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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

BULL’S HEAD CALIFORNIA RED15…………34.99

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

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

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.”…………….133.99

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

COSENTINO LODI “THE FRANC” CABERNET FRANC’16…………….29.99

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

FERRARI CARANO ALEXANDER “TRESOR” RED BLEND’13 – “The 2013 Tresor Proprietary Red is a Bordeaux-inspired blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This wine does not have the power and sheer richness of the 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, but is more approachable and seems to have more nuances and complexity at an earlier age. In addition to a dense purple color, beautiful sweet crème de cassis, blackberry and nicely integrated wood acidity and tannin, it has a touch of chocolate in the finish adding to the complexity.”…..119.99

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

LOREN IPSUM MONTEREY RED BLEND’15………….34.99

McPHERSON CELLARS TEXAS “EARTH VINE SKY WINDBLOWN” RED BLEND’16 – “Medium purplish red, definitely from the bigger varietals in the blend. Light nose with a touch of candied berries, a touch woody and lavender. Balanced alcohol and acidity. Light plus bodied with notes of white pepper, dark berries, spices and black cherries. Medium length finish. Would not of guessed Texas if tasted blind.  Interesting blend made up of 25% Mourvedre, 25% Petite Sirah, 23% Carignan, 18% Syrah and 9% Grenache.”…….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

NEYERS NAPA “LEFT BEANK RED BLEND” CEBERNET-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.”……….69.99

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

ORIN SWIFT NAPA “PAPILLON CABERNET BORDEUAX BLEND’15 – A big, rich and potent style, with layers of flavors extending from black licorice to dark berry, loamy earth, cedar and tobacco. Unfolds impressively on the palate, smooth and effortless. Cabernet blend.”…..135.99

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

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

PEIRANO ESTATE LODI “ILLUSION” RED BLEND’15………….29.99

PIETRA SANTA CIENEGA VALLEY  “VACHE” RED BLEND’05…………49.99

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

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

RAMEY NAPA CLARET’15 – “Composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot, the medium garnet-purple colored 2015 Claret has a fantastic combination of red and black fruits—black raspberries, black plums, redcurrants and black cherries—with suggestions of cigar box and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy structure and a great core of crunchy fruit, finishing long and earthy.”…..84.99

RAVENSWOOD  “VINTNERS BLEND” CALIFORNIA PETITE SIRAH’13………………..29.99

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

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.”…………139.99

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

ST. SUPERY NAPA “ELU” MERITAGE’14 –This is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Petite Sirah and 1% Cabernet Franc, aged in 40% new French and American oak for 10 months. All for Under $25. It shows bold flavors of black cherry, raspberry, black currant; subtle notes of dark chocolate, licorice and spice. Tannins are well rounded and the finish is long and engaging. Duckhorn does it again.”……69.99

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

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.”……….29.99

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

THORNY ROSE COLUMBIA VALLEY  RED BLEND11………………………32.99

TRINCHERO ST. HELENA“CENTRAL PARK” PETITE VERDOT’07…93.99

TRINCHERO NAPA ST. HELENA “CENTRAL PARK WEST
PETITE VERDOT10……………..92.99

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

VALLEY OF THE MOON SONOMA “CUVEE DE LUNA”’99………….65.99