Posts Tagged ‘Red’

2011 Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

A half-dozen vineyards from up, down and across the Napa Valley contributed the fruit to this cuvee, which includes small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Glass-staining, nearly opaque dark ruby in hue, the wine shows sweet bell pepper,… Read more

2011 Gypsy Boots Pinot Noir, Sonoma County/Mendocino County

Three prime areas for premium Pinot Noir — the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley — provided the fruit for this cuvee, which is very light ruby in hue, slightly cloudy, and shows light orange on the rim of the wineglass…. Read more

2012 Gypsy Boots Pinot Noir, Sonoma County/Santa Barbara County/Mendocino County

Winemaker James MacPhail sourced grapes from Santa Barbara County to Mendocino County in crafting this superb wine, which is light translucent ruby with glints of orange toward the rim, and slightly cloudy. The sweet nose shows orange rind, bright… Read more

2011 Atalon ‘Pauline’s Cuvee,’ Napa Valley

Translucent light crimson in color, this blend of Merlot (63%), Cabernet Franc (31%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (6%) shows a good deal of bell pepper in the nose. Once that subsides and the wine opens up, impressions of blue fruit, toasty oak, cedar,… Read more

2012 Lazy Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

This gorgeous wine is translucent dark ruby in color, with an uplifted nose of bright cherry and berry, mint, cedar and menthol. The fruit really pops in the mouth, with a good palate entry and a mild, integrated grip at the end. As the wine opens… Read more

2012 Ferrari-Carano ‘Middleridge Ranch’ Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

Wines made from a single winegrape clone, while not necessarily one-dimensional, tend to be less interesting than multi-clone cuvees. This came to mind after tasting this bottling from Ferrari-Carano’s Middleridge Ranch, which is planted to two… Read more

2012 Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Lots of “S” words come to mind when describing this wine, including sleek and supple. Translucent rose coral in color, it has a heady nose of sweet, fleshy dark cherries, citrus, orange, dark flowers, wintergreen, allspice and black tea. The… Read more

2010 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia

We love the big, opulent, in-your-face Shiraz fruit bombs made by so many Aussie vintners. This is not one of them. Yet, we love this wine, too. Its opaque purple-black hue is typical of those big teeth stainers, but this wine is more Claret-like…. Read more

2010 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

Nearly opaque plum/crimson in color, this nicely perfumed wine has a varietal nose of cassis, bell pepper, mint and dill, along with a streak of blackberry and subtle notes of graphite and cedar. There’s plenty of upfront fruit flavor and a thick… Read more

2012 Cambria Pinot Noir, Julia’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Translucent ruby color with violet glints, lightening at the rim. A pungent, earthy note is followed by ample sharp black raspberry and strawberry fruit, accented by peppery green tea leaf. The mouthfeel shows a varietal sleekness, picking up some… Read more