Red Wine

Dec 102014
 
Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012, Old Vine, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91

Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012Very balanced in contrast to some overly jammy style Zinfandels. A blend of 77% Zinfandel (90+year-old vines) and 23% Petite Sirah adding some peppery pop. Robust aromas of dark fruit, plum, blackberry and brown spice. Rich on the palate with balanced acidity and supple tannins. Flavors of blackberry, plum, ripe raspberry and dark spice. An elegantly long finish with plenty of spice and hints of cocoa. Buy This Wine

 

Nov 172014
 
Bacigalupi Petite Sirah 2010, Russian River Valley, CA, $44 – Rating 92

Bacigalupi Petite Sirah 2010Think cold winter’s day, a blanket and a fireplace. This is the perfect big wine to share. Be patient however as this Petite Sirah take at least an hour to open to full potential. A robust nose of smokey cherry, blueberry and spice. A palate full of black cherry, blackberry, ripe raspberry, oaky vanilla, dark chocolate and brown spice. As one should expect from a Petite, it offers a full mouth-feel with big tannins and bright acidity. Dark cherry and peppery spice on the finish. Buy This Wine

 

Nov 172014
 
Giordano Chianti d.o.c.g. 2013, Tuscany, Italy, $15 (S) – Rating 91

Giordano Chianti d.o.c.g. 2013Very typical of this beautiful variety (Sangiovese) from an even more beautiful wine region. Aromas of cherry, dark chocolate and spice. A soft mouth-feel with defined tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate, flavors of black cherry, plum and pomegranate with plenty dark spice. Spice and chocolate in the finish. Buy This Wine

 

Nov 102014
 
Unti Vineyards Sangiovese 2011, Dry Creek Valley, CA, $40 – Rating 91

Unti Vineyards Sangiovese 2011Looking for a medium bodied red wine that has the versatility of Pinot Noir? This hillside Sangiovese fruit is blended with 5% Montepulciano. Aromas of smokey cherry and briar. A soft mouth-feel with supple tannins and balanced acidity. Black cherry, raspberry, spice and oaky vanilla dance on the palate. Buy This Wine

 

Nov 042014
 
Mounts Family Winery Petacera Estate Petite Sirah 2010, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 90

Mounts Family WineryBig, rich and inky black in color. Give this wine time to open up. Aromas of black cherry, blueberry, black pepper and dark spice. Lush on the palate with defined tannins and balanced acidity. Expect rich flavors of blueberry, black cherry, blackberry and spice. Hints of cacao and espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine