LOS AMIGOS RANCH ESTATE “THE TILLERMAN” RED BLEND;
Sonoma County Russian River Valley, this is a blend o Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Merlot. The nose displays aromas of ripe berry, black cherry, spice and pepper. the body has layers of rich lush flavors that are smooth and show a good viscosity on the palate. The has lingering flavors notes that are full-bodied and rich.
MARYHILL WINEMAKERS RED 2013
Grape varietals harvested in the Columbia Valley; the blend is aged for 11 months in tank with 40% of it aged in French oak. The blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. The nose has aromas of soft black fruits of blueberry, cherry and plum, the body is well-rounded with ample lush flavors and a backbone of fine acidity and tannin in the structure. Finish is flush with lush berry fruit flavors that linger on the palate. A good every day drinking table red, both food friendly and socially pleasing.
This a great social glass of red wine and you get to join France and the rest of the world in the celebration on the third Thursday of November! Enjoy more with your Thanksgiving feast as it is the perfect red wine for the occasion, smooth with well-round fruit flavors that will pair with everything on the table.
MARCHESI DEL SALENTO 2015 PRIMITIVO
“Cherry color, fruity aroma, young Primitivo, medium alcoholic and acid levels, wine with small complexity, medium ending and low tannin. Cherry, woody and strawberry tasting notes.”
Toppers note: Primitivo is known as the mother of Zinfandel and probably originated in Asia Minor countries, the Italian style is more robust with rustic earthy flavors that are perfect on the palate in the fall. Salut!
MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES Rioja ‘Reserva’ 2011
The 2011 Rioja ‘Reserva’ from Marqués de Cáceres is a gorgeous showing, which slowly unwinds to aromatics reminiscent of black tea, pencil shavings, mint and Asian spices. On the palate this possesses a wonderful structure and a dense mouthfeel with rich flavors of wet stone, wild blackberry cobbler, green olive and a lovely saline and mineral driven finish. While this is already offering plenty of appeal, allowing this beauty at least another year for the fruit to integrate will certainly be worth the wait.
Toppers notes: I agree with the writer that this red is well worth the wait, the nose has abundant berry notes with hints of spice, the body has consist flavors of dark berry fruit with a concentration of black raspberry and medium acidity coupled with a good structure of tannin. The finish is full-bodied and smooth this is a real treat!
Blond color with uniform medium haze. White foam and light lacing.
Low overall aroma built on malt in the form of corn chips, cereal, vanilla and honey; balanced with some flinty sulfitic, isoamyl acetate, and herbal grassy hop aroma.
Light initial sweetness followed by a subtle hop bitterness; neither overpower.
Effervescent, with a clean fast finish.