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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.”…..149.99


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.”……………..269.99

BUONCRISTIANI NAPA “O.P.C.”11 ……………..269.99

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.”……………..269.99

CA’ MOMI NAPA “ROSSO” CABERNET BLEND’14   In the early 1990s Stefano Migotto and Dario De Conti were already acknowledged as two of Italy’s brightest young winemakers. A decade later each came to California (Migotto accompanied by his wife Valentina), fell in love with Napa Valley, and in 2006 started the partnership represented by the Ca’ Momi brand. All their wines are, as De Conti says, “full-bodied and big hearted, with bright notes of humility, bold flavors of California sunshine, a hint of tradition, and a seductive finish of fiery Italiian passion” That style is exemplified in this Rosso di Napa, a blend of Cabernet, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Petite Sirah; light in body but deceptively rich in flavor, it is loaded with bright strawberry and raspberry fruit, well balanced, with good acidity on the long finish.”……………….32.99

CAPTURE WINES NAPA-SPRING MOUNTAIN “ALLIANCE” RED WINE12  – “This is made from a majority Cabernet Sauvignon, with 11% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This makes for a softly layered tease of cinnamon, cedar and brush, with the tannins dry and grippy. Black licorice and violet dot the nose and palate.”…………119.99

CHARLES KRUG NAPAGENERATIONS” “RESERVE”’13 – Well-proportioned, tight and smoky, with a firm, structured beam of licorice- and blackberry-tinged fruit. Ends with fine-grained tannins and a long, clean finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot.”………………………..99.99

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.”…….329.99

DAOU PASO ROBLES “THE PESSIMIST” RED BLEND’16 – Composed of 27% Syrah, 19% Zinfandel and 54% Petite Sirah, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Pessimist delivers a gregarious nose of ripe black cherries, blackberries and blueberries plus notions of Chinese five spice, mocha and raspberries. Full-bodied, voluptuous, soft and plush, it packs in the fruit cake and exotic spices, finishing with great length.”…….59.99

DONELAN SONOMA “CUVEE MORIAH” GRENACHE BLEND’13 – “This dark red colored Grenache based wine opens with a boysenberry and acai berry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and approachable. The flavor profile is gentle red plum with notes of mild oak and minerality. We also picked up a hint of pomegranate and red currant. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely.”……85.99

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.”……….225.99

FERRARI CARANO SONOMA  “SIENA” SANGIOVESE BLEND15 –This blend of Sangiovese, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and other varieties plays well to type. It shows a wealth of ripe, dusty black fruit that’s richly round and soft on the palate, approachable and lightly oaked.”…45.99

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.”……….139.99


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.”…………………79.99

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.” ………..369.99

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.”………39.99



McPRICE MEYERS NAPA “BEAUTIFUL EARTH”’14 – I always love this cuvee, and the 2013 Beautiful Earth Proprietary Red is a great wine. Made from mostly Syrah (with 13% Grenache and 8% Mourvedre), its vibrant purple color is followed by fabulous notes of blackberries, blueberries, bay leaf, crushed rocks and spring flowers. Rich, concentrated and structured, with both purity and balance, it’s superb already, but will keep for a decade.”……………75.99


MURPHY GOODE CALIFORNIA RED BLEND15  – “The 2012 Murphy-Goode California Red Blend begins with a pleasant aroma of black cherry, sweet raspberries and bit of vanilla and licorice. The Zin leads the way when tasting this smooth and soft wine that also has lots of sweet, rich fruit and plenty of spice. That sweet, tart fruit lingers for a good amount of time on the finish. This is a really nice example of very popular style right now — a California red blend that is rich, slightly sweet and has a good amount of oak influence. Luckily it also manages to avoid the manufactured feel that plagues so many of its competitors. 34% Zinfandel, 27% Merlot, 16% Petite Sirah, 13% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon from California. The wine is aged in a combination of French and American oak”…………29.99

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.”…………219.99

PALAZZO NAPA “PROPRIETARY RED”’07 – “This stylish blend of 68% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon is a Bordeaux-styled, elegant, restrained effort displaying a dark ruby/purple-tinged color in addition to notes of cedarwood, bay leaf,black cherries, black currants, spice box, and background oak. Medium-bodied with outstanding purity, very good texture, and fine length.”.…119.99

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.”…….179.99

PARIS VALLEY ROAD CALIFORNIA RED BLEND13 –Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry pie, nougat, and floral honey drizzled cherries with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a medium-long cedar finish with crunchy tannins. A juicy, chewy appetizing red blend that is sure to please.”……29.99

PEACHY CANYON PASO ROBLES “CIRQUE DU VIN”14 – “The Cirque du Vin. Made from 35% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Verdot and 8% Zinfandel, this wine has an amazing array of taste levels. On its face there are notes of black cherry, black berry, plum, boysenberry and blackberry, a solid acidity and a rustic judicious use of oak. As it spends time in the glass additional back notes of sage, fresh thyme and cranberry compote make themselves known.”………39.99



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.”29.99

PRISONER WINE COMPANY NAPA “PRISONER” RED BLEND’16  –  “The famous blend combines Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbono, many of the grapes from sites well-known for growing mixed blacks, the wine’s inspiration. Wildly feral on the nose, it imparts a baked essence to the fruit in addition to rustic compost, tobacco and game. Thick and rich, it delivers on its style, showing a robust, sweetly ripe tone of chocolate and vanilla.”…….84.99

PURPLE HEART NAPA RED WINE14  – “The 2014 Purple Heart Red – which is 80 percent merlot, with smaller amounts of cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah and petit verdot — displays bright cherry fruit, some spicy notes and medium tannins. It’s an easy-to-drink, middle-of-the-road red, and the price is right.”…………36.99


ROBERT MONDAVI OAKVILLE-NAPA BDX” BORDEAUX RED BLEND’12  –  “Black and dark red fruits, beautiful spice on the front with balanced smooth tannins on the way out.”……..119.99

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.”……..129.99

ROBERT MONDAVI NAPA “MAESTRO” RED BLEND’14  –  “This year’s blend is a blockbuster, with layer after layer of lush fruit flavors. This is a wine for people who love big, powerful red wines that also have enough acidity and finesse to pair with food.  The current version is a little silkier, with a softer mouthfeel than the 2013 Maestro. The Mondavi folks said the softer mouthfeel comes from the fruit from their Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap AVA. The rest of the fruit comes from the revered To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. It brings structure and power to the finished wine.  This year’s blend is 73 percent cabernet sauvignon, 23 percent cabernet franc and two percent each of merlot and petit verdot. The wine is a gorgeous inky dark red in the glass with enticing aromas. On the palate it is complex, full of juicy plum and cassis, with hints of cinnamon and cocoa. The tannins are rich and well integrated.  The grapes for this wine were hand picked into small bins and carefully sorted at the winery’s gravity-flow cellar. After the clusters are destemmed the grapes go directly into traditional French oak casks for a cool soak, fermentation and extended maceration. The juice remains in direct contact with grape skins for 24 days, bring maximum extraction of varietal characteristics and complexity.  Then the wine was drained and gently pressed into 28 percent new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 21 months of barrel aging.”…….99.99

ST. SUPERY NAPA“ELU” MERITAGE’13This is a blend of all five red Bordeaux varieties, with Cabernet Sauvignon taking the lead position at 65% and Merlot following at 22%. It shows classic characteristics of tart red currant, dried herb and cigar box within a full-bodied richness that’s seamlessly smooth.”……….129.99

SANS LIEGE SANTA BARBARA “THE OFFERINGGSM BLEND’14  Deep California red wine, penetrating ruby/purple in color leads to a pronounced bouquet of raspberry jam, chocolate covered cherries, plum and blackberries stimulates the senses. On the palate the wine follows through impressively with its plush, round mouthfeel, amazing depth and sheer intensity. The multilayered flavors of blackberry, black plum, and raspberry/vanilla, are framed by silky tannins that lead to a long pleasurable finish.”…..59.99

SEVEN HILLS WALLA WALLA MALBEC’13  Fan-trained vines from Casey and Vicky McClellan’s vineyard near Milton-Freewater, Ore., are beginning to mature after being established in 2008, and their barrel regime of 16 months in Hungarian oak creates fascination. Core aromas of blueberry cobbler and President plum are surrounded by violet, duck fat, five-spice powder and a turn of a pepper mill. The silky and juicy entry exudes flavors of Marionberry, fig and more blueberry. There’s a richness and earthiness to the midpalate, which leads to an expressive finish of pomegranate juice and pinch of rosemary.”……59.99

SHAFER NAPA “TD-9” RED BLEND15  – “Powerful and finely textured, with concentrated dried cherry, dark currant and roasted plum flavors that are filled with lively minerality. Richly spiced, showing dried herbal notes on the chiseled finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.”…………139.99

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.”…103.99

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.”……44.99


TREFETHEN NAPA “DOUBLE TRED BLEND13 –This wine offers fragrant aromas of plums, blackberry jam, black pepper, clove and toasted oak. Medium bodied, the palate displays flavors of blackberries, raspberries and currants with rich chocolate and savory spices on the finish.”…35.99

TREFETHEN NAPA “DRAGON’S TOOTH” RED BLEND’13  A blend of 52% Malbec, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Dragon’s Tooth is a beautiful effort from Trefethen. The wine shows loads of licorice, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a touch of chocolate, medium to full body, sweet tannin and a long finish. By Napa standards, it’s a good value.”………………..59.99



PETITE VERDOT10……………..92.99

TRINCHERO NAPA “FORTE” RED BLEND ’12 – The 2012 Forte is a beautifully opulent style of wine, coming in a 14.9% alcohol. It has a dense ruby/purple color, loads of blackberry and blueberry fruit and a long concentrated finish. It’s a beauty, even in the context of how epic 2013 has turned out to be.”…………119.99

TRIONE ALEXANDER VALLEY  “HENRY’S BLEND”’14  – “Trione Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, Geyserville Ranch, Alexander Valley.  This Bordeaux Blend, or “Meritage” like Opus One or Quintessa, is rich, ripe and firm with notes of cassis, boysenberry, black licorice, coffee bean and vanilla..“.……….75.99

 VILLA SAN JULIETTE PASO ROBLES  “CHORUMRED BLEND13  – “This blend of 32% Syrah, 16% Grenache, 14% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 12% Alicante Bouschet, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Sirah truly sings, as the name implies. A strong boysenberry pie aroma is lifted by purple flower scents on the nose, and the palate’s lush black cherry, vanilla and mocha spice flavors are reminiscent of a dessert wine without being sweet.“.……….35.99