Wines

Tasting notes: The seductive, smoky nose gives way on the palate to dark plum, blueberry, juniper berry, and cocoa essences. Worth knowing: Since 1961, when present patriarch, Angelo Gaja, first...
Tasting notes: The Rennina 2004, of which 2,200 cases were made, is a dark-red sangiovese redolent of violets, rosemary, spiced wood, and wild berries. Its flavor profile is an opulent amalgam of...
Tasting notes: This ruby-colored wine’s flavors are a saturated and have a rich rotation of ripe cherry, wild berry, allspice, and a gamy touch of dried meat. Worth knowing: Although the four estates...
Tasting notes: Silky and dense, this dark red is laden with aromas of boysenberry, crème de cassis, and soft vanilla. Its broad palate mingles flavors of dark berry, sandalwood, and caramel. Worth...
Tasting notes: It eschews the showy ripeness of some California reds, offering instead beautifully layered strata of dried cherry and boysenberry, earthy herbal notes of chaparral, deep mineral...
Tasting notes: This inaugural blend of traditional Douro grapes (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela) conjures a bosky bouquet of brambleberries, sweet smoke,...
Tasting notes: The 2006 offers aromas of black cherry and a long finish of cedar, brown spice, and toasted vanilla bean. Worth knowing: Dominus is the brainchild of Christian Moueix, whose family...
Tasting notes: The JC Cellars 2006 Rockpile Vineyard Haley’s Reserve Syrah is as intense and generous as the vineyard is spartan and bleak. The scent of wildflowers greets the nose, while unctuous...
Tasting notes: Shows bright prune and dried apricot with luscious sweetness, racy acidity, and incredible length. Luxurious texture with amazing depth and unbelievable intensity. Worth knowing: The...
Tasting notes: Beautifully rendered, but playful, its blueberry intertwines with the leathery, cigar-sweet refrains of the syrah to create an intoxicating jazz impromptu that envelops nose and palate...
Tasting notes: Heady aromas of red-raspberry liqueur, ripe cherry, and concentrated boysenberry wash over scents of allspice and sandalwood. The texture—a voluptuous liquid fabric that is at once...
Tasting notes: Purple-black and darkly luscious, this full-bodied red has intense aromas and flavors—black raspberry, cassis, melted dark chocolate, and roasted coffee—that seem the embodiment of its...
Tasting notes: Amber in color, filled with the flavors of rich honey and creamy vanilla. Worth knowing: In 1989, British wine writer Hugh Johnson and friends decided to revive and restore to glory...
Tasting notes: The Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits fruit and sarsaparilla aromas and an alluring blend of boysenberry, black-cherry, and currant flavors. The French-...
Tasting notes: The Hourglass 2006 Blueline Vineyard Merlot is exceptionally dark, roiling with aromas of black cherry, grape lozenge, coffee, and plum. The wine’s mouthfeel is velvety and dense, and...
Tasting notes: A dazzling composition of crisp apple and sweet pear mingled with a mouthwatering crème brûlée. Lively acidity shows, with a long, layered finish. Worth knowing: Sir Peter Michael and...
Tasting notes: This dark red brims with black-cherry, black-currant, and blackberry flavors that give way on the finish to soft tannins accented by earthy clove and red apple. Only 440 cases were...
Tasting notes: The DuMOL 2006 Finn Pinot Noir has opulent blackberry and plum flavors with earthy undercurrents of mushroom, nutmeg, and anise. Worth knowing: Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley—the...
Tasting notes: Delivers layers of creamy flavor—vanilla, hazelnut, and buttery brioche—that dissolve gradually to a precisely focused finish punctuated by pinpoint bubbles. Worth knowing: Struck by...
Tasting notes: Brooding, dark, and fragrant, this reveals blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry on the nose. Earthy cedar and clove, attar of rose, and mineral precede a long finish of sweet red apple...
Tasting notes: Stunning plum, cassis, berries, and sweet oak overlay a gorgeous texture and rich, soft tannins. Long and intense without being overdone, this extraordinary red wine shows amazing...
Tasting notes: Magnificent misty gold color with a satin texture: pear, apricot, white peach layer atop a creamy custard that dissolves on the long finish to a bright pinpoint of acidity. Worth...
Tasting notes: A blend primarily of tinta roriz, touriga franca, and tinta amarela varietals, this wine is unctuous, black-red, and redolent of rose hips, grape lozenges, and sarsparilla. The palate...
Tasting notes: Inky, powerful, and saturated with plum and spice, the wine presents amazing structure and complexity that leave no doubt that Argentina is redrawing the map of world-class wine...
Tasting notes: Silky, elegant, and smoky, this California take on pomerol is cooler than, say, the bright, berry-filled 2005 vintage, showing more dark plum and earthy spice. Worth knowing: Produced...
Tasting notes: A dark, sultry infusion of chocolate, cherry, ripe black plum, and fragrant cedar, this velvety red’s color, scent, taste, and texture are guaranteed to enrapture four of the five...
Tasting notes: Elegant and amazing, this wine is ripe, lush, beefy, and tangy with acidity and depth of flavor. It goes long and deep on the palate, revealing spiced plum and ripe berries. Worth...
Tasting notes: A classic, it's dense and packed with mineral and spice and delivers concentrated peach and stone fruit. Worth knowing: Wholly owned by the Trimbach family for more than 200 years,...
Tasting notes: The Château de Fieuzal 2006 Pessac-Léognan Blanc is forward, generous, and rich, displaying long, deep flavors of ripe fruit and spice, and hints of lovely new wood. Worth knowing:...
Tasting notes: Velvety on the palate yet packed with explosive plum, blackberry, and spice, this shiraz combines lovely texture and bright acidity. Seamlessly exquisite and long on the finish, it...

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