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Petit Verdot

USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Faust, Napa Valley, Coombsville, California, 2012

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Red blend of: 80% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, and 2% petit verdot. Note: over 50% of the fruit for this vintage came from the 110-acre Faust Vineyard in the Coombsville district, which is the highest percentage that has ever made it into the final blend for this wine. I’ve enjoyed almost every wine I’ve had from Coombsville. […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Kaiken, Terroir Series, Corte, Mendoza, 2011

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Red blend of: 80% malbec, 12% bonarda, and 8% petit verdot. N/ Black fruits, black plums, leather, canvas, and crushed rocks. Acid kissed, dry black soil. Hint of cherry taffy. T/ Medium-full to full mouth feel. Round and woody on her start, she then delivers a deep black fruits, boysenberry and plum meat midsection. Her […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pine Ridge, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Rated 45 minutes after opening the bottle, no decant necessary. Red blend of: 90% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc, and 1% merlot. N/ Deep notes of black cherry and rich cassis, with mature, and in this one case, delicious tomato leaf aromas. Black soil. Forest floor. Mesquite wood. Baker’s chocolate and slate. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Meritage) (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec), Magnificat, Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 64% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 5% petit verdot, 3% cabernet franc, and 2% malbec. N/ Black cherry, black currant, plum skins.  Cedar, vanilla, and coconut. River rock. Wild herbs, pine needles, and dried sage. Barrel room lingers. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium plus tannins. Medium plus acid. Dry, angular, plum, cherry, and a […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon (with Carménère and Petit Verdot), Calcu, Colchagua Valley, 2010

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Whoa. This is like no other Chilean cabernet I’ve ever had. Her colors, big acid, and thin mouthfeel would not suggest cabernet sauvignon to me – if this was a bling tasting. Red blend of: 85% cabernet sauvignon, 10% carménère, and 5% petit verdot. N/ Eucalyptus delights. Fresh raspberries quech. Fresh leather intrigues. Flint and […]

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USA, Petit Verdot, Steven Kent, Ghielmetti Vineyard, Livermore Valley, California, 2009

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Rated one hour after decanting. If you’ve never had a pure petite verdot, I’d strongly suggest you start with this beauty…. C/ Brick dust and neon squid ink. Awesome color. N/ Deep, brooding woods. Stewed plum and black cherry with caramelized sugar. Exotic spices. Sage. Rosemary. Cracked flint. Forest floor. Oyster shell. Wonderful. T/ Full […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tarapaca, Gran Reserva, Valle del Maipo, 2010

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Red blend of: “94% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6% Syrah-Petit Verdot.” Best wait at least one hour post decant on this lady. She shines even more after 3 hours. C/ A bit of a curious rim that suggests a much older wine and her neon purple is typical of a Malbec, not a Cabernet. Not sure what […]

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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel Dominated, Pandemonium, Lodi & Clarksburg, California, 2009

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Red blend of: Zinfandel, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. (I like the creative blending here). N/ Her nose is a tad light, but dominated by Zinfandel-like wafts such as red berry jam and some deep plum notes. Black pepper and dark chocolate. She also shows light leather, gunnysack, and a nice punch of boysenberry. T/ […]

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USA, Red blend, Meritage, Robert Mondavi, Private Selection, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Red blend of: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Malbec, and 8% Petite Verdot. C/ Inky and dangerous. The Malbec really brings out an amazingly pretty neon purple rim. N/ Stewed plums and cherries. Acidic burlap and rope. Cinnamon. Freshly cracked granite. Forest floor. Flint. Light gunpowder and a hint of chlorine. Damn complex for […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, 2009

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Red blend of: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Note: one of the few Cabernet that you will encounter that are actually better right after opening the bottle, rather than waiting my normal 1 to 2 hours post decant. N/ Barrel room, crisp leather, clean black […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Petite Verdot), Rubicon Estate, Francis Coppola, Napa, 2005

Red Blend of 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1.5% Petit Verdot. N/ Huge blackberries and black fruits. Graham crackers, melting caramel, fat vanilla, raw vanilla bean. Deep, black soil. Light coconut. Light granite. WOW. T/ Full mouthfeel. Smooth, massively full, black fruits laced with giant, but tamed tannins. Slightly spiced melted chocolate. Long, fruit blast into […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon dominated), High Roller, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Red Blend of: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Note: I see a staggering number of wine bottles each year.  This powerful presentation, with authentic poker chip bolted right on, was among the coolest bottles I’ve seen in a long while. N/ I was expecting more French oak presence. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon dominated), Evidence Wines, Napa Valley (Mayacaymus fruit), 2007

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A Bordeaux-Style Red Blend of: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, and 7% Petit Sirah Note: I had a whole case of this over 2010-2011.  11/12 bottles were stunning, 1 was just slightly oxidized but even survived that well. This is one of best quality for the price Cabernet’s I’ve ever had. I can’t wait for […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Syrah dominated), Maquis Lien, Colchagua Valley, 2006

Red Blend of: 42% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 12% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, and 7% Malbec N/ Tad hot. Dry earth. Cherry. Light game. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Elegant cherry. Ripe, dripping, blackberries. Nice acid pop. Slight pucker. Price = $19 Very Good 88 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… the […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Ruca Malen, Mendoza, Argentina, South America

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Bodega Ruca Malen is another must see vineyard if you visit Mendoza.  Their lunch option offers up five delicious foodie adventures paired impeccably with five Malen wines. If you happen to be staying at the amazing Cavas Wine Lodge, borrow the bikes and peddle on over ! Just be sure not to do what I […]

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Argentina, Wine Style Focus, Red Blend

Note: These are all above the normal $20 price range typical of Brainwines.com.  They are therefore rated against other wines in their price category. “Profundo” from Bressia is a 2005 red blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 10% Syrah. N/ Simply cherry. T/ Dirty wet cherries with some graphite. Note: Careful […]

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