Big Bold Red & White Wines

“Body” describes the texture or weight of a wine in the mouth. This comes from a combination of elements, including alcohol, extract, glycerol, and acid.
Full-bodied wines have a rich, complex, well-rounded flavor that lingers in the mouth.  Both white and red wines have full-bodied varieties. Dry white wines, particularly those aged either fully or partly in wood, tend to be more full-bodied. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are two examples of these. Full-bodied red wines include Cabernet and French Bordeaux.Full-Bodied and Rich White WinesFull-bodied white wines have often been confused with red wines when served in black glassware. Rich white wines typically undergo similar treatments as red wines in the winery to achieve the bold flavor, and thus have some flavor similarities. Typically, many rich whites undergo oak aging, to add that classic vanilla or coconut note, as well as a process called “Malolactic Fermentation”, which changes the type of acid in the wine to make wine taste creamier.Full-Bodied and Rich Red WinesFull-bodied wines typically have more tannin, higher alcohol, and dark fruit flavors such as black currant. Since these wines have so much pigment, they are higher in anthocyanin which has shown positive benefits to cardiovascular health. As far as flavor, these wines are the biggest on the spectrum and thus, pair with equally bold-flavored food. Typically you’ll find them served in large-bowled wine glassesDuring the month of December, we will share with you some of our favorites!


Bodegas La Cartuja Priorat Tinto

Brilliant ruby. Ripe dark berries, licorice, smoky minerals and a hint of succulent flowers on the perfumed nose. Juicy, round and open-knit; a peppery note adds lift and cut to warm blackberry, bitter cherry and licorice pastille flavors. The long, mineral-accented finish shows very good focus and closes on a youthfully tannic note, leaving cherry pit and floral notes behind.


St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma

This is a beautifully balanced wine with aromas of cassis, black cherry and cocoa powder along with rich fruit flavors of dark plum and cherry pie finishing with a note of graphite. A classic Cabernet Sauvignon showing off deep color, layered aromatics and generous tannins.


Pitagora Red Blend, Sonoma

Robust, full-bodied and dripping with dark, ripe fruit, the flavors of briary blackberries, juicy plums, and black currants are enlivened by smoky, toasted oak, earthy notes and fragrant spice nuances. There is a rich entry on the palate and a generous tannin structure that frames the fruit. While this wine has weight and intensity, it also has a light creamy element on the finish, creating good texture for this highly expressive wine.


Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon
Opening aromas of juicy blackberries, black cherries and plum with traces of violets and cedar. The palate is deep and velvety, leading with a round burst of crushed raspberries, fully ripened blackberries and perfectly balanced acidity. The round mid-palate exposes firm tannins and a complex structure that promise excellent aging potential. Fresh acidity returns to the finish, mingling with currants, sweet oak, and hints of earthy pepper. Exquisitely balanced and approachable.


Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend, Columbia Valley

Fresh blackberries, plum skin and fresh juniper berries intermixed with dried strawberry and sandalwood. Swirling brings up ripe black currants, baking spice and crème de cassis. The palate is dense and polished with superfine tannins and great length. It’s mouthwateringly fresh with ripe but restrained fruit and terrific presence.


St. Francis Chardonnay
Sonoma CountyThis lovely and refreshing Chardonnay has aromas of d’Anjou pear, green apple and grilled pineapple. Bright and crisp, the wine is nicely balanced with honeydew melon and juicy apple flavors along with some toasty notes on the smooth finish.

Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

A cloud of blackberry, plum, vanilla and toast scents hovers in the glass; on the palate it’s concentrated, with bold, velvety flavors of cassis, plum and dark chocolate. Ripe, powerful tannins bolster the mouth filling fruit and dissolve into a long, blackberry – and mocha – inflected finish.


Chalk Hill

Delicate aromas of lemon, peach and cream with a hint of caramel from the oak. Full and balanced palate with lemon oil, yellow peach, tangerine and toasted almonds.  Rich and elegant texture carries to a long, pleasurable finish.


Renato Ratti
Barolo DOCG Marcenasco

Noble and generous, glory of old Piedmont, a wine suitable for long aging, Barolo is the absolute master of the table. It conquers the palate with the conviction of strength, harmony and fullness and holds its sway at length.  A bouquet with traces of licorice and tobacco.
Full flavored, full-bodied and elegant.


St. Francis Chardonnay
Sonoma CountyThis lovely and refreshing Chardonnay has aromas of d’Anjou pear, green apple and grilled pineapple. Bright and crisp, the wine is nicely balanced with honeydew melon and juicy apple flavors along with some toasty notes on the smooth finish. 

Tenute Silvio Nardi
Brunello di Montalcino

Intense, ruby red color with garnet highlights. Clean, elegant, intense and complex aromas on the nose, rich in ethereal notes, with vivid ripe and black berries together with spicy hints. Smooth and round at the palate, with velvety tannins and great body, good persistence and excellent ageing capacity.


Black Stallion Chardonnay
Napa ValleyLocated on the grounds of a historic equestrian center, Black Stallion Winery is the latest addition to the distinguished collection of wineries in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley of Napa Valley.  The flavors are tantalizing notes of citrus, chamomile, orange blossom and brown butter. The wine has a rich mid-palate weight creating a multi-layered, complex wine and a lingering finish.


Murrieta’s Well
The Spur

40% Petite Sirah, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec. The Spur is crafted from blending the classic Bordeaux varietals with a Petite Sirah foundation individually to achieve their greatest expression. Beautiful fruit aromas of black cherry and blueberry are highlighted by subtle notes of sweet oak and earthy spice. A ripe tannic structure and balanced acidity.

Heitz Cellar Chardonnay
Napa Valley

Elegantly assertive aromas of honeysuckle, white peach and lemon zest hint at the clean, refreshing nature of the palate. With just a touch of sweetness from French oak barrels, a well-balanced acidity and a slight creaminess, this Chardonnay is stunning. Enjoy the long, lingering finish – this is one glass of Chardonnay you won’t want to put down.

Chateau d’Issan Blason d’Issan

It has a bright, quite vivid bouquet with perfumed dark cherry and blueberry scents, a hint of pencil lead in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a mineral-driven opening. Harmonious in the mouth and disarmingly silky in texture do not let its second wine status get in the way of noticing the structure towards the finish.

Amarone della Valpolicella

The result of the Allegrini family’s expertise, a true classic of the appellation, this red wine embraces tradition, territory and the know-how of country ways. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta are left to air dry at least until December and are checked daily to ensure perfectly healthy grapes.  It has imposing structure and depth, as much in its aromas of mature fruit and spices, as on the palate.


Masi Agricola
Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese

With an intense, ruby-red color and violet traces, the wine shows generous, ripe aromas of plum and cherry jam, with hints of spice. Bold and rich flavors of bitter cherries and berry fruits stand out on the palate, with good acidity, balance and velvety tannins.

Wente Vineyards
Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon


This well-drained vineyard provides us with a Cabernet with bold tannins and ripe fruit character, which coupled with the natural acidity from the long growing season, creates a beautifully balanced wine.

Chalk Hill Winery


This prime vintage expresses aromas of lemon, orange blossom and a hint of vanilla bean from the oak influence. Balanced, complex and full flavors. Known for its long, rich and elegant finish.


Chalk Hill Winery
Estate Red


Attractive notes of blackcurrants, spice box, earth and background oak are followed by a medium to full-bodied wine revealing hints of camphor, charcoal and espresso roast. This elegant, savory, strong 2011 has the finesse and lightness provided by this vintage, resulting in a European-styled red. Drink it over the next decade.


Hirsch Vineyards
Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault, Sonoma Coast


Immediately, this seems elegant and inviting. Sweet cherry and plum fruit with a supple personality and nice freshness. Poised with silky texture to the smooth cherry fruit.