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CORKSCREWs REVIEWs TOP RED BLENDS OF 2013

 

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Col Solare Winery-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Columbia Valley-Washington State-2007-$29.99-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied smooth Bordeaux blend with blackberry, currants, cherry, with layers of coffee, chocolate and spice on finish.  A very good and highly enjoyable blend and a steal at under $30, has years of life left.  The winery is a collaboration between Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle.           RP-93           WS-91          WE-94         CR-93          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.

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Etude Wines-GBR-Merlot-Malbec-Grace Benoist Ranch-Estate-Carneros-Napa-California-2007-14.9% Alcohol-$37.49-A classic nose of dark fruit and spice, dark black garnet in color.  A full bodied red blend, thought it was a Cab at first, with black cherry, blueberry, kirsch, toffee and chocolate and spice on elegant finish.  A delicious wine, decant for a hour or so, still years left to enjoy.          RP-92           WS-91           WE-88          CR-93          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.

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Buoncristiani Family Winery-O.P.C.-Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah-Merlot-Malbec-Hyde, Stagecoach, Caldwell Vineyards-Napa Valley-California-2005-14.8% Alcohol-$37.50-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark purple in color.  A full bodied kitchen sink blend with blackberry, currants, cherry, and chocolate with spice on finish.  Decant for a few hours, was layered and delicious, still has years of life left.          WE-95          CR-93           Good with steak, chicken, pasta.

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Bremer Family Winery-Claret-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Petit Verdot-Howell Mountain-Napa Valley-California-2003-14.6% Alcohol-$24.99-A nose of a classic Bordeaux with dark fruit and cigar and spice, dark garnet in color.  A full bodied Bordeaux styled red with blackberry, cigar box, licorice and chocolate, smooth spicy finish, good stuff.  Gets better as a few hour decant, was a steal at this price.  One of my son’s picks from my cellar for his 24th B-Day dinner.           NR           CR-92           Good with steak, chicken, pasta.

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Napa Redwoods Estate-Yates Family Vineyard-Alden Perry Reserve-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Mount Veeder-Napa Valley-California-2008-14.5% Alcohol-$47.50-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied Bordeaux blend, with blackberry, black currants, rich and layered, dark chocolate and spice on long finish.  A delicious bottle of wine.          WE-92         CR-92         Good with steak, chicken, pasta.

 

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Flora Springs-Trilogy-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Petit Verdot-Napa Valley California-2006-14.4% Alcohol-$35.81-A nose of dark fruits, tobacco and spice, dark purple in color.  A medium to full bodied Bordeaux blend, with blackberries, black currants, tar and cocoa with a long spiced finish.  I am not sure what WS and WE were trying but it was not this wine…delicious and classic.           RP-90          WS-78         WE-84          CR-92         Good with meats, chicken, pasta.

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Beaulieu Vineyard-Tapestry-R eserve-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Malbec-Petit Verdot-Napa Valley-California-2007-14.9% Alcohol-$29.99-A nose of dark fruit and spice, dark purple in color.  A young, but tight kitchen sink blend, full bodied, with blackberry, currants, dark chocolate with licorice and spice notes, decant now but buy more and save for a few years before drinking to get it’s best.           RP-91           WS-93          WE-92         CR-91          Good with steak, chicken, pasta.

 

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Caldwell Vineyard-Rocket Science-Proprietary Red-Napa Valley-California-2007-14.9% Alcohol-$34.98-A nose of dark fruit, dark amber in color.  A full bodied Bordeaux blend, blackberry, black cherries, spice and some vanilla, not as perfect as the 2006 but very good with one of the coolest bottles in the industry.  I was lucky to spend some time with John Caldwell in November at a tasting in his Cave, a fun place to visit.           NR          CR-91          Good with steak, chicken, pasta.

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Columbia Crest Winery-Walter Clore-Private Reserve-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Columbia Valley-Washington State-2005-14.2% Alcohol-$24.99-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied Bordeaux blend with black cherry, currants, some raspberry and chocolate on spiced finish, a very good blend, great QPR.           RP-90          WS-92          WE-90         CR-91          Good with steak, chicken, pasta.

 

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Flora Springs-Trilogy-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Petit Verdot-Napa Valley-California-14.2% Alcohol-$42.99-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied Bordeaux blend, with blackberries, currants, licorice and spice on long finish.  Consistent year in year out, decant.           RP-93         WE-91         CR-91         Good with meats, chicken, pasta.

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Alpha Omega-Proprietary Red-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Petit Verdot-Cabernet Franc-Napa Valley-2006-14.9% Alcohol-$36.33-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark garnet in color.  A full bodied Bordeaux blend, with black currant, cassis, milk chocolate, smooth with a spiced finish.  Not sure what WS was tasting.          RP-90          WS-85           WE-95          CR-91           Good with steak, chicken, pasta.

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Behrens & Hitchcock Winery-Ode To Picasso-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Syrah-Napa Valley-2000-? Alcohol-$65.00-A nose of dark fruit and spice, dark garnet in color.  A full bodied Bordeaux red blend, with blackberry, dark chocolate, tar and spices.  A very good wine, cool label and very heavy bottle.           RP-92-94           CR-90           Good with steak, chicken, pasta.

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Three Saints-Sixty-Seven-Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc-Merlot-Syrah-Petit Verdot-Malbec-Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara-2007-14.5% Alcohol-$17.99-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark purple in color.  A full bodied kitchen sink blend, with blackberry, cherry, some chocolate and smoky spice on finish.  An interesting and very good red blend.           NR           CR-90           Good with meats, chicken, pasta.

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