Red Wines

Markham Napa Valley Merlot

Markham Napa Valley Merlot

Markham VineyardsNapa Valley Merlot2005 This wine is deep purple, offering a nose of chocolate and earth. It's fulsome and not too tannic—just what we'd…

Windy Oaks “Terra Narro”

Windy Oaks EstateSanta Cruz Mountains "Terra Narro" Pinot Noir2007 We love Windy Oaks. They make our favorite American Pinot, and we're even wine club…

Powers Merlot

Powers Winery Columbia Valley Merlot 2007 This Washington State Merlot is deep purple, almost inky, so we expected it to be vigorous. But it’s…

Nine Vines

Angove South AustraliaNine Vines Shiraz Viognier2007 Seeing this bottle on our shelves, a friend remarked, "Shiraz and Viognier. That's an odd combination, right?" Actually,…

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino

AltesinoBrunello di Montalcino 2001 (375 ml) This wine is brickish red, the color of a Hopper afternoon. The nose is heady and seductive, with…

Early Bloomer

Casa PortaWinemaker Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère2007 This Chilean wine is bright purplish-red and foams a little when it's swirled. Both signs indicate youth, so we…

Gattinara: Interesting, Once in a While

TravagliniGattinara2003 The town of Gattinara is in the north of Piedmont, almost in Switzerland, and its wine is made from nebbiolo grapes and packaged…

Acorn Zin on a Friday Night

Acorn Alegría Vineyards Zinfandel "Heritage Vines"2005 This wine is deep ruby, with a very interesting nose. It starts light, like blueberry, or maybe just…

Chateau Beauchene Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Chateau BeaucheneChâteauneuf-du-Pape "Grande Réserve"2005 This wine has a soft, earthy nose with smoke and chocolate. It's herbaceous on the palate, with anise and pine,…

Bogleman

BoglePhantom2005 In Phantom, Bogle creates a monster. A blend of Petite Sirah, old vine Zinfandel, and old vine Mourvedre, this inky red packs a…

A Dark Wine for a November Night

Clay StationPetite Sirah Lodi2005 This inky, full-bodied Sirah has a surprisingly cedary, herbal nose, while the palate offers lots of chocolate and dark fruits,…

Fresh and Lovely—And a Little Dark, Too

Oxford LandingGSM (Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre) South Australia2006 This Rhône blend from Australia has a bright, lively spirit—with a dark side. In the glass it…