Posts Tagged Red Blend

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

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Homefront Red,’ California

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cuvee is brimming with spicy fruit. An effusive nose full of briary raspberry, black pepper, mint/eucalyptus and a pleasant earthiness leads to dusty earthiness in the mouth. The... Read more

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

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