By way of background, opening thoughts: Blends are often sturdier and of greater value than individual constituent varietals; this is especially the case when the varietals themselves may be indistinctive or slightly unbalanced. Today we are trying the result of a Central Coast, California, blend that, in theory, went through 175 iterations before the winemakers got it right. That must have been some blending party!
Original tasting and review : This is Bridlewood Estate Blend 175, Central Coast, California, 2010, a combination of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel, finished at 13.5% alcohol.
In the glass: Medium dark, brilliant burgundy - not quite opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, soft, plum fruit, with lush blackberries. From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet, round, friendly and simple.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated by the nose, showing prime, luscious, fruity ripe blackberry. The berries wear a black robe. Soft, sweet finish with some peppery blackness.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a simple pleasure.
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