Posts Tagged Red

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard Malbec, Dry Creek Valley

Malbec’s “place in life” originally was as a minor blending grape of Bordeaux. But late in the 20th century, it gained star status in its adopted home of Argentina, specifically in that country’s Mendoza growing region. Dry Creek Vineyard... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

Like Dry Creek's cuvee known as “The Mariner,” this wine was crafted from five Bordeaux varietals. The blend: 82% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Because there is a much more significant portion... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘The Mariner,’ Dry Creek Valley

Most red wines suggest four or, at best, five individual aroma or flavor impressions. More often than not, these impressions present themselves individually: first a whiff of mushrooms, then a note of charred wood, then some type of fruit, and... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County

The Dry Creek Valley is home to some of the best Zinfandels on the planet, and this bottling is a good primer on the seductiveness of the grape. In the glass, it has a nearly opaque crimson color. Classic aromas of Zinfandel waft from the glass –... Read more

2011 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

The 2011 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the most difficult ones in decades. Those that sourced from vineyards higher up seemed to fare better than others. That is good news for Mt. Brave, located on Mount Veeder over 1000 feet above the valley... Read more

2012 Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

The North Coast appellation in California encompasses the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, and this is the source for this user-friendly red. In the glass, it is an opaque deep crimson color. Juicy red currant and sweet cherry fruit make the... Read more

2013 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti

Castello di Gabbiano sells this entry-level Chianti in large format bottles, but its affordability belies a more serious beverage than similarly priced/bottled wines. Compared to those skunky pizza parlor Chiantis, this is a fresh, energetic wine,... Read more

2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva

Castello di Gabbiano's reserve bottling of its Chianti Classico is aged in new French oak and blended with 5 percent Merlot, giving the final product a smooth quality that tames some of the Chianti grape's acidity and tannins. The 2011 bottle checks... Read more

2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG

Castello's reserve bottlings -- the Gran Selezione, Alleanza and Chianti Riserva -- are likely behind most of the winery's press acclaim, but I will confess to liking this one best, which seems to strike the right balance of pure Chianti fruit and... Read more

2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico “Bellezza” Gran Selezione

In 2014, the Chianti Classico region revamped its policies to create a brand-new top designation, known as "Gran Selezione." According to the region, Gran Selezione accounts for 10% of Chianti Classico production; the label can only be applied to... Read more