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
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.