($30) Medium red. Pure strawberry and raspberry aromas show striking clarity, with zesty minerality adding even more vivacity. Crisp, nervy red fruit flavors are complicated by rose and cinnamon, with no obvious tannins getting in the way. I find the energy and depth of sweet but focused red fruit flavors here utterly compelling, and am dumbfounded at the price. This could pass for upper-level New World pinot. Finishes clean and silky, with outstanding persistence. Maybe the best red wine value in this price range that I've had this year, from anywhere.
($30) Inky violet. Intensely perfumed nose offers explosive dark berry and cherry liqueur aromas accented by graphite, licorice and black cardamom. Deep and sweet but focused, with pure red and dark berry flavors framed by firm tannins. Picks up a floral pastille note and gains in brightness with air. Finishes sweet and long, with a lingering strawberry note. In a very elegant style.
($30) Opaque ruby. Smoky kirsch, cassis and blueberry on the nose, with hints of cured meat, espresso and dark chocolate. This is a big, mouthfilling bruiser and yet there's a striking elegance to the sweet dark berry flavors. Firm and chewy, with solid tannins adding support. Finishes on a sweet blackcurrant note, with excellent length. This was made in an Amarone fashion but boasts more finesse than most examples of this style. (Vine Street Imports, Philadelphia, PA)