Battle of the Reds

Posted by The Wine Whore |

The contenders have been chosen...

I need your help deciding which bottles to taste and review!

This week's poll is a battle of the reds. Included in the rumble are some great examples of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and even an erotic blend with a name especially amicable to the Wine Whore.

Check out the short reviews of these wines below, and then choose the one you want me to drink next by voting in the poll located at the top of this page. The winning wine will be announced, tasted and featured in a review.

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Be sure to follow me on twitter or facebook Wednesday night @ 6:30m pm ET for my tweets as I open and taste the wine that you have picked. This is your chance to ask me questions or just get a sneak peak at my review. The more the merrier, so tell all of your wine loving friends to stop by, vote, and join the party next week. In the meantime, prepare yourself for the fun by checking out the previous winners.


And the contenders are...

1) Thumbprint Cellars Dry Creek Valley three some 2006

"This sensual wine blends three bold varietals. Cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot seduce each other in an orgy of aromas and flavors. Light some candles, turn on some blues and taste as these three entangle themselves with layers of dark fruit, exotic spice and silky textures. Ripe blackberry, bold nutmeg, toasty oak, and dripping ripe blueberries dipped in dark chocolate evoke playful passion. Flirty with fun foods, bouncy with bold sauces and desirable with desserts. Bottled unfiltered, unfined and unrated." -Thumbprint Cellars

2) Veramonte Reserva Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2007

"Veramonte first planted Pinot Noir at the winery in the late 1990s convinced that it had the potential to be a great region for Pinot. Over nearly 10 years, they have experimented in the winery and vineyards using viticulture and winemaking techniques learned from the best Pinot Noir producing regions and winemakers in the world." -Veramonte

3) Raymond Burr Sonoma California Cabernet Franc 2006

"Toasty, chocolate flavors on the nose. Spicy, dusty, blackberry flavors in the mouth. Medium tannins on the pallet with a long finish." Phyllis Zouzounis, wine maker. Only 248 cases were produced. Released March 2009
Gold Medal- Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, 2009
Gold, Sweeps- San Diego Wine Competition, 2009
Gold, Best of Class-Pacific Rim Wine Competition, 2009
Gold Medal-West Coast Wine Competition, 2009" -Raymond Burr

4) Puccioni Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel 2006

"The grapes for this wine were sourced from 100-year-old vines at the Puccioni Ranch that were planted by our great-grandfather, and 50-year-old vines planted and farmed by our cousins (not sure if they will admit it?) at the Buchignani Vineyard on Dry Creek Road. The wine has lovely aromas of ripe blackberries with hints of violet and cedar, and dark cherry/chocolate flavors balanced with that characteristic Puccioni spice in the finish. This wine is ready to be enjoyed today, but can be aged for a few years too." -Puccioni

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Anonymous said...

Have the zin! Zins are all about "Let's have some fun, this beat is sick/I wanna take a ride on your disco stick"

This wine is nice - silky tannins, some blackberry jam but not overcooked. Pepper, spice, a little woody, maybe cedar - wood is good.

I know that sounds totally gay, but nothing wrong with that.

Arthur said...

ha ha... big fruit up front, big spice and wood on the back end... nothing wrong with that. I loves me Puccioni Zins... am cellaring the 2005 and 2006, and enjoying the 2004. The rare and precious 2003s I ain't sharin' wit NOBODY... maybe at my wake...

The Wine Geek said...

I was torn between the Zin and the Pinot. I chose the Pinot because Chile is gonna break out with this varietal soon.

Anonymous said...

If you're looking for fun, have a three some - the wine that is. This is thumbprint's flagship blend and does not disappoint. Amazing Dry Creek fruit integrates with spicy tannins. I'll have another!

Rene said...

Puccioni is fabulous wine. Drink it regularly. It is good for the soul.

Anonymous said...

Best Zin I've ever tasted

John said...

A bunch of friends of mine taste a few zins which included:
04 Outpost
04 A Rafanelli
05 Radio-Coteau
06 Seghesio
My fav was the A Rafanelli. Yum Yum

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