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Kirkland Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon

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Kirkland Cab

2008
Napa Valley

Damn…what squid did this inky Cab ride in on? Black and opaque with some cuh-razy legs! You would not believe how smooth this black beauty is, though…and I still find it hard to believe it’s the Kirkland label! Delectable aroma of vanilla and raspberries and spice, with soft berries up front, a gentle pepper edge, and a silky finish with a touch of coffee. Elegant from start to finish; Costco does the varietal proud.

St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon

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St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon

2007
Sonoma County, California

Opaque, almost black, with thick, heavy legs — this big, burly wine’s appearance attests to its deep flavor and thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Scents of cedar, tobacco smoke and raisins, with lots of oak flavor. Fruit? Not so much. The finish is dry as a bone and leathery. Very rich, very textured…and too much for this drinker’s palate. If you like ’em thick and heavy, go for it — but enjoy it with a friend, otherwise you’re in for one hell of a headache.

This is a 2006 but it’s available online from wine.com: Saint Francis 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon .

Bridlewood Reserve Syrah

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Bridlewood Reserve Syrah

2006
California Central Coast

I could have sniffed this wine forever. Rich and almost floral, for a red. Vanilla, jasmine, dark chocolate-covered cherries; like a box of gourmet chocolates, almost. The flavor is really big and dry, too, but smooth–notes of licorice, smoke and bittersweet chocolate. This is not a dessert wine, but I ate a truffle with this and was not disappointed. (Or maybe anything goes with truffles.) Naturally, this Syrah will stand up to big, hearty dishes, but if guests are lingering over dessert and coffee, you might consider breaking out a bottle of this to keep the party going.

SPECIAL NOTE: $20 at BevMo!, but currently offered as part of their “5 cent” sale (buy one bottle, get the second for just $.05). Purchase now at http://www.bevmo.com

Martin Ray Pinot Noir

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2008
Santa Barbara County

Vanilla and spice and everything nice! This festive, garnet-hued beauty is loaded with warm vanilla, toasty oak, allspice and nutmeg. The smooth tannins have just enough leather and pepper to keep the wine from getting too jammy, and a hint of berry rounds things out nicely. A well-structured, easy-drinking, satiny pinot that’s perfect for the holidays!

Martin Ray 2008 Santa Barbara Pinot Noir – Red Wine