Conundrum Red 2020
Caymus started making Conundrum Red in 2011. A rich, dark red, it offers aromas of ripe berries and plums, warmed by a hint of cocoa. Dried fruit and the taste of chocolate-covered cherries come through on the palate, while a wisp of smokiness makes this wine – created from dark red varietals including Zinfandel and Petite Sirah – the perfect complement to grilled meats and full-flavored dishes. Pizza anyone?
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Inglenook Rubicon 2018$245.00
The production of Rubicon, Inglenook’s premier red wine, began in 1978 and restored the estate’s legacy of making world-class wines. Rubicon is an elegant blend from the finest vineyard blocks and showcases the highest potential of both the estate and the vintage. Under the guidance of Philippe Bascaules, Inglenook’s Director of Winemaking, Rubicon proudly takes its place alongside much older, revered vintages of Inglenook in collectors’ cellars around the world.
Strikingly rich in color and extract, the 2018 Rubicon is unquestionably a precocious, hedonistic wine. The exotic, well-knit aromas and flavors include ripe cassis, allspice, star anise, vanilla and black licorice. Upon entry, this full-bodied wine envelops the palate with its luxurious concentration and supple, silky tannins, supported by vibrant freshness from the balanced acidity, and perfectly-integrated French oak. Very long and expansive in the finish, the 2018 Rubicon will be memorable for decades to come.
“Subtle and complex red with blackberry, black truffle, sweet tobacco and mahogany.
Highlights of lavender and violets. Full-bodied and very tight with finesse and tension.
Very polished, fine tannins. Long finish. Delicious already, but best after 2022. James Suckling – 97 Points
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Jeb Dunnuck – 95 Pts,Wine Enthusiast – 94 Pts- Cellar Selection,Vinous – 94 Pts,
Wine Advocate – 94 Pts,Wine Spectator – 93 Pts.
Seeking a true representation and sense of place is what inspires the folks at Locations. This release of Locations F they incorporated some of the best regions in France, drawing upon their network of growers from Rhone, Roussillon, and Bordeaux. The Locations F is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and assorted Bordeaux varietals. “Lots of dried-berry and stone character to this blend. Plenty of berries and spices at the finish. A delicious, succulent wine with savory sensibility.” 92pts James Suckling.
Wine Snob* (T)rebelrouser 2016, Sonoma Valley$25.00
The Wine Snob* 2016 (T)rebelrouser is a blend of 67% Merlot, 17% Zinfandel, and 16% Syrah from Sonoma Valley, hand-bottled in September 2019. The Merlot is from a single vineyard in Glen Ellen, the Zinfandel is from a single vineyard in Sonoma, and the Syrah is from a single vineyard in Kenwood. Each vineyard is farmed using organic practices. The wine was aged in French and American oak for 33 months and has aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, blueberry, chocolate, and black and white pepper. The layers keep unfolding, giving the wine a smooth complexity. It pairs well with rich meats and cheeses—steak, wedge salads, bacon cheeseburgers, and devils on horseback.