04 Sep Best Red Blends
What we love about red blends is that they combine the best qualities of different grapes to produce new and exciting flavors. Sometimes, like with peanut butter and jelly, it is a magical combination. In the wine world, winemakers use various red grapes to bring nuances of fruit, earth, tannin, herb, and spice into their red blends. These are some of our favorites in the shop.
2012 Giusti & Zanza Dulcamara IGT, Toscana
Wow. This shows super concentration and clarity of fruit but at the same time it’s not overpowering. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a caressing, pretty finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot…
94 Points, James Suckling
2012 Cain Cellars “Cain Five” Proprietary Red, Napa Valley (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec)
Love the aromas of blackberries, black olives, stones and tree bark. Forest floor too. Full body with powerful, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine. Latour style of Bordeaux. Muscular. Not on the market until 2016 or 2017. Better in 2019.
97 Points, James Suckling
2012 Almaviva Red Blend, Maipo Valley, Chile (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot)
Dark purple. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, pipe tobacco, cedary oak and vanilla, along with smoke and floral topnotes. Smooth, broad, appealingly sweet blackcurrant and cherry flavors show outstanding depth and energy, with a suave spicecake note coming up with aeration. The smoke and floral notes resonate on a strikingly long, seamless finish that features fine-grained tannins and sappy dark fruit character. This flamboyantly aromatic wine was aged in 100% new French oak.
94 Points, Vinous Media
Also 93 Points, The Wine Advocate