Hammell Wine Alliance

True Believer California Red Blend

9.571 ratings
9.615 pro ratings
California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
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Stanley Barrios

Stanley had this 9 months ago

Stanley had this 9 months ago

2 people found it helpfulApr 27th, 2018
Alejandro Lopez

Alejandro had this 2 years ago

Alejandro had this 2 years ago

2 people found it helpfulMar 18th, 2017
Cris Cherry

Owner/Winemaker Villa Creek Winery

I am...!

I am...!

2 people found it helpfulDec 22nd, 2016
Sondra Bernstein

Owner of the girl & the fig, the fig cafe & winebar, Author of Plats du Jours, the girl & the fig's Journey through the Seasons in Wine Country and the girl & the fig Cookbook

9.6

Stunning incredibly balanced jammy and seductive

Stunning incredibly balanced jammy and seductive

2 people found it helpfulApr 16th, 2016
Steve Anderson

I’ve had tasting pours on two occasions, but my first time sitting down with a bottle over several nights. Seemed ready to go on pop and pour. Fruit forward, but not heavy or jammy. Medium bodied and lighter than expected for the 15.5% ABV. Delicious- not sure I understand AG’s “not recommended” call on these wines.

I’ve had tasting pours on two occasions, but my first time sitting down with a bottle over several nights. Seemed ready to go on pop and pour. Fruit forward, but not heavy or jammy. Medium bodied and lighter than expected for the 15.5% ABV. Delicious- not sure I understand AG’s “not recommended” call on these wines.

1 person found it helpfulOct 13th, 2018
Shawn R

Not for the faint of heart. I paired this with Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs via Barefoot Contessa. 2 hour decant and it’s off...camphor, black fruit and cassis Lacquer. Without the decant I think the tannins maybe over the top. Lush and dense at first, time made it light and nimble. Rich and opulent with notes of juniper, taste of black truffle and a sweet note of molasses. Finish that is sweet and long with a slight sinus cleanser. Time will aid in the wines development. I’m in!

Not for the faint of heart. I paired this with Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs via Barefoot Contessa. 2 hour decant and it’s off...camphor, black fruit and cassis Lacquer. Without the decant I think the tannins maybe over the top. Lush and dense at first, time made it light and nimble. Rich and opulent with notes of juniper, taste of black truffle and a sweet note of molasses. Finish that is sweet and long with a slight sinus cleanser. Time will aid in the wines development. I’m in!

1 person found it helpfulOct 1st, 2018
RWS 211

RWS had this 6 months ago

RWS had this 6 months ago

1 person found it helpfulJul 29th, 2018
Richard Iger

Dark and perfect to celebrate Friday.

Dark and perfect to celebrate Friday.

1 person found it helpfulJul 14th, 2018
Grant Everett

Grant had this 7 months ago

Grant had this 7 months ago

1 person found it helpfulJun 13th, 2018
Grant Everett

Very nice after double decant

Very nice after double decant

1 person found it helpfulMay 14th, 2018