Full Review

Highway 12

Highway 12
2014 Sonoma Red Blend, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb

Category: Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .25%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24

Highway 12
2014 Sonoma Red Blend, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb

Category: Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .25%
Violet color. Delicate, fruity, roasted confected aromas and flavors of dried berries, waxy honeycomb, smoked peppers and olives, and charcoal with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length berry custard, chocolate mint, menthol, and sandalwood finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A dense, concentrated wine that could use some time to open up, but will be great now with rich meat dishes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, oaky & savory
Aroma Aroma: dried berries, waxy honeycomb, smoked peppers and olives, and charcoal
Taste Flavor: berry custard, chocolate mint, menthol, and sandalwood
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Well-Marbled Steak, Grilled Lamb Chops With A Rosemary Sauce, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dense, concentrated wine that could use some time to open up, but will be great now with rich meat dishes.

The Producer

Highway 12 Winery

The Producer
21481 Eighth St. E., #3
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-939-1012

Their Portfolio

86 Anthony/Koster 2016 Barrel Select, Chardonnay, California 13.9% (USA) $9.99.
88 Anthony/Koster 2014 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $9.99.
91 Carneros 2014 Chardonnay, Carneros 13.2% (USA) $.00.
93 Carneros 2013 Pinot Noir, Carneros 14.1% (USA) $.00.
89 Carneros Highway 2014 Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.2% (USA) $22.00.
85 Carneros Highway 2014 Chardonnay, Carneros 13.2% (USA) $19.50.
88 Carneros Highway 2015 "Nueva", Chardonnay, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
89 Carneros Highway 2015 "Nueva", Chardonnay, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
86 Carneros Highway 2016 Nueva, Chardonnay, Los Carneros 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
92 Highway 12 2012 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Carneros 14.1% (USA) $38.00.
91 Highway 12 2012 Pinot Noir, Carneros 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 Highway 12 2012 "Sonoma Highway", Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.1% (USA) $24.99.
86 Highway 12 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $.00.
91 Highway 12 2013 Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $.00.
84 Highway 12 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 14.3% (USA) $.00.
86 Highway 12 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $15.50.
91 Highway 12 2014 Sonoma Red Blend, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
86 Highway 12 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $15.50.
85 Highway 12 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
92 Highway 12 2014 Serres Ranch Single Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
87 Highway 12 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
89 Highway 12 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $14.99.
93 Highway 12 2015 Sonoma Red Blend, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $18.99.
90 Highway 12 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $18.99.
88 Highway 12 2015 Merlot, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
84 Highway 12 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $15.50.
83 Highway 12 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, North Coast 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
93 Highwayman 2012 Reserve Trailblazer, Sonoma County 15.3% (USA) $42.00.
92 Highwayman 2013 Proprietary Reserve Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
90 Highwayman 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $38.00.
93 Highwayman 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $38.00.
90 Highwayman 2013 "Trailblazer" Red Wine, Sonoma County 15.3% (USA) $42.00.
91 Highwayman 2013 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $42.00.
89 Highwayman 2013 Proprietary Red Reserve, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
90 Highwayman 2014 Proprietary Red Reserve, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
92 Highwayman 2014 Trailblazer Reserve, Zinfandel, Sonoma County 15.3% (USA) $42.00.
91 Highwayman 2014 Proprietary Red Blend Reserve, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
84 Highwayman 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $55.00.
89 Wine Roads 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
90 Wine Roads 2014 Proprietary Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.

Other Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Other red is a large category that covers many red wines from around the globe that are made from lesser-known varieties. These include Albarossa and Ruché from Piedmont in Italy, Touriga from Virginia and numerous blended reds from California, Washington and other states in the US as well as Argentina, Chile and Spain.

Many of these reds are robust and somewhat spicy; while they can age for several years in some cases, most are meant for consumption upon release. Pair them with a variety of foods, from tapas and empanadas to barbecued beef and young sheep's cheeses.