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Red Blend

France, Red blend, Michel Chapoutier, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Bila-Haut, 2014

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Red blend of syrah, grenache and carignan. N/ Black cherry, plum skins, compote, multiple aromatic herbs like sage and rosemary, and tobacco leaf. The smell of a walk in wild country. Outstanding. T/ Medium mouthfeel. A large payload of black cherry, black berry, and savory notes all with a nicely balanced gentle sweetness. Her close […]

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Italy, Red Blend (Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese), Liberta, Collazzi Vineyards, Toscana, 2012

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N/ Cellar room, sage, crushed rose petals, cassis, light confection, sweet woods, forest floor, and rhubarb. Complex and delightful. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Silky but bouncing with acidity. Clean, mineral driven cassis and red berries, with a cranberry tartness that tamed with time in the glass. A perfect food wine that worked seamlessly with […]

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USA, Red Blend, Whistle Stop, Snoqualmie, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2012

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Red blend of: 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot N/ Deep and dusty plum jam wafts, mesquite wood, paprika, black, wet soil. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Round, black fruit flavors with a touch of barbecue spices. While she has an ample fruit payload, she also has some nice, clean lines of minerals and wood. […]

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Italy, Super Tuscan Red Blend (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet, etc.), L’Andrea, Monte Vibiano, Colli Perugini Rosso DOC, Marsciano – Perugia, 2007

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Red blend of: sangiovese 50%, merlot 15%, cabernet sauvignon 15%, Syrah 5%, other red grape varieties 15%. N/ Lightly smoked black cherry, and deep red fruits with layers of earth, tobacco, wet, aged oak, and rock. Pine needles, sage, and wild herbs slow dance. Only, slight detraction, is a wee bit of reduced aromas that […]

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USA, Red Blend (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel), Nobel Vines, “1”, California, 2011

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Red blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and zinfandel. N/ Lightly cedar-smoked big and bruising stewed plums and black cherries. Taffy, light confection, and a sophisticated swamp aromas. Coconut, caramel and chocolate wafts. Warm, thick, assertive – yet soft. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Juicy flavors of plums, soft ripe red berries, and black cherry […]

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USA, Red Blend, Acorn Hill, Acorn Winery, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California, 2009

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A red blend of: 54% Syrah, 44% Sangiovese, 1% Viognier, 0.5% Canaiolo, and 0.5% Mammolo. N/ Clean, inviting, barrel room wafts layer perfectly atop blackcherry, plum skin, and savory notes.  Wet earth, wild herbs, and aged leather delight. She closes with a touch of sage and wild prairie. Complex countryside aromas here. Love it. T/ Medium […]

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Chile, Red Blend (“Winemakers”), Reserva, Casillero del Diablo, Concha y Toro, Rapel Valley, 2011

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Red blend of: 60% syrah, 25% carmenere, and 15% cabernet sauvignon. N/ Lightly cedar-smoked black cherries. A pronounced mineral and wet steel blast of aroma. Soft caramel and chocolate flavors. Hint of tomato leaf slightly detracts from a fairly warm and inviting nose. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Juicy flavors of red berries and boysenberry jam. Soft […]

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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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France, Malbec with Merlot, Cahors, Clos La Coutale, Philippe Bernède, 2010

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A red blend of 80% malbec and 20% merlot. N/ A faint hint of rubber tree slightly detracts for about 30 minutes but then burns off to reveal deep black fruits, fresh cedar, wild herbs, gunpowder and black cherries. Her ample fruits are sprinkled with a bit of brick and cement dust, in a nice way. […]

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Uruguay, Red Blend (Tannat and Merlot), Artesana, Canelones, 2011

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Red Blend of 60% tannat and 40% merlot. Suggest enjoying 2-3 hours after decanting, she needs time to soften and blossom. The wait will be worthwhile. N/ She leads with deep bass notes of aged barrel room and distinct cherry corial chocolates. Sharp, crisp flint notes.  Bright black cherry. Lime juice dripped on crushed rocks. […]

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Argentina, Red Blend, Malbec (with Bonarda and Syrah), Amado Sur, Trivento, Mendoza, 2011

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A red blend of: 78% malbec, 12% bonarda, and 10% syrah. C/ Beautiful black neon purple squid ink. N/ Deep, dark purple and black fruits. Savory notes with a caramelized violet reduction sauce.  Gunpowder. Freshly cracked flint. Wet, black soil. Bakers chocolate. Hint of white pepper. A few swampy notes, however lightly detract. T/ Full […]

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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, Zinfandel, Old Vine, Ravenswood, Sonoma County (Dry Creek, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River), 2009

Red Blend of: 84% Zinfandel, 8% Petit Sirah, 6% Carignane, 2% Mixed Blacks N/ Acid popping, stew of plum skins and dark berries. Round, soft, wafts of old forest floor, especially aromas reminiscent an old moss-covered log – in a clean, inviting, way. Moss covered rocks, black soil, and mushrooms. T/ Medium-full to full mouth […]

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USA, Red Blend (Syrah, Merlot, Malbec), Robert Mondavi, Private Selection, Coastal Crush Red, Central Coast, 2011

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Red Blend of: 67% Syrah, 24% Merlot, and 9% Malbec. N/ Dried black cherries, slightly candied cassis, and cherry cordials. Sweet and taffy-like. For the first two hours she had an unfortunate note of rubber and/or vinyl, however, this finally dissipated at approximately two and a half hours post decant. Once gone, nice fruit and […]

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USA, Red blend, Les Chevaux (Merlot dominated), Columbia Crest, Horse Heaven Hills, Cascade Mountains, Washington, 2010

Red blend of: 80% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Syrah. N/ Plum stew, blood, game, black cherry and flint. Pine needle tea. Black tea. Dominated by acidic snaps of flint dust. Balloons and band aids. Barrel room. Forest floor. A bit wild and interesting. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. The first thing you taste is a […]

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USA, Red Blend, Rocks!, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, North Coast, California, 2010

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Red blend of: Zinfandel from Lake County, Syrah from Sonoma, and Napa Valley (Carneros) Merlot. N/ Reduction sauce of plum skins.  Smoked oak and paprika. Deep cassis, wet earth, and river rock. Wild herbs with a blast of sage. Pine and cedar. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dry, angular, plum and cherry. Pine needle tea. Berries and […]

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Winery & Vineyards Visits – Acorn Winery (Alegría Vineyard) in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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Highlights The warm and knowledgable Betsy and Bill. True “Field blending” (40-50 different grape types on just 27 acres). Great wines. Excellent and down-to-earth atmosphere and wine making approach. Solid soil and cork learning tools on display in the tasting room. Learning without effort. 40-50 varietals = from A to Z, seriously. Madeline Angevine and […]

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USA, Rose (of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon), Passaggio, Rose Colored Glasses, Sonoma Valley, California, 2011

Production methods of note: Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon were separately fermented in stainless steel tanks and then blended to produce the final wine. N/ Strawberries, red apple skins, and cranberry. Lime zest and freshly pulverized, acid popping, rock dust. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Strawberries and cream. An unexpected glycerol weight for this type of wine, delightfully […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Castello di Amorosa crafts some great wines, as I’ve reviewed in the past.  So when I was planning my most recent Napa and Sonoma tour, Castello was high on my hit list of places to visit. I also had another motivation to see the castle, as I wanted to finally meet, in person, my friend […]

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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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