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Quick Pour: Cocobon Cellars Red Blend 2012

Producer: Cocobon Cellars Region: Livermore Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $7.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petit Sirah; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Jammy plum and dark berry fruit forward nose showing a smooth, supple soft palate filled with plum and spice up front while it’s whisked away with smooth dark chocolate notes, tamed acidity overall and hints of black cherry and sweet tobacco complete this highly anticipated new vintage wine (at least in my household). Short to medium length finish and velvety smooth. Not nearly as zesty and lengthy as the 2011, but showing potential to make its way into the weekly dinner rotation as an everyday red wine. Producer: Cocobon Cellars Region: Livermore Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $7.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petit Sirah; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Jammy plum and dark berry fruit forward nose showing a smooth, …

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Quick Pour: 2010 Rocca Trentatre Rosso Red Blend

Producer: Rocca Family Wines Region: Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy Price: $5.99 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 33.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33.3% Merlot, 33.4% Montepulciano Virginia Pour House Notes:  This 2010 blend titled “trentatre” or “33” consists of 33.3% equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Montepulciano. The grapes are harvested from the Rocca Family’s vineyard in the Apulia region of Southern Italy (the Southeast portion of the boot near the heel facing the Adriatic Sea). I randomly selected this wine at Trader Joe’s one evening because I was intrigued by the blend and the price point. I was completely caught off guard, and overwhelmed by the depth and soft nature that was presented to my senses. The nose was teased with aromas of ashed wood, mocha, espresso bean, licorice, and black currants in layers. While along the front of the palate, this young wine was greeted by dark plum, espresso, and mocha adding soft plush tannins and a smooth …

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