Red Wines

Sonnets from the Portuguese

Sonnets from the Portuguese

Symington Family EstatesAltano Douro DOC2006 This Portuguese red is 70% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and 30% Touriga Franca (Touriga Francesca). It's a deep red-violet, offering…

Windy Oaks Pinot

Windy Oaks Pinot

Windy Oaks EstateEstate Cuvée Pinot Noir2007 This wine is brilliant red-purple, ringing with clarity. Its nose reaches up with lovely red fruit plus a…

Wise Beyond Its Years

Wise Beyond Its Years

Thierry GermainDomaine des Roches Neuves Saumur Champigny2006 Brilliant purple, this wine is a jewel in a glass. I pour, and smell first—what? Herbs, maybe,…

An Elegant, Polished Beaujolais

An Elegant, Polished Beaujolais

Georges DuBoeufMoulin-à-Vent "Prestige"2003 When poured, the wine is milky and brickish red. Floral and very feminine, it offers a nose of blackberries, lavender, and…

A Beautiful Evening Companion

A Beautiful Evening Companion

Domaine Le Mas des CollinesRegis de Taxis Gigondas2005 Inky violet-red, this wine gives off the scent of violets, warm blackberries, smoke, and earth. Supple…

Lang and Reed: Hard and Soft

Lang and Reed: Hard and Soft

Lang & ReedNorth Coast Cabernet Franc2007 This wine is deep purplish red, like a liquid ruby. It's full on the nose, offering bramble fruits,…

Bewitching

Bewitching

        Bonny Doon VineyardSyrah "Le Pousseur"2006 I've had two wines recently that shook me up, then haunted me after. The first…

Château de Villegeorge

Château de Villegeorge

Château de VillegeorgeHaut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur2005 The wine is deep, inky purple, nearly opaque. On the nose it's intense: a little salty, a little…

La Truffiere: Bigger than a Village

La Truffiere: Bigger than a Village

La TruffièreCôte du Rhône Villages2004 I was roasting chicken on a bed of leeks, carrots, lavender, and rosemary, so I asked my husband to…

Blood from Stones

Blood from Stones

Domaine le Sang des CaillouxCuvée Floureto2001 This beautiful Vacqueyras is still inky purple despite its age. When first poured it offers a sweaty funkiness,…

Little Mars

Little Mars

Mas du SoleillaPetit Mars2006 This Coteaux du Languedoc AOC is 100% Syrah. It reaches up to you with a spicy, peppery nose suggesting violets…

William Hill Merlot 2005

William Hill Merlot 2005

William Hill EstateNapa Valley Merlot2005 This wine has a smoky, plummy nose with chocolate and sweet tobacco. On the palate it's earthy, with leather,…