Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: *** $$$ Hoopla The Mutt Red Wine, Napa Valley, California, 2011

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Hoopla is a line of wines which, beside sporting an appealing canine frisbee catch, are trying to be excellent value varietals from grapes originating from outstanding vineyard areas in Napa Valley.  Let's see what they've got!  Sample wines were provided by representatives of the winery.


Original tasting and review : This is Hoopla The Mutt Red Wine, Napa Valley, California, 2011, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  This is a blend of various appelation cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a bit of petite syrah from St. Helena.

In the glass: Deep red magenta.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fresh and slightly raw, chewy cabernet fruit.  That means some bramble and some red currant.  From the aroma, seems like this will be taut yet fleshy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a nicely balanced mix of bright acids and fresh red fruits (including currants and reddish blackberries). Sip is clean and fresh and stays that way through its modest mid-palate finish.

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In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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