First Vine California Red Wine Blend
I woke up yesterday morning and decided to challenge myself. I’m not good at picking out specific grapes (or even very subtle flavors) in a complex blend. To try to improve myself, I decided to go for a wine that has four different varietals. The tasting hasn’t even started yet, and I’m already thinking that it would have been easier to get a simple tattoo than to figure this one out. Well, you never know until you try, right? Maybe I’ll get lucky with the First Vine California Red Blend.
Name: First Vine California Red Wine Blend
Winery: L2S Wine Partners International
Alcohol by Vol.: 13.5%
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and the chance that I will review another white wine any time soon.)
This was a very interesting wine to smell. I was immediately able to detect the Syrah in the blend. I’m not a fan of the smell of Syrah, so it was easy for me. I was also able to smell that they packed this thing with fruits, but I wasn’t able to figure out individual smells. Maybe a couple different berries and currant. I couldn’t really distinguish the nose very well.
The wine was lightly acidic at the start, but it went away a few seconds after I started the tasting. There was a blackberry and cherry flavor near the end of the sip. The finish was short, earthy, and was where I tasted the Syrah the most.
I would like to try this wine with a heavy pasta dish. I found a really good looking sauce in the store the other day that was a marinara and alfredo mix. Add some black olives, capers, and mushrooms, and you have a good thing going.
Rating: Try Again
As much as I talk about not liking Syrah, it wasn’t a huge factor in this wine. I’m giving it a try again, because I can’t figure out the other fruits that are present, and it’s driving me nuts. I guess I will have to try again in the future…