Conundrum Red 2017
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?
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany, Italy$87.00Add to cart
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 is a blend of the finest grapes from the Manachiara and Casale del Bosco estates. Silvio Nardi follows the strict DOCG laws required of a classified Brunello di Montalcino. Yield is limited; only the top 70% of the grapes is used to make the wine. Bottle aged at least 12 months before release. 2010 was an excellent weather season. and wines of this vintage are characterized by an exceptional smoothness and concentration, full-body and persistence. Excellent for lying down. This deep, ruby-red wine has intense, complex aromas of red fruits and spices, with toasty oak notes. The wine shows a silky texture, great finesse and profound flavors, framed by noble, velvety tannins. Though impressive now, this wine will benefit from aging. If the perfect dinner for you is a big juicy steak, then this is the wine for you. Also great with rich fish like stugeon or grouper. 95 Points James Suckling, 92 Points Parker and Wine Spectator, 91 Points Galloni.
Peterson GSM 2013$39.00Add to cart
GSM (Grenache Syrah Mourvedre) is the new rage these days and Peterson Winery has the best! Peterson Winery has been producing wine in Dry Creek Valley for 30 years and, like most wineries in the Valley, produces Zinfandel as well as other wines. Yet a closer look shows that is where the similarities end. Owner Fred Peterson is an iconoclast with an old world winemaking philosophy and a reverence for sustainable farming. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard—a philosophy they call Zero Manipulation—with low tech, yet high touch, to produce wines of a place, wines with soul. When the Petersons replanted the Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard in 2007, they were inspired to try different grape varieties. After multiple trips to the Rhone Valley of Southern France, the inspiration to plant Grenache was solidified. Building on this base, they strove to create a blend with depth and complexity, while not overwhelming the nuances of the core. Along with the Grenache, the Peterson GSM 2013 has classic components of Syrah and Mourvèdre—and a dash of Carignane—balancing the wine beautifully and giving it potential to age for at least 5-7 years.
Inviting aromatics of spice box and ripe cherry with traces of minerality and earth provide a luscious, layered nose. The spice-driven entry flows into a core of sweet cherry and savory herbs. Plum, currant, wild blackberry and dried strawberry join in, along with hints of mint, cedar and a rich mineral essence. This plush, fruit-forward blend offers a complexity of flavors amid the perfect balance of structure and acidity.
Mutt Lynch Charbono 2015, Frediani Vineyard, Napa County, CA USA$27.00Add to cart
A rare breed indeed – only 118 cases produced! Charbono is a red Italian wine grape variety that has been historically grown in the Savoie wine region of northwest of Italy. California Charbono is planted on less than 100 acres of land in the entire state. Many of the Charbono vines planted are very old, producing a very dense, medium to full bodied wine with a deep, inky purple color and moderate acidity. The Mutt Lynch Charbono 2015, Frediani Vineyard, Napa Valley shows black fruit and plum aromas with delicate leather flavor notes. Charbono – whether you've been a cult follower or are just discovering this unique varietal, you're sure to love this third vintage by Mutt Lynch.