Category: * Red Wine

Bodegas Luis Alegre Tremo Tempranillo 2016 Rioja, Spain

My Rating 80 Points.
Price $20.

Light ruby in color with a reddish rim and light intensity.

Strong nose of black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, barnyard, vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium bodied with a little effervescent, medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, wood, spices, green herbs, vegetables, green pepper, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Medium finish with spices and no tannins.

This a simple Tempranillo from Rioja but not a typical one at all. Not completely balanced, but easy drinking. Good to sip on, but better with food.

Needs 30 minutes to open up and better when chilled (to mask the impurities).

I paired it with heavy appetizers.

13% alcohol by volume.

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Bodegas Castano Solanera Viñas Viejas 2013 D.O Yecla, Spain

My Rating 87 Points.
Price $15.

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick /reddish rim.

On the nose, black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, vegetables, vinaigrette, barnyard, tobacco, bitter herbs, vanilla, wet leaves, eucalyptus and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, tobacco, wood, graphite, tar, earth and black pepper.

Medium plus in finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This nice Monastrell blend from Spain is well balanced, spicy and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing pleasant complexity and mouthfeel.

A blend of 70% Monastrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha Tintorera. Aged for 10 months in oak barrels, Unfiltered and unfined.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

Robert Parker 92 points.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

Macchia Wines Dubious Petite Sirah 2015, California

My Rating 93 Points.
Price $25.

Nothing Petite here…

Inky in color with a purple rim.

Beautiful nose of blackberries, dried figs, raisins, sweet cherries, cooked strawberries, vanilla, cedar, light earth, light vegetables, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, bell pepper, green herbs and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, fig jam, licorice, vanilla, wood, chocolates, caramel, alcohol, dark roasted coffee, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This wonderful Petite Sirah from California is drinking nicely now, but will be better in a year or two.
Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself.

A great sipping wine. It is still showing some vegetable notes, that will go away with time, and some alcohol.

Needs an hour to open up, but good right out of the bottle. Rich, extracted and a little Jammy. This is just yummy.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

Martin Ray Winery Courtney Benham Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California

My Rating 90 Points.
Price $20.

It’s Friday and I have to get my Cabernet fix. Supporting Napa this week.

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, cedar, leather, chocolates, vanilla, licorice, spices, smoke, mocha, cola, graphite, earth and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate, and fruity, with blueberries, cherries, plums, dried figs, tobacco, spices, cola, cedar, leather, earth, chocolates, mint and peppercorn.

Long finish with round, fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This great Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable now. Smooth and easy drinking with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced, complex and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle. I would have probably liked it better a year ago when the tannins were more noticeable.

This is so nice as a sipping wine, but also good with food. Delightful and delicious.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

La Paca Garnacha 2014 D.O, Spain

My Rating 85 Points.
Price $7.

Purple in color with a purplish/reddish rim.

On the nose, plums, cherries, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco, wood, earth, wet leaves, green vegetables, chocolates, coffee, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, wood, licorice, spices, alcohol, dark chocolates, herbs, vegetables, earth, vinegar and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and black pepper.

This Spanish Garnacha is drinking nicely now with a soft and velvety mouthfeel and mild complexity. Not fully balanced, but enjoyable by itself or with food.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly.

I paired it with Parmesan cheese and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

Old Zin Vines OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2015, Lodi California

My Rating 87 Points.
Price $13.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Strong and fruity nose of blackberries, figs, oak, tobacco, leaf, vanilla, spices, cloves, penicillin, black pepper, light vegetables, alcohol and strawberry puree.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Very fruity on the palate and dry, with black currants, sweet plums, figs, dried fruits, spices, wood, cloves, vanilla, cloves, pencil lead, beef jerky, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable, jammy and fruity, Zinfandel from Lodi, California. Well-balanced with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Enjoyable by itself as a sipping wine and great for parties.

Good right out of the bottle as this is an easy drinking red, and would pair nicely with a grilled burger too.

13.95% alcohol by volume.

J Portugal Ramos Vinhos Villa Santa Vinho Regional Alentejano Reserva Tinto 2013, Portugal

My Rating 84 Points.
Price $22.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Stinky nose of blueberries, barnyard, currants, blackberries, oak, vanilla, earth, forest floor, green vegetables, graphite, black pepper, spices, chocolates, smoke and bitter herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, raspberries, earth, green vegetables, beef jerky, spices, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Short finish with firm tannins, cranberries and black pepper.

This red blend from Portugal is showing nice complexity and balance. Earthy and tangy on the finish, and spicy with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins.

A blend of 25% Aragonez, 25% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Touriga Nacional, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14% alcohol by volume.