Seven Exceptional Wines to Try in 2013


Ever wondered what other wines other than regular are worth trying? We have analyzed a few wines and found some interesting ones that are worth trying. I have listed a few below with some facts worth knowing.

Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages – 2008

The 2008 vintage of Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages is a 78% Cabernet Sauvignon mixture from Sonoma County, California; in addition to Cabernet Sauvignon the 2008 vintage features a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.  This wine is full of richness and texture with flavors that explode upon tasting.  The unique blend of flavors includes licorice, savory herbaceous tones, blackberry jam, graphite and tar which form a polished feeling on the palate.

Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend – 2009

This 2009 vintage of Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend has a Merlot base and comes from the Columbia Valley in Washington State.  The grapes in the 2009 vintage are 80% Merlot blended with Syrah, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine is nearly black in color and has notes of blackberry, black currant, boysenberry, oak, and a mild mineral flavor which leaves a smooth mouth feel.

Chateau Lagrange Clinet – 2009

The 2009 vintage of Chateau Lagrange Clinet is a lush, full-bodied blend from the Bordeaux region of France.  This wine has a mix of 60% Merlot along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes.  This vintage has a deep, dark red color and hits on notes of blackberry, black cherry, and black currant with a toasted oak and licorice finish.  The 2009 blend leaves a lush and creamy feel on the palate and ends on a sweet note.

Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon – 2010

The 2010 Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex blend which hails from the Columbian Valley in Washington State.  While this vintage is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon it also includes a blend of Syrah and Merlot with touches of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Grenache.  This Cabernet leaves the mouth full of silky tannins from its dark fruit and vanilla taste; it is also quite versatile when it comes to food pairings due to its smooth and supple flavor.

Columbia Crest H3 Les Cheveaux  – 2010

This 2010 vintage of Columbia Crest H3 Les Cheveaux yields from the Horse Heaven Hills Region of Washington State.  There is a blend of 80% Merlot grapes with added Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  The 2010 is nearly black in color and leaves a balanced, fruity, and juicy flavor on the tongue with earthy undertones.  There are hints of blueberry, anise, black currant, dark chocolate and mild oak with a bit of black pepper on the finish.

Cune Rioja – 2009

The 2009 Cune Rioja comes from the Rioja region of Northcentral Spain.  This wine is 80% Tempranillo grapes which are native to Northern Spain blended with Mazuelo and Garnacha Tinta.  The 2009 vintage is garnet red in color with purple tones.  On the palate there are fun, vibrant tastes of red berries with a roasted oak finish.  This wine has a light body and holds up well against spicy foods.

Alamos Malbec – 2011

The 2011 vintage of Alamos Malbec is a product of Mendoza, Argentina and is comprised 100% of Malbec grapes.  The color of this vintage is a deep purple which comes from the use of black raspberry and currants which are evident on the palate, along with peppery spices and leathery tones.  The 2011 Alamos Malbec has a soft and lush mouth feel that finishes on a sweet note.

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