2011 Noble Vines 1 Red Blend
Proprietary blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel
$15, 13.5% abv.
This is a mix of the 181 Merlot clone and 337 Cabernet clone from Bordeaux (but grown in Clay Station), as well as the Costamagna Zinfandel clone from Lodi. It has a plum and spice nose with deep dark blackberry flavors. Overall a strong dark fruit profile with low tannins and a long, slightly sweet finish. I've been learning a lot about clones recently and it's amazing when winemakers can dial in the perfect combination with the right soil and latitude. In this case, a fun and tasty big fruit wine was desired and it delivered on time. I licked my lips after the first few sips.
Nice little Thursday night pizza wine while watching some of the new TV shows as all the sitcoms emerge from summer hiatus. I'd like to say that I spend my nights translating Horace from the original Latin, but after a long day at work sometimes you just have to unwind with mindless entertainment.
Note: This wine was provided as a sample.