Budget Wine: 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend 2011 Columbia Valley

14 HandsSome green, vegetal notes mar the nose but warm baking spices and vanilla support berry aromas and hints of candied cherries all of which provide a sufficiently pleasant aromatic prelude to the feature presentation—a palate striving for suave sophistication. Soft and plush with a velvety texture, medium bodied, and very polished, with candied cherry the dominant flavor note, the warm, easy-going mouthfeel is the selling point of this wine. Very fine grained tannins produce a pleasant finish but the whole thing is confected. Some residual sugar is apparent, the mid-palate is a bit hollow, the flavors relatively simple. This is a wine without much soul but if you want the companionship of a pretty face for the evening this will do fine.

This is a blend of primarily Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet.

Score: 86/100

Ave. Price: $10

Alc: 13.5%

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