Ravine Vineyard Redcoat 2007

September 25th, 2013 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend No Comments »

With a medium body this 2007 red blend is very bright and has some nice acidity lighten it even further.
Alcohol Content: 12.4%
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste red fruit, earth, oak
Smell licorice, red fruit, vanilla
Food pepper steak
Sweetness dry
Price $17.95
LCBO# 260406
Score 4




Pillitteri Cabernet Merlot 2010

September 2nd, 2013 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend No Comments »

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste dark plum, vanilla, cassis
Smell dark plum, black cherry, vanilla
Food pizza, pasta, beef
Sweetness dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 349191
Score 4
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J.J. McWilliams Cabernet Merlot 2011

July 12th, 2013 Chuck Posted in Australia, Red Blend No Comments »

Pickup a few bottles of this well rounded value red wine. It was easy drinking and turned out to be a crowd pleaser.
Alcohol Content: 13%
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste pomegranate, oak. blueberry
Smell blackberry, cherry, spice
Food pizza
Sweetness dry
Price $10.45
LCBO# 621599
Score 4




J.J. McWilliams Cabernet Merlot 2010

February 26th, 2013 Chuck Posted in Red Blend, USA No Comments »

For the value, I could see this making the weekday night rotation here and there.
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste vanilla, plum, oak
Smell plum, vanilla, cherry
Food sandwiches
Sweetness dry
Price $10.95
LCBO# 621599
Score 3




Fontana Di Papa Castelli Romani 2010

September 14th, 2012 Chuck Posted in Italy, Red Blend No Comments »

Well, this wine isn’t giving me much to work with, but that’s because it’s your very basic Italian D.O.C. table wine. One of the least expensive reds I’ve seen at the LCBO, not because all their wines are great, it’s because the prices are beyond terrible in Ontario and not much better country wide.
Made From: Cesanese, Sangiovese, Merlot, Montepulciano (unsure of the percentages). 12.0% Alcohol/Vol
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste medium berry, dried fruit, vanilla
Smell cherry, light fruit
Food grilled meat, mild cheddar
Sweetness extra dry
Price $7.45
LCBO# 219634
Score 2.5




Bear Flag Red Blend

September 3rd, 2012 Chuck Posted in Red Blend, USA No Comments »

As stated on the label it’s a very smooth and fruit forward red blend with soft tannins. A blend comprised of: Tempranillo, Touriga, Zinfandel, and Alicante.
Liked it more after decanting. The artwork is interesting but personally I don’t like having to hunt for information on the bottle. Even once found it was hard to read against the background.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste dried cherries, blackberry, vanilla
Smell dried cherries, blackberry, vanilla
Food bbq
Sweetness off dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 226514
Score 3




Apothic Red 2010

August 18th, 2012 Chuck Posted in Red Blend, USA No Comments »

The label says “Winemaker’s Blend” and they weren’t joking! This wine is made using Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Overall I believe the amount of blending in this bottle muted much of the contributor’s individuality.
In a blind tasting I would guess it’s just a Syrah/Merlot blend.
Tip: tasted better the next day, so try decanting after opening
At a Glance
Taste vanilla, dark fruit, mocha
Smell plum, vanilla
Food cheddar cheese
Sweetness off dry
Price $15.95
LCBO# 234369
Score 3




Henry of Pelham - Sibling Rivalry Red 2009

April 11th, 2012 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend No Comments »

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the 2007 vintage
The white outshines the red
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste dark berry, oak, plum
Smell blackberry, raspberry, oak
Food burgers, bbq
Sweetness off dry
Price $13.95
LCBO# 126151
Score 4




Southbrook Cabernet Merlot Shiraz 2006

November 1st, 2010 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend No Comments »

I think this should be the typical three grapes for a meritage. An excellent blend for the price.
The shiraz shines well in this dry, mid-full bodied vintage.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste raspberry, black pepper, mocha
Smell red berry, earth, pepper
Food bbq ribs
Sweetness extra dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 45609
Score 4.5




Carlo Rossi California Red 2007

October 31st, 2009 Chuck Posted in Red Blend, USA 3 Comments »

Everyone loves choices, with this wine you can choose to buy it in a: bottle, large format bottle, funny jug with a ring handle and even a box. America #$@% YEAH!
This wine conjures up memories of a previous review: Charles Shaw Merlot 2007
Tip: price listed is for the 1.5L bottle, don’t buy what you can’t drink within 2 days.
At a Glance
Taste cherry, plum, vanilla
Smell vanilla, cherry, plum
Food cold cuts
Sweetness off dry
Price $13.45
LCBO# 00070813
Score 2.5




Voga Quattro 2006

May 3rd, 2009 Chuck Posted in Italy, Red Blend 1 Comment »

At first glance this bottle looks like something shampoo would come it, but once on the table with the cap off, it feels kind of futuristic. Overall this is a pretty good wine, a little bit more than the lower end reds but it’s worth the extra 3.50. Overall it’s a dry, medium bodied wine with soft acidity and ripe tannins.
4-Way Blend (quatto means four in Italian): Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Cabernet. Surprisingly, the pinot really does shine through.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste strawberry, spice, light oak
Smell red berry, raspberry, white pepper
Food veal marsala
Sweetness dry
Price $13.95
LCBO# 78048
Score 4




Hillebrand Artist Series Meritage 2007

March 22nd, 2009 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend 1 Comment »

After seeing this bottle time and time again in the LCBO magazine I decided to give it a taste. It’s a fairly typical blend, nothing stands out too much. You’ll find it Medium-bodied with soft, drying tannins and moderate acidity.
A blend of three classic grape varieties: 52% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, which undergo traditional red wine making.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste ripe berry, leather, spice
Smell black cherry, strawberry, vanilla
Food pasta, bbq
Sweetness dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 56390
Score 3




B&G Partager Rouge

February 26th, 2009 Chuck Posted in France, Red Blend 4 Comments »

Here is a nice example of an easy drinking French ‘Vin de Table’. It’s: non-vintage, very smooth, mild tannin, not complex, very drinkable and very affordable.

Blend consists of: Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah

Tip: comes in a 1L bottle
At a Glance
Taste soft berry, tart raspberry, light toasted oak
Smell soft berry, strawberry
Food red meat, medium cheese
Sweetness dry
Price $9.95
LCBO# 130674
Score 3.5




Pillitteri Cabernet Merlot 2006

December 6th, 2008 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend No Comments »

This red VQA is pretty bold, the meritage has a big aroma that at first all I could smell was matchsticks, but after opening up it moved more towards a tobacco scent.
The blend used to create this vintage was: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. I wonder why the Franc didn’t get top billing over the Merlot? It’s presence is greater in the juice and palate.
Tip: decant this for a about 10 minutes
At a Glance
Taste smoky, violet, blackberry
Smell tobacco, leafy, plum
Food pasta with tomato sauce, cheddar
Sweetness dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 349191
Score 2.5




Pelee Island Merlot Cabernet 2006

October 12th, 2008 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend 1 Comment »

This VQA wine has a medium bodied palate with moderate fruit from the merlot, but leans toward the oak barrel with prominent notes of vanilla. The menthol is a nice addition from the cabernet side of the blend.
If you were wondering, the bird on the label is the American Goldfinch.
Tip: tulip glass, room temperature
At a Glance
Taste oak, vanilla, menthol
Smell vanilla, strawberry, violet
Food burgers, hot dogs
Sweetness dry
Price $9.40
LCBO# 619411
Score 2.5




Eastdell Estates Black Cab 2006

September 12th, 2008 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend 1 Comment »

Probably the most interesting meritage I’ve ever tried, this VQA wine from Beamsville is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. People taking notes will notice that the Merlot has been swapped out for the Baco Noir, which is no doubt what gives this wine it’s funky edge.
Medium bodied, oak aging and the baco give this wine a really interesting, almost sweet and sour taste that keeps you guessing.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste vanilla, oak, tart blackberry
Smell sweet blackberry, sweet cherry, smoky
Food stir fry
Sweetness dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 609875
Score 3




Canaletto Nero d’Avola / Merlot 2007

September 1st, 2008 Chuck Posted in Nero d'Avola, Red Blend No Comments »

This Sicilian red is a pretty good IGT find. It’s a medium bodied wine through and through with medium fruit tannins with a respectable length.
I learned something new when the winemakers comments read: each grape variety is vinified separately.
Tip: the nose outshone the palate, which nearly made it a 2.5
At a Glance
Taste plum, tea, menthol
Smell dark cherry, blackberry, strawberry
Food cannelloni
Sweetness dry
Price $13.55
LCBO# 29421
Score 2.5




Hillebrand Trius Red 2004

May 17th, 2008 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend No Comments »

The wine makers at Hillebrand have combined Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc to create a blend known around the world as a Bordeaux style blend.
The Red has definite oak notes and firm tannins (specifically oak tannins). Although not a fruity wine, the herbaceous notes of the Cabernet Franc still shine through.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste red berry, spice, oak
Smell black currant, oak, herbaceous
Food bbq steak, grilled red meat
Sweetness extra dry
Price $19.95
LCBO# 303800
Score 3




Chateau Pesquie Terrasses 2005

May 9th, 2008 Sean Posted in France, Red Blend 1 Comment »

O.k., this one was a little tricky. I feel like I’m walking on a sharp edge here. Just before being released this wine scored a VERY high mark from a well known wine critic. Sometimes when this happens our expectations for a sub $20 bottle of wine go through the roof.
This bottle of French wine was, well, obviously French. It held the characteristics of French wine from the medium structure tannins to earth notes and that rustic feeling that’s hard to describe. However, upon further sipping you’ll notice round fruit and implied sweetness breaking through. Then a marriage of tannins, fruit and alcohol suddenly come alive. While we throughly enjoyed this wine, perhaps our hopes were set a little too high?
Tip: In the bottle: Syrah and Grenache
At a Glance
Taste strawberry, plum, cedar
Smell plum, raspberry, vanilla
Food anything bbq
Sweetness extra dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 652313
Score 3.5
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Botalcura Reserve El Delirio Syrah Malbec 2005

May 7th, 2008 Sean Posted in Chile, Red Blend No Comments »

This bottle was picked up on a whim while looking for something cheap and cheerful while cruising through the liquor store on Tuesday evening after work. The blend of Syrah and Malbec was immediately interesting as both these grapes have some very specific characteristics. Syrah of course with it’s bold and mouth filling spice and Malbec with its tannins and forward fruit. A match made in heaven?
The first sniff of the glass told me I was in for a treat. Right away the earthy Malbec was apparent followed by the raspberry and dark cherry of the Syrah. For the price, this is a very pleasing, mouth filling, lip smacking bottle of wine under $15.00!
Tip: Try it on it’s own then with food, it softens so well. Going back to buy a few bottles.
At a Glance
Taste black cherry, raspberry, earth
Smell earth, cherry, plum
Food chicken souvlaki with tzatziki
Sweetness dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 18630
Score 3.5
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Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo Garnacha

April 12th, 2008 Sean Posted in Red Blend, Spain No Comments »

Take note of this wine from Spain, unlike other wines with cutesy names and uniform taste this wine is playing a different tune. Spanish wines are often very dry, dense and sharp. Spain has been making wine for a long time, but like Chile and South Africa its profile is on the rise.
I believe the wine maker set out to produce something different that would be welcome by most palats. And he succeeded. With lots of dark fruit flavors, berries and soft tannins this is an easy drinking wine on any occasion. As a bonus you can discover two grapes you may not have had yet.
Tip: Garnacha is Spanish for Grenache.
At a Glance
Taste currant, raspberry, plum
Smell spice, berries
Food braised beef, mushrooms
Sweetness off dry
Price $12.65
LCBO# 54007
Score 3
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Goats do Roam 2006

March 22nd, 2008 Chuck Posted in Red Blend, South Africa No Comments »

Before trying this wine, I’ve never seen a blend composed of so many different grapes before. The LCBO calls it a ‘very popular blend-o-rama’ and Fairview has made it work.
This vintage is a blend of primarily Shiraz (50%) and Pinotage (20%) with Cinsaut (10%), Mourvèdre (10%), Grenache (5%) and Carignan (5%)
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste red plum, pepper
Smell medium red fruit, light spice, oak
Food burgers
Sweetness dry
Price $13.85
LCBO# 718940
Score 2.5




Hillebrand Collectors’ Choice Cabernet Merlot 2004

March 2nd, 2008 Chuck Posted in Canada, Red Blend No Comments »

With this meritage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, Hillebrand has created an easy going, medium bodied and very very smooth red blend. Coming from some of Niagara’s warmest vineyards and aged in oak barrels for a year, this vintage is very compatible with a wide array of food.
 
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste strawberry, cherry, very mild oak
Smell strawberry, roasted red bell pepper, cherry
Food italian
Price $16.45
LCBO#  
Score 3




Masi Modello Delle Venezie Rosso 2006

January 22nd, 2008 Archive Posted in Italy, Red Blend 1 Comment »

From the winemaker masi.it
Refosco, Raboso and a small percentage of other important local
grape varieties, are the basis for this unmistakably typical wine from
the Venetian territories, which is fruity, well-structured and quaffable.
Ideal with a variety of dishes, from soups to grilled meats; also
perfect with pasta dishes.
Versatile enough to go with many dishes. Perfect with soups, pasta and risottos. Very good both with simple and more substantial dishes based on red meat, or with fresh cheeses.
Recommended drinking temperature 18° C (64° F).
$ 11.85
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Periquita Red

January 13th, 2008 Archive Posted in Portugal, Red Blend No Comments »

From the winemaker www.jmf.pt
Grapes: Castelao, Trincadeira e Aragonez
Aroma: Strawberries, Blueberries, Black Currant, Violet
Palate: Fruity, balanced with soft tannins
Serve with red meat or game
$ 9.40
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