18% Petit Verdot
9% Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is bursting with aromas of ripe blackberries, roasted hazelnuts, and caramel. With intense concentration bolstered by Petit Verdot, this full-bodied wine has a creamy mouthfeel with ripe tannins and integrated acidity. The lingering finish boasts notes of toasted coconut, violet, and black cherry.
Beringer Bros. Red Blend is picked at the peak of flavor development from top sites across California and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. 20% of the wine is aged for 60 days in second-pass charred American Oak barriques which previously held Bourbon.
Beringer is well-known for good wine. This is no exception. This blend is a great value. Smooth, seemingly low in alcohol (until you stand up), no bite on the tongue, great nose, you'll figure out the rest.
We've tried other bourbon barreled wines from several producers, namely the famous bourbon barrel Shiraz blend from our friend Chris Ringland's R Wines -- Southern Belle, a Zinfandel from six producers called Big Six, and a chewy blend of all sorts of varietals from Cooper & Thief. We recommend you put all of these in your wine basket and try them side-by-side. Wouldn't that make for a fun evening? Don't forget to use a Coravin, so you don't waste that great wine!
Picking decisions were made with ripe flavor in mind. Maritime influences in the evening tempered the afternoon’s warm sun, allowing for a long hang time and resulting in fully developed and concentrated flavors. Fermentation took place entirely in stainless steel tanks with minimal intervention, and lees stirring created a velvety mouthfeel. All of the wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation and was aged on French oak for further depth and roundness.
Smooth, opulent layers of pineapple and lemon peel are heightened by sweet smells of honey, almonds, baking spices, and subtle custard notes. The full flavors are highlighted by succulent acidity and a clean, mineral-driven finish.
Average Price: $14.99
Jeff Runquist 1448
This is yet another dark and chewy for you to enjoy with grilled rib-eye cap, roasted potatoes, and field greens with white balsamic vinaigrette.
1448 is the altitude of Jeff Runquist's small family winery in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The success and popularity of the ‘1448’ has created a demand for this wine that has outgrown Jeff's ability to produce it solely from the surpluses of his varietal wine program.
Beginning with the 2011 vintage and continuing with the 2014, Jeff selected a number of some of his favorite vineyards to deliver fruit with an eye to making the 1448.
Best Price: $14.99