(77 customer reviews)

The Paring Red 2018

$26.95
14.90% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • JD 90
  • VIN 90
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    The Paring Red 2018 is a vibrant, juicy blend crafted by renowned winemaker Matt Dees. This Cabernet-inspired blend showcases classic notes of cassis, tobacco, and rich chocolate, focused by a sound balance of tannins. The particular soil characteristics and cooler climate of the site each year contribute complexities and depth to the wine. This vintage was created from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, all harvested from California vineyards. The blend was then aged in French oak barrels for 22 months with a mix of new and neutral cooper.

    Upon tasting the wine, hints of mulberry sweetness and a notable tension between tannic structure and bright acidity create a truly impressive balance and refinement. Matt Dees notes of this vintage a gentle and dusty tannin profile with an incredibly long and precise finish. Antonio Galloni of Vinous and Jeb Dunnuck of jebdunnuck.com both offer 90 points in their respective reviews.

    This distinguished vintage offers a succulent mix of dark cherry, leather, chocolate, tobacco, and cedar, complemented by a core of ripened dark berry fruit. With an herbal flair offering of tobacco, earth, and ripe herbs, as well as a hint of raspberry, the Paring Red 2018 is a study in elegance. The wine promises to linger in pleasurable depth over the next five to seven years, making it an absolutely incredible value.

    77 reviews for The Paring Red 2018

    1. Rhonda Murphy

      Entry-level lineup from Jonata, The Paring Red Blend 2014, was a “meh” wine – muted non-specific dark berries with bitter tang – not much on the nose. Might be early for a 2014 right-bank Bordeaux blend, but after 2 hours of air, it did not change much. Will wait 2 or more years before opening my second bottle.

    2. Barbara Edwards

      Powerful and tight with abundant black fruit. Screaming Eagle’s second wine with no mid palate holes.

    3. Bernard Graham

      Very smooth and drinkable. Full bodied

    4. Steven Garcia

      Smooth with dark berry notes and a subtle hint of smoke. Enjoyable.

    5. James Atwood

      Short and sweet: “Second bottle, just as fantastic as the first.”

    6. Trina Salinas

      Great wine, highly recommend it!

    7. David Clayton

      Improved without decant. Scored 88, great value for price. Will buy more.

    8. Andrew Patel

      Solid oak, lengthy finish, guest-worthy. Blend is good but lacks finesse.

    9. Brandon Keller

      Tastes like French Bordeaux with restrained fruit and iron minerality. 50% cab, 25% cab France, 25% Merlot. Great value for the price.

    10. Claudia Claypoole

      Serious palate with authentic California cassis and dried herb notes. Cool climate nose with herbal Cabernet Sauvignon notes and dried leaves. Rare find at this price point.

    11. Charles Burr

      Cabernet shines through with notes of chocolate, berries, and mocha after an hour. Slightly less solid than previous vintages, but still worth a try.

    12. Max Neal

      Rich and perfectly executed.

    13. Adina Kendrick

      “Smooth and drinkable, but lacks complexity with one-note ripe dark fruit.” (19 words)

    14. Jessica Cox

      Cab is predominant, but varietals didn’t marry well, off-putting. Wouldn’t buy again despite K&L praise. Won’t rely on them solely for wine advice. Score: 85.

    15. George Thayer

      Polished and smooth with a touch of lushness. Great value at $24.

    16. Michael Knowlton

      Great value for consistently exceptional wine. Fruit blend with a fascinating supporting cast. Perfect for new world Bordeaux style lovers.

    17. Celeste White

      Consistent and balanced with fruit and earth elements. Great value at less than $25/bottle.

    18. Betty Strickland

      Heavy and flabby, not good for aging. Wait a year for the next one.

    19. Robin Bart

      Ripe dark fruits with hints of cinnamon toast. Still drinking well on day two.

    20. Avery Gildea

      Great value, slightly below the ’12 vintage.

    21. Douglas Teter

      Improved from 6 months ago, but requires more time to open up fully.

    22. Sean Santa

      Medium-bodied with a decent finish, ready to drink.

    23. Christopher Jenness

      Lacks structure and acidity, but pleasant flavors and aromas. A weekday wine to lower your expectations. Drink now.

    24. Bradley Scott

      Bold and tasty California wine with notes of black cherries, blueberry, cocoa, and anise. Full-bodied, smooth tannins, and low acidity. Blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot aged in French oak. Perfect for a wintry night.

    25. Ruth Laws

      Decent red blend, but lacking in body and finish. Not worth the $23 price tag.

    26. Pearl Smalls

      Good for daily consumption but not worth more than $25.

    27. John Wilson

      Review: Winebar offers a variety of wines, including 1 Rosé, 3 Whites, 8 Reds, & 6 *shared* bottles. The 50% C.S. is aged for 22 months in FR oak and has a 14.5% ABV. It has a closed nose with a hint of vanilla and ripe berries. The medium-bodied wine has a nice, almost sweet fruit taste met by an astringent pucker, leading to a long, balanced finish. It needs to be aged until 2021 for the tannins to loosen their grip. It has received 92 pts from Dunnuck and WE and 88 pts from Vinous, making it a good value for its price.

    28. Gerardo Brink

      Great value for money at $22, a nice everyday drink.

    29. Harriet Finkbeiner

      Dark fruit profile, opens after 3-hour decant. Cabernet dominant. Great value, better than 2013 and 2014, just below 2012.

    30. Teodoro Whittington

      Cali fruit with green hints, aiming for Cabernet base.

    31. Henry Gray

      Restrained and elegant with a quiet dark fruit nose. Slightly herbal with a great finish. Needs a couple of years to reach its potential.

    32. Francisco Blevins

      Well-balanced Bordeaux blend with dark fruits, cola and earthy notes. Chewy tannins.

    33. Debra Higgins

      Deep purple with blackberry, cherry, vanilla, and soft tannins; moderate finish.

    34. Jane Collier

      The 2015 Paring Red has a deep ruby/purple color and showcases blackberry, crème de cassis, and blueberry flavors with medium acidity, tannins, and a long finish. Great value for everyday drinking.

    35. Henry Brown

      Disappointing. Deep ruby color with black fruit notes, but lacking in taste and overhyped.

    36. Helen Thompson

      Excellent value wine with notes of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and blueberry.

    37. Jeffrey Fortune

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    38. Ethel Melara

      Medium purple color, blueberry, black cherry, and oak/coconut on the nose. Disjointed palate with tannin & acidity, awkward finish. Good for the price, great for casual sipping.

    39. Martin Saum

      Earthy aroma, soft mid-palate but grippy finish. Needs air to come together.

    40. Linda Lawless

      2015 Paring is solid, with dark fruit and spice. Great with food, especially jambalaya from RT’s Cajun Restaurant. Good value for money.

    41. David Lavoie

      Delicious wine with bright red fruit, beautiful black cherry notes, and a hint of green. Great texture and good energy. Super tasty.

    42. Herbert Griffie

      Deep purple with low aroma of blueberry and hay. Medium acidity, alcohol, tannin, and body with flavors of blueberry, blackberry, and cooking herbs. Medium finish. Slightly too tannic, making it unpleasant.

    43. Maryann Grissett

      Excellent wine with delicious fruit and strong backbone.

    44. Daniel Dawson

      Sophisticated wine at a great price. Deep ruby color, with notes of anise, plum, blackberry, amaretto cookie, and dark chocolate. Smooth, dry palate with a nice acidity and firm tannins on the finish.

    45. George Kirkpatrick

      Great value, but not to my taste. Overly extracted, fruity bomb best suited for dessert.

    46. Mary Fuller

      Correctly made, but ultimately unexciting BDX blend with cassis, cedar, tobacco, licorice, and spice aromas. Soft tannins, dark fruit flavors, low acidity, and muddled finish. Drink now. Possible corked flavor noted.

    47. Lucille Schauer

      Rich, fragrant aromas of dark fruit and wet gravel. Lush black fruit and vanilla spice on the palate with long finish.

    48. Teresa Moore

      Well-made wine with solid acid and zingy tannins. Cherry and raspberry finish. No excess weight. Smooth but lacks depth. Crowd-pleaser.

    49. Loretta Bradley

      Cherry, blackberry, oak, and vanilla notes with grainy tannins. Best on the second day at cellar temp. A great weekday quaff in modern style.

    50. Janine Brown

      Expressive nose with powerful fruit and earthiness. Balanced and darn good stuff.

    51. Thomas Griffis

      Powerful and complex with a delicious taste, still going strong on day three.

    52. Israel Delaney

      Great value with bold cherry and plum flavors, ending in a lasting finish.

    53. James Bedell

      Rich inky red with full fruit black cherries, toasty tobacco notes, and a smooth flavor of sweet plum with well-rounded tannins. Medium to full finish. (Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot)

    54. Melissa Netolicky

      A rich and luscious wine with dark fruit, tobacco leaf, and coffee bean notes. Full-bodied on the nose with a lengthy finish. Retail $35.

    55. Rhea Coomer

      Great value with impressive depth. Ready to drink now and can age for a few more years.

    56. Richard Ketterling

      Great value, thoroughly enjoyable.

    57. Jeremiah Leon

      A complex, deep wine with notes of blackberries, black cherries, pepper, tobacco, and earth. Smooth tannins and balanced acidity.

    58. Kenneth Cason

      Tannic and dusty at first, but settles into a solid drinking experience within 30 minutes. Mostly red fruit.

    59. Rose March

      Great balance and structure, dark color, 14.5% ABV, fruity but not grapey, paired well with strip steak at AC restaurant. $66 on wine list. Will definitely drink again.

    60. Micheal Garcia

      Accidentally bought for $25.00, but pleasantly surprised. Dark purple color, chewy, good balance, medium tannins, with red fruits and vanilla. Very good QPR.

    61. Martin Cortes

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    62. Jerry Moga

      Review: Closed up at first, but give it time. Concentrated black fruit with tannins. Overpriced at restaurant, good value retail. Decent complexity for aging.

    63. Barbara Camp

      Over extracted with intense notes of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Reminds of bad birthday cake. Not for me.

    64. Karen Light

      Smooth with notes of chocolate, not dry.

    65. Jeannie Hill

      Classic Cabernet aromas with lovely spice character.

    66. Thelma Bentley

      Lovely red fruit with more structure and lively acidity than last vintage. A little shocky due to shipping.

    67. Joseph Kapp

      “Disappointing. Only suitable for casual drinking.”

    68. Melinda Quintana

      Smooth, dark fruit. Age has improved it. Great for drinking or holding. No tertiary flavors yet. Score increased.

    69. Elizabeth Goss

      Disappointing.

    70. Portia Delarosa

      Elegant and refined, with a complex aroma of fruit, mineral, and earth. Punches above its weight, becoming more Cabernet with each vintage.

    71. Cindy Ropp

      Day 2: Fresh fruit and defined palate.

    72. Romeo Goodman

      Full-bodied with raspberry and red fruit notes, perfect for a weeknight. Ideal for parties and dinners. Would definitely repurchase.

    73. Vernell Boonstra

      Medium-bodied wine with ruby color and bright, expressive fruit notes. Perfect for casual weekend sipping with pizza and artisan cheese.

    74. Hazel Adams

      Great value for money. Dark fruit and oak nose, balanced taste with long finish of dark fruits and oak. High acidity and good tannins.

    75. Brent Nylen

      Smooth with tertiary flavors. Enjoy now or hold.

    76. JD

      The 2018 Red Wine checks in as 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. It’s a medium to full-bodied, ripe, rounded, nicely concentrated blend with lots of ripe currant and blackberry fruits as well as an herbal kick in its tobacco, earth, and ripe herb aromas and flavors. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years or more.

    77. VIN

      The 2018 Red is a joyous, vibrant red. Succulent dark cherry, leather, chocolate, tobacco, spice and cedar complement a core of super-ripe dark berry fruit. Bold and exuberant to the core, the Red has so much to offer. Pretty earthy and savory notes lend tons of aromatic nuance. Best of all, the 2018 is an insane value.

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    Critical Acclaim

    JD 90
    Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2018 Red Wine checks in as 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. It’s a medium to full-bodied, ripe, rounded, nicely concentrated blend with lots of ripe currant and blackberry fruits as well as an herbal kick in its tobacco, earth, and ripe herb aromas and flavors. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years or more.
    VIN 90
    Vinous
    The 2018 Red is a joyous, vibrant red. Succulent dark cherry, leather, chocolate, tobacco, spice and cedar complement a core of super-ripe dark berry fruit. Bold and exuberant to the core, the Red has so much to offer. Pretty earthy and savory notes lend tons of aromatic nuance. Best of all, the 2018 is an insane value.

    What does The Paring Red 2018 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, green apple, pear

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, lemon, orange

    cheese, cream, campfire

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, asparagus, rhubarb

    raisin, fig, prune

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, lilac

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