Folie à Deux Winery Ménage à Trois California Red Wine 2015, California

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, wood, spices, vanilla, chocolate cake, coffee, mocha, earth, black pepper and spices.

Full bodied and jammy with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate and very fruity, with blackberries, sweet plums, cherry pie, chocolates, vanilla, wood, spices, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and spices.

This is a simple red blend from California. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and good for parties as well.
Easy drinking and good for a beginner red wine drinker.

I paired it with cheeses, meats and crackers.

A blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$9.

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Terrazas De Los Andes High Altitude Vineyards Malbec 2015 Mendoza, Argentina

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, cedar, vanilla, earth, cloves, spices, black tea, bell pepper, green herbs, bitter vegetables, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, black plums, cherries, vanilla, licorice, oak, dark coffee, green vegetables, bell pepper, earth, leather, herbs, bitter almonds, tar and peppercorn.

Medium finish with medium tannins and bitter herbs.

This Mendoza Malbec is still young and unbalanced, but showing mild complexity. Still a little bitter, but that will hopefully go away with time.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with a grilled steak.

Needs 2 hours to open up and will be better in 3 to 5 years in the bottle.

14% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$15.

Sierra Trails Winery California Zinfandel 2013, California

Ruby in color with a light red rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, spices, light vanilla, eucalyptus, licorice, oak and light black pepper.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate, and still very fruity, with cherries, sweet plums, blueberries, wood, vanilla, earth, light vegetables, graphite and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and black pepper.

This is an easy drinking Zinfandel from California. Smooth and balanced, but simple.

Good for parties or as a sipping wine by the porch. Nothing special, though. Good right out of the bottle.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$15.

Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre Veronese 2008, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.

Earthy nose with blueberries, dried figs, forest floor, wet leaves, animal notes, earth, barnyard, wet wood, spices, black pepper, dark coffee, herbs and vegetables.

Medium-bodied with medium minus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, blackberries, earth, forest floor, green vegetables, graphite, black pepper, spices, wet rocks, tobacco, wood and black pepper.

Medium minus on the finish with fine-grained tannins and spices.

This 10 year old Italian Ripasso look-alike is over the hill by now, but still drinkable. Good by itself, but better with food. Not balanced anymore, but showing nice complex flavors that were not there in a fresh one.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 90 minutes when it is able to show some tannins.

I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

82 Points.

$20.

Calvet Réserve du Ciron Sauternes 2014, France

Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Sweet nose of citrus, lemons, melons, pears, red apples, honey suckle, tropical fruits and minerals.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Sweet on the palate with lemons, citrus, pears, golden apples, apricots, melons, honey and light tropical fruits.

Long sweet finish with lemons.

This is a great dessert wine from France. A little too sweet with not enough acidity to fully balanced it, but still very enjoyable with mild complexity.

Good by itself as a dessert or with sweet desserts like lemon cake. I actually paired it with sweet popcorn, which was very nice together.

13% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$25.

Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009 Rioja, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, black currants, wood, barnyard, dark chocolates, coffee, tobacco, cloves, earth, light vanilla, vegetables, tar, forest floor, vinaigrette and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, dark coffee, vegetables, earth, leather, smoke, chocolates, mocha, peppercorn, wet leaves and spices.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great 9 year old Rioja red, with an earthy nose and fruitier on the palate. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing lots of complexity with a tangy finish and a nice mouthfeel.

I had it a year ago, and this time it is much better. It is now in its drinking age, and will get better in the next 5 years.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly.

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

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$25.

Carmel Winery Carmel Mediterranean 2008, Israel

Deep ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, chocolate cake, coffee, peppercorn, earth, metals and bell pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bitter herbs, mint, bitter vegetables, bell pepper, tobacco leaf, spices and peppercorn.

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

This is a very nice Red blend from Israel. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing good complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

A blend of Carignan, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Petite Sirah and Viognier. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels.

I paired it with light appetizers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$55.