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Red blends are growing ever more popular, particularly the one which express a lovely ripe, lush character.  Thus, for those who crave these fruit-forward wines, here are three that our tasting panel thinks will please your wallet and palate.  Cheers!

Z. Alexander Brown 2015 “Uncaged” Red Blend

Grape(s): Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet

Region: North Coast, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Blackberries and cherries combine with expressions of chocolate and spice on the nose. The palate is chalk full of boysenberry, cherry, and plum flavors that bring in allusions of dark chocolate, clove, and pepper. Lush, yet fairly layered, it’s a well made blend for the price

Rating: 90

7 Moons 2015 Red Blend

Grape(s): Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, & Grenache

Region: California

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

A luscious nose, packed with dark fruit and some hints of chocolate and sweet spice greets the senses. Black cherries, plums, and blueberries come forth on the palate, backed up by chocolate, vanilla, and clove. Very ripe, smooth, and fruity, it’s easy to keep on sipping.

Rating: 90

Robert Mondavi 2015 Heritage Red Blend

Grape(s): Syrah and Merlot, with a touch of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah

Region: California

Price: 5-10

Tasting Notes:

Lush strawberries, raspberries, and cherries come together with elements of chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Smooth and ripe on the palate, red berries are framed by vanilla notes. This is a light, fruit-driven blend that flirts with sweetness, but if that’s a style you like, this is an excellent buy.

Rating: 89