Michael David “Seven Deadly Zins” Zinfandel
A rich and velvety texture is the hallmark of this 100% Zinfandel. Baked black cherry, raspberry jam, and black fig flavors carry along a hint of clove spice and pepper that is characteristic of Zinfandel. This is a go-to pairing for any kind of barbeque, especially smoked ribs or brisket, or pork-stuffed tamales! – 90 pts. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Force of Nature Red Blend
Paso Robles is one of California’s most exciting wine regions and it’s easy to see why in this robust red blend. Deep, dark color hints at the dark fruit flavors of blackberry, black currant, black cherry, cinnamon, and gingerbread spices that dance across the palate. The blend is composed of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Sirah, yielding a wine with lots of flavor and body, but really ripe tannins that some across very smooth and balanced. Match this blend with grilled pork loin, beef kebabs, or a bowl of chili. (The label also makes for an excellent Halloween party take-along!)
“All About Reds” Red Blend
This Zinfandel-based blend brings bright fruit flavors to the table with just a touch of smokiness and spice. There’s enough acidity in the form of Bing cherry, dried cranberry, and raspberry flavors to keep the palate lively and fresh. This wine makes a good pairing with Cornish game hen stuffed with cranberry-studded wild rice pilaf, Chinese 5-spice roasted chicken, or pork chops with rosemary. – 89 pts. “Best Buy” Wine Enthusiast
Viña Estampa Malbec-Petite Sirah
Chile is known for their solid and hearty red wines, exemplified in this Malbec and Petite Sirah blend. The two varieties are well-suited for each other, featuring dark and robust fruit flavors with a strong tannic backbone. A nice red like this calls for Sunday night pot roast, a simply-seasoned steak off of the grill, or grilled lamb chops.
Steele Scarlet Red
Jed Steele has been making exceptional wines in Lake and Mendocino counties since 1991, but got his start in the wine business at such lauded wineries as Stony Hill, Edmeades, and Kendall-Jackson. Cabernet Franc forms the basis for this blend, with Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and a handful of other varieties. This easy-drinking red blend displays flavors of bright cherry, brambly raspberry, and just a hint of mocha and dark chocolate on the finish. This is a great wine for a cheese plate, but also pairs well with pizza and red sauced pasta dishes.
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with little dashes of Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, this Washington Bordeaux-style blend over-delivers for the price. Wild strawberry, tart cherry, and red plum flavors mingle with peppery spice and dried herb notes in the background. This makes a great companion for burgers, shepherd’s pie, or sausage-stuffed bell peppers.