If you like tame, wimpy, or soft wines, stay home and watch TV on Saturday. Because we are bringing in the goons…the fighters…the beefcakes…the Mouth Bruisers. All these wines punch back in a way that will make you call your momma and tell her who hurt you. But these wines are also world renowned; 90+ points for most of them. If you want to join a fight club that likes wine, come in Saturday and set your pallet up fer’ a bruisin… We will ring our bells with an Aussie Shiraz, a French Malbec, an Argentina Malbec, a Toro Tempranillo, a Yakima Blend, and an Italian Amarone Della Valpolicella. DAAAAANG!!!
Beelgara Shiraz 2015 $16
Opaque ruby. Spice-accented dark berries and fresh flowers and a hint of olive on the perfumed nose. Shows very good energy and focus to the spicy black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and puts on weight with air. Seamless and concentrated yet lively; the long, gently tannic finish is enlivened by mineral and floral nuances.
Chateau de Haute-Serre Cahors Malbec 2014 $27
Malbec and Merlot matured in vats. Well-built and powerful, the tannins are ripe and velvety. Very dark color with carmine highlights and a wonderfully complex and powerful bouquet of Morello cherry, blackcurrant, and spices. The freshness and fruitiness on the nose carry over beautifully to the palate, which has a long, silky aftertaste. 94 pts wine spectator.
Valle Las Nencias, Family Selections Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2010 $27
3,000 bottles were made. Manual harvest and then double sorting by hand, unfiltered, unfined, and 100% sustainably farmed. Then aged for 16-18 months in new French oak barrels. Its color is a gorgeous dark purple, and it sends out lovely aromas of dried violets, blackberries, vanilla and spicy, smoky notes. On the palate it is a more concentrated, intense version of the Malbec Reserva, echoing its blackberry, violet and plum flavors but with a voluminous sophistication from the new French oak.
Frontaura, “Aponte” Reserva, Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo,), Toro Spain 2006 $31
This is the star of Toro, an Spanish growing region west of Rioja Made and aged for 20 months in French oak. Ample and deep a display of sensations. the wine’s aromatic complexity stands out with spicy fruit notes. The mouthfeel is extremely expressive, with a broad, frank, and deep aftertaste.
Two Mountain, BROS Reserve Blend No. 5, 2012 $69
This wine is made to be old school. Made to lay down because of 38 months oak barrel aging. Big spicy fruit surrounds a fresh yet dark edge. The wine's round mouthfeel and satiny tannins wrap around blackberry and black cherry notes. This refined and age-worthy wine simultaneously offers a long lingering finish and a sturdy structure.
Nicolis, Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2009 $69
This is the one you write down in your journal, your birthday list, and your Christmas list. WOOHOO!!! Bold and velvety, this offers enticing scents of ripe black cherry, spiced plum, blue flower, baking spice and a whiff of new leather. The luscious yet focused palate delivers juicy blackberry, crushed black raspberry, raisin, licorice and a hint of dark chocolate while firm, velvety-textured tannins provide support in this burly red