Posts Tagged ‘Red Blend’

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 ‘’ 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

2012 Amalaya Malbec Blend, Argentina

Varietally Malbec, as it makes up 85% of the blend. Translucent dark crimson color. High notes of mint/menthol, lead to vanilla-tinged fruit aromas of dark berry and cherry. Smooth on the palate, fruit sweet, and showing a creamy texture, this red… 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

2012 Gabbiano ‘Solatio,’ Tuscany, Italy

Need a “welcome wine” that isn’t bubbly? This would be a good choice, as it’s easy drinking and ideal for quaffing. A blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, with just a splash of Sangiovese, it’s nearly opaque reddish purple in color, with… Read more

2008 Hess Collection ‘The Lion’ Red Wine Blend, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

It’s called a “Red Wine Blend,” but this mountain wine is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon, joined by a dollop of Malbec. Everything about the wine is big, from its concentrated opaque purple/black hue through its silky, earthy tannins and herbal… Read more

2009 Hess Collection ‘19 Block Cuvee,’ Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

Grapes grown in 19 blocks within The Hess Collection’s highest-altitude vineyard on Mount Veeder provided the “raw materials” for this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, which also includes Malbec (20% of the cuvee), Syrah (9%), Merlot (7%) and… 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 ‘The Mariner’ Meritage, Dry Creek Valley

One of the best ways a winemaker can deal with a problematic vintage — such as 2010 was in California’s North Coast region — is to embrace blending. That’s the secret behind the success of Dry Creek’s Meritage red known as “The… Read more