Wednesday, November 18, 2009

***+ $$$ Twisted Oak Red, 2005, Calavaras County, CA - Wine Review and Rating

This tasting was conducted at Eno, a wine and cheese and chocolate tasting restaurant that is based in about half-a-dozen locations across North America. The concept is fairly unique: you build your own pairings of wine, cheese and/or chocolate tastings from a wide assortment. In the case of wines, some 300 to 500 labels are said to be available at different times. In this case, we tasted on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago IL, and focused on a combination of bold wines that were said to be excellent pairings with sturdy hard cheeses.

By way of background:
Twisted Oak Red from Calavaras County in the Sierra Foothills of California is a blend of mourvedre, syrah and grenache grapes. It is finished at a hefty 14.1% alcohol.

In the glass: Twisted Oak Red shows as a medium deep burgundy in the glass.

On the nose: Aromas are smoky and sweet with fruit.

On the palate: The first element on tasting Twisted Oak Red is the notion of a full, open-knit sweater - hearty and comforting. There is a flush of black currant flavor over your tongue, supported by lacy tannins that move the flavors along.

And the finish: The finish, supported by these tannins, lasts a satisfyingly long time.

In summary: Nice experience, one I would return to, yielding three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its intensity.

Find Twisted Oak Red at WineZap.

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