Posts Tagged ‘Red’

2011 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque dark ruby/purple in hue, this wine has a dusty minerality in the nose, with whiffs of smoky oak, pencil shavings, coffee, blackberry and currant. In the mouth, the fruit impressions are both ample and balanced, and the medium-grained… Read more


2012 Paul Dolan Zinfandel, Mendocino County

The color — nearly transparent light ruby — is light for Zindandel, but the nose offers exactly what you’d expect from the terroir of Mendocino County: blackberry and black pepper, joined by a note of black olive. The fruit is sweet and jammy… Read more


2012 Paul Dolan Pinot Noir, Mendocino County

No aging is necessary for this light-styled Pinot Noir, which is light garnet in color, clearing at the rim. Possessing medium-grained tannins, the wine’s aroma and flavor spectrum includes stewed tomato, light cherry, clove and tea leaf. MSRP:… Read more


2010 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

If you’re a fan of lamb served with mint jelly, this wine would make a tasty companion. With small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the blend, this Cab exudes sweet, fleshy dark fruit — plum, cherry and a sharp note… Read more


2011 Dry Creek Vineyards ‘The Mariner,’ Dry Creek Valley

A blend that uses all five red Bordeaux varietals. This wine is an enigma wrapped in an unriddled bottle. Initial aromas show little fruit, with wood scents of eucalyptus/mint, mocha, and a dash of dill being prominent. With an hour in the glass,… Read more


2011 Dry Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

The closed nose initially gives up only occasional whiffs of tobacco leaf, dill weed, coffee, currant, and cedar. The wine is medium in body, with young, bracing tannins at the back. The good news is that, with six hours of aeration in the glass,… Read more


2012 Migration Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

One might get the impression that Migration winemaker Neil Bernardi enjoys the fermentation process. Consider that for this 2012 vintage, Bernardi oversaw just shy of 50 individual fermentations, creating an equal number of “lots” from which to… Read more


2010 Kenwood Vineyards ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

The painting on the label, crafted by Keith Wicks, is titled, “Sonoma Serenity.” That’s not a bad two-word description of the wine inside, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley, and 4% Merlot from the… Read more


2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pom, Paso Robles

The color is a glass-staining purple/black. The aromas jump from the glass – gobs of jammy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, notes of blueberry, cassis, and a whiff of saddle leather and caramel. In the mouth, the jammy black fruits keep pumping,… Read more


2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pau, Paso Robles

This Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux style red is dense and packed, with an opaque dark purple color that shows aromas of polished shoe leather, cedar, menthol, black plum, black raspberry, coffee, and mocha. Quite enjoyable now, medium-grained,… Read more