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cabernet . caymus . 03 . napa . medium-dark garnet color. hints of vanilla, cedar and toast on the nose, which opens up with time. on the palate there’s spice, richness, black fruit and a healthy dose of oak. a classic napa valley cabernet. $68 meritage . lancaster . 02 . alexander valley . primarily cabernet from their estate located at the confluence of chalk hill and knights valley. aromas of black cherries, lavender, and vanilla bean lead the way to layers of black fruit, lush textures and a long polished finish. $55 meritage . alexander valley vineyards . cyrus . 02 . sonoma . displaying rich, concentrated fruit, spicy oak, a velvety mouth feel, and a lasting finish. you will experience intense aromas of black cherry, plum, cassis and chocolate. firm tannins and a long finish balance the full mouth feel. balanced to drink now or age. $50 meritage . justin . isosceles . 03 . paso robles . subtle earthy tones combine with a hint of leather aromatically in this deep, inky black hued wine. the entry is soft and subtle with ample black fruit and coffee. cherry, currant and a hint of plum evolve into layers of chocolate and caramel on the mid-palate. a soft, seamless finish is balanced by flavors of spicy french oak. $50 cabernet . archipel . 0 1 . sonoma . the mayacamas mountain range defines archipel, a wine of formidable intensity. big, blackberry and cassis flavors are interwoven with cedar, toasty oak, and spice box. supple tannin and full-bodied flavors. $35 cabernet . kiona. 02 . washington . aroma's of black truffles, tar and chocolate with ripe, complex flavors of juicy black cherries and plums. a distinctive, elegant red with lovely currant and blueberry flavors at the center and delicately earthy, herbal overtones, touching on toasty oak on the long finish. $19 syrah . mi sueno . 02 . napa . a big syrah from two vineyards in the coombsville district east of the city of napa. que syrah and reichow vineyards produce very different flavor profiles from each other in many ways, yet the grapes compliment each other beautifully. together they yield a wine that erupts with exotic flavors and has a classic structure. $37 syrah . parmelee-hill . 03 . sonoma . from winemaker don van staveren of chateau st. jean fame. a wine with dark plum and cherry aromas, floral, fragrant, with a hint of smoke. ripe, meaty, smooth, soft and very generous on the palate. 150 cases $33 syrah . longfellow . 02 . dry creek . teeth-staining purple color and deep concentration lead to shiraz-like aromas of menthol, anise, and a hint of white pepper. plush dark cherry fruit and rich earthy flavors finish with a touch of game, coffee, and sweet oak. mouth-coating tannins lend elegance and richness through its long and generous finish. 460 cases. $32 shiraz . rafferty’s rules . 02 . south east australia . from several diverse growing regions of australia, each adding another characteristic to make a voluptuous wine. spicy, velvety, smooth blackberry, and plum flavors. the wine is nicely framed by maturation in both french and american oak. $15 pinot noir . dunah . sonoma coast . 04 . aromas arise of dark fruit, cedar wood, savory spice, and smoky molasses. the palate follows the nose with a deeply intense initial dark fruit blast. a deep, rich mid-palate adds layers of roast Indian savory spices, trailing into a long, luxurious dark fruit finish. the aroma absolutely expands with time. 644 cases. $42 pinot noir . three miners . 04 . new zealand . a bit darker on the nose at this stage with more black currant, blackberry, thyme, and plum aromatics. lots of silky elegance and texture in the mouth with a soft fine finish. $22 pinot noir . tr elliot . 04 . russian river . the color is a bright, fresh mix of ruby and dark cherry hues. the aromas are both intense and elegant, with sweet perfume and floral notes, integrated with strawberry, orange peel, clove and green tea. the palate is a balanced combination of raspberry and blackberry fruit, smooth tannins and bright cranberry acidity, with a long, elegant, cherry cream finish. $30 pinot noir . ancien . steiner vineyard . 02 . the sonoma mountain pinot bursts with exotic high-note aromas of sage, violets, sandalwood, and dried roses. deeper toned fruit develops over time with blueberry and black cherry predominating. the wine finishes very long, reverberating with the distinctive floral aromas. $39 pinot noir . longfellow . 03 . a muscular extraction and deep color give way to classic aromas of ripe cherry fruit, and a hint of vanilla. a burst of bright jammy fruit flavors leads to more subtle notes of licorice, tea and smoke. silky tannins frame this wine and will allow it to age with grace and beauty. $35 pinot noir . o’reilly’s . 05 . oregon . a fruit forward and full bodied wine. aromas of dried lavender, rose petals, and crushed red fruit, with a slight gamey edge. on the palate there are lots of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. soft tannins and mellow spice combine with good acidity. $17 merlot . mantanza creek . 03 . benett valley . this wine begins with a dark red ruby color along with a big, sweet nose of dark fruits intermixed with espresso roast. true to the nose, this wine’s palate is complex, layered an opulent, revealing gorgeously melted toffee notes that complement the rich bouquet of black fruits. $29 merlot . selene . 02 . napa . bueberries, raspberries, violets, dark chocolate, white pepper, sandalwood, and pomegranate molasses are among the aromas that pop out of the glass. flavors in the mouth faithfully echo the aromatics. weight and extract are among the most serious of past selene merlot vintages, yet the wine is not tight-fisted when it comes to showing its flavors and texture. $46 zinfandel . cloud 9 . seity . 04 . amador county. the 10-acre zinfandel vineyard is home to the oldest zinfandel vines on earth, with proof of existence dating back to 1869. a dark red wine with intense flavors of raspberry, chocolate, coffee with highlights of white pepper. a multi- dimensional wine with great balance and structure, while remaining complex. 450 cases $33 cabernet franc . lang & reed . 04 . napa . deep ruby red with a splash of violet hue, the color of this wine invites the eye. the aromatics express a very pure statement of cabernet franc, gentle perfume, slight bramble and white cherry, laced with a touch of fine herb. the flavors are a mix of sweet cherries and blueberries with a faint cedar sweetness and spice. the finish has good, crisp ‘cherry pit’ acidity with nice fruit tannin. $20 zinfandel . d-cubed . 03 . napa . a very smooth and elegant zin with aromas of black cherry and raspberry, with a hint of sage and allspice. on the palate there is lots of black cherry, black pepper and allspice. a long fruity finish. 1650 cases. $23 meritage . artevino . cowboy red . 03 . yeehaw! a blend of merlot, zinfandel and carignane from artist tom rodrigues. This wine is a great bbq or pasta wine. full, bodied and fun, It won "best of class" in the 2005 california state fair. $20 lemberger . shooting star . 04 . washington . from winemaker jed steele comes a grape called lemberger, or blue grape of france. a faint nose of ripe berries leads to a medium bodied wine with lots of blue and red fruit, a creamy texture and soft tannins. this wine sees no oak and is best served slightly chilled. can you tell me which baseball player is in the watermark on the bottle? $12 grenache . qupe . purisima mountain . 04 . hillside grenache with a touch of syrah create a juicy and spicy blend. flavors of wild cherry, thyme, and pepper on the nose follow on the palate. 178 cases. $28
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