Best of the Blends Reds Case
Your Best of the Blends Reds Case includes two bottles each of
Albarrada is a new and exclusive winery that showcases local Portuguese grapes. This excellent red wine (or vinho tinto, in Portuguese) features Castelão grapes, which thrive on Portugal’s drier, harsher climate. The resulting wine is aromatic and fruit-forward with notes of red berries and mild floral notes. We suggest Albarrada Red for fans of Tempranillo and Barbera, especially if you pair it with French charcuterie or Korean short ribs.
Anticipation is our favorite feeling. There’s nothing better than hearing familiar footsteps, putting a date in our calendars, or opening wine early so it can breathe. This smooth, central Italian red will reward your patience with up-front flavors of raspberry and strawberry, and hints of roasted pepper and fresh herbs. Get in the moment and enjoy this delicious red with your favorite tomato-based Italian dishes.
Multiple Award Winner: Gold Medal, New York International Wine Competition 2016; Silver Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016; Silver Medal, Sunset International Wine Competition 2016
Big Cirrus Single Vineyard Cabernet Carmenere
The Chilean wine scene has exploded over the last decade, with critics heaping praise on impressive vintages coming from the countryside’s new estates. This beautiful, single-vineyard Cabernet Carmènére from Big Cirrus represents all of Chile’s winemaking progress, and justifies its accolades. Charming aromas of ripe raspberries and currants tie into the wine’s ruby red hue. As you sip, you’ll enjoy subtle flavors of herbs, white pepper and vanilla, intertwining to create a highly pleasing red that we’re excited to add to our library of incredible Chilean wines.
Cuvèe Joëlle Malbec et Merlot
Among the many noteworthy French grapes, two have become especially treasured for their stunning wines. Malbec has a dark, rustic nature, while Merlot features a soft, fruit forward, and herbaceous character. When blended, they craft a unique flavor. Cuvèe Joëlle fuses red plum, raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, and fresh herbs. This exciting red blend is meant to be paired with fun dishes like bacon-wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates, pungent cheeses, and bacon blue cheese burgers.
Multiple Award Winner: 87-point Silver Medal, Critics Challenge International Wine Competition 2016; Bronze Medal, International Eastern Wine Competition 2016; Bronze Medal, Berlin Wine Competition 2016
El Portal Red Blend
Both Zinfandel and Merlot are popular grapes on their own, and this combination with Syrah proves that the sum can be greater than its parts. In this smooth and ripe-flavored red, blackberry and cherry aromas are joined by notes of black currant, plum, spice, and violet. Touches of sweet tobacco and spice accentuate the fruit-forward flavor, making El Portal Red Blend very food friendly.
Multiple Award Winner: 87-point Silver Medal, Toast of the Coast Wine Competition 2016; 87-point Silver Medal Monterey Wine Competition 2016
Pavillon La Tourelle Bordeaux
The 2013 vintage of Pavillon La Tourelle Bordeaux won multiple awards, including a 96-point Platinum Medal. Excitement is running high for the highly reviewed 2014 vintage, which seamlessly blends 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. This auspicious red is sure to get judges excited. It’s vivid in the glass and smooth on the palate, with clean black cherry and currant flavors, and an easy finish.