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Wine To Go: American Other Reds

American Other Reds

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.”…..108.99



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.”……………..193.99

BUONCRISTIANI NAPA “O.P.C.”11 ……………..193.99

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.”……………..193.99

CARINA CELLARS CENTRAL COAST “CLAIRVOYANT”’07 – “Marked by mineral, graphite, herb and dried berry flavors that are tight, clean and full-bodied, showing red berry flavors that are pure and persistent. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.”…39.99

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.”………80.99

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.”…………….96.99

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.”…….235.99


DOMINUS NAPA “30TH VINTAGE” RED BLEND’13 – The 2013 Dominus is, to my way of thinking, one of the most profound wines Christian Moueix has yet made in his rather brilliant winemaking history, both in France and in Napa Valley. This wine, with very low yields of only 3,500 cases and a final blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, offers up notes of cedar wood, forest floor, loamy soil and oodles of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Very opaque purple in color, super-pure and intense, this wine has low acidity, but ripe, noticeable tannins. This is a 30- to 40-year wine and a profound effort from this famous vineyard in Yountville.”………391.99

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.”……….161.99


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.”……….101.99

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.”………80.99

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.” ………..263.99


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.”……………69.99

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.”……….52.99

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.”…………157.99

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.”.…83.99

PALAZZO NAPA SANGIOVESE BLEND’12 – Combines a core of firm, dense dark berry, licorice and cedar flavors, with a touch of finesse and nuance, allowing a savory dried herb and sage edge to add dimension. Ends chewy and layered. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc.”…….49.99

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.”…….134.99




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.”……58.99

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.”……50.99

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.”……………….97.99

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.”……..94.99


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.”…..41.99

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.”……….101.99

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.”…76.99


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.”………23.99

TAKEN NAPA’16 – Warm and velvety in feel, with a well-toasted frame that melds into the core of steeped currant, plum and blackberry flavors. A loamy tug through the finish keeps this grounded. Not shy on heft but pulls it off. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah.”………53.99

THE PRISONER NAPA RED BLEND’18 – “I love what he’s done with The Prisoner, a blend of  Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache. This is a big, sexy, fruit bomb boasting abundant amounts of black, blue, and red fruits along with pepper, spice box, earth, and herbs. It tastes like the unmanipulated essence of the fruit of a Mediterranean vineyard. Soft tannins, medium to full body.”……76.99

THE PRISONER NORTH COAST “UNSHACKLED” RED BLEND’18 – “The 2018 Unshackled Red Wine is ripe and lush. This wine shows excellent richness without going over-the-top. Its powerful aromas and flavors of black fruit and licorice.”………39.99

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.”……33.99



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.”………56.99

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.”…………83.99




WESTWOOD SONOMA “LEGEND” RED BLEND’16 – “”Winemaker Philippe Melka collaborated with Westwood Estate to create the inaugural release of this proprietary red. Melka blended in 55% Cabernet Sauvignon with Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from Westwood’s biodynamically farmed Annadel Gap Vineyard. The prestigious, cool climate site is located between two mountains in Sonoma County, and is influenced by the Pacific, 20 miles to the west. Aromas of sweet, savory soil are primed with rich tones of blueberry preserves. Generous and a true extrovert, this red gives wide berth on the palate to creamy boysenberry and luscious, ripe plum. Red floral and graphite strike an accord with high-energy acidity. Finely grained tannins grip like a professional golfer, firm, but not tight – confident and seamless. Finishes with a snip of cayenne, sparking an alignment with cinnamon oak as the blue fruit turns darker.”………76.99