Red 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
2010 Giordano Collection Tuscany i.g.t. Toscana Rosso, Tuscany, Italy, $13.50 (S) – 91

A Super Tuscan at a super price. This traditional blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet is rich and deep with aromas of red cherry, blackberry, dark spice, oaky vanilla and camp smoke. Very fruit-forward with moderate tannins offering notes of dark cherry, plum and dark fruit with intriguing hints of  dark chocolate and leather in the long finish. It is simply a “cuddle up by the fire” kind of wine. Buy This Wine

Moone-Tsai Howell Mountain Hillside Blend 2009

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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

Feb 232013
2011 Giordano Chianti Tuscany d.o.c.g., Italy, $15 (S) – Rating 90

A delicious and very approachable Chianti with bouquet of black cherry and briar with intriguing notes of smoke. The invitingly soft mouth-feel offers flavors of dark cherry, ripe plum with notes of chocolate and espresso. The balanced acidity creates wonderful food pairing opportunities for many Italian dishes. Buy This Wine

Feb 172013
2008 Mutt Lynch Winery “mbf” Petite Sirah, Perotti Vineyard, Dry Creek, Sonoma Coast, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 89

An dark inky wine with aromas of jammy black fruit and spice. The wine offer big flavors of black cherry, blackberry, dark spice with notes of tobacco and cinnamon. The long finish offers up hints of espresso. Integrated tannins and acidity make this Petite more food friendly than some…  Buy This Wine