Posts Tagged Red

2013 Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Many Sonoma County Zinfandels have what we call a “pectin petulance,” and this one is no exception. After that initial impression subsides, a black raspberry jelly note emerges. Refined and smooth for a Zin, with just a light dusting of... Read more

2013 Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Still a baby, this wine is a little rough around the edges, but its dusty, fine-grained tannins keep it approachable in its youth. Opaque crimson/black in hue, it shows a mild herbal note, joined by blackberry, cocoa powder and fleshy black fruit... Read more

2013 Decoy Merlot, Sonoma County

From first sniff through satisfying finish, this is an exceptional Merlot — an example of what the variety has to offer in favorable vintages. In fact, a number of multi-variety blends were tested but, ultimately, it was decided to go with a 100... Read more

2012 Decoy Red Wine, Sonoma County

There is nothing unusual about seeing a blend comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. But adding Zinfandel to the mix? That’s reminiscent of the “field blends” that 19th and 20th century Italian immigrants concocted — and... Read more

2013 Decoy Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

This is a wine that’s easy to like, even if its aroma and flavor impressions are subtle rather than elevated. There are some nice cherry notes, along with red raspberry, black tea and menthol. There’s also a woodsy quality throughout, with a... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Grand Reserve’ Pinot Noir, California

No winery has done a better job of maintaining a consistent style across its product line —year to year, vintage to vintage — than Kendall-Jackson. True, K-J Winemaster Randy Ullom has a diverse spectrum of wine regions, microclimates and... Read more

2013 Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Monterey

Nearly transparent garnet color, lightening at the rim. This young lady has a demure nose, showing glimpses of blood, spiced cherry, cranberry sauce, clove, and a whiff of orange blossom. Lithe in the mouth, well-balanced and integrated, it is silky... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir, Vintner’s Reserve, California

Made from 100% Pinot noir grapes grown in the cool, coastal climate of Monterey and Santa Barbara counties. It is a nearly transparent garnet color. Decidedly delicate aromas, true to the varietal, rise from the glass, including baking spices... Read more

2013 Pedroncelli Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Sporting a translucent ruby color, this red gives off scents of dusty, clove-spiced dark cherries and berries. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied, picking up a sprinkling of fine tannins after mid-palate. Finally, freshly ground pepper pops up to add... Read more

2012 Edmeades Petite Sirah, Mendocino County

Imagine the aroma of blueberry muffins baking in the oven while your favorite French roast coffee is brewing on a counter nearby. That’s what you’ll experience when you pour this wine in a glass and give it a good airing. Swirl some more, and... Read more