X Big Gun Red 2012

Not long ago, I walked into a local wine shop during their Saturday afternoon tasting hours.  I know I’ve mentioned this store before – The Grateful Red – because I’ve purchased a number of my selections there in recent months.  It’s a small but very friendly store, and they’re frequently doing wine and/or beer tastings.  This time they had 4 wines out to be tasted.  After a quick swig or two, I felt this one might prove the most interesting of the four.  Although I’m not usually a sucker for a label, I did appreciate their somewhat unconventional approach and the implied pun.

Winemaker:  X Winery
Wine:  Big Gun
Varietal: Red Blend
Vintage: 2012
Appellation:  California
Price:  $15.99 at The Grateful Red

Notes:  The color of this California blend made from 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah, 27% Merlot and 6% Grenache grapes was a dark purple/red.  On the nose I smelled dark fruit and what I would describe as compost.  Acidity was all right, and the weight on the tongue was on the lighter side of medium.  Tannins were also in the medium range, I thought.  Flavors I tasted included cherry, red currant, clove, and pepper.  Alcohol was at 14.5%.  While I wasn’t bowled over by it, it might fit nicely into the holiday spirit(s) given it’s flavor profile.

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