Petit Verdot

    Noble Ridge and friends: tasting Okanagan Falls wines

    Photo: Noble Ridge vineyards in the autumn The Okanagan Falls region has come into its in recent years for wine touring. The area got a major lift a few years when the wineries formed an association and when Blue Mountain, the area’s anchor tenant, began opening its tasting room regularly. I have wandered the region again during the spring and summer and visited most of the wineries.

    9 readers - By John Schreiner on wine

    Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 - Fall 2014 Edition

    An all new list! This post brought to you by: Get the Spindrift Cellars Pinot Noir 2012 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! It's time for the next update of The Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 Red Wines Under $20! In fact, we're well overdue for an update and with fall officially starting and a bit of crispness in the air, our thoughts naturally turn to red wine.

    8 readers - By The Reverse Wine Snob

      Super Tuscan Monteverro plans rapid expansion

      Decanter - - 7 readers - Super Tuscan estate Monteverro plans to significantly increase production of its top wines over the next decade. A view of Monteverro vineyards in southern Tuscany. Image credit: Monteverro Monteverro only planted its first vines in 2004, but the estate's German owners, the Weber family, is keen to capitalise on the rising popularity of Italy's so-called Super Tuscan wines.

      Tales From: Estate 1856, Dry Creek Valley

      the drunken cyclist - - 7 readers - I pulled into the driveway where the only sign along the Dry Creek road read “Tzabaco Vineyards” with no mention of “Estate 1856″–my afternoon appointment. Moments after pulling in, I was greeted by Janice Schmidt, the wine maker half of the Estate 1856 team–her husband, Brian, farms the land. A quick primer on the names.

      Underrated Spain: Meseta Central Wine Region

      Wine Folly - - 7 readers - In the land of Don Quixote, wine plays a very important role both economically and culturally. The Meseta Central, a.k.a. Central Plateau, produces nearly half of the wine in all of Spain. It’s also home to over a dozen top wine Spanish bodegas (wineries). Super Value! If you like wines with intensity and European personality, Spain has you covered.

      Daven Lore Winery 2012 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

      Great Northwest Wine - - 7 readers - Daven Lore Winery 2012 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28 By Great Northwest Wine on September 23, 2014 Prosser vintner Gordon Taylor definitely has dialed in his Petit Verdot program using Double Canyon Vineyard as his 2010 vintage of this Bordeaux variety earned a spot in Great Northwest Wine’s Top 100 list last year.

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      Cliff Lede's Vineyards Rock

      …, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. When you have a large vineyard you divide it into blocks for better vineyard management. In Cliff Lede's case different blocks will mean different varieties plus different soil types, different elevations, and different sun exposures. Usually these vineyard blocks are given exciting names like Block 1, Block 2, etc…

      5 readers - By Bob on Sonoma

      A Bordeaux family of wines

      … amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the Marquis enters with quite a bass note and plucky twang. It lives on the dark side of the fruit spectrum, with notable Cassis, black currants and a funk progression in the tonic minor. A savoury spike which has Mediterranean pique, richness and wood spice ticks in rhythmic metronome and lingering cool…

      3 readers - By Godello

      Vina Alicia San Alberto Syrah

      … hectacres and produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Nebbiolo, Grenache Noir, Carignan, and Syrah. Now that we know what vineyard the Syrah I tasted came from, let go right on over to the tasting notes. The 2007 Vina Alicia San Alberto Syrah is 100% Syrah from the San Alberto vineyard. The Syrah had long skin contact, aged…

      1 readers - By Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

      Top Ten Red Wines from the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

      … Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Special and about $60. 2. 2012 Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir - this blew us away with intense fruit, great acid, amazing persistence and depth and a long finish. In other words, it’s a Pinot party that doesn’t quit. It brings all of that while maintaining structure and complexity, this wine has it all…

      4 readers - By Red Wine Please!

      Five Wines from Coppola

      …, low tannins, and a tart finish. Inky black color, but lighter than expected on the palate. 2011 Francis Coppola Diamond Claret California 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc $21, 13.5% abv. Blackberries, blueberries, cassis, chocolate, coffee, medium tannins, long dark fruit finish. 2012 Sofia Rosé Monterey County…

      3 readers - By Ben Carter/ Benito's Wine Reviews

      Four Days in Paso Robles - Day One

      … Barr Estates grows their own grapes, and are farmers first, and winemakers second. Great wines are grown. They have 46 acres of vines, and produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Sirah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Albarino. They also make a wonderful dessert wine with traditional Port grapes. I purchased three different wines at Barr Estate: Albarino…

      4 readers - By The Sommelier Update

      2010 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

      …2010 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County If you’re a fan of lamb served with mint jelly, this wine would make a tasty companion. With small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the blend, this Cab exudes sweet, fleshy dark fruit — plum, cherry and a sharp note of pomegranate — joined by an impression of roasted nuts…

      3 readers - By Wine Lines

      Message in a Bottle

      … vintage of “3.” Sourcing one-third of this red blend from each of their respective vineyards, the 2013 vintage is a powerhouse built by Cab Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine offers red berries on the nose, with a hint of cedar foretelling its depth and strong character. On the palate, this wine begins with bright red fruit, and develops hints…

      7 readers - By Cuvee Communiqué

      Tales From: Estate 1856, Dry Creek Valley

      … bottles I tasted below the bulk of their production. They also make a Petit Verdot and a Malbec, though, and there are thoughts of making a white or two since they grow Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Viognier in their vineyard. Even though they only have a few vintages of Estate 1856 behind them (the first was 2008), Janice has considerable…

      7 readers - By the drunken cyclist

      Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 - Fall 2014 Edition

      … there without straying too far from your beloved grape. This blend of 60% Malbec, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot from Mendoza and available for around $13 begins with pleasant aromas of plum, black cherry, mint, a little vanilla and surprisingly, a touch of red pepper. Tasting reveals a delightful dry Bordeaux blend with lots of dark…

      8 readers - By The Reverse Wine Snob

      Sol Lucet, Koshu, Kurambon Wine, Japan, 2013, 11.5% abv C$24 (UK L13)

      … to this region to visit some onsen. The Kurambon Winery makes whites out of the Koshu as well as Viognier and Chardonnay. There are reds too from Tannat, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon to name a few. Everywhere one reads about Koshu (which is a vinifera grape has been grown for over 1,000 years in the Yamanashi region), it’s celebrated as being…

      4 readers - By winellama

      Daven Lore Winery 2012 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

      …Daven Lore Winery 2012 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28 By Great Northwest Wine on September 23, 2014 Prosser vintner Gordon Taylor definitely has dialed in his Petit Verdot program using Double Canyon Vineyard as his 2010 vintage of this Bordeaux variety earned a spot in Great Northwest Wine’s Top 100 list last year. Opulent oak creates…

      7 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Malbec tops 5th annual Idaho Wine Competition

      … that features Petit Verdot. The Sawtooth 2012 Classic Fly Series Tempranillo spotlights a red variety that produces historic wines in its home region of the Iberian Peninsula. “I’m not surprised by the varietals that performed well,” Smith said. “Sawtooth sells fruit to so many other wineries and you have different winemaking styles, so it’s…

      6 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Granite Heights Winery

      … of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, again barrel aged for 15 months mostly in American, with some French Oak. The 2010 Cabernet Franc ($13/375ml) was quite good and we purchased a bottle to bring home. The 2009 Lomax Reserve ($23) won a silver medal in the Virginia Governor's Cup. The 2009 Lomax Reserve is a blend of 84 percent Cabernet…

      6 readers - By Wine About Virginia