Red Blend

    • 2012 50 Harvests Meritage

      I'm always honored at the opportunity to taste small production wines. I tried the 2011 50 Harvests Cabernet Sauvignon in March, a Napa wine designed to celebrate 50 years in the California wine business. That link will tell you a lot of this family's history and how they got into the winemaking business.

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    • Budget Wine: Fecovita Broke Ass Red Wine Argentina 2013

      I must confess, sometimes when looking for that gem in the sea of cheap, undistinguished, mostly generic wine at the supermarket I will buy the label. The label is usually more distinctive than what’s in the bottle. The label on this wine features a donkey with a bandage pasted on his rump and includes the message “bandage your budget” on the back.

      Dwight Furrow/ Edible Artsin Syrah Malbec- 2 readers -
    • 2012 Vina Robles ‘Red4,’ Paso Robles

      2012 Vina Robles ‘Red4,’ Paso Robles This GSM comes with a P.S. Translation: This is a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that also includes Petite Sirah. More accurately, this is a Petite Sirah (50%) that includes smaller portions of Grenache (20%), Syrah (20%) and Mourvedre (10%). With such expressive varietals involved, you’d expect this to be a complex cuvee, and it is.

      Wine Linesin Syrah- 2 readers -
  • Cave des Onze Communes Torrette Valleé d’Aoste 2011

    … Italy. [Close to the French Alps, the influence can be seen in the French spelling variations on the label.] Many of the vineyards are located on steep slopes resulting in all cultivation processes having to be done by hand. The modern cellar is equipped with innovative technology and produces about 350,000 bottles each year. Winemaking: The growers…

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  • 2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Homefront Red,’ California

    2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Homefront Red,’ California Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cuvee is brimming with spicy fruit. An effusive nose full of briary raspberry, black pepper, mint/eucalyptus and a pleasant earthiness leads to dusty earthiness in the mouth. The initial entry is more sedate, even Claret-like — echoing the Bordeaux varietals in the blend.

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  • 2012 Collazzi Libertà & 2009 Cune Rioja Reserva

    … Here's a glimpse behind the curtain of the wine writing world. A lot of people think that a sommelier shows up at your door, knocks politely, and then proceeds to poor a perfectly curated selection of wines that are all related to each other. Three vintages of a specific Chateau, for instance. In reality, it is common to receive completely…

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  • Murrieta’s Well The Spur 2011

    … red. The nose is rich ripe dark berries, a touch of smoke, pepper, leather, mocha and raspberry jam. This is a well-balanced, medium bodied, dry red blend. It starts with blackberry, dark chocolate, softer blueberry, tart cherry and licorice. The mid-palate adds toasty oak spice, a little vanilla, exotic spice and a cooling finish of raspberry…

  • McCall Wines 2010 “Ben’s Blend”

    McCall Wines has earned a reputation as the producer of Long Island’s finest pinot noir, but its merlot and merlot-based blend McCall Wines 2010 “Ben’s Blend” ($48) are just as deserving of attention. This blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdo tintially stands out for its restrained ripeness, with aromas of blackberry and blueberry staying just ...

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  • Apothic Dark Limited Release 2013

    … and mocha flavors to the wine. Usually wine is added to charred barrels, but with value priced wine, it is not uncommon for oak staves to be tossed into wine aged in stainless steel vats. You get the oak flavors, but no aging properties. The alcohol content is 13.5%. The color is opaque, black cherry red with a pink rim. The nose is ripe black…

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  • 2012 Gnarly Head Authentic Black

    … range of styles but distinctive for being noticeably darker than your average Merlot. 2012 Gnarly Head Authentic Black Lodi, California Proprietary blend dominated by Petite Sirah $12, 14.5% abv. The wine has a bold profile of blackberry and chocolate, though it is not particularly tannic thanks to 12 months of oak aging and a little decanting ahead…

    Ben Carter/ Benito's Wine Reviewsin Cabernet Franc Pinot Noir Merlot- 1 readers -
  • Hob Nob Vineyards Wicked Red Blend 2012

    … of menthol. Both black cherry and cherry flavours backed by chocolate, oak and earth elements, finishing with crushed black peppercorn and hints of plush cedar. 40% Grenache, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, 10% Pinot Noir IGP France Produced and Bottled by Hob Nob Vineyards 13.5% Alcohol $9 Enjoy now thru 2015 Like this: Like Loading... Related This entry was posted in france, value and tagged red blend. Bookmark the permalink.…

  • Symington Altano Douro DOC 2011

    … Barroca [the “proportions of each vary from year to year”] Douro Portugal Bottled by Symington Family Estates 13.5% Alcohol $9 Enjoy now thru 2015 Rated 91 points by Wine Spectator Like this: Like Loading... Related This entry was posted in organic, portugal, sustainably farmed, value and tagged red blend. Bookmark the permalink.…

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  • Apothic Dark Limited Release 2013

    A limited release, seasonal red blend with bold sweet and savoury notes, making it a good companion with both hearty dishes and rich desserts. Winery: Apothic Wines are a brand of E & J Gallo, one of the world’s largest wine producers and distributors. Founded in 1933 by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo, it is the largest family owned winery in the US.

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  • Orin Swift Locations AR2 Red NV

    … of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina. Aged in new French oak. Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of dried rose, cherry jam and coffee. Silky smooth and well balanced with juicy black currant and cherry flavours in the full body supported by silky smooth tannins, cigar box spice, chocolate and fresh coffee hints in the lengthy finish…

    the buddha in your glassin Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec- 1 readers -
  • Quick Sip: Brassfield Estate Winery 2012 Eruption

    …. For further information and where you can find this wine (for under the SRP and with free shipping), please see my tasting notes below. Review: Brassfield Estate Winery 2012 Eruption (SRP $21): A beautiful deep purple in color, this blend of Syrah, Malbec, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah exhibits blue and purple fruit aromas and flavors, nicely…

    Dezel Quillen/ My Vine Spotin Syrah Malbec- 5 readers -
  • Apothic Dark – Really, Really Dark!

    …: Red blend Vintage: 2013 Alcohol: 13.5% Rating: 86 Price: $14.00 Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample. Find Apothic Dark with Snooth AppearanceAromasComplexityFlavorsFruitBalanceMouthfeelVibrancy/acidityFinishOverall impressionsValue…

    Tim Lemke/ CheapWineRatings.com- 6 readers -
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