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Bursting with tropical fruit, white peach, nectarine, lemon zest, and spicy minerals on the nose. Rich palate of with ripe peach, apricot, Meyer lemon, and honey flavors, over limestone and pepper spice. Dry crisp finish. Great by-the-glass choice.

Aromas of ripe blackberry, raspberry, and cherry, over wild herbs, peppery spice, and appealing earthy notes. Red summer berries on the palate, open to cassis, subtle spice, and hints of toasted oak. Balanced with integrated tannins and a red berry finish. Stylish.

Aromas of ripe black and red fruit, baking spice, and toasted oak over earthy notes. Smooth on the palate, with blackberry, stewed plum, clove, and a touch of anise. Integrated tannins on the balanced finish with a peppery note on the end. Great by-the-glass choice.

Enticing aromas of black plum, red currant, and toasted oak, with notes of chocolate and spice. Generous flavors of black cherry, raspberry, and cassis, over a rich plum base. Silky tannins and an earthy note on the long, flavorful finish. Delicious.

Ripe dark cherry and fresh summer berries on the nose, with floral notes over touches of earthy minerals. Full and lively on the palate featuring blueberry, blackberry, and plummy jam, over a succulent mouthfeel and mature tannins. Balanced finish ending with a note of toasty oak.

Beautifully structured with aromas of black and red summer berries, blueberry, and plum, with touches of espresso, and vanilla notes. Smooth and lush on the palate, showing rich black fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, spicy cedar, and light caramel. Smooth tannins and rich fruit on the long, satisfying finish. Very nicely done.

Aromas of  pear, Mandarin orange, lemon zest, and honeysuckle blossoms, with a touch of vanilla toast and nuts. Refreshing palate of ripe pear, melon, and lime, over soft vanilla and spicy oak. Balanced with a citrus and mineral finish. Delicious.

Rich stone fruit aromas, with pineapple, peach, and apricot, over touches of sweet vanilla oak, light toast, and spice. Luscious on the palate, presenting Golden Delicious apple, Bosc pear, and fresh lemon flavors. Clean citrus finish. Great food wine.

Enticing aromas of rich red summer berries, pomegranate, baking spice, and cedar, over light mineral notes. Suave on the palate, with black cherry, raspberry, and cassis, opening floral tones and a touch of forest floor. Silky tannins on the balanced finish.

Bold and full on the nose, presenting aromas of black cherries, black plum, dried currant, and dessert spice, with a background of warm vanilla oak and black pepper. Rich and round on the palate, showing cooked plum, blackberry compote and cassis, over sweet oak, dark spice, and a hint of earthiness. Integrated tannins on the silky smooth finish. Great structure.

Ripe and opulent aromas of jammy currant, blackberry, crème de cassis, bittersweet chocolate, and dessert spice, over warm vanilla toast and cedar. Luscious on the palate, offering rich and ripe blackberry, plum, and red currant, with notes of black licorice, espresso, clove, and smoky oak. Smooth tannins on the long finish. Delicious.

Fruit and spice aromas of cooked red summer berries, star anise, clove, coco powder, and light black pepper. Soft on the palate, with raspberry jam, black cherry, currant, and hints of coffee and peppery spice. Mild tannins on the balanced finish. Nicely done.

Rich aromas of dark cherry, dried currants, mocha, exotic spice, tobacco leaf, and cedar. Full flavors of mature blackberry, black plum, and cassis, with hints of vanilla, clove, anise, and subtle, earthy oak. Peppery tannins and dusty minerals on the lingering finish.   
Producer: Miro Cellars

Concentrated, with aromas of cassis, black cherry and dark plum, over exotic spice, vanilla, black licorice, and bramble touches. Intense palate of blackberry jam, stewed plum, nutmeg, clove, caramel, and toasted oak. Soft and round on the finish, with great fruit and spice notes. Big and robust.

Abundant fruit and spice on the nose, with rich plum, espresso, and caramel flavors, over  black pepper, and toasted oak. Busting with fruit on the palate, with raspberry, blackberry, brown spice, cola, and bramble flavors, over touches of cedar and warm toast. Balanced and satisfying finish.

Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and sweet blueberry, with black pepper, clove and a note of anise. Full on the palate, offering sweet black and red fruit flavors, over baking spice and cocoa hints. Rich tannins on the lingering finish. Good by-the-glass choice.

Crisp and clean with grapefruit and lemon aromas, over fresh apple and touches of pear and limestone. Bright on the palate, showing citrus, melon, and peppery spice, over touches of briny minerals. Great acidity on the finish. Good food wine.

Accessing a wine’s relative level of excellence happens at the point of tasting, while the quality of wine will result from its development and processing from grape to glass.

Inaugural edition of ProWine ASIA 2016 to be launched in Singapore

Over the course of my travels, I chat with restaurateurs and hear the latest hot industry topics. Recently, much of the talk has been about screw caps and how to deal with them. This column addresses the presentation of screw-capped wines on the list. We will also explore ways to present a screw-capped bottle of wine with as much integrity and ceremony as those closed with corks.

Exclusive Trade Tasting Returns to San Francisco on February 23rd.

A fragrant nose of black fruit, tart cherries and chocolate, with floral notes and a hint of earth. Soft and delicious, loaded with fruit and complex flavors. This is a top tier wine that requires 1-2 hours decanting.

Big aromas of wild berry, black plum, mocha, clove, and black tea, over warm vanilla and smoky notes. Round and rich on the palate, offering jammy black and red fruit, dark chocolate, caramel, and toasted oak flavors. Smooth and lingering finish.Slow-grilled rack of lamb with mustard and herbs

Rich aromas of black and red berries dark plum, and cassis, over notes of crème caramel, baking spice and warm vanilla oak. Full-flavored, with blackberry, dried currant, cooked plum, mocha, cedar, and cinnamon. Balanced finish of smooth tannins and toasted oak. A very nice wine.