Sorry for the prolonged absence, but now a return to the important things… like vino!
This wine I discovered a few years ago while dining out. It was on the menu as an option for reds by the glass; I ordered it ordered it and ended up loving it. This bottle is a meritage (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah grapes) produced by Hedges in Washington state. This CMS red blend is a 2007 and it retails for under $15. You pick up this or a bottle of its sister, the white blend, at Fresh Market.
- very approachable for non-red-wine-drinkers
- dark plum color
- light, fruity aroma
- berries, plum, vanilla
And some excerpts from the experts: (as found on toastwines.com)
Aromas of dark cherry, cassis, with hints of tar, tobacco, and sweet vanilla toast. Black cherry and blackberry fruit continue on the palate with dried herbs and licorice. A nicely balanced wine with enough acidity and tannins for extended longevity that pairs nicely with a wide array of foods.
Young, bright, sharply defined, this brings berry and cranberry fruit in a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a splash of Syrah. Hints of pepper and herb suggest this as a companion to, say, lamb sausage. Then, as the wine opens in the glass, cherry candy comes on strong. Very pretty.
Score: 88. —Paul Gregutt, March 01, 2010.