27 April 2012

Double Decker Wines from Wente

The Double Decker Wines represent the rebranded Tamas line from Wente Vineyards in California. I joined several other winebloggers recently for an online tasting with winemaker Karl Wente.

These are three affordable, approachable table wines. All three are enclosed with screwcaps, which means they're easy to take to a party or a picnic where the lack of a corkscrew might be problematic. These wines are not quite available yet but the full launch happens in May.

2010 Double Decker Pinot Grigio
$10, 13% abv.
This has a little splash of 3% Viognier and 4% Reisling in it, adding some depth and character what can often be a thin grape. Bright and fruity with pleasant citrus notes and a crisp finish. Lovely floral elements from the Viognier and Riesling. This is an easy drinking white good for roast chicken or light pasta dishes.

2010 Double Decker Zinfandel
$10, 14.5% abv.
A plummy and jammy Zin with a decent tannic structure. This one would be a fun BBQ wine, served just a little on the colder side.

2010 Double Decker Red Blend
$10, 13% abv.
This proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Barbera is a lot of fun. I'm not sure of the percentages but no one grape dominates, and yet it is balanced better than some other "kitchen sink" wines that I've had in the past. Definitely great with pizza after work, what I've called in the past a Tuesday night wine: not a special occasion, no something that needs to breathe and be deeply evaluated, just a relaxing and enjoyable bottle.

Note: These wines were received as samples.

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