From the Bar – red wine blends

Recently tried two red blends from the US.  I generally don’t care for varietals since they are largely one trick ponies.  They aren’t bad if they have one purpose, like accompanying a steak at a single meal but if I’m going to be sipping for hours, a blend is what I’m looking for.

Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet –  a blend of Zin, Cab, Merlot and Petit Sirah.  .  I really avoided this wine. It seemed so damned trendy (oh I hate cupcakes) and the reviews seemed ridiculous with their claims.  It’s often described as a lush wine (but I’ve found something even more so) and sweet. I don’t find it sweet until the very long finish and then it’s the sweet of summer blackberries, a fair amount of bitter in there too.  The Merlot quiets the Cab’s ferocious tannins, giving the wine body.  It reminds me of being in a darkly paneled study, not quite luxurious, a little glint off the polished wood, but appealing.

 Menage a Trois California Red –.  Same blend as above with Petit Sirah removed.  Pretty standard blend.  But they do *something*.  I find this even more lush and more appealing than the Red Velvet, although they are extremely similar.  It’s the boudoir with a velvet curtain hung about the warm, recently rumpled bed.

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