Blended Red

Pepperjack, Barossa Red, Australia, 2012

Fresh and lively, this offers precise flavors and fine-grained tannins, with lingering raspberry, dark plum and floral notes. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo.  $34

The Prisoner, Napa Valley, California, 2012

Packed with fruit character, this deep, ripe version offers plenty of new oak, revealing a rich texture and zesty flavors of smoky licorice, blackberry cobbler and cracked pepper. $75

Le Mistral, Monteray, California, 2008

Aromas of dark fruit, plum and rose petal and complex flawors of licorice and fresh ripe summer berries with a long, soft finish.  62% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 5% Alicante Bouschet, 5 % Petit Sirah.  $72

Taken, Napa Valley, California, 2011

Muscle-bound tannins frame the dense, chewy core of dark berry, spice, loamy, gravelly earth and underbrush flavors.  Fans of brawny Cabernet won’t be disappointed by the assertive personality.  Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. $56

Morgan, Cotes du Crow, Monteray, California, 2011

Sleek, polished and easy to enjoy, with a rich, medium-bodied core of red fruit, red licorice adn black cherry.  The tannins add good grip on the finish. 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. $35

Quinta do Casal Montiero, Forma de Arte, Reserva, Portugal, 2011

A complex wine, with black currant notes supported by firm tannins. It shows wood aging, fresh acidity and a solid core. Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon. $34

Penfolds, Bin 389, South Australia, 2009

There is true depth of aroma and flavor in this wine, ranging from fragrant florals to menacing black fruits, all offset by sweet spices and well-handled oak; with full-throttle tannins, bright acid and an exceedingly long finish.  $84

Emiliana, Coyam, Valle de Colchagua, Chile 2010 (Certified Biodynamic)

Intense dark violet-red color with aromas of ripe red and black fruits,notes of spice, oak, minerals, toffee and a hint of vanilla. Beautifully balanced, structured and full on the palate with soft, round tannins.  Blend: 38% Syrah, 27% Carmenere, 21% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Mourvedre, 1% Petit Verdot  $52

Vilafonté, Series M, Paarl, South Africa, 2007

Superb blend, 41% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc.  Has lots of delicious raspberry and cassis fruit with mocha and mineral notes.  Very polished texture and nice structured finish.   $82

Château Mont-Redon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, 2007

A core of dark plum and fig fruit flavors with dark cherry and floral notes in the periphery.  Hints of anise on the finish.   $66