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Teso La Monja 2010 Alabaster (Toro). Pure blackberry, cola, licorice and vanilla aromas form the base of an alluring bouquet. A layered, tannic palate is accompanied by flavors of toast, mocha, black fruit, licorice and pepper. Firm tannins drive the finish, leaving you with bitter chocolate and espresso. This will be best from 2015 to 2020. Jorge Ordoñez Selections.
abv: 14.5% Price: $220
Gorman 2009 The Bully Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain). The 2009 Bully includes 10% Petit Verdot. It’s seamless and complete, a firm, muscular, dark, smoky and earthy Cabernet with substantial tannins. The deeply powerful black fruits have a vivid presence and a slightly roasted character. This is a big bruiser, but beautifully proportioned.
abv: 14.8% Price: $45
Domaine Sorin 2012 Terra Amata Rosé (Côtes de Provence). Rich, full tasting wine from the Sorin family, with smoothly ripe red berry fruits. There’s an attractive, orange zest character that gives piquancy to this great food rosé. Grape Expectations.
abv: 12.5% Price: $12