Category Archives: Red Wine

Troon Vineyard: Zinfandel | Applegate Valley | Oregon | 2014 | $20 | 91 Points

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“Highly Recommended” Here is a rock-solid, modestly priced Zinfandel from Troon Vineyard in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley AVA. The winery’s founder, Dick Troon, first planted Zinfandel in 1972, and this wine was sourced from some of those original vines. It … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Macchia Wines | “Dubious” | Petite Sirah | California | 2013 | $25 | 93 Points

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“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” Macchia Wines, a Lodi, California, producer specializing in Zinfandel, several Italian varieties, and select other red varietal wines, has released its much anticipated (by NWR, at least) 2013 vintage offerings, including this “Dubious” Petite Sirah. We had reason … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Cellers Baronia del Montsant | Englora | D.O. Montsant | Spain | 2008 | $18 | 90 pts

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A big brother of our previously featured 2009 Flor d’Englora Roure (red blend), here is another delightful red from northeastern Spain’s Montsant appellation (Denominación de Origen) — a mountainous region west of Barcelona where wine grapes are grown on steep, craggy slopes. Low-yielding old vine Grenache and Carignan are the dominant … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Grace Patriot Wines | El Dorado County | California

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Grace family at their winery — Grace Patriot Wines — in El Dorado County, California.  Their property lies just a few miles east of Placerville, the county seat, in an area known as “Apple Hill” … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Campo Alla Sughera | Arnione | Bolgheri Superiore | Tuscany | Italy | 2008 | $50 | 93 pts

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Aromas:  black cherry; cured tobacco; pencil lead; anise; violets; cedar Character: dry; full-bodied & firm; elegant & velvety; smooth tannins & racy acidity; assertive oak;      14% ABV Flavors: black currant; red bell pepper; cured tobacco; clove; dried thyme; toasty oak Food Pairing: medium & sharp … 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 for the HOLIDAYS: Riebeek Cellars | Pinotage | Swartland | South Africa | 2010 | $10 | 85 pts

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Aromas:  bing cherry; cinammon & clove; red bell pepper; touch of mint Character:  light bodied; fruit-juicy; zingy acids; light tannins; silky mouthfeel; fresh-out-of-the-vat personality Flavors:  ripe red raspberry; chai with cream; touch of red grapefruit; hint of chocolate Food Pairing:  serve slightly chilled as … Continue reading

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