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Cameron Hughes Lot 230 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cameron Hughes Lot 230 Cabernet2009
Chalk Hill
Sonoma County, California

Extra tar, hold the jam. An inky and serious powerhouse of a cab, with plums, cassis and cedar in the nose and a surprisingly supple mouthfeel. Oak, smoke and coffee at the core, with an undertone of licorice and that tar-and-leather finish that glides smoothly off your palette. This wine is not subtle, but it is surprisingly elegant, and delicious on its own (although undoubtedly it would be dynamite with steak and roasts).

Get it at www.chwine.com or available for a time at CostCo.

Vigilance Cimarron

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Vigilance Cimarron 20102010
Lake County, California

Fruit and spice, earth and oak–there’s something for everyone in this sparkling red blend, perfect for the holidays and sustainably farmed in Lake County. Berries and plums dance in the bouquet, and the pallet is full and lively with tart blackberry and allspice. There’s a chewy core of leathery oak, too, to back up those exuberant top notes. The finish is deep, rich and creamy. A seasonal celebration in every glass!

On sale now at BevMo! Stock up for Christmas and beyond! (I certainly intend to.)

Cocobon Red Table Wine

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Cocobon 2009

2009
California

Livermore??? Yes. And it’s good, too! “Blended to take you to Nirvana!” claims winemaker Georgetta Dane, and I’m with her. I love a complex wine, and this one is seriously layered: starts out kind of light and minerally, then gives you some boysenberry and pomegranate, pepper at the end and mocha in the finish. A friend was picking up aromas of Dr. Pepper and prunes. An odd little wine that is just delicious and just $8 at Trader Joe’s, bless ’em. Stock up!

Mark West Pinot Noir

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Mark West Pinot Noir

2009
California; Sonoma County

Light, translucent and wonderfully perfumed–this soulful wine is full of oak and floral notes. Fresh cherries and pipe tobacco in the nose, with a woodsy tang. Tannins are firm and a little chewy, but smooth, and the finish is very earthy; gamey, even. This wine isn’t especially complex and there’s not a lot of fruit, but the flavors it does offer go deep.

We found this bottle at Beverages and More for $10.

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

Lucky Star Pinot Noir

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Lucky Star Pinot Noir2009
California (Graton)

Luck seems to be a lady for this Pinot. She’s a pretty garnet m’amselle with some nice legs and a delicate perfume of cherries, leather and oak. Light and lively with cranberries on the tip of the tongue and a dry but tannic finish — a nice touch that keeps this lighter red from being a lightweight. A real lucky find, too, for a mere $10.

We found this wine at Beverages and More.

Enlace by Liparita Cabernet Sauvignon

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Enlace Cabernet 2008 at Costco

So Lisa was curious what this amazing bottle cost [link]. It turns out this is not a bottle you can just Google for and the cute UPS guy shows up and pours you a glass next day.

Answer is that you can find these at the Costco in Westlake Village, California for $17.

Canard Sauvage Petite Syrah, 2009

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Canard Sauvage Petite Syrah2009
Sonoma County, California
Dry Creek Valley

So big, so firm, yet smooth, too…a noble savage is this. Inky black-red with some solid legs and a definite spice character. Cardamon, clove and blueberries in the nose, and jammy berries with a hint of smoky oak on the tongue. I liked that touch of tannin in the finish; it hasn’t been tamed into submission. I love me some wild duck.

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