Red Blends $20 to $55

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2008 Ferrari - Carano Tresor Sonoma County 14.1% $45

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

Certainly spicy from oak on the nose, this is also surprisingly red-fruited with hints of blueberry and black cherry floating over that red fruited base. This shows lovely balance on entry, made in a ripe but still transparent style, there's plenty of oak here, creating a dark, slightly spicy and toasty base for the crisp, mineral-flecked red and black currant and black plum flavors which have a spicy edge of their own. The acidity is well integrated but by no means soft, keeping this lively right through the clean, taut and slightly drying medium length finish. Fairly elegant and well balanced, this can be enjoyed today but should age fairly well. 92pts

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Red Blends $20-$55

1.
Penley Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Coonawarra Chertsey (2008)
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2.
St. Supéry Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley (2008)
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3.
Urraca Familia Langley Reserva (2005)
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4.
Terra Blanca Onyx (2008)
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5.
Trione Vineyards Alexander Valley Bordeaux Blend (2008)
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6.
Gérard Bertrand Vin de Pays d'Oc Cigalus (2010)
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7.
Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval (2009)
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8.
Buty Columbia Valley Red Blend (2010)
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9.
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Tresor Sonoma County (2008)
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10.
Ariel Chardonnay Non-Alcohol (2008)
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11.
Neyen Red Blend Colchagua Valley Espiritu de Apalta (2006)
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12.
Raymond Burr Quartet Tinto da Nossa Quinta Dry Creek Valley (2009)
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13.
Trinchero Meritage (2009)
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14.
Jacques & Francois Lurton Hacienda Araucano Clos de Lolol Colchagua Valley (2008)
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15.
Cosentino Winery Red Blend Napa Valley (2006)
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16.
Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry (2008)
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17.
Terlato Family Vineyards Cardinals' Peak (2008)
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18.
Terlato Vineyards Devil's Peak (2008)
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19.
Antiyal Alto del Maipo Valley (2010)
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20.
Girard Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2009)
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21.
Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape 'La Crau' (2008)
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22.
D'Arenberg the Galvo Garage Cabernet/Merlot/Pv/Cabernet Franc (2007)
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23.
Roxy Ann Winery Claret (2008)
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24.
Chappellet Cervantes Mtn Cuv10 (2010)
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25.
Sherwood House Sherwood Manor (2007)
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26.
Terlato Vineyards Angels' Peak (2008)
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27.
Cypress Vineyards Shiraz Santa Clara Valley (2008)
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28.
Paraduxx Napa Valley (2009)
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29.
Artiste Eyes Wide Shut Bottled In (NV)
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30.
Bouchard Finlayson Red Blend Walker Bay Hannibal (2009)
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31.
Decoy (2010)
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32.
Brian Carter Cellars Tempranillo Blend Columbia Valley Corrida (2008)
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33.
Treana Cabernet-Syrah Blend Paso Robles Red (2009)
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34.
Yorkville Cellars Red Blend Yorkville Highlands Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard (2009)
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35.
Viña Maquis Syrah Blend Colchagua Valley Lien (2008)
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Comments

  • Snooth User: Rynobear
    947324 47

    I am a huge Justin fan. where does Isosceles stack up in this list of these great blends?

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM


  • Snooth User: shirazzee
    1135101 21

    No Canadian worthy splurges?

    Jan 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM


  • Snooth User: info171
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    194522 32

    Lapsus lingue. On several subtitles "Cabernet Franc" stays instead of "Cabernet Sauvignon", or something else.

    Jan 11, 2013 at 1:15 AM


  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
    Hand of Snooth
    154660 994

    Trinchero Vineyards are most interesting to me and I am looking forward to trying the 2009 Meritage. There wines seem to have an "Old School" style which I like.

    Jan 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM


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