Posts Tagged Red

2012 Hess Select Pinot Noir, Central Coast

Nearly transparent light coral/ruby color, lightening at the rim. At first sniff, ample menthol-laced black cherry fruit is evident, with notes of strawberry and tea leaf. There is noticeable heat from the stated 14.5% alcohol. An easy to drink red... 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

2012 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color. In the nose, varietal aromas of herb-tinged blackberry and black currant fruit co-mingle with notes of black licorice and chocolate. It is medium-full in body, with the fruit flavors carrying through to the finish.... Read more

2012 Colomé Estate Malbec, Argentina

In the last 10 years, the United States wine marketplace has exploded with the importation of hundreds of Argentinean imports, most of which are varietal Malbec. This lesser-known grape from the Bordeaux region of France has flourished in the... Read more

2012 Artezin Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Nearly opaque bright crimson color. Black pepper laced fruit aromas of black plum, jammy black berries, and a hint of vanilla and clove follow through to mid-palate before picking up medium-grained, ashy tannins. Zinfandel is one of the few heartier... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Pinot Noir, California

In the glass, the color is a nearly transparent light coral/ruby, lightening at the rim. The nose offers up sweet red fruits joined by licorice and spicy wood notes. It is light and feminine in the mouth before picking up some tannic grip at the... Read more

2013 McIntyre Estate Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, on the east-facing side of the mountain range in Monterey County, has developed a reputation for being a world-class region for Burgundian varietals. This wine is a translucent dark coral/ruby color, hinting at... Read more

2012 Fulcrum Petite Sirah, Landy Vineyard, Russian River Valley

One of the most misunderstood grape varietals is Petite Sirah. Brought to California in the later 1800s, its deep color and tannic backbone made it a perfect addition to the typical field blend reds of the time. These same drying tannins made... Read more

2012 Fulcrum Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

One of the lesser-known wine producing regions in California is the Anderson Valley, located above Sonoma County and tucked into a bucolic valley a dozen miles west of the 101 Highway. It isn’t easy to get to – a long, winding, one-lane road is... Read more

2012 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark crimson color. Lush aromas of fleshy black cherry, blackberry, roast coffee, pencil shavings, and vanilla rise from the glass. In the mouth, the fleshy black fruit spreads out, coating the palate and picking up notes of black... Read more