The Cleaver

California Red Blend

8.940 ratings
8.62 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
Top Notes For
Ken Z
8.5

Drank 12/22/18. Paired with ribs and a watermelon bbq sauce. The label makes no mention of the blend, but the flavors suggest Zin.

Initially a touch of wood on the nose, but this blows off quickly, yielding overripe blackberry, and brambly blueberry notes. Flavors all ripe jammy fruits with blackberry liquer and blueberry cobbler backed by medium tannins. No overt flaws, but I am just not a fan of this overripe, sunny California style. My advise is to drink it colder or have it with dessert.

For fans of a jammy, overripe style.

4/23/3/2/3 + 50 = 85 pts

Drank 12/22/18. Paired with ribs and a watermelon bbq sauce. The label makes no mention of the blend, but the flavors suggest Zin.

Initially a touch of wood on the nose, but this blows off quickly, yielding overripe blackberry, and brambly blueberry notes. Flavors all ripe jammy fruits with blackberry liquer and blueberry cobbler backed by medium tannins. No overt flaws, but I am just not a fan of this overripe, sunny California style. My advise is to drink it colder or have it with dessert.

For fans of a jammy, overripe style.

4/23/3/2/3 + 50 = 85 pts

Dec 23rd, 2018
Matt Sterr

Mostly Zin. Fruity and slightly sweet. Apothicy

Mostly Zin. Fruity and slightly sweet. Apothicy

Apr 26th, 2017
Carey Krebs

Nice blend. 2017 no cab franc 😊

Nice blend. 2017 no cab franc 😊

Apr 27th, 2019
Donald Rory

Jammy. Heat on the back

Jammy. Heat on the back

Aug 6th, 2018
Patrick Dolan

Strong cherry aromas and Full bodied. A little on the sweet side but smooth and delicious.

Strong cherry aromas and Full bodied. A little on the sweet side but smooth and delicious.

Apr 18th, 2018
Kellie Dolan

A nice blend perfect for meat off the grill.

A nice blend perfect for meat off the grill.

Apr 18th, 2018
Robert Perelman

Very smooth easy to drink . Bought at wine store near stop and shop

Very smooth easy to drink . Bought at wine store near stop and shop

Mar 8th, 2018
Lynn Kirkland

Holy F*uck ya .... omg this is gonna go fantastic with my Filet Mignon for dinner!! 😍 It’s big and jammy ... can def taste the zin .. full bodied , tannic, big fistful Of goodness!

Holy F*uck ya .... omg this is gonna go fantastic with my Filet Mignon for dinner!! 😍 It’s big and jammy ... can def taste the zin .. full bodied , tannic, big fistful Of goodness!

Dec 21st, 2017
"Odedi"

Beautiful purple in color with medium intensity and a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, sweet raspberries, smoke, oak, vanilla, licorice, red candy, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, red currants licorice, light oak, spices, red candy, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Californian Red Blend is drinking very nicely now. Well balanced with mild complexity, and enjoyable by itself or with food. A good sipping wine and also good for parties.

Better than the 2013 vintage for some reason.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

Beautiful purple in color with medium intensity and a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, sweet raspberries, smoke, oak, vanilla, licorice, red candy, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, red currants licorice, light oak, spices, red candy, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Californian Red Blend is drinking very nicely now. Well balanced with mild complexity, and enjoyable by itself or with food. A good sipping wine and also good for parties.

Better than the 2013 vintage for some reason.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

Oct 8th, 2017
Brian W. Anderson

Punches above the price. Red Velvet simplicity.

Punches above the price. Red Velvet simplicity.

May 30th, 2017