Orin Swift Red Blend

This Orin Swift wine is called 75,864 Miles Red.  Now you’re wondering why 75,864 miles, it’s the culmination of miles travel.  From vineyards to vineyards, to different regions of California to pick the grapes and make the wines!  Orin Swift Red is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Zinfandel grapes from the California.  The wine is dark purple in color with aromas of big black fruits with juicy forward that rolls nicely over the palate with a very nice finish.  This is a very nice drinking Napa Valley $40 dollar wine! You can pick this up in Costco. I give this 3 glasses.  

 

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Italics Winegrowers in Coombsville

 

Italics Winegrowers is located off the beaten path but not unknown! We enjoyed a tour of the estate and their 16,000 square feet wine cave built into the hillside. The ambience of the tasting room with neon lights is like WOW! What a very nice touch! What’s so unique about this property is it’s weather. The winds blow off San Pablo Bay bringing morning fog to keep it cool during the day and cool air at night.

The winery has 70+ acres with nearly 40 acres planted that has a longer growing season than that of Calistoga starting weeks before and lasting weeks past into November. The wines they produce are exceptional: the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Proprietary Red, Atlas Peak Chardonnay, Estate Petit Verdot, Oak Knoll Voignier and 16 Appellations. 16 Appellations wine is a marriage of all 16 appellations that are aged separately and then blended. Sooo good we had to take a bottle of this home.

Italics is a must visit winery (appointments only). You will be amazed by the property and enjoy some awesome wines from this Coombsville winery! Special Thanks to Italics Winegrowers for hosting MyRedWineGuys!

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Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

From Saint Michelle Wine Estates and Columbia Crest comes a new brand, Intrinsic and new experiment to making red wine. Juan Muñoz Oca, head wine maker at Columbia Crest and the wine making team decided instead of removing the skins after 7 to 10 days, how would the wine taste if we left the skin together with the juice for 9 months? This gives birth to a new way of making wine! The 2017 Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon was sent as a #sample for us to try. We love trying new wines out of Washington State and this is definitely a new wine. First produced in 2014 and it really seems like they have perfected the process.

At first it really didn’t open up after 2 hours, but at 3 hours, it was ready. The wine has an inky black color with aromas of dark cherries, fruity but not too fruity. The taste was of soft raspberries with a hint of caramel and the tannins were soft for such a young wine. The finish reminded me of a Zinfandel with hints of spice. This is a wine that won’t break the bank, runs about $22 a bottle.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Hill 2014

Traveling Tuesday brings us back to Napa Valley for a visit we made to Rutherford Hill Winery and brought home a 2014 Limited Release Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. We opened this baby up, let it decant for 2 hours and boy was it ready! Aromas of black cherries and blackberries with hints of coffee bean and vanilla that correlates into a black fruity juice forward that floats like velvet over the palate. The tannins and acidity are perfectly balanced given to a nice long finish with that Rutherford dust flavor.
This wine went perfectly with the ribeye steaks (sorry no picture, it was half way gone when I thought about the pic). It tasted just like the sample that Jimmy,our wine ambassador, gave us at Rutherford Hill! I don’t know how many times I’ve loved a wine in the tasting room and once I open it at home, it didn’t taste the same.

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San Antonio Winery

Have you visited San Antonio Winery, the oldest winery in Los Angeles? Founded in 1917, this is the most awarded winery in California.  Richard remembers going there with his parents in the 60s, a five hour round trip drive, just to pick up a case of jug wine (San Antonio Burgundy).  Today, the  Winery has expanded to twenty brands with vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey, and Napa Valley as well as their Stella Rosa label (celebrating 15 years) which is made and bottled in Italy.

 

Our visit began with a welcome sampling of the Stella Rosa Orange Moscato a 92 point wine (above). Dominic (below), our wine ambassador, started us off with a glass of Stella Rosa Prosecco, then moved us right along to the Windstream Pinot Noir, Opaque Zinfandel, San Simeon Petite Sirah, Opaque Malbec, San Simeon Cabernet, and Stormwatch a Bordeaux blend. (Wine reviews to follow.) Many thanks to Dominic for hosting MyRedWineGuys for a really awesome wine tasting!

Dominic gave us a wonderful behind the scenes tour where we saw the huge original redwood vats that have been retired for the stainless steel tanks used for fermentation and the thousands of oak barrels that are aging the wine. The bottling line which processes over 700,000 cases a year was quiet this time of year but impressive none-the-less.  Private rooms for banquets and meetings are also available.

We concluded our visit with dinner and live music at the Maddalena restaurant located in the winery. They offer a great variety of dishes including pasta, lamb chops, and a seared ahi tuna salad.  We had a beautiful 2012 Opaque Petite Syrah which was wonderful.

        

On the way out,  don’t forget to browse through the extensive gift shop.  We had so much fun shopping and browsing the wonderful gourmet foods, desserts, and wine accessories.  This historic popular winery should be added to your must visit list when you are in Los Angeles.

 

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Calla Lily Ultimate Red Pinot Noir 2014

We tasted one of the better Pinot Noirs this summer in Napa Valley while visiting Calla Lily Estate in Pope Valley.  Now you are probably thinking that Pope Valley is known for their Cabernets, you’re right.  This 2014 Calla Lily Ultimate Red Pinot Noir comes from Carneros AVA, aged for 10 months in French oak.  Aromas red fruit (raspberries, cherries and strawberries) with a hint of vanilla and this red fruity aroma continues across the palate with a velvety texture.  The acidity was high which made you want more of the wine after each sip.  This wine can be enjoyed easily for the next 10 years.

We think winemakers Cary Gott and Kelly Deianni knocked it out of the park on this Pinot Noir!

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Boys of Summer 2019

What better way to welcome July than a night at Petco Park watching the San Diego Padres play the St Louis Cardinals! Checkout that sunset, don’t know which was more beautiful — the sunset shining on the downtown buildings or the green grass of the ballpark.  The @myredwineguys and wives enjoyed a wonderful night out to cheer on our boys of summer!  They also have an awesome wine shop inside the park to enjoy a nice wine.

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Bodegas Antidoto Ribera del Duero 2016

From Spain’s northern region of Castilla y León comes the Bodegas Antidoto Ribera del Duero 2016 Tempranillo. Wine making in this area goes back 2000 years! The wine comes from incredibly old vines which produce a lively, fresh and spicy red with balanced tannins and acidity. Matured in 100% new 600 liter oak barrels that is very noticeable with the oak overtones. This wine will only get better. You can find this wine at Birdrock Fine Wines.

Do you know what the locals of Ribera del Duero call the Tempranillo — Tinto Fino. The grape must survive scorching summers and frigid winters which gives low yields but concentrated fruit.

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URLO (Scream) Tuscan Red Blend 2013

So, what do you do when you have two hours to kill on the Island of Coronado? Go to happy hour at your favorite Italian restaurant Il Fornaio and drink wine and eat calamari of course. Which is what we did.

The wine was URLO (Scream), a 2013 red blend from Tuscany with some nice complexity. The color was ruby red with slight garnet on the edges. The aromas are dark cherry, vanilla with some light oak. This is a full-bodied wine with dark fruit characters on the palate tapered with vanilla and spice (that’s nice). The tannins are smooth and balanced well. The finish was medium and left you wanting more.

And as the picture shows: Cheers from San Diego!

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Clif Family Cold Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Have you ever visited a winery that is the by product of bicycling? How about one that is known for it’s food truck? We had so much fun visiting Clif Family Winery and tasting their awesome lineup of wines. You get great vibes just walking into the cycling themed tasting room which is more like a wine bar just off busy Highway 29 in St Helena.
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For us the star of the lineup was not only the food from the Bruschetteria Food Truck (to die for), but the 2013 Cold Springs Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a Howell Mountain vineyard that is well known for producing the grapes that go into great Cabernets. This is a vineyard to keep your eyes on.
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Hillary, our wine ambassador, led us through the different reds that Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford produce. Hillary advised us to have a Bruschetta from their well known Green Food Truck. Since my wife and I are big mushroom fans, we chose the “Funghi” bruschetta. It was so delicious, we had to stop by the next day for lunch!! Let me tell you, the Cold Springs Cab from Howell Mountain was the perfect pairing for @MyRedWineGuys!
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A bouquet of mountain fruits and black cherries with a hint of vanilla. The tannins were medium to high which gives one to think a few more years in the cellar and this wine will only get better. This Cabernet just flowed across the palate with a nice and long finish!
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Have you tried a Cliff Family wine?
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