Full Review

Highwayman

Highwayman
2016 Trailblazer Red Blend, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Other US Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$42

Highwayman
2016 Trailblazer Red Blend, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Other US Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: <1%
Murky deep purple color. Aromas of fresh toast, cinnamon, and newly charred oak with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long blueberry compote, singed cedar, and racquetball finish with fruit, medium tannins and moderate oak. A spicy & robust Zin blend for an equally aggressive chef pairing.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & New World
Aroma Aroma: fresh toast, cinnamon, and newly charred oak
Taste Flavor: blueberry compote, singed cedar, and racquetball
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Haggis, Delmonico Steak, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spicy & robust Zin blend for an equally aggressive chef pairing.

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.
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.
90 Highwayman 2016 Trailblazer Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $42.00.
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 US Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
'Other Red' is a catch-all category for both uncommon grape varietals and uncommon combinations of varietals. There are little pockets of other red varietals grown throughout the US. In California, Italian varietals such as Barbera, Gignolino, Primitivo, and Nebbiolo and esoteric Rhone varietals like Cinsault and Carignano can be found. Tempranillo, best known as the principal red variety of Spain’s Rioja, can also be found in small plantings in the Southwest where hot grown conditions favor the grape. Many producers throughout the US produce blends of Bordeaux with non-Bordeaux varietals such as Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, Syrah and even hybrids like Chambourcin that fall under our Other US Red category.