Red Wine

May 202014
Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Fratti Lane 2012Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir, Fratti Lane 2012, Russian River Valley, CA $55 (S) – Rating 91

An expressive single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Green Valley section of the Russian River Valley. Rich aromas of red berry, blueberry and raspberry with hints of mocha and espresso. Soft tannins and mouth-feel yet still holding on to some crisp acidity. Well integrated flavors of cherry, raspberry and a little rhubarb. Espresso on the long finish. Only 50 cases made. Buy This Wine


May 202014
MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012, Sonoma Coast, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 92

A delicious blend of eight single vineyard pedigree wines. An excellent example of why the Sonoma Coast is garnering Pinot accolades. A robust nose of red and black cherry complimented by ripe strawberry and brown spice. A truly elegant mouth-feel with crisp acidity and supple tannins. Rich flavors of cherry, ripe strawberry, pepper, brown spice and hints of dark chocolate. Notes of cherry and espresso in the finish. Buy This Wine


May 202014
Hye Meadow Winery Tempranillo 2012Hye Meadow Winery Tempranillo 2012, Red Wine, Texas High Plains, TX, $30 (S) – Rating 90

Another excellent example of Texas Tempranillo coming of age. Perfect red wine for a evening under the Hill Country oaks or complimenting the grill. Aromas of smokey cherry with just a hint of raspberry. A round mouth-feel with balanced acidity and soft tannins. On the palate, light to medium bodied with flavors of red cherry, smoke, ripe strawberry, ripe raspberry and dark spice. Dark chocolate on the finish. Buy This Wine


May 112014
Wine Guerrilla Zinfandel 2012 Forchini VineyardWine Guerrilla Zinfandel 2012 Forchini Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 93

A field blend with about 95% Zinfandel with some Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouchet from 100+ year old vines; creating an awesome zinfandel. Winemaker Bruce Patch let’s this old vineyard have a true voice. A robust nose with aromas of red cherry, ripe strawberry, cacao and tobacco leaf. Not overtly jammy with supple tannins and round acidity. The palate will be treated to integrated flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and brown spice. Cherry and dark chocolate in the long finish. Only 200 cases produced. Buy This Wine

May 062014
Estate 1856 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Estate 1856 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Sonoma County, CA, $30 (S) – Rating 91

Very small boutique producer, this lot was only 75 cases. A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Rich bouquet of dark fruit and spice with subtle hints of soy sauce. A soft mouth-feel featuring supple tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate rest flavors of dark chocolate, dark cherry, plum, caramel and spice with mocha in the long finish. Buy This Wine