Red Wine by Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou from St-Julien, France - Bordeaux.
Red Wine by Chateau Pontet-Canet from Pauillac, France - Bordeaux. The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2008 Very intense color. Very strong nose, dominated above all by fruity notes and a high mineral content. Cultivation methods add a touch of additional complexity. Strong palate and full-flavored. The wine is structured, with very smooth tannins. The finish is long and savory. Blend: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit-Verdot
Red Wine by Richard Betts Wines from St-Emilion, France - Bordeaux. Saint-emilion is a very special place indeed and the asymmetry of the wines produced there is among the sexiest things going. It's also a very fancy place and wines can become outrageously expensive and oftentimes outrageously overblown. These are, thankfully, both symptoms of humanity and not a function of nature. The goal here is to make classy, heady, perfumed and elegant wines that are a bit more earthbound in both expression and price. This is done via work with Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown on gravel-over-limestone soils vinified in cement tanks but aged in predominantly older French oak.
Red Wine by Norton from Argentina, South America. Ruby red color of remarkable intensity. Excellent aromatic complexity with notes of ripe fruit and a fine touch of smoke and coffee. Rich on the palate with an excellent concentration.