Posts Tagged Red

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

No list of iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines is complete without the Bosché Vineyard bottling from Freemark Abbey. This wine is a three-vineyard blend from the Napa’s Rutherford district: 53% Bosché, 42% Sycamore, and 5% Red Barn... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

In the glass, it is an opaque black/crimson hue. This red is more monolithic, brawny, and concentrated than its more dapper brother, “The Mariner,” the Yang to the other’s Yin. The aromas and flavors run to a black profile – black olive,... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard “The Mariner,” Dry Creek Valley

A Bordeaux blend red wine. The opaque purple/crimson color leads to rich, expressive scents of leather, dark flowers, cranberries, blue fruit, and sweet herbs, all complemented by notes of roasted coffee beans. The wine is full in the mouth, showing... Read more

2011 Miner Family Winery ‘The Oracle’ Red Wine, Napa Valley

As a broad generalization, Napa Valley wines made from mountain fruit fared better than Napa wines crafted from valley floor fruit for the 2011 vintage. And so it is with “The Oracle,” a single-vineyard blend from the Stagecoach Vineyard in... Read more

2013 Wakefield Estate ‘Taylors Jaraman’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley and Coonawarra, Australia

Rich, elegant and ageworthy, this exquisite wine seamlessly melds the qualities of perfectly ripened grapes from two South Australia microclimates and a mix of French oak barrels. The aroma and flavor spectrum includes black currant, black cherry,... Read more

2012 Murrieta’s Well ‘The Spur,’ Livermore Valley

The Livermore Valley is one of California’s most history-steeped winegrowing regions. Murrieta’s Well dates back to the 1880s, has had its ups and downs through the years, but has been crafting sublime blends from estate-grown grapes for the... Read more

2014 Wakefield Estate Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills

Like so many Down Under wines, this Pinot is all about the fruit — specifically, sweet red cherry and red berries. There’s also a hint of spice, and although the finish is a tad warm, the mouthfeel is silky and satisfying. MSRP: $16.99... Read more

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

We tasted this wine over a period of two days because, upon opening, it was quite closed. There wasn’t much aroma wafting from the glass, and there weren’t clearly identifiable flavors in the glass. But what a difference a day made. On day two,... Read more

2013 La Crema Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

There is no question that this is a New World Pinot Noir, as the assertive, almost sweet fruit flavors dominate the nose and the palate. Think: purple plum, blackberry and cherry pie. There are some subtle chocolate, root beer and mocha notes in the... Read more

2014 Girl & Dragon Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

When you feel like having a quality glass of Malbec, look for “Mendoza” on the label. Just as Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is dependably good, Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza region offers plenty of drinking pleasure. Girl &... Read more