Significant Others (Reds)


 

       SIGNIFICANT OTHERS...RED

 

          Grenache, Petit Sirah,  Petit Verdot,

                  Mourvedre, Carignane

                      

 

                              Sonoma,  Napa & Beyond

Oh la la! So many French varietals, so little time!

Grenache is light in body, with black cherry currant and raisin.

Petite Syrah  is a dark, tannic, fruity grape. It sometimes has smoky or chocolaty tones.       

Petit Verdot has tones of violet and leather, and tannins as firm as a politicians  handshake.

                       Mourvedre has a meaty richness, firm backbone and a long finish.

Carignane, with bright fruit & cigar notes, is the Rodney Dangerfield of the vineyards-it gets no respect.

 

Kaz

Grenache, Hooligans, Annedel Estate Vineyard, Sonoma, 05....55.

Mathis

Grenache, Sonoma Valley, 08......................................................49.

Outpost

Petit Sirah, “The Other“ Howell Mountain, Napa, 04..................82.

Mayo

Carignane, Stone Ranch, Alexander Valley, 08.............................55.

Kaz

Carignane, Testa Vineyard, Mendocino, 10…...............................55.

Wellington

Noir de Noirs, Alicante Bouschet, Sonoma Valley, 04.……...…..45.

Murphy‑Goode

Petit Verdot, Alexander Valley,  Sonoma, 04.………..……….....57.

Ledson 

 Mourvedre, Contra Costa, 07.……………………..............…....49.

Jade Mountain

Mourvedre, Contra Costa, 06........................................................45.

Cline

Small Berry Mourvedre, Contra Costa  County, 08.………....….55.

 

 

             “Always carry a corkscrew and the wine shall provide itself.”    ― Basil Bunting

 

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                                              Sangiovese

                          Like an Italian brunette in high heels, and as juicy as the Jersey Shore, Sangiovese is

                        sexy, rich, spicy and occasionally tart. It often has flavors of cherry, red 

                           currants, and cinnamon, with  and tobacco leaf notes.                

Muscardini Cellars

Sangiovese, Monte Rosso Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, 08...........49.

Favero

Sangiovese, Sonoma Valley, 06.…………………………….......50.

Deerfield Ranch

Sangiovese, Sonoma County, 07..................................................48.

VJB

Sangiovese, Sonoma Valley, 09.....................................................47.

Tandem

Sangiovese, Gabrielli Vineyard, Redwood Valley, 03...................49.

 

 

             Tempranillo,  Malbec,

          Cabernet Franc, Barbera

Temprinillo is ripe like the plain in Spain, and rich wine with aromas of cherry, blackberry and plums.

                        Malbec  is a juicy mix of plum and  rich dark chocolate,  and French roast coffee.

Cabernet Franc can be supple, with raspberry and black currant, or occasionally, herbacious.

Barbera, the Italian Stallion, has vanilla aromas & blackberry notes; And like Rocky Balboa himself,

both have mighty strong tannins.

 

Eric Ross

Tempranillo, Bokisch Vineyards, Lodi, Ca. 10.............................42.

Mayo Family Winery

Malbec,  Trio B Vineyards, Napa Valley, 05.................................65.

Wellington

Cabernet Franc, Sonoma Valley, 07...............................................47.

Lang & Reed

Cabernet Franc,  North Coast, 06.….............................................47.

Chappellet

Cabernet Franc, Prichard Hill, Napa Valley, 00.…..……...….…105.

Sebastiani

Barbera, Sonoma Valley, 08..........................................................36.

Muscardini Cellars

Barbera, Pauli Ranch, Redwood Valley,Mendocino, 09...............49.

Kaz

Barbera, Bob's Aria, St. Olaf Vineyard,  Lake County, 10............39.

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                      MERITAGE  

While most wines are named after a single grape, Meritage wines represent the winemakers highest art form...blending. Like Anthony & Cleopatra, Romeo & Juliet, and Woody & Buzz, these are grapes that just belong together. With a range from medium to full bodied, smooth and silky in texture, complex, robust structure, these wines have a long, supple finish. Bordeaux style wines consist of a classic round-up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Enjoy these wines to infinity... and beyond!

                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                         SONOMA  

Loma del Sol Vineyards                             

 Sonoma Mountain, 06, cab, malbec, merlot & syrah...............................55.

Lasseter Family Vineyards

Amoureux, Sonoma Valley, 09-Malbec, cab, merlot, cab franc................65.

Lasseter  Family Vineyards

Paysage, Sonoma Valley, 09-Merlot, Cab, Malbec, Cab Franc…………..70.

Annadel Estate Winery

Anni’s Blend, Sonoma Valley, 09, cab, merlot, cab franc, petit verdot…..42.

Coturri

Founder‘s Red, Sonoma Valley, 00  cab, merlot, sangiovese.....................43.

Carmenet

Moon Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, 90, cab, cab franc & merlot…….99.

B. Wise Vineyards

“Trios” Sonoma Valley, 06 cab, cab franc, merlot, syrah, petit verdot ......43.

                        Hanna

Noir, Bismark Ranch, 98. Sonoma Valley, ,cab, cab franc, merlot…….……….90.

Deerfield Ranch Winery

DRX,  Sonoma Valley, cab. sauvignon, mer  lot, cab franc, 99................165.

Benziger

Signaterra, Three Blocks, Sonoma Valley, 06,  cab, & merlot....................70.

Benziger

Tribute, Sonoma Mountain, 04.  cab, cab franc, merlot, petit verdot..........90.

                        Pangloss

                        Sonoma County,  10, merlot, cab , cab franc...............................................35.

Alterra

Grand Melange, Sonoma County, 00.  cab, merlot................…...................36.

Stonestreet

”Legacy“, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, 96.  cab, cab franc, merlot..............150.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Everybody has to believe in something.....

   I believe I'll have another drink.”

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                  MERITAGE 

                       

 

 

                        Napa & Northern California 

 

 

Phoenix

Rancho Napa,  Napa Valley, 99. cab franc, cabernet  .……............75.

Viader

55% Cab Sauvignon, 45% Cab Franc, Napa Valley,  98................170.

Viader

51% Cab Sauvignon, 49% Cab Franc, Napa Valley,  02................150.

Cain                                                                                                           

Concept, ,cab, merlot, cab franc, petit verdot Napa Valley, 09 ….………....90.

Flora Springs

”Trilogy“, Napa Valley 98 cab, merlot,  cab franc.........................120.

Continuum

Oakville, Napa Valley, 05.cab, cab franc, petit verdot...................235.

 Niebaum‑Coppola 

”Rubicon“ Napa Valley, 96.cab, merlot, cab franc........................170.

Neibaum‑Coppola

”Rubicon“ Napa Valley, 97.cab, merlot, cab franc........................160.

Merryvale           

”Profile“, Napa Valley, 97. cab, merlot, cab franc.........................148.

Cardinale

Napa County 79%, Sonoma County 21%, 97. cab, merlot............260.

Cardinale

Napa County 64%, Sonoma County 36%, 98.cab, merlot.............230.

                   Conn Creek

                   Anthology, Napa Valley, 00 (cab, merlot, cab franc, malbec)…….125.

 

 

 

“And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine, 
‘I don’t care where the water goes if it doesn’t get into the wine’.”

                                                            ― G.K. Chesterton, Wine and Water

 

 

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    INTERESTING RED BLENDS

                        

                               Unique combinations of red wine varietals make up these bold red blends.

      These wines, as complex as an Italian Opera, can be fully enjoyed

      even when not fully understood.

 

                                            Sonoma

 

Mora Estate

Valpo,  Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Molinara & Negrara, Alex. Vly, Sonoma County, 2010…60.

Kaz

“Red Said Fred“  Sonoma Valley, 05 zin, cab, merlot, cab franc, petite sirah........50.

Wellington

The Duke, Sonoma Valley, nv, cab, carignan, noir de noir, cab franc,......24.

Bedrock Wine Co.

Shebang!  North Coast,Syrah, zin, petite sirah, pinot, mixed blacks, nv.............22.

Artesa

”Elements“, Sonoma & Napa 02.cab, temprinello, merlot, malbec, ……………...49.

Spann Vineyards

Mo Jo , Sonoma County, 03 sangiovese, cab, syrah, merlot....................59.

Ferrari-Carano

Siena,  Sonoma County, 05 sangiovese, malbec…...................................59.

                   Adler Fels

                   Eagle Rock Red, Russian River Valley, 06, Syrah & peite sirah................70.

                   Foppiano

 Lot 96,  nv, Sangiovese, Pitite Sirah, Zin, Carignane, Merlot, Cab, Cab. Franc.....30.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                         Napa & Northern California 

Laurel Glen

“Reds”, California, 99.zinfandel, carignane, petite syrah..........................39.

St. Francis

Red Splash, Sonoma County, 05 cab, merlot, syrah, cab franc, zinfandel………...23.

Swanson

Alexis“, Oakville, Napa Valley, 03  cab, merlot, cab franc, syrah.............75.

                   Duckhorn Paraduxx

                    St. Helena, 00, zinfandel, cabernet......................................………......….98.                                                                                   

     

 

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something brussel sprouts never do.”― P. J. O’Rourke

 

                                                                                                                  

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                               RHONE STYLE RED BLENDS

 These California Rhone style red wines are  medium bodied, with spice and berry flavors, moderate tannins, juicy as gossip and twice as fun. Blended from Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsaut, and Petite Sirah, you're sure to agree with Dorothy that “there's no place like Rhone”.

                              

                                     Sonoma Valley

 

Audelssa

Zepher, Sonoma Valley, 06, Grenach, Syrah & Mourvedre...................................68.

Lasseter,

Chemin De Fer, Sonoma Valley, 11,Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, ……………………...79.

Westwood

red FOUR, Sonoma Valley, 06, mourvedre, grenache, counoise, syrah, roussanne...45.

Anaba

“Turbine Red“, Sonoma Valley, 09 Grenach, Mourvedre, Syrah………....45.

                                                   

                                                     Sonoma County

Preston of Dry Creek

LP Red, Organic, Dry Creek Valley, 05  Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre ……..............50.

Frick Winery

C3, North Coast, 07, Counoise, Carignane and Cinsaut.............................35.                       

 Jus Soli Winery                       

Roots Red, Sonoma County, 07, Syrah, Petite Sirah & Zinfandel............35.

Unti Vineyards

Petit Frere, Sonoma County, 09  Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre.................39.

 

 

                                 Napa & Northern California

Cline

“Cashmere”, California, 07,   grenache, syrah & mourvedre....................29.

Miner

“The Odessey”,  Napa Valley, 06, grenache, mourvedre, syrah..................68.

 

 

A woman drove me to drink, and I didn't even have the decency to thank her.”       -W. C. Fields

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