D got this for me. It was haunting him at Target, calling my name out from the wooden shelves of obscurity. So when we dyed the grays out of my hair (somehow missing the roots. LOL), he drank his white and I tried this one. Strong ass fragrance when you uncork it. It’s a strong mamma-jammer, this wine.
This blend is made up of Malbec, Tempranillo, and Bonarda, which I was not familiar with prior to this blend. It has a 13.5% alcohol content, so you know they’re not screwing around with this one. It is so dark garnet in color you almost wonder if you’re going to be drinking a chocolate wine, minus the cream. (They do exist, in case you aren’t aware). It did not taste like chocolate. It tasted divine, but it comes on almost too strong, like a bad pass made at a Patriots game. I can make out dark berry, and a whole lot of spice, with just a smidgen of vanilla at the end. Way at the end. No way does the vanilla surface and come out into the flavor palate until the end of the glass, after it has been exposed to air for a little while. In this case, almost 90 minutes between pouring and finishing the glass. It has some serious spice, this wine. I would highly recommend it with steak, or ribs. It needs a hearty meal to bring out the hearty flavors hidden in this blend. I would not recommend it with light stuff. I had it with a turkey burger, tuna, and rice and beans, and it didn’t fit too well with that combination. I think the more potent the meal, the more you will appreciate this potent wine.
There’s some plum flavor lurking in the background of this wine, but it seems like I taste it more when the wine is newly opened and warm. Once I had done my usual and chilled the wine, I didn’t notice the taste a third as much. That in itself struck me as odd, but it has happened with other vintages, so I shouldn’t be surprised. Regardless, this wine kicked my ass. Almost too much so. I love it, but it has to be with the right meal. It also isn’t a wine for the light of heart wine night, which I was having, due to gastrointestinal issues. This one is waiting for me to finish it. Likely tomorrow night during Castle.
I heartily recommend this blend. It is like no other red wine blend I’ve tried yet, and it’s sheer strength is the strength of the wine. Dark flavors and much spice create a tapestry of the tastiest variety imaginable. You won’t be sorry. It retails for $9.99 at Target, but price really does differ depending on where you buy it. Safeway is charging $12.99; Binny’s has it for $6.99. Go figure. Totally worth whatever price you pay for it.