Red Wine

Feb 252014
J Vineyards Pinot Noir -Misterra 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $50 (S) – Rating 93

Very exciting in it’s uniqueness. A blend of 90% Pinot Noir, 6% Pinotage and 4% Pinot Meunier that offers up some rustic old world impressions. Very expressive nose with aromas of blue fruit, ripe raspberry and forest floor. Lush on the palate with balanced acidity and flavors of blueberry, ripe strawberry, ripe raspberry and a hint of earthiness. Rustic notes on the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 242014
2010 Canard Vineyard Throwback, Red Wine, Napa Valley, Ca, $65 (S) – Rating 90

Small production of only 98 cases blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Ripe cherry aromas with notes of dark red fruit and cola. Balanced across the palate showcasing the supple tannins and food pairing acidity. Flavors of smokey cherry, plum, blueberry, vanilla bean and spice. Ripe red cherry in the long finish. Buy this Wine

Feb 192014
2011 Terlato Wines The Federalist Visionary Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90

A jammy Zinfandel, especially for a cold winter’s night. Plenty of fruit with enough juicy acidity to pair well with red meats, especially BBQ. Aromas of blackberry jam, black cherry and cacao. Well balanced tannins with a jammy zinfandel mouth-feel on the palate with flavors of black cherry, plum and dark berries. A certain briariness and spice add complexity. Dark chocolate on the finish. Buy This Wine.

Feb 122014
2011 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, CA, $19 (S) – Rating 90

A fantastic value Zinfandel (blended with 16% Petite Sirah) for under $20. A robust nose of black cherry jam, espresso and dark spice. A soft mouth-feel with balanced acidity and silky tannins. Flavors of dark cherry jam, blackberry, strawberry, plum, espresso, cinnamon and baking spice. Buy This Wine

Feb 122014
2011 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel,  Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $30 (S) – Rating 91

A blend of 83% Zinfandel and 17% Petite Sirah for a bit of added spicy punch. Vines averaging 90 years old with low 1-2 ton per acre production. Real Old Vine Zinfandel. An understated nose of plum, spice and hints of briar. Hallmarked by balanced acidity and supple tannins, this is a rich wine with tons of jammy flavor; blackberry, blueberry, ripe strawberry and plum. A definite spiciness with notes of cola and espresso in the finish. Buy This Wine