2018 Bell Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
This wine showcases a profound and captivating deep ruby-red hue that beckons with its richness and intensity. As you bring the glass to your nose, it releases a symphony of aromas that dance gracefully in the air. The dominant notes of ripe black cherry and luscious blackberry preserves take center stage, enveloping your senses in a velvety embrace.
But there’s more to this wine’s aromatic profile than just its dark fruit. Subtle hints of violets add a touch of floral elegance, while delicate chocolate shavings offer a subtle indulgence that balances the fruit-forward character. In the background, the essence of cassis intermingles, adding depth and complexity to the bouquet.
Upon your first sip, the wine’s mouthfeel reveals itself as a plush and intricate tapestry of flavors and textures. Dark fruit, like a ripe plum or blackcurrant, unfolds on your palate, its richness intensified by the presence of graphite minerals that lend a subtle earthiness. The wine’s acidity is impeccably balanced, lending vibrancy and structure to the overall experience.
As you savor each sip, the well-knit tannins gently cradle the flavors, imparting a refined and harmonious texture. This synergy of dark fruit, mineral notes, acidity, and tannins continues to evolve on the palate, leading to a long and gratifying finish that lingers, inviting you to savor the wine’s complexities.
This remarkable wine is a testament to both the artistry of winemaking and the potential for aging. While it can be enjoyed now for its youthful exuberance, it possesses the structure and depth to continue maturing gracefully until 2030, promising an ever-evolving and delightful journey for those who choose to cellar it.
2020 Site Wines Syrah Santa Barbara County
A captivating, opaque midnight-purple color welcomes you to this exceptional wine from Santa Barbara County. As you bring the glass to your nose, a decadent bouquet emerges, overflowing with the luscious essence of ripe blackberries, plump baked plums, cranberry preserves that carry a hint of anise, a gentle breath of mint, and subtle undertones of dark chocolate.
Upon savoring the first sip, your palate is graced with a mouth filling symphony of flavors. Red raspberries dance harmoniously with notes of licorice, grilled herbs add a savory depth, cola accents bring a touch of sweetness, and a whisper of clove infuses a delicate spice. The wine’s texture is akin to silk draped over a dense body, with soft tannins that guide you effortlessly through each sip, culminating in a finish that lingers like a fond memory.
This wine beautifully balances richness and elegance, showcasing the unique terroir of Santa Barbara County. Its impeccable structure suggests it will continue to evolve gracefully, making it a splendid choice to enjoy from now until 2030.
2020 Simonnet-Febvre Sauvignon Saint-Bris Burgundy
In a glass adorned with pale straw hues and delicate green edges, this wine invites with its visual elegance. The nose is a harmonious interplay of scents, where tart peach mingles with the essence of dried grass, the invigorating charm of sage, the refreshing touch of mint, and the zesty allure of lime zest.
Upon tasting, the palate comes alive with a lively and energetic symphony, where the flavors of stone fruit and citrus dance gracefully amidst a garden of fresh herbs and the delicate fragrances of summer blossoms. Medium-bodied, it showcases crisp fruit, elegantly tethered by a spirited minerality that lends it enduring vitality.
This wine, a tribute to freshness and vivacity, encourages you to embrace its charm from now until 2025. It captures the essence of the present moment, promising a succession of delightful experiences that await your enjoyment.
2017 Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino
A captivating dark ruby core, gracefully transitioning to hues of crimson brick at the rim, sets the stage for this wine’s enchanting tale. The nose is an immediate burst of sensory delight, with black raspberries taking the lead, accompanied by invigorating hints of mint, the sultry allure of licorice, and a medley of sappy herbs and earthy undertones. In the background, a tapestry of aromas emerges, featuring dried red flowers, rocky minerals, the intricate allure of allspice, and the gentle caress of balsamic-kissed strawberries.
The palate is an orchestration of great intensity and verve, a testament to the wine’s exceptional character. It exhibits unwavering persistence and sophistication, elegantly woven into the fabric of finely integrated tannins. While this wine is a delight to savor in the present moment, it also holds the promise of continued splendor, extending its allure until 2035. A true masterpiece, it stands as a testament to both its current magnificence and the enduring value it represents within its category.
2021 Embroidery Pinot Noir Monterey County
In the glass, a deep ruby heart gracefully transitions to delicate shades of pink and ruby at the rim. The nose invites with its abundance of warm, tender berries and cherries, enriched by subtle hints of cinnamon and the gentle fragrance of wildflowers.
On the palate, it unfolds with ripeness and juiciness, a delightful fusion of flavors that caresses the senses. A tender kiss of smoked plum adds depth and complexity, leading to a finale that resonates with volume and elegance.
This wine, a harmonious celebration of fruit and spice, beckons you to savor its luscious charm from now until 2029. It captures the essence of the present moment while promising the potential for many more exquisite experiences yet to come.
2020 Pocas Reserva Douro Valley
Revealing an inky, velvety ruby-black core, complemented by hints of crimson-violet throughout, this wine is a visual masterpiece. As it meets the nose, it unveils a tapestry of rich and spicy black plums, succulent blackberries, and alluring currants. Intriguing nuances of dried spices and peppercorns, as though crushed against sun-kissed rocks, mingle with subtle wisps of cigar tobacco.
Everything about this wine exudes dark, masculine allure, except for its mouthfeel, which is a revelation of volume and silkiness. Here, in the glass, you can unmistakably sense the warmth and density of the Douro Valley, elegantly presented in a dry and impeccably polished style.
This wine, a true reflection of depth and sophistication, invites you to indulge in its captivating charm from now until 2035. It encapsulates the essence of the Douro Valley’s richness and the promise of many more moments of vinous excellence yet to unfold.
2022 Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
In the glass, a captivating pale-straw center glistens, adorned with subtle green reflections that hint at the wine’s freshness. The nose is a lively and exhilarating invitation, boasting vibrant notes of citrus peel, the zesty allure of lemongrass, the aromatic embrace of Thai basil, and the exotic essence of kaffir lime leaf.
Upon tasting, the palate is a thrilling journey, marked by a racing, crisp character and a resolute sense of direction and intensity. A distinct crushed-rock minerality adds depth, interwoven with delicate white flowers and fleeting whispers of fresh cilantro and zesty lemon. From the very first sip to the lingering finish, it exudes pristine clarity and purity.
This wine, a true embodiment of refinement and vitality, encourages you to embrace its invigorating allure from now until 2025. It captures the essence of its current vibrancy and the promise of many more moments of sheer vinous pleasure yet to be experienced.
2016 Poggio del Moro Rosso Toscana
Revealing a profound ruby core within its glass, this wine beckons with its visual allure. The nose is a tantalizing prelude, offering a bouquet adorned with the fragrance of crushed cherries and the allure of fresh plums, hinting at the sensory journey that awaits.
As you sip, the palate unfolds, a masterful composition of flavors, where the richness of dried cherries and currants interlaces with the earthy embrace of tilled soil and the captivating charm of savory herbs. Throughout this vinous tapestry, a cleansing mineral note courses, accompanied by a subtle hint of balsamic. It stands as a testament to the artful union of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Merlot, embodying freshness, approachability, and elegance right from the outset.
This wine, a harmonious masterpiece, invites you to savor its brilliance from today until 2030. It embodies the very essence of its present allure and the promise of countless more moments of vinous delight yet to unfold.
2021 Martin Ray Chardonnay Monterey-Sonoma County
A vision of pale gold with graceful silver streaks at its heart, this wine is a radiant masterpiece. Its aromatic journey is a captivating tapestry, with alluring scents of ripe white peach, ethereal lemon chiffon, succulent slices of pineapple, and the delicate essence of Asian pear.
As it graces the palate, it unveils a symphony of flavors, where the purity of wet stones harmonizes with the fragrant allure of jasmine, the indulgence of lemon curd, and the velvety touch of fresh cream. The mouthfeel exudes a polished elegance, effortlessly balancing richness and nimbleness, leading to a finish that lingers with impeccable grace.
This wine, a manifestation of sheer refinement and exquisite craftsmanship, beckons you to embrace its allure from now until 2026. It stands as a testament to its current magnificence and the promise of many more enchanting moments to come.
2018 Bell Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Drenched in a profound ruby-red hue, this wine’s visual allure sets the stage for an olfactory and gustatory journey of the senses. Its bouquet is an ode to dark indulgence, with enchanting aromas of black cherry and blackberry preserves taking center stage. Intricate nuances of violets, delicate chocolate shavings, and the sultry essence of cassis provide an enticing backdrop.
Upon the palate, an opulent and multifaceted experience unfolds. Dark fruit reigns supreme, entwined with the enigmatic touch of graphite minerals. A symphony of great acidity and seamlessly integrated tannins weaves through the wine, culminating in a grand finale that resonates long after the last sip.
This wine, an embodiment of sophistication and complexity, invites you to savor its magnificence from now until 2030. It stands as a testament to its present allure and the promise of many more moments of vinous splendor yet to be unveiled.
2019 Fattoria Le Pupille Poggio Valente Toscana Rosso
Overflowing with generosity and utterly mesmerizing, this wine unveils its essence with a profound, deep red-ruby core that captivates the eye. Its aromatic bouquet is a cornucopia of sensory delights, featuring luscious Morello cherries, succulent blackberries, intricate layers of lilac and roses, and whispers of tobacco and rosemary.
As it graces the palate, an enchanting symphony unfolds, characterized by a juicy and intricate mouthfeel. Energetic waves of red fruit dance harmoniously with the subtle embrace of tobacco and delicate floral notes. This captivating performance is beautifully framed by impeccable tannins, leading to a denouement that lingers gracefully on the senses.
This wine, a masterpiece of both depth and elegance, beckons you to experience its brilliance from today until 2035, a testament to its current opulence and the anticipation of even more exquisite moments yet to come.
Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
In a robe of pale straw-green, its brilliance accentuated by the presence of superfine bubbles, this wine invites a sensory journey. The nose, a fragrant tapestry, unveils an array of scents: the crisp allure of green apple, the inviting warmth of brioche, the earthy resonance of chalk, the delicate charm of mandarin-orange blossom, and the golden radiance of yellow flowers.
Upon the palate, it reveals a captivating duality – a superlative tautness intertwined with mineral grace. Complexity unfolds as Asian pear and quince weave their enchanting spell, alongside the subtle allure of toasted brioche and the enduring essence of chalk. Firm and imbued with a racing vitality, it resonates with brilliant tension, leading to a lingering, memorable finish.
This wine, offering a true revelation, delivers exceptional value that gracefully exceeds expectations for its price point. A vinous experience to savor from today until 2028, it stands as a testament to its present allure and the promise of many more enchanting moments to come.
2021 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Laurelwood District Willamette Valley
Immerse yourself in the profound beauty of deep burgundy, a visual prelude to the sensory symphony that follows. The nose, an orchestra of aromas, beckons with an abundance of cherries, the playful notes of cola, a refreshing hint of spearmint, and a gentle infusion of spice.
As it graces the palate, a voluptuous journey unfolds, where soft tannins cradle fully ripe fruit in their tender embrace. Raspberry preserves intermingle with the essence of sarsaparilla, while delicate shavings of nutmeg and a subtle twist of orange peel add to the melody. A breath of mint dances alongside, leading to a grand finale. The wine’s long, lingering finish leaves a delightful trail of toasted nuances and a final flourish of spice. A wine to be savored from this moment until 2032, it offers a timeless experience that invites you to indulge in its ever-evolving charm.
2020 Cuesta de Herrero Ayles Vino de Pago
Immersed in a deep, nearly impenetrable ruby-violet hue, this wine’s heart reveals itself with crimson-hued, delicate streaks. A captivating bouquet emerges, exuding the essence of blackberry, blueberry, and luscious purple plums. Hints of olive, dried lavender, and a subtle dash of cracked pepper weave together seamlessly.
A captivating tapestry of wild violets dances amidst the background, harmonizing with notes of dark chocolate and a whisper of smoky meat. As it graces the palate, its richness and full-bodied character come to life, exuding remarkable vitality and ripeness. This wine confidently claims its place among the elite ranks of Vino de Pago, and its exceptional value is nothing short of astonishing. A journey to savor from now until 2027, it stands as a testament to its present grandeur and the promise of even greater things to come.
2020 Courtney Benham Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A profound, inky ruby hue sets the stage. The aromatic symphony unfolds with grace, revealing crushed black cherries, untamed raspberries, cassis, the subtle trace of pencil shavings, and a whisper of mountain herbs.
On the palate, it boasts an impressive blend of refinement and potency. Sun-ripened mixed berries take center stage, accompanied by nuanced notes of black tea, the essence of pipe tobacco, and a delicate touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is pure opulence, reminiscent of wines commanding a significantly higher price point.
This wine’s robust character shines through, supported by velvety tannins that persist with a gentle, silken finish. Hints of sweet spice and lingering espresso enrich the final act. A wine to savor from now until 2029, a testament to both its present allure and its promising future.
2020 S. Delafont Mosaïque Red Languedoc-Roussillon
In the realm of sumptuous yet affordable red wines that effortlessly grace your nightly dinner table, the Languedoc, bathed in glorious sunlight and caressed by gentle breezes, stands as an unrivaled gem.
Nestled in the picturesque landscape of southwestern France, this region unveils a veritable treasure trove of vinous splendor. Few corners of the globe can rival its exquisite selection of sub-$20 bottles, each adorned with a resplendent acidity and an audacious intensity that bestows an elevated gastronomic experience upon everything from gourmet burgers to a succulent, herb-infused leg of lamb. The Languedoc beckons, promising to transform ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary journeys.
Penfolds Bin 389
Penfolds Bin 389 has earned its global reputation as the “Baby Grange,” and the 2018 vintage, with a remarkable 97-point rating, effortlessly justifies this association with its iconic sibling, the 100-point, $750+ Grange. It stands as a masterful display of concentration, characterized by an abundance of dark black fruits and cassis, complemented by intricate notes of raw chocolate, licorice, mint, and cedar.
This wine’s structure is impeccably upheld by refined tannins, and it embodies the very essence that has solidified Penfolds Grange as one of the world’s unrivaled wine legends. In fact, Bin 389 has ascended to become Australia’s most sought-after wine, a feat that has elevated it above its illustrious big brother in terms of collectability and prestige.
2019 Franklin Son Pere Old Vine Zinfandel Alexander Valley
This remarkable, limited-production gem, harvested from vines that have stood the test of time, some dating back as far as 140 years, has never been one to seek the limelight or chase after sales figures. Nestled within one of the most storied vineyards in the heart of Alexander Valley, it hails from a vineyard tended to by a dedicated single family. The yields from these venerable vines are incredibly modest, resulting in an exceptionally rare and elusive Zinfandel. Tracking down this silky, luscious wine is a challenge in itself, a testament to its scarcity and the devotion of those who cherish its unique character.
2021 Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros
California’s Chardonnay success owes much to pioneers like Koerner Rombauer, who acquired his Napa property in 1972. Rombauer’s winery nurtured future legends like Spottswoode, Duckhorn, Dominus, and Neyers. Today, their Carneros Chardonnay shines. Combining estate-grown and select grower grapes, gentle whole-cluster pressing preserves delicate aromatics, and bi-weekly lees stirring adds richness. Floral acacia and honeysuckle scents mingle with golden apple and toasted hazelnut notes. The creamy, textured palate offers fruit, nuts, and spice, culminating in a lingering finish. Rombauer’s reputation was built on this Carneros bottling, a California classic that honors its legacy.
2021 Poggio Bonelli Villa Chigi Saracini Chianti
On a misty spring day during our visit to Poggio Bonelli, we were captivated by their 2021 Villa Chigi Chianti. Crafted under the guidance of renowned winemaker Carlo Ferrini, it’s a Sangiovese masterpiece. Poggio Bonelli is synonymous with top-tier Sangiovese among our members, and this 92-point gem, priced under $17, is no exception. Perfect for pasta, it boasts sturdy tannins and full-bodied character, making it an ideal pairing for creamy cacio e pepe, as recommended by Wine Spectator. Named after its grape source near Castelnuovo Berardenga, it’s a sleek Sangiovese expression that elevates any meal, even a delightful encounter at Dario Cecchini’s famous butcher shop.
1976 Bodegas Corral Rioja Gran Reserva
Established in 1898, Bodegas Corral is a historic winery nestled in Navarrete, Rioja, along the Ruta Jacobea pilgrimage route. This wine, a true relic, emits aromas of sour cherry, dried cranberry, leafy herbs, and forest duff, intertwined with hints of aniseed, aged leather, and a touch of iodine. Harvested from 36 to 51-year-old vines back in 1976, it’s fully mature and ready to enjoy, having remained untouched at the winery. When opening, stand the bottle upright in a cool, dark place overnight. Due to its age, use a Durand opener or ah-so and corkscrew combo for a clean cork extraction. Savor this Gran Reserva, a testament to Rioja’s red wine and remarkable longevity. Seize this rare chance while our stock lasts; once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!
2018 The Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
One site, marked by gravelly loam soils, produces grapes that show classic notes of the prized Rutherford Bench: hints of earthy spice worked into dense, dark, rich fruit. The second vineyard, resting on a high and rugged mountain slope, yields grapes with a taut acidity and mineral-infused structure. The warmest of the source winery’s three main vineyards—the one that produces the densest, fullest-bodied Cabernet—turns up the volume on The Phoenix.
Day Owl Rose
California- Day Owl Rose is on the extensive wine list of The Salt Rock Grill on Indian Shores. It radiates with floral red fruit and vibrant orange zest vibes. Lively acidity and a dry, elegant finish make for a bold bottle as alluring as the day is long. Pair with barbecued chicken, watermelon and mint salad, cold Thai sesame noodles, or fresh fish tacos.
On the extensive wine list of Clearwater’s Island Way Grill, this is a transparent fruit-forward style Zinfandel with juicy red fruit flavors like strawberry, raspberry, and black cherry. The wine is plush and soft in the mouth supported by mouthwatering acidity and warmth of the extra touch of residual alcohol, vanilla, coconut, and toffee notes contributed by bourbon barrel aging. Click here to purchase this fabulous wine online.
On the extensive wine list of Clearwater’s Island Way Grill, from the vineyards of California -this Bright and fresh wine is a perfect summer and spring Rose. Notes of strawberries, honeydew, and rose petals permeate throughout and add to its complexity and character.
Fortress Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County750ml
On the extensive wine list of Clearwater’s Island Way Grill this California wine opens with notes of blackberry, forest fruits and warm vanilla. The palate is met with flavors of brambleberry, mocha, baking and savory spices. The tannins are well integrated and create a mouthfeel that is well structured yet creamy and silky. Click here to purchase this wine from our preferred partner.
Hess Chardonnay Napa750ml
This Hess Wine offering is featured on the extensive wine list of Indian Rocks Beach’s Salt Rock Grill, this California Chardonnay has a “Crisp and clean, low oak flavor and showcases an aromatic musque, resulting in aromas and flavors of apple, white pear and a slight touch of tropical fruits, accented by aromas of honeysuckle.” Purchase this wine by clicking here.
Lange Pinot Noir
Available at the fabulous Salt Rock Grill, this wine is a clone of Swiss origin, Wädenswil has more weight across the palate than either clones 115 and 777 in the series. Thick skins lend texture and structure, with more concentration upfront. As it opens, rhubarb compote, black raspberry, and black cherry notes sit beneath a garland of lilac and thyme flowers. Brisk acidity ebbs and flows against a backdrop of fine-grained tannins.
Louis Latour – Pouilly-Fuissé 2017
The wine shows a green-gold colour, and delicate fruit aromas of melons and pears with underlying notes of almonds on the nose that are disarmingly seductive. On the palate there is a round and full herbal fruitiness that complements the crisp acidity leading to a satisfying finish. Try a glass of this amazing vintage at The Island Way Grill on Clearwater Beach!
Michael David Petite Petit, 2017750ml
Wine Enthusiast -Lodi, California – “Dense and concentrated, even chewy, this full-bodied wine is a show-off, from the deep, dark color to the dark chocolate and blackberry jam flavors and even the rich, almost thick texture. Its firm tannins are off-set by super-ripe flavors that linger on the finish.” Pick up a bottle today by clicking here.
PIATTELLI VINEYARDS RESERVE MALBEC
Argentina is the largest wine producer in South America, best known for its versions of classic red wines including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Argentine wines are considered New World wines, but actually have a rich history dating back more than 400 years. Winemaking practices were spread throughout Argentina – much as they would be later, in California – by Spanish missionaries planting vines to ensure a supply of sacramental wines. Though the growing conditions around the Andes Mountains are high and dry, these settlers used and improved upon the natives’ agricultural practice, which channeled melting snow and ice from the Andean peaks to irrigate the vineyards.
Pierre Sparr Riesling750ml
Alsace, France- The pre-eminent king of Alsace wine. A noble, dry wine with a beautiful floral bouquet followed by citrus, peach and mineral flavors on the lingering finish. Perfect aperitif or match it with shellfish, fish, and chicken. Try it the next time you’re at the Salt Rock Grill on Indian Shores.
THREE RIVERS WINERY MERLOT
This 2016 River’s Red is an easy-drinking wine to enjoy with a variety of foods. The dominance of Merlot in the blend makes for a soft and supple wine, with varietals like Sangiovese and Syrah adding structure and balance. Chocolate-covered cherries, violets and soft red fruit dominate the aroma and flavor, with supple tannins on the finish. The complex yet approachable style pairs well with spicy sausage kabobs, rigatoni in a Bolognese sauce, and grilled steak.
Troublemaker Red Wine750ml
Central Coast, CA- A complex, fruit-forward red wine with rich aromatics that display hints of smoke and violets, bright fruit on the palate and a long finish, Troublemaker shows amazing depth and structure. Try it at the fabulous Island Way Grill on Clearwater Beach or buy it today from Total Wine and Spirits by clicking here.
Turley Zinfandel Pesenti, 2018750ml
Vinous-Paso Robles, Central Coast, CA – “”Intense, deep aromatics give the 2018 so much of its personality. Inky dark fruit, wild flowers and exotic spice all abound in a perfumed, expressive Zinfandel endowed with tons of power and depth.”” (Barrel Score 93-95) Buy it now from our preferred source at Total Wine and Spirits.