Budget Wine: The Great American Wine Company Red Blend 2012

great american wine companyMade by Rosenblum Cellars, a Sonoma winery best known for their very solid, premium Zinfandels, this wine is a tribute to “American Heroes” , the veterans who are recipients of Rosenblum’s annual donation to the USO. In addition to the patriotic sentiment, the wine is actually quite good for the price.  A little dusty earth, cardamom and hints of vanilla support the black cherry aromas all which combine for a pleasing nose. Very fruit forward and rich on the palate, with fig notes dominant. The mouthfeel is fleshy, round, and soft with almost no tannin and just enough acidity to avoid the dreaded pejorative—flabby. A little too sweet for my taste but very drinkable and full of flavor. Definitely intended to be a crowd pleaser and it succeeds.

This is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and unlike most wines at this price point, apparently spent 12 months in real oak barrels. Rosenblum knows their way around Zinfandel; this wine maintains the flavor profile of Zin but they succeed in stripping out the overbearing tannins characteristic of Petite Sirah while preserving its bright fruitiness.

Score: 86/100

Ave. Price:  $10

Alc: 13%

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