Blended Red

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

Justin, Isosceles, Paso Robles, California, 2010

Rich and aromatic with dark fruit of black cherry, cassis, exotic licorice, cinnamon, and subtle vanilla spice with sweet notes of tobacco, a little cocoa, and subtle toasted cedar in the background.  Balanced with guiding structural elements on a long, memorable finish.  85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot.  $106

Columbia Crest, Amitage, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2008

A lithe, graceful style, playing generous currant and plum fruit against hints of coffee and smoke, with refined tannins pulling together seamlessly. Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. $28

Tablas Creek, Côtes de Tablas, Paso Robles, California, 2010

A delicious blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise, the Patelin provides bright fruit, dark brooding undertones and refreshing acidity.  Full-bodied, complex and layered, with lots of berry flavors on the finish. $42

Duckhorn, Paraduxx, Z Blend, Napa Valley, California 2009

The aromas are complex and inviting, with lifted red fruit elements of raspberry and plum, as well as deeper bramble fruit notes and layers of vanilla, cream, nutmeg and cinnamon. A smooth, rich entry leads to sweet plum and lingering spice notes, with hints of cedar and clove. The wine’s lush texture is supported by resolved tannins that lead to a full, ripe finish. 62% Zinfandel, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot.  $86

Quinto do Crasto, Douro, Portugal, 2009

Nicely balanced, with a rush of juicy red fruit flavors. Followed by an elegant array of spice notes, especially sandalwood. The firm finish shows some smoky elements, as well as cappuccino hints. $38

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

Château Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2001

Delicate, mature aromas and flavors of dried cherry, currant, plum and berry make for a sumptuous and supple red. The long finish is filled with clove and ginger, with hints of cola. Equal parts Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon.  $86

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