Chateau Bouscasse Madiran ($25.99): This inky blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc is a wine that is both dense and smooth, yet elegant and Old-World. On the generous nose and rich palate, ripe black fruits dominate, with an almost meaty undertone, supported by a dry, solid structure from the Tannat. Ready to pop with some friends tonight, or a worthy addition to the cellar for up to a decade or two.
Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles ($52.99): This 100% Syrah is rich with dense ripe red fruit. It’s aromatic with complex aromas of dark plums and smoked meat. The palate shows ripe cherrries and raspberries with an earthy back bone. The finish is long and rich with very well integrated tannins.