Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Rating: ****- 2004 Michael-David Incognito Rouge, Lodi CA


Review: A friend offered this young, Lodi-originated, Rhone-style blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, Petit Sirah, Cinsault, Carignane, Tannat and Pinot Noir. If the name hasn't struck you yet, just TRY imagining what the aromas and flavors of this would resemble! Well, first things first: Color was a bright beet red. Aromas infused the air around the glass - a good sign in my book. There were hints of classic cabernet and chocolate on the nose. On the palate, the first impression was of a smoky rich chocolate, wrapped in fruit with a wisp of pepper. Finish was modest and pleasant. I'd definitely stick with this wine for an evening, thus earning it four stars. The only thing it lacked was a truly distinctive character that would absolutely pluck it out from a crowd of other meritages... thus the minus. Still, don't lose track of this as an incredible value.

For comparison, Robert Parker gave it 87 points and said this: "The 2004 Incognito Rhone Style Blend represents Lodi's interpretation of a southern Cotes du Rhone with its aromas of licorice, savory berry fruit, dusty, loamy soil, and spice box. Drink it over the next 1-2 years."

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