Mike and Jenn's Picks
- Big House Wines The Usual Suspect Cabernet Sauvignon
-- "Dry and clean and properly varietal, with blackberry and cassis flavors and a spicy finish." -Wine Enthusiast
"The Usual Suspect Cabernet Sauvignon is a bomba de fruta, replete with a vibrant and enticing nose that draws the drinker to a very Big House . . .
- Black Stallion Estate Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
-- 77% Cabernet Sauvignon-20% Cabernet Franc-3% Syrah
"Rich, smooth wine entices with fruity aromas of raspberry jam and plums and is nicely spiced with sarsaparilla, black pepper and chocolate notes. A very food friendly wine; pairs well with everything . . .
- Bleasdale Langhorne Crossing Red Blend
-- 53% Cabernet Sauvignon-35% Shiraz-7% Petit Verdot-5% Malbec
"Supple, generous and tasty, offering ripe currant and cherry fruit shaded with hints of earth and licorice. 1,000 cases made." -Wine Spectator
"This 2008 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Blend spent . . .
- Bodegas Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon
-- "This is solid, with dense but polished structure holding the weighty core of plum, fig paste and black currant preserves together. The dark, lengthy finish lets a nice Kenya AA coffee note chime in." -Wine Spectator
"A dark and toasty specimen with . . .
- Brazin Dry Creek Valley (B)Old Vine Zinfandel
-- "Dark, big, rich and tannic, but savory in ripe red currants and licorice, this slightly rustic Zin will pair well with rich meats and cheeses and especially barbecue" -Wine Enthusiast
Once your eyes glimpse Brazin’s deep and inky color, they’ll alert . . .
- Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
-- "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is among the finest “regular” Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted from Cakebread. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, stunning purity, subtle notes of smoke, black currants, blackberries, spring flowers and toast, good acidity . . .
- Darcie Kent Vineyards Madden Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
-- "This is a bold Cabernet with cherry currant, black pepper, notes of cedar and oak. The flavors are rich and packed with dense tannins that loosen up over time. The oak influence has notes of cocoa and chocolate flavors. 2500 cases produced." -Winemaker's . . .
- Eberle Vineyard Selection Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
-- "Since 1979, Eberle’s flagship Estate Cabernet Sauvignon continues to showcase 100% varietal characteristics from our 30 year-old Estate Vineyard. Displaying a flavorful deluge of rich black currant, dark cherry and hints of mochas wrapped in velvety . . .
- Four Vines 'Anarchy'
-- "An attractive Cotes du Rhone look-alike, the 2008 Anarchy (35% Mourvedre, 36% Zinfandel, and 29% Syrah) possesses a medium dark ruby color, soft red currant and sweet cherry fruit intermixed with notions of spice box, herbs, and pepper, and medium body. . . .
- Four Vines 'Loco'
-- "Earthy, loamy notes frame the chewy wild blueberry and huckleberry flavors, with plenty of nutmeg-scented spice details and floral overtones. 1,983 cases made." -Wine Spectator
"Aromas of fresh pepper interwoven with roasted Provencal herbs, black cherries, . . .
- Four Vines 'The Peasant'
-- "Big and expressive, laced with cedar-dill oak and intense berry, earth, mineral and black licorice notes. Full-bodied, complex and concentrated, ending with a long, persistent finish. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, Counoise and Tannat. 1,396 cases made." . . .
- G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole
-- "The 2005 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is insanely beautiful. A sweet, inviting bouquet leads to roses, cherries, raspberries, flowers and spices. The wine possesses gorgeous inner perfume and wonderful depth as it hovers on the palate with a Burgundian . . .
- Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
-- "100% Cabernet Sauvignon Deep garnet colour. Earthy, leather and game aromas over cassis, cedar, blackberry and truffles. Crisp acid. Full body Very fine, firm tannins. Long finish." -Wine Advocate
The 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon captures the . . .
- Hook & Ladder "Station Ten" Russian River Valley Red
-- "Our deep ruby pomegranate colored Zin blend displays aromas of vanilla spice, blackberry cobbler, raspberry jam and plum with a hint of leather that lead to spicy flavors of mixed berries and vanilla. This wine has good acidity in the mid palate with . . .
- Kuleto Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
-- "Complex, elegant, and developed in style; it reveals itself layer by layer. Soft tannins, lower alcohols, late-ripened fruit and woodsy smells." -Winemaker's Notes
"In 1992, Vintner and restaurateur Pat Kuleto founded Kuleto Estate. Located . . .
- Piñol D.O. Terra Alta Ludovicus
-- Rated 88pts by Wine Advocate: The crimson colored 2009 Ludovicus, a blend of 35% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 25% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 3 months in French and American oak. It displays an expressive perfume of red and black fruits, . . .
- Shinas Estate 'The Guilty' Shiraz
-- "Ripe shiny blackberry red. Voluptuous cherry, vanilla and peppery spice aromas and full-bodied flavours packed with smoky vanillin oak, cherry and strawberry fruits, chocolate and mocha all wrapped up in a big, rich, velvety smooth package. A juicy wine . . .
- Sky Vineyards Mount Veeder Zinfandel
-- "We are pleased to present our 2007 Sky Zinfandel. The 2007 is a more forward and juicy wine than our past releases. This is due to the fact that our young vines, that were planted in 2000, are finally making up most of the blend. The wine still showcases . . .
- Some Young Punks "Drink 'n' Stick"
-- "The 2007 Drink N Stick is a blend of 59% Mataro and 41% Shiraz. Its alluring nose offers up underbrush, spice box, and blueberry. Racy on the palate, it has ample savory fruit, good balance, and a lengthy finish. Give it 1-2 years of additional cellaring . . .
- Three Saints Santa Ynez Valley Syrah
-- "Complex, with touches of black and bell pepper. Full-bodied and savory, with a mix of dried berry, gaining earth and mineral notes and ending with a crisp, dry finish. 665 Cases made." -Wine Enthusiast
"Chocolate, smoked game, gunpowder and coffee bean . . .
- Vietti Barolo Castiglione
-- "The 2006 Barolo Castiglione is frighteningly outstanding, considering it is Vietti’s entry-level Barolo! There is incredible density and power in the glass as waves of fruit caress the palate with tons of richness. Sweet menthol, flowers and spices add . . .
- Wayne Gretzky Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
-- "Estate No. 99 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has classic Napa character with dark fruit aromas of sweet black cherry, blackberry, cassis and a light touch of toasty oak. Complemented by delicately complex accents of strawberry, hints of anise, mint, . . .
- Wild Hog Vineyard Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
-- This is the "Estate" Pinot Noir that is grown on their organic property in the Sonoma Coast Appelation. Cherry on the nose with a hint of oak, good mouth-feel, and ending with pleasant strawberry flavors. A well-made and lively wine!
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- Wild Hog Vineyard Estate Bottled Sonoma Coast Zinfandel
-- "Smooth and round. Big and fruit-driven. Dark cherry, pomegranate, and fresh currants. Subtle undertones of citrus and light lemon zest. Balanced tannins and acids. Good body and smooth finish. This is your big well-balanced zinfandel. 322 cases produced." . . .
- Wild Hog Vineyard Saralee's Vineyard Pinot Noir
-- The '07 is another spicy, fruity, and floral wine. It is much like past vintages. As always it will smooth out over the next year, but drinks well at the end of 2008. Beautiful nose, firm but smooth tannins, a good acid balance, it will please you. Big . . .
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