Posts Tagged ‘87’

2010 Hess Select ‘Treo Winemaker’s Blend,’ California

There are five grape varieties — mostly Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah, along with dollops of Malbec and Mourvedre — in this cuvee, so you may be wonderting about the “Treo” name. It refers to Hess Collection founder Donald Hess and his two… Read more


2010 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

Looking for a wine to serve alongside seared sirloin? This nearly opaque dark ruby Cabernet would be a fine choice, providing drinking pleasure without overpowering the beef’s flavor. Various wood components and a hint of cinnamon stick define the… Read more


2011 Hess Collection ‘Allomi’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

From a single vineyard in northeastern Napa Valley, this Cab is nearly opaque dusty ruby in color. It shows dark fruit in the nose, and high-toned wood notes (cedar/menthol) in the mouth, with a whiff of milk chocolate. Although the dark berry fruit… Read more


2011 Amalaya Malbec Blend, Salta, Argentina

Translucent ruby in hue, this cuvee includes 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah. It has a pleasant fruity quality, with ample blue fruit joined by notes of smoke, vanilla and refined tobacco. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouth entry and some dusty… Read more


2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Pinot Noir, California

Translucent ruby in hue, this wine has noticeable oak in the nose, unfolding to reveal sweet red berry and cherry fruit, vanilla tones, sweet spice and a hint of earth. Some furry tannins kick in at mid-palate, but the wine recovers in the back end… Read more


2012 Glen Carlou Chardonnay, South Africa

Clear straw color. Rich scents of smoke and woodspice from 10 months in oak barrels nicely complement peach and lemon zest fruit notes. Buttery fruit and citrus coat the palate, following through to a moderately lingering finish. There was a time,… Read more


2010 Bella Zinfandel, Rocky Ridge Vineyard, Rockpile, Sonoma County

Opaque, dark purple/black color. Scents of vanilla, black pepper and pectin lead to sharp, lightly briary blackberry and plum notes. The ample fruit is softer on the palate, picking up medium-grained, drying tannins at the end. A few years in the… Read more


2011 Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Translucent light ruby color. Sweet scents of fleshy dark fruits play nicely off of piquant pectin, aromatic clove, loam, and a note of tobacco. In the mouth, the sweet and spicy fruits pick up a black licorice streak. The red is smooth through to… Read more


2012 Graffigna Elevation Red Blend Reserve, Argentina

Nearly opaque dark ruby color, This is a blend of five disparate red grapes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Bonardo, and Tannat. The nose is fairly restrained, showing a hint of dark flowers, moderate dark berry fruit, and light shadings of… Read more


2010 d’Arenberg ‘The Jump Stump’ Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Nearly opaque red ruby color. The eucalyptus-tinged nose offers up crushed dark berries, tar, and vanilla. In the mouth, it seems lighter than the stated 14.5% alcohol, with the dark berry fruits taking on a tart edge. After mid-palate, some notes… Read more