Advocate 91 Points
How much fun collectors will have comparing the 2007 and 2008 La Joies over the next three decades. A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (48% from Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, 34% from Chalk Hill and 18% from Knight’s Valley), the 2008 has similar technical numbers to the 2007 (a pH of 3.68 and 14.4% alcohol). Wonderful notes of roasted herbs, asphalt, black truffles, blackberries, cassis, camphor and subtle oak are present in the majestic aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is extraordinarily concentrated, pure and dense with amazing length. It is another 30-40 year wine that confirms the confidence the late Jess Jackson had in both his vineyard sources and his winemaker, Pierre Seillan. Wine Advocate 99 Points
A blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec (52% Chalk Hill, 45% Alexander Mountain Estate and 3% Bennett Valley fruit), the 2008 may have even greater intensity and richness than the 2007. Still young and unformed, it exhibits phenomenal richness and equilibrium as well as a finish that lasts nearly a minute. Its dense plum/purple color is accompanied by notions of black fruits, forest floor, truffles and spring flowers. It should age for 25-30+ years. Wine Advocate 100 Points
A perfect wine, the 2008 Le Desir (1,500 cases) needs 5-7 years of bottle age and should have 35-40 years of life ahead of it. A blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 31% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, all from the Alexander Mountain Estate site, it exhibits an extraordinary perfume of blueberries, toast, licorice, camphor, incense, crushed rocks and cassis. The prodigious aromatic profile is followed by a super-intense, full-bodied wine that is relatively light on its feet, no doubt because of the high Cabernet Franc component. This pure, textured, rich wine offers up hints of tobacco leaf and spice box as it sits in the glass. It admirably continues the remarkable progression in quality being achieved by this great name in Bordeaux-styled wines. Wine Advocate 100 Points