Friday, November 30, 2012

MAKE IT A RED

Niner Wine Estates 2009 Merlot, $26
Every wine I’ve tried from Niner Wine Estates rocks, and this Merlot from Bootjack Ranch in Paso Robles is no exception. It’s deeper in color and flavor than most Merlots, which makes it a big win in my book. www.ninerwine.com
St. Francis Red Splash 2009 Red Wine, $12
This red doesn’t have quite as much personality as the top St. Francis wines, but it’s a really great red for the price. When I pulled the red plastic cork out of the bottle, I had my doubts, but it won me over. www.redsplashwine.com
Stoller 2009 Pinot Noir, $19
If you love funky Pinots, this one is well worth a try. Even though this is an Oregon-based winery, the grapes come from Dundee Hills in California and make for a notably bright mouthful of funky cherry spice. www.stollervineyards.com
Francis Ford Coppola Votra Sante 2009 Pinot Noir, $14
A bit lighter on the funk, but super fun, this Burgundian style Pinot is a great pick to serve with cheese, pork, or beef dishes. www.franciscoppolawinery.com
Saladini Pilastri 2009 Vigna Monteprandone; Rosso Piceno Superiore, $18
This deep, dark  Italian red is a classic. Like most Italian wines, it’s bright and acidic, but it has a touch more spice and fruit than most. It’s imported by Michelangelo Imports in New York.
Hob Nob 2011 Wicked Red, $10
This is a solid wine that’s perfect for family dinners and parties. It delivers bright currant-berry flavors and just a touch of oak. The wine comes from France and is bottled in New York. Facebook.com/hobnobwines

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