Posts Tagged ‘Red’

2011 Saxum “Broken Stones,” Paso Robles

A blend of 78% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, and 4% Petite Sirah. Alcohol 15.6%. Inky purple/black in the glass. It sports an effusive nose, full of concentrated, syrupy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, soapy lavender, polished leather, pectin, and… Read more


2005 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha’s Vineyard, Napa Valley

Opaque purple/black in the glass, just beginning to lighten at the rim. After 90 minutes of decanting and aeration, the nose nearly leapt from the glass, full of lush cassis and other black fruits, eucalyptus/mint, and Christmas spices. With more… Read more


2009 Clos de la Tech Pinot Noir, Domaine Lois Louise Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains

The color in the glass is a nearly opaque crimson with a streak of violet. The heady nose is full of fleshy black cherry, strawberry compote, and black plum fruit, followed by celery stalk and a sprinkling of baking spices and polished leather from… Read more


2010 Wakefield Estate ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Exceptional Parcel Release,’ Clare Valley Estate, Australia

Lavishly oaked, this wine has a sweet and seductive aroma, and one senses a rich core of dark fruits bubbling beneath the oak cloak. Plush rather than fleshy, the palate reveals minty eucalyptus and oodles of blackberry, boysenberry and loganberry… Read more


2009 Wakefield Estate ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Exceptional Parcel Release,’ Clare Valley Estate, Australia

Tightly wound upon opening, this wine takes a full day to open up fully, ultimately revealing impressions of coffee grounds, blackberry, boysenberry, currant, dark flowers and black olive tapenade. It has very fine grained tannins and juicy acidity,… Read more


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

Nearly opaque deep purple in color, this wine showcases warm brown spices, vanilla and black pepper, framing a solid core of black and blue berry fruit. Surprisingly elegant on the palate, showing a velvety texture. Refined, yet powerful. MSRP:… Read more


2013 Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

Moderate black cherry and black currant fruit, and a touch of eucalyptus provide the initial aromatic impression, with a varietal green, herbal edge. The wine finishes smooth, with moderate fine-grained tannins in the back. A good choice with a… Read more


2013 Wakefield Estate ‘Taylors Jaraman’ Shiraz, Clare Valley/McLaren Vale, Australia

This wine has an opaque deep crimson robe, and an initial whiff of petroleum (that blows off), red flowers, a sense of volcanic soil, fleshy boysenberry and eucalyptus. It’s palate coating with trademark Clare Valley balance; nicely knit and… Read more


2013 Sonoma-Loeb Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley

In the glass, a translucent ruby color. Textbook aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, pectin, clove, black tea, and wisps of smoky oak make a delightful first impression. This red follows through on the palate. It is both bright and lively and… Read more


2012 Kendall-Jackson Merlot, Grand Reserve, Sonoma County

In the glass, it sports an opaque purple/black color. Aromatically, heady, layered scents of violets, cassis, syrupy boysenberry, cedar, polished leather, roasted nuts, and high-toned herbs and spice. These follow through in the mouth, picking up… Read more