Best of Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. The Best of Award of Excellence means the 1700 Degrees Steakhouse wine list displays excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation. Typically offering 350 or more selections, these restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.

*Selection, prices and vintages subject to change without notice.

Barbera

Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d’Alba Ruvei, Alba, Piedmont, Italy, 2015
The color is a dark ruby-red with crimson shades. The aroma is fresh and intense with clean scents of wild berries and spices. Clear but perfectly blended the wooden note. The flavor is warm and robust, pleasant, good body and harmonic.

Cabernet Franc

Beringer Third Century Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, Italy, 1997
“There is an inevitable focus on Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley because of the intense flavors and beautiful, tightly knit structure were able to achieve here with that grape. But I’ve been fascinated with the idea of bottling separately the wines I make with the complex, aromatic Cabernet Franc grape, which has achieved such stunning flavors in Cheval Blanc. The same Howell Mountain vineyards that give me great Cabernet Sauvignon produce great Cabernet Franc as well. The grapes yield a dense, deep wine with an immediate, mouth-filling hit of dark berry fruits backed by more subtle layers of cedary spices. And there’s an amazing length to the finish that is typical of the Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc-the reason I always add a little to my Private Reserve Cabernet. The firm structure promises considerable longevity for this wine, appropriate for celebrating our third century of winemaking at Beringer well into the next decade.” -Winemaster, Ed Sbragia

Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2014
Elegant and intense, offering layered aromas of red raspberries, fresh Oregon strawberries, brown spice, and cedar. It is exceptionally balanced with silky tannins and a persistent finish.

Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2015
Aromas of cocoa, pomegranate and raspberry on the nose and the palate as well as a light touch of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice.

Fernand & Laurent Pillot Volnay, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France, 2014
The fine Pinot Noir of Volnay is expressed here with delicate complexity. The terroir gives a round wine with red currant and spice characters. A full-bodied wine, vigorous and elegant, able to be drunk relatively early or after a few years aging.

Byron Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California, 2014
Sultry cooked red plum and mulberry fruit meld with rust, mace, sarsaparilla and a touch of wood smoke on the nose of this bottling from the oldest commercial vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Smoked pork loin aromas meet with deep red fruit and the sweet tang of cherry skins on the sip.

Cambria Julia’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California, 2012
Deep, dark purple with an underlying earthy character that compliments its solid tannin structure. Red fruit and dark berry aromas and flavors carry through to a long fruity finish.

Carmel Road, Central Coast, Monterey County, United States
The 2016 Monterey Pinot Noir has bright cherry aromas that are layered with notes of wild strawberries and black tea. On the palate, you get juicy black cherry flavors and notes of cola with hints of vanilla, toasted oak and well-balanced tannins. A silky texture leads to a long finish.

Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2014
The nose is like bright sunshine with brilliant cherry, cranberry, and shiny penny. A very Burgundian style with a long, balanced finish.

Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch, Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2016
The 2016 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir leads with high-energy fruit aromas of deep, dark black cherry leaping out of the glass. Plush black raspberry notes follow, complemented by a rhubarb earthiness and rose petal floral notes. In the mouth, the wine is both rich and lively, one of the winery’s favorite qualities of great Pinots, with juicy blackberry flavors edged with redwood and spice box.
EnRoute Winery Les Pommiers, Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2016
On the nose, aromas of ripe cherry and plum are complemented by notes of earth, sage and forest floor. Generous-yet-soft red-fruit flavors expand on the palate, with elegant tannins that are the definition of silky. A mouthwatering natural acidity glides across the finish, making this vintage irresistibly approachable upon release.

Frank Family Vineyards, Carneros, California, 2016
Floral and lively with a beautiful exploration of lavender, red cherry, and cinnamon. Soft and juicy, it has a full-bodied figure of ripeness with polished tannins and structured acidity.

Gary Farrell Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2014
Vibrant notes of wild strawberries, raspberry preserves, and pomegranate fill the glass. Delicate aromas of rose petals and violets intertwine with a backdrop of cinnamon, grated nutmeg, pink peppercorn, and dried cloves. Medium bright upon entry, flavors of cherry cola and Ceylon black tea coat the palate and are balanced with traces of vanilla and blonde toast.

Goldeneye Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California, 2012
On the palate, beautifully delineated layers of freshly tilled earth, leather, lavender and pennyroyal are balanced by flavors of sweet Bing cherry, Japanese plum and black currant notes. The mouthfeel is round and plump, gliding to a long, satisfying finish marked by lingering notes of chocolaty French oak.

Goldeneye Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California, 2016
On the palate, lively flavors of wild strawberry and cherry are in perfect harmony, with terroir-driven hints of saddle leather, anise, pennyroyal and wild mushrooms, as well as notes of confectionary spices and vanilla from aging in the finest French oak.

Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Gevrey-Chambertin En Jouise, Cote de Nuits, Cote d’Or, Burgundy, France, 2010
Coming from parcels of old vines, this wine is expressed by its cherry side with a very nice length in the mouth.

Hartford Court Jennifer’s, Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2011
Aromas of boysenberries, violets and lavender followed by flavors of black raspberries, black tea, and anise. The 2016 Jennifer’s Pinot is very dense, but with fine tannins and a silky, persistent mouthfeel.

Hartford Court Lands Edge, Sonoma County, 2014
The nose leads with black cherry and black raspberry, balanced with aromas of crushed quartz and dried rose petal. The layered flavors of dark berries, licorice and dried flowers lead to a mid-palate with an elegant and polished texture. The wine ends with a lingering mocha and mineral finish.

Joseph Drouhin Charmes Chambertin, Burgundy, France, 2003
On the nose, the first impression that arises is that of cherry. Then, woody and fine spicy aromas appear, with an elegant hint of musk in some vintages. The flavors are extraordinary in their richness and harmony, neither too rough nor too heavy. The architecture of the wine is held up by fine and noble tannins, giving the body a silky texture (called “gras”). Acidity brings energy and liveliness to the whole. The aftertaste is a pure delight.

DuMOL Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2011
Dark rose color, brilliant in the glass. Great purity of Pinot aromas: fresh cherry, raspberry, sassafras, rose petal and orange peel. Turns savory and complex: green tea, beetroot, smoke, rose hip and juniper. Layered juicy red fruits on palate: sour cherry, damson, pure raspberry, cranberry and crisp red apple skin. Darker tones emerge with air, cassis and huckleberry. Silky, fine texture and always lively, poised and mouthwatering. Great complexity to the lingering finish – bergamot, rhubarb and mint.

Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne, Burgundy, France, 2014
A beautiful ruby color. This wine has pleasant, fresh, red-fruit aromas on the nose, which we find again on the palate. It has rich and very ripe substance, with fine round tannins. It’s a very well-structured and pleasing wine.

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d’Or, Burgundy, France, 2008
With its deep, clear ruby red hue, it reveals notes of black fruits and excellent strength and concentration. As with all Gevrey-Chambertin, it requires a few years of patience before reaching its full potential.

Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine, Provence, France, 2015
Of a ruby color, the Domaine de Valmoissine 2015 is complex on the nose with aromas of undergrowth and raspberry. Ample in the mouth, notes of cassis, licorice, and mocha are released. Smooth tannins and very nice freshness on the finish.

Louis Latour Santenay, Cote de Beaune, France, 2015
Santenay 2010 has an intense ruby color and a fresh bouquet with notes of blackcurrant and liquorice. The wine is very elegant.

Merry Edwards Meredith Estate, Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2011
The mouthwatering, intense aroma is full of syrupy cassis, luscious black raspberry, ripe blueberry and crushed sweet black cherry. Layers of cocoa, sweet tobacco and Bergamot tea add depth and complexity. The rich, sleek palate is intriguing with its grainy, smooth yet powerful tannins and a seemingly endless finish.

Montoya, Monterey, Central Coast, California, 2013
Rich, long-lasting flavors of raspberry and black cherry with lead to a smooth finish.

Paul Hobbs Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2015
A dark cherry hue and aromas of black cherry and bright strawberry. Rich, dark fruits dominate the palate, with accents of red fruit and complex undertones of white pepper and nutmeg. The fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity add layers and tension, accentuating the flavors and velvet-like mouth-feel for an elegant finish.

Ponzi Tavola, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2015
This intensely perfumed nose gives hints of bay leaf, star anise, lavender, pomegranate and dried currant. The sweet entry to the vibrant palate leads to spiced cherry pie, lightly roasted coffee bean and finishes with soft tannins touched with orange zest.

Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France, 1995
This intensely perfumed nose gives hints of bay leaf, star anise, lavender, pomegranate and dried currant. The sweet entry to the vibrant palate leads to spiced cherry pie, lightly roasted coffee bean and finishes with soft tannins touched with orange zest.

Walt Gap’s Crown, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, 2011
The 2010 WALT Gap’s Crown glows with a deep purple hue and its lavish blueberry and blackberry aromas jump from the glass. On the palate, the wine is dense with raspberry, chocolate, violets and brown spice.

Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2016
Complex aromas of black cherry, dried herbs, floral and spice create an alluring nose. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and flavors of blackberry, bergamot, anise and cedar. Exceptionally balanced with velvety tannins, lively acidity and a lingering finish.

Folie a Deux Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, 2014
Deeply concentrated aromas of strawberry jam and black cherry, with subtle hints of cola and spice, framed by a palate of cherry, cranberry, toffee, leather and tobacco.

Sanford Flor de Campo, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California, 2014
The wine is garnet with a ruby hue and is bursting with bright red fruits like raspberry and bing cherry with a hint of cola, pepper, and some earthiness. On the palate, this medium bodied and balanced wine delivers bright fruit and spice.

Ramey Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2014
Our first Russian River Valley Pinot Noir strikes a fine balance between rich, unctuous styles and leaner, coastal styles. It is at once both elegant and delicious.

Cloudfall Pinot Noir, Monterey, Central Coast, California, 2017
Cloudfall Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from the warmer southern end of Monterey County. Here fruit grows on a south-facing slope of the Monterey Mountains, developing vibrant character elegantly balanced with the acidity representative of coastal growing regions.

Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Bourgogne, Burgundy, France, 2014
Supple and structured, yet lively on the palate with its vibrant acidity, this wine offers a bouquet of berries which evolved over time into preserved fruit aromas. Subtle peppery and earthy tones follow on the finish.

Erath Resplendent, Oregon, 2015
Aromas of fleshy cherry with a tart spice on the finish.

Miura, Rochioli Vineyard, Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2014
Dark cherry, nutmeg, tea and cinnamon spices permeate this luscious wine.

The Calling, Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2013
Flavors of fresh cherries, mushrooms, and spice are framed by rich acidity, delicate texture and powdery tannins.

Domaine Roux Père & Fils Pommard, Burgundy, France, 2015
Roux Pommard is a rich, yet delicate wine with aromas of blackberry, cherry, and ripe plum. With age, the wine develops notes of leather, chocolate, and pepper.
Siduri Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2017
This wine is full of energy with bright cherry fruit and lively acidity pronouncing aromas of savory white pepper and a forest floor in October. There is a depth of currant and plum jam to round it all out.
Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard, Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard, 2016
Deep garnet in color with an aromatic medley of black cherry, marionberry, ripe plum and a hint of anise. Dark fruit on the palate with flavors of wild berries, caramelized oak and cacao nibs complemented by subtle notes of vanilla, cedar and a hint of lavender and forest floor. Rich and unrestrained, this wine’s abundant fruit is beautifully balanced by firm acidity and layers of red and black fruit.
Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune, Cote d’Or, Burgundy, France, 2012
On the nose, delicate and fruity aromas such as strawberry and red currant. On the palate, the tannins are refined and lend a nice roundness to the body. Elegant aftertaste.
Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France, 2012
On the nose, delicate and fruity aromas such as strawberry and red currant. On the palate, the tannins are refined and lend a nice roundness to the body. Elegant aftertaste.
Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged, Monterey, Napa, & Sonoma County, California
This lush and layered Pinot Noir is overflowing with intense aromas of black cherry, vanilla, and toasty oak. Smooth with supple tannins, robust flavors of fresh raspberry jam and strawberry are complemented by silky underpinnings of rich mocha and caramel. Jammy and voluminous, rich juicy ripe fruit lingers on through the finish.
Black Stallion Winery Los Carneros, Carneros, California, 2017
Lush red fruit aromas of strawberry and cherry with a hint of spice. Red fruit flavors are extended on the palate with strawberry and Bing cherry coupled with round black tea-like tannins.
Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River, Sonoma County, California, 2016
Wild berry, mushroom, forest floor, white gardenia, coriander. Dark entry with a strong and bold touch, red clay-iron, cherry extract, coffee and root beer, with good viscosity and depth.

Merlot

Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch, Napa Valley, California, 1999
It delivers a consistent message from the first waft of its characteristic aromas through its long finish. I think this richness comes mostly from the concentrated blackberry and blueberry flavors but also partly from a kind of earthy quality typical of the vineyard. Underlying these flavors are more subtle notes of anise, tobacco and leather.

Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch, Napa Valley, California, 1997
Smoke and vanilla highlight pure berry aromas that seem more red-berryish than previous vintages, with some herbal notes as well. Creamy-textured, it fills the mouth with berry and cocoa flavors and finishes with firm mountain tannins.

Cafaro Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2003

Charles Krug, Napa Valley, United States, 2014
Napa Valley Merlot has expressive aromas of ripe red and black fruit followed by hints of spice. Supple body and medium tannins envelop flavors of berry and cherry which linger on the palate through a long, smooth finish.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013
The Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot is an elegant expression of Washington Merlot. It offers dark cherry fruit character and dusty tannins.

Duckhorn, Napa Valley, United States, 2013
This gorgeous wine displays intense aromas of ripe cherry, followed by more nuanced elements of cedar, sweet spices, orange peel and cigar box. On the palate, layers of black raspberry and spiced plum mingle with more savory notes of nutmeg and pencil lead. With firm, well-integrated tannins that extend the finish, this beautifully structured Merlot also promises great ageability.

Duckhorn Three Palms, Napa Valley, California, 2005
This concentrated wine has a velvety texture, bright acidity, and firm, well-integrated tannins. The aroma is layered with red fruit, dried herbs, allspice, vanilla bean, and a hint of dust. On the palate, the flavors are dominated by dark red fruits, including ripe strawberries and dried cherries, with inviting accents of toasted oak, chocolate, and spice.

Folie a Deux, Sonoma County, United States, 2012
Berry fruit characteristics with a touch of toasty caramel and nutty characteristics from the oak and has a firm layer of plush tannins. The berry fruit, vanilla and cherry flavors are concentrated and focused boasting a firm grip on the finish.

Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, United States, 2011
Complex flavors of red currant, black licorice and hint of savory herbs are wrapped in a velvety texture that leave your taste buds asking for more.

Hall Napa Valley, California, 2013
Deep garnet in color, this wine starts with a beautiful voluminous entry of cascading red fruit and a soft, lush texture. A pretty, floral, fruit-driven wine with aromas of rose petal, very ripe raspberry, milk chocolate, burning embers and vanilla.

Duckhorn Napa Valley, California, 2012
This Napa Valley Merlot is a complex blend of several individual vineyard lots, incorporating fruit from our Estate Vineyards and from top independent growers throughout the Napa Valley. The final wine is a rich and cohesive expression of the entire Napa Valley, reflecting the varied microclimates and soils of this unique appellation.

Duckhorn Napa Valley, California, 2014
On the nose, vibrant layers of red and black fruit mingle with hints of violet, dried herbs, black licorice and graphite. The flavors echo the aromas, with lovely black currant and licorice elements supported by firm, impeccably balanced, tannins and an excellent structure. Good acidity helps to carry the juicy dark fruit notes through to a long, satisfying finish.

Duckhorn Napa Valley, California, 2015
The 2015 growing season yielded a classic expression of Napa Valley Merlot, with a fleshy entry and juicy layers of Bing cherry, raspberry, and plum, along with hints of blueberry, cedar, vanilla, and clove. Underscored by polished tannins, the juiciness of the entry evolves into a lush, silky texture that carries the flavors to a long, generous finish marked by notes of freshly ground coffee beans with a splash of ripe, red cherry.

Duckhorn Three Palms, Napa Valley, California, 2002
The aromas are bright and appealing with layers of red currant, cranberry, cherry and ripe raspberry. The palate offers a robust structure with lush red fruit flavors, as well as sophisticated supporting notes of warm earth, dried wild herbs and minerals.

Duckhorn Three Palms, Napa Valley, California, 2000
At first sniff an intriguing combination of smoked meat, raspberry jam, caramel, dried herbs and toasted oak awaken the olfactory senses. The varied scents will tempt you to taste and the flavors of chocolate, coffee, black cherry and blackberry seems to dominate the palate. Well integrated tannins balance with the ripe fruit and conclude with a lingering finish that is accented with sweet oak.

McManis, California, United States, 2015
Bright purple hues highlighted with medium ruby color. Ripe Blackberry aromas are surrounded by a bouquet of cream and a hint of baking spices. Our 2013 Merlot, as with previous vintages, is juicy and concentrated with a mix of black fruit flavors and a vanilla creamy texture – contributed through oak aging. The wine is succulent with a toasty finish.

Shafer Napa Valley, California, 2012
Sleek and supple, this is exactly the style of Merlot that made the wine so popular. Floral red currant and cinnamon spice aromas lead to rich, ripe flavors of black cherry and toasty oak, with a hint of earth.

Shafer Napa Valley, California, 2012
Sleek and supple, this is exactly the style of Merlot that made the wine so popular. Floral red currant and cinnamon spice aromas lead to rich, ripe flavors of black cherry and toasty oak, with a hint of earth.

Sterling Napa Valley, California, 2014
From the first pour the wine opens an of abundance enticing aromas and mouth-coating flavors of fresh summer berries, dark plums, and strawberries, fresh herbs and flowers all presented with juicy energy, surrounded by seamlessly textured tannins that will age attractively with cellaring.

Ornellaia Masseto, Tuscany, Italy, 2005
The fruit of an especially late harvest, Masseto displays great aromatic maturity, with fruit and spice joining the usual balsamic and mentholated accents. Ample, rich, and full on the palate, the first impact reveals a tremendous tannic structure, which is so atypical for Merlot but makes it easy to recognize this wine as the product of a unique terroir: Vigna Masseto. The complexity and length apparent upon sipping allow us to appreciate every characteristic of the wine, which will age long and well.

Trinchero Chicken Ranch Vineyard, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, 2009
This Merlot is very dry and tannic, with only modest blackberry fruit flavors, but it has a certain elegance. Turns oaky and herbal on the finish.

Wente, Crane Ridge, Central Coast, United States, 2011
With a smooth mouthfeel and balanced tannins, this dry, full-bodied Merlot exhibits flavors of plum, cherry, vanilla and a hint of earth.

Murphy-Goode, Sonoma, California, 2012
Look for aromas and flavors of black cherry, blueberry, and blackberry all tied together with just a kiss of toasty vanilla.

Newton Epic, Napa Valley, California, 1997
Pleasantly proportioned, with a nice balance of herb, sage and currant flavors. Firm on the finish, where the tannins are rich and tight.

Northstar, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2000
Power and finesse come to mind when tasting this wine. Big structure with smooth tannins and beautiful oak flavors in the finish. Ripe plum and concentrated dark ripe fruit such as raspberry, blackberry and cherry explode in the mouth.

Rutherford Hill, Napa Valley, California, 2012
Garnet color. On the nose, Intense aromas of raspberry and plum with a hint of dried cherry. Concentrated flavors of red fruit and plush tannins give the wine a rich finish; with a hint of cocoa, caramel and dry currants.

Markham, Napa Valley, California, 2015
The drought brought cherry liquor-like concentration to Markham’s 2015 vintage of Merlot. Black cherry and cassis aromas are layered with hints of vanilla, mint and toasted nuts. Elegant and supple on the palate, the juicy plum and cherry fruit flavors are punctuated with cola and black pepper spice. The tannins remain chewy through to the finish.

Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch, Napa Valley, California, 2014
The 2014 Suscol Merlot offers a perfect harmony of juicy and succulent flavors. A small swirl coaxes enticing aromas of dark plum, green olive, and cedar from the glass. Earthy notes of tobacco leaf, olive, tar and spice blend nicely with the dark, sweet fruit. From year to year, this wine’s distinctiveness lies in the lush, velvety tannins that expand upon the initial sip and develop with richness through the finish.

PlumpJack, Napa Valley, California, 2014
The impeccable 2014 vintage blessed this wine with aromas of raspberry, black cherry, and white flowers, with dashes of mint and earth in the background. The barrels sprinkle in some subtle spice, smoke, and vanilla flavors helping round out the bouquet. The palate is silky upon entry and ascends to a full-bodied and rich midpalate. The bright acid and beautiful structure give this wine great tension, balance, and persistence on the finish. The cherry and raspberry flavors stand out on the palate and the wine finishes with cocoa and vanilla.

SIMI, Sonoma County, California, 2015
Deep garnet with a ruby edge. The nose is a compelling mixture of sour cherry, blackberry, and red plum with cocoa, clove, and earthy hints of cedar, bay laurel, and smoky bacon framing the bright fruit. On the palate, bright red fruit, red plum, black cherry, blackberry, and wild berry meld with light toast, vanilla, and a hint of fresh, sweet herbs, while spice lends depth and weight. The wine finishes with toasty oak and spice.

Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak, Napa Valley, California, 2014
Black cherry, roasted meat, wet soil, raspberry jam, mocha, loose pipe tobacco, dried blueberry, and brioche. Velvet entry, structured mid-palate, mouthwatering, bright cherry, blackberry, vanilla flavors, and an enticing texture.

Nebbiolo

Damilano Barolo Cannubi, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy, 2006
The wine has a striking garnet, ruby red color with subtle orange reflections. It has an ample nose with evident notes of cherry and plum that evolve into hints of tobacco, licorice and cocoa. On the palate, it has a harmonic flavor that is pleasantly dry, with soft tannins and full body.
Gaja Contesia, Piedmont, Italy, 2001
The Gaja Conteisa 2009 displays garnet color in the glass accompanied by expressive floral aromas on the nose with notes of red berries, plums, licorice and spices. The Nebbiolo in Conteisa reflects the essence of the Cerequio terroir: sumptuous texture and a very refined character with perfectly integrated tannins.
Borgogno Barolo Riserva, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy, 2004
Layers of fragrant red berries, flowers and spices. It, too, is representative of the year. Silky tannins frame the perfumed, expressive fruit through to the finish. This is an especially refined style for Borgogno.

Shiraz

Robert Oakley, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2012
This is a soft, fleshy-textured Shiraz displaying blueberries and spice, supple tannins and stylish French oak influence.
Two Hands Sexy Beast, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2014
Aromas of cassis, scorched earth, licorice and provincial herbs.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beringer, Sonoma, 2016
Ripe, plump, plum, black cherry and blackberry flavors in a rich, smooth, polished style.
Cedar Knoll, Napa Valley, 2014
Dark blackberry and cassis with layers of dark cocoa and spice.
Charles Krug, Napa Valley, 2014
Aromas of black cherry, currant and a hint of tobacco.
Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate, Columbia Valley, 2015
Supple, ripe and generous, with a black pepper note weaving harmoniously through the focused black cherry and toast flavors.
Chateau Ste Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley, 2013
Iron filings, bark, pepper and dried earth notes.
Clark-Claudon Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2001
Sweet perfume of minerals as well as black fruits.
Continuum Oakville, Napa Valley, 2005
Rose petal, brown spice, sandalwood and cardamom, lingering with flavors of graphite and licorice on the finish.
Far Niente Oakville, Napa Valley, 2013
Opens with aromas of mixed berry fruit, boysenberry, chocolate covered cherries, layered with hints of graphite and toasted oak. On the palate, a smooth entry is followed by intense, ripe berry notes. This wine is focused and silky through the midpalate, building to a finish with broad tannins and notes of cedar and toasted oak.
Faust, Napa Valley, 2016
Intense yet fresh with juicy blue and black notes. Notes of dark chocolate and dried herbs seduce the palate while silky tannins and lifting acidity leads to a layered and lingering finish.
Folie a Deux, Sonoma, 2016
Aromas of black currant, cherry, dark plum and violets are balanced by notes of sage, fennel, olives, black tea and tobacco—all layered over soft, fine-grained tannins.
Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley, 2014
Opaque, dark ruby color introduces this wine that expresses dark fruit aroma and flavors. With spicy sweet oak complexity, the wine exudes dark fruit such as blackberry, black currant, blueberry and dark cherry. There are nuances of dark chocolate, chocolate berry truffle dusted with cocoa powder, cola, aromatic cedar, cinnamon, clove, graham crackers and a hint of tobacco. The body is very full with a soft entry, coupled with dark cherry/berry flavors that develop from start to finish. With great texture and mouthfeel, this Cabernet is full-bodied, rich and opulent.
Frog’s Leap, Napa Valley, 2015
Rich, deep mocha aromas, superb balance, with very long and deep flavors.
Grgich Hills, Napa Valley, 2013
Fresh flavors of ripe blackberries, black cherries and a hint of pepper.
Hess Allomi, Napa Valley, 2014
Full bodied, with classic Cabernet red fruit flavors set off by aromas and flavors of currant and blackberry.
Joel Gott 815, California, 2015
Rich vanilla aromas, framed by red fruit notes of plum, strawberry, and cherry, fill the nose of this California Cabernet Sauvignon. Luscious Bing cherry, strawberry, and raspberry flavors on the palate give way to hints of cigar box and toffee on the long, textured finish.
Beringer Private Reserve, Napa Valley, 2013
The enticing aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, fresh tobacco, brown spice, and sweet mint are profound in the glass. Dense and well-structured, its supple tannins are complemented by notes of espresso, mocha and balanced with a silky and elegant finish.
Clark-Claudon Vineyards, Napa Valley, 1999
This medium to full-bodied offering possesses outstanding purity in addition to well-integrated tannin, acidity, and wood.
Don Melchor Concha y Toro, Puento Alto, 2010
The aroma of this wine is elegant and complex, brimming with notes of black currants and spice complemented by chocolate and tobacco.
Jordan 1990 – 1996, Sonoma, 1990
Lively with dried cherry and plum leading the aromatics, with pleasant nuances of forest floor, eucalyptus, tobacco and tea making up the background.
Main Street Winery, California, 2017
Flavors of black cherry, plum, and a hint of earthiness.
Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger, Napa Valley, 2016
Abundant cherry and fresh herb aromas.
Oberon, Napa Valley, 2016
Vibrant black cherry, candied blackberry and spices. A hint of coffee and dark chocolate create a lingering and delightful finish.
Peju, Napa Valley, 2014
Ripe red berries, plum and vanilla bean infuse the glass of this rich 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, a perfect balance of structured tannins and fruit envelop the taste buds, displaying fresh raspberry, leather, smoke and toasted marshmallow. This wine culminates in a long finish with layers of cinnamon and anise.
Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, 2015
A mouth filling entry of dark berry and black plum fruit is layered with black pepper, dried lavender and herbs complexity, enrobing a firm core of tannins and bright acidity in a wave of deliciously sensual fruit and spice flavors which linger on the richly-textured finish.
Ramey, Napa Valley, 2014
Floral and savory notes add an attractive upper register in this mid-weight, juicy 2014. Bright red stone fruit, plum and savory notes abound on the finish.
Ridge Monte Bello, Central Coast, 1992
a profound nose of minerals, cassis, licorice, and spices, spectacular richness, and a great mid-palate that boasts layers of fruit. Admirable purity, fine underlying acidity, and considerable sweet, ripe tannin make this another compelling effort.
Robert Mondavi Private Reserve, Napa Valley, 2009
A profusion of aromas – crème de cassis, black cherry coulis, anise, violet, black olive, fresh herb and smoke – spill out of the glass and scent the room. Profoundly deep, complex flavors echo the aroma with firm, well-integrated tannins, vibrant acidity and a long, cocoa-mineral finish.
Robert Mondavi Private Reserve, Napa Valley, 2011
Chalky tannins artfully form a violet dust on the palate and with a smack and a snap, blackberry mocha appears. But it dissipates, melts, leaving traces of sweet fruit on the tongue that are akin to a plum brandy finish.
Staglin Family Salus, Napa Valley, 2012
Vibrant raspberry, blueberry and ripe plum saturated in creme de cacao and Chambord liqueur with the slightest uplift of spearmint and nutmeg. The polished and plushly textured palate, like liquid velvet generously endowed with juicy black cherries and ripe blackberries dripping with heady milk chocolate and a dusting of espresso, is deepened with just the slightest dash of tamari.
Shafer One Point Five, Napa Valley, 2015
Bright, energetic aromas and flavors of fresh black cherry, black plum right from the tree, pomegranate, wet slate, peppercorn, lavender, and savory herbs.
Silver Oak, Alexander Valley, 2014
An alluring nose of chocolate-covered strawberries, vanilla, nutmeg, truffle and sage. On the palate, it has a broad yet delicate entry and offers cranberry flavors. These flavors are complemented by raspberry and pluot with savory black olive characters on the mid-palate. The wine finishes with silky tannins, cedar and bramble flavors with excellent length and return.
Silverado Estate Grown, Napa Valley, 2015
Well defined fruit aromas and flavors of boysenberry and plum with great acidity and hints of earth and a touch of vanilla.
Simi, Sonoma, 2015
Dark fruit aromas of blackberry, plum, and black cherry, the toasty oak frames and adds depth. Leading into complex notes of cocoa, cassis, pepper, and cedar. Black fruit dominates the entry followed by plum and black cherry with a spicy, lifted mid-palate. A bit of peppery cassis leads the finish with some roasted coffee notes and supple yet firm tannins.
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis, Napa Valley, 2016
Expressive aromas of dark berries, currants, raspberry sorbet, nutmeg and baking spices. The wine has a rich entry with round tannins and plush mouthfeel with lingering flavors of dark fruit and subtle oak undertones.
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time, Napa Valley, 2016
This Napa Valley red wine blend offers aromas of boysenberry, fig and red currant along with hints of clove and dried fruit. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied and textured with lingering dried fruit and mixed berry flavors on the finish.
Sterling, Napa Valley, 2016
Aromas and flavors of dark red and black fruits, including black cherry, raspberry, blackberry and ripe plum. Notes of mocha, oak spice and cassis are accented with sea salt caramel and vanilla bean. Intense and full-bodied, the wine is balanced and well structured with seamless acidity and evident but pleasing tannins.
Stonestreet Estate, Sonoma, 2014
Flavors of black cherry, satsuma plum and blood orange with bay leaf, fresh tobacco and cocoa nib adding further dimension. The palate offers a generous, beautifully extracted texture, all of which is kept in balance by the freshness of the fruit that one finds on the mountain, and an indelible stony signature.
Woodward Canyon, Washington, 2010
An enticing nose of earth, cedar and tobacco integrated with aromas of black fruits and cassis. In the mouth, the wine is firm but rich showing notes of pepper, herb and berries. Integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; the finish is complex, generous, and long.
Markham, Napa Valley, 2015
Lavish aromas of sassafras, bourbon and toasted marshmallow give way to rich boysenberry fruit layered with flavors of dark chocolate, making this wine and ideal pairing for even the most inventive cuisine.
Silver Oak, Napa Valley, 2013
A nose of raspberry, cassis and loose pipe tobacco. This full-bodied wine has an assertively silky structure and is notably spicy on the palate. Flavors of sage and blackberry mark the wine’s entry. The strong acidity in the mid-palate is followed by a lingering finish.
Cakebread, Napa Valley, 2014
Dense, concentrated aromas of ripe boysenberry, blackberry, dark plum and cassis, with a hint of spice, preface intense, deeply concentrated, blackberry, blackcurrant and dark cherry flavors, culminating in a long finish shot through with a blackberry fruitiness.
Origin, Family Home, Napa Valley, 2002
La Jota Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, 2014
Aromas of anise, blackberry, and a touch of sage. It is uncommonly smooth and well balanced, with richly textured tannins and flavors of blueberry and mocha toast. La Jota’s signature line of bright minerality runs the length of this long, satisfying wine.
Frank Family, Napa Valley, 2014
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticing nose of blackberries, bayleaf and graphite; on the palate the wine is full-bodied, and reminiscent of cocoa-dusted dark chocolate trues, cloves and blackberries.
Cade, Napa Valley, 2015
Abundant aromas of whole cloves, wild blackberries & boysenberries and baked blueberry pie. Texturally, the wine coats your palate like soft, smooth satin but maintains an elegant structure. Complex flavor levels blanket your palate beginning with dried red fruits, raspberry jam, ripe cherries and campfire s’mores.
Kenwood Artist Series, Sonoma, 2005
Complex aromas of cassis, tea leaves and a hint of licorice.
Heitz Cellar “Martha’s Vineyard”, Napa Valley, 2004
Lavish varietal aromas and a signature twist of mint are followed by an exquisite mouthful of rich black cherry.
Caymus, Napa Valley, 2016
An alluring plum red, with scents of dark cherries, chocolate shavings and violets. A hint of Napa Valley dust comes through on the nose, which has an equal balance of fruit, oak and earthiness. Enters the palate with a soft suppleness, peaking with flavors or cassis, dark berries, lavender and nutmeg. Texturous and fills the mouth. The exceptionally long finish displays a harmony of grippiness, vanilla oak and lush fruit.
Maxville, Napa Valley, 2014
Deep opulent ruby and garnet hues with tantalizing aromas of perfume, cedar and ripe dark fruit layered with vanilla, cassis and black pepper. The finish is long and rich.
Frog’s Leap, Napa Valley, 2012
Deep, cassis-currant aromas, the classic notes of ‘Rutherford Dust,’ and the earthen flavors of cedar and black olive. The mouthfeel is plush across the palate with velvety tannins, yet balanced by bright acidy and firm structure that hints at promising years to come.
Haras de Pirque Hussonet, Maipo Valley, 2012
Dark violet in color this wine is filled with spicy, fresh black fruit aromatics with overtones of mint. On the palate, it is lively, expressing rosemary, laurel and mint touches. The finishes long and savory.
Arrowood, Sonoma, 2015
The purity of the red- fruit and floral/savory aromatics is striking. Red plum, mocha, sage and cedar add layers of nuance.
Pascual Toso, Mendoza, 2015
A very fruity nose with aromas that remind one of plums and quince and a slight touch of elegant oak. The mouthfeel has a mild bouquet of blackberry and licorice fruit. This is a very big wine that has a rich and lingering finish with smoky accents of vanilla and oak.
Duckhorn, Napa Valley, 2015
Beginning with a gorgeous nose of boysenberry, cherry, strawberry, cedar, sage, and licorice, this lush and lively Cabernet captures the rich diversity of Napa Valley. On the palate, the alluring fruit flavors are underscored by bright acidity, firm polished tannins, and notes of fig, licorice, and cinnamon that linger on the well-structured finish.
Charles Smith Substance, Columbia Valley, 2015
Rich, dark, unctuous, brooding and deep. Delicious, complex and compelling. Smooth, long and amazing. A wine of true substance.
Groth, Napa Valley, 2014
The Cabernet Sauvignon is big and lush with huge gobs of fruit in the aroma and flavor. The texture of the wine is soft and supple, typical of Cabernet Sauvignons grown in our area of the Oakville AVA. The sweet vanilla character derived from 22 months in the barrels blends well with the black cherry and blackberry flavors and aromas of the wine.
Shafer Hillside Select, Napa Valley, 2014
The 2014 vintage opens with an aromatic wave of deep, intense fruit and spices such as black plum, blackberry pie filling, cassis, and anise, along with nutmeg, dark toast, and dried rose petals. The energy in the nose is just as dramatic in the mouth with open, beautiful ripeness, mocha, briar fruit, pomegranate, baking spice, and ripe tannins.
Charles Krug Vintage Selection, Napa Valley
Aromas of coffee bean and blueberries lead to flavors of baked berry, caramel and vanilla, resulting in a full-bodied, supple and truly elegant wine.
Hess Allomi, Napa Valley
A wonderful brightness of raspberry and red plum delight the mid-palate, and these flavors are supported by a subtle oak spice that adds to the personality of the wine.
Beringer Third Century, Napa Valley, 2000
Red-ruby. Varietally accurate aromas of blackcurrant, tobacco, minerals, menthol and shoe polish. Penetrating flavors of medicinal blue fruits and shoe polish, with a saline suggestion of soil. Finishes firm, minerally and long.
Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley, 2013
Opaque, dark ruby color introduces this wine that expresses dark fruit aroma and flavors. With spicy sweet oak complexity, the wine exudes dark fruit such as blackberry, black currant, blueberry and dark cherry. There are nuances of dark chocolate, chocolate berry truffle dusted with cocoa powder, cola, aromatic cedar, cinnamon, clove, graham crackers and a hint of tobacco. The body is very full with a soft entry, coupled with dark cherry/berry flavors that develop from start to finish.
Benziger Certified Sustainable, Sonoma, 2015
Mocha and wood spices unite, layer by layer, to form a finish that is rich with seamless tannins.
Kathryn Hall, Napa Valley, 2015
Enticing aromas of dark plum, cocoa powder, dried rose petal and dusty earth, laced with a subtle note of dried sage. The palate is seamless and opulent, featuring decadent dark fruit, finishing with supple, sweet, rich, and lengthy tannins.
Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, 2015
This wine’s nose is classic Napa Valley, filled with juicy blackberries, rich cocoa, and cassis. After a few moments, dried cherry and a touch of tobacco come into focus along with some wispy notes of fresh violets. Density and concentration sum up the palate nicely as tight-grained tannin is interwoven among layers of fresh raspberry, mint, and hazelnut. These notes slowly transition to a subtle richness of molasses and fig that’s almost chewy enough to sink your teeth into. The finish is seamless and complementary to the palate with strawberry jam, Earl Grey tea, and bright, refreshing acidity that should pair equally well with light fare or hardy cuisine.
Black Stallion, Napa Valley, 2015
The wine opens with stunning aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and toasty scents; the palate is concentrated with bold, velvety flavors of cassis, plum, blackberry, and dried apple. Intense mouthfilling fruit lingers on the palate and ends with a beautifully elegant finish.

Blends

Quintessa Rutherford, Napa Valley, 2003 307
Dominus Estate, Napanook Vineyard, Napa Valley, 1995 205
Opus One, Napa Valley, 2007 378
Prevail Winery, West Face, 2003 96
St. Supery, Elu, 2002 134
Frogs Leap, Rutherford, Napa Valley, 1999 164
Meritage Reserve, Trinchero, Napa Valley 112
Uriah, Spring Valley Vineyard, 2008 108
Banfi Centine, Toscana, 2000 32
Folie A Duex, Menage A Trois 31
Charles Krug, Generations 121
Ravenswood Merlot, Vintner’s Blend, 2003 34
Trinchero, Marios Reserve, Meritage, 2005 105
Trinchero, Marios Reserve, Meritage, 2004 100
Markham, 1879, 2010 61
Paraduxx, Duckhorn Wine Company, Napa Valley, 2008 98
Mourvedre Cline, Contra Coasta County, 1999 50
Alluvium Beringer, Knights Valley, 2003 71
Ramey, Claret 87
Niebaum, Coppola Estate, Cab Franc, 2002 101
Hands Of Time, Stag’s Leap, 2009 74
Shafer, Relentless, 2004 159
Ridge, Monte Bello, Red 276
Mourvedre “Old Telegram” Bonny Doon Vineyard, 2002 82
Ravenswood, Monte Rosso, 2001 71
Shafer Syrah, Relentless, 2001 139
Hardys Stamp, Shiraz, 2004 29
Col Solare 1998, 2001 160
Montevina, Terra D’Oro, Sangiovese, 2004 45
Conundrum 52
Trefethen Family Vineyards, Double T, 2009 61
Petite Verdot, Trinchero, Central Park West 112

Zinfandel

Frog’s Leap, Napa Valley, 2008 62
Montevina, Terra D’Oro 100 Year Vines, Deaver Vineyard, 2002 65
Rosenblum, Zinfandel, Richard Sauret, 2003 66
Howell Moutain Vineyard, Beatty Ranch, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, 2002 88
Chateau Montelena, The Montelena Estate, 2005 66
Chateau Souvrain, Dry Creek Valley, 2002 44
Alderbrook, Zinfandel, 2003 48
The Federalist, Dry Creek, 2009 65
Girard, Napa Valley, 2001 56
Mariah, Mendocino Ridge, 2004 60
Grgich Hills, Zinfandel, 2007 75
Tarius Aldine Vineyard, Mendocino, 1999 69
Biale Spenker Lodi, 2001 81