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Red Fruit Wine Reviews

These are my most recent Red Fruit reviews. I drank each of these Red Fruit wines and this is what I think about them. My opinions about each wine are my own.

Wine reviews by: Jessyca Frederick

Story of Soil Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir

2019 Story of Soil Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir

A complex, red-fruit forward, slightly smoky Pinot Noir that typifies the Sta. Rita Hills appellation and showcases winemaker Jessica Gasca’s love of letting the grapes shine.

Tasting notes: red fruit, smoky, smooth, cherry, cranberry

Ana Diogo-Draper Red

2020 Ana Diogo-Draper Red

Portugal is one of the world’s best wine values right now and food-friendly red wine styles like this one are contributing to its growing popularity.

Tasting notes: red fruit, spice, smooth tannin

F. Stephen Millier Legend Series Santa Barbara Pinot Noir

2021 F. Stephen Millier Legend Series Santa Barbara Pinot Noir

For $15.99 this Pinot Noir was an impressive doppelganger for Santa Barbara’s more premium product, but the complexity and depth was missing.

Tasting notes: red fruit, earthy

Pomares Duoro (Tinto)

2020 Pomares Duoro (Tinto)

This Duoro Tinto is smooth, with subtle fruit and spice. A bright and food-friendly wine that while enjoyable was not necessarily unique.

Tasting notes: smooth tannin, red fruit, spice, bright

Titus Andronicus

2020 Titus Andronicus

Great crowd-pleasing Bordeaux-style blend. Fruit-forward but balanced with smooth tannins, great acidity, and just a touch of vanilla from the oak.

Tasting notes: red fruit, vanilla, bright, smooth tannin

Brander Merlot, Los Olivos District

2018 Brander Merlot, Los Olivos District

I really enjoyed this Merlot which we paired with my spicy Turkey Chili. Flavors of dark red fruit, soft tannins, and a medium body made it quite enjoyable.

Tasting notes: red fruit, dark fruit, smooth tannin

Moric Blaufränkisch

2019 Moric Blaufränkisch

A medium-bodied red wine that tastes a bit like Pinot Noir had a love child with Mourvèdre (red fruit forward, especially black cherry, mixed with violets and a little spice), and it tends to be brighter than either of those imaginary progenitors.

Tasting notes: red fruit, bright, black cherry, violets, spice

Old Vines Field Blend

2018 Old Vines Field Blend

This red blend embodies all of the best qualities of its grapes — a bit of spice, a bit of oak, some red fruit, some black fruit, a touch of smokiness… without being a punch in the mouth.

Tasting notes: spice, oak, red fruit, black fruit, smoky

Bernardus Winery Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

2019 Bernardus Winery Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

A red-fruit forward Pinot Noir, well-balanced and bright but not overpowering acidity — all the things that make Pinot from Santa Lucia Highlands sought after.

Tasting notes: red fruit, bright

Swirl Petite Sirah

2018 Swirl Petite Sirah

People who like a sweeter red wine, like a jammy Syrah, would enjoy this bottle. The sweetness was balanced with strong tannins in this full-bodied red wine.

Tasting notes: jammy, slightly sweet, red fruit, bold tannins

Ralí

2019 Ralí

White pepper and raspberry are common flavors in Pinot Noir, but this one brought pomegranate to the glass, too.

Tasting notes: red fruit, raspberry

COHO Headwaters Napa Valley Red Wine

2017 COHO Headwaters Napa Valley Red Wine

Perfect medium-bodied, Bordeaux-style red wine to enjoy with any food not requiring a high-acid companion.

Tasting notes: red fruit, cherry, blackberry

Barden Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

2020 Barden Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

A beautifully-made Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills featuring organic fruit from top vineyards in the region: La Encantada, Sanford & Benedict, and Radian.

Tasting notes: red fruit, spice, earthy, mushroom, dried herbs

Notice: I hold no formal wine credentials. I am a wine geek who has consumed 1000+ of bottles from 100+ different wine clubs and 1000s more bottles that didn’t come from those wine clubs. I do not accept payment for wine reviews, and I do not accept payments to influence my opinions. I happily accept free wine (and I buy wine).

Why read my wine reviews: Wine taste is subjective. What I like may not be what you like. I try to leave room for you to form your own opinions, so I don’t provide a score or a rating. I do point out wines that are an incredible value or truly not worth the money. I note flaws, wines that don’t have typicity (because this matters if you are buying wine without having tasted it yourself), when wines are out of balance, and when wines lack appropriate body.

I don’t like wasting money (or anything for that matter). I’m careful about where I spend my money and my mindset as a reviewer is to be careful about where you spend yours. I don’t believe a high price tag equals quality and I know for sure there are wines of very good quality that are also a great value.

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