Hanzell Chardonnay “Sebella” 2013, Sonoma County ($29.50): The younger companion to the flagship chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, the Sebella shows exuberant aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, all with a refreshing mid-palate that emphasizes the elegance and freshness of chardonnay.
Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco ‘Collepiano’ 2009, Umbria ($44.99): From one of the most well-known producers in Central Italy, this Sagrantino is incredibly intense, with powerful aromas of dark fruits, earth, and minerality, all with a backbone of robust tannins. A perfect pairing for a well-marbled steak.
Macari Red Blend “Dos Aguas” 2010, North Fork ($28.95): A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, the “Two Waters” refers to the Long Island Sound to the north and Peconic Bay to the south of the Vineyards. A well-aged Bordeaux blend with aromas of dark fruits,, this full-bodied red is beginning to show its wonderful secondary notes of earth and sandlewood.
Buglioni Valpolicella Ripasso “Il Bugiardo” 2012, Veneto ($27.99):With the density and intensity of an Amarone, this full-bodied red has notes of raisins, chocolates, cedar and tobacco. Perfect with a steak of an after-dinner cheese like Roquerfort or Parmaggiano.