Big, Balanced Reds:
2007 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha ($18)
Robust and spicy, this old-vine Grenache comes from one of the leading wineries in Spain’s up-and-coming Campo de Borja region.
2006 St. Francis Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel ($22)
This bottling is the epitome of supercharged California Zinfandel, full of brambly, dark-berry fruit and lush tannins.
2005 Masi Costasera Amarone ($65)
Amarone, a wine from Italy’s Veneto region that’s made from partially dried grapes (with concentrated sugars), often recalls dried cherries and dark chocolate. Masi’s Costasera bottling is a perfect example of the style.