Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2013
What’s better than a nice 2013 Proprietary Red Blend from Alpha Omega, prosciutto, Manchego cheese, and Spanish Marcona almonds! We also had some Sicily’s Castelvetrano olives but Jim ate all of them so we had none for the picture – Thanks Jim!
We decanted the AO blend for about one and half hours and the results were amazing! The aromas were intense with dark cherries, black currants with a hint of chocolate. The best was the mouthfeel that this wine gives you when you let the wine sit for a few seconds, then slowly let it flow over your palate. The dark berries explode and the finish — the best I’ve had since I last tasted a Caymus, that good!
This wine is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, aged for 22 months in 70% new French oak and 30% 1 year old French oak. It comes from Beckstoffer To Kalon, Beckstoffer, Missouri Hopper, Beckstoffer Las Piedras, Sacrashe, Sunshine Valley, Stagecoach, Newton and Lyons vineyards. We are talking about some of the blue chip vineyards in Napa Valley! WOW!
I give this wine 4 glasses!
My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds.
Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's.
Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine!
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