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2008 Terlato Devil's Peak Napa Valley 14.2% $45

50% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Rather herbal and red fruited on the nose with an underlay of pomegranate and lovely nuanced red plum aromas. With hints of charcoal and grilled meats on entry, this feels at first like it's going to be quite powerful but those aromas quickly give way to a medium-bodied, red fruited wine full of well-managed tannins supporting plum and red berry fruit. There's a lovely innate sweetness here with some espresso foam framing hints and a little herb spice and even a hint of truffle on the back end along with some shaved chocolate notes. The finish is fairly fruit driven, plummy and juicy with black currant notes and a hint of heat and wood spice on the finale.  Complex and well-balanced. 91pts

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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 Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Élu Meritage (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 Winery Tresor Sonoma County (2008)
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10.
J. Lohr Cuvée St. E (2008)
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11.
Neyen Espiritu de Alpalta Cabernet Sauvignon. Carmenere. Petit Verdot Colchagua (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.
Quickfire Cabernet Sauvignon (2008)
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18.
Terlato Vineyards Devil's Peak (2008)
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19.
Antiyal Alto Maipo (2010)
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20.
Girard Artistry Girard Artistry (2009)
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21.
Veramonte Primus the Blend Colchagua Valley (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 Merlot Sonoma County (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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  • 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 1,036

    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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