We’re always here to help find the perfect bottle for you- but on those occasions when you are buying a gift for someone whose taste you don’t know, or throwing a party for people of varying tastes, it is nice to know what seems to be universal crowd pleasers. With that in mind, we give you our customers’ Top 10 Red wines.
Customer Choices for our Top 10 Reds
A stunning bargain from Lafage is the 2014 Tessellae Old Vines, a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in concrete. Much of it comes from 70-year-old vines planted in limestone and clay soils. A delicious, dense ruby wine with notes of red and black cherries, earth, spice, pepper and a touch of Provençal garrigue. Fresh vibrant acidity is also present, and the wine is uncomplicated, but rich, fleshy and very well balanced. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. 90pts RP
Gran Passione has an intense purple color, tending towards amber with ageing. It is full-bodied with a solid structure due to the elevated alcohol and fine balance between soft tannins and acidity from rich red and black fruits.
This great-value wine proves that a vintage date is not always needed for high-quality. Drenched with fruit flavor and nicely thick in texture, this full-bodied wine is not overly tannic, so it’s easy to appreciate. It shows ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors, with smoky, meaty accents that come out on the second and third sips. 89pts WE
The 2014 Dante Cabernet Sauvignon shimmers a brilliant red in the glass, with youthful purple undertones. Enticing aromas of blackberry, cranberry, milk chocolate, and coffee beans greet the nose, while the mouth is layered mix of blueberries, richly roasted coffee, fresh vanilla bean, and the light smokey char of toasted oak. This vintage of Dante is both dense and approachable – the perfectly balanced wine for an impromptu dinner party or the star of a special meal.
Enjoy with a bacon-wrapped meatloaf or barbecued buffalo burgers with all the trimmings.
Aromas of ripe blueberries, subtle campfire smoke, and that blackberry patch down the road put summer vacation in your glass. Intense plum, blackberry pie, and toasty spice mingle on the palate, with moderate tannins providing structure and character through the lingering finish. This wine is rich but not soft, bold but not arrogant.
The wine offers loads of licorice and black raspberries and seems to represent the quintessential style of Priorat in its opulence – floral, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, intense minerality and silky, lush tannins. This medium to full-bodied wine should continue to drink well for another 5-8 years, possibly longer. 92pts WA
The Pinot Project Pinot Noir is handcrafted from high quality Sonoma County, Monterey, and Central Coast vineyards. Cool garnet in color with aromas of pomegranate and fresh roses, balanced on the palate with notes of black cherry and five-spice and a smooth, lingering finish.
This Sangiovese is a vibrant red in color, with violet hues, and an intense nose of red fruits. On the palate it is bursting with fruit flavours of red cherries and blackberries. Perfect with tomato-based dishes such as pasta or pizza.
The 2014 Annabella Red Blend is a rich, deep purple red in the glass. The nose is expressive and extroverted, with aromas of black cherry and raspberries twining with the sweet char of lightly toasted oak. In the mouth the wine is dense and dark, with broad, creamy tannins framing flavors of ripe cherries, juicy plum, and freshly roasted coffee. The finish is lengthy and dripping with dark chocolate.
This Petite Sirah showcases California sunlight in the vineyard and ample hang time. The blend is mostly a combination of two Petite Sirah vineyards: One in the cooler climate of Clarskburg adding some depth and power alongside dark blue fruit notes; The other vineyard in Lodi adds sweet fruit with soft tannins. To round out the blend, we added some raspberry-inflected Tempranillo from Clarksburg for complexity and roundness. Some bright cherry notes come from our Paso Robles Barbera which softens the palate and brightens the acidity. The combination makes a wonderful,easy drinking glass of Petite Sirah to enjoy all year round.
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