MARQUES DE CARCERES RIOJA RESERVA 2005, 91 Points, $25, 10,000 cases imported-  Huge nose of wet mineral and floral, perfumey blackberry and black cherry fruit. Silky and polished on the palate, with juicy black currant and plum flavors gliding along distinctly rustic mineral and earth notes, finishing with a mocha-tinged bite and chewy tannins.

CHATEAU TANUNDA SHIRAZ BAROSSA VALLEY GRAND BAROSSA 2008, 93 Points, $18, 5500 cases made- Deep, vivid aromas of black fruit, blueberry, cocoa and root beer. Rich, juicy, concentrated flavors of black plum, blackberry and blueberry all enveloped in bitter, creamy chocolate notes, finishing with undertones of leather and a blast of exotic spice through the long, polished finish. The fruit and spice are intense, but the texture feels weightless.

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