H3 Horse Heaven Hills Les Chevaux Red Blend 2011

The H3 Red Blend from Columbia Crest Winery can be categorized as a value wine that delivers a lot for the price. The winery is located along the Columbia River in eastern Washington State. This dark ruby blend is comprised of Syrah and Merlot. The nose starts with blueberry jam followed by a layer ofContinue reading “H3 Horse Heaven Hills Les Chevaux Red Blend 2011”

Bogle Essential Red

In keeping with drinking on a budget, we tend to save our better, and usually pricier wines, for the weekends. Our weekday wines are of the “best bang for the buck” value variety. Bogle Essential Red is the newcomer to our weekday wine collection. This red blend is comprised of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah. TheContinue reading “Bogle Essential Red”

Deadbolt 2012 Winemaker’s Blend

Deadbolt is a big, bold California blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Syrah. The pour is deep purple in the glass. The nose is powerfully fruity and jammy. On the palate, black cherries, plums, and currants mingle. The Merlot offers a wisp of earthiness and the Zinfandel, a pinch of spice. TheContinue reading “Deadbolt 2012 Winemaker’s Blend”

Buena Vista Legendary Badge 2012

Some very stormy weather prevented us from enjoying a summer wine on the deck so we decided to crack open Legendary Badge from Buena Vista Winery. The Buena Vista Winery was established in Sonoma County in 1857 by one of California’s first elected sheriffs. The website describes the colorful life of the founder and howContinue reading “Buena Vista Legendary Badge 2012”

Thorny Rose Red Blend 2011

Thorny Rose from Columbia Valley, Washington has a funky, youthful label and a screw cap. I get a little put off by screw caps, especially in restaurants that mark up as much as 300-400% on wines. But I’ll try to be open-minded and give it a chance. Thorny Rose is a Bordeaux style red blendContinue reading “Thorny Rose Red Blend 2011”

Cryptic Red Wine 2011

With wine and desire anything is possible, says the mirror writing on the Cryptic Red Wine label. Like a little kid, I’m excited to look at the bottle in the mirror. I hope I’m as impressed with the wine as I am with the packaging. Cryptic is the latest brand (2012) from Purple Wine CompanyContinue reading “Cryptic Red Wine 2011”

Coppola Black Label Claret

Coppola Claret is one of those everyday wines that is easy to find and attractively priced at about $15. We drink it often by default, when we aren’t in the mood for experimenting. It feels comfortable like sweatpants and slippers on a cold, wintry night. The wine is a Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,Continue reading “Coppola Black Label Claret”