Saturday, April 4, 2015

Review: **** $$ Cell Block Shackled Red, Sonoma County, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Cell Block Shackled Red, Sonoma County, California, 2013, finished at a whopping 15.7% alcohol and made of an undisclosed (on the label) blend of Sonoma red grapes.  From the winery's site, you can learn that the blend is primarily zinfandel, with touches of tempranillo and petite sirah.  Certainly, that would help explain the high alcohol level.  I first sampled this 2 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.

In the glass: Deep muddy magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft and deep rich red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be ruddy with purple highlights.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bringing milk chocolate flavors and texture with a light coating of red raspberry.  Chewy, sweet and long-lasting. Very Whitman's Sampler!

In summary: Overall, I must rate this a remarkable four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale because of its intense hedonistic aspects. Best value.

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