Wine Spectator "the wine that has rocketed to popularity here is the 2011 Chocolate Block, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier. It's winey and dark, with sanguine and roasted apple wood notes which permeate the dark blackberry and black cherry fruit, finishing with spice and pepper."
2012 Aia Vecchia Lagone Rosso "excellant example of a well-crafted balanced Super Tuscan" This Bordeaux-inspired wine is composed of 60 percent merlot, 35 percent cabernet sauvignon and 5 percent cabernet Franc, and it's aged for one year in French oak barriques. NOTE: bought for 16.95 from wilton mannors wine cellar
M. Chapoutier Cotes-du-Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2011 - A Smoky Character. 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah from Cotes-du-Rhone, France. $10 http://www.reversewinesnob.com/2013/07/m-chapoutier-cotes-du-rhone-belleruche-rouge.html #winelover