Wines of the Weeek: Ripe Red Blends

Red blends are growing ever more popular, particularly the one which express a lovely ripe, lush character. Thus, for those who crave these fruit-forward wines, here are three that our tasting panel thinks will please your wallet and palate. Cheers!

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Z. Alexander Brown 2015 "Uncaged" Red Blend
Winery: Z. Alexander Brown
Grape(s): Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet

Region: North Coast, Ca
Year: 2015

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a

Blackberries and cherries combine with expressions of chocolate and spice on the nose. The palate is chalk full of boysenberry, cherry, and plum flavors that bring in allusions of dark chocolate, clove, and pepper. Lush, yet fairly layered, it's a well made blend for the price.
Rating: 90

7 Moons 2015 Red Blend
Winery: 7 Moons

Grape(s): Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, & Grenache


Year: 2015

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a
Price: 10-15

A luscious nose, packed with dark fruit and some hints of chocolate and sweet spice greets the senses. Black cherries, plums, and blueberries come forth on the palate, backed up by chocolate, vanilla, and clove. Very ripe, smooth, and fruity, it's easy to keep on sipping.
Rating: 90

Robert Mondavi 2015 Heritage Red Blend
Winery: Robert Mondavi

Grape(s): Syrah and Merlot, with a touch of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah

Region: California


Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a
Price: 5-10

Lush strawberries, raspberries, and cherries come together with elements of chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Smooth and ripe on the palate, red berries are framed by vanilla notes. This is a light, fruit-driven blend that flirts with sweetness, but if that's a style you like, this is an excellent buy.
Rating: 89

By Jason Barlow

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*Wines rated with a "+" need a bit more time to reach peak quality
but will do so over the coming years


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