Category Archives: Red Blend

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Sterling Vintner’s Collection 2009 Meritage. Central Coast, CA. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot. $12.99. 13.5% ABV.

Delicious! Oak, vanilla, and cinnamon. A first impression of brown sugar and jam gave way to a dry, beautiful wine. This is a wonderful, versatile everyday (i.e. inexpensive) blend that’s good enough for a dinner party. Delicious and classy, made … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING. Two strong recommendations, lots of education.

On November 19, we attended a wine tasting hosted by Cuvée, Ocala’s wine bar and bistro (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). The wines were presented by Tom Tiley, wine consultant with Coastal Wine & Spirits. Tom’s background includes 15 years as a Level … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Project Paso 2010 Red Blend, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Paso Robles. 22% Grenache, 17% Petite Sirah, 16% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 9% Zinfandel, 8% Tempranillo, 7% Malbec, 4% Barbera, 2% Touriga Nacional. 13.8% ABV. $14, available for less than $10.

Y’know how red blends with Cabernet Sauvignon are dominated by the Cab most of the time? That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just the way it is. I mean, if Robin Williams comes to your party, guess who’s going … Continue reading

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WONDERFUL: An evening of wine tasting: Bell Wine Cellars, with Anthony Bell presenting. At Wine & Cheese Gallery, Gainesville, FL.

On November 15, we experienced a wonderful wine tasting featuring six wines from Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville, Napa Valley, presented by the winemaker himself. Anthony Bell presented a fun and informative evening, offering us a “sense of place” indeed … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: 14 Hands 2009 “Hot to Trot” red blend (“red varieties including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot”), Washington state. Alcohol 13.5% ABV. $11; available for as little as $7.99.

In honor of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup series of races at Churchill Downs, we are reviewing one more horsey wine and celebrating the centuries-old great global tradition of horse racing. Back in the day, people expressed the measurement of a … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Wild Horse 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot), Paso Robles. 13.9% ABV, $18.99, available for as little as $14.99.

We were in Louisville until yesterday for Breeder’s Cup weekend, so we thought it would be cool to review some horse-themed wines. Here is our first lap around the track: Wild Horse 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles. This wild horse … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 24 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

Prices are the retail price at the tasting venue, our local ABC store, unless otherwise noted. This time, I focused mostly on trying unusual varietals, as well as a slight emphasis on Pinot Noir, a varietal I’ve found to be … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: J. Lohr Estates, 2008 Los Osos Merlot, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, CA. $11.99, available for as little as $10.95. (81% Merlot, 9% Petite Sirah, 7% Malbec, 2% Syrah.)

This is by far the best Merlot we’ve ever tasted at this price, and it’s right up there at the top of the list of all the Merlots I’ve tasted to date. This dark ruby-colored wine has a rich aroma … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: 2008 [Banfi] Centine, Toscana (Tuscany), Italy. Red blend of Sangiovese (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Merlot (20%). $10.99; available for as little as $8.69. 13.5% ABV.

The color: a clear, deep garnet. The aroma was fragrant throughout, and it kept changing subtly as it opened up. It had a backdrop of dark berries, of course, laced with cherry as well as whiffs of licorice, cinnamon, and … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 40 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

2007 Ramon Bilbao Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain. 14%. Aged in new French and American oak, 15 months. www.BodegasRamonBilbao.es. $16.99. 2008 Sterling Napa (silver label) Chardonnay. An old-California-style, big and chewy, oaky, velvety, buttery Chardonnary. Not as big as the 1980 Napa … Continue reading

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