Posts Tagged Red

2013 Pedroncelli ‘Bench Vineyards’ Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

This wine has an inviting nose of dark flower perfume, vanilla, clove, fleshy black and red fruits, and a sense of volcanic minerality. More one-dimensional in the mouth, a black licorice impression emerges and carries through to the finish, joined... Read more

2013 Pedroncelli ‘Mother Clone’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

This has been a consistently good wine through the years, garnering a rating of 88 for the 2011 vintage and 89 for the 2012. For 2013, it moves up to Featured Wine status, as its briary raspberry, melted vanilla bean ice cream and cranberry notes... Read more

2012 Pedroncelli ‘Wisdom’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

For as long as we’ve been drinking Pedroncelli wines — which is a lot longer than our archived reviews indicate, the wines have been crafted for immediate accessibility: Buy them today, drink them tonight. So it was a surprise to encounter this... Read more

2006 Godwin Merlot, Sonoma Valley

One of the best things about the beginning of a new year is searching the local wine retailers for quality wines bought on closeout deals. I have had good luck here in my home town of Las Vegas. Often, these wines have a bit of age on them... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Syrah, California

Although the AVA on the label reads “California,” this cuvee comes entirely from Santa Barbara County. Mild smoke and spice notes frame fruit impressions of blackberry and plum, joined by a hint of sweet root beer. Serve with rich stews, or as a... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Raspberry is one of the flavors normally associated with Zinfandel, and there’s an abundance of that fruit flavor in this wine. Other red and dark berry impressions also are in evidence, joined by just a hint of black pepper. Serve it with a... Read more

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

More than 20 vineyards. Five varietals. A mix of French and American oak barrels. Those were the components that contributed to this wine, a full-bodied beauty that seamlessly melds fruit and spice notes. Among the aromas and flavors we experienced... Read more

2012 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Matanzas Creek has been making one of Sonoma County’s most reliable Merlot bottlings for four decades, and we’ve had the pleasure of sampling most of them. Although the 2012 growing season was cool in comparison to the nearly perfect 2013... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

If you’re looking for the typical Dry Creek Valley style of Zinfandel — briary and jammy — you won’t find it here. But read on; this is a Zin well worth tracking down. It’s crafted from grapes grown on vines that average 95 years of age,... Read more

2013 Carmel Road ‘Drew’s Blend’ Pinot Noir, Monterey

The Drew of “Drew’s Blend” is actress Drew Barrymore, who partnered with Carmel Road winemaker Kris Kato with the goal of crafting a wine that would be perfect for sharing with family and friends — i.e., likeable to a wide array of palates.... Read more