Red Wine

Jul 082014
 
Calla Lily Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $80 (S) – Rating 93

Calla Lily CabernetFrom an emerging Napa Valley winery with an experienced hand on the wheel in Cary Gott. An expressive nose of black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla and black pepper. Lush on the palate, complete with silky tannins and balanced acidity. Give this youngster at least 30-60 minutes to fully open for flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, oaky vanilla and plenty of spice. Intriguing notes of tobacco box on long finish.

Jul 082014
 
Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $55 (S) – Rating 91

Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012A gold medal winner at the North of the Gate Wine Competition. Aromas of cherry and strawberry with hints of raspberry and spice. The wine is highlighted by a round mouth-feel, soft tannins and balanced acidity. The palate is treated to flavors of blueberry, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, a little leather and spice with hints of dark chocolate on finish. Buy This Wine

 

Jul 082014
 
MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, CA $49 (S) – Rating 93

MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011Give this beauty a little time to open up in a decanter and you will be well rewarded. A well-rounded bouquet of dark red fruit, stewed cherries and spice. Medium-bodied with silky tannins and bright acidity which is easily enjoyed solo or as a versatile food pairer. On the palate, notes of  cherry, pomegranate, ripe raspberry and ripe strawberry. Quite spicy on long finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 082014
 
Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 90

Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010The cool 2010 growing season allowed for a more European style Cabernet, medium-bodied with juicy acidity. The aromas are rich with notes of blackberry, blueberry and dark spice. Integrated tannins create a pleasant mouth-feel offering flavors of blackberry, black fruit, plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and dark spice. Hints of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine

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

Jul 072014
 
Corkscrew Winery Luma-Rouge 2011, California Red Wine, Sonoma Coast, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 91

Corkscrew Winery Luma-Rouge 2011A red blend of co-fermented 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier aged in oak barrels. The nose offers rich aromas of black cherry, blueberry and brown spice. Medium bodied with soft tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate, a slight earthiness with flavors of cherry, blueberry, plenty of spice and a hint of leather. A touch of cacao in the long finish. A wonderful pizza or pasta with red sauce wine. Buy This Wine

Jul 042014
 
Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $60 (S) – Rating 94

Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon 2012A very impressive wine from an equally impressive vintage. Quite young but opens with an hour or so of decanting. A complex nose of blue and black fruit with hints of baking spice and minerality. A soft mouth-feel with silky tannins and balanced acidity. Big flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, oaky vanilla and brown spice with hints of black pepper and leather on finish. As good as it is now, this wine will only get better with time. Truly a special wine in celebration of the Caymus 40th anniversary. Buy This Wine

 

Jul 042014
 
Thralls Family Cellars Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 92

Thralls Family Cellars Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012A fruit forward Pinot with a full mouth-feel and balanced acidity. Aromas of red cherry, rhubarb and a hint of cola. The palate is rewarded with a kaleidoscope of bright red cherry, strawberry, raspberry, brown spice and just a touch of white pepper. Subtle notes of cherry pie on the finish. Give this wine at least 30 minutes to open to full potential. Buy This Wine

Jul 022014
 
Corley Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, CA, $60 (S) – Rating 89

Corley Reserve Pinot Noir 2011Napa is not known as a Pinot growing region but this Pinot works. A nose of cherry, blackberry offering hints of cola and smoke. A soft mouth-feel with silky tannins and mild acidity. Full fruit with flavors of cherry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, dusty dark chocolate combine with a a complex earthiness.  Just a hint of smokiness in the finish. Buy This Wine

 

Jun 172014
 
J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012, Estate Grown, Russian River Valley, CA, $37 (S) – Rating 92

A richer style of Pinot Noir showing off a nose of cherry and raspberry with notes of mocha and smoke. Subtle tannins and combined with bright acidity and a lush mouth-feel. On the palate, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate. A pleasant hint of espresso in the finish. Buy This Wine