Red Blend

Weekend Wine: Bridlewood Blend 175

  Bridlewood Estate Winery Blend 175 Central Coast 2010, $11-$15: All you have to do is lift a glass to your nose and inhale the explosion of raspberries, cherries, black pepper, chocolate and vanilla. In the mouth, it’s smooth and intense; tannins are supple, acidity gives it balance. It’s a blend of high-octane Syrah, Cabernet … Continue Reading →

Give it a try

Lee Family Farm, 2009 Rio Tinto Silvaspoons Vineyard Alta Mesa Lodi, $16 Dan Lee (think Morgan Winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands) makes this approachable, elegantly rustic wine off Portuguese varieties starting with Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) grown on a rocky plateau in an area of Lodi similar to the terroir of Portugal. It’s all about dark … Continue Reading →

Alamos Red Blend introduced

Alamos Red Blend Argentina 2010, $10-$13: This is the inaugural vintage for the dry Red Blend of Malbec, Tempranillo and Bonarda from one of Argentina’s hottest brands. The mountains on the label hint at the cool nights and hot sunlight in the Andes that bring out great acidity and intense flavors. Nick Nearhood, wine consultant … Continue Reading →