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2008 Roxy Ann Claret Rogue Valley Or 14.6% $26

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec

A bit hard and black fruited on the nose with licorice, toast, and slight chemical floral accents. Rather smooth with supple tannins on entry, this is not a small scaled wine but it comes off as rather elegant with an open feel and subtle flavors. Nothing jarring here, just a nice core of red fruit with hints of raspberries and a touch of red plum that's framed by some earthy elements, a nice sheen of oak, and lovely sweet herbal components on the back end. This is easy to drink with good acidity driving the finish, which could be a bit longer and does show a bit of heat. Elegant and subtly complex, this might improve over the next 2-4 years but all it needs to be enjoyed today is a nice steak. 89pts

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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 Winery Tresor Sonoma County (2008)
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10.
Ariel Chardonnay Non-Alcohol (2008)
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11.
Neyen Espiritu Apalta Blend (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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  • 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 995

    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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