Category Archives: Red Blend

EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Bogle Vineyards | Phantom | Red Blend | California | 2010 | $17 | 87 pts

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Bogle has released its newest Phantom — a blend of Old Vine Zinfandel (51%) Petite Sirah (47%), and Old Vine Mourvedre (2%) sourced from vineyards in Lodi, Clarksburg, and Amador County.  This is Bogle’s flagship red, produced in limited quantities and released each fall at a … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Dominio del Plata | BenMarco | Expresivo | Red Blend | Mendoza | Argentina | 2010 | $20 | 91 pts

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Aromas: boysenberry; dried herbs; black tea; iron Character: dry; full-bodied & rich; dried fruit & earth driven; zesty acids; mild tannins; subtle oak; 14.5% ABV Flavors: dried blueberry; roasted coffee beans; cola; bittersweet chocolate; hints of eucalyptus Food Pairing: versatile: medium to sharp … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Aia Vecchia | Lagone | Red Blend | Toscana (Tuscany) IGT | Italy | 2010 | $17 | 89 pts

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Aromas: dried dark fruit; leather; pepper; rose petals Character:  dry; full-bodied; firm & intense; expressive acidity; moderate tannins; mild, cedar-tinged oak; nicely balanced; 13% ABV Flavors: blackberry; bell pepper; licorice; woodsmoke; flint; musk; dusting of cocoa Food Pairing: sharp cheeses; roasted meats … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Adobe Guadalupe | Gabriel | Valle de Guadalupe | Baja California | Mexico | 2009 | $35 | 95 pts

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Aromas: mixed berry compote; wood ash; smoked chiles Character: dry; full-bodied, rich & elegant; fine tannins; vivid acids; toasty oak; 13.4% alcohol Flavors: ripe black cherries; cola; black peppercorn; cured tobacco; roasted coffee beans; caramelized sugar Food Pairing:  sharp, pungent, or peppered cheeses; charcuterie; … Continue reading

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QUICK SIP: Quinta da Fronteira | Selecção do Enólogo | Douro | Portugal | 2009 | $20 | 90 pts

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From the Douro region of northern Portugal — home of Port — comes this hearty red table wine, a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca (three varieties commonly used in Port production).  It’s full-bodied and brawny, with aromas of … Continue reading

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SUMMER WINE PICK: Kamiak | Rock Lake Red | Columbia Valley | Washington State | 2009 | $15 | Highly Recommended

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Now that summer has begun, so has our intrepid search for high quality, reasonably priced, crowd pleasing backyard barbeque wines.  To get us started, here’s a sure bet from Washington State — a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (42%), Merlot (29%), Syrah (24%), … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Chateau Ste Michelle | Indian Wells Red Blend | Columbia Valley | Washington State | 2010 | $20

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Here’s a smooth, velvety red blend from Washington State’s largest wine producer. It’s an intriguing blend dominated by Merlot (60%) and Syrah (28%), with complementary splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon (6%), Grenache (3%), Malbec (2%), Cinsault (.5%) and Mourvedre (.5%). It … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Buena Vista Winery | The Count | Founder’s Red Wine | Sonoma | California | 2008 | $20 | 88 pts

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Aromas: fragrant; black cherry & plum; anise; mocha Character: dry; full-bodied & fruit-driven; balanced & smooth; medium tannins and acidity; subtle oak Flavors: ripe blackberry; mission fig; roasted plum; touch of smoke Food Pairing: medium-sharp cheeses; pizza & Italian fare   Buena Vista … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Baronia del Montsant | Flor d’Englora Roure | Red Blend | Montsant | Spain | 2009 | $15 | 89 pts

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Aromas:  black cherry; baking spices; hint of vanilla bean Character:  full-bodied & earthy; medium tannins & firm acidity; toasty oak & mineral Flavors:  dark fruit compote; pomegranate; roasted plum; sweet cured tobacco; bitters Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; grilled meats and veggies; roasted pork; TexMex.   … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: Philip Carter Winery of Virginia | Fauquier County | Virginia

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In our last Virginia Corner posting – October is Virginia Wine Month! – we discussed how close the Virginia wine industry has come to realizing Thomas Jefferson’s musing that “we could in the United States make as great a variety of wines … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Mendocino Farms | Redvine Series | Mendocino County | California | 2006 | $25 | 87 pts

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Aromas:  dried black currant; dried herbs; cedar Character: dry; full-bodied and robust; medium tannins, acidity & oak Flavors:  black cherry; bell pepper; black tea; touch of leather Food Pairing:  Steak, roasted & smoked red meats; hard, sharp cheeses; moussaka   Mendocino Farms is not … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Jeff Runquist Wines | 1448 | Red Blend | California | 2010 | $20 | 86 pts

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Aromas:  dried blueberries; black pepper; woodsmoke Character:  dry; full-bodied; earthy; toasty; tangy; medium tannins and acids Flavors:  spiced plum; fire-roasted tomato; cured tobacco; dark chocolate covered roasted coffee beans Food Pairing: BBQ/smoked meats; hamburgers and other grilled fare; ratatouille; smoked cheeses   A Wine … Continue reading

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