California Reds for the Chilly Texas Winter –
Ballard Lane Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – 12.57 – The warm days and cool nights in the Paso Robles region of California are perfect for growing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This wine has cassis, black cherry, chocolate, and smoky oak aromas, good structure, firm tannins, and a lingering finish. The grapes were night harvested and cold soaked for several days to enhance color extraction, then fermented for 7 days. The wine was then aged on French and American Oak for 9 months.
Art + Farm Wine – Girls in the Vineyard Cabernet 2011 – 19.57 – The sustainably farmed Beckstoffer Family Amber Knolls Vineyard is where the girls call home. They look like a lovely rich and elegant garnet. And the smell is a blend of cassis, currant and the deepest darkest cherry. Palate – Cassis and bramble fruit with a hint of Mother Earth and sufficient cocoa to make it interesting. East End Wines Top 200, #30!
Jeff Runquist 1448 2012 – 15.97 – “The ‘1448’ has deep thick color and one would expect form a wine that is predominately Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. The aromas feature smoky currants and concentrated black fruits. Mocha, caramel, and milk chocolate provide a sweet inviting bouquet. The flavors are big, rich and creamy. Dense ripe black fruits flow across a deeply toasted oak background. The time in small barrels contributes to the rich body and luscious mouth-feel. As with all the Jeff Runquist Wines the tannins are mature and well integrated leading to a smooth lingering finish.” Reviewed by: Producer
SmashBerry Red 2012 – Central Coast – 11.57 – This easy drinking California red table wine is mostly Merlot with some Cabernet and Petite Sirah. It has aromas of red cherries, red berries and coffee that fill the nose. On the palate, it is fruit forward with lots of Bing cherry, blackberry, and blueberry jam flavors with hints of sarsaparilla and coffee with very soft tannins and a nice finish. Merlot (40), Cabernet Sauvignon (30), Petite Sirah (30) East End Wines Top 200, #192.
We know it does not actually get cold. It is however, probably as cold as it will get. Drink red