Red Wine 101

      You're standing in the wine section of your local grocery store staring at the bottles upon bottles of red wine. What is the difference between merlot and pinot noir? Which red wine has the most body? What makes red wine red? Restaurant wine manger Charlie Wasenmiller stopped by to give us a crash course on all things red wine.

      Pinot Noir - 2012 - Bright fruit notes on the nose give way to fruit-forward flavors of raspberry, cranberry and plum. This wine is a summer patio pleaser ready to be enjoyed now.

      Pinot Noir - 2010 - This is a very classic pinot noir that proudly represents Willamette Valley's wine growing region. Lush notes of dark cherry and blue fruits with a strong level of balanced acid and tannins. A rich and complex finish leaves you wanting one last sip.

      Red Blend - 2010 - Dark fruits, coffee and hints of pepper in the bouquet. The palate is smooth with black berries leading to rich dark mocha lingering through to an almost spicy finish. (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 10% Cab Franc)

      Petite Sirah - 2010 - Inky, smoky blackberry, crushed violets, cracked white pepper, with hints of plum jam.

      Red Blend - 2009 - Deep fruit flavors include dark cherries, tobacco, blackberries and subtle notes of wet leather and rounded tannins lead way to this full-bodied Bordeaux-blend wine. (48% Cabernet Sauvginon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot)

      Merlot -2009 - Aromas of plum, blackberry rise to bold flavors of dark chocolate and deeper fruit flavors. Barrel aging on this wine creates soft tannins and a full bodied mouth-feel.

      Cabernet Sauvignon - 2009 - A much bigger wine with bold tannins accompanied by flavors of marionberry, cassis, vanilla and slight smokiness.

      Cabernet Franc - 2009 - Scents of caramel, ripe blackberries, black tea and cinnamon give way to a deep color and rich bodied wine. A great balance show this varietal off with a silky, long lasting finish.