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American Wines Other Red

BEAULIEU VINEYARD NAPA “TAPESTRY”’11 “ Taut, with dried herb, berry, cedar and loamy earth notes. A solid if straightforward style that fades on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.”…..154.99




BUONCRISTIANI NAPA “O.P.C.”10 – “This shows signs of emerging from a tannic shell, with a creamy edge to the dried herb, currant and blackberry flavors, ending with chewy, gravelly tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah and Merlot.”……………..274.99

BUONCRISTIANI NAPA “O.P.C.”11 ……………..274.99

BUONCRISTIANI NAPA “O.P.C.”12 – “Dense ruby/purple-hued with more meat, underbrush and barbecue notes than its siblings, it is fleshy and succulent with sweet tannins and a full-bodied mouthfeel. This successful blend can be drunk now and over the next 8-10 years.”……………..274.99

COHO NAPA “HEADWATERS” RED BLEND’14 – Aromas of licorice and tar with black currants. Full body, round and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Gorgeous wine. Drink or hold.”………114.99

COL SOLARE COLUMBIA RED BLEND07– “Supple and inviting, with a lively texture to the dark berry, currant, floral and spice flavors, coming together smoothly on the focused, mildly chewy finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.”…………….138.99

CONTINUUM NAPA PROPRIETARY RED’11  –  This rich, harmonious, supple-textured wine shows the potential of 2011, with dense dark berry, dried herb, mocha, cedar and tobacco leaf notes. Ends up dry and tannic, with a push of ripe fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.”…….334.99


DAOU PASO ROBLES “THE PESSIMIST” RED BLEND’17 – “A value-priced Rhône blend that usually contains some Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, the 2017 Pessimist offers up rich aromas of dark fruit, grilled meat, licorice and black olive. It’s full-bodied, rich and spicy, with good balance and an intense, flavorful finish.”…….34.99

DUCKHORN NAPA DISCUSSION’11  Stand back and let this wine speak! The 2011 Duckhorn Vineyards The Discussion is a Bordeaux blend ready to make a statement. Deep and authoritative, the wine impressive black fruit and sweet oak flavors put it right there with Napa Valley’s best wines ever. You will want to listen as you pour this wine into your stemware.”……….230.99

FLORA SPRINGS NAPA “TRILOGY”14  – “Their 2014 Trilogy is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot. It is a wine of suppleness, complexity and loads of licorice, tobacco leaf, blackcurrants, spice and some background oak and espresso. Medium to full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit, texture and length, this is a beauty to drink over the next 10-15 or so years, although it is already displaying its undeniable charm and lusciousness.”……….144.99

HERMAN STORY CALIFORNIA “BOLT CUTTER” RED BLEND’15 – A Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah blend brought up in 85% new French oak, the 2015 Bolt Cutter sports a deep inky color as well as full-bore notes of black, black fruits, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, and smoked earth. With full body and a rounded, sexy, mouthfilling style, it has some tannins and is beautifully balanced. It’s one perfect steakhouse red.”………114.99

J. McCLELLAND NAPA CHARBONO’12   In association with winemaker Mitch Cosentino, John McClelland—former president and general manager of Almaden, Geyser Peak and Alderbrook—has crafted a velvety and robust 100% Charbono. Rare in Napa, it offers flavors of plum and cinnamon within a soft, smooth palate, finishing with notes of oak and black licorice.”…………………84.99

JOSEPH PHELPS NAPA “INSIGNA”’12 – 2012 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley: “Joseph Phelps’ flagship wines include the incredibly ageworthy Insignia. The 2012 Insignia Proprietary Red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. The vintage was of such high quality and quantity that 17,500 cases were produced. A magnificent Insignia that will be bottled in several months, it boasts an opaque purple color as well as fabulous notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrant liqueur, camphor, barbecue smoke and spice box. Rich, full-bodied and opulent with plenty of tannin and structure lurking beneath the extravagant generosity of fruit.” ………..374.99

KOMODO DRAGON COLUMBIA VALLEY RED BLEND14 – “Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, berry pie, and dulce de leche gelato with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length toffee and spiced cherries finish with silky tannins and light oak. A seamless, inviting red blend that is sure to satisfy.”………42.99


McPRICE MEYERS NAPA “BEAUTIFUL EARTH”’16 – “Opaque ruby. Intensely perfumed, spice-tinged red and blue fruit, cola, incense and potpourri qualities on the nose. Lush, velvety and expansive in the mouth; bright acidity energizes densely packed black raspberry, blueberry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors. Closes sappy, smooth and very long, displaying excellent focus, harmonious tannins and lingering florality.”……………99.99


NEYERS NAPA “LEFT BEANK RED BLEND” CABERNET-MERLOT’16 – Shows notes of white pepper to the dried red fruit and spice flavors, ending with a savory finish that features a lively minerality. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.”……….74.99

OPUS ONE NAPA-OAKVILLE “OVERTURE”’NV – “Aged in French oak, Overture is composed of the same five varietals that Opus One is made with: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet France, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.”…………224.99

PALAZZO NAPA CABERNET FRANC13 –Another of the profound Cabernet Francs from Scott Palazzo, and to me, one of the two best he has made to date (the other being the 2007) is the 2013 Cabernet Franc. When I tasted it, it had only been in bottle about five weeks, but it was locked and loaded. Dense purple, with notes of forest floor, incense, violets, black cherries and black raspberries, some foresty notes are also present. The wine is full-bodied, opulent, with great acidity, vigor and delineation.”…….184.99

PAYDIRT PASO ROBLES “GOING FOR BROKE” RED BLEND’16 – Bright purple. Ripe dark fruit and floral qualities on the nose, along with suggestions of candied licorice, cracked pepper and cola. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering primary blackberry and cherry flavors and a touch of candied violet. Supple tannins frame a very long, juicy finish that leaves a sappy dark berry note behind..”………60.99



PRIMAL ROOTS CALIFORNIA  RED BLEND15 – “A  lush, mouthwatering red blend, Primal Roots combines three of California’s most versatile and distinctive grapes; Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel for a wine that delivers the best of all three. Oak aging adds to the nuance and complexity while the softness, richness and ripe fruit of 49% Merlot marries with the bold texture and earthiness of 42% Syrah and the zesty berry and spice of 9% Zinfandel for a mouthful of wine that’s both tasty and satisfying. Aged in American and French oak barrels, it’s the perfect choice for everyday foods and enjoyment.”…..32.99

PULL RUSSIAN RIVER RED BLEND’16- “This blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon shows aromas of red berries, peppercorns and a hint of green herbs on the nose. It’s tightly woven on the palate, where a tangy red-plum flavor leads into a caramel-kissed finish.”………38.99

RANCHO SISQUOC SANTA BARBARA “CELLAR SELECTION” MERITAGE’13 – “Baked red cherry, caramel, black rocks and the slightest hint of dill and mint greet the nose on this blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 10% Malbec. Black olive leads the palate, followed by blueberry, and the whole package manages to be both juicy and herbaceous.”……71.99

RAMEY NAPA CLARET’16 – This blends a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon with 26% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 8% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot. Together, they interweave into a cohesive whole of clove, black pepper and meaty intensity and integrated oak. Soft and round on the palate, it pleases at an unbelievable price.”……83.99

ROBERT KEENAN NAPA “SPRING MOUNTAIN” CABERNET FRANC’05 – Keenan has done a fabulous job with the 2005 Cabernet Franc, a varietal that excels on Spring Mountain. A beautiful nose of menthol, black raspberries, blueberries, and flowers is followed by a fabulously intense, yet light on its feet, wine. Medium-bodied with excellent fruit and palate penetration, it never seems to tire or become overbearing. This is a gorgeously pure, lovingly textured effort.”……………….138.99

ROBERT MONDAVI NAPA “OAKVILLE” CABERNET FRANC’14 – “A majority varietal wine, this also includes 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 2% Merlot. Fleshy and full bodied, it offers notes of cedar, graphite and ripe black currant atop a lengthy, classy and structured body.”……..134.99


SEVEN MOONS CALIFORNIA “DARK SIDE” RED BLEND’17 – Deep ruby-garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate genache, buttercream frosted spice cake, bread pudding with plums, and vanilla-scented tobacco with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, brisk finish manifesting notes of balsa with woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. An off-dry voluptuous red with heady notes tobacco and vanilla.”…….34.99

SHAFER NAPA TD-9” RED BLEND16  – “The 2016 Red Blend TD-9 is blended of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec. It has a very deep purple-black color and displays ready-for-biz, fragrant scents of warm plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry compote with touches of baking spices, bay leaves and potpourri. Full-bodied with a serious, firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, the palate delivery loads of black fruit and spicy layers with bags of vivacity and panache.”…………144.99

SKYFALL COLUMBIA RED BLEND’15 – “Wonderful berry fruit on the nose with integrated oak notes woven throughout. On the palate black cherry and blackberries mingle with spice and oak notes. A broad and rich wine with a long elegant finish.”……….35.99

SPRING VALLEY VINEYARDS WALLA WALLA WASHINGTON  “URIAH”’07 – Tight, with a red pepper edge to the cherry, currant and multiple spice flavors, echoing impressively on the mildly chewy finish.  Needs time to gain some flesh. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.”…108.99


STEELE LAKE COUNTY “WRITERS BLOCK” MALBEC’15 – This is a sturdy, well-balanced and firmly structured wine that will pair nicely with birds and beef. It has enticing, light, toasted oak aromas, tasty black-cherry and blackberry flavors and an appetizing, moderately tannic texture.”………32.99

THIRTY SEVEN NORTH COAST “TOLAY” RED BLEND’14- “This is an unusual comingling of 40% Blaufränkisch, 30% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec and 10% Petit Verdot. It compels in earthy tobacco and mushroom flavor, adorned in violet aroma. Soft and velvety, the fruit is compressed and tightly structured.”………60.99

THOMAS COYNE LODI  PETITE VERDOT’10  –  This little-known Bordeaux varietal is normally used for blending to enhance color and body of the major varietals.  The grapes came from a vineyard near Lodi in Northern California.  After crush and fermentation, the wine was aged in American and French oak barrels for 18 months.  The wine is full bodied in character with intense herbal flavors and rich oak finish.”……47.99


TREFETHEN NAPA “DRAGON’S TOOTH” MALBEC BLEND’16 – “The Oak Knoll producer’s blend of 47% Malbec, 27% Petit Verdot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot is elegant and structured. Red currant, cassis and cedar give personality to firm tannins—the grapes grown on the winery’s rockiest blocks.”………80.99


PETITE VERDOT10……………..97.99