Wine Review: Saved Red Wine California 2012

savedA collaboration between Paso Robles winemaker Clay Brock from Wild Horse Winery and well-known tattoo artist Scott Campbell, who contributes the name (from his tattoo studio in Brooklyn) and the label art. The label art carries the message “Reverence of Beauty. Eradication of Doubt. Through Systems of Superstition”. Huh? I don’t feel saved from doubt least of all by “systems of superstition”.

But I did like the wine.

Some pert freshness on the nose, showing big, blackberry fruit with fig undercurrent, dusty top notes over a layer of medium-toast wood, and hints of vanilla. Gentle earth and some subtle mint notes unfold with aeration. It makes a simple,  bold initial statement but acquires complexity in the glass. The palate is smooth with some apparent residual sugar but the berry flavors have depth and produce a medium-length, fruit-filled finish with no drop off in flavor as it evolves on the palate. Tannins are very fine grained but robust enough to sustain the impression of structure, with enough midpalate acidity to leave a fresh impression.

A blend of 27% Merlot, 19% Malbec, 17% Syrah, 13% Zinfandel, 7% Sauzao, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah, 4% Grenache and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a variety of California vineyards, aged in 30% new French Oak for 16 months.

It’s like a big, juicy kiss but with enough substance to be savored. Nicely put together.

Like Shakira “With Eyes Like Yours”

Score: 90

Price: $22

Alc: 15%

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