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Dear Santa…What I want for the Holidays…

Top Holiday picks from The Bin

Chateau Burgozone Pinot Noir $13

This Bulgarian Pinot Noir has aromas of black cherry, red raspberry and cinnamon. In the mouth, there are flavors of dried black cherry, fresh cherry juice and brown baking spices before the pleasant, persistent finish.

Chateau Gaillard Fleurie $18

100% Gamay. Full of raspberry, strawberry and black cherry mixed with a twist of black pepper with silky smooth tannins. Well-structured yet light and easy to drink, this wine is very food friendly.

Casamatta Rosso – Sangoivese $15

A bright, fresh and  fruity red with dried cherry and lemon character and hints of apple.  Medium body, light tannins and a bright and fruity finish.

Ugly Sweater Red Blend $13

The aromas lend essences of bing cherry, fresh cranberry and red apple. The flavor has elements of fresh raspberry, cranberries and fresh cherry apple cobbler. This medium-bodied wine is filled with fresh fruit flavors, a crisp acidity, and long finish filled with red fruit and ginger.

Leziria Tinto $13

A dry red wine with plush dark fruit flavors that shows the great value Portugal has to offer. Best enjoyed with a light chill, this wine is endlessly drinkable all year long.

Domaine du Prieure Vaucluse $13

40% Grenache, 40% Caladoc, 10% Syrah, 10% Marselan. Beginning with heavily-perfumed aromas tinged with violets, the nose flows into full, round and juicy flavors with a nice savory finish.

Babylon Pinotage $13

Dark red color, with ripe plums and mocha on the nose. Dark fruit followed by spice on the palate. A well-balanced wine with smooth integrated tannins.

Casa Natal Malbec $12

Aromas of jammy blueberry are abundant and give way to ripe blackberry and bramble. This Malbec has a wide palate that’s wall to wall with fruit and tannins. Familiar flavors of plum and berry fruits finish with oak spice, cocoa and leftover red-plum notes.

Santa’s Little Helper $14

This bodacious California red blend stems from a perfect rapport of Cab, Merlot and Zin. Pour full glass to soften the irks of an over opinionated mother-in-law, a peering father-in-law, heck – let’s cover the usual pitfalls and include all family members. Wine will also soothe the shame of an overcooked pie or an undercooked ham along with the torments of too much snow or too little snow. We recommend two full glasses to pass the time at 3am while looking for Timmy’s missing Lego from that 1000 piece set.

Domaine Marthouret St Joseph Syrah $26

Aromas of perfectly ripe sun-kissed blackberries, black cherries and damson plum waft from the glass, intermingling with an alluring spice undertone. The palate is full of those wonderful dark fruit flavors to which enticing black olive and floral notes add complexity.

Pares Balta Mas Petit $14

58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Garnatxa cultivated applying organic and biodynamic farming. Intense aromas of red fruits covering a background of toasty notes and vanilla. On the palate it is soft and friendly and with smooth tannins and flavors of red fruits, combined with a touch of vanilla.

Chateau Monbrison M de Monbrison $16

80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and full-bodied with wonderful cassis and cherry fruit, great depth and structure with a long finish and soft velvety tannins.

Carro Tinto $13

A ridiculous value in a full-bodied, complex, rich and savory dry red wine. Dense ruby/purple with notes of blackberry and blueberry fruit, licorice and camphor, the wine is totally unoaked and naked. 

Two Mountain Red Blend $17

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc opens with rich aromas of dark fruits, tobacco and white pepper followed by flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and vanilla, framed in toasty oak.

Sexual Chocolate Red Blend $29

Bold but not too full bodied, this dry wine made from Syrah and Malbec has vivid, grapey, dark-fruit aromas and flavors liberally accented with spicy, smoky, earthy accents. Laden with fine tannins, the texture conveys a rich but smooth mouthfeel.

Gen 5 Merlot $12

This delicious Merlot offers black currant fruit and licorice aromas with hints of toasted oak.  It has a full mouth feel, good balance, round tannins, and a persistent finish.

Gran Passione Red Blend $16

Gran Passione is a full-bodied, deep red wine with a fine balance between soft tannins and rich red and black fruits. The wine is produced through an ancient process of drying a portion of the grapes in the sun and fermenting the raisins to achieve this unique expression.

Passionate Wine Del Mono Tinto $14

Bright medium and red-ruby in color. Brambly blackberry, dark raspberry, black pepper, mocha and minerals on the nose. Rich, broad and almost chocolatey on the palate, offering a fine-grained texture and very good concentration to its sweet, juicy dark berry, pepper and spice flavors. 

Lorenzo & Gaspar $12

50% Carmenéré, 50% Merlot. Intense and balanced, with notes of red fruits and wood. Bulky with high acidity and soft tannins.

Hook or Crook Cabernet Sauvignon $15

Rich and robust with subtle hints of vanilla and tobacco on the finish, this full-bodied wine is overflowing with berry flavors, adding complexity and just a touch of sweetness.

Durant & Booth Cabernet Sauvignon $26

Red fruit aromas of strawberry and cherry spring from the glass and continue through to the palate. Raspberry and blueberry flavors mingle with dark chocolate notes and are layered with a touch of spice. The wine is textured and has an incredible, long-lasting finish.

Westwood Cabernet Sauvignon $58

This complex and layered wine is opaque and dark-cherry red in appearance with bright and enticing aromas of leather, smoked meat, cedar, brown sugar and wild blackberry.  On the palate it is extremely balanced with a beautiful dark fruit entry followed by a full mid-palate weighted with dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and soft, persistent tannins. 

Barrel Bomb Lodi Red Blend $22

The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness, fermented in stainless steel then aged for 12 months in combination of French & American Oak barrels. The wine was then aged for an additional 90 days in once used Kentucky Bourbon casks. The final blend exhibits heavy and rich flavors of vanilla, licorice and oak.