Posts Tagged Red

2013 MacPhail Family Wines ‘Vagon Rouge’ Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Tightly wound and reluctant to release, we recommend a splash decanting before drinking this wine. Do that, and you’re in for a real treat as it reveals its deep, dark, fleshy black fruits, particularly black cherry and black plum. The wine fills... Read more

2013 MacPhail Family Wines ‘Wildcat’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

There’s a lot going on in the nose of this single-vineyard wine from Sonoma County’s Wildcat Mountain, including wild strawberries with a sweet edge, an engaging lavender component, freshly tilled soil, a sanguine note of iron and, after some... Read more

2013 Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

The densely opaque, black/purple hue gives full warning to what is to come. Initial whiffs of cocoa powder and wood spice give way to concentrated blackberry and black currant fruit, with notes of black olive and bell pepper adding varietal... Read more

2014 Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

First, I must confess – the Anderson Valley appellation on the western end of Mendocino County has always impressed me with the quality of the Pinot Noir juice being produced there. That being said, this is a lovely rendition of the grape that... Read more

2014 Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz, South Australia

Opaque crimson/purple in the glass. Aromas of eucalyptus-tinged red and black berry fruits follow through on the palate. It is medium in body, with moderate, fine-grained tannins that give it a sleek mouthfeel. Over several hours, it kept improving... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County

The wine presents with an opaque, deep purple color. Peppery wood notes lead to scents of red berry fruits (think raspberry and cranberry). The fruit sweetens up in the mouth, and carries through to the lip-smacking finish. Enjoy this red with baby... Read more

2013 MacPhail Pinot Noir, ‘The Flyer,” Russian River Valley

From Susanna’s Vineyard, using a combination of Calera, Dehlinger Swan, and Quail Hill Vineyard Swan clones. This red is pretty in the glass, with a bright ruby flashiness. High-toned oak scents of clove and peppermint play counterpoint to dark... Read more

2013 MacPhail Pinot Noir, Sundawg Ridge, Green Valley

Green Valley is a sub-appellation within the world-famous Russian River Valley. The wine shows a dusty ruby color, with glints of orange. Toasted oak and paraffin aromas lead to earth, clove, and moderate cherry cola scents. The fruit gains more... Read more

2013 MacPhail Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Green Valley

Green Valley is a sub-appellation within the world-famous Russian River Valley. Translucent ruby in color, this red begins with forward aromas of French oak, showing peppery spice and leather. Underneath the oak shadings lies ample dried red fruits,... Read more

2013 MacPhail Pinot Noir, Pratt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

A translucent garnet color, lightening at the edges. Ah! There is something Old World and Burgundian in this wine’s aromas. Initial notes of damp cellars give way to delicate floral scents, light orange peel, and dark cherries before coming full... Read more