Cheap Wine – Red

(the cheap REDS we’re diggin’ on lately)

2009 Proprieta Sperino “Rosa del Rosa”

A last taste of summer… As the seasons change, and summer’s fleeting promise falls away in the rearview mirror, here is a chance to allow our gaze to linger a bit on Summer’s retreating form. It’s color evokes the soft, red glow of sunsets viewed from over the top of the grill. Light, soothing and…

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2009 Project Paso Red Wine Blend

The 2009 Project Paso Red Wine Blend is 37% Grenache, 16% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 11% Mourvedre, 9% Barbera, 8% Lagrein (a grape indigenous to Northern Italy that is related to Syrah and Pinot Noir), 3% Tempranillo and 2% Sangiovese, all sourced from vineyards in Paso Robles, California. The wine is aged in French and…

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2005 Abbaye de Saint-Ferme “Les Vignes du Soir”

A lovely representation of Right Bank Bordeaux by the glass. Essentially declassified St. Emilion grapes, we have a blend of Merlot (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). The resulting juice is light in body, elegant in style, and definitively old world in character.  At first look we have a delicate garnet hue with…

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2007 Yamhill Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir

2007 Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir is sourced from McMinnville and Willamette Valley AVA’s in Oregon. As the extraction factor in Pinot seems to reach ever higher peaks of density, I find myself wondering what on earth has happened to the glorious feminine side of this grape. The masculine style of this varietal is becoming rapidly…

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2009 Three Knights Los Carneros Pinot Noir

The 2009 Three Knights Los Carneros Pinot Noir is a Trader Joe’s exclusive ($8.99), produced by Bronco Wine Company, the makers of 2 Buck Chuck and many other Trader Joe’s labels.There is no actual Three Knights Winery and Bronco Wines makes their wines as inexpensively as possible, so they don’t spend money on information on…

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2009 Chateau Auguste Bordeaux Merlot

The 2009 Chateau Auguste Merlot is something of a rarity for Bordeaux Red wines, it is a 100% single varietal Merlot and most Bordeaux wines are blends. Chateau Auguste is located south of St.-Emilion (Right Bank), which is primarily a Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc growing area. The Chateau Auguste vineyards are certified organic…

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2010 Araucano Pinot Noir

The 2010 Araucano Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot sourced from several cool weather vineyards in the Curico, Maipo, Maule, but mainly from the Lolol growing regions in the Central Valley of Chile. The Pinot Noir vines in this area are relatively young, the average age of the vines is 7 years old (it takes 3…

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2008 Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Merlot

The 2008 Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Merlot is 78% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 1% Barbera sourced from several of their Estate vineyards in the Wahluke Slope sub-AVA in the Columbia Valley in Washington State. Milbrandt has 12 vineyards in the Columbia Valley and if you have had a wine produced in Columbia Valley…

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2008 Cline Sonoma County Syrah

The 2008 Cline Sonoma County Syrah is 100% Syrah sourced mainly from Cline’s family owned and sustainable farmed vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA along with grapes that are also sustainably farmed from 2 vineyards located on the Sonoma side of the Carneros AVA in Northern California. The Syrah is aged on French oak barrels…

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2010 90+ Cellars Shiraz Lot 37

90+ Cellars are Negociants with a twist, not only do they buy wine from various wineries and put their own label on the bottle, they only buy wine that has received, at some point, 90+ points from one of the leading Wine publications. The Lot 37 Shiraz is sourced from a winery (as a Negociant…

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2009 Wine Guerrilla Sonoma County Zinfandel

The 2009 Wine Guerrilla Zinfandel is 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petit Sirah sourced from vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley AVA’s of Sonoma County, California. The seems to be 2 bottlings of the Sonoma County Zinfandel, there is another bottle that also has Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan blended in, 1,100 cases…

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2010 Perrin Nature Cotes du Rhone

The 2010 Perrin Nature Cotes du Rhone is 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah sourced from a single certified (ECOCERT) organic vineyard located outside the village of Tulette near Domaine de Guarrigon in the Cotes du Rhone AOC of the Rhone Valley, France. A traditionally made wine that is aged in both stainless steel tanks and…

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Benefactor Cellars South Eastern Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

The Benefactor Cellars South Eastern Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is one of Trader Joe’s $4.99 special wines. All Trader Joe’s says about the making of this wine is that they were able to purchase several lots of finished Cabernet Sauvignon and they blended the various lots together. I don’t know if that means Cabernet from…

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2009 Trader Joe’s Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir

The 2009 Trader Joe’s Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir sells for $9.99, at least 85% of the grapes are grown in the Carneros AVA of California and the alcohol content is 13.9%, is about all I know for sure about this wine. This is a Trader Joe’s negociant wine, so who grew the grapes and who…

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2008 Alias California Merlot

The 2008 Alias California Merlot is 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Syrah sourced from multiple California wine AVA’s. Alias is a project put together by 8 unnamed winemakers (hence the Alias name) who are attempting to make “affordable luxury” wines. The website listed on the bottle is not operational, a…

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