Red Truck Red Wine 2009

The other night I went to listen to and play some songs at a local tavern’s open mic.  It’s a very popular spot where the mix of musicians ranges from novice to pro and the musical genres represented are all over the map.  Makes for a very interesting and fun evening.  Lucky for me I got a spot early in the lineup.  So once I’d had my turn, I settled in to enjoy the music and this very appealing red blend.

Winemaker:  Red Truck
Wine:  Red Wine (blend)
Vintage:  2009
Appellation:  California
Price:  $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  I really liked this red blend by Red Truck wines.  Didn’t know what to expect, but I had seen it at my local Trader Joe’s.  With the bright red truck on the label it was easy to identify on the shelves behind the bar – even in the dim club lighting.  So I gave it a go, and I’m glad I did.  Red Truck tells us this blend is 46% Syrah, 23% Petite Sirah, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Merlot.  With alcohol at 13.6% it is a dry wine, but this is a fruit-forward blend that shouldn’t be off-putting to those who generally prefer their wines less dry.  Flavors for me were primarily cherry and strawberry with some plum notes after it breathed a bit.  There were nice hints of spice and very modest tannins.  Again, I liked it: a really fine selection to sip while enjoying good music and good company.

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

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