Posts Tagged Red

2013 Wakefield Estate ‘Taylors Jaraman’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley and Coonawarra, Australia

Rich, elegant and ageworthy, this exquisite wine seamlessly melds the qualities of perfectly ripened grapes from two South Australia microclimates and a mix of French oak barrels. The aroma and flavor spectrum includes black currant, black cherry,... Read more

2012 Murrieta’s Well ‘The Spur,’ Livermore Valley

The Livermore Valley is one of California’s most history-steeped winegrowing regions. Murrieta’s Well dates back to the 1880s, has had its ups and downs through the years, but has been crafting sublime blends from estate-grown grapes for the... Read more

2014 Wakefield Estate Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills

Like so many Down Under wines, this Pinot is all about the fruit — specifically, sweet red cherry and red berries. There’s also a hint of spice, and although the finish is a tad warm, the mouthfeel is silky and satisfying. MSRP: $16.99... Read more

2012 Wakefield Estate ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

We tasted this wine over a period of two days because, upon opening, it was quite closed. There wasn’t much aroma wafting from the glass, and there weren’t clearly identifiable flavors in the glass. But what a difference a day made. On day two,... Read more

2013 La Crema Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

There is no question that this is a New World Pinot Noir, as the assertive, almost sweet fruit flavors dominate the nose and the palate. Think: purple plum, blackberry and cherry pie. There are some subtle chocolate, root beer and mocha notes in the... Read more

2014 Girl & Dragon Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

When you feel like having a quality glass of Malbec, look for “Mendoza” on the label. Just as Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is dependably good, Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza region offers plenty of drinking pleasure. Girl &... Read more

2014 Girl & Dragon Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

Dusty. That’s the word that keeps coming up when smelling, tasting and ultimately swallowing this wine. It’s dusty in the nose, before revealing some black berry fruit in the mouth. And in the finish, some spicy and… yes… dusty tannins are... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir, North Coast

Quite smoky in the nose, this medium-bodied, sleek wine shows hints of cinnamon and red fruits. Not a sipping wine; needs food for maximum enjoyment. MSRP: $14 (July 2015) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

This wine is medium-full in the mouth, with impressions of blackberry syrup and roast coffee. Not as complex as a typical North Coast Cab, but with enough stuffing to make it enjoyable to drink. And its youthful, fine-grained tannins could make it... Read more

2013 Sonoma Collection District 3 ‘Growers Reserve’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

If you like your Pinot Noir made in a feminine style, this bottling is not for you. However, if you prefer boldness in your reds, you’ll want to give it a try. The aroma is reminiscent of a fresh-baked berry pie, and the flavors are all about dark... Read more