Sometimes we want to run & romp through sun-dappled fields of daffodils & daisies, delighting in scents of lemon, pineapple, mango & cardamom. Holding aloft a bottle of Viognier, we smack our lips from lingering flavors that shape the contours of an endless summer. “Turn it up, a little bit higher,” sings the troubadour. This wine is at once flinty & generous, svelte & shapely - a mango petacón that lusciously lines our palate with shades of nearly ripe peach, nectarine, & melon. We want to selfishly embrace & savor it alone, but with child-like pleasure, we pass around our Viognier to share with the merry gypsies in our caravan. Bottle Price: $34 (Only 14 cases left)
A traveler combs through the leafy & musky floor of a dark forest, searching for a ruby jewel, sparkling beguilingly in the beam of sunlight filtering through the overhead branches of evergreens. He unearths this wine - his treasure, exuding aromas of dried cherries, leather & sage, raspberry & a dash of cinnamon. It warms the palate with bursts of strawberry & pomegranate, cranberry, a touch of smoke & Stumptown coffee - yes, an earthy & rich mouth-feel, piqued with lively acidity that will satisfy the yearnings of a journeyed globetrotter like you. Bottle Price: $36
Snappy & snazzy, this wine pours into your glass like a saucy ingénue outfitted in rose-colored glasses. She pines for your affection, but is content in knowing that, at the least, she has grabbed your attention. A color of garnet, it exudes aromas of cherry & spiced leather, strawberry lollipop, & a splash of vanilla. Flavors of raspberry sorbet, cherries & a dash of cinnamon pique the palate, all very juicy & brash, yet the wine finishes with a touch of mushroom, warm & fleshy. Like a magical sky at sunset, with hues of pink & blue, she warms you up for an evening of naughtiness, involving perhaps the tossing of fireworks in a Chinese New Year parade while feasting on a platter of Peking duck. Bottle Price: $35 (Limited Availability)
A salty-tongued fellow once quipped, “Any Port-style dessert wine in a storm will do.” We obligingly answered, “Of course,” & poured him a touch of Riza. Thus did he take delight in the aromas of soft leather, Asian all-spice, a flash of cured meat, & nutmeg, all of which reminded the well-seasoned mariner of the myriad exotic life-forms he had encountered on his journeys; & there he was, like you are now, pondering Riza’s chocolate-covered raisin & raspberry-cherry compote flourish on the palate, the burst of butterscotch, almond & walnut coating the tongue, the rich balance of sweet & saucy, sending you back to a peculiar Oriental market lost in the recesses of your own well-travelled memories. May the wind be at your sails, friend. 375 ml. Bottle Price: $35
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