Trefethen, Merlot, 2006

This 2006 Merlot from Napa Valley was recommended by a fellow wine enthusiast. Turns out it's a very decent Californian red full of tannins and flavor. It's full-bodied and only for those who can take the strength of a big red. It's not exactly cheap (about $35 at the winery, if memory serves) but worth it for once-in-a-while degustation.


Cartuxa, Alentejo, 2004

Cartuxa is a great portuguese wine from Evora, in the Alentejo region. It's a blend of local grapes. This 2004 is superb, the right amounts of tannins and the complexity of a six year-old full-bodied red. I did have this one with ahi tuna -- yes, fish, and it was delicious.