Posts Tagged ‘Red’

2013 Sonoma-Loeb Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley

In the glass, a translucent ruby color. Textbook aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, pectin, clove, black tea, and wisps of smoky oak make a delightful first impression. This red follows through on the palate. It is both bright and lively and… Read more


2012 Kendall-Jackson Merlot, Grand Reserve, Sonoma County

In the glass, it sports an opaque purple/black color. Aromatically, heady, layered scents of violets, cassis, syrupy boysenberry, cedar, polished leather, roasted nuts, and high-toned herbs and spice. These follow through in the mouth, picking up… Read more


2012 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir, “Southing,” Santa Rita Hills

Nearly opaque crimson color, turning to coral at the rim. In the nose, vibrant aromas of perfumed dark flowers, black raspberry, cherry, cola, orange rind, and notes of black pepper and baking spices begin the seduction of the senses. This continues… Read more


2012 Chappellet ‘Signature’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Glass-staining, nearly opaque dark purple-crimson in hue, this is a big, intense, perfumed, full-flavored wine that needs time to reveal itself. Lavishly oaked, it initially shows off baking spice and roast coffee aromas, while the fruit component… Read more


2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Grand Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

This wine exudes high-toned dill along with ample fruit (including black cherry, blackberry and currant), dark chocolate and herbs. Full-bodied and nicely knit, its earthy, dark fruit-laden finish lingers. A nice companion to a beef roast with… Read more


2012 Old Zin Vines Zinfandel, Lodi

This wine shows eucalyptus notes, a rubber band-like aroma, smoke, sassafras, vanilla, cinnamon stick and mild milk chocolate. Some fruit sweetness emerges in the mouth prior to the smoky finish. Not as jammy or fruitful as many California… Read more


2012 Vina Robles ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

High-toned dill, tobacco leaf, black cherry, currant, white pepper, some minerality and earthy milk chocolate comprise the aroma and flavor spectrum of this wine. The cuvee includes healthy dollops of Petit Verdot (12%) and a variety rarely seen in… Read more


2012 Vina Robles ‘Red4,’ Paso Robles

This GSM comes with a P.S. Translation: This is a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that also includes Petite Sirah. More accurately, this is a Petite Sirah (50%) that includes smaller portions of Grenache (20%), Syrah (20%) and Mourvedre (10%)…. Read more


2012 Parducci ‘True Grit’ Reserve Petite Sirah, Mendocino County

Opaque crimson-black in the glass, this wine is peppery yet sweet in the nose, with a prickly Zin-like petulance. Jammy fruit notes of black plum and fig intermingle with dark berries and a whiff of toasted nuts and dark flowers. This is a wine that… Read more


2012 Parducci ‘True Grit’ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County

Dark flowers, tobacco leaf, herbal notes, dark berries, milk chocolate and a bit of dustiness show themselves in this Cab. In the back end, earthy, medium-grained tannins emerge. The wine is lighter than expected in the mouth, making it a sublime… Read more