2011 Alexandria Nicole Quarry Butte Red Wine, $22.00

During the Holidays, we all like to pick up that special bottle of wine for a dinner or for a nice gift. We’ll spend a little more money on it and I’m no exception. But it’s also nice to find something special that won’t break the bank. This Quarry Butte Red is a value priced wine that is perfect for parties, dinners or gift giving. It’s delicious--an elegantly expressive, six variety blend that packs a punch while capturing the unique terroir of this Washington winery’s Destiny Ridge Vineyard. It’s loaded with aromatics of black cherry, vanilla, peppercorn, dried herbs and leather. The palate is ripe with blackberry, cherry, supple tannins, hints of cedar and elegant oak-spice. It’s beautifully balanced with a lengthy finish, and at this price, you might want to pick up a case to have on hand for last minute parties or gifts.