As you know, I change out half the wines on our list regularly to make sure everyone has new wines to select from. And every once in a while I like to look back on wines from the past and bring some of them back. Well, this article is dedicated to writing about some of those wines we’ve recently brought back to the shop shelves.
2011 The Wolftrap Syrah Blend, South Africa
The Wolftrap is a great wine for when you want a great wine but are on a budget. Dark aromatics introduce the cherry fruit, other black fruits, hints of floral bouquets and mild tannin that aim to deliver like a big boy. There’s no oak however, but the finish is clean and lengthy.
2011 The Velvet Devil Merlot, Washington
The eponymous Charles Smith (Kung Fu Girl) provides fantastic value for everyday drinking. This particular bottling, the Velvet Devil, earns its name by being wickedly good and incredibly sexy. Blending in small amounts of Malbec, Cab and Syrah, the wine is fermented in stainless and finished in French oak. It’s uber smooth and instantly appealing. The palette offers chocolate covered cherries, cedar chest, pipe tobacco still smoldering, licorice and spice.
2010 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, California
This maroon beauty shows an elegant balance of fruit and oak. With a nose of cedar and cassis, the palette offers black cherries and dark chocolate – need we say more? Ok, this wine is dark and dense, showing strong tannins with a dry finish balanced by hints of vanilla and cloves.
2008 Ardales Termranillo, Valdepenas, Spain
This organic Tempranillo offers a lot to appreciate on the palette with it’s ripe and luscious fruit and soft tannins with a taste of cherries and a youthful acidity. I brought this wine back because with the cold winter days begging for heavy dishes, you can open up this bottle with a satisfying hearty dish!