Posts Tagged ‘Red’

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


2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Jenkins Ranch, Sonoma Coast

Nutmeg, cherry, jammy strawberry, clove, cinnamon, orange rind and cherry cola aromas are forward and promising. And the promise is kept, as the wine coats the mouth, picking up a youthful, earthy, tannic grip after mid-palate, then cascades to a… Read more


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

Burnt chocolate with a licorice twist, fig, mild woodspice and moderate dark fruits are what you’ll find in this restaurant-ready wine which should complement a wide array of dishes, including a basic steak-and-potatoes meal. The finish fades… Read more


2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this Napa Cab exudes warm earth tones and high-toned spice, along with a varietal note of bell pepper — a classic red Bordeaux profile. Mix in some Rutherford dust, cedar, clove, red currant and a hint of polished… Read more


2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa Valley

Opaque dark purple in color, lightening at the rim, this wine represents the older style of winemaking — rustic and pure. Notes of lavender soap and vanilla cream mix nicely with ample black currant fruit, zippy blackberry, nice spice notes and… Read more


2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Merlot, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this wine has a perfumed nose full of roses and violets. There’s some nice forward fruit — cherry, currant, black plum — joined by cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes, striking a nice balance between the wood… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli ‘Three Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby in hue, this wine exhibits an initial impression of tar in the nose, followed by ample red currant fruit and some spicy eucalyptus/mint notes. With time in the glass it mellows out, showing a hint of shoe polish, a sense of… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli ‘Bushnell Vineyard’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

When first opened, this wine shows menthol/eucalyptus, a touch of shoe polish, root beer and paraffin. After aeration, additional notes of red berry fruit, white pepper and vanilla emerge. The finish has a lot of silty, medium-grained, earthy… Read more


2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Homefront Red,’ California

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cuvee is brimming with spicy fruit. An effusive nose full of briary raspberry, black pepper, mint/eucalyptus and a pleasant earthiness leads to dusty earthiness in the mouth. The… Read more