Spicy reds

Key notes: Vibrant and aromatic fruit and intensity of flavour.

Typical aromas and flavours: Identified by spicy flavours such as black pepper, cinnamon, clove. Usually have fresh fruit aromas and flavours – as opposed to stewed fruit – often berries. Often have a mineral component. The fruit is fresh as wines in this category are often from grapes grown in moderate climates rather than very hot ones.

Structure: Medium to full-bodied, perceptible acidity and tannins, have structure in the mouth; can be dense, grainy, silky.

Examples of 'Spicy Nicey' reds: Syrah/Shiraz, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Carmenere, Malbec, Montepulciano, Mourvedre, Pinotage, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Xynomavro, Zinfandel.

Turley 2015 Juvenile Zinfandel 750ml

$50.34

Winemaker's Notes: Though the vast majority of our wines are single vineyard designates, Juvenile is actually composed of a variety of young vines that have been replanted in several of our old vine sites. We tag the vine when we replant it so as...

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Rockford 2012 Basket Press Shiraz 750ml

$112.95

"Produced with selected small parcels of old, dry grown Barossa Shiraz from nearly 30 of the Barossa's finest grape growing families. The vineyards are situated in different sub-regions throughout the Barossa, which adds to the complexity and...

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Abel Mendoza 2014 Rioja Jarrarte 750ml

$42.52

Marquis tasting note: "A serious and beautifully crafted Rioja. Dark ruby with a sublime nose of black currant, kirsch, espresso and chocolate. The flavors of black currant and tobacco are followed by a smooth tannic progression into a long, lingering...

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Painters Bridge 2013 Zinfandel 750ml

$19.04

This 2013 Painters Bridge Zinfandel shows bright color with a youthful red hue. The aromas are of brambly loganberry fruit, raspberry confection, black tea and dark chocolate. On the palate this wine delivers crisp, red fruit with good volume and...

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Yellow Tail 2016 Shiraz 750ml

$11.99

This [yellow tail] Shiraz is everything a great wine should be – vibrant, smooth, rich and easy to drink.Red berries, spice and liquorice. Enjoy with steak or in front of a roaring fire. --Winemaker  

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Sine Qua Non 2012/2013 Grenache "Stein" 750ml

$543.39

Starting with the Grenache release, the 2012 Grenache Stein is a blend of 76% Grenache, 16% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, aged in 14% new French oak (15% was in concrete), that comes mostly from the estate's Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills,...

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Vincent Paris 2015 Cornas 'La Geynale' 750ml

$111.22

Paris’ 2015 Cornas la Geynale comes from the south-facing parcel of the same name and from 100-year-old vines. It’s hugely concentrated and rich yet firm and austere, showing off its granite pedigree. Licorice, plum and crushed stone notes...

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Abel Mendoza 2014 Rioja Seleccion Personal 750ml

$69.47

Each year, a different parcel is selected to make this wine. The 2014 vintage uses grapes from El Bardallo, a 50 year old vineyard. Medium to high intensity nose with aromas of cloves, pepper, cocoa, licorice, ripe and jammy fruits, and hints of smoke...

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Alexander Valley 2012 Temptation Zinfandel 750ml

$27.74

Alexander Valley Vineyards has always done a good job with value Zinfandels. My favorite of the current releases is the 2012 Zinfandel Redemption, which was aged 14 months in barrel. It reveals plenty of peppery, black cherry and blackberry fruit, and...

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Laughing Bird 2015 Shiraz 750ml

$13.82

When comparing Down Under Shiraz wines beside their Old World (Syrah) counterparts, we can usually appreciate a stark difference in style. Those who enjoy more acidic and earthy wines tend to prefer Syrah made in Italy in France; fans of the bold,...

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Penfolds 2014 RWT Shiraz Barossa 750ml

$182.52

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 RWT Shiraz from the Barossa Valley offers cedar and cassis notes over a core of blackberry preserves, mocha and spice cake. Big, full, opulent and with notable notes of toasty oak, it has a solid structure and very...

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Three 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel 750ml

$39.91

A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 13% Carignan, 5% Petit Sirah, 4% Mataro and 2% Alicante Bouschet, this wine is a full-bodied blend sourced from grapes in ancient vineyards deep in Contra Costa County, with vines an average age of over 100 years. There's...

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Alban 2014 Patrina Syrah 750ml

$86.86

 "The entry level 2011 Syrah Patrina is a beautiful effort that’s a great intro into the style of wines made by John. Its inky purple color is followed by almost cool climate-like aromas and flavors of black cherries, white pepper, bacon and...

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Jim Barry 2013 McRae Wood Shiraz 750ml

$85.13

Deep garnet purple in color, the 2013 The McRae Wood Shiraz has a profound nose with black plums, berries and cherries, alongside spice box, violets, cedar and toast. Full, rich and chewy, though with slightly astringent tannins, the oak is poking out a...

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Sine Qua Non 2012 Syrah “Stock" 750ml

$543.39

Made from 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Viognier and the rest Mourvedre, it spent 20 months (it’s not yet bottled) in 52% new French oak. Showing the purity and suppleness of the vintage, yet with no lack of concentration, depth or...

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Vincent Paris 2015 Cornas 'Granit 30' 750ml

$67.95

Opaque ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries, candied flowers and star anise gain vivacity from a minerally element. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. The floral note...

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