Caricature Red Blend 2010
Other Red Blends from California
Juicy, fresh and easy drinking! The wine is full of rich aromas and flavors of plums, blackberries and dark cherries. It's jammy and indulgent with a stroke of oak bestowing a poised spice. A luscious wine with vivid personality!
Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Zinfandel
Tasting Panel - "This animated red (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Zinfandel) draws on sweet, meaty cherries, succulent plums, black olives and spiced black fruit. With two sides to its personality—deep and brooding on one side and generous and outgoing on the other—it is a study in [vibrant] flavor and a tableau of [velvet] texture. "
For five generations the Lange family has been growing sustainable winegrapes in the Lodi Appellation and in 2006 they opened a winery to showcase their passion for growing winegrapes – because great wine starts in the vineyard.
Building on their successes as a vineyard management company, the winery was their first step into crafting wines made solely from their estate vineyards. Since opening in 2006, they have continued to expand our state-of-the-art winery to keep up with the demand for LangeTwins wines as well as private labels and custom winemaking services. Although we have the latest winemaking technology at their fingertips, LangeTwins never loses sight of the fact that only great wine can be made from great winegrapes.
For nearly three decades, the family has proudly practiced the art of sustainable winegrowing. Unlike other farming practices, sustainable winegrowing is all encompassing in its approach. LangeTwins is not only concerned with the health of the vineyard but its surrounding natural environment as well. It is the balance of environmental health, economic profitability and social equity. From vineyard management to marketing, they are committed to improving environmental practices. Ultimately, each element plays a vital role in the integrity and quality of LangeTwins wine. View all Caricature Wines
About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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- 5 Stars: 4
- 4 Stars: 8
- 3 Stars: 0
- 2 Stars: 1
- 1 Stars: 0
13 ratings, 4 with reviews510/17/2013
A most welcome surprise. It's rare to find a wine that tells you something genuinely new, and even rarer when the novelty is positive. The bouquet is slightly floral with strong spice notes---cinnamon and clover---which fully develop on the palate. The zinfandel component perfectly complements the cab, and gives the wine a moodier note with intense-yet-pleasurable sweetness. Excellent body, with soft tannins and a long finish. The perfect wine for this time of the year (Fall), and a superb value.jmoffos - Ocean Springs, MS511/14/2014Hilton - Roland, AR44/23/2014Patrickconorlee - Loveland, OH41/28/2014Stephen Bazzano - Vernon Rockville, CT411/16/2013
- Big & Bold
Out of the bottle it is very soft in the mouth. Perhaps it could be perceived as sweet but rather, I think, it has more to do with the very soft feel and lack of tannins found in most Cab blends.The nose is also both herbal and a bit soft. Anyway, I will let this wine breathe for a while and vacuum and then try again tomorrow. I think though, that this wine will not disappoint. Ok, after the third pour on the third day under vacuum,this wine has opened up beautifully! The nose has evolved into an earthy delight and the fruit is rich and worth the wait. I have changed to 4 stars from 3. I will buy again!Bottleaweek - Washington, DC59/20/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Hands down....simply the best tasting wine you'll find for under $15. There is nothing even close! Yes, it is on the sweet side though.gatorbait38 - Mobile, AL49/1/2013
- Fruity & Smooth
Robert Duffy - Sparta, NC28/15/2013Very sweet for a non-advertised as sweet red wine. Decent flavor but I did not like it as it was quite sweet.48/14/2013
- Smooth & Supple
sjsloat - Carlisle, PA48/11/2013Robin Davidson - Providence, RI48/10/201347/27/2013Michael T - Austin, TX57/22/2013
- Fruity & Smooth
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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