Highlighting just how much we actually drink..
Angeline’s Reserve Pinot Noir (~$14) is light bodied and crisp. The nose has notes of warm black pepper and Bing cherry. The palate opens up with softer notes of cherry and blackberry with hints of baking spice with a crisp, bright acidity.
Domaine PuyDeval’s Cabernet Franc Languedoc, France (~$14) is rich and powerful with aromas of cured meats, blackberries and spice. The palate is smooth with black pepper, tobacco and berries with rich tannins and a soft vanillin oak finish.
Anytime Catena and Rothschild get together, I’ll pay attention! The Amancaya Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec blend from Nicholas Catena and Lafite Rothschild (~$28) is a powerhouse of earth, spice and fruit. It is deep and inky with aromas of blackberry, plum, dried herbs, tobacco leaf and earth. Intense flavors of earth, black pepper spice and tobacco and hints of cranberry, plum and berry balance the firm, dry tannins. The finish is long and elegant with touches of eucalyptus and mint.
Ornellia’s Le Volte (~$30) is richly fruity with subtle notes of spice and Tuscan earth. The palate is soft with silky, elegant tannins and a long finish of spice and rich fruits. An awesomely rich and smooth Tuscan Blend.
From the partners of Far Niente, EnRoutes 2012 Les Pommiers Russian River Valley Pinot Noir offers full aromas of truffled earth, spice, black cherry and cardamom. The palate is light but smooth with hints of black plum, baking spice and dried herbs. The finish is supple and elegant with bitter but balanced tannins.
Donkey and Goats’ 2011 FiveThirteen is a Chateauneuf Du Pape style blend and offers notes of red berries, cherries and white pepper. The palate is soft with bright fruit flavors, spice and subtle earth. This lighter bodied blend is fruity and fresh with a long, balanced finish.