This is the last review in the Winking Owl wine series. I did save the best for last. I am not reviewing the chardonnay, as I cannot drink it. Literally. Any chardonnay I have consumed in my lifetime(and there have been many attempts) makes me violently ill, so I’m not going here, there, or anywhere with the Winking Owl blend- or any other. Shiraz is a wine I’m still getting used to. I honestly can’t remember who I first drank shiraz with, but something tells me it was Dylan or Nicole. It’s a wine I enjoy, though nowhere near as much as my secret illegitimate lovechild, sangiovese. However, I do enjoy it quite a bit, and this one is one of the better ones I’ve had.
Winking Owl has a really intensely rich flavor to it. I mean, it’s not listless in finish like it’s sibling cabernet, nor it is overpowering like the mighty merlot, but it holds its own in the wine echelon. It has a huge, robust flavor of pomegranate and black raspberries. There is the little bit of vanilla and oak, but in this wine, it adds fruitiness without all the sugar. When you pop the cork, you get a good whiff of a fruit basket. The wine itself is smooth and aromatic. It has an impressive finish(no matter how many times I write that, it still sounds so, so wrong). I paired this with some small steaks, and at different points, meatloaf. It went well with both. I would also recommend it with Special Dark candy bars. Oddly enough, gobbling one of those suckers at midnight and having the wine really worked too. So- meats and dark chocolate pair well with this wine.
Definitely the best of the lot. I highly recommend this!