Category: * Red Wine

Bocelli Wines Tenor Red 2015 IGT, Italy 


My Rating 82 Points.   

Price $18. 



Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, wildflowers, alcohol, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, vegetables, bell pepper and bitter herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate, and tart, with cranberries, pomegranates, licorice, vegetables, pencil lead, vanilla, wood, tobacco, cloves, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Tuscan red is unbalanced, with mild complexity. A good food wine, though. Not my style, but drinkable nonetheless.

A blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Sangiovese and 33% Merlot.

The wine maker is Andrea Bocelli’s brother, I’m not sure that it matters, though.

I paired it with Pasta Bolognese.

13% alcohol by volume.

Ogier Caves des Papes Héritages Côte du Rhône 2015, France 

My Rating 84 Points.   

Price $12. 
Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Nice fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, strawberries, earth, wood, vanilla, green pepper, licorice, coffee, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, licorice, oak, vanilla, green vegetables, bell pepper, earth, sage, spices, coffee, bitter herbs, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium finish with firm tannins and black pepper.

This is a nice red wine from Côte du Rhône. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Shows mild complexity and good balance, but still green and bitter on the ending.

Needs a year or two in the bottle to mature, however, it is drinkable now, by itself or with food.

This is very enjoyable as a happy hour red wine.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

Casella Family Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Southeastern Australia 

My Rating 82 Points.   

Price $7.


Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Mute nose of blueberries, plums, earth and barnyard.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, strawberries, wood, licorice, spices, earth, chocolates, smoke, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Short finish with medium, round tannins and spices.

A drinkable everyday red wine from Australia. Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up. (It was better chilled actually).

Good for parties, simple and inexpensive.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

Biagio Chianti 2015 DOCG Tuscany, Italy 

My Rating 78 Points.   

Price $12.

Ruby in color with medium intensity and pinkish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, earth, strawberries, blueberries, oak, spices, red candy, vegetables, black pepper and smoke.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Tart and dry on the palate with cranberries, tart cherries, pomegranates, earth, green vegetables, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tart raspberries.

This Chianti is unbalanced and better with food. Simple with a light mouthfeel. Not my style.

I paired it beef meatballs.

A blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 10% Ciliegiolo.

12% alcohol by volume.

William Hill Estate Winery Central Coast Pinot Noir 2014, California 

My Rating 82 Points.   

Price $17.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of plums, sweet cherries, smoke, light vanilla, earth, spices, cloves, light barnyard, green vegetables, black tea and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity, with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, licorice, tobacco, spices, chocolates and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and black pepper.

This is a good everyday wine. Easy drinking and good for parties. Simple with a soft mouthfeel and a barnyard aftertaste.

85 points Wine Enthusiasts.

Not my style, but can do in a pinch.

14.5% (Wow!) alcohol by volume.

Tenshen Wines Red Blend 2014, Central Valley, California 

My Rating 92 Points.   

Price $28.
Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Very fruity on the nose with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, dried figs, alcohol, licorice, light oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco and vinegreate.

Full bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Extremely fruity on the palate with sweet cherries, blackberries, figs, raisins, vanilla, wood, smoke, spices, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, black pepper, graphite, light vegetables and coffee.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a wonderful Rhône blend from Santa Barbara County. Nicely balanced with mild complexity and a nice tangy finish. Has a very nice mouthfeel.
(Might have some RS).

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes).
Good by itself or with food, like BBQ Meats.

A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvédre, Petite Sirah & Merlot. Aged for 10 months in Oak barrels. 90 points Wine Enthusiasts.

Delightful and delicious.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton 2014 Campo de Borja, Spain 


My Rating 91 Points.   

Price $27.

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Nice fruity nose with black currants, cherries, blackberries, wood, vanilla, smoke, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, cola, licorice, light vegetables and mild coffee.

Full bodied and bold, with medium plus acidity and long long legs.

Dry on the palate and very fruity, with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, light vegetables, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a wonderful Granacha from Spain. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food, like BBQ Meats.

Drinking nicely now, without too many green notes, as I expected. Light on the tannins, but the high alcohol provides it with nice structure. Spicy with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity with enough acidity that makes it interesting.

A good sipping wine, but needs 2 hours to open up properly. Not as good right out of the bottle, so please be patient.

100% Granacha grapes.

15.5% alcohol by volume.