Happy winter week, y’all! The weather has been terrible up and down the east coast and I can’t wait for a little bit of sunshine again! I got a few requests to share some recent red picks, so here’s what I’ve tried and liked lately.
Blackbird Arise is a steady favorite that I recently picked up again. It’s a classic Napa blend mimicking a Bordeaux blend – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The 2016 Arise is rich with plush tannins and notes of sweet cherry, plum, and smoke. It’s a big red with a long finish and perfect for this time of year.
Inglenook is one of my favorite wineries to visit and this is my favorite one of their wines. This Zinfandel is mostly Zinfandel with a touch of Primitivo and has less alcohol than many other Napa Valley Zinfandels, but it is full and saturated with deep, rich, black raspberries, blackberries, kirsch, and spice.
Another good blend – this one is is blended from Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Tannat, which makes it very flavorful. The name refers to the dust devils that keep the vineyard dry and the owls that protect the vines. It’s meaty and earthy as well as fruity with raspberry and plum tones. If you are a fan of big, bold Malbecs, this is a good one to try.
This is a true, big New World Zinfandel and one we drink a lot because my husband absolutely loves it! It’s typical with the deep purple color and very fruity with lush flavors of raspberry, blackberry jam, plum and vanilla with some spice. Plush, round tannins, fresh and flavorful.
This is a classic Mediterranean blend of Monastrell with Garnacha and Syrah. It has a sweet touch of balsamic with herbal, floral notes as well as a pretty deep earthy texture. It is surprisingly fresh for the 15% alcohol content—but consider yourself warned.
I hope everyone has a great rest of your week!