Petit Verdot

    Native Sun, Purple Star wines find home near Red Mountain

    Amy and Kyle Johnson own and operate Terra Vinum, the parent company for their Purple Star and Native Sun brands. They will produce both wines at their new facility in Benton City, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) BENTON CITY, Wash. — Soft-spoken Kyle Johnson, one of Washington state’s most talented winemakers, is no longer a vagabond vintner.

    9 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest 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 Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob

      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.

      Estancia 2011 Reserve Meritage, Paso Robles

      Toledo Wines and Vines - - 7 readers - We cracked open this wine during a recent visit to Poco Piatti, our favorite tapas restaurant. We opened with a nice bottle of 2010 Stags Leap Artemis and as we settled in, we were ready for a nice accessible red wine to pair with our small plates. The Meritage is a flavorful blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

      2010 Couteau Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak

      Wells On Wine - - 6 readers - Couteau (not be confused with Radio-Coteau) is Michael Manzagol and Reid Yalom, industry, tech and photo folks who make three wines... a Merlot, a lower priced (35.00) Red blend called Kitchen Block and this flagship Cabernet from Hossfeld vineyard (Carter) on Atlas Peak... this one includes some Merlot and Petit Verdot from the same site...

      Drink Local Wine Week: The Importance of Vintage. Or Not.

      Dave McIntyre's WineLine - - 6 readers - Virginia and Maryland vintners have become adept at turning challenges into advantages. Case in point: The region’s variable climate. We get hot vintages, humid vintages, even hurricane vintages that have us looking for arks rather than barrels. (Anyone remember 2011?) Harsh winters can take their toll, as can late spring frosts. Cicadas, ladybugs, stinkbugs — yep, we get those too.

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      Wines of the Week: October 25, 2014

      … “The Mariner” Dry Creek Valley AVA 13.5% abv | $45 (sample) California’s 2011 vintage was utterly unobliging, but that makes this Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and malbec seem even more victorious. Its deep ruby sheen is accented by a scent like evergreen woods on a cool, wet evening. Breezy touches…

      2 readers - By Maker's Table

      2010 Cosentino Cabernet Sauvignon

      … crop, as well as high quality fruit. This new release was aged 20 months in French Oak barrels; 45% new. Composition: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec I rated the 2010 Cosentino Cabernet Sauvignon three glasses. I was happy to drink this wine and brought fond memories of other wines from Cosentino that we have drunk over the years. Life is too short to drink crappy wine! Facebook.com/BillsWineWandering @BillsWineWander Like this: Like Loading... About the author…

      5 readers - By Bills Wine Wandering

      Coiled Wines 2012 Black Mamba, Snake River Valley, $30

      … Alcohol: 14.3% Winery website About Great Northwest Wine Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel. …

      1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      From Napa to Idaho: Coiled Wines’ twisted tale

      … blend, Petite Sirah Coiled Wines Petit Verdot from the 2013 vintage ages in barrel. The wine is destined for Black Mamba, a red blend by Leslie Preston. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Preston’s red blend, called Black Mamba, has given her latitude to play with different grape varieties. It started out with a focus on Tempranillo. Now its…

      2 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Top Bargain Wines 2014 and Safeway Wine Sale

      … at the winery for $34. That’s half off at the Safeway! The Gruet sparkling wines are terrific, especially the Blanc De Noirs. You will find them in S.F. Bay Area selling on average for $16. The Charles & Charles Rosé is on the Wine Enthusiast Top Bargain Wines of 2014 and a steal at $7.55. I also like the Carol Shelton Rosé, selling for $9.44. I…

      2 readers - By Wine Values and Bargains

      The Italian Wine Club Giordano Wines – Explore the World of Wine

      …The Italian Wine Club from Giordano Wines Offers Great Values for Wine Explorers Over the past few episodes on Bacchus and Beery Wine Radio, Donna and I have been talking about getting bold and adventurous with your wine choices. That may mean trying a new variety, label or trying wines from a different country or region. Wines from Europe can…

      1 readers - By Roger Beery/ Bacchus and Beery

      Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

      …; however, other varietals grown on the estate include Nebbiolo, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and the state grape, Viognier. The goal is to create limited production wines that best feature the terrior on the Chestnut Oak estate. During our chat, Paul and I admired the murals that lined the interior walls of a tasting room that is still in the finishing…

      5 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      Briar Valley’s Moment

      … producing approximately 2000 cases per year. They corrected any mistakes made in the first vineyard by planting the second on a southeastern facing slope with grape varieties more suited to the slate soil. One such example, the Proprietor’s Reserve Estate White 2013 – a blend of 50% Gewurztraminer, 26% Riesling and 24% Chardonnay – which displays…

      6 readers - By Pennsylvania Vine Company

      2012 Gnarly Head Authentic Black

      … black, no more than a Pinot Noir is really noir. But it is a deep, dark shade of red thanks to a lot of Petite Sirah in the blend and a lot of skin contact. I've always enjoyed the rich depths of the smallest red grapes, bottles made from Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and of course, Petite Sirah. They're not always the same, being made in a wide…

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

      On the anomalies of aging wine

      … door to Beaulieu, that would increase the odds of the wine aging well. So far, so good. Now, let’s make things a little more complicated. Let’s take a wine like Jonata’s El Alma de Jonata Red, a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It’s an extraordinary wine—I gave the 2007 96 points when I reviewed it in late 2012—but it’s…

      3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Tasting history: a Harrison Hill vertical

      …. This exudes aromas and flavors of sage, dried thyme and Rainier cherry. On the palate, it’s still youthful, round and luscious, backed with impressive acidity, elegant tannins and a lengthy finish. DeLille Cellars 2005 Harrison Hill, Yakima Valley: Grown in a hot year that also witnessed a drought throughout the Columbia Valley, the 2005 Harrison…

      1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Estancia 2011 Reserve Meritage, Paso Robles

      … We cracked open this wine during a recent visit to Poco Piatti, our favorite tapas restaurant. We opened with a nice bottle of 2010 Stags Leap Artemis and as we settled in, we were ready for a nice accessible red wine to pair with our small plates. The Meritage is a flavorful blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot…

      7 readers - By Toledo Wines and Vines