Some of the most interesting and provocative wines over the past 10 years have been Red Wine Blends. Also referred to as “Proprietary Red”, “Red Wine”, or by a proprietary name such as Insignia.
There are no hard and fast rules that govern what varietals can be used and in what quantities Proprietary Red Wine or Blend. But these blends offer winemakers a blank canvas on which to create a pastiche of flavors, textures and nuances they envision, often resulting in breathtaking works of art.
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The Prisoner is one of the world’s most sought after domestic red wines, with its consistent stellar reviews, it’s become a stand-out favorite of Sommeliers, collectors and wine enthusiasts across the globe. The wine has a rock solid reputation for premium quality, deliciously complex flavors and impressive character… Oh yeah, and it’s always outrageously fun to drink.
With hundreds of cases sold in 2015, the demand for this wine is solely due to its unrivaled, thrilling quality and unforgettable flavors and aromas. It’s produced only when some very special declassified barrels are truly exceptional, and without compromise. The 2013 Reserve Barrel Selection was crafted from barrels of some of the absolute best Cabernet on Spring Mountain, complimented with Cabernet Franc from the slopes of Diamond Mountain and Merlot from Napa’s renowned Coombsville AVA. $45.00
From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, “The 2013 Papillon Proprietary Red is 100% from Napa and is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This killer wine has an inky purple color and offers notes of espresso roast intermixed with white chocolate, creme de cassis, blackberry and a touch of toasty oak. The wine was aged 16 months in French oak, of which 40% was new. Broad and opulent, with great intensity, purity and depth, this is another stunner from Dave Phinney, a.k.a. Orin Swift.” 95 Points $64.99
Recently introduced into the marketplace, Prisoner Wine Company’s new wine Cuttings is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from a all-star lineup of vineyards including Howell Mountain’s iconic Ink Grade, Stagecoach, Bella Vista and Obsidian Ridge. A superior vintage, winemakers and consumers alike have a lot to be thankful for regarding the incredible 2013 vintage in Napa Valley. $49.99
The 2013 Arietta Quartet was composed by Andy Erickson who you may recall made Screaming Eagle from 2005-2010 producing two perfect 100 Point Wines. Beyond that, he also assisted in making wine at Harlan Estate. This superior blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot was aged for 22 months in oak. Robert Parker recently wrote that, “2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years.” $64.99
A stunning effort, Laird’s 2012 Jillian’s Blend is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), sourced from the winery’s famed Mast Ranch Vineyard. Their single vineyard Mast Ranch Cab sells for $70/btl, FYI… At $39.99/btl with ground shipping included, the 2012 Jillian’s Blend is a fantastic value. Not surprisingly, Laird’s Consulting Winemaker, Paul Hobbs is one of the most celebrated winemakers in the world, having crafted such notables as Opus One, DuMOL, Peter Michael and Lewis.
From Gus Gamba, winemaker and proprietor of the wildly popular Gamba “Old Vine” Zinfandels, which many Zin loving clients proclaim as THE best wine in the world, comes a unique blend from multiple vineyard sites in the renowned Russian River Valley AVA. This multi-dimensional Proprietary Red Blend is made up from ancient Zinfandel, Primitivo and Petit Sirah grapes, which blended together create an outrageously delicious new blend from this popular producer.
With additional bottle age, this wine is drinking so beautifully, it’s no wonder it was one of our TOP SELLING WINES OF 2015. At just $24.99/btl, this “Sophia’s Cuvee” delivers everything one could possibly desire in a Napa Valley Cabernet blend. Composed by legendary winemaker Bob Egelhoff, whose unique experience includes holding positions at such notable wineries as Pahlmeyer, Harlan, Chappellet, Merryvale and David Arthur.
Earning an impressive 93 Points from James Suckling, long time European Bureau Chief for the Wine Spectator… His glowing review boasts the 2012 Headwaters is a “Gorgeous wine.” After spending 21 months in oak barrels, this wine benefited from over a year developing in the bottle. A tantalizing combination of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot so complex, a second glass is inescapable as your palate basks in every nuance.
This superior blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from some of the best vineyards on Spring Mountain, flattered with additions of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc stemming from the Oakville AVA of Napa Valley, widely considered the epicenter of Grand Cru quality wine. This beauty was expertly composed by winemaker Grant Long Jr. Grant is a leader in the new wave of Napa Valley winemakers.
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