Posts Tagged With: red blends

Tuesday Quick Sip – 2007 Pikes Red Mullet

2007 Pikes Red Mullet

Wine Information –

Country: Australia

Region: Clare Valley

Grapes: Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvedre and Tempranillo

Price: $14

pikes-the-red-mullet-07My Tasting Notes –

Nose: raspberry, blueberry and hints of cocoa

Taste: raspberry, blackberry, red currant, plum and cherry

Mouthfeel: medium to full body, slightly spicy with great acid

Finish: long, with great structure

The Pikes Red Mullet is an interesting blend that is made to be an every day red wine suitable for a variety of foods. It is definitely that, and has an interesting contrast on the nose and palate of red and dark fruit notes. The kicker is definitely the acidity, great amounts of it that give this fruit driven wine some excellent structure.


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Friday Value Wine with the Ten Mile – Broken Road Red

If you looking for a good red blend under $15 that delivers, look no further than the 2006 Ten Mile – “The Broken Road” ($12.50). My go to wine in this category used to be the Hey Mambo Red, but after tasting the Ten Mile, I think the title has switched hands. Honestly a fun wine with lots of dark brambly fruit and cocoa notes but displays a serious side with flavors of black tea and hints of suede.

Wine Info –

Harvest Dates: October 4th – 22nd, 2006

Blend: 46% Petite Sirah, 44% Zinfandel, 7% Barbera, 3% Carignane

Grapes: Average Brix: 27.1

Fermentation: Stainless Steel Tanks

Aging: 20% new & 80% older French & American Oak

Time in Barrel: 14 months

Alcohol%: 14.1%

rightside_tenmileMy Tasting Notes –

Nose: black currant, blackberry, coffee, suede

Taste: black tea, black currant, cassis, cocoa powder

Mouthfeel: full body with dusty tannins

Finish: medium body with good fleshy fruit flavors and the tannins smooth out nicely to a velvety texture

Fun enough to drink on its own, but definitely a great pizza or barbecue wine. Check it out, its a great value red that packs a punch.


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An $11 wine that knocked my socks off!

In these tough economic times everyone is looking for more value for their dollar and wine is no exception. There are a TON of wines out there under $10 and many of them are quite good, I am actually working on an article for a local newspaper on 5 good wines under $10. But finding a GREAT wine in the $10 range is harder but definitely attainable, enter the 2005 Santa Martina Toscana Rosso. At $11.50 (less on the internet) this IGT certified blend of 40% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 20% Syrah gives you plenty of bang for your buck. Unfortunately I can’t find any web presence for the wine other than retail so I don’t have any more detail on the wine.

2005santamartinaMy Tasting Notes –

Nose – barnyard, earth, raspberry, cedar

Taste – “barny”, dusty, red currant

Mouthfeel – medium body, ripe acidity and full leathery tannins

Finish – long with red fruit flavors

We had this with tofu parmesan topped with a light tomato sauce and a side of sauteed asparagus. It paired very well, with the acidity in the wine really complimenting the acidity in the tomato sauce. Although the tannins were good and leathery they weren’t overpowering and the combination of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses helped to smooth them out. I had heard good things about this wine but I didn’t expect it to have so many layers of red fruit and good funky earthiness and a complex mouthfeel, I was very impressed. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Chianti or Super Tuscans check this out, it seems to have a good distribution so you shouldn’t have trouble finding it.

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