Red wines across California and Europe

Noceto, Amador County,  Sangiovese 2008 The nose features fresh cherries and the sweet complexity of chery pie. In the mouth it is light-bodied and acidic with a little bit of grip.

Produced and bottled by Suzy and Jim Gullett 14.2% purchased for $13.69 at Bottle Barn Noceto

R (Jeff Runquist), Amador County, Barbera 2009 The oak is quite overt, as if freshly split out in the woods. In the mouth you’ll find some of Barbera’s tanginess swathed in a big blanket of oak.

Winemaker Jeff Runquist. Produced & Bottled in Ripon 14.7% purchased for $18.49 at Bottle Barn Runquist

Celler Mas Doix, Priorat, Salanques 2007 Unfortunately this wine is corked, hiding the jammy fruit that I usually associate with it.

The grapes behind this wine are sourced mostly from Garnacha and Carinena vines, 70 – 90 years old, with a bit of Merlot and Cabernet that was newly planted.

The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Estate bottled in Poboleda 14.5% purchased for $22.99 at Bottle Barn

Celler Mas Doix

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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