Rich, savory and smooth, this Bordeaux blend offers complex aromas of leather, cloves, tobacco and cedar followed by integrated layers of tobacco, cinnamon, cloves and spice. Elegant and structured, with a big, lingering finish. A beautiful example of how to marry Old and New World styles.
A nose of flavorful, plummy fruit with clove accents pulls you right in to this winning medium-weight wine. The fruit reads rich and bright on the balanced, not-at-all-weighty palate, with its very smooth feel. Finishes with a long dance of ripe plum and sweet oak, a statement of fine fruit handsomely rendered that will drink well through 2005. —M.M.
A spicy tobacco and dark fruit nose leads on this elegant Cabernet, followed by luscious flavors of plum, clove, tobacco and a touch of oak. Layered and smooth, the wine has a stylish complexity that will develop nicely in the cellar. Overall, a compelling wine that will call for more than one glass.
Flavors and aromas of dark berry, anise, smoked meat and spice abound in this flavorful red blend. The wine is big but approachable, with a savory, structured character that allows for aging and pairing with spicy, robust dishes. This is a great wine for a cold night—enjoy it by the fire.
Cedar, savory balsamic, blueberry and cherry lead on this vibrant red blend from Bilton. Lots of spice, crushed herbs and berry on the palate. A touch of chocolate in the finish adds depth.
Appetizing aromas of grilled meats and spices start out this big Merlot from Stellenbosch. Pronounced tannins, a wave of spicy oak and hearty, meaty Merlot flavors mean this wine has a heavier, more robust hand. May need some aging and a food pairing with muscle to show its true potential, but overall, it’s a winner on all counts.
Shows a hint of volatility in its high-toned, mixed-berry and pie crust aromas, then settles down a bit on the palate, where the predominant flavors are of tart cherries and cranberries. Finishes with flourishes of toast and vanilla. Imported by Southern Starz, Inc.
This traditional Shiraz displays aromas of prune and toasted spice, followed by flavors of cheerful cherry and vanilla. Though young, the wine has a balanced, silky texture and good finish.