Red Blends

Jul 082014
 
Hook & Ladder Winery The Tillerman 2011, Red Table Wine, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $20 – Rating 91

Hook & Ladder Winery The Tillerman 2011This blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 18% Sangiovese and 16% Merlot is a superb go-to red wine that has endless pairing possibilities. A nose of dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry, spice and smoke. A soft texture with integrated tannins and food pairing acidity. Flavors of black cherry, blueberry, ripe strawberry with an abundance of brown spice. Leather and smoke on the finish. Buy This Wine

Apr 302014
 
Estate 1856 Bordeaux blendEstate 1856 Bordeaux Blend 2011, Sonoma County, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 92

A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec and 12% Petite Verdot. Each variety and clone were fermented separately and hand punched followed by 2 years in French oak. A rich nose of dark berries, blackberry and tobacco box. Textured flavors with a full mouth-feel, good food-pairing acidity and supple tannins. On the palate, flavors of dark berries, black cherry, ripe plum, cherry and spice. Dark mocha on long and transformative finish. Double Gold Medal – 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Buy This Wine

Feb 272014
 
2009 Castello di Amorosa La Castellana Red Wine, Napa Valley, CA, $88 (S) – Rating 91

A Super-Tuscan blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese. Give this baby 30 minutes to an hour in a decanter to reach it’s masculine greatness. A rich bouquet of dark cherry, raspberry and dark spice. A full mouth-feel with balanced tannins and moderate acidity. Flavors of black cherry, blackberry, red fruit, toasty vanilla, spice and new oak. A long rich finish with hints of cafe mocha. Buy this Wine

Dec 162013
 
2010 Distant Cellars Drifter Red Blend, Amador County, CA, $28 (S) – Rating 90

A delicious blend of primarily Zinfandel and Syrah with lesser proportions of Cabernet Franc and Alicante Bouschet. Full-on aromas of cherry, milk chocolate and spice. A round mouth-feel with soft tannins and balanced acidity. Plenty of red fruit, black currant, plum and dark chocolate on the palate. A long finish with a hint of smoke and oaky vanilla. Buy This Wine

Dec 052013
 
2010 Silver Buckle Cellars Ranchero Red, Central Coast, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 88

A great go-to red for that next BBQ or pizza party. Look for this wine on sale…sometimes under $15. Blended from Syrah, Merlot and Malbec with a nose of cherry, plum and spice. A soft mouth-feel with just touch of acidity and smooth tannins. Flavors of dark berries, black cherry, spice and dark chocolate. Notes of espresso and cinnamon on the finish. Buy This Wine