I haven’t had a drink of wine in over three weeks. My local Dominick’s is going out of business, and all spirits were 30% off. I spotted this bottle and since I have had Mirassou’s excellent Pinot Noir, I figured this would be equally resplendent. I was not disappointed in the least.
From the minute I opened the bottle to let it breathe, it was right in my face. As if someone had opened a bottle of glorious chianti. The fragrance reminded me a lot of chianti, which is a hell of a lot darker in hue and stronger in taste. It does have a 13.5% alcohol ratio, so you’re getting a potent bottle of wine here. The blend itself? Pinot Noir, Zinfadel, and Merlot. I really do like this blend of varietals.
Taste overall was heavy on the raspberry flavors. There are slight tastes of cinnamon, cherries, and some smokiness (I don’t think it’s pepper, but some other mystery spice. Perhaps a little bit of cardomon). It is incredibly smooth, a beautiful darker color, and a pleasing aroma even after it’s been exposed to air for over a hour. I let my glass sit for a hour and half while I was writing, and it was still as delicious. I had this with peppercorn tilapia and brown rice. I would not pair it with that again. I think this would work better with a roast of some sort, or maybe even some pulled pork or chicken would bring out the subtle flavors of the wine.
It retails normally for between $10-$12 a bottle. This year in particular, is not easy to find, and as far as I have been able to deduce, may not be reproduced. If they go with a new blend, I hope it loses nothing of the excellent flavor in the transition. Completely worth the price of admission.