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Top Holiday Reds • 2022

Pandiculation  - Global  $16 [DEC 22 Staff Pick]

This Shiraz Grenache blend has a beautiful bouquet of sweet ripe blackberries, infused with a hint of rich plums, combined with delicate white pepper and subtle cinnamon spicy aromas, creates a wine with a complex and intriguing nose.

Criss Cross Petit Sirah  $17 [DEC 22 Staff Pick]

They winery criss crosses different vineyards to find the very best fruit for this lush Petite Sirah. The wine shows excellent density and richness, with the black fruit staying bold and upfront on the palate. It rounds itself nicely in the finish, staying grapey to the end.

Chateau Bichon Cassignole Graves  $25 [DEC 22 Staff Pick]

This wine is dense, with dusty tannins and rich black fruits. It has plenty of concentrated black-plum flavors alongside juicy acidity. Cherry / red fruits and blackberry on the nose (with a tiny bit of earth). Same on the palate with notes vanilla.

Santa’s Little Helper  $16 [DEC 22 Staff Pick]

This wine is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, 30% Merlot from Sonoma  and 30% Zinfandel. It’s jammy, soft, and smooth. This rich California Red blend shows voluptuous fruit and is smoother than Santa’s exit.

La Bastide Blanche Bandol  $34 [DEC 22 Staff Pick]

Organic. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsualt, Syrah, Carignan. Gives up classic leather, garrigue, underbrush and sweet black raspberry notes on the nose. Medium-bodied, supple, sexy and with fine tannin, it’s a forward, ready to go beauty to drink over the coming 5-7 years.

Ca'Maggiore Barolo  $39 [DEC 22 Staff Pick]

Made from Nebbiolo from the Piedmont region of Italy. This full-bodied wine with a classic “tar and rose” aroma, with additional flavors of truffles, chocolate, dried fruit, eucalyptus, and leather. Perfect with game, lamb, and hearty pasta dishes.

Portlandia Red Blend  $23

A beautiful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah. Aromas of raspberry, black currant and mocha lead into flavors of black cherry, huckleberry and dark chocolate. Rich and fruit forward Sourced from world class vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and Wahluke Slope AVA of the Columbia Valley.

Prestige de Calvet Bordeaux  $14

Maison Calvet has been at the forefront of Bordeaux wine production since it was founded almost 200 years ago.  Fresh with raspberry & red currant aromas, gently spiced with soft tannins

Avatar Malbec  $12

Aromas feature plum, white pepper and hints of jam. Quite smooth in the mouth it’s balanced with round and sweet tannins, rich and with a marked acidity.

Essay Red Blend  $14

The Shiraz gives ripe plum fruit and dark fruit notes on the nose and palate. The overall wine shows depth and finesse, but with a lighter body and gentle tannins. Excellent as a sipping red wine, it will also go well with Asian foods, modern fusion cuisine and Italian dishes

Ponte de Gassac Rouge  $19

30% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot & 10% Grenache. A POWERFUL AND ELEGANT WINE

A delight with red meat, game, duck and spicy dishes. Choice of old vines and terroirs with strong personality. Best decanted 2 hours before a meal, with stopper in place.

Les Sarments Coteaux Bourguignons  $18

An elegant French Pinot Noir & Gamay blend that is good to drink on its own as an aperitif or with a wide range of light fare. The nose is stone fruit with some meaty notes and dark fruits. It's smooth with a good amount of acid. A medium length and long finish, it’s a great pairing with matured cheeses.

Amauta Cabernet Sauvignon  $17

This sustainably farmed, single vineyard estate wine is composed of 100% hand harvested Cabernet Sauvignon from the Calchaqui Valley, Salta. This fruit driven wine shows notes of black cherry, cassis, and plum with a hint of black licorice on the nose. Good structure and solid tannin with touches of black olive and cedar on the finish.

Anabasa Rioja  $14

Blackcherry colour at the core. An intense nose with red notes. It is full-- fruit aromas and confectionery bodied and sweet on the palate, with a lengthy finish that brings hints of fresh fruit and dark-roasted notes.

Baglio di Pionetto Frappatto  $17

With a luminous ruby red, our Frappato exhibits an impressive aromatic array of wild red berry, violets, and sage. It is lively and crisp on the palate, progressing to a long-lingering, pleasurable finish that is clean and dry. This Frappato is the perfect choice for pairing with aperitifs featuring traditional cold cuts assortments and aged cheeses, and with the classic pasta with sardines.

Pike Road Pinot Noir $23

The 2021 Willamette Valley is dark with aromas of juicy plum, cherry, sassafras, and purple violets. The palate is very well-integrated with black fruit, plum skin, leather, and tart cherries leading to a pleasantly soft finish.

Colutta Merlot  $21

This intensely colored wine has piercing red cherry fruit with floral, slightly smoky tannins. This is a terrific food wine and will pair well with charcuterie, poultry and pasta dishes.

Ultraviolet Cabernet  $20

Soft, round, velvety tannins. Aromas of violets, blackberry, blueberry. Notes of pie spice, bramble.
Pairs wonderfully with anything salty or high in fat. Delicious alongside any of the following dishes: pasta bolognese, sausage pizza, spare ribs (or any red meat), cheese plate, dark chocolate cake.

San Cristoforo Amaranto  $22

Made entirely with organically grown Sangiovese, this opens with aromas evoking mature red berry, cedar and Mediterranean brush. The juicy palate offers raspberry jam, red cherry and white pepper alongside fresh acidity and pliant tannins.

Bonterra “Equinox” Red  $16

Merlot and Petite Sirah merge in a terrific combination of red and black fruit flavors wrapped in richness, power and plush, ripe tannins. Sweet, ripe plums, black currant and licorice fill the mouth and wash over the mid-palate with mouthwatering richness and a touch of grip. Hints of dried herbs and lightly toasted oak lend extra layers of intrigue and complexity in the nose and on the palate. Equinox Red will age gracefully for an additional five years.

San Marzano Primitivo Salento  $18

Deep ruby red with violet reflections; intense fruity bouquet with notes of plum and cherry, hints of Mediterranean herbs, slightly spicy. A full-bodied wine, soft and balanced, easy to drink.