Posts Tagged Red

2013 La Crema Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

There is no question that this is a New World Pinot Noir, as the assertive, almost sweet fruit flavors dominate the nose and the palate. Think: purple plum, blackberry and cherry pie. There are some subtle chocolate, root beer and mocha notes in the... Read more

2014 Girl & Dragon Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

When you feel like having a quality glass of Malbec, look for “Mendoza” on the label. Just as Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is dependably good, Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza region offers plenty of drinking pleasure. Girl &... Read more

2014 Girl & Dragon Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

Dusty. That’s the word that keeps coming up when smelling, tasting and ultimately swallowing this wine. It’s dusty in the nose, before revealing some black berry fruit in the mouth. And in the finish, some spicy and… yes… dusty tannins are... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir, North Coast

Quite smoky in the nose, this medium-bodied, sleek wine shows hints of cinnamon and red fruits. Not a sipping wine; needs food for maximum enjoyment. MSRP: $14 (July 2015) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

This wine is medium-full in the mouth, with impressions of blackberry syrup and roast coffee. Not as complex as a typical North Coast Cab, but with enough stuffing to make it enjoyable to drink. And its youthful, fine-grained tannins could make it... Read more

2013 Sonoma Collection District 3 ‘Growers Reserve’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

If you like your Pinot Noir made in a feminine style, this bottling is not for you. However, if you prefer boldness in your reds, you’ll want to give it a try. The aroma is reminiscent of a fresh-baked berry pie, and the flavors are all about dark... 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 Murphy-Goode ‘Reserve’ Zinfandel, Alexander Valley

This wine defines one version of the term “big Zin,” as its menthol and licorice root notes overwhelm any fruit impressions on the nose. In the mouth, however, some dark fruit flavors emerge, along with a palate-coating quality that makes it a... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Snake Eyes’ Zinfandel

The aroma of this opaque purple black wine may fool you. It’s packed with impressions of brown sugar, baking spices, prunes and raisins — almost like a raisin pie. You then may be expecting a drinking experience like that offered by a well-aged... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Liar’s Dice’ Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Translucent light garnet in hue, this amalgam of Sonoma County Zinfandel vineyard fruit showcases notes of raspberry, sweet red cherry, and hints of black pepper, menthol and sweet milk chocolate. There’s a sense of hotness in the finish, so... Read more