Red Blends

  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Gold Red Blend 2012 - A Winner

    …BULK BUY! This one definitely lives up to the gold label. 52% Cabernet Franc, 38% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine spent 18 months in 10% new French oak and 90% neutral barrels. SRP of $12 and available for as low as $8. This is a limited release wine. Sample submitted for review. From…

    Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob- 5 readers -
  • Expensive wine 71: Mercer Estates Ode to Brothers Reserve 2011

    … state can do with red blends, and especially when the blend doesn’t have cabernet sauvignon or merlot in it. This is a Rhone-style wine, with mostly grenache and syrah and some mouvedre for effect. The grenache offers lots of juicy red fruit, while the syrah’s contribution is classic — meaty aromas and dark flavors. Best yet, the fruit doesn’t…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 5 readers -
  • A Comfortable Chewbacca & Seasonal Shelback

    … the Nebbiolo-based juice. We've all been trained to expect boisterous wine when sipping Barbaresco but this seemed more like a big Pinot or Gamay. It couldn't have been that bad, however, I did go back for a second glass after all. I suppose there's as much good to be found in red fruit as there is in brooding, dark fruit - especially when paired with salami…

    2001 Bottles - A Wine Odysseyin Merlot- 2 readers -
  • Acorn Winery: A Russian River Valley Treasure

    … Acorn Winery is a labor of love for owners Betsy and Bill Nachbaur. They’ve been farming their property, Alegría Vineyards, sustainably since 1990. On their 32 acres in Russian River Valley, they grow 60 grape varieties. From that they bottle approximately 3,000 cases of wine each year; every one of them field blends. Their commitment…

    Gabe's Viewin Cabernet Franc- 8 readers -
  • Budget Wine: RR Rare Red 4 Grape Blend NV California

    … An innovative blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Zinfandel and Primativo by Scotto Cellars. Juicy, juicy, juicy black cherry, slightly candied, with fresh loam and cocoa, a round, soft medium-bodied palate with light tannins, and a short but flavorful finish. This is a bold but cheerful, refreshing wine. Underlying spice notes hint at seriousness…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 5 readers -
  • Gabe’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    … If you’re not sure what to get someone as a gift this year, consider a good bottle of wine or spirits —‚ always in season. Anyone who drinks alcohol will certainly appreciate a well-chosen bottle to enjoy, be it alone or with friends (my hope is that it’s with you). Throughout the year, I’ve tasted a number of the best bottles in both the wine…

    Gabe's Viewin Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Holiday Dine Around

    …, on a regular basis. Plus, they were serving up some stylin' pizza and it just seemed a natural fit. There was boar, there were figs, there was blue cheese and pear. I could have made an entire evening's meal here alone but this was only one of many delicious stops. 1823. 2011 Ravenswood - Old Vine Vintners Blend Zinfandel (California) A Zin…

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  • A Vegan Affair

    … but the Carrick didn't come across as nicely as I would have hoped for a Central Otago wine. It was shy on the bright fruit and weight that I associate with the region's top Pinots. The MDC is a Cab Sauv dominant blend with Zinfandel and Syrah playing smaller roles in the mix and it certainly could have paired up with a big, old grilled steak. Ooops…

  • Lavau Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2012 - Well Worth The $10 Price Tag

    …A tasty and very affordable Rhone blend of Grenache and Syrah. Don't miss the release of our 2014 Ultimate Gift Guide for Wine Lovers! 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah from Cotes du Rhone, France. SRP of $13 and available for as low as $10. Imported by Robert Walter Selections. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "Style: A medium-bodied red…

    Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snobin Syrah- 9 readers -
  • An "Eye-Cathcing" Red

    1801. N.V. Eye Chart Wines - Red Wine Blend (California) This was a leftover from Vixen's birthday party last night and I didn't really know anything about it. I'll admit that, with this "eye-catching" label (sorry, I stole the pun from a fact sheet on the wine), I was expecting this to be a basic, brand wine with tons of fruit and residual sugar to catch that non-wine-drinki ...

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