Posts Tagged Red Blend

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘All In’ Claret, Alexander Valley

In the glass, it’s a nearly opaque, reddish-purple hue. Rising from the glass are warm scents of ripe blackberry, cassis, and black cherry fruit, followed by black licorice and, finally, a light dusting of vanilla and oak spice. It has a sweet... Read more

2014 Promised Land Shiraz-Cabernet, South Australia

Aussie bottlings of Shiraz often are described as “fruit bombs.” Down Under Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be soft and restrained. When you put the two varieties together, it’s pure blended bliss — showcasing delicious plum, blackberry and red... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard “The Mariner,” Dry Creek Valley

A Bordeaux blend red wine. The opaque purple/crimson color leads to rich, expressive scents of leather, dark flowers, cranberries, blue fruit, and sweet herbs, all complemented by notes of roasted coffee beans. The wine is full in the mouth, showing... Read more

2011 Miner Family Winery ‘The Oracle’ Red Wine, Napa Valley

As a broad generalization, Napa Valley wines made from mountain fruit fared better than Napa wines crafted from valley floor fruit for the 2011 vintage. And so it is with “The Oracle,” a single-vineyard blend from the Stagecoach Vineyard in... Read more

2012 Murrieta’s Well ‘The Spur,’ Livermore Valley

The Livermore Valley is one of California’s most history-steeped winegrowing regions. Murrieta’s Well dates back to the 1880s, has had its ups and downs through the years, but has been crafting sublime blends from estate-grown grapes for the... Read more

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