May 26, 2017

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Red Box

May 4*2*GO   –   Red


2014 Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California
The 2014 Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of red fruit, floral and earth. With a soft and silky texture, on the palate cherry, cranberry, and baking spice characteristics shine through with balance, acidity and a nice lingering finish. This medium bodied wine was aged for 15 months in small French oak barrels, which added a hint of toasty vanilla and spice complexity.

2015 Andeluna 1300 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
Moderate use of neutral French and American oak is employed to allow the fresh berry character of the Malbec grapes to come shining through.  Intense violet color with aromas of red fruits, flowers and subtle toasty nuances. Fresh, soft and balanced on the palate. Expressive of the area.

Critical Acclaim 2015 – James Suckling 90 Points
A red with dried dark berry, salt and terra-cotta. Full to medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish.

2013 Tellus Merlot, Umbria, Italy
Italian Merlot is often framed by two primary characteristics: dark fruit aromas (black fruits) and a savory, earthy complexity (herbal, truffle). Tellus Merlot exhibits a rich, plush mouthfeel from the long skin maceration of 18 days, with medium tannic structure enhanced by the use of Nevers barriques. Falesco Tellus Merlot, which is aged for six months in small French oak barrels, has a very deep color. The scents are wide, rich, soft and spicy and the aromas are, well balanced with an extremely long lingering finish.

Critical Acclaim 2013 – Wine Advocate 88 Points
The 2013 Merlot Tellus was initially closed during my tasting and opened slowly to reveal red fruit, spice and grilled herb. Fruit is sourced from different soil types and at different harvest times to allow for more variability in winemaking. The Merlot is smooth and silky on the finish.

Critical Acclaim 2013 – Wine Spectator 87 Points
Grippy tannins are layered with flavors of grilled herb, spice box, mineral and dried currant and strawberry fruit in this medium-bodied red. The tannins hold sway on the finish.

2015 M.A.N Cabernet Sauvignon, Coastal Region, South Africa
South African Cabernet’s typically have a lovely mix of New World fruitiness and Old World elegance. The Man Vintners ‘Ou Kalant’ (Old Rascal) Cabernet is made from dry-farmed, non-irrigated vineyards and hand harvested grapes. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. A rich and juicy red wine with red berry fruit, mint and spicy oak aromas. Classic Cabernet notes of cassis and red-currants come through on the smooth palate. A hint of vanilla oak shows up on the finish from barrel aging 25% of the blend for 10 months.