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Napa Valley Red Blend

9.568 ratings
9.416 pro ratings
Napa Valley, 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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9.4

Bright, full, deep ruby. Very sexy, musky nose conveys liqueur-like ripeness to the aromas of black fruits, licorice, menthol and minerals; a faint leesy quality adds nuance without distracting from the fruit. Plush, sweet, highly concentrated and seamless; this wine was a bit strict in the early going but today it really captures the creamy side of this vintage. Perhaps most impressive on the slowly building finish, which features suave tannins and a firming touch of graphite minerality. Really expands on the palate with air. Utterly delicious today but capable of holding for at least another decade. (14.8% alcohol) (Stephen tanzer, Vinous, July 2019)

Bright, full, deep ruby. Very sexy, musky nose conveys liqueur-like ripeness to the aromas of black fruits, licorice, menthol and minerals; a faint leesy quality adds nuance without distracting from the fruit. Plush, sweet, highly concentrated and seamless; this wine was a bit strict in the early going but today it really captures the creamy side of this vintage. Perhaps most impressive on the slowly building finish, which features suave tannins and a firming touch of graphite minerality. Really expands on the palate with air. Utterly delicious today but capable of holding for at least another decade. (14.8% alcohol) (Stephen tanzer, Vinous, July 2019)

Aug 29th, 2019
Roy Goble

Torn label means a discount? Then heck yeah, I’m in!

Torn label means a discount? Then heck yeah, I’m in!

Feb 12th, 2018
Christopher Sprague

These cats know what they are doing. Big Napa fruit with structure!

These cats know what they are doing. Big Napa fruit with structure!

1 person found it helpfulDec 18th, 2014
Henrik Poulsen

Ripe (as in VERY ripe), jammy and not my thing any longer.
This will have plenty of fans in the "RMP camp".

I'm much preferring what Austin P. as head winemaker has been making the last few vintages.

Ripe (as in VERY ripe), jammy and not my thing any longer.
This will have plenty of fans in the "RMP camp".

I'm much preferring what Austin P. as head winemaker has been making the last few vintages.

Jan 22nd, 2017
Greg Gregory

PBFW 2016 CA Cult Cab seminar.

PBFW 2016 CA Cult Cab seminar.

Apr 3rd, 2016
Justin Dragoo

General Manager Garjiulo Wines

9.5

The label was a wine-stained earthquake memory, but the wine was outstanding. A great winery.

The label was a wine-stained earthquake memory, but the wine was outstanding. A great winery.

Dec 26th, 2014
Peter Yeung

Blackcurrant, oak, and cedar...classic

Blackcurrant, oak, and cedar...classic

Nov 25th, 2014
Jordan Gianelli

No surprises, just black, round, powerful tantalizing cabernet with all the bells and whistles. Loved the oak on this puppy. Well executed and obviously made with a ton of love.

No surprises, just black, round, powerful tantalizing cabernet with all the bells and whistles. Loved the oak on this puppy. Well executed and obviously made with a ton of love.

Dec 3rd, 2013
Tom Garland

Another sunny 95 degrees in the SAC valley(pretty much the same every day during the summer)...time for pool, prime dinosaur steaks on the grill, and a top cab from the cellar. 2 hour decant (minimal fine sediment). A killer inky ruby red color. On the nose: red fruit, slight bordeaux barn yard (luv it), eucalyptus, earthy, floral. Taste: nice silky mouthfeel with plum, licorice, black cherry, spice, pencil lead..nice long finish. Drink now or over next 10 years.

Another sunny 95 degrees in the SAC valley(pretty much the same every day during the summer)...time for pool, prime dinosaur steaks on the grill, and a top cab from the cellar. 2 hour decant (minimal fine sediment). A killer inky ruby red color. On the nose: red fruit, slight bordeaux barn yard (luv it), eucalyptus, earthy, floral. Taste: nice silky mouthfeel with plum, licorice, black cherry, spice, pencil lead..nice long finish. Drink now or over next 10 years.

Jul 7th, 2019
Megan

This is an older wine. Not much fruit left. Mainly cocoa & tobacco notes.

This is an older wine. Not much fruit left. Mainly cocoa & tobacco notes.

May 23rd, 2019