Posts Tagged ‘Red’

2012 Lazy Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

This gorgeous wine is translucent dark ruby in color, with an uplifted nose of bright cherry and berry, mint, cedar and menthol. The fruit really pops in the mouth, with a good palate entry and a mild, integrated grip at the end. As the wine opens… Read more


2012 Ferrari-Carano ‘Middleridge Ranch’ Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

Wines made from a single winegrape clone, while not necessarily one-dimensional, tend to be less interesting than multi-clone cuvees. This came to mind after tasting this bottling from Ferrari-Carano’s Middleridge Ranch, which is planted to two… Read more


2012 Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Lots of “S” words come to mind when describing this wine, including sleek and supple. Translucent rose coral in color, it has a heady nose of sweet, fleshy dark cherries, citrus, orange, dark flowers, wintergreen, allspice and black tea. The… Read more


2010 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia

We love the big, opulent, in-your-face Shiraz fruit bombs made by so many Aussie vintners. This is not one of them. Yet, we love this wine, too. Its opaque purple-black hue is typical of those big teeth stainers, but this wine is more Claret-like…. Read more


2010 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

Nearly opaque plum/crimson in color, this nicely perfumed wine has a varietal nose of cassis, bell pepper, mint and dill, along with a streak of blackberry and subtle notes of graphite and cedar. There’s plenty of upfront fruit flavor and a thick… Read more


2012 Cambria Pinot Noir, Julia’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Translucent ruby color with violet glints, lightening at the rim. A pungent, earthy note is followed by ample sharp black raspberry and strawberry fruit, accented by peppery green tea leaf. The mouthfeel shows a varietal sleekness, picking up some… Read more


2011 Salentein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina

Opaque dark ruby color. Scents of crushed black pepper intermingle with briary dark berry fruit. This red shows some fleshiness in the mouth, picking up licorice root flavors and showing soft, furry tannins. The bottle states that this is 100%… Read more


2010 Frisson Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

The color is a nearly opaque dark crimson. At first whiff, youthful, varietal fruit jumps from the glass, full of cassis, black cherry, and blackberry, followed by a high-toned herbal note and wood shadings of coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla. High end… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli ‘friends.red’ Red Wine, Sonoma County

Looking for your next “house red” — that dependable, yet affordable, bottle that you can stock up on and pour with confidence when unexpected company arrives? This blend of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah has a floral nose that… Read more


2012 La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

La Crema has built its reputation on exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from California’s cool-climate viticultural areas. Now, it has added an Oregon Pinot Noir to its portfolio, and the 2012 Willamette Valley bottling will do nothing… Read more