Posts Tagged Red Blend

2013 Sonoma Collection District 3 ‘Growers Reserve’ Red Blend, Sonoma Valley

This is an easy-to-like cuvee that stresses immediate accessibility over long-term aging — no doubt the result of Merlot providing the base for the blend. The dominant fruit flavor is cherry — both red and black — accented by impressions of... Read more

2012 Decoy Red Wine, Sonoma County

There is nothing unusual about seeing a blend comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. But adding Zinfandel to the mix? That’s reminiscent of the “field blends” that 19th and 20th century Italian immigrants concocted — and... Read more

2012 Edmeades’ Folly, Mendocino County

Edmeades is known primarily for Zinfandel, and Zin is the dominant grape in this four-variety cuvee that also includes Petite Sirah, Syrah and Merlot. It’s named after the founder of Edmeades, Dr. Donald Edmeades, a cardiologist who had an... Read more

2011 Hess Select “Treo” Winemaker’s Blend, California

The proprietary name Treo refers to the three grape varietals used in the blend: Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Merlot. In the glass, it has a translucent ruby color. Scents of sweet red berries, cherry, and a sharper note of pomegranate are complemented... Read more

2011 Hess Collection ‘19 Block Mountain Cuvee,’ Mount Veeder/Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby color. Savory scents of dried herbs, celery stalk, and spiced berry fruit lead to an initial juiciness on the palate that then dries out towards the finish. This red is well-suited to pair with grilled lamb, duck, or other... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘The Mariner,’ Dry Creek Valley

Most red wines suggest four or, at best, five individual aroma or flavor impressions. More often than not, these impressions present themselves individually: first a whiff of mushrooms, then a note of charred wood, then some type of fruit, and... Read more

2011 Castello di Gabbiano “Alleanza,” Chianti

“A wine in perfect balance between the style of the old and new worlds" is how Castello di Gabbiano describes this 60-40 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the product of a partnership between the Castello and a California-based... Read more

2012 Atalon ‘Pauline’s Cuvee,’ Napa Valley

With 75% of the blend consisting of Merlot, this could also be considered a varietal bottling, although it was structured to mimic the supple red wines of the Right Bank in Bordeaux, famous for Merlot and Cabernet Blanc blends. Nearly opaque dark... Read more

2011 Saxum “Broken Stones,” Paso Robles

A blend of 78% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, and 4% Petite Sirah. Alcohol 15.6%. Inky purple/black in the glass. It sports an effusive nose, full of concentrated, syrupy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, soapy lavender, polished leather, pectin, and... Read more

2012 Vina Robles ‘Red4,’ Paso Robles

This GSM comes with a P.S. Translation: This is a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that also includes Petite Sirah. More accurately, this is a Petite Sirah (50%) that includes smaller portions of Grenache (20%), Syrah (20%) and Mourvedre (10%).... Read more