Red Wines by the Bottle


Beaujolais

This lightly tannic, fruity wine from the Beaujolais region of France is considered the most approachable red wine even for non drinkers. The predominant flavors are of strawberries, cherries, plums, raisins, and raspberries, with occasional tastes of pepper or smoked wood.

France

500 2005 Chameroy Beaujolais-Villages
502 2005 Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly

Cabernet Franc

Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, the grape produces lighter, less tannic wines with a more pronounced vegetal character. Used commonly as a blending grape, Cabernet Franc is somewhat spicy in aroma and reminiscent of plums and especially violets.

California

510 2003 Ironstone Sierra Foothills
512 2003 Girard Napa Valley

Italy

520 2004 Formentini Friuli

Cabernet Sauvignon

In terms of status and popularity, Cabernet Sauvignon can be regarded as Chardonnay’s counterpart. It is a deep colored, thick-skinned grape that produces dark, flavorsome wine. Particularly noted for its black currant and cedary, cigar-box character.

Australia

530 2004 Jacob’s Creek Reserve South Eastern Aust.
532 2002 Penfold’s Bin 707 South Australia
534 2004 Wolf Blass President’s Selection South Australia

California

540 01/02 B. R. Cohn, Olive Hill Vineyard Sonoma Valley
542 2005 Big Yellow Cab Mendocino County
546 2004 Far Niente Oakville
548 2004 Francis Coppola Black Label Oakville
550 01/02 Grgich Hills(375 ml) Napa Valley
552 2003 Grgich Hills Napa Valley
554 2003 Irony Napa Valley
558 04/05 Jerry Garcia Sonoma County
560 2005 Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Santa Rosa/p>
564 2004 Salmon Creek Sonoma

Chile

570 04/05 Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Colchagua Valley

Washington

580 2004 Chateau Ste. Michelle ‘Cold Creek’ Columbia Valley

Carmenere

Though rarely encountered in the vineyards of Bordeaux today, this grape was widely cultivated in the Bordeaux region prior to the Phylloxera era. Now it’s a vigorous vine which yields quantities of exceptionally good, deep colored, full bodied wine, mainly in Chile.

Chile

590 2005 Araucano Colchagua Valley
592 2005 Arboleda Colchagua Valley
594 2004 Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Cachapoal Valley

Malbec

With characteristics that fall between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, malbec is deeply colored with ample tannins and a particular plum-like flavor. This grape truly comes into its own in Argentina.

Argentina

600 2005 Broquel Mendoza
602 2004 Trivento Golden Reserve Mendoza
604 2006 Trapiche Mendoza

Meritage

These high quality, Bordeaux-style wines are blends containing at least two types of various varietals with no one type comprising more than 90% of the blend. Stringent regulations promote only the best blends from wineries being labeled ‘meritage’.

California (Red)

610 2003 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley
612 2005 Newton ‘Claret’ Napa Valley
614 02/04 Opus One Napa Valley
618 2005 Ramey ‘Claret’ Napa Valley
620 2005 Trinchero, Mario’s Reserve Napa Valley

California (White)

630 2005 Cosentino ‘The Novelist’ Yountville

Italy

634 2004 Castello Banfi Cum Laude Tuscany

Merlot

More herbaceous than Cabernet Sauvignon in both aroma and taste, Merlot gives softer, plumper, juicier, earlier-maturing wines, which seem sweeter. The ripe, plumMy fruitiness of the Merlot and the absence of harsh tannins have made it one of the most popular red grape varieties.

California

640 2004 Cakebread Napa Valley
642 03/04 Geyser Peak Sonoma
644 2004 Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley
646 2005 Salmon Creek Sonoma
650 04/05 Stags’ Leap Napa Valley
652 2000 Steele(375 ml) Lake County
654 2000 Steele Lake County
656 04/05 Wild Horse Paso Robles

Chile

660 04/05 Casa Lapostelle Cuvee Alexandre Colchagua Valley

France

670 2005 Chateau St. Sulpice Bordeaux St. Emilion

Washington

680 2004 14 Hands Columbia Valley

Petite Sirah

Developed in France more than a century ago, but rarely seen there now. In California the grape is widely grown and makes robust, well-colored, tannic wines. Flavors include: blueberry, vanilla, and dark berries.

California

690 2005 Clay Station Lodi
692 2003 Markham Vineyards Napa Valley
694 2004 Parducci Mendocino County
696 2004 Rosenblum Cellars Heritage Clones San Francisco Bay

Pinot Noir

A complex aroma dominated by flavors of black cherries is one of the key features of Pinot Noir. This wine is full-bodied and rich but not heavy, high in alcohol, without being too acidic or tannic, while still retaining a delicate flavor.

California

710 2005 A by Acacia Coastal
712 2006 Beaulieu Vineyards Coastal
714 05/06 Chalone Monterey
716 2005 Charles Krug Napa Valley
718 2003 Dutton Goldfield Marin County
720 2006 Edna Valley Vineyard San Luis Obispo County
722 2005 Kenwood Russian River Valley
726 2004 Wild Horse(375 ml) Central Coast

France

730 2003 Grivot Chamois Nuits St. George
732 2005 Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine Vin de Pays

New Zealand

740 2005 Brancott Vineyards Reserve Marlborough
742 2006 Grove Mill Marlborough

Oregon

750 2000 King Estate Croft Vineyard Willamette Valley
752 2006 Willamette Valley Vineyards Willamette Valley

Sangiovese

The Sangiovese grape dominates central Italy but only aspires to greatness in Tuscany. It’s medium to full bodied, firm, dry, and a slightly spicy red that ages well. Bitter cherry, spices, tobacco, and herbs dominate the bouquet.

California

760 03/04 Silverado Vineyards Napa Valley

Italy

770 2005 Bracco Chianti Classico Tuscany
772 2005 Ruffino Il Leo Chianti Superiore Tuscany
776 2001 La Selvanella Reserva Chianti Classico Poggibonsi

Syrah/shiraz

This thick-skinned, almost black berry forms intense wines, alcoholic, aromas more spicy than fruity, with a chewy texture and richness. No specific aromas are thought of as ‘typical’ but blackberry and pepper are often noticeable.

Australia

780 2004 Grant Burge Miambi South Australia
782 2005 Greg Norman Estates Limestone Coast
784 2006 Jindalee Shiraz South Eastern Aust.
786 2004 Penfold’s Bin 28 South Australia
788 2002 Penfold’s St. Henry(375 ml) South Eastern Aust.

California

790 2004 Edna Valley Vineyard Central Coast
792 2002 Shafer ‘Relentless’ Napa Valley
794 01/04 Shooting Star Lake County
796 2004 Turner Road Vineyards Lodi

Oregon

800 2001 Rockblock Rogue Valley

Washington

810 2004 Covey Run Columbia Valley
812 2002 Three Rivers Winery Columbia Valley

France

820 2001 Paul Jaboulet ‘Thalabert’ Crozes Hermitage

Tempranillo

Tempranillo dominates the vineyards throughout northern and central Spain but is slowly expanding to other regions of the world. Its aromas and flavors call to mind herbs, earthy minerality, and berryish fruit.

California

830 2003 Barnwood Vineyards San Luis Obispo County

Spain

840 2004 El Coto Rioja

Zinfandel

Adaptable to a wide range of climates and soils, Zinfandel has a very fruity, raspberry-like aroma, and is usually best consumed within its youth. Frequently found aromas include raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, cinnamon, and licorice.

California

850 01/02 Hanna Bismarck Ranch Sonoma Valley
853 2005 Murphy-Goode ‘Liar’s Dice’ Sonoma County
854 2005 Ravenswood Vintner’s Sonoma
856 2004 Rombauer Vineyards(375ml) St. Helena
858 2005 Talus Lodi
860 2005 The Zin Lodi
862 2003 Valley of the Moon Sonoma County