2016 Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County Red Blend

SKU #1370170 96 points Decanter

 A fantastic explosion of ripe damson and juicy cherries supported by delicious rich chocolate, coffee, black pepper and sweet spice. Smooth, elegant and voluptuous with a rich fruit finish. 61% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 10% Malbec. *Gold Medal* (Decanter Asia Wine Awards)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "Angels & Cowboys Prorietary Red Blend is produced with fruit from Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys. The 2016 is saturated garnet in color with a nose of bramble berries and briar fruit scented with star anise and vanilla. Luscious and generous on the palate with opulent red and black fruit ranging from red currant to boysenberry accented by creamy vanilla and exotic spice. Full-bodied and smooth on the palate with pleasing tannins and a finish that is harmonious yet firm. 61% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 10% Malbec."


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2018 | Send Email
A rich, explosive nose of ripe red fruit, Asian spice, mocha tones and summer berry compote. Soft, silky and mouth filling. This is a straight up crowd pleaser if ever I tasted one. Great all around party wine, drinks perfectly on its own or with food. Low tannin, rich fruit, beautifully polished and complete. I was excited to sell this wine just on the strength of how good it tastes...then Decanter dropped a 96 point score so we doubled down! How often do you get 96 points of deliciousness for under $20?
Top Value!

By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2018 | Send Email
Right away the nose is full of ripe fruit and dark spice and wet stone. Raspberry and plumb are harmonious light vanilla bean with a lingering 5 spice finish. Medium body with a slight grip.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2018 | Send Email
The Red blend from Angels & Cowboys really finds a great balance between big flashy zins and more complex 'Bordeaux' style zins - and at a great price. The brambly fruit is held up by a nice dose of fine tannins and accented with lovely black spices and a touch of vanilla. Rich and giving with lots of wild berried fruits coating the palate. Bravo for a great Zin Blend!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2018 | Send Email
This wine is incredibly smooth with hints of cinnamon and sweet spice and a fresh, lifted mouthfeel. Low tannins give this wine a silky feel and dark fruits adds juiciness and lushness without a fat, overly ripe feel. This one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and is a great choice for ushering in the richer foods of Fall.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8