Tag Archives: Red Blend

Château de Montfaucon “Les Gardettes” Rouge, 2011, Gard, France

16 Jan

DSC03218The best values in French wine come from the southern part of the country, and this is really fun wine for the money. 50% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 15% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache. A sandalwood note weaves through red cherry and currant fruit, backed by mineral and garrigue hints on the finish. $12


Scarborough “The Rebel” Red Blend, 2009, Columbia Valley, Washington

16 Jan

DSC03211Great value second-label red blend from Washington’s Scarborough Winery. Red currants, anise, blackberries and damp earth enhanced with soft yet sturdy tannins. Smooth on the finish, which lingers long enough to invite the next sip. Try it with a well-charred medium-rare ribeye. $15

Top Values of 2012—San Francisco Chronicle

Nemorino Rosso, 2012, Tuscany, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03200“Super Tuscan” is an unofficial term coined to describe lush, full-bodied, modern Italian wines that don’t play by the rules governing Tuscan appellations like Chianti. This one is 60% Syrah with equal parts Sangiovese and Merlot. Fruit-forward and rounded on the palate, making it a perfect cocktail-style wine, but with enough acidity to play well with dishes like peppery roast pork loin. $16

Lucques Rouge, 2010, North Coast, California

14 Jan

DSC03193A blend of Syrah and Grenache sourced from select North Coast vineyards by celebrated winemaker Pax Mahle, who makes some of the most talked-about California Syrah of recent years. Lucques sees no oak, only stainless steel and concrete. It’s fresh, approachable wine meant for everyday enjoyment. Try it with anything from pizza to pasta to lighter meat dishes. $22

Mas Caranove Montpeyroux, 2010, Languedoc, France

14 Jan

DSC03192The warm Mediterranean climate of France’s Languedoc region makes it perfect for producing intense, richly concentrated red wines. Mas Caranove is equal parts Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Cinsault—a classic blend in southern France. Expressive, complex aromas of dark berry and spice carry through to the robust, deeply fruited palate. Great wine for winter barbecues. $8

Campo Alla Sughera “Arnione” Bolgheri Superiore, 2007, Tuscany, Italy

14 Jan

DSC03198An Italian blend of red Bordeaux varietals from Bolgheri in Tuscany. There are notes of blackberries, blueberries and strawberries and a harmonious blend of bell pepper, sweet licorice and vanilla. In the mouth, the flavors are mellifluous, balanced, smooth and elegant, with refined, velvety tannins. A natural match for Tuscan pasta e fagioli. $54

Bastianich “Vespa” Rosso, 2010, Friuli, Italy

12 Jan

DSC03190A blend of Merlot, Refosco, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from northeastern Italy’s Friuli region. New-world in style, lushly fruited and accented by the spicy earth notes common in Friulian reds. Crushed flowers, raspberries and tobacco linger on the polished finish. Try this stunner with slow-braised beef short ribs and creamy, buttery parsnip puree. $42

Promesses de France Côtes du Rhône, 2012, Rhône Valley, France

12 Jan

DSC03181From the southern stretches of France’s Rhône River Valley, this Grenache-based blend shows intense red fruit on the nose. The full-bodied palate is all strawberry jam and baking spice. Pop open a bottle for traditional French onion soup topped with melted Gruyère. $10

Barranc dels Closos by Mas Igneus, 2011, Priorat, Spain

12 Jan

09A classic Priorat blend of 80% Garnatxa Negra (Grenache) and 20% Carinyena (Carignan). The nose expounds aromas of licorice and sweet red berries. The palate is lush in style, medium-bodied with juicy acidity. Bold wine with a deep mineral streak underlining the fruit, this would do nicely next to spicy-sweet glazed ham. $25

Rocca dei Mori Salice Salentino, 2010, Puglia, Italy

12 Jan

06A rich southern Italian blend of 80% Negroamaro and 20% Malvasia Nera. The nose is elegant and intense, with aromas of blackberry, currant and plum. The palate is well-rounded with juicy acidity and sumptuous tannins. Enjoy with braised red meats, spicy fish soups and hard cheeses. $14