Great wines are made to take a place of honor on our tables and highlight the pleasure of the most delightful dishes. This extends to the Holiday Season, and decided to bring you a brief review of some of the best red wines from the world’s most renowned designations of origin.
Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Il Poggione
Winery: Tenuta II Poggione
Region: Montalcino, Toscana, Italia
Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
With a dark ruby color, Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Il Poggione exudes intense and persistent aromas of berries, licorice, and freshly harvested tobacco. The taste is warm, balanced, with velvety tannins and hints of ripe plums and cherries, with a long and intense finish. This is a full-bodied wine of excellent structure and incomparable virtues.
Clos Fourtet Saint Emilion 2012
Winery: Clos Fourtet
Region: Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
This wine has a deep vermilion hue, an intense and complex aroma of black fruits and spices, and floral hints of violets and lilies. In the palate, it reveals elegant, silky nuances, with hints of licorice and a long, mineral finish. This extraordinary creation can only come out of Bordeaux, a wine region like no other.
Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard 2012
Winery: Evening Land
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States
Grapes: Pinot Noir 100%
This dark red wine is characterized by subtle aromas of sweet spices, dried violets, raspberries, licorice, cocoa, toasted marshmallow and tobacco. Its very fine tannins give it an elegant palate, appropriate structure and acidity, and a long persistent finish.
Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard 2010
Winery: Catena Zapata
Region: Valle del Uco, Mendoza, Argentina
Grapes: Malbec 100%
Deep red and with purple highlights, closer to the nose this vintage offers intense aromas of toasted oak, cinnamon, violets, incense, plums, and truffles. In the mouth, it is dense, rich and creamy, playing with the flavors of red fruits and spices. This slightly fruity, elegant and powerful wine clearly shows the excellent quality of Argentinian Malbecs.
Piqueras 100 años Limited Edition
Region: Almansa, Albacete, Spain
Grapes: Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera, Syrah
A dark ruby color distinguishes this limited edition, which is permeated with aromas of ripe plums, roasted red peppers and roasted notes from the oak barrels where it was aged. In the mouth, it immediately releases intensely concentrated flavors of ripe fruits with firm tannins. This elegant, persistent and well-balanced wine was created to commemorate the first 100 years of a booming family winery. ■