Reds from Napa and Sonoma

By jasonm1 on July 10, 2007

Avila Cote d’avila 2004
-grenache, syrah, mourvedre
-Santa Barbara county

Lake Breeze Longhorne Creek 2001
-60% shiraz, 40% cabernet sauvignon
Nose: inky
Palette: acidic, dates, cinnamon, syrup, heavy, lots of sediment sludge, too acidic

Rosemount Estate Mountain Blue 2001
-Mudgee, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

-60% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Nose: earthy, woody, pepper
Taste: metallic
12 out of 17 would buy again
Notes: “it’s like an Australian lover”

Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Generation Red
-proprietary blend, 43% merlot, 5% syrah
-Santa Barbara County

Nose: alcohol
Taste: short finish, acid

Rabid Red 2004
-18% syrah, 35% cabernet sauvignon, 28% petite sirah, 17% tempranillo, 17% Grenache, 1% zinfandel
Nose: spice, fruit, pepper
Notes: nice nose, nice finish

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