Red Wines


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My reviews are based on a scale of 1-5, and the scores correspond roughly to the following:

1:  This is gross.  Down the drain it goes.
2:  This is not very good.  I can maybe get the rest of this glass down, but no more for me.
3:  This is OK…I can probably have another.
4:  This good.  Like, really good!
5:  I can die happy, this is wine of the gods!

Some of the major things I look for when scoring a wine are the aromas (sometimes this is more important than the taste!), QPR (quality/price ratio), the balance of acidity and sweetness, and the mouthfeel on the finish.  Of course the overall taste is a factor, too!



Ceretto Barolo, 2012


Cabernet Franc

Zorzal Terroir Único Cabernet Franc


Cabernet Sauvignon

Carnivor Cabernet Sauvingon
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014
J. Lohr Vineyards Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon
Liberated Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014
Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015
Michael David Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014
Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014



Quinte Royale Carignan, 2016



Montes Wines Purple Angel 2010



Clos Saint Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2014


Corot Noir

Taylor Brooke Winery Corot Noir



Clayhouse Malbec, 2013
Girl & Dragon Malbec, 2016
Terrazas de los Andes Altos del Plata Malbec, 2015



Juan Gil 12 Meses Jumilia Red, 2014



North Bank Merlot


Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Lisabella Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 2015


Nero d’Avola

Prodigo Nero d’Avola, 2014


Petite Sirah

San Sebastian Reserve Petite Sirah, 2014


Pinot Noir

Don Rodolfo Pinot Noir, 2015
J Lohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, 2013
La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Mark West California Pinot Noir, 2014


Port / Port-Style

San Sebastian Ruby Port, NV
Taylor Brooke Winery Chocolate Essence


Red Blend

19 Crimes The Warden Reserve, 2015
Anabella 5 Red Blend
Argyros Estate Atlantis
Capçanes Mas Donís Old Vines, 2014
C’est La Vie Pinot Noir – Syrah, 2016
Celler Barcelona Red Blend, 2014
Conundrum Red Blend, 2014
Dave Phinney Locations E Spanish Red Blend
Happy Hour Red Blend, 2016
Kuleto Estate India Ink Red, 2014
Mont Ventoux Sieur de Trinquelage Vaucluse
Sharpe Hill Vineyard Red Seraph, 2014
Taylor Brooke Winery Lazy Day Red
Taylor Brooke Winery Sunny Sangria
Tenshen Red Blend, 2015
Tormaresca Neprica, 2013
Waterbrook Mélange Founder’s Red Blend, 2015



Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Crianza, 2012



Burrasca Sangiovese, 2016
Marchesi Antinori Tignanello, 2014


St. Croix

Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock Valley Red



Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Zinfandel, 2014
Michael David Earthquake Zinfandel, 2014
Oak Ridge Winery OZV Old Vine Zinfandel, 2015


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