Château Calissanne 2005, AC Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, France: Château Calissanne is a vast 1000 ha estate near the Mediterranean. It boasts 100 ha of sun-drenched, south-facing vineyards planted with 11 different grape varieties. This award-winning red is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon that’s packed with cherry fruit flavours with hints of chocolate, mint and smoke. My note: A rich and flavorful red with notes of black plums and cherries.
61283 13.50% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. April 12, 2008 Full Review
Simonsig Frans Malan 2003, WO Stellenbosch, South Africa: A blend of 45% pinotage, 45% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot. Full-bodied with notes of smoke, vanilla and black fruit. 57521 14.50% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 89/100. April 12, 2008 Full Review