Posts Tagged 2010

2010 Arcanum ‘Il Fauno,’ Tuscany, Italy, IGT

This is a Super Tuscan blend of four Bordeaux red varietals – 56% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petite Verdot. Winemaker Pierre Seillan has fashioned a remarkable wine combining New World forward fruit and ripeness... Read more

2010 Sequoia Grove ‘Cambium’ Red Table Wine, Napa Valley

Cambium is an interesting word to name this wine. It refers to the actively growing layer of a plant or tree between the inner wood and the outer bark. Essentially, these are stem cells in plants — cells from which all other, more differentiated... Read more

Two Remarkable… But Distinct… Vintages from Wakefield Estate

With all of the advancements in technology — both in the vineyard and in the cellar — some are of the opinion that vintages don’t matter anymore. But as our tasting of two recent vintages of Wakefield Estate’s “The Visionary” Cabernet... Read more

2010 Wakefield Estate ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Exceptional Parcel Release,’ Clare Valley Estate, Australia

Lavishly oaked, this wine has a sweet and seductive aroma, and one senses a rich core of dark fruits bubbling beneath the oak cloak. Plush rather than fleshy, the palate reveals minty eucalyptus and oodles of blackberry, boysenberry and loganberry... Read more

2010 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

If you’re a fan of lamb served with mint jelly, this wine would make a tasty companion. With small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the blend, this Cab exudes sweet, fleshy dark fruit — plum, cherry and a sharp note... Read more

The Ante Is Upped with Kenwood’s 2010 ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet

We have been fans of Kenwood Vineyards’ “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon for more than a quarter-century. As with all wines that have been around for a while, some years have been better than others, and there were a few vintages when the... Read more

2010 Kenwood Vineyards ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

The painting on the label, crafted by Keith Wicks, is titled, “Sonoma Serenity.” That’s not a bad two-word description of the wine inside, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley, and 4% Merlot from the... Read more

2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pom, Paso Robles

The color is a glass-staining purple/black. The aromas jump from the glass – gobs of jammy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, notes of blueberry, cassis, and a whiff of saddle leather and caramel. In the mouth, the jammy black fruits keep pumping,... Read more

2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pau, Paso Robles

This Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux style red is dense and packed, with an opaque dark purple color that shows aromas of polished shoe leather, cedar, menthol, black plum, black raspberry, coffee, and mocha. Quite enjoyable now, medium-grained,... Read more

2010 Matchbook ‘Tinto Rey,’ Dunnigan Hills

Match Book Tinto Rey This disparate blend of five red varietals — Tempranillo, Syrah, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat — is nicely refined, with just a hint of earthiness. Its aroma and flavor spectrum includes cherries, blackberry,... Read more