A Red Velvet Cupcake To Drink

Vineyard: Cupcake Vineyards
Varietal: Red Velvet (blend)
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: California
Price: $11.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:   This pleasing and fairly complex red is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.  It has a dark, almost purple color in the glass.  The bouquet is bountiful with lots of blackberry, blueberry hints, floral notes and an earthiness similar to that typical in many Chateauneuf-du-Pape selections I’ve had [but in a lesser degree].  On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with a good weight/viscosity that I enjoyed.  Flavors for me were plentiful blackberry – at first tart but settling nicely as the wine breathed.  Also a very present floral which I’d describe as purple clover.*  In addition I tasted plum notes and an earthiness.  Finally, there were hints of carob in the finish – not chocolate, carob.   This is a great wine for sipping and enjoying on it’s own.  I can also see it pairing well with a nice roast beef or a juicy mushroom and Swiss burger, etc.

I took this wine to a dinner party not long ago simply on the strength of it’s name.  I hadn’t tasted it yet, so I was taking a risk.  Turns out, it was no risk at all.  Even though the hosts had other reds open, the guests uniformly took to this wine and drank nothing else until it was all gone (before dinner was served).  Like them, I enjoyed this one and will certainly be having it again.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  Please see “About” for the full disclaimer.

* Purple clover?  Well, yes, what I remember of it.  When I was very young, my family lived next to a farm.  One of the fields actually abutted our yard, and in the spring there was purple clover everywhere – especially around the edges of the field.  The bees seemed to seriously enjoy the purple clover, so I gave it a try too.   That HAS been quite a long time ago, though.  lol

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