Ridge Vineyards

Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend 2005

I had seen this bottle on the wine list (for only around €75) for a while but been worried it might be past its peak. But there is nothing to be afraid of here. Just an excellent example of how well quality old vine Californian Zin-blends can age in the skilful hands of the team at Ridge. Large ripe berries, spice, orange peel, dark chocolate, liquorice and charcuteries. Flavourful, expressive and balanced. Very enjoyable. — 5 months ago

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Roederer Estate

Brut Anderson Valley Sparkling Pinot Noir - Chardonnay Blend

Nice holiday bubbly!! Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines. First Brut California sparkling produced by Champagne Louis Roederer. Pale lemon straw, nice mousse and bubbles for this 60% Chardonnay & 40% Pinot Noir blend. Flavors of crisp Apples with creamy mineral tones, nice balance with acidity. Long finish ending with oak, lemon and nutty characteristics. Consistent. Very nice! — 2 years ago

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Baer Winery

Ursa Merlot Blend 2008

Silky, smooth Right bank style blend of 53 Merlot, 29 Cabernet Franc 13 Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 Malbec and 1 Petite Verdot from the Stillwater creek Vineyard Blueberries, Vanilla, blackberry jam and fine tannins.p95 points Wine SpectatorbrThis has great presence, offering a dense cloud of blackberry, cherry and spice flavors that hover over a sleek frame of fine tannins, with just enough acidity to keep it fresh. The finish sails on beutifully. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Winemaker Lance Baer founded Baer Winery in 2000 with a single passionato bring something unique to Woodinville. After years of working with some of the most prestigious wineries in the area, Lance wanted to take his winemaking skills in his own, creative, direction. Lance succeeded in handcrafting blends distinctly his own, and in April 2003 the wineryas signature blend, Ursa, was released. Ursa, a feminine expression of red wine, predominantly Merlot and Cabernet — 3 years ago

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Dark California Red Blend

Apothecary Dark blends bold layers of dark blueberry and blackberry with opulent notes of coffee and dark chocolate with a rich, smooth finish. — 9 months ago

Ridge Vineyards

Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend

Nice with filet mignon, but preferred cab blends — 2 years ago

Mascota Vineyards

Unánime Gran Vino Tinto Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

A nice compromise between normal Bordeaux style blends and the big California reds were used to. It’s not bland like a lot of Bordeaux style blends, but not as spicy as the Californians. Definitely a like! — 3 years ago

Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Pretty nose of blueberries, cooked black cherries, blackberries, figs, cedar, vanilla, spices, chocolates, earth, herbs, coffee, tobacco, licorice and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, currants, black cherries, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, cedar, cola, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, earth, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Feels like a Napa Cabernet with a Bordeaux touch. Fruity and rich, yet elegant.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours in the decanter, but it definitely needs longer than that.

What a great mouthfeel. I just love these Napa Bordeaux blends.

Still young and would be better in 5 to 10 years. Could be a 97+ point wine in 10 years. Will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

— a year ago

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Justin Vineyards & Winery

Isosceles Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

A delicious Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Paso Robles.

Showing black fruits with tobacco, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, mocha, coke and light earth.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with nice complexity. Love these Bordeaux blends.

Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and better with airtime.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot. Unfiltered.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 2 years ago

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SLO Down Wines

Sexual Chocolate California Red Blend 2017

Wow. This has to be one of the best blends I have had. Intense, rich, and beautiful color! — 3 years ago