Posts Tagged ‘87’

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

Some wineries — particularly many in New Zealand — make “in-your-face” versions of Sauvignon Blanc. Dry Creek Vineyard opts for a more user-friendly style. The 2013 vintage has light notes of vanilla and butter framing pineapple aromas and… Read more


2013 Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

The Sauvignon Blanc variety normally exhibits grassy, hay-like or herbal characteristics. This bottling does not. While not “varietally correct,” as some critics would assert, it’s still an enjoyable wine. Very light straw in hue, it offers… Read more


2011 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque dark ruby color. Aromas of vanilla, cedar, menthol, green pepper, and tobacco lead to ample black currant, cherry, and berry fruit. In the mouth, it is medium in body, sports a juicy acidity, and has a cocoa powder tinged tannic grip… Read more


2012 Doña Paula Black Edition Red Blend, Argentina

A blend of 60% Malbec, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petite Verdot. Nearly opaque dark crimson/purple color. Charred oak, menthol/mint, and leather scents frame red plum and dark berry fruit. It is medium-full in the mouth, picking up earth and… Read more


2011 Hess Select Malbec, Salta, Argentina

The color is a translucent crimson with purple glints. Bright and light, the nose shows scents of red berries, red apple, and pomegranate, with later notes of sweet, red cherry. The wine is medium in body, clean, and sports ample juicy acidity. This… Read more


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