28 Jan California Red Blends Not to Be Missed!
If you’re not taking a hard look at California red blends these days, boy are you missing out! While we do acknowledge that this category has been plagued for years with terrible examples, we’ve found loads of over-delivering, bold reds. These are some of our favorite Bordeaux style wines from Napa Valley and Sonoma.
2013 Matthew Fritz Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley
On Sale $13.99
This Red Blend is a inky, deep ruby color. Its aromas are dominated by black raspberry, plum and blackberry. The dry, bold and richly textured palate shows off elements of juicy, ripe red fruits, loads of spices. With a nice balance of freshness and well integrated tannin, this wine is smooth, supple and silky on the finish. A blend of 85% Merlot, 15% Petit Sirah aged for 14 months in new and used French oak.
2014 Gundlach Bundschu “Mountain Cuvee”, Sonoma County
On Sale $12.99
he 2014 Mountain Cuvee is a blend of 56% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 1% Petite Verdot. Deep garnet purple in color, it is scented of ripe plums, black currants, spice box and dried Mediterranean herbs. The full-bodied palate provides plenty of mouth-filling black fruit and spice flavors, with velvety tannins and ample freshness, leading to a long, relatively uncomplicated finish. Great value!
The Wine Advocate
2014 Marietta Cellars “Armé” Bordeaux Blend, North Coast AVA
On Sale $19.99
A bold, pungent wine, the 2014 Armé offers a decidedly old school-influenced profile of dark stone fruit, black olive, herb, tobacco and licorice. Cool and savory, but with considerable depth, the 2014 Armé is another knock-out wine from Scot Bilbro. Readers looking for a value-priced California Cabernet will flip out over this wine. This is a very serious wine for the money.
92 Points, Antonio Galloni
2013 Kobalt Proprietary Red Wine “Window Pane,” Napa Valley
On Sale $34.99
The 2013 Window pane, Kobalt’s Cabernet Sauvignon/Petite Sirah blend, is loaded with energy and dark, inky Petite fruit. Graphite, wild flowers and spices appear later, adding depth and complexity. A powerful, massively tannic wine, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years to settle down.