Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review: ***+ $ Deadbolt Winemaker's Blend, California, 2011 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Deadbolt Winemaker's Blend.

By way of background, opening thoughts: This is a "kitchen sink" blend of red varietals from a broad swath of California, incorporating cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, petit sirah and shiraz.

Original tasting and review : This is Deadbolt Winemaker's Blend, California, 2011, finished at a mere 13% alcohol.

In the glass: Ruby and dusty bright red - looks like a young zinfandel.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows subtle, muddled mixed red berry aromas.  Seems like this will be light and sweet on its feet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite plumy and jammy in a mostly-generic California merlot + zinfandel sort of way.  Fruity and rich with a bit of dusty tannin behind it all.  Nothing to take your breath away, but nothing to scowl at - given the price point - either.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for solid flavors on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, being a best value at the low price point.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Deadbolt Winemaker's Blend.

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