Posts Tagged Red

2014 Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Bright in the glass, with a translucent red plum color that lightens to a pink coral shade at the rim. Varietal aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry pick up a scorched earth note that settles into black licorice. With time, notes of... Read more

2012 Diamondback Vineyards Merlot, Rogue Valley

Bigger than most California Merlots, this wine is alluring from its aroma (cherries, blackberries) to its flavors (currants, more berries and cherries) to its finish (vanilla, mocha and still more fruit). MSRP: $75 (August 2016) Wine Lines... Read more

2014 Diamondback Vineyards ‘Manchester Ridge’ Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

If it’s a sleek and silky Pinot Noir you seek, look elsewhere. If you like your red wines big, bold and full-bodied, you’ve come to the right place. This Pinot is brimming with raspberry and strawberry flavors, presented within a lush mouthfeel... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Opaque purple/black hue. With a good swirl and sniff, complex aromas of fleshy black cherries (with a touch of Maraschino cherry liqueur) flow forth, followed by blackberry, blue berries, sweet plum, an herbal note, and a dusting of cocoa powder. It... Read more

2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Translucent coral red color, with glints of orange. Unlike many California Pinot Noirs, who sport 15% alcohol and present more like a bruising Syrah, this shows a lighter, more feminine profile. The aromas include notes of sharp strawberry, cherry... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Opaque dark crimson color. At first swirl and sniff, aromas of black fruits, a pinch of green herbs, and earthy woodspice lead to a mouthful of black berry fruit. Medium-full in body, the tannins are fine-grained and unobtrusive. The finish is... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Merlot, California

Nearly opaque dark garnet hue. The bright nose shows ample fresh blueberry and blackberry fruit, with shadings of oak spice and vanilla. It sports a medium body. After mid-palate, drying tannins pop up that lead to a juicy finish. This is a simple,... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Liar’s Dice’ Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque ruby color. Jammy scents of apple pectin, raspberry and blackberry fruit, a dash of black pepper, and oak spice notes are pleasant and inviting. This red is full and thick in the mouth, with no sign of heat despite the 15.4% alcohol... Read more

2013 Edmeades Petite Sirah, Mendocino County

A dense, pitch-black color in the glass. Smoke-tinged scents evoking charred oak, tobacco, and burnt chocolate lead to ample blueberry and blackberry fruit. Youthful, fine-grained tannins coat the palate but are not drying. This is a solid example... Read more

2013 Edmeades Folly, Mendocino County

This red blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, and Petite Sirah has the moniker ‘Folly,’ a nod to winery founder Dr. Edmeades. When he first planted vines in the Anderson Valley in 1963, people thought he was crazy – so he dubbed his first... Read more