Install Theme
Shiba Sommelier

2005 Bodegas El Nido Clio

This wine’s a robust one. Blueberries and salted caramel. BUTTER notes - buttered popcorn, cultured butter, and brown butter on the nose. Rich coconut, blueberries, cinnamon, banana skin, and chocolate all on the palate. This is some decadent stuff!

4/5 bones

$$$$

Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon

15.5% abv

Jumilla, SPAIN

2010 Benanti Rosso di Verzella Etna

Okay, Don Corleone - make me an offer I can’t refuse!! Hehe. This Sicilian wine from the slopes of Mt. Etna has got it going on. Red cherries, blackberries, and some strawberries. Mineral, volcanic soil, wood, thyme, and truffles. Brighter on the palate with more red cherry, clove, and wood. Cin cin!

5/5 bones

$

Nerello Cappuccio, Nerello Mascalese

13.5% abv

Etna (Sicily), ITALY

Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois

It’s no secret - I am a huge fan of Billecart-Salmon and the elegance of their wines! This may be one of my favorite Billecart-Salmon wines! Melted butter, brioche toast, lemon custard, wood, chalk, and yellow flowers all on the nose. Baked apple pie with a sablé crust on the palate. Such crisp, elegant acidity. 

4/5 bones

$$$$

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier

12% abv

Champagne, FRANCE

2013 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

"Diablo" is my middle name! Rawr. Grass, green pepper, candied lemon, and Golden Delicious apples on the nose. Much the same on the palate with nice acidity. Quite a nice value wine!

4/5 bones

$

Sauvignon Blanc

13% abv

Central Valley, CHILE

La Battagliola Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC

A little too much fun in the sun with some Lambrusco! Purple grapes, golden raisins, plums, and an interesting sherry flor note. This guy is a little deeper than your typical Lambrusco. 

3/5 bones

$$

Lambrusco

12% abv

Emilia-Romagna, ITALY

2009 Château Beychevelle

Dignified Bordeaux style. Blackberries, cassis, boysenberries, raspberries. Clove, dry forest, pine needles on the nose. Richer and riper fruit on the palate with hints of eucalyptus and anise. 

3/5 bones

$$$$

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

13.5% abv

Bordeaux (Saint-Julien), FRANCE

2010 Ferrer Bobet Selecció Especial Vinyes Velles Priorat 

So this stuff is MUY BUENO. Seriously. Black, BLACK cherry, molasses, buttered popcorn, and cocoa on the nose. Lots of black cherry, blackberry, olive, licorice, smoke, and vanilla on the palate. Great acidity. Gimme some steak and peppers or peppery steak! STAT!

5/5 bones

$$$$

Carignan, Garnacha

14.5% abv

Priorat, SPAIN

1998 Roberto Bellini Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Feeling a little giddy about this one. Lots of tart red cherries, truffles, brown leaves, soil, and bay leaf on the nose. A lot more red cherry on the palate along with fennel and anise. Very present tannins. A scrumptious mushroom finish. 

4/5 bones

$$$$

Sangiovese

14% abv

Tuscany, ITALY

2013 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé

Hmm… am I prettier than Angelina? Hmm, Brad, hmmm?? Now, if only mensweardog would answer my calls… Anyway, onto the famous Brangelina - Perrin rosé. This is quite an excellent one, folks! Lots of white peach, fresh cut flowers, sea stone, and grapefruit zest on the nose. Juicy, ruby red grapefruit dominates the palate with rosewater, peach, and marine rock accents. Tongue-tingling acidity. Nice balance. 

4/5 bones

$$

Cinsault, Grenache

13% abv

Côtes de Provence, FRANCE

2008 Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin

Yummy things happen when famed Bordeaux winemakers (Château Léoville-Poyferré) go to the Andes! This is a lush wine full of blackberry sauce and blueberry jam complemented by hickory-smoked bacon, black pepper, and nutmeg. Hints of buttered popcorn kernels, cinnamon, and eucalyptus are in there too, for good measure. 

4/5 bones

$$

Malbec

15% abv

Mendoza, ARGENTINA