Top 100 Wines: Other Reds

Our favorite reds.

Devil Proof MalbecDevil Proof
2012 Farrow Ranch Alexander Valley Malbec
A small-production wine from winemaker Jesse Katz, previously of Lancaster Estate and Roth, this is a rare example of the variety’s ability to thrive when planted in the right place. Built to age, it offers concentrated layers of wild blackberry and truffle, soft tannins and balancing acidity. (VB)


Imagery Estate Winery
2012 Sonoma Valley Barbera
Rounded, silky tannins and voluptuous dark cherry and berry fruit make it a pleasure to drink. Just 600 cases were made and the wine sold out after it won the Best of Show Red award at the North Coast Wine Challenge. Look for the 2013 vintage in spring 2016. (LM)

Marimar Estate
2011 Don Miguel Vineyard Russian River Valley Syrah-Tempranillo
This marriage of 80 percent Syrah and 20 percent Tempranillo from a cool climate offers white pepper and wild anise aromas and layers of blueberry, game meat and more of that pepper, succulent and savory at the same time. (VB)

Muscardini Cellars2011-Tesoro
2010 Sonoma County Tesoro Red
A robust blend of Sangiovese, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s structured and high-toned, with herbal cherry, raspberry, cigar box and
peppery spice. It’s enjoyable now and has the bones to get better with time in the bottle. (VB)

2008-red-wine1Trione Vineyards & Winery
2011 Henry’s Blend Alexander Valley Red Wine
Named for winery founder Henry Trione, who died this year at 94, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec is balanced, supple and nicely integrated, with bright cherry, cassis and plum flavors and firm tannins for cellaring. (LM)