Posts Tagged ‘Red’

2012 Migration Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

One might get the impression that Migration winemaker Neil Bernardi enjoys the fermentation process. Consider that for this 2012 vintage, Bernardi oversaw just shy of 50 individual fermentations, creating an equal number of “lots” from which to… Read more


2010 Kenwood Vineyards ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

The painting on the label, crafted by Keith Wicks, is titled, “Sonoma Serenity.” That’s not a bad two-word description of the wine inside, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley, and 4% Merlot from the… Read more


2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pom, Paso Robles

The color is a glass-staining purple/black. The aromas jump from the glass – gobs of jammy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, notes of blueberry, cassis, and a whiff of saddle leather and caramel. In the mouth, the jammy black fruits keep pumping,… Read more


2010 J. Lohr Cuvée Pau, Paso Robles

This Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux style red is dense and packed, with an opaque dark purple color that shows aromas of polished shoe leather, cedar, menthol, black plum, black raspberry, coffee, and mocha. Quite enjoyable now, medium-grained,… Read more


2011 J. Lohr ‘Hilltop’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

Opaque crimson hue. The winemaker’s touch is obvious in the nose – coffee, toasted nuts, cocoa powder, and a whiplash of leather. Behind this curtain, there is moderate dark fruits. This vintage of the Hilltop selection is thinner than most… Read more


2011 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

At first glance, this red is striking – it is a glass-staining, opaque purple/black with violet glints. The nose delivers on the color’s promise, with rich, pleasing scents of roast coffee, black plum, and black cherry. In the mouth, it is… Read more


2011 Murphy-Goode ‘Liar’s Dice’ Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Translucent ruby color. In the nose, a moderate lacing of black pepper leads to lightly jammy blackberry and raspberry fruit. This fruit sweetens up in the mouth, while furry tannins show a young red’s grip. This is a solid red that is varietally… Read more


2012 Wente ‘Charles Wetmore’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Nearly opaque purple/ruby. Where the ‘Southern Hills’ bottling is a brass band, this red is more complex, more orchestral. Chocolate notes from oak part to reveal a deep concentration of black berry fruits and black plum. There’s an abundance… Read more


2012 Wente ‘Southern Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Opaque dark ruby/purple color in the glass. Varietal aromas of blackberry jam, cassis, high-toned wood spices, licorice, bell pepper, tobacco, and olive. It is juicy and fruit-driven in the mouth, picking up moderate, rounded tannins after… Read more


2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby hue. Concentrated black cherry and plum fruit aromas commingle with a rich earthiness, smoke, high-toned herbs, and vanilla. With additional aeration, more delicate red fruit aromas emerge. This red is still a youngster,… Read more