Quick Pour: Red Wine Varieties

Quick Pour: Sunset Hills Sunset Red Blend; A Vertical of the 2010 & 2011

Producer: Sunset Hills Vineyards Region: Shenandoah AVA, Middleburg AVA, Virginia, United States Price: $28 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 39% Petit Verdot, 36% Cabernet Franc,  21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, Estate Vineyard #1 , Estate Vineyard #2, Estate Vineyard #3, Maggie Malick Vineyard; (13% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Pepper, raspberry, and rose petal notes greet the nose, while juicy fruit forward flavors of strawberry, cherry, and wild berry jam across the tastebuds with very tuned down tannins (faintly present), and a short, stunted finish with very light notes of oak and floral notes craving for some last minute attention. Average.   Producer: Sunset Hills Vineyards Region: Middleburg AVA, Virginia, United States Price: $28 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 62% Cabernet Franc (Berry Hill Vineyard & Benevino Vineyard), 17% Nebbiolo (Berry Hill Vineyard), 12% Merlot (Sunset Hills Vineyard), 9% Petit Verdot (Waterford Vineyard) ; (13.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Rich chocolate notes enveloped by light tobacco notes …

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Quick Pour: 2011 A.A. Badenhorst The Curator Red Wine

Producer: A.A. Badenhorst Family Region: Swartland, South Africa Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 82% Shiraz, 16% Mourvedre and 1% each Cinsault and Viognier; (13.6% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Ripe red fruit, herb, and exotic spice aromas gives way to plush flavors of currants, blueberry, and a touch of juicy red berry (raspberry/strawberry) on the palate, while finishing semi-sweet with silky smooth texture, and peppery tannins outlined by herbaceous undertones throughout. A great value buy!   Producer: A.A. Badenhorst Family Region: Swartland, South Africa Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 82% Shiraz, 16% Mourvedre and 1% each Cinsault and Viognier; (13.6% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Ripe red fruit, herb, and exotic spice aromas gives way to plush flavors of currants, blueberry, and a touch of juicy red berry (raspberry/strawberry) on the palate, while finishing semi-sweet with silky smooth texture, and peppery tannins outlined by herbaceous undertones throughout. A great value buy!   Quick Pour: …

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Quick Pour: Tomaiolo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2007

Producer: Tamaiolo Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $12 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: Sangiovese; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Woody, laced red berry aromas and a very traditional nose with red berry up front mixing in cherry undertones and a subtle spice lining. Lively acidity, dry medium bodied, and bold tannins that settle after decanting for about 20-30 minutes. Great value buy for under 15 bucks and a steal for the 2007 Chianti Classico vintage year.   Producer: Tamaiolo Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $12 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: Sangiovese; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Woody, laced red berry aromas and a very traditional nose with red berry up front mixing in cherry undertones and a subtle spice lining. Lively acidity, dry medium bodied, and bold tannins that settle after decanting for about 20-30 minutes. Great value buy for under 15 bucks and a steal for the 2007 Chianti Classico vintage year.   Quick Pour: Tomaiolo Chianti Classico Riserva …

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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: Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2005

Producer: Chateau St. Jean Region: Sonoma County AVA, California, United States Price: $64.99 Vintage: 2005 Varietals: Cinq Cépages (“Five Varieties”) is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Merlot (9%), Cabernet Franc (7%), Malbec (4%), and Petit Verdot (3%). Each component is aged separately for two years in small French oak barrels (47% new) before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the bottle before release.(14% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Complex and layered with plenty to decipher on the nose as it tosses around powdered dark chocolate, raspberry and star anise followed by notes of smoldering oak and forest brush. The flavor profile is smooth and concentrated with fruit forward qualities to start showing cassis, wild berries, and dark cherry that tapers mid palate but is reinforced by notes of white pepper, spice, cumin, with warming, neat, and balanced tannins on the seemingly endless finish. A gorgeous …

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Quick Pour: Cline Cellars Cashmere Red Blend 2012

Producer: Cline Cellars Region: Sonoma Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $16.80 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah (14% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Very aromatic and seductive with cherry, raspberry, and undertones of spice and oak whisking your senses away. The palate is balanced with juicy intensity bearing a soft, round structure ensconced with ripe pie cherry and plum that is wrapped in a veil of milk chocolate finishing smooth and elegant. Producer: Cline Cellars Region: Sonoma Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $16.80 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah (14% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Very aromatic and seductive with cherry, raspberry, and undertones of spice and oak whisking your senses away. The palate is balanced with juicy intensity bearing a soft, round structure ensconced with ripe pie cherry and plum that is wrapped in a veil of milk chocolate finishing smooth …

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Quick Pour: Justin Vineyards & Winery Syrah 2008

Producer: Justin Vineyards & Winery Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, USA Price: $23.99 Vintage: 2008 Varietals: Syrah Virginia Pour House Notes:  Plum and blueberry pie wrapped in creamy vanilla aromas lead to a spice driven racy palate that zings up front while dark fruit rolls smoothly on the soft and lengthy finish.      Producer: Justin Vineyards & Winery Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, USA Price: $23.99 Vintage: 2008 Varietals: Syrah Virginia Pour House Notes:  Plum and blueberry pie wrapped in creamy vanilla aromas lead to a spice driven racy palate that zings up front while dark fruit rolls smoothly on the soft and lengthy finish.      Quick Pour: Justin Vineyards & Winery Syrah 2008 Quick Pour: Justin Vineyards & Winery Syrah 2008 2014-02-18 Virginia Pour House Review Overview Total Points - 88 88 88 Virginia Pour House Rating User Rating: Be the first one !

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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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Quick Pour: Sunset Hills Winery Petit Verdot 2011

Producer: Sunset Hills Winery Region: Middleburg AVA, Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: N/A; Club Only Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 90% Petit Verdot. 10% Merlot Winemaker Notes: In many ways, Petit Verdot was a savior of the 2011 red harvest.  While the heavy rains of the season made it difficult for most reds to ripen as fully as we’d prefer, Petit Verdot, which is naturally quick to ripen very fully, made it through the rains with style.  Additionally, with its small, tough berries and heavy pigment, what was not used in this varietal blend became a very important blending piece for our other 2011 red wines.  The best Petit Verdot of the season, however, was saved for this blend.  We don’t always make a varietal Petit Verdot, but when the quality is high enough, and when the wine is interesting enough, we’re excited to bottle it.  The 2011 is no exception to the characteristics we’re coming …

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Quick Pour: Fabbioli Cellars Tre Sorelle 2011

Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petite Verdot Virginia Pour House Notes:  Blackberry and subtle notes of spring flowers mingle with light notes of spice that give way to bing cherry on the front of the palate until it collides with blackberry and currants mid palate. Zesty tannins beef up the firm backbone while peppery notes taper in on the back of the palate to finish zesty and bold.   Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petite Verdot Virginia Pour House Notes:  Blackberry and subtle notes of spring flowers mingle with light notes of spice that give way to bing cherry on the front of the palate until it collides with blackberry and currants mid palate. Zesty tannins beef up the firm backbone while peppery notes taper in on the back of the palate …

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