Nice California Red for $13

Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend 2015

Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend 2015 for $13 – Nice!

2015 Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend

The Highway 12 Red Blend seems to be a standard selection at several Costco stores. I see it year after year. Last time we reviewed this wine, it was the 2012 Sonoma Red Blend. This is the most recent vintage of this wine. Strangely, it is not listed on the winery’s Website. The 2014 is for sale for $24.  Did the winery sell it all to Costco? I paid $12.99 at the Foster City Costco for the 2015 Highway 12 Red Blend.   The wine is produced by the Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery located in the town of Sonoma.  The winery also has a tasting room on the historic Sonoma Plaza at 489 First Street. Tasting there is complimentary, a rare occurrence in wine country.  The names of Michael Sebastiani and Paul Guisto are associated with the winery ownership and wine production.

Tasting Notes – Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend

The 2015 Sonoma Red Blend is from Sonoma County and is composed of 61% Merlot, 14 % Cabernet Sauvignon,  12%  Petite Sirah, 5% Cab Franc, 4% Syrah, and  4% Malbec. The wine has a dark and vibrant color with a decent amount of aroma. I get mostly a fresh fruit character; the wine is obviously young. The wine is loaded with spice flavors, perhaps too much. The Highway 12 Sonoma Red Blend is an easy-drinking wine, very satisfying, and with a surprisingly good finish.  If you are a fan of California wines at value prices, try this one the next time you shop at Costco.  I am rating it at 88 points.

This wine matches well with pasta, pizza, chicken, and rice dishes.  A big fatty, juicy steak needs more oomph that the Highway 12 wine offers. The 2015 Sonoma Red Blend is a good buy, especially when you consider the current prices of Sonoma County wines.




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