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Toad Hollow Red Blend Dry Creek Valley Erik's the Red 2010

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This California Red wine is a blend of Syrah and Merlot grapes from across the great state of California. Eriks the Red is not only big and chewy, but has a modicum of elegance. Smooth, cranberry, raspberry, honey, vanilla, nuts, cherry, nice soft finish. Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 88 points by The Tasting Panel: Smooth, dense and meaty taste with lush flavor; showing ripe plum, blackberry and spice; rich, deep and balanced flavor; long and concentrated taste.

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Toad Hollow Vineyards:
The Legend: Toad Hollow is a collaboration of two old friends who, more or less, retired to an existence of peace and quiet in the Hollow, after a life of whirlwind world travel. Neither of these two gentlemen believed in self-denial, and over the years had probably wined and dined at every major eatery and watering hole in the universe. Dr. Toad and The Dancing Badger (as they were fondl... Read more
The Legend: Toad Hollow is a collaboration of two old friends who, more or less, retired to an existence of peace and quiet in the Hollow, after a life of whirlwind world travel. Neither of these two gentlemen believed in self-denial, and over the years had probably wined and dined at every major eatery and watering hole in the universe. Dr. Toad and The Dancing Badger (as they were fondly called) were sitting on the veranda one day gazing out over Mr. Badger's beautiful hillside vineyards that ran from the banks of the Russian River clear up to the house. They began to discuss the fun times they had experienced over many years, remembering all the wonderful people they had met. During their conversation they decided they wanted to find a way to repay the warmth and friendship shown them along the way. As the two old friends had in common a love of good food and fine wine, they agreed whatever the plan, it must honor food or wine. With Dr. Toad's infamous years in the restaurant business (and whose wife was adamant that he never return to it) and Mr. Badger's keen palate and exceptional ability to make stellar wines, the two decided they would pioneer the making of world-class wines at affordable prices. This natural pairing—Dr. Toad, a man known around the neighborhood as one who could sell sand to a Sheik, as well as a consummate storyteller…he would be in charge of marketing; while Mr. Badger, a gentleman extraordinaire, who had honed his palate during visits to chateaux, whilst dancing for kings…would craft the wine. It is obvious to all who knew these two that retirement was not part of their makeup, as they were off and running with their new project immediately. As you taste the wines from Toad Hollow Vineyards, please take a moment to envision these two old friends…Dr. Toad and Mr. Badger, sitting on the veranda, smiling as they raise a glass of wine to salute you. (Heaven knows that neither would turn down a chance to share a good bottle of wine.) In light of the legend just read, please keep in mind that Toad Hollow wines are very seriously crafted from premium vineyards along the California Coast. We will continue to offer you stellar wines at an affordable price. Read less

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Snooth User: drdebs
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3.50 5
07/23/2007

Surprisingly good blend of 18 grapes at a low price point makes for the perfect pizza wine. Smooth drinker, with nice acidity, and not at all mushy. Cab Franc (herbal aromas), Zinfandel (blackberry fruit), and Petit Sirah (richness and body) make up the backbone of the blend, but there is a definite softness to it (pinot, grenache, dolcetto) as well. Great house red candidate.


Snooth User: Goodwine24
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3.50 5
06/06/2014

I purchased a few bottles of Toad Hollow Red Blend last week. I was initially disappointed that it lacked character and the fruit wasn't very intense. But much to my surprise, when it opened, it was a decent wine. I think it is a bargain at under $14.


Snooth User: imatarb
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4.00 5
Vintage: NV 09/08/2010

Big, bold and full of so many different grapes, it's hard to put a description on it. Paired with steaks and pasta, it can't be beat as a go-to table wine. Love, love it!

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  • Snooth User: Chris Carpita
    330935,531
    3.50 5
    Vintage: NV 12/15/2012

    Dark earthy oak aromas with lots of black and red berry fruit, and notes of menthol. The body is a little jammy, with strong fruit overtones throughout and a strong acid/tannin structure.


    Snooth User: Soho Sam
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    4.00 5
    Vintage: NV 07/14/2008

    Four glasses


    External Reviews for Toad Hollow Red Blend Dry Creek Valley Erik's the Red

    External Review
    Source: Shop Wine Direct
    01/17/2009

    Wine Tasting NotesThis is a wonderful blend of fifteen, yes fifteen, count em, different varietals of grapes from the beautiful Paso Robles area of the Central Coast of California. Toad Hollow like Erikis not afraid to hop into the fray and make a wine that is not only big and chewy, but still has a modicum of understated elegance. WOW what a wine! This is our second bottling of a red wine under the Eriks the Red label and, as you will see, with each bottling the wine becomes more interesting and complex. The majority of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, and Rofosco with a small amount of Syrah, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Merlot, Zinfandel, Dolcetto, Cabernet Franc and Petit Sirah only to be polished at the end with Grenache, Mouvedre, Petit Verdot and Malbec. If you have a particular red grape that grabs your fancy, youre sure to find it herefind it, we dare you!


    External Review
    Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
    04/30/2010

    Toad Hollow Vineyards Erik's The Red Paso Robles and all other premium wine from Toad Hollow Vineyards available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


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    Vintage: NV 09/15/2009

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    This California Red wine is a blend of Syrah and Merlot grapes from across the great state of California. Eriks the Red is not only big and chewy, but has a modicum of elegance. Smooth, cranberry, raspberry, honey, vanilla, nuts, cherry, nice soft finish. Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 88 points by The Tasting Panel: Smooth, dense and meaty taste with lush flavor; showing ripe plum, blackberry and spice; rich, deep and balanced flavor; long and concentrated taste.

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