Sidebar Cellars Russian River Valley Red Field Blend 2014

9.06 ratings on Delectable
$26.99

A new project from California legend David Ramey, Sidebar focuses on grapes and blends beyond Ramey's normal Pinot, Chard and Cabernet line-up. Here's a fun and fresh field blend with a touch of Alicante herb. "A zesty blend that's loaded with spice, plus layered flavors of black raspberry, smoky licorice and grilled herb. Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah." WS 90

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Ratings on Delectable

Michael Chelus Delectable Pro

Blackberry, cassis, currant, plum, mossy earth, eucalyptus and oak. Great structure and moderate tannins.

Blackberry, cassis, currant, plum, mossy earth, eucalyptus and oak. Great structure and moderate tannins.

9.0

Marc Stein Delectable Pro

David Ramey 2nd label. Alegria Vineyard, restored in 1990 by the people at Acorn. This wine is a field blend of 65 & 125 yr. old head trained blocks. 72% Zinfandel, 11% Alicante Bouchet & 11% Petit Syrah. 14.5% and not hot. The Zin is distinctly fresh and light, the PS big and bold but only on the nose. Only 7 months in all "neutral" barrels but it feels like the oak stands out. Great acid, spice & dark fruit underlies the wood. Will open up the next bottle years from now with ribs and BBQ chicken. 24 hours later the wine was great, 36 hours later, it's clear the oaky'ness is actually the Petit Syrah/Alicanté...

David Ramey 2nd label. Alegria Vineyard, restored in 1990 by the people at Acorn. This wine is a field blend of 65 & 125 yr. old head trained blocks. 72% Zinfandel, 11% Alicante Bouchet & 11% Petit Syrah. 14.5% and not hot. The Zin is distinctly fresh and light, the PS big and bold but only on the nose. Only 7 months in all "neutral" barrels but it feels like the oak stands out. Great acid, spice & dark fruit underlies the wood. Will open up the next bottle years from now with ribs and BBQ chicken. 24 hours later the wine was great, 36 hours later, it's clear the oaky'ness is actually the Petit Syrah/Alicanté...

Willie Carter

When was the last time you had California Zin like this? Not overoaked. Even at 14.5, still not too much alcohol. Ruby red with a floral nose along with blackberry and oak. More dark fruit, spice, earth, coffee, and a smooth freshness on the palate. The Petite Sirah adds some structure and boldness. Great acidity, nice balance, well structured. If you know me, you know I love second labels and this is easily one of the best I've ever had.

When was the last time you had California Zin like this? Not overoaked. Even at 14.5, still not too much alcohol. Ruby red with a floral nose along with blackberry and oak. More dark fruit, spice, earth, coffee, and a smooth freshness on the palate. The Petite Sirah adds some structure and boldness. Great acidity, nice balance, well structured. If you know me, you know I love second labels and this is easily one of the best I've ever had.

9.2

Philip Makara

Date night. Good wine!

Date night. Good wine!

9.0

Location

  • 1351 Chain Bridge Rd
    McLean, VA 22101

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