Category: California Red Blend

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills Petit verdot 2019, Lake County, California



Deep purple in color with a tiny purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, earth, dark chocolates, black pepper and Mediterranean spices.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with currants, plums, cherries, sweet raspberries, spices, cedar, chocolates, tobacco leaf, licorice, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Petit Verdot from Lake County in California. Big, bold and spicy. Feels like a Napa Petite Sirah.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and a teeth staining color.

The mix of black and red fruits is very interesting. Tangy and rich.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age in the next 5 to 7 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food.

Organic Petit verdot grapes are grown at 2,200 feet of elevation on red volcanic soil. A tiny production of only 1,300 bottles.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Six Eight Nine Cellars killer Drop 2019, California



Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Sweet nose of blackberries, raisins, dried fruits, candied cherries, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices and tobacco.

Full bodied and jammy, with medium minus acidity and long legs.

Dry to off dry on the palate with blackberries, raisins, oak, vanilla, toast, tobacco, chocolates, mocha, coffee, black pepper and dried figs.

Nice finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a fun red blend from California. Easy drinking and rich. Fruit forward and extracted. A great party wine.

Feels like an Orin Swift kind of wine, and might need a few years in the bottle to relax a bit.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels for 10 months (30% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Flora Springs Family Estate Trilogy 2019, Napa Valley, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Deep purple in color, almost inky, with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, cooked plums, sweet cherries, cedar, light vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, coffee, light cocoa powder and peppercorn.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, earth, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn and tobacco.

Tangy finish with round tannins and raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Tangy and interesting.

Spicy, rich and extracted, yet elegant. Nicely balanced with a nice mouth feel.

I had the 2018 not too long ago, and it is very consistent.

Very young, but already drinking nicely, after a couple of hours of airtime. A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

A good sipping wine that doesn’t necessarily need food, but will be great with a big piece of steak as well.

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Aged in mostly French oak barrels for 18 months.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85.

Meadowcroft Wines Anniversary Cuvee Napa Valley Red Blend Non-Vintage, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice and easy drinking one.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, peppercorn, herbs, tobacco leaf and black licorice.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco, herbs, spices, earth, light black tea and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious and spicy red blend from Napa Valley. A good sipping wine.

Already showing nice complexity and mouthfeel, but still young and would be better in 3 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Really nice nose after an hour of airtime.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Spicy and interesting. Fruity and easy drinking. I had it all by itself.

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Syrah and 10% Petite Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels. Bottled in January 2021. A small production of 10 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Pestoni Family Estate Winery 1892 Field Blend 2018, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, plums, cherries, oak, light vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, vegetables, peppercorn and earth.

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

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, spices, sweet raspberries, vanilla, herbs, tobacco, earth, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Zinfandel based red blend from Lake County in California. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Easy drinking and gets earthier as it opens up. 

Fruit forward and spicy. A nice wine to sip on by the porch.

A blend of 73% Zinfandel, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petite Sirah. Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels (35% new). Only 416 cases were produced.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Man’s Best Blend 2015, Sierra Foothills, California

Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short purple rim. Not showing age at all.

Light nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and big, with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, cola, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, peppercorn, bitter herbs and earth.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious red blend from Sierra Foothills in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime, when the tannins show up, and bring nice structure to the wine.

Rich and opulent. Fruit forward and tasty. Spicy and interesting.

Good by itself or with a big piece of steak.

A blend of 37% Syrah, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Aged for 19 months in American oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 7 barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$27.

Epoch Estate Wines Ingenuity 2013, Paso Robles, California



Deep ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Beautiful nose of stewed plums, cherries, raisins, dried figs, black currants, wildflowers, cedar, vanilla, alcohol, licorice, spices, tobacco, light earth, chocolates and dark coffee.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked plums, sweet cherries, figs, raisins, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, vanilla, coffee, tobacco, peppercorn and espresso.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and red chili powder.

This is a wonderful Syrah blend from Paso Robles. Rich and elegant. This 8 year old is Showing great complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Peaking now and will be good in the next couple of years, so drink up if you have any.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Drinks like an aged Napa Petite Sirah. Delicious.

Robert Parker 96 points. Wine Enthusiasts 94 points.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

A great wine to have all by itself and talk about. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 54% Syrah, 21% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache and 9% Petite Sirah. Aged for 17 months in 49% new French oak barrels.

15.8% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$70 (current vintage).

Padis Vineyards Brilliance Napa Valley Red Wine 2018, California




This is a very young, Cabernet Sauvignon based red blend, from Oak Knoll District in Napa Valley. Already showing nice complexity and balance. Elegant and tasty with a smooth mouthfeel.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, coke, light alcohol, cedar, spices, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs and black pepper.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Needed a few hours to open up properly, which I didn’t have, as it finished too quickly.

Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Rich and powerful. Smooth and elegant.

A blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with some Syrah. Kosher and Mevushal.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$85.

Serres Ranch Winery Bordeaux Style Blend 2017, Sonoma Valley, California



Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short reddish rim.

Very unique nose of black currants, black plums, red cherries, cranberries, spices, light oak, licorice, vanilla, green pepper, cardamom, dark coffee and tobacco.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, black plums, blueberries, light wood, earth, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Malbec blend from Sonoma. Fruit forward and elegant. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Tangy, and a good food wine. Alcohol is nicely integrated, so watch yourself.

The nose is very interesting, which was a nice surprise, once it opened up. Better after 90 minutes in the decanter.

This 4 year old will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Would be nice to revisit it then.

I paired it with a fatty Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 46% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes were aged separately for 3 years in French oak barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Serres Ranch Winery Estate Grown Bordeaux Style Blend Watriss 2018, Sonoma Valley, California


It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

A very pretty color of dark dark ruby, almost inky, with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of black cherries, black plums, crushed raspberries, wildflowers, cedar, spices, milk chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, oak, light vanilla, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light earth, herbs, chili powder and black tea.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Bordeaux blend from Sonoma Valley. Nicely balanced with lots of fruits to match the acidity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient, that’s when tannins and more structure come in. worth the wait.

Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

Good by itself and good with food. A good quality wine that will pair nicely with game meats. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 34% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit verdot. Aged separately for two years in French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.