Posts Tagged ‘Red Blend’

2011 Dry Creek Vineyards ‘The Mariner,’ Dry Creek Valley

A blend that uses all five red Bordeaux varietals. This wine is an enigma wrapped in an unriddled bottle. Initial aromas show little fruit, with wood scents of eucalyptus/mint, mocha, and a dash of dill being prominent. With an hour in the glass,… 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

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


2012 Kendall-Jackson “Summation” red blend, Vintner’s Reserve, California

Not every wine needs to be profound. As Europeans learned centuries ago, young field blends were a perfect accompaniment to the varied flavors at the dinner table. Recently, New World vintners have begun to embrace this philosophy of blending. In… Read more


2012 Avant Red Blend, California

A century ago in California, most red wines were field blends of multiple grape varietals. As time passed, California winemakers began to focus on making varietal wines. Now, the tide is turning, and blends that soften the sharper aspects of… Read more


2012 Armida Winery ‘Il Campo’ Estate Field Red Wine Blend, Dry Creek Valley

Made from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan grapes grown on Armida’s Dry Creek Valley estate, this full-bodied wine exudes a sweet fruit impression in the mouth, along with a nice spiciness and a dark chocolate note. The aroma and flavor… Read more


2011 Atalon ‘Pauline’s Cuvee,’ Napa Valley

Translucent light crimson in color, this blend of Merlot (63%), Cabernet Franc (31%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (6%) shows a good deal of bell pepper in the nose. Once that subsides and the wine opens up, impressions of blue fruit, toasty oak, cedar,… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli ‘friends.red’ Red Wine, Sonoma County

Looking for your next “house red” — that dependable, yet affordable, bottle that you can stock up on and pour with confidence when unexpected company arrives? This blend of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah has a floral nose that… Read more


2011 Peter Lehmann Clancy’s Red, Barossa Valley

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Shiraz, 21% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. Nearly opaque dark ruby color. At first whiff, inviting aromas of dusty, sweet, mint-shaded red and black fruits are evident. It’s soft and sweet in the mouth,… Read more