klezman wrote:I'm on the fence for actually picking this one up. Tasting notes indicate it's on the edge of my style preference. The label, however, is fantastic. Got a sneak peak a while back.
Any more tasting notes out there?
I got one for you. Specifically for you, even, although I'm sure it will be helpful to others.
For a comparison to other wineries' styles, the body of this one is very similar to how Twisted Oak does its Grenache - light to medium body with about the same mouthfeel. Less complex than theirs, which is somewhat surprising, given that this is a blend and should have a little more going for it. But that's not to say that this is bad. Oh no. It's quite enjoyable.
Since others have described the color at length and I have nothing more to add to that, I won't talk about it except to say "ooh pretty".
On first sniff, I got blackberries and plum, faint anise, and spices. It did eventually evolve to have a touch of leathery tones, but the fruit was definitely front and center.
First taste was a little hot and jumbled fruit forward. Definitely needed a little air time, so I let it sit until it mellowed out. Smooth tannin, no bitterness, with nice black berries and dark fruit, a bit of oakiness in the form of vanilla, and I was reminded of thyme.
Historically, as mentioned, woot cellars wines have done better after a year in the bottle. I think this one will definitely be one of those. Not meant for aging, but definitely could use a little more integration time.
Absolutely wanted food with this - but I'm on a restricted diet at the moment and was unable to fulfill that desire. I had some sopressata in the fridge that I was sorely tempted to go get, as well as some fig spread and brie... my palate wanted these things to go along with the wine. This would be a great "starter" wine for a meal - with appetizers. Lighter fare - you definitely don't want super fatty meats with it. Poultry, maybe pork. Mini quiches, egg rolls, and as mentioned, light cheeses and smoked meats.
I saw HitAnyKey42 on wine.woot! and clicked "I want one!"