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Valentin Bianchi - Cabernet Sauvignon Bianchi Particular Proprietor's Reserve
Big and brawny, with still firm tannins supporting fairly rich dark fruit (damson and cassis). Stays dry throughout, and doesn't go overboard with alcohol, making for a lively and pleasant experience. Extra points to the nose, which shows nice development with hints of cured tobacco leaf and cedar box.
Boscarelli - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Shows lovely developed aromas of tobacco, leather, crushed dried violets and mulberry. Rustic cherry carries the diverse palate, with leafy and dark herbal notes making a showing. A lovely food wine with acidity offering great counterpoint, and medium tannins having softened with age.
Warrabilla - Durif Limited Release Parola's
Big, rich, and eminently drinkable, this hefty 17.5% abv wine shows plenty of rich dark fruit (mulberry, blackberry and cassis) along with notes of oaky vanillin and a smooth, soft palate. A hedonists dream for those who don't mind the alcohol punch.
Fantinel Vigneti Sant'Helena Refosco del Pedunculo Rosso
I was a big fan of this wine when I first tasted it in 2010 and I'm still a fan now. Slightly earthy nose with some red herbs over red berry fruit. THat Refosco flavor of crushed leaves, red currant and rhubarb comes through in fine form, perfectly melded with the soft tannins and plush palate. Medium finish rounds this out.
Shinn Estate Vineyards Haven
Starts with a honeyed nose with hints of smoke and mesquite. Very dry on the palate, yet with a touch of honeyed peach towards the finish. Not for everyone, but should flesh out with age, though this is a new winery that does not have a long track record for this white Bordeaux blend.