Posts Tagged 2013

2013 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Opaque purple/black hue. With a good swirl and sniff, complex aromas of fleshy black cherries (with a touch of Maraschino cherry liqueur) flow forth, followed by blackberry, blue berries, sweet plum, an herbal note, and a dusting of cocoa powder. It... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Opaque dark crimson color. At first swirl and sniff, aromas of black fruits, a pinch of green herbs, and earthy woodspice lead to a mouthful of black berry fruit. Medium-full in body, the tannins are fine-grained and unobtrusive. The finish is... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Merlot, California

Nearly opaque dark garnet hue. The bright nose shows ample fresh blueberry and blackberry fruit, with shadings of oak spice and vanilla. It sports a medium body. After mid-palate, drying tannins pop up that lead to a juicy finish. This is a simple,... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Liar’s Dice’ Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque ruby color. Jammy scents of apple pectin, raspberry and blackberry fruit, a dash of black pepper, and oak spice notes are pleasant and inviting. This red is full and thick in the mouth, with no sign of heat despite the 15.4% alcohol... Read more

2013 Edmeades Petite Sirah, Mendocino County

A dense, pitch-black color in the glass. Smoke-tinged scents evoking charred oak, tobacco, and burnt chocolate lead to ample blueberry and blackberry fruit. Youthful, fine-grained tannins coat the palate but are not drying. This is a solid example... Read more

2013 Edmeades Folly, Mendocino County

This red blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, and Petite Sirah has the moniker ‘Folly,’ a nod to winery founder Dr. Edmeades. When he first planted vines in the Anderson Valley in 1963, people thought he was crazy – so he dubbed his first... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘Endeavor’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

Primarily known for producing delicious, immediately accessible reds and whites, Dry Creek Vineyard’s special Cabernet Sauvignon bottling is crafted to rival the best Bordeaux varietal reds hailing from California’s North Coast. One glance at... Read more

2013 Cambria ‘Benchmark’ Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Earthy like French Burgundy but lighter in body, this is an easy-drinking wine that would pair nicely with just about any dish that includes mushrooms. It’s tough to pick out a fruit impression other than simply “red,” but interest is added by... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Red Wine Blend, California

Many people turn up their noses at multi-variety wines made from grapes grown in multiple areas. Not us. All we at Wine Lines care about is what’s in the glass, and when this Red Wine Blend is in our glass, we’re very happy. Syrah is the primary... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Merlot, Sonoma County

Soft and delicate, this is what many wine drinkers expect when they open a bottle of Merlot and pour it into their glasses. Blueberry, black cherry and mild blackberry are the fruit flavors, which are joined by a hint of spice. For a satisfying... Read more