A red Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (25%) and Syrah (5%).
The Finis Terrae blend is aged for 14 months in French oak and bottled unfiltered. Dark red in color, with a good amount of dark berry fruit with hints of pepper and spice. Medium-body red blend with fairly heavy tannins, but finishes smoothly. The wine received 90 points from The Wine Advocate.
Vinted & bottled by Vina Cousino Macul S.A., Maipo Valley, Chile.
U.S. Importer: Winebow Inc., NY, NY.
This red blend from Columbia River Valley in Washington state is labeled “Hot to Trot” and consists of the following grape varieties: Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, some Grenache and other varieties (according to the winemaker).
14 Hands red blend has a dark plum color and a nice aroma of ripe berry fruit. The taste is velvety smooth with luscious dark berry flavors with hints of cloves and medium tannins, which makes this a perfect all-around wine. For $12 -$13, this is a great value wine.
The name of the winery relates to the small horses that once roamed the Columbia River Valley. These horses measured a mere “14 Hands” tall. Wines can be ordered directly from the winery online.
Produced and bottled by 14 Hands Winery, Paterson WA.
Artesa Elements 2009 wine is labeled as a ‘red (table) wine’ and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (44%), Tempranillo (22%), Merlot (16%), Cabernet Franc (11%), Petit Verdot (3%), Malbec (3%) and 1% Gracian. The grapes are sourced from 12 vineyards located along the hillside of Alexander Valley (Sonoma County).
That is a lot of different grapes, but the end result is a very nice red blend with intense flavors of blackberry and plum with hints of nutmeg and vanilla. The wine has good acidity and medium tannins, resulting in a smooth, lively finish. The wine is aged for 18 months in French Oak before bottling.
Produced and bottled by Artesa Winery, Napa, CA.