Gascon Reserve Malbec

Blackberries lead on the palate, followed by chocolate and espresso. This will need a well-marbled New York Strip to allow all the fruit to come through. Recommended. 89 points.

Troon G*S*M

Flat-out juicy, with the sensation of biting into cherries and plums and letting the juice run down your chin. Drink with braised short ribs. Highly Recommended. 92 points.

Ridge “Lytton Estate” Petite Sirah

Huge, even flamboyant, on the palate, with juicy black fruits, blackberry and elderberry, smoke, the darkest chocolate, and vanilla, all kept just barely in control by firm, structured tannins. Drink with marvelous wine with equally marvelous local lamb. Highly Recommended. 94 points.