Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: ***+ $ Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend, California, Non-Vintage = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend, California, Non-Vintage, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled in November, 2017.  This is said to be a limited release vinted by winemaker Beth Liston, but the origin (beyond California) of the grapes are not specified.  Varietals are tannat, teroldego, zinfandel and petite syrah. 

Inspired by this wine: We're at the picnic table, campfire smoke is blowing past, we're ordering up well done burgers. 

In the glass: Black burgundy, opaque within a half inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows smoky and sweet black fruit.   From the aroma, seems like this may be bold and layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact plenty of black oak surrounding a big, beefy dark red fruit.  Enough acidity to lift the dense fruit flavors.  Finish is modest, deep, but clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, celebrating its bold layers and depth.  This is a no-brainer best value at its bargain price point.

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