85 Points – $25
A blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged in French and American oak. Dark red with a nose of red fruit, chocolate and lavender. Flavors of strawberries and licorice. Flavor fades to asphalt and tannin too quickly in finish. – 14% alcohol
86 Points – $17
Dark red in color with a candy and floral nose. Plum and blackberry flavors with a spice and pepper finish. An easy to drink red blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. -12.5% alcohol
92 Points – $69
Revisited. Last tried in 2005 the wine was young and tannic. 10 years later it has smoothed. Dark black with a tawny edge. Aromas of red berries, chocolate and spice. Flavors of dark blackberry, cedar and raspberry. Along truffle and chocolate finish.
A Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. -14 % alcohol
91 Points – $17
Purple red in color. Black cherry, plum, mocha and spice. Smooth vanilla finish.
Name: Menage a Trois Midnight
Grape: 44% Merlot 42%Cabernet Sauvignon 11%Petite Syrah 3% Petite Verdot
Maker: Trinchero Family Estate
88 Points – $16
A blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Jammy raspberry and plum nose and blackberry and raspberry flavors. Sweet finish. Good for grilled meats and chicken dishes.
Name: Menage a Trois – Folie a Deux
Grape: Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Maker: Trinchero Family Estate
89 Points – $11
Dark red with an earthy nose. Flavors of red fruit and cherry. Easy finish. Good with cheese and pasta.
Name: Velvet Devil
Grape: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Columbia Valley
Maker: Charles Smith
90 Points – $40
A full nose of earth, stone, mushroom and oak. A plush mouthful of blackberry, coffee, cherry and earth with a nice tart finish. Good meritage.
Name: Beringer Knights Valley Meritage
Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec
Region: California, USA
Maker: Beringer Vineyards
90 Points – $22
Named after the trays used for drying the grapes before pressing, this easy drinking red wine with a fruity, berry nose and sweet flavors of berry and fresh fruit is an easy favorite with pasta on hot summer days. Very good.
Name: Arele Parziale Appassimento Vino Roso
Grape: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Oseleta, Merlot
Maker: Tommasi Viticoltori
90 Points – $39
This Bordeaux styled wine is a blend of wines that have been aged 16 months in French and American oak. Complex in smell this dark red wine exudes the aromas of blackberries, plums and spice. A full mouthful of dark spices, pepper, plum and oak finish in a long smooth fashion. An ageable wine from the small lots program. Very good stuff here.
Name: Sandhill 2005 Two
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon 53%, Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 14%
Region: Okanagan, Canada
90 Points – $45
Dark Ruby color with a blackberry and leather nose. Tasting of fruit, cherry and blackberry with a long peppery finish. 90 point. A Bourdeau wine from the higher (haut) area of Medoc. Bourdeau wines are a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes with the occasional addition of malbec or other minor regional grapes.
Grape: Red Blend; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Maker: Chateau Bernadotte
Price Range: 45 Dollars
Alcohol: 13 %