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Wine Tips & Etiquette

 

Welcome to ProWineGuide.com!

Take a tip from a pro: “Location, Location, Location” is the secret to finding the best bottle of wine for your budget. Throughout my 30+ years in the wine distribution industry, I have found labels that tie wines as closely as possible to their grape source to be the best indicator of quality vs. price. This closely parallels the concepts of farm-to-table sourcing of foods as a measure of quality. Working within your budget, check off at least 2 of these 3 items from the bottle label:
1) Region/Appellation (Ex: Napa Valley AVA, Sonoma County AVA, Bordeaux or Rhone Valley),
2) Sub-appellation (Ex: Rutherford, Alexander Valley, Haut-Medoc or Chateauneuf-du-Pape),
3) Estate or Chateau bottled and/or named vineyard.
You will often see unfamiliar wineries on wine lists. Fear not! These small production boutique wineries represent some of the best examples of their varietals. Having tasted wine from countries, regions, appellations, sub-appellations, estates and vineyards across the globe, I follow these very same guidelines myself when selecting a bottle.
And while you’re searching for that Goldilocks bottle to match your entree selection, think about beginning your dining event with a bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne. Bubbles pair with everything!
I believe that there’s a taste of time, place and passion in every bottle. Welcome to this timeless journey!
Dale Blankenship
Founder, ProWineGuide.com and Umami.Life

Restaurant Wine Rituals

The ritual of tasting wine from a bottle that you’ve ordered in a restaurant can be intimidating, so here’s a quick guide. Not just for show, it also helps you determine if a bottle is acceptable or tainted. Wines with traditional cork closures may occasionally exhibit the chemical compound TCA. These days, cork-tainted wines account for 4% or less of the wines to hit the market. A winemaker may opt to use a Stelvin closure (screw cap) instead of cork. The type of closure does not reflect upon the quality of the wine, only the preference of the winemaker.

Step by step, here’s the cheat sheet on the ritual:


1. Presentation of the Bottle

The wine specialist or server presents the bottle for inspection to the person who ordered the wine. Read over the label to ensure that it’s the wine you ordered. Feel free to touch the bottle to determine whether its’ temperature seems to be correct. Whites should be chilled, but not icy cold. Reds should have a slight coolness to them. If you’re satisfied with the bottle, nod your approval to the server.


2. Removal and Inspection of the Cork

The server removes the cork and places it in front of you. Inspect the cork and sniff it to make sure it’s in good condition. In rare instances, a wine may be so tainted the the cork itself will have an unpleasant odor. Even less often, the cork might be wet and shriveled or dry and crumbly. A cork that’s less than perfect suggests that air has infiltrated the wine and spoiled it. Don’t be too quick to reject a bottle if the cork raises your suspicions. Wait to smell or taste the wine itself. Corked wines can range from muted aromas/fruit to full-on wet, moldy cardboard aromas and zero fruit. TCA is an equal opportunity spoiler impacting wine in every price range. In other cases, the wine may need time to open up. If the bottle has a Stelvin closure, this step will be skipped.


3. Pour, Swirl, Sniff and Sip

The server pours a small amount of wine into your glass and waits. You swirl the wine in the glass, take a sniff, a little sip and then indicate whether you find the wine acceptable. If the wine is fine, you can nod your approval or say, “It’s fine.” If something is wrong with the wine, now is the time to return it. If you decide that the bottle is unacceptable, describe to the server what you find wrong with the wine. If the wine specialist or server agrees that it’s a bad bottle, he may bring you another bottle of the same, or he may ask if you would like to select another wine. Either way, the ritual repeats itself.


4. Serving the Table

If you accept the wine, the server pours the wine into your guests’ glasses and ends with yours.
Cheers!


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  • Sparkling & Champagne

    Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco

    Italy, Treviso Sparkling & Champagne / Vintage

    Sunny hillsides host ancient vineyards from which Villa Sandi brings a marriage of agriculture and art into its wines. Fruity and floral with notes of ripe apple and small mountain flowers. Dry, fresh and fruity on soft background with a final fruity and aromatic mouth.

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    $8

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    $32

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    Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

    Italy, Valdobbiadene DOCG Sparkling & Champagne / NV

    Fine bubbles wind through its bright straw yellow color and greenish reflections. Aromas of peaches and sweet flowers with flavors including fruity hints of pineapples and Rennet apples.

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    $45

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    Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut

    France, Champagne, Reims Sparkling & Champagne / NV

    Notes of almond and fresh hazelnut accompany the ascent of the bubbles. Lively, subtle and light, leaving a delicious sensation of smoothness, marked by the pureness of fresh pear and apple and a delicate hint of citrus fruit.

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    $85

    Bottle

    Dom Pérignon Champagne

    France, Champagne, Epernay Sparkling & Champagne / Vintage

    Only produced in years with an exceptional vintage. With at least eight years of cellar aging, the wine embodies the perfect balance of strong character and powerful presence. It’s structured, focused, firm and dense with a spicy, flowery finish present in each sip.

    $295

    Bottle

  • Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé

    La Villa Pinot Grigio

    Italy, Veneto, Treviso Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Pinot Grigio from Treviso, in the eastern vineyards of the Veneto region. It has a straw yellow colour and mellow aroma with a crisp, delicate and pleasantly fruity palate, finishing light and dry.

    $7

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    Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio

    Italy Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Youthful and lively with aromas of citrus, white flowers, pears, apples, and meadow grass. Up-front citrus flavors give way to stony minerality and a crisp finish.

    $9

    Glass

    $34

    Bottle

    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

    Italy, Valdadige Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    An intense nose that marries the classic pear and apple-like fragrances with elegant hints of florality and citrus.

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    $9

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    $58

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    Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc

    CA, Sonoma Co. Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, lemongrass, lychee, peach, pear, honeydew melon, guava and a touch of minerality accent this sauvignon blanc. Bright acidity and crisp freshness from stainless steel tank fermentation with a subtle oak character from neutral French oak barrels adding body, complexity and depth.

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    $9

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    $38

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    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    New Zealand, Marlborough Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Notes of citrus and tropical fruits backed by a touch of herbaceous notes for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is known. Balanced flavor profile with juicy acidity and fruit sweetness. Finish is fresh, zesty and lingering.

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    $42

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    Dmne de la Villaudière Sancerre

    France, Loire Valley, Sancerre Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Pale yellow with golden highlights. The nose combines floral notes to those of white and exotic fruits (peaches, pineapple, passion). Harmonious mouthfeel with a crisp acidity, fresh fruity notes and a long finish, which shows a beautiful minerality.

    $50

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  • Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White

    Aldo’s Selection Chardonnay

    California Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Medium-bodied wine with notes of crisp apple and ripe citrus fruit with a hint of cinnamon spice.

    $7

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    $26

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    Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay RR Ranches

    CA, Sonoma, Russian River Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintages

    Bright acidity balanced by a long finish and a light mid-palate creaminess. Crisp and zesty flavors of lemon drop, green apple, white peach and lychee are accented with barrel spice and persistent lime.

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    $13

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    $50

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    Folie à Deux Russian River Chardonnay

    CA, Sonoma Co., Russian River Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Indicative of its’ cool-climate origins, showing bright acidity beneath notes of pear, apple, pineapple, apricot, nutmeg and vanilla — all framed by a richly textured palate.

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    $10

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    $38

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    La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    CA, Sonoma Coast Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Scents of Meyer lemon, vanilla, plum and peach blossom. Fresh acidity is balanced by sweet spice, and flavors of apple and shortbread. The result is a broad, juicy and balanced mouthfeel.

    $42

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    Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay

    CA, Napa Valley Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Rich, yet elegant and complex wine. Fresh and lively on the palate, with rich citrus, apple, melon and tropical fruit flavors, it culminates in a long finish featuring pleasing mineral and spice tones.

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    $88

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  • Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet

    Schmitt Söhne Piesporter Riesling

    Germany, Piesporter Michelsberg Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet / Vintage

    Made from Riesling and Müller-Thurgau grapes, hints of peaches and green apples are balanced perfectly with crisp acidity to provide a clean and fresh finish.

    $8

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    $30

    Bottle

    Terra de Oro Moscato

    CA, Amador Co. Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet / Vintage

    Floral and honey-like aromas lead to very sweet flavors of apricot and peach in this medium-bodied wine.

    $9

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    $32

    Bottle

  • Fruity, Light-Bodied Red

    Murphy Goode Pinot Noir

    California Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    From vineyards up and down the California coast. Cool conditions in prime growing spots keep grapes balanced between vibrant dark fruit character and bright acidity. Notes of vanilla from aging in French and American oak add complexity to the intense black cherry aromas and flavors.

    $8

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    $30

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    Elouan Pinot Noir

    Oregon Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Flavors of red plum, bright cherry, minerality, dusty earth and a hint of sweet tobacco, creating layers of flavor with soft refined tannins. The palate shows texture and weight with firm acidity.

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    $38

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    Meiomi Pinot Noir

    California Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    A masculine style Pinot Noir. Expressive boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry, and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate.

    $8

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    $46

    Bottle

    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    CA, Sonoma Coast Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Wild strawberry, red plum, rose petals and baking spice aromas. Bing cherry, cola, cranberry and black tea ­flavors. Lingering hints of mocha are cradled by supple tannins and balanced acidity.

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    $54

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    Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir

    CA, Monterey Co., Santa Lucia Highlands, Las Alturas Vyds Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    A masculine style Pinot Noir, with complexity of dark berry fruits unfold on the palate; blackberries and bing cherries along with dark chocolate flavors. Vanilla and cedar oak undertones on the mid-palate further enhance the wine.

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    $78

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  • Supple, Medium-Bodied Red

    Renzo Masi Chianti RSVA

    Italy, Chianti DOCG Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Produced in very good vintages only, from Sangiovese grapes grown by selected producers of the Chianti areas, mainly from Rufina and surroundings. Concentrated nose showing plum and berry character. On the palate, full and round with soft tannins and a long fruity, peppery finish.

    $8

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    $30

    Bottle

    Ruffino RSVA Ducale Chianti Classico

    Italy, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Intense ruby red color. This complex wine is characterized by cherry and violet notes with delicate hints of tobacco, white pepper, and a touch of flint. Well balanced on the palate, with velvety tannins, firm acidity, and a lingering finish of rosemary.

    $14

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    $54

    Bottle

    Ruffino RSVA Ducale Oro Chianti Classico

    Italy, Chianti Classico, Estate Vyds Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Produced only in outstanding vintages and aged for 36 months. The Tuscan bouquet offers notes of violet, cherry and plum with a generous, fruity core accented by hints of chocolate and cinnamon. Full bodied and well balanced, impressive tannins leading to a lengthy finish.

    $88

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    Allegrini Valpolicella Classico

    Italy, Vento, Valpolicella Classico DOC Fruity, Light-Bodied Red, Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    The nose exhibits fragrant fruit with prominent notes of cherries, echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and Corvinone.

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    $45

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    Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore

    Italy, Veneto DOC Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Once the alcoholic fermentation of the Valpolicella is completed, the new wine is separated from the skins and conserved in large oak casks until February when dried grapes are pressed to produce Amarone. At this point, the Valpolicella is passed over the marc of the Amarone for a period of 7-8 days.

    $10

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    Aldo’s Selection Merlot

    California Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    This Merlot has a soft and elegant mouthfeel, this wine has deep flavors of rich cherries and jammy blackberries, followed by hints of vanilla and spice.

    $7

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    $26

    Bottle

    Seven Falls Merlot

    WA, Wahluke Slope Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Complex and layered, filled with bright cherry, blackberry, black currant and herbs. Juicy and full-bodied with hints of cocoa and a rich, silky mouthfeel.

    $9

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    $34

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    Duckhorn Vyds Decoy Merlot

    CA, Sonoma Co. Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Lovely expression of lush layers of black cherry, cassis and cranberry, along with notes of cocoa and leather. On the palate, refined tannins underscore the wine’s velvety mouthfeel, while excellent acidity adds poise and length to the vibrant red berry flavors.

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    $56

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    Twomey Merlot

    CA, Napa Valley Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Aromas of black cherry, coffee, licorice and creamy bright fruit. Palate filling flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and hoisin sauce are rounded out with a full fruity finish buttressed by acidity. Elegant, nuanced, texturally plush, velvety tannins, soulful.

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    $125

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    Ceretto Asili Barbaresco

    Italy, Barbaresco DOCG, Asili Vyds Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    This single-vineyard Barbaresco expresses a complex bouquet with notes of dried cherries, roses, violets, licorice and sweet tobacco. On the palate, this wine highlights the full and juicy range of Barbaresco with a medium finish.

    $110

    Bottle

    Kenwood Jack London Zinfandel

    CA, Sonoma Mtn, Jack London Vyd Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Ripe fruit aromas of red currant and raspberries combine with aromatic spicy notes of vanilla and pepper. Rich, well-structured tannins provide an elegant mouthfeel and a long finish.

    $58

    Bottle

  • Bold, Full-Bodied Red

    Ferrari-Carano Siena

    CA, Sonoma Co. Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    This Super Tuscan-style sangiovese-based blend has delicious aromas of raspberry jam, bacon, maple, leather and cardamom spice. Flavors of sweet plums and cherries are followed by graham cracker with more plum on the finish. Supple tannins and a balanced mouthfeel with lively elegance and depth.

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    $12

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    $46

    Bottle

    Renacer Punta Final Malbec RSV

    Argentina, Mendoza Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Dark fruit aromas mingle with earthy mineral and floral notes accented by sweet spice and vanilla from French oak. Raspberry and plum flavors dominate the palate along with subtle flavors of tangy cherries, vanilla and mocha. Sweet tannins carry through to the long, robust finish.

    $13

    Glass

    $50

    Bottle

    Col D’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino

    Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Complex and fresh with inviting fruit aromas balanced by oak-imparted spices. Well-structured and full-bodied on the palate, with fine tannins that promise great aging capacity. Delivers a long and impressive finish.

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    $120

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    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

    Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Opens with aromas that recall leafy underbrush, grilled porcini and mature dark-skinned fruit. The taut palate offers dried black cherry, coffee, spice and anise alongside tightly wound tannins that give it a firm finish.

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    $145

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    Sassicaia by Tenuta San Guido

    Italy, Tuscany DOCG Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Intriguing nose of game, earthiness with some sweet macerated raisins, molasses and hint minerality. Savory with stony, mineral character and slightly dusty tannins. Nicely subtle and a less structure style of Sassicaia to drink over the relatively short term.

    $395

    Bottle

    Aldo’s Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

    California Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    This medium to full bodied wine with rich and flavorful hints of dark fruit and a velvety smooth finish.

    $7

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    $26

    Bottle

    Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon

    California Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Rich vanilla aromas, framed by red fruit notes of plum, strawberry and cherry, fill the nose. Luscious Bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors on the palate give way to hints of cigar box and toffee on the long, textured finish.

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    $10

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    $38

    Bottle

    Simi Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

    CA, Sonoma, Alexander Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Compelling flavors of cherry and plum along with black pepper spice add life to this full-bodied-yet-silky wine that finishes with soft, velvety roasted coffee tannins and a bit of peppery cassis.

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    $14

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    $54

    Bottle

    Franciscan Est Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Napa Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Nose of plum and rich fruit with hints of licorice, vanilla, blackberry, tobacco and leather. Ripe entry of cherries and cassis showcases a full, well-structured palate.

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    $58

    Bottle

    Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Napa Valley, Allomi Vyd Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Full bodied, with red fruit flavors set off by aromas and flavors of currant and blackberry. Moderate, well-integrated tannins showing a round, plush mouthfeel. Distinct notes of vanilla and oak spice from aging in American oak add to the personality of the wine.

    $60

    Bottle

    Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Napa Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Hand-picked grapes from family vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville are rounded out with small lots from other Napa Valley growers with spectacular mountain and valley terroirs. Aged in French oak barrels for 19 months. Ripe concentrated fruit flavors with hints of dried spice, medium to full body and supple tannins and a long finish.

    $78

    Bottle

    Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Napa Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Aromas of black cherry, currants, berries and a hint of sweet oak. On the palate, the wine offers full fruit flavors and a silky texture that leads to a long, lingering finish with hints of red and black fruit.

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    $88

    Bottle

    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Sonoma, Alexander Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    The wine is full-bodied with aromas of black currant, orange zest and raspberry. The taste is rich and gives way to a mid-palate with breadth and depth, supported with acidity and dusty tannins.

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    $120

    Bottle

    Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Napa Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    This wine is abundant in textural tannins, yet soft as velvet. A wide array of aromas and flavors including cocoa, cassis and vanilla.

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    $125

    Bottle

    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Napa Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Showcasing classic Cabernet aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of baking spices and tobacco followed by layers of dark berries, graphite and cocoa powder on the palate. Full-bodied and dense with beautifully integrated oak and sweet tannins throughout the lingering finish.

    $130

    Bottle

    Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Napa Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Our flagship wine rewards with extraordinary depth and poise. Our estate vineyards in the Mount Veeder and Napa Valley AVA’s have hit their stride, producing fruit with splendid concentration, compelling freshness and graceful complexity. Striking a tightrope balance of youthful energy, structure and restraint.

    $220

    Bottle

  • Dessert

    Michele Chiarlo Nivolei Moscato d’Asti (375ml)

    Italy, Piedmont, Moscato d'Asti DOCG Dessert / Vintage

    Sweet, fragrant, lightly sparkling wine showing vivid aromas and flavors of peach and apricot on a light body with a delicate finish.

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    $10

    Glass

    $34

    Bottle

    Fonseca Bin 27 Port

    Portugal Dessert / NV

    Deep youthful ruby color. Rich fruity nose crammed with pure blackberry, cassis, cherry and plum aromas interwoven with notes of spice. Full-bodied and round palate with a velvety texture balanced by firm mouth filling tannins. Juicy black fruit flavors linger into the rich luscious finish.

    $7

    Glass

    Fonseca 10 YR Tawny Port

    Portugal, Douro Valley, Est Dessert / NV

    Smooth, silky texture and subtle oak nuances are balanced by a fresh acidity and tannic grip that culminates in a long, elegant, plumy finish.

    $10

    Glass

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