Among California’s popular bold red wines are those aimed at replicating the field blends of some of the state’s old-time vineyards. These wines are usually made from a variety of grapes grown in different vineyards and appellations. In addition, some of these blends are not labeled with a specific vintage because the wine is made from grapes that were picked during different years. Below are two examples that have received high ratings from wine critics.

The Whole Shebang! Tenth Cuvee California Red Wine

Bought • Starrs, 1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, in October for $12.99

Description • This big and brash fruity wine is made by Bedrock Wine Co., launched in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson, son of Ravenswood founder Joel Peterson. Although the younger Peterson started his new company in a small converted chicken coop in a friend’s backyard, his winery now produces wines that receive 90-point scores. An intense blend of zinfandel, carignane, alicante bouchet, mourvedre and petite sirah, this flavorful wine would go well with barbecue sauce and grilled meat.

OVR Old Vine Red Lot Number 66, California Red Wine

Bought • Starrs, 1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, in October for $12.99

Description • The OVR Lot 66, which received 90 points from the Wine Advocate, is a rich, fruity wine that comes from Marietta Cellars. It’s made from four vintages: 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Zinfandel is the dominant grape in the blend that also includes syrah, petite sirah, carignane and other varietals. Although this is also a big red, it’s a bit better balanced and a tad more restrained than the Shebang! Plummy and spicy, it would go well with flank steak and other hearty fare.

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