Red Blend

Luis Seabra Vinhos

Xisto Cru Tinto Red Blend 2013

A ruby red core, with a vibrant and clear ruby at the edge.  The nose is complex, dense and persistent with primary red and dark red fruit notes, subtle spices, as well as earth and minerality notes deepening the complexity.  Not a powerhouse, but a perfect reflection of the wines Luis makes that texturally remind me of the Northern Rhone, Burgundy and even Barolo to an extent.  There is an elegance to these wines akin to those regions, with a core of terroir and structure.  A supremely cerebral vigneron wine that makes you think while enjoying it.

With the arrival of Luis Seabra and his own line of wines, he is taking Portugal wines to the next level.  The wines from Luis Seabra are generating the most buzz of any producer out of the Douro Valley, with both red and white wine at all price levels there is something for everyone!
— 3 days ago

Daniel P., Kyle and 1 other liked this

Marco Abella

El Perer Priorat Red Blend 2012

The top wine of this celler!
100% Cariñena Single Vineyard from “El Perer”
Incredible lovely nose with blueberries, blackcurrant, red cherries, herbs from the Porrera hills, authum forest, mocha, dark chocolate, full bodied palate, amazing pure and juicy, with ripe smooth layers of black fruits, kampong pepper, finest toast, Llicorella minerality, a wonderful balance of power and elegance ! 98+ DSP
— 7 days ago

Dick, Keith and 18 others liked this
Wil Demandt

Wil Demandt

Great wine Dick🍷 on off the best of our trip 👍
Marc vanholst

Marc vanholst

Great note and score Dick !

Lamborn Family Vineyards

2200’ Howell Mountain Red Blend 2016

The other bottles need to sit for 3 to 5 years. This bottle is good, but this one sat with cork out for 4 hours and then slow oxed an additional 12 and still don't think it was expressing the way it should have! Blackberry and blueberry dominant. Stiff tannic opening. Lots of pepper in the finish. Great weight. Good backbone but not overly expressive at this time. Gonna be good in a few. — 10 days ago

Shay, P and 14 others liked this
Shay A

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I would have figured based on the blend it would be ready in the near term, but then again, it is mountain fruit.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

@Shay A I thought it was going to be good right out of the gate myself but it was weirdly astringent for sure.
Ron R

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I used to buy Lamborn, but don’t anymore. I’m being brutally honest, as there are better wines on the market for less.

Spoto Wines

Spoto Wines Godfather Red 2013

Shay A

Stuart Spoto and his wife spent some time visiting TX for a few days and put on a nice tasting at Classic. Talk about micro production, they only do around 500 cases of wine total across their 5-7 wines. Kind and salt of the earth type people.

This was pulled out at the end of the night (along with one of their Enrico wines) by a supporter who was there and it was in contention for WOTN. 80/20 merlot/Malbec. Epitomizes iron fist in a velvet glove. It’s ripe and juicy with loads of candied fruit (red, blue and black) and dark chocolate aromatics. Similar on the palate with smooth tannins...vanilla pipe tobacco and graham cracker. The Malbec shows itself most toward the finish as the fruit turns a bit tart and inky. So good.
— 4 days ago

Ryan, Matt and 24 others liked this
David T

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Speaking of Godfather, there was a Don Corleone restaurant in Dubai as well! 🤣

Maxime Magnon

Rozeta Corbières Red Blend 2017

Lovely. A great example of well-done carbonic, great lift and punch but nothing overtaking the rest of the wine. Fresh, textural, invigorating with its dark fruit and earthy/herbal character. Crisp black and red fruits, garrigue, roasted herbs, baked earth. Just sings sun-drenched Mediterranean France. Also of note, this really seems to have the extraction dialed in, LBT a few years ago was a tad thin, this is spot on. 40 CAR 30 GR 30 CIN — 9 days ago

David, Amr and 1 other liked this

Michael David Winery (Michael & David Phillips)

Freakshow Lodi Red Blend 2015

Color of dark purple with ruby hue. Nose of sweet blackberry, oak, tobacco leaves, vanilla beans, coffee beans, and indeed some dried strawberry. Nose is pretty taste of juicy grapes, sweet cherry jam, medium tannins, some more dark fruits, sweet with zesty note, oak, and savory. After is medium long with silky finish. A nice blend. — 8 days ago

Mike, Dawn and 4 others liked this

Spoto Wines

Oakville Cuvée Christiane Red Blend 2016

Shay A

Stuart Spoto and his wife spent some time visiting TX for a few days and put on a nice tasting at Classic. Talk about micro production, they only do around 500 cases of wine total across their 5-7 wines. Kind and salt of the earth type people.

This is close to half Cabernet, the rest a Cabernet Franc and merlot blend (and a dash of Malbec). After about 30mins, this changed dramatically as the Cabernet franc took over. Very floral and spicy. Darker profile but the fruit is more black cherry like. Distinct note of red clay. Needs time.
— 4 days ago

Arden, Severn and 22 others liked this

Ancient Peaks

Oyster Ridge Santa Margarita Ranch Red Blend 2014

Ancient Peaks - Oyster Ridge - Paso Robles. 2014 blend 51% cab, 36% merlot, 5% syrah, 5% petite sirah, 3% malbec. Santa Margarita Ranch is known for the oyster shells in the soil. Anyway, on to the review. This blend is amazing. My first impression is OMG! Blackberry and dark currants with a vanilla and spice explosion. The mid palate is leather and mineral soil. This could be the oyster soil impact. The finish is dry and long. This is the longest finish on a wine ... wow! However, day two... SOUR. I did use my Coravin so maybe the Argon affected the wine. Im still out on the Coravin. Just not sure. I do know if you pull it out of the bottle after use the cork does leak - synthetic and natural both. — 9 days ago

Sharon, P and 4 others liked this

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Auction Napa Valley Special Cuvée Red Blend 2012

Greg Ballington

Deep ruby red in appearance. A bit stinky on the nose but really mute. Full bodied and medium plus tannins (7.5/10). A lot better on the palate than the nose with layers of dark berries, spices and a touch bitter. Definitely from the Petit Verdot. Long finish. Drink till 2032. — 3 days ago

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Herdade Do Rocim

Alentejo Rocim Vinho Tinto Red Blend 2017

An excellent Portuguese red blend. I’m getting ample black fruit, plum, black pepper and cherry jam. It’s nicely balanced, smooth, supple with hints of chocolate and vanilla mid palate through the finish. A perfect burger pairing wine. A fantastic value - this is one worth buying a case of. — 9 days ago

Severn, Dr. and 7 others liked this

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@Shawn Thompson Shawn I agree with Trixie @Trixie nice review Cheers 🍷
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@P A @Trixie Thank you. It was a great, inexpensive, Portuguese wine. Cheers 🍷


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