Vintage local wine writing pulled
from the Local Winos cellar

Category: "Red wine"

Tierra Encantada Vineyards Cabernet Franc (NV)

“Cabernet Franc, fine French black grape variety, much blended with and overshadowed by the more widely planted Cabernet Sauvignon,” as stated in The Oxford Companion to Wine, edited by Jancis Robinson.

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Milagro Vineyards & Winery 2007 Zinfandel

Wilbur, a pot-bellied pig attired in a tuxedo and wearing a monocle, adorns the label of Milagro’s 2007 Zinfandel. And while one may find the label a bit amusing, the wine is definitely serious.

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Rio Grande Vineyards & Winery 2007 Zinfandel

Gordon Steels’ Zinfandel from the Mesilla Valley AVA in southern New Mexico is not shy. With the label carrying the vintage date of 2007, I confess I had a bit of curiosity as to what this wine, with its three year bottle age, would offer.

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Wines of the San Juan Blanco Rojo (NV)

In the Four Corners area, you can hike through rugged canyons, fish the waters of the San Juan River and taste some decent wine. Yup, Wines of the San Juan is located in the northwest corner of the state, just an hour or so from Four Corners. And its Blanco Rojo red blend is worth tipping back.

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La Chiripada Winery Rio Embudo Red Reserve 2009

Good wine begins in the vineyard with good grapes. The next step calls for the winemaker’s art.

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DH Lescombes 2007 Mourvèdre Limited Release

Indigenous to Spain but better known as a Rhône varietal, Mourvèdre isn’t, on its own, necessarily accessible to wine novices. Though the heavy oaking with which Americans have become familiar contributes an easy-to-like toastiness, the red grape can be gamey, earthy and/or herbaceous.

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Casa Rondeña 2006 Meritage

Meritage — a portmanteau of “merit” and “heritage” — is essentially an American marketing term for Bordeaux-style blends. Most associated with California labels, it may be used by any winery outside of France, and is generally reserved for a production contains a mixture of the celebrated winemaking region’s traditional noble varietals, white or red. At present, Casa Rondeña’s John Calvin offers two such reds.

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