Red Blend

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Domestic Red Wines: Clos Solène 2010 Hommage à Nos Pairs Reserve

Wine is often cloaked in a mantle of romance by marketing directors who are intent on moving inventory. True romance, however, does occasionally emerge from the vineyards, as the vintners Solène Christophe-Fabre and Guillaume Fabre well know. The couple, both natives of France, met among the vineyards of Bordeaux shortly before Guillaume traveled to the […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | International Red Wines: Bruno Giacosa 2008 Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Barolo

At gatherings where more than two oenophiles are present, the question inevitably arises—in one form or another—of which wine is a given grape fancier’s favorite. Though responses to this query are as varied as the varietals themselves, among the cognoscenti, Nebbiolo always figures prominently. The reason for this is simple: Just as certain gemstones reflect […]

FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar August 2013

Pedigree, rather than taste, is often the decisive factor in the commercial success of a fine wine. Nowhere perhaps is this more true than in Champagne. No matter how delicate their texture or subtle their flavors, sparkling wines from other regions suffer in the eyes of the untutored for not having been produced in the […]

Chateau Palmer NV Historical XIXth Century Wine

Named for a former owner, General Charles Palmer, this historic grand cru estate in Margaux is now managed by Thomas Duroux, who was formerly with Tenuta dell’Ornellaia in Tuscany. This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah will astound the taste buds with a lush mosaic of flavors that includes mocha java, plum, tobacco, and […]

Kapcsándy 2007 Estate Cuvée Red Napa Valley

In 2000, the Kapcsándy family purchased the historic State Lane Vineyards in Napa Valley’s Yountville appellation, which previously contributed fruit to Beringer’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon program. The family enlisted the assistance of winemaker extraordinaire Helen Turley and her husband, viticulturist John Wetlaufer, who applied their magic touch to the first few years of the […]

Leviathan 2008 Red Wine

This powerful and richly flavored red comes from Napa Valley winemaker Andy Erickson, the man who crafts the wines for Oakville’s celebrated and ultra-exclusive Screaming Eagle winery. Leviathan’s notes of boysenberry, graphite, and smoke make it the perfect accompaniment for a thick steak. It is a hedonistic delight that will become even more complex with […]