Posts Tagged ‘Red’

2013 MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pale Salmon in color. The initial scents of sweet strawberries lead to rounded, deeper red berry flavors, a hint of watermelon, and an elusive impression of red cherry that pops up now and then. There is a rounded mouth impression, as much the fruit… Read more


2012 Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Opaque purple with crimson hues. Light smoke, allspice, and briar leads to a mélange of berries, including black raspberry, red currant, blackberry, and a smidge of blueberry. With time, black licorice aromas emerge. It is smooth upon initial entry… Read more


2012 Dry Creek Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Opaque purple color, lightening to crimson at the edge. Hillside grown in the Dry Creek Valley, with an average vine age of over 90 years, this Zinfandel showcases the best qualities of the varietal, the growing region, and the concentration of old… Read more


2010 Matchbook ‘Tinto Rey,’ Dunnigan Hills

2010 Matchbook ‘Tinto Rey,’ Dunnigan Hills

Match Book Tinto Rey This disparate blend of five red varietals — Tempranillo, Syrah, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat — is nicely refined, with just a hint of earthiness. Its aroma and flavor spectrum includes cherries, blackberry,… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli Winery ‘Mother Clone’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

The nose of this wine is not complex, but it’s certainly inviting. It has a sweet edge, with a note of black raspberry, a prickle of black pepper, and hints of cherry and root beer. As the wine opens up, a perfumed high note emerges. Smoother in… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli Winery ‘Bench Vineyards’ Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

Wild herb and tobacco aromas dominate the nose, joined by a touch of dark chocolate and a hint of cumin. The wine is quite herbal in the mouth, and a roasted green pepper note lingers in the finish. With time in the glass, a cherry cough drop… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli Winery ‘Alto Vineyards’ Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley

When planning a meal — almost any meal — this could be your go-to wine. It offers notes of menthol/eucalyptus, cherry, earth, vanilla and paprika., and its grip in the finish suggests another two years of bottle aging could be in order. A solid… Read more


2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Pure Californian, this wine is all about fruit forwardness and concentration, sans the earthiness associated with Burgundian Pinot Noir. It has a deep, fruit-laden nose of concentrated strawberry and cherry, along with shadings of vanilla and baking… Read more


2009 Corralitos ‘La Tache Clone’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

In its brief history, Corralitos Wine Company has established a pattern of releasing its Pinot Noir bottlings about six months to a year after other wineries. So while we’re seeing plenty of 2010, 2011 and even 2012 Pinots in the marketplace,… Read more


2012 J. Lohr ‘Fog’s Reach’ Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

There’s a lot going on in this wine’s aroma spectrum, starting with fleshy black cherry and pomegranate impressions, adding a black tea note, and then turning Burgundy-like with whiffs of tomato and earth. (The Pomerol clone component adds the… Read more