Owen Roe Yakima Valley Red Wine 2014
Aged 23 months in 40% new French oak barrels, this signature Owen Roe blend is comprised of 51% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc & 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. A perfectly balanced profile of spice, blueberry and blackberry, this full-bodied red wine blend displays tremendous aromas of cedar, baking spice and violets. The palate is smooth with lingering soft tannins and hints of pepper. Enjoy now or lay down for 12+ years. This Washington state blend will continue to evolve and benefit from patience.
Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2015$77.00
The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2015 Esprit de Tablas is a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The wine is based on the dark red fruit, earth, spice and mid-palate richness of Mourvedre, with additions of Grenache for forward fruit, approachability and lushness, Syrah for mineral, aromatics, and back-palate tannins, and Cournoise for brambly spice and acidity. The 2015 Esprit de Tablas has a powerfully expressive, nose with deep aromas of licorice and cherry liqueur given lift by spicy notes of pink peppercorn and mint. The mouth is luscious but still very young, with flavors of chocolate-covered cherries, a briny sea spray note, and serious tannins. The finish shows more baker's chocolate and cherry cola notes, as well as a smoky berry element. We recommend that you drink either between 2017 and 2019 or 2022-2040. 93-96 points – “a full bodied, sexy and volutuous beauty.” Wine Advocate.
Happy Canyon Piocho Bordeaux Red Blend 2013, Happy Canyon Valley, California, USA$37.00
Piocho Ranch was acquired by Thomas J. Barrack Jr. in 1992. Out of a love for the countryside and a ranchers life, the Barrack family developed rolling acres of vineyards. The peaceful and beautiful property sits nestled in the Happy Canyon Valley, a perfect location for growing grapes and riding horses. Two regulation sized Polo fields are groomed with the same care as the finest golf courses in the world. Piocho means “Where the two rivers meet and go to heaven.” The Happy Canyon Piocho 2013, a Bordeaux blend, has an inviting deep ruby color. Ripe black currant, cherry, espresso and smoky oak show on the nose. This wine is lush, sweet and open-knit, with a pliancy to its flavors of dark berries, licorice and chewing tobacco. The Happy Canyon Bordeaux Red Blend 2013 exhibits deep aromas of spice, dark bing cherries, wood, burnt blackberries and jam. On the palate there are slight herbal/floral flavors with minerality, dried violets and tobacco all surrounded by dense fruit. This a truly lovely wine that is wonderful to drink today when paired with big rich cuisine such as Santa Maria Tri-Tip. The wines structure will allow it to mature and age nicely for at least another decade! Dusty, slow-building tannins give grip to the finish, which repeats the cherry and licorice notes.
Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy$78.00
The Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano 2012 is named for the tortonian-era (think millions of years ago) soils in which the vines are planted, which contain a high percentage of magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and are harvested somewhat later than usual so that the fruit attains higher concentration. Temperatures are strictly controlled during vinification and the wine is aged for two years in large oak casks and one year in bottle before release. The wine shows layered aromas and flavors of mint, red fruit and spices. The palate shows bright acidity and silky tannins before a long finish. This wine is a superlative pairing for roasts, game and hard cheeses. Also try with wild mushroom risotto with just a hint of truffle oil! Heavenly!