Price: $8.99 @ The Wine Club
What They Said:
Per the winery “Old Vine Red is a proprietary red wine that is round, smooth, “Zinfandel-like,” and noted for its balance, approachability, and consistency. It is primarily comprised of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane as well as smaller amounts of Cabernet and Syrah. Various Italian varietals round out the blend.
Our entire production of Old Vine Red has been completely allocated since 1978″.
What I Think:
I picked this up as part of a mixed dozen a few weeks back when I was shopping a few weeks back at The Wine Club picking up the Ridge. Given the results of the first two I am hoping a change in fortunes is one horizon.
We brought this one out to match some turkey burgers my wife cheffed up for us. On the nose there was loads of fruit with spice lingering in the background. At the front of the palate the dark fruit quickly gives way to the lighter taste of cherries. The texture is smooth, rich and chewy; there was a lot to like here. From my initial tasting it seemed heavy of Petite Sirah characteristics. I searched in vain for the blend percentage but alas I could only find historical figures giving me reason to believe it is roughly 60% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane and 20% Petite Sirah. While searching for this I found that it was bottled just January 1st of this year. Not sure that it could have benefited from any more time in the bottle but found it interesting none the less. I initially thought about rating this higher but given that I don’t believe this wine will find its way to my house again I’m going with “12th Bottle”. That said, if you see it give it a try, you are likely to enjoy it.
Rating: 12th Bottle