Posts Tagged Red

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

2013 On Point Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Among winemakers who procure grapes from other than estate vines, two of the most coveted sources in the Sonoma Coast AVA are the Sangiacomo and Gap’s Crown vineyards. They provided all of the fruit for the 2013 On Point Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, a... Read more

2013 On Point ‘Christinna’s Cuvee’ Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

This is a young Pinot Noir that is quite approachable now — which is the point of the On Point label from the folks at Fulcrum Wines. As winemaker David Rossi explains, “Every barrel of wine is really a distinct ecosphere… Some barrels are... Read more

2012 Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Opaque purple/black in the glass. Scents of herbs and tobacco infuse the rich core of blackberry, black currant, and cassis aromas and flavors. The black fruit thickens and coats the mouth, while a juicy acidity keeps it fresh and youthful. Silky... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

A translucent light crimson color in the glass. Vivid aromas of sandalwood, black cherry, orange, and a tart note of blueberry define the cool-climate Anderson Valley fruit. What the nose promises it delivers on the palate, where the wine picks up... Read more

2013 Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Many Sonoma County Zinfandels have what we call a “pectin petulance,” and this one is no exception. After that initial impression subsides, a black raspberry jelly note emerges. Refined and smooth for a Zin, with just a light dusting of... Read more

2013 Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Still a baby, this wine is a little rough around the edges, but its dusty, fine-grained tannins keep it approachable in its youth. Opaque crimson/black in hue, it shows a mild herbal note, joined by blackberry, cocoa powder and fleshy black fruit... Read more

2013 Decoy Merlot, Sonoma County

From first sniff through satisfying finish, this is an exceptional Merlot — an example of what the variety has to offer in favorable vintages. In fact, a number of multi-variety blends were tested but, ultimately, it was decided to go with a 100... Read more