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Top Holiday Reds 2020

Santa’s Little Helper Proprietary Red Blend $15 **

This bodacious California red blend 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.

Hopes End Red Blend $12 **

It ends with the darkness and depth of our ripe red fruit and our deliciously indulgent taste. Notes of forest fruit jam, vanilla with subtle oak, a hint of chocolate and a velvety, smooth finish.

Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin $23 **

Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise, and Terret Noir. dark fruit, mineral and spice of Syrah, with the brightness and fresh acidity of Grenache, the structure and meatiness of Mourvèdre and small additions of Counoise and Terret Noir for complexity.

Les Adrets Bandol $26 **

This is an unmistakably rich, almost burly wine with deep, ripe fruit and playful, peppery spice. Produced from younger vines, it is ready to drink now.

Domaine Lafage Carignan $18 **

This full-bodied, ripe, sexy red has incredible purity of fruit, no hard edges and classic notes of blackberries, plums, spice and pepper.

Broadside Merlot $16 **

78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cherry, cassis and succulent herbs on the fragrant nose, joined by a slowly building tobacco nuance. Plush and supple in texture, showing good depth to the lively bitter cherry and black currant flavors. A smoky note appears on the finish with velvety tannins and lingering dark berry character.

** December Wine Bin Staff 6 / $110.00

Hahn Pinot Noir $13

The bouquet charms with scents of vibrant red cherry, red plum and hint of spices with slightly toasty notes. On the palate, medium silky tannins with a soft, round mouthfeel and notes of earthiness.

Never Look Back Cabernet Sauvignon $13

A full-bodied, richly textured Cabernet Sauvignon with intense black fruit, well-integrated French oak and a smooth, lingering finish. One glass of this rich, lush Cabernet Sauvignon and you’ll never look back

Montgraviere Bordeaux $12

Stylistically, this wine exhibits more nuanced flavors and quite a bit of upfront fruit than many wines in the same category. Notes of minerals, and perfume and flowers on the finish.

Tres Buhis Nocturna $13

This is a full-bodied red wine with a soft velvety texture. Bursting with ripe black cherry fruit and jammy flavors. Sip on its own or pair with pizza, pasta and other casual dishes.

Chateau Haut-Gay $16

40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. A harmonious and well-balanced wine, the which reveals notes of red berries and jammy dark fruit. The palate offers soft acidity and moderate tannins.

Domaine Pelaquie Lirac $19

70% Syrah, 30% Grenache. An intensive ruby color. Complex nose with black fruits and spicy notes. Is rich in mouth with a nicely finish.

Aresan Tempranillo Toro $16

Toro has developed a reputation for robust wines with exuberant dark fruit and a touch of silky Malbec like chocolate creaminess. This is no exception but with a little more class at this price.

Castellani Chianti Riserva $16

Deep ruby red. Rich with notes of cherries, plums, and iris. Deep cherry and leather flavors with subtle wood notes. Supple tannins, good acidity, and a lingering finish.

OOPS Carmenere $13

Blackberry aromas are underscored by notes of ground white pepper, spices, and leather. Rich and mouthfilling, black currant and plum flavors explode on the palate, with spice, herbs, and a soft finish.

Mommessin Morgon Cote du Py Beaujolais $25

The granite soils of this great vineyard give intense minerality and structure to this wine. Black fruits shine through, built up by bright acidity and structured tannins. This will develop into a rich wine, concentrated while always having a fresh edge.

Bedell Cellars First Crush Red $17

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. First Crush is a unique red blend made with sustainably farmed young vine fruit, and aged in stainless steel to preserve its easygoing character. A light juicy blend, pretty, uncomplicated, marked by soft tannins and bright red berry fruit.

Contini Tonaghe Cannonau di Sardegna $16

This wine reveals an intriguing array of black cherries, sweet herbs, and licorice in a medium-bodied style. The palate has tons of complexity and precision with rich velvety tannins that soften in the glass.

Casa Castillo, Jumilla Monastrell $15

What a bargain. The wine offers smooth plum and black fruit flavors with substantial body. This is well-structured and nicely balanced with enough acidty to match with foods.

Domaine du Bois de Saint Jean L’Intrepide $16

The color is garnet, with aromas of black fruit supported by a spicy touch on the palate, with a fruity texture.

 

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