Red Blends

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

Dec 052013
 
2009 Trione Vineyards & Winery Geyerville Ranch Red Wine, Alexander Valley Appellation,  CA, $48 (S) – Rating 92

This classic Bordeaux blend of 69% Cabernet, 12% Merlot, 7% Petite Verdot, 6 % Malbec and 6% Cab Franc is elegantly powerful with a delicious balance of fruit, acidity and jaminess. Decant for 30-45 minutes for full flavor development. Enticingly rich nose with abundant aromas of ripe dark fruit, spice and blueberry with notes of dark chocolate and espresso. Soft yet apparent tannins with layered flavors of dark cherry, plum brown spice and blueberry. Notes of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 022013
 
2010 Lede Family Wines Cliff Lede Vineyards Claret, Napa Valley, CA, $45 – Rating 92

A delicious blend of 45% Cab, 32% Merlot, 18% Malbec, 3% Cab Franc, 2% Petite Verdot. Rich aromas of smoky cherry, ripe plum and a bit of raspberry brightness. Soft and elegant tannins with juicy acidity on the palate offering flavors of cherry and dark red fruit.  Hints of strawberry, cola, smoke and leather to add to the complexity. Buy This Wine

Nov 172013
 
2009 Dry Creek Vineyards The Mariner, Dry Creek Valley Red Wine, Meritage, Dry Creek, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 91

A bold Bordeaux inspired blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 5% Petite Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Delicious with juicy acidity and silky tannins. Aromas of black fruit, plum, black, cherry and a lot of black spice. On the palate, well integrated flavors of dark cherry, plum, blackberry and tobacco box with lovely hints of espresso on the finish. Buy This Wine

Nov 172013
 
2011 Conundrum Wines California Red Wine, Napa Valley, CA, $22 (S) – Rating 89

A very easy-drinking wine consisting of a “non-traditional” bled of grape varieties.  A vibrant nose of dark fruit, dark chocolate covered cherries with hints of smoke. The flavors are a rich combination of dark cherry, plum and chocolate with notes of ripe raspberry on the finish. Soft tannins, a bit a acidity and the slightest touch of sweetness add to the complexity. Sure to be a holiday crowd-pleaser on its own and paired with tomato dishes or turkey dinner left-overs. Buy This Wine

Mar 202013
 
2008 Ravenswood Pickberry Red Wine, Single Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain, CA, $50 (S) – Rating 92

A single-vineyard blend of 59% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black cherries and a heap of peppery spices combine for a rich and luxurious nose. A deep and somewhat complex wine offering flavors dark berry fruit, ripe plums, blackberry and ripe blueberry with a nice earthiness component. Moderate but well integrated tannins with moderate acidity. Pleasant hints of espresso in the finish. Be patient…let this wine open for at least an hour. Buy This Wine

Mar 092013
 
2009 Martin Estate Bacchanal, A Napa Valley Red Wine, CA, $48 (S) – Rating 90

A big red blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine opens with aromas of dark cherry, plum and dark berries with notes of leather and cocoa. On the palate expect flavors of dark cherry, raspberry and plum with lots of dark spice and hints of white pepper. The tannins are well defined and notes of espresso add complexity to the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 262013
 
2009 Moone-Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend, Napa Valley, Ca, $85 (S) – Rating 91

A huge fragrant nose of black fruit, licorice, dark spice and eucalyptus. A powerful blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet, typical of Howell Mountain fruit. The wine excites the palate with big flavors of black fruit, black cherry, espresso and cacao with definite earthy notes. Plenty of food pairing acidity to give a med-rare filet a run for its money. Buy This Wine