Category: Bordeaux Blends

Dancing with the (All-) Stars Week 10, Part 1: 2009 Cru Monplaisir, Bordeaux, France

  Well, here we are—the finals! Aside from Gilles’ absence, which is still ludicrous, the best dancers made it to the final—a testament to the fans that, overall, vote based on the quality of the dancing. Sure, we had to endure a few more weeks of Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley than we should have, but in the end, the… Read more →

Linden to the Second Power Equals Twice the Enjoyment

In looking through my backlog of tasting notes, I realized I had two Clarets from Linden Vineyards in the pipeline.  The Rib and I love Linden wines and while Jim Law’s Clarets (which are Bordeaux-style red blends) represent Linden’s more pedestrian or entry-level offerings, these two bottles lived up to the label’s reputation.  Here are my impressions of consecutive vintages:… Read more →

I’m Not Gonna Stop Drinking “Meritage” Just ‘Cuz You Say “Meri-tahj…”

2007 Lyeth Meritage Reserve, Sonoma County, CA The Lyeth is a Bordeaux-style (“Meritage,” rhymes with “heritage”) blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. On the nose, I got raisin, a little cranberry, and some spicy notes (mostly licorice).  There was a bit of stemminess (early on) in there, too. On the palate, the Lyeth brought the raisin… Read more →

2006 Worthy Sophia’s Cuvée, Napa Valley, California

The Worthy Sophia’s Cuvée is a Bordeaux-style blend from Napa Valley.  Worthy is a nice “second label” wine from renowned producer Axios. I decanted this one for 2 hours.  The small taste I had when pouring this wine into the decanter was a bit harsh.  After decanting, the nose showed some dark fruit (black cherry) and big oak.  Some strawberry… Read more →

2006 Ferrari-Carano Trésor Reserve, Sonoma County, California

I decided to up the game with today’s wine and decanted the Ferrari-Carano Trésor for about an hour and a half before the rib got home from work.  The Trésor is a Bordeaux-style blend (79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc) from Sonoma County, CA. The first thing I noticed on the nose was… Read more →