Chateau St. Jean Soirée 2011

I’ve been burning gray matter trying to come up with a clever or at least interesting way to introduce this bottle of wine, but I’ve still got nothing.  Zip!  Zero!  Nada!  As my brain seems currently to be on strike, let’s just cut to the chase.

Winemaker:  Chateau St. Jean
Wine:  Soirée
Varietal: Red Blend
Vintage: 2011
Appellation:  California
Price:  $19.99

Notes:  The color of this California red was a dark burgundy in the glass.  On the nose I caught whiffs of blackberry, oak, menthol, white pepper and a hint of musty earth.  It was light on the tongue with good acidity.  While alcohol was at 13.8%, making this a fairly dry blend, tannins were almost non-existent.  Flavors I detected were mocha, blackberry, oak, red plum and a dash of hot peppers.  On the fairly long finish, the wine brought an astringent menthol to the palate.  Overall, a pretty interesting red blend for sipping or pairing with lighter meat or vegetarian dishes.

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