Lindeman’s Wines Bin 50 Smooth Shiraz 2017, Australia

A pretty ruby color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, red currants, red candy, light wood, alcohol, licorice, light barnyard, milk chocolates and tobacco.

Medium in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry to off dry on the palate with raspberries, blueberries, cherries, oak, earth, light vegetables, graphite and black pepper.

Medium minus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a simple Shiraz from Australia. Not fully balanced, but drinkable nonetheless. Good for everyday and better when a little chilled.

Needs 30 minutes to open up. I paired it with hard cheeses and crackers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$6.

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Corte de’ Signori Amarone Della Valpolicella 2008, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim. Not showing age at all.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, wet leaves, spices, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity with blueberries, cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, green herbs, mint and tobacco leaf.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great wine. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing great complexity and a great mouthfeel. This is a wine that you want to talk about while drinking.

Needs 2 hours to open up a properly. This 10 year old still has many years in it, and it is beginning to drink nicely now. Tasty and delicious.

A blend of 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. Aged for 30 months in large Slovenian oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Cline Cellars Cashmere Black Magic Alluring Dark Red Blend 2015 California

Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherry pie, wood, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky, earth, vinaigrette, spices and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, oak, licorice, cloves, chocolates, earth, vanilla, spices, alcohol, tobacco, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great red blend from California. Well balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel. The palate was much more interesting than the nose.

Peaking now, and good right out of the bottle, but much better after 2 hours when the tannins come in and bring in more structure. I had it last year, and now it’s much better. The tannins calmed down and it is much more balanced.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.

A blend of Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache. A yummy blend with a nice mouthfeel.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$16.

Newton Vineyard Skyside North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

It’s time for my Friday’s Cabernet fix. This week it’s one from California.

Dark ruby in color with a purple rim.

A typical nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, plums, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, vanilla, earth, coffee, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, oak, black cherries, plums, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, graphite, earth, peppercorn, leather, tobacco and chocolates.

Medium on the finish with firm tannins, spices and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Cabernet from the North Coast AVA. Nice and balanced with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins, but good right out of the bottle.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$20.

Winner’s Circle Winery Bon Pari Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose with black currants, blueberries, plums, earth, bing cherries, vanilla, graphite, vegetables, barnyard, herbs, spices, black pepper, wet leaves and celery.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity, with cherries, strawberries, red candy, blackcurrants, earth, barnyard, bitter vegetables, oak, cloves, spices, herbs, graphite, tobacco leaf, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, but better as it opens up and gets more complexity and tannins. I used the #Vspin to open it up for 10 minutes.

Showing a great nose and an enjoyable mouthfeel. I really enjoyed just smelling on it for a long while.

Spicy and enjoyable now, but will be enjoyable in the next five years as well. Rich and very tasty, with a soft mouthfeel.

I had the 2014 vintage as well, and this was better than the 2014, as it was still young.

Aged in 40% new French Oak barrels for 22 months.

I paired it with Parmesan cheese, olives and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$75.

Domaine Rouge Garance Côtes du Rhône Villages 2016, France

A pretty purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black currants, black plums, raspberries, vanilla, earth, light wood, vegetables, black olives and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, blueberries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, spices, earth, wet leaves, light vegetables and black tea.

Nice length on the finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great red blend from Côtes du Rhone. Nicely balanced with nice acidity and fruits. Showing a bigger mouthfeel than expected, with tannins that need some air. Has good complexity and a gentle mouthfeel.

Needed 2 hours to open up properly, and could use another year in the bottle to mature, but already drinking very nicely.

A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache. Aged for 12 months in 80% concrete tanks and 20% in oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$22.

Viveros Cambra La Peña de España Red 2015, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, chocolates, smoke, spices, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, wood, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, cloves, herbs, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth and black pepper.

Medium minus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice GSM from Spain. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins.

I paired it with cheeses, light appetizers and a great view.

A blend of 34% Garnacha, 33% Monastrell and 33% Syrah.

14% alcohol by volume.

84 points.

$8.